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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 Shalavee.com

day of the dead food on Shalavee.com

day of the dead make up on Shalavee.com

day of the dead  dearly departed on Shalavee.com

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

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

Eamon's Day of the dead costume for Halloween 2012 on Shalavee.com

And Eamon too!

black and white day of the dead on Shalavee.com

day of the dead recycling costume on Shalavee.com

dolls for day of the dead on Shalavee.com

Martha Stewart style Day of the Dead party on Shalavee.com

Dolan Geiman, Señorita made with vintage collage on Shalavee.com

dias de los meurtos altar on Shalavee.com

day of the dead pumpkin dias de los meurtos altar on Shalavee.com

day of the dead makeup  on Shalavee.com

pink day of the dead on Shalavee.com

sugar skull wallpaper on Shalavee.com

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!

 

 

House Decorating Tour : Summer 2014

You know how you decide you’re going to do something and then you keep postponing it. And putting it off. And scheduling it to then reschedule it. Well that was definitely happening with my house decorating tour video shoot. You may or not remember my making this promise in My Decorating Style post.

I, like many, have tons of ideas about how I want to make things better. I focus on what hasn’t happened instead of the overall picture. I know from perfection and this house ain’t it. I’m a tree studier instead of a forest seer. And I was hung up on thinking of all the things I should do before I did this.

But then I went ahead and did this anyway.

It’s here, my walking talking tour of the first floor of my house. I hope that you enjoy my effort, my thoughts, and my voice and that this effort helps me to move on with some decorating projects and letting go of some hangups I have about perfectionism.

Enjoy!

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Beyblades, Baby, and Grammy

This past Christmas of ’13, Eamon really wanted Beyblades. They are tops people and the Japanese animation artist have created an exciting video series around them. They battle and have really cool names and talk in really high excited voices not unlike Speed Racer episodes. So I happened to take video of him “ripping” Bey Blades with his Grammy behind the sofa. Somehow, I can’t imagine anything sweeter or more life showing than this simple video of them playing. It’s so mundane, it’s precious.

Crunchy Christmas House Tour Video For 2013 -2014

The day has finally come.

I am letting go of control and inviting the world to come in for a house tour.

I’ve dreamed of this day. I knew when this day came, if I risked this much, I would be ready to risk almost anything.

So welcome to my Crunchy Christmas Video House Tour , 2013 -2014.

You get to see my downstairs dressed up in pretty holiday finery and a bonus at the end. A guest appearance.

And you get to see me in the mirror a couple of times.

Hopefully it will zing by so quickly, you won’t notice that I have my curtains tacked to the wall and one of the tacks has leaped to freedom. Or that I have not figured out what to do with the dining room or my two little ugly yellow club chairs. Ooops, did I tell you my dirty secrets? Oh well, I’m only human.

Let’s get going shall we? Welcome in.

Bally Eden’s TV Commercial

 And finally I bring you the television commercial for Bally Eden.

A 30 second spot I paid big bucks to have produced and shown on local cable.

I think HGTV was one of the stations I chose to run it on.

This was a risk for me because there was no money.

And sadly, it really didn’t drive traffic my way either.

That was me behind the counter, yes.

And a lovely lady who worked for me named Cindy was the customer.

 I’m also the magical force that opens the door in the beginning. I laid on the floor in the entry hall.

When people told me they kept meaning to stop in,

I used to say, “Brake’s on the left”.

So if you never did stop by, here’s your chance to see what you missed.

One last piece from the Bally Eden puzzle tomorrow and then Halloween week begins.

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