We're extremely pleased to have found some very unusual additions to our 2015 Day of the Dead offerings! Here, under the "What's New" tab, we have 4 pages of great new items to celebrate Day of the Dead, use in your classrooms, for parties and for building your ofrendas. Be sure to check out our awesome NEW Day of the Dead Folk Art, NEW Day of the Dead Goodies& Gifts $15 or under.
Slip your Day of the Dead loving feet into luxurious, soft & comfy socks made from bamboo thread. This eco-friendly, revolutionary new fiber creates socks that feels like silk with many wonderful virtues.
They are strong, cushy, warmer in winter and cooler in summer... they wick away moisture and most importantly, these bamboo socks don't have any seams in the toes that some think uncomfortable.
The Catrina design is fun and looks good in these fashionable new colors of what I'd call "dusty magenta" thistle and "dusty Wedgewood blue" hyacinth blue.
Flowers are a major element of the Day of the Dead celebration. We are happy to announce that we are working with the Hudson Valley Seed Library to bring these marvelous seeds to our Day of the Dead loving customers. When I saw their spectacular packaging featuring papel picado & history of the holiday inside the unusual square packaging, I knew this would be enjoyed by teachers & ofrenda makers who find it almost impossible to find real cempasuchil in October.
We will be learning from you this first year, so please share with us your experience growing these seeds. It is possible that they be exactly the same flower as we are used to finding in Oaxaca, Puebla or Michoacan markets but they will be closer than any other seeds available in the U.S.
These seeds can grow anywhere in the U.S. They take 70 days from planting to flowering so count back about 70 days from when you want them in order to know when to plant. Make sure it's after the last frost. You can also start them indoors and grow seedings for 6 weeks then replant. (Does it sound like I have a green thumb?)
The Marigolds (Cempasuchil) are a blend of French & African marigolds. The Mexican Sunflowers don't resemble any big yellow sunflower I've ever seen in the States - they are more like a wild zinnia field flowers that grow from yellow to deep orangey red. They would look beautiful on a DoD ofrenda. The Cock's Comb is going to surprise us all! But what the heck! It's size will vary depending on soil, region and many other conditions, and will come in assorted colors. I may put Miracle Grow on mine as I would be so happy to grow a cresta de gallo o mano de leon the size of a football as they do in Oaxaca. These will be velvety in deep saturated colors of red, orange and yellow. Beautiful for Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead T-shirts
These new shirts are made from the famous Peruvian cotton - luxurious long soft cotton fibers from the valleys of Peru. This very, very soft 100% cotton makes for a very comfortable T-shirt. Please note these may run a bit small. Men may want to order a larger size.
Blue Moon Sugar Skull T-Shirt
The spirit of this sugar skull is emerging from a lovely burgeoning flower garden filled with roses, daisies, butterflies and cempasuchil. The moon above watches it all. This will be the softest black t-shirt in your closet! Looks awesome with Levi's. $24 each
3X A5026-3X out temporarily:
Medium A5026-M | Large A5026-L | X Large A5026-XL 2X A5026-2X
Silver Sugar Skull T-Shirt
You won't be able to sneak through the cemetery with this silver sugar skull shimmering as you walk! It looks much better than the photo. The shirt is dark black and the skull is bright metallic silver. The 11 inch high skull is beautiful with a heart at the bottom and a marigold at the top. This is a gorgeous shirt! $24 each
Gray is the hot color this season! Any of these 4 shirts will cuddle you in sweet softness all day long. This is the same design as the silver skull, but it's made with a black velveteen-esque something or other that makes it look great! $24 each
A classic Posada design of the fandango, this design celebrates the joy of Day of the Dead. What woman wouldn't want to rattle her bones while topless, wearing only a red skirt??? It's hard to see, but the skeleton bones are metallic colored. A fun shirt to wear year round! $24 each
I think Frida Kahlo would roll her eyes if she saw her image & artwork on a bag, but the rest of us sure enjoy these practical mesh market bags. Frida actually used market bags on her beloved trips to the Coyoacan open air market - but they weren't these hard as nails, Cadillac quality, mesh market bags - double deep, double strong handles with triple rivets. Easy to clean and ample in size, these sassy market bags can be used for the gym, overnight trips or just a fun run around town bag where you want people to subtly notice you are sophisticated yet fun.
These bags are designed by us, sewn by women in Mexico City with the highest quality mesh & trim. Totes measure 16" wide x 17" tall x 8" deep.
Just in time for Day of the Dead parties - Typically sold in Mexican bakeries - Can you guess how many calories are in a sugar skull? 225!
