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Day Of the Dead Art

Just say yes to more pictorial fun for the Halloween Holiday. For this final day, I thought I’d do a little, or large, tribute to the Day of the Dead. What the heck is it you ask? Here’s an official sounding blurb I copied to explain it.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. And there you go. Let’s look at pictures now, OK?

American Gothic Day of the Dead on

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Mark and Me with the Day of the Dead makeup for halloween while I was pregnant with Fiona on

Surprise! Bet you didn’t expect to see us. Trick or treat.

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And Eamon too!

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day of the dead recycling costume on

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Martha Stewart style Day of the Dead party on

Dolan Geiman, Señorita made with vintage collage on

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day of the dead pumpkin dias de los meurtos altar on

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The wallpaper? Because someone can and did. Hope you enjoyed the picture parade and I leave you and this month of 31 days straight of posts with a crafty video from a  friend Caroline Gravino and her blog Salsa Pie. Light up magnetic sugar skulls!



A Jazz Club Themed Event

The first event of my super crazy Mid-October weekend was the fundraiser at the UU Fellowship in Easton. This was the annual fundraiser and this talent review show was to be a jazz club themed event. I came up with the color scheme pretty quickly. Red, plum, soft gold, black, and white. But then took a long time to get that Eureka moment for the tabletop decorations. But I finally got it.This was my test set-up for my centerpieces.

My lampshdae design for the Jazz Club themed event on

And here was one of the tables on the event night.

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Here’s a few of the pictures that I printed out. Some I attached to the lampshade frames and some just lay on the tables.

My husband Mark is an actual lighting designer and I asked him to repeat the lighting scheme from a previous fundraiser themed Putting on the Ritz. The red curtain came out of storage and I asked for a colored backdrop for the stars on the ceiling. I chose purple (not exactly plum but oh well) because I’m not much for blue. And it was warm and went with the red.Stars and red curtain for the UU Review on

 I rented the round tables, which happily were plastic and light, and black round table cloths. And leftover red fabric from the making of the curtain got pulled out of fabric bins and draped atop the black on the table tops. The tables were the only cost as the rest of it was all from my house and Mark’s shop. And we only needed to feed the performers. They were all fabulous!

Performers at the UU Review on

Dave Moore and friends played Pete Seeger’s If I Had a Hammer and everyone sang.

Eamon plays the Entertainer for the UU Review on

My son Eamon played the Entertainer by Scott Joplin.

Colleen and I, the decorating and catering staff for the UU Review on

Colleen and I were pleased with the way it all turned out.

She’s my right hand gal for decorating and helped coordinate the fabulous food as well.

Phillip Sawyer's classical guitar at the UU Review on

Two classical guitar pieces from Phillip Sawyer.

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Our bartenders.

Some dressed up for the UU Review on

Peggy Sharp was the other food coordinator and Ms. Rita and her husband dressed the part.

Nancy's rendition of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom at the UU Review on

Nancy Sawyer does a Beatnik version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. So awesome.

Maureen the music director at the UU Review on

Maureen the musical director did a ring along.

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Jazz Club sign at the UU Review on

I was also compelled to create my own faux neon sign out of black foam core. Don’t look too closely, but I did like the way it came out.

Eamon at the UU Review

And I was quite proud of my son Eamon. Not only did he play Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, but decided to watch the rest of the show in a room filled with adults. One cool cucumber. And Dwaine Eutsey standing behind him was our fabulous MC. Thank you to everyone for making it a successful evening. I think funds were raised and so were spirits. It was a night full of wonderful entertainment and great food and I even won a basket !

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And Fiona got some quality girl playing time back in the playroom.

Our whole family was pleased to be involved with the successful fundraiser.

Ravens and Crows

Ravens and their close cousins the crows always seem to make their appearance around now. Black figures circling overhead. I not only see them lurking about in flocks but I hear them in the trees making their specific noises. Some just a cawing while the Fish Crow saws “uh huh” “uh huh”. Audio for their calls can be found to the right of the descriptions on this All about birds site.

Ravens and crows were fellow blogger and artist Marissa’s inspiration for an artful mail piece she was making. Her Post here got me thinking as she had about the crows and ravens in mythology and lore. And I fell down the same rabbit, or raven, hole.

I went through a bit of exploration and research and managed to develop quite a fascination with ravens, sifting through poems such as Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven‘, folklore, fairy-tales, fables–almost picked Aesop’s The Crow and the Pitcher–so it isn’t too surprising that I went with this pair in the end … In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse “thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory” or “mind”) are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world of Midgard, and bring information and news back to the god Odin. Flying messengers. Perfect. – – From Marissa’s Floating Lemons Blog -

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So here’s all the fun pictures and artwork from Pinterest with the Raven and Crow theme that I found intriguing.

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crow country by sarah jarrod from

Crow Country by Sarah Jarrod

child inside crow from

Raven by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of the Time Traveler’s Wife

ravens and beards from

Beards and Ravens!!!!

crows and leaves from

Fine Art Prints by Carolyn Doe

crow and sun from

The Naga, the Sun, and the Crow (based on a tale from Burma)

red winged blackbird from

Unsure what this is but I really really like it.

crows from her head from

Entitled A Feast For Crows, the pinner had this to say underneath.

