It's Wednesday! Which means we are eeking closer to Halloween. But first, today is all about Dia de los Muertos, or in English, Day of the Dead. One of my blogging friends Melissa from Rebel & Malice launched her first blog tour on Monday, and I am HONORED that she asked if I would like to be a part of it! I have always been fascinated with this holiday, and took the time to really read up and understand the meaning behind it. Melissa said we could create anything that inspires us, so I went with a vintage feel based off a photo of a sugar skull which is pictured below. (image from Google)
Before we get started, another reason as to why I wanted to participate was to remember my stepmother, Sheree, who passed away last October. She was such an inspiration to me, and always told me to do what makes me happy. We always crafted together which is something that hasn't left me, and I'm sure will stay with me till the time I leave this earth. She would be proud of the mother and seamstress I have become today.
The sweater is an Aster Cardigan from a previous post, which you can read about here. I absolutely love styling little kids, and just couldn't resist using it as a key piece when putting together M's outfit.
Pardon the "black crayon" smudge on the left collar piece above; Madison had done some crafting earlier and I suppose I didn't clean the table well enough.
If you haven't guessed