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Feliz Dia de los Muertos

A few weeks ago I taught a workshop at the Denver Public Library for Fresh City Life called Dia de las Tazas where participants created their own sugar skull, day of the dead themed mugs. It was really fun and there were some really wonderful and creative mug creations. Here are a few of my favorites:

If you’re not familiar with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), it’s a time when the lives of loved ones who have passed on are celebrated by those of us still here. I have a lot of people that I’m thinking about today who are with me in spirit.

Tonight my sister is coming over and we are going to work on some paint by number pictures of the Red Baron. We found the pictures in our grandfather’s stuff after he passed away. He loved airplanes, especially biplanes, and he was fascinated by the Red Baron. We’re not sure where he got the paint by number set, or if he ever intended to do them, but we will work on them tonight and remember him fondly. We love you Grampa George!

Who will you remember today?


Bowl Breaker – New Day of the Dead Bowls by Gita

I’m interrupting the regularly scheduled vintage Guatemala posts with this breaking news…….

I’m a breaker of bowls and our supply of bowls big enough to support my husband’s love of cereal has dwindled significantly.

So, I got some new bowls:Image

I met Gita from Stone Leaf Pottery at the Denver Handmade Homemade Market a couple of months ago and was admiring her lovely pottery. I contacted her via email (gita at stoneleafpottery.com) and asked her if she could make me some custom bowls with a skull design. She was wonderful to work with on the design and the bowls came out perfect!

So, if you’re a bowl breaker like me or you’re just looking for some unique and beautiful pottery, give Gita an email. You’ll be happy you did!


I’ve been Blogged and a Really Cute Kitten

My Chinese Plum Tree mug was featured in the Nest and Soar blog this week, yay!

You can check it, and lots of other cool stuff out here in her Top 10 Tuesday post. I’m partial to the fiber brooch, the paper art and the green scarf that are also featured.

This cute kitten at the end of the post is just the icing on the cake!

Copied from her blog, here is more about Georgianne Holland, the woman behind Nest and Soar:

“As a folk artist living in Colorado, I work primarily with wool. I am reinvigorated in my studio! I love the soft energy of birds and gliding, so that’s why I call my work Nestle And Soar. Organic elements always find a way into my art. When folks buy my art, I ask the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree in their honor. I really do love trees and birds! I appreciate your visit and I look forward to hearing from you.”

Here’s my favorite!

You can check out more of Georgianne’s super cool art at the Nestle and Soar Etsy Shop or the Nestle and Soar Website.



Etsy Finds Feisty Owl!

So, last week my Feisty Owl Onesie was in Etsy Finds! Click here and then scroll down to the bottomish right hand side under ‘Everything Owls’ and you’ll spot Feisty.

Thanks to my friend Paula from Altered Eras for noticing and sending it on to me.

Since you’ve seen enough of my Feisty Owl Onesie lately, here are some pics of awesome steampunk stuff from Altered Eras. Check out her shop and give her some love!!!

Super Cool Bobby Pins

Me wearing Super Cool Bobby Pins from Altered Eras

Rad Charm Bracelet

Steampunk Butterfly


Free Green Stuff!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon and we all could use some free green stuff…

I was asked to be in my first ‘giveaway’ by Georgia Beckman of The Hat Factory. She is doing a promotion on her facebook page where a variety of craftspeople are donating items to be given away for St. Patrick’s Day. You can check out the giveaway here: St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway.

Here’s what I’m donating:

Here’s what I’m hoping to win:

This crochet pattern, Little Amigurumi Bat, is from The Itsy Bitsy Spider and even though I can’t really crochet, I’m pretty sure my sister will make it for me. Rachel?

To be eligible to win cool free items, all you have to do is

1) comment on the photos of the items you like and

2) ‘like’ the creator’s facebook page if they have one.

To be extra nice, you could visit their Esty shop and favorite them too!

Go ahead and ‘like’ The Hat Factory on facebook, check out all the cool items and sellers in the giveaway and spread some love! If you want to win a Feisty Owl Onesie make sure you comment on my photo in the giveaway and ‘like’ the Feisty Owl Studio facebook page.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

ps. If you win something, let me know in the comments!


I get a friend…

I now have a partner in crime to do craft fairs with me. Yay!

My good friend Stefany of Redstuff Designs has graciously volunteered to share booth space with me at an upcoming craft fair (and if all goes well- more in the future).

Stefany makes the MOST WONDERFUL bags! The fabric she uses is so beautiful and her craftsmanship is impeccable! Please check out her etsy shop!

Here is the awesome diaper bag that I got from Stefany:

So, our craft fair debut is coming up next weekend at the Overland High School Craft Fair. Here’s the official blurb:

OVERLAND HIGH SCHOOL’S 21st ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR
Saturday – October 8th, 2011 from 9am-4pm.
Peoria & Jewell – 12400 E. Jewell Ave.
Plan now to attend our community craft fair held in the gyms–enter doors on the west side of the building. Celebrate fall & get freshly roasted chiles & stop by our pumpkin patch.  Shop for gifts & holiday items–baskets, candles, fudge, jewelry, needlework, photography, quilts, salsa, scarves, things for baby, wreaths & much more. Breakfast, lunch & a bake sale too. Even entertainment! Contact Rheda at rheda@me.com or 303-887-6557 for more information.

Please come out and say hi if you can!