Bring out your dead

Steve's ShrineCounting down the days to our favorite holiday, Dia de los Muertos.  The kids and I have started to drag stuff out of the basement to make our family altar.  Some years we do it big and set everything on the dining room table pressed up against a wall, but it leaves us eating in the kitchen for a bit and so this year I think we’ll be using the space on top of the piano.  I start putting pictures up 1st, of our relatives who’ve passed away, grandparents and a special space for my uncle Steve who was a big fan of the holiday.  I tried to find some cool links on the net to connect Steve to, he was a UPI reporter for many years and worked for Westword Magazine in Denver as well as contributing articles to the Denver Post and now defunct Rocky Mountain News.  Thing is, Steve died in ’03 and most of his work is buried somewhere in microfilm.  Need to do more digging there I guess… We do have some of Steve’s ashes and those will go on the altar along with candles, and a bottle of Guinness and one of his favorite hats.

Over the next few days the kids and I will start making sugar skulls.  I posted a tutorial a few years back and you can link to it here. This year we’re making lots of extra skulls to sell at the Someday Lounge Day of the Dead party on the 1st.  100% of the proceeds from the sales will go to “Wheels for Henry” a fundraising drive for our buddy Henry who needs a new van which will hold his fab new wheel chair and walker.  Henry’s getting a bit to big for his mom’s old car and I think it’s on last legs.  We are very down with the “pimp Henry’s ride” idea and will have him and Chloe over for a skull making playdate this week.  I’ll also be selling the skulls on my Etsy shop for folks who can’t make it over to the party.

I’ll be posting altar pictures over the next few days, Crafty Chica is running a shrine contest on the CRAFT site, which looks pretty cool and I’m always up for more glitter in my life.  The contest runs through the 28th and they are looking for altar/shrine photos to be uploaded on their flickr site.


About Shawn

Shawn Bowman teaches kids film production at the Pacific College of Northwest Arts in Portland Oregon and consults on hybrid web/arts/events projects Bowman is co-founder of Indiekid Films, folks who believe everyone around the world, regardless of age should see and create great movies.

Posted on October 19, 2009, in Super Crafty and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. so many dead people still alive. Needle much more easy. Or as dad said …. fuck it all and no regrets….. No no no . he said look good doing it.yes that was it.

  2. Denver News

    Car Dealership Billboard Links Obama With Jihadists

    POSTED: 5:05 pm MST November 20, 2009

    UPDATED: 6:14 pm MST November 20, 2009WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — A billboard showing President Barack Obama wearing a turban has sparked a lot of attention at the Wheat Ridge used car dealership that put it up
    The billboard shows a cartoonish Obama grinning, wearing a turban and says, “PRESIDENT or JIHAD?”
    Underneath the president’s image is a big yellow square with the phrase, “BIRTH CERTIFICATE” in red letters and then “PROVE IT!”

    “WAKE UP AMERICA! REMEMBER FT. HOOD!” appear on the bottom. The ad belongs to the Wolf Automotive car dealership and is visible from Interstate 70.
    Dealership owner Phil Wolf was unavailable for comment Friday but General Manager Wayne Means said the business has seen strong opinions about its sign, proand con.
    The left-leaning advocacy group and ProgressNow Colorado called the billboard racist and vowed to boycott businesses owned by Wolf Automotive Group until the billboard is removed.
    The Wolf Automotive Group has four dealerships located in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana

    Fear this Brarck HUSSEIN Obama GOON SQUAD. Yes, has has is own personal jihad pointed directly at us who love crafts. This man will hang us all from the highest tree by our owe yarn. Pleas use caution when crafting.

  3. sorry about the typo own not owe. sometimes I just get so worked up. I live in fear.

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