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Today is Day of the Dead but what’s it all about?

As I’m sure you’re aware by now I’m a huge fan of sugar skulls and they heavily influence my jewellery. By why and what are they all about? Read on for more information about this fascinating culture!

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico on 1st and 2nd November to honour deceased loved ones in a similar way to Halloween in this country. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. It is commonly portrayed as a day of celebration rather than mourning.

When we went to America for our Honeymoon Disneyland had a whole section dedicated to Day of the Dead and their amazing film Coco. Here’s me and my husband enjoying the festivities!

Disneyworld California Day of the Dead
Getting a Sugar Skull Tattoo
My Sugar Skull Tattoo
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Decorating the home with an Ofrenda

This year I’ve decided to have my own ofrenda (Spanish for “offering”) which is a home altar with a collection of objects placed on a ritual display during Día de Muertos. In Mexico these altars can contain the favourite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls so they will hear the prayers and the remembrance of them.

I have pictures of my Mum, brother and my maternal grandparents. I also have some sugar skulls and we have lit candles. I’ve even bought a Pan de muerto which is a type of sweet roll shaped like a bun, topped with sugar, and decorated with bone-shaped pieces of the same pastry. I got mine from Sweet Nibble bakery. I also bought these sugar cute crochet sugar skulls which are made by Art_Mkt!

Sugar Skulls

One of the most iconic and colourful items seen during the festivities is the sugar skull or calavera. These skulls, which can come in different sizes, are traditionally made of sugar and are decorated with icing to be fun and colourful. Some even have feathers, glitter, hats, or other objects attached to make them more personal.

Sugar skulls are sometimes eaten, but their main function is to adorn the altars and tombs with a sugary delight for the visiting spirits. I have several sugar skulls as you might expect, and I won’t be eating mine mainly because they’re not actually edible ones!

But why SUGAR skulls? In Mexico, a country abundant in sugar production and perhaps too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, people learned quickly how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay moulded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul and often had names written on their foreheads and placed on the home “ofrenda” or gravestone to honour the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk-art style of big happy smiles, colourful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments.

You might think that the sugar skulls can look a bit scary but they are meant to be happy, colourful and are meant to capture the joy and happy memories associated with lost loved ones which is why I am particularly fond of them and include them in my jewellery.

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My last skull jewellery offer is a doozy!

Where has the time gone eh? It’s only 5 more days until Halloween! Hurrah. What are your plans? I can’t wait to spend it watching my fav comedians doing an online gig about serial killers. “What?!” I hear you say. You read that right it’s called “All Killa No Filla” and if you’re not familiar it’s a brilliant podcast devoted to talking about serial killers and general hilarious chit chat. It’s performed by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn and if you’ve not listened to it yet and true crime is your bag then check it out. I listen on Spotify, but they have other channels too.

I’ve taken a break from markets for a coupla weekends, but November is chockablock with events and I’m super excited to be returning to Warrington on 8th November and for my first every Levy Market on 14th November. I’ve also got 2 online markets and a fair few other treats in the works. Check out the front page of my website for more info.

In November I’ll have an exciting announcement for you so stay tuned for that!

Last but not least it’s also time for me to announce my final skull jewellery offer. I’ve saved the best ‘til last of course! This weekend, Halloween itself, I am offering buy one get one free on all earrings. That’s 50% off! All you need to do is pop to my website, put the earrings you want in your basket and remember to add BOGOFEAR in the coupon box before checking out. If you can’t see what you’d like drop me a DM about a commission 😊

In the meantime, and as always stay spooky folks!

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I’ve got your Halloween half term activity sorted!

Hi again! You’ve probably realised Halloween this year is going to be very different. No trick or treating (or there shouldn’t be but ya know some people might) and no parties 🙁

As far as I’m concerned this does not mean Halloween is cancelled. Maybe we have to celebrate differently and that’s ok. I am spending the evening dressing up and watching my favourite comedians do a live online show. I may even have some treats (no tricks!) 😀

It’s also half term soon and you’re probably looking for something spooky for you or your (older) kids to do? Well, I’ve got just the thing with my next offer!

My skull earring kits are perfect for those days when you can’t go out, the TV only has terrible reruns and you’ve played all the board games. Not only that but this weekend I’ve got 20% off my earring kits.

All you need to do is pop to my website, put the kit(s) you want in your basket and remember to add EARKIT20 in the coupon box before checking out.

So far I’ve got no other markets scheduled for October but my November is set to be busy. I’m really looking forward to another Makers Market From Home online market (you may remember me doing these in the Summer?). I’ve also got an awesome brand new market at the end of November in Warrington 😃 I’ve also got my debut at Levy Market 😁

Find more details of my markets on the front page of my website.

In the meantime pop to my shop and stock up on your Halloween jewellery.

Stay spooky folks!

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Another skull jewellery offer you say?

That’s right! It’s time for my 3rd skull jewellery offer to be announced. Where is the time going?!