“I blinked in dismay as her hair… or should I say crows, as they flew from her head. So I hadn’t been going bonkers, her hair was made of sleek feathers.”

prey by peter james field from

Prey by Peter James Field

poems of Poe from

poe poem from

girl and bird from

Koseatra seems to be a Polish corset maker.

bird and flower by Unity Coombs from

Bird and flower by Unity Coombs

hitchcock and a raven from

Hitchcock and a raven

poe illustration from

Poe book art

grafitti from

Graffiti street art

you'll follow the crows for it from

An Irish expression, “Youll follow the Crows for it” meant that a person would miss something after it was gone.

anatomy of a crow from

Jonelle Johnson Yearn for Words from

Yearn For Words by artist Jonelle Johnson Yearn

the elms vintage robert frost from

What fun this was. Hope you enjoyed it too. More Pinterest madness for the Halloween Holiday fun to come.

Fantasyland Revisited

This is the exact post that I ran a year ago to the day when I was doing 31 days straight of posts the first time.

I like these weird pictures that much still.

From another computer perusal, this from Pinterest, I fell across this page called Living in Fantasyland. Pinterest is a place where people curate their own picture collections. Their eye and their interests draw them to repeat what they like. So you get a certain feeling from a person’s collection. And lemme tell you, this page is whacked. Love it. I thought showing you some of the images  would be a great Halloween warm up.



Vintage weird.



Anyone see M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village?



Gothic disaster.


Love the use of Barbie heads as hair adornment.


Horns/antlers have been popular for a while.

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The recurring use of them on the human head is odd and unsettling.



Fantasyland cat is pretty cool.



Mirror, mirror in the wood. Could you tell me if I should.




The last piece is a photo collage. Of course I love it.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this curated weirdness.

I rather enjoyed assembling it.

Last days of 31 days are upon me.

(Then and now)

First you get to see my kid’s costumes from as many years as I could find pictures.

And Mark and my only costumes together. And there’s the Gi Jane costume.

Halloween week begins. Until it ends.


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I Met Mighty Ugly Author Kim Werker

My last event of this crazy past weekend was on Monday night October 20th in Washington, DC. An author talk and book signing on Craft Activism at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in the heart of DC next to Chinatown. I was dreading the long trip via car and subway. But I kept reminding myself it would be so worth it and I would be happy I went and here’s why.

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I went to meet a woman named Kim Werker who I know from my online world. An incredibly smart creative driven kooky woman who written a book called Make it Mighty Ugly. I can not tell you how much I admire her and am inspired by her work.

Kim Werker's Mighty Ugly Book on

I got off the Metro at the Chinatown stop. I had mused the idea of grabbing some food there but I was thwarted by some really sweet 20-year-olds working the corner on behalf of an Ebola do-good program. And decided to head for the museum and eat at the café there. chinatown on

cute kids on behalf of ebola at the Chinatown Metro station on

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Chinatown shopping on

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Once I’d hit the loo, I then treated myself to a sandwich, bbq chips, and a tea totalling $16.78.

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And after I took the picture of the most expensive cafeteria food ever, I heard a woman talking really loudly behind me. It was Mighty Ugly author Kim Werker. And when I approached her and said I had heard a loud woman…who I knew must be her, she almost apologized for her loudness before she realized it was me, one of her Maryland IG stalkers. And she invited me to sit down and join her and her fellow authors and talkers Betsy and Leanne. I went ahead and made her sign my book and pose for the picture. She’s on the left and I’m on the right.

Hello stalker. But I did give her a gift too. So a little better.

Kim Werker and I at the Smithsonian on

Kim conceived and created a workshop that challenges people to create. Especially people who say they “could never do that” about making stuff. And her angle is to make it intentionally bad. Mighty Ugly. Because in our journey for perfection, we’ve devalued the importance of our negative experiences. They make us better at being us and yet we avoid them. And we just don’t make anything.

Kim Werker at the Craft Activism talk at the Smithsonian on

Talking about ugly allows us to be ourselves”, said Kim. Her book and it’s support is exactly what I need now. Calling out the fears and the demons and doing whatever I want anyway. I had bought the book and hadn’t allowed myself to really delve into it until two days earlier. And boy how much it blows my mind to see what an amazing amount of work went into it. Her publishers were perfect for her. They helped her to step up. And made this book a work of art.

Kim was accompanied on this book tour by two other authors whose work as “capital ‘C’ crafters” lead them to interview quantities of people and compile books on craft and related causes and themes. Betsy Greer is a superstar in DC. She has made a career of focusing on craftivism, the altruistic use of crafting to better the world. Her book is called Craftivism : The Art of Craft and Activism.

Leanne Praim at the Creativity and Avtivism talk at the Smithsonian on

And Leanne Prain, a Canadian and author of the book Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles. Stories that you may not expect to be told and crafters who challenge the dogma on crafts as demure women’s work. Yarn Bombing? So very interesting these three women and their books. This was their last night together at the end of their book tour.

And they each shared their crafting superhero poses.

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Betsy’s was the Eye of the Needle

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Kim’s was the Crochet Hook.

Leanne's was the Cross stitch on

And Leanne’s was the Cross stitch.

They are all extremely smart driven knowledgeable women who have definitely taken knitting, crocheting, and sewing to the next level and I’d say, out of the box and into a totally new arena.

And they are also approachable and lovely.

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I came away feeling like crafting is really whatever you make of it.

The trick is to make it. And if you are passionate enough, to talk and make workshops and write books about it.

leah tucker's shot of the museum courtyard

Picture of the museum’s courtyard courtesy of Leah Tucker via Instagram

I met Kim and it was a bookend for me as a blogger who considers herself crafty.

And I certainly will be sharing my discoveries as I read her book. And I feel certain it will only make my life a little less ugly.


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