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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.