This coming weekend I’ll have 20% off all my bracelets and that includes the new range I’ve recently designed. If you’re following me on social media you’ll be aware but if not (and why not?!) here are some pics

I decided to design a simpler version of my macramé bracelets and have various crystal or gem options. These can be made without a skull if you’d like but why would you want to?

I have tigers eye, goldstone, turquoise, rose quartz and many others. Each type has a matching skull bead but you can also choose to change the colour if you want. Just click on the link and pick your selection.

I’m also adding more and more markets to my list on my front page. I’m super excited to announce that I’m now working part time in my job so I can focus more energy on making and selling my skull jewellery. Why not come and visit me in person at one of my upcoming markets?

I’m also planning on doing a couple of online markets such as the Curious Exchange Market which is totally goth and another Makers Market From Home which is a “C word” market. And no I’m not swearing! C stands for that festive time of year and I refuse to use the C word under Halloween is out of the way.

Until then stay spooky folks! It’s only 20 days to Halloween…

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Announcing my next skull jewellery offer!

Hello again! Brrrr it’s got chilly hasn’t it? I guess it’s to be expected as it’s now October. How did that happen!? Where has the year gone? Also our boiler finally gave up the ghost last week so I’ve spent most of the week wrapped up to my eyeballs!

Did you take advantage of last week’s offer on my rings? If so, I’d love to see pics on social media 🙂

Anyhoo, on to the next jewellery offer! This weekend* only I will be offering 20% off all necklaces on my website.

To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is pop to my website, put the necklace(s) you want in your basket and add NECKLACE20 in the coupon box before checking out. Although this doesn’t include commissions, I am still open to these and happy to discuss your requests.

Don’t forget I’ll be at Warrington Makers Market this Sunday where I’ll have specials on my skull jewellery too.

If necklaces aren’t your thing don’t worry as I’ve got offers on my other skull jewellery coming up over the few weekends. More details to follow in future emails, blog posts and social media.

Why not sign up to my mailing list so you can receive notification of these and other deals? Don’t forget you also get a 10% discount off your first order (not valid with my Halloween deals).

Remember if you purchase from me I’d love you to leave me a review on Google or my Facebook page.

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Spooky Season Markets & Skull Jewellery Offers

Howdy there!

So, it’s 41 days to Halloween and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been ready for this for ages! It’s my absolute favourite season of the year. The leaves turning and falling, the smell of woodsmoke, the nights drawing in, the warm cosey clothes and boots and OF COURSE pumpkin-spiced everything! I’m rather disappointed that a certain coffee chain isn’t releasing their usual Autumnal offering until October, unlike previous years!

Luckily, as you would imagine, I have my own pumpkin flavoured coffee already in my cupboards.

To mark the spooky season I am running 5 weekends of my skull jewellery offers for you with up to 50% off! I’ll be posting about these on social media so if you aren’t already following me why not start now? Don’t worry if you don’t do social media as I’ll give you full details in my next email.

I have also been busy booking up Makers Markets and I have a new one to add! I shall be at The Great Northern Makers Market in Manchester on 4th October. This is my first Manchester market I’ve done so it would be amazing to see as many of you as possible. I’ll have lots of special offers on, obvs!

I’m also going to be doing Warrington Maker’s Market on 11th October and potentially some other Manchester Markets. As soon as dates are confirmed I’ll let you know.

That’s all for now. Weirdly the sun is shining as I write this so it seems a bit odd to be thinking about gorgeous Autumnal things but I can definitely feel it in the air. Stay safe and spooky folks and I’ll leave you with this awesome gif of Vincent Price being attached by a vamp Kermit!

Sam

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Spooky Season Skull Jewellery Update

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Hello! It’s been a couple of months since I last wrote because, as you may have seen on my social media, I have had a little break over the summer. I took time to rest, relax and enjoy some me-time with (literal!) Self-care. I managed to have a quiet weekend away in Whitby and catch up with some friends and family.

Have you ever had days where you feel like what you’re doing isn’t working? Maybe it’s a job you’re doing that you no longer love? A relationship that isn’t fulfilling you like it used to? Perhaps it’s realising the seasons are changing and you need to as well?

Quickly I realised it’s important (and OK) to take a break every now and then to get some perspective. It helps to identify what’s still working and what isn’t and then make changes. During my break moments of self-doubt about my products gave me some perspective on what I was doing and where I was going with my business. 

I’ve decided I want to evolve my skull jewellery pieces so as a result I start a silversmithing course this week to learn how to use metals to make my skull jewellery. I look forward to sharing my new journey with you over the next few weeks both on my blog and social media.

In the meantime, Autumn and Halloween are fast approaching and my skull jewellery is perfect for this spooky time of year. Whether you love alternative jewellery all year round or you want skull jewellery to go with your Halloween outfit click on the shop button below to find that perfect item. 

Finally, I’m going to be releasing some special offers over the next few weeks so do watch out for those discounts.

That’s all for now as I’m off to dig out a warm jumper, have a cuppa and think about putting the heating on!