Category Archives: Day of The Dead

Que Vida!



Well, well…hasn't it been an interesting week?? It all began for me with a trip to see my daughter in NYC just a few days before the Frankenstorm…AKA Sandy Storm of the Century.


Tea was sipped and stories were told…with a keen eye on the approaching storm…


…the Plaza Hotel was strolled through…on the way to a shoe sale at Bloomingdales. Not for the faint of heart. Bloomingdale's shoe sale that is. The Plaza has an AMAZING food hall in the basement level now, totally worth a look and nosh if you are in the neighborhood.


The sights were taken in while supplies were stocked up on. Two cases of water. Check. Solar powered phone charger. Check. Food. Check. New rain coat. Check. A girl has to look stylish while wrangling an umbrella in 40 mile an hour winds!


More tea was enjoyed in the wonderful Bowery Hotel lobby. I flew the coop before the storm, but my daughter weathered the storm until she'd been without power for two days. We decided it was time for her to get back to a land locked state until the power was back on in lower Manhattan.


The best part of the week was last night's Day of the Dead celebration with friends from Two Hands Paperie! The community alter filled with love…


…and loved ones who have crossed over. That's my grandmother – namesake to both my daughter and I…tea being her beverage of choice.


Faces were painted with roses and flaming hearts…


…and beautiful turquoise eyes..


…and blue birds and calaveras…


…thank you Mia, for putting it altogether and bringing…


…this wonderful group of women together! Viva la Vida!!! 

Sneak Peek – The Oaxaca Street Children Auction

Here's a little sneak peek of part of my shrine submission for this year's Auction to Benefit Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots. The auction (the brain child of the lovely and generous Rebecca over at Recuerda mi Corazon) will be happening in the first weeks of May. Many talented artists have donated a shrine to this very importantContinue Reading

Two Hands Paperie – Dia de los Muertos

Welcome to one of my favorite shops. Ever. Anywhere. It's been my favorite for a long, long time and I feel really lucky to have it in my community. A deep wellspring of inspiration and beautiful paper, this shop never fails to lift my spirits.   This year Two Hands celebrated Day of the DeadContinue Reading

Dia de los Muertos

 Bienvenida! Welcome all souls, living and past to my corner of honoring. A smaller alter this year than in year's past (click here and here to see alter's past). Time is wrestling me to the mats and I'm feeling pressed so I took a step back to simplify. Lovely still… …the sugar skulls and their little skeletonContinue Reading

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos has arrived at my house, sneaking in just before the munchkins began roaming the streets on Halloween. The big skull came off the shelf in my studio to welcome guests, departed and living.   My ofrenda (alter) went up in my entry way, a good spot to receive the souls ofContinue Reading

Dia de Bloglandia – Dia de los Muertos con mi amigas!

Bienvenida! The day arrived and I welcomed a couple of girl friends over for some autumn victuals and sugar skull hijinx.   This is the first year I've made an ofrenda and I have to say it has brought such a loving glow to our home, I may leave it up all year. My wonderfulContinue Reading