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MacBook de los Muertos

23 Sep

So i’m sure you’ve seen me harp on about my love of the Day of the Dead style and celebrations…what better way to add to my obsession than to adorn the very computer I am broadcasting this from in such finery! 😀

Etsy, the online treasure trove of all that is quirky, crafty, kitsch and quaint will sometimes throw out an item that you just can’t say no to, even if you favourite it for another look at a later time (a technique i’m finding helps with impulse buyers such as myself; favourite/bookmark an item, if you still like and want it that much after a few days and you can afford said item within reason, then go ahead!!). I’d been looking at vinyl stickers for my MacBook for a while now but didn’t like the ones that cover the entire lid in one sheet. This sticker is like a stencil that you have to lay on top and carefully apply like a an intricate decal or something similar…?

The outcome is far more detailed and I like running my hand over the texture of it!….I’m weird, I know!

This work of art was snapped up from the guys at Beepart who have quite a few vinyl stickers ready to adorn any trendy’s laptops and walls alike! So pop on over….the designs will simply get stuck on you….*giggles*

I’m debating taking off the nose part of the stencil and having the apple as the acting nose…I don’t know…any ideas?



Día de los Muertos

13 Sep

…or Day of the Dead for those of us who don’t speak Spanish!

It’s essentially a Latin American, Brazilian, Spanish and Mexican tradition with its roots dating right back to the Aztecs. The holiday sees the gathering of family, friends and communities to remember and pray for their family members and loved ones who have died. The celebration falls in line with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day (Nov 1st) and All Soul’s Day (Nov 2nd). Although this around the time of Halloween, the two events are not related.

It is traditional for people to celebrate and honour the deceased by making gifts such as sugar skulls (left), favourite foods and drinks as well as reams of flowers and photographs. These are then placed at headstones or in small shrines at home. It is a cause to celebrate the lives of those who have passed away; many parties, carnivals and dancing add the chance to bring people together on this special occasion.

I personally love the tradition and think it is a wonderful way to remember those you miss without feeling sombre. To celebrate what was good about them and their lives with a smile on your face, to me, seems far more respectful and can actually help with the sense of loss…

I have yet to attend an actual Día de los Muertos event but will seek to find something either in the UK this year or go to Mexico myself next year!  Please do contact me if you know of anything planned at all! 🙂

A shrine with artefacts which reflect some of their passions during their life.

Candles placed at a shrine at night. Pretty and moving.

As I have become interested in the topic more, I had a look around to see what literature I could find to help further my knowledge on the topic. I came across this book (left) ‘The Days of the Dead: Mexico’s Festival of Communication with the Departed’ by Rosalind Rosoff Beimler, which reviews are saying is very educational. I shall review it once it arrives and i’ve thumbed through.

I also liked the theatrics, craft, creativity and colour the event is themed with so ordered this book also which will hopefully keep me amused on a rainy day or prepare me for my own Día de los Muertos celebrations! Prepare to see future posts of the fruits of my labour!!

‘Day of the Dead Crafts: More than 24 Projects That Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos’ by Kerry Arquette, Andrea Zocchi, and Jerry Vigil.

I hope this little outline of the event helps you to understand what Día de los Muertos is all about and if you do know more than I do, I welcome any comments or additional information!

Who says there’s no life after death? 😉


The Truly Wicked one that bagged my heart

12 Sep

Ever since I can remember  I have been obsessed with bags…

The filling of them, the carrying of them to places that don’t require one, the collecting of them, the outfits built around them, the rare ones, the statement ones, the vintage materials, the freshly bought bag feeling and the excitement of transferring the past from one bag into the future of the new.

A friend of mine came back from Vancouver last year sporting an amazing little bag that had been hand made by a lady she befriended whilst living there, Rachel Caffrey. It was black with red piping, vintage style shape and a Zombie/Horror themed material that emblazoned both sides. I was instantly ‘bag envious’. Some months went by and I was ambling around Camden Market, specifically the store Black Rose, when I spotted my next bag. Sat there, all glittery and retro looking, with it’s Day Of The Dead skulls material in bright colours (a theme i’m fast becoming obsessed by), fur interior and desirable detailing. I HAD to have it!

I wasn’t so flush the day that I saw it, but I made sure to return often to check it was still there for a day when I could justify spending a pretty penny on such a pretty bag. Plus it was a one-off, that made me want it all the more!

So more months had passed and I was visiting Camden again with my friend (whom I originally mentioned with her Zombie bag) and there it was, sat there on the shelf in the shop, with it’s ‘come-hither’ glitter. I had just come in to some money and decided the day had come to put a smile on my face. I picked it up with a Cheshire Cat grin and took it to the till. The lady who works there rejoiced at my purchase decision as she too loved it and said it was by far her favourite of the bunch.

My friend was looking at the bag with me when she realised that it was a ‘Wicked Purse’ made exclusively by her friend Rachel in Vancouver!

She was happy with her fond memories and I was more than happy with my new Wicked purse.

Clean, robust stitching across the fabric which I have been told is also used by Rachel’s husband in his car interior customisations which he does for a living!

Super soft fur interior with fabric pockets echoed from the front panel material.

Wicked Purses for sure!

Cute skull zip detail.

You would hardly believe this bag was completely hand made!

My current bag set-up. 😀 (Purse and compact mirror both from Black Rose)