Individually packaged in sealed, clear plastic boxes. Add a bow on top and the box looks like a happy, festive gift. 2 1/2" wide x 3" deep x 2 1/2" high. Made in Mexico. Master container holds 12 sugar skulls in assorted colors.
Photographer Pam Bacich has been traveling to Mexico since 2002 to take part in the Day of the Dead celebrations in villages and cities and in cemeteries large and small. Graveyard celebrations and quiet moments of reflection, plus all of the events leading up to Day of the Dead are captured in 132 dazzling, one-of-a-kind color photographs. Text, in English and Spanish, gives the reader insight into this beautiful and spiritual family holiday that celebrates life and death and honors the memory of deceased loved one. 120 pages, 132 color photographs. 11.6 x 10.9 x 0.7 inches.
English and Spanish text. Hardcover. Medal Winner in the 2015 – Independent Publishers Awards
If Frida were alive today, I'm pretty sure she'd own a sugar skull Skeleton Corkscrew!
This piece by Stephanie Suárez was the winning entry in a design competition called "Mexico Design Challenge". The sugar skull head twists as the bone arms raise while the cork screw lifts the cork through the bone rib cage.
It's heavy, well made and looks good in it's box - a great "guy" gift. You can pair it with a bottle of red wine, like the one from from Trader Joe's that has the skeleton label.
Is that a sugar skull in your pocket or are you just happy to see me??? These adorable, colorful hammered tins hold a bunch of little sugar skull candies. Can't say the taste of the candies will wow a refined candy connoisseur, but kids will devour them.
I love the empty sugar skull box and have hoarded many - I use them for earrings, paper clips and those easy-to-lose micro chips for my camera. These really are adorable and make great little Day of the Dead gifts for teacher, office mates or friends you run into at the Safeway. Keep several in your pocket and surprise someone with a "random act of sugar skull!"
Cute 3.5" x 2.5" colorful candy tins, each filled with 1.4 oz skull candies.
For those sugar skull lovin’ folks that just don’t like to get their fingers messed up with icing, this sugar skull puzzle will satiate that desire to handle authentic Mexican sugar skulls! These wonderful open air market shots show the variety & unique styles sugar skulls have from different parts of the country. 8 years + will enjoy working this circular puzzle.
140 piece puzzle, 13 inch diameter when finished. A2310 $15
Sugar Skull Lunch Box
Adults and kids alike who love Day of the Dead will enjoy this in the lunch room… or take food to the cemetery, sit on a tombstone and share a meal with your muertos! Just enough room inside to take a sugar skull and small pan de muerto with you! Cool sugar skull designs on all sides except top and bottom. Plain tin inside.
7" high x 8" wide x 4" deep
Made from hard cover children’s story books! Hard cardboard letters are strung together on black ribbon to hang in dining room, classroom or across an ofrenda. Uniquely ours. So durable that you can keep it up all year long. Each string extends approx. 6 feet, but you can adjust the spacing on the string. Handcrafted in Oregon. A3007 $15 each
Day of the Dead Face and Body Painting Ideas and Designs
By Lilly Walters Schermerhorn. 60 pages of step-by-step instructions and exercises. More than 250 full color photos. 11 step-by-step designs. illustrations, descriptions and examples of Sugar Skull: eyes, ears, noses, teeth and cheeks, simple folk art style, to the more elaborate.
Includes: a brief overview of the materials used in face painting Day of the Dead designs including: paints, powders, split cakes, brushes and bling. Suggestions and examples of decorating, shading, and coloring techniques. Tips on using eyelashes, adhesives, jewels, trims, glitter, glitter gels and stencils. Examples of the amazing art of 12 artists from around the world.
I love both these new ornaments! They are the nicest little new things I've found this year. These large sugar skull cookie ornaments are made from some kind of colored polymer clay and are topped with real fake sparkly sugar crystals. Their eyes and teeth really give them personality! 3.75" high with red ribbons on top. (if there's any color you don't want, please specify in Order Notes upon checkout).
I've just done my Christmas shopping! Everyone I know that runs with a old beat up Chevy pickup is getting one of these for their rear view mirror! These smiling calaveras are colorful, big and nicely made. 3.25" high. Separately, I bought some bright gift boxes so they make a wonderful gift. Assorted colors which come in a colorful gift box.
I love these! Very cool to hang on your ofrenda, around a window or your front door. Watch them change color between purple, blue, magenta and turquoise. There are 10 sugar skull lights that extend to 11 feet long. I'm going to use mine on my Christmas tree too! A5143 $26 each
Let your Day of the Dead / sugar skull loving friends and family choose their own gift! Send by email (delivered in 1-2 business days) or printed (delivered in 3-7 business days). Read more here.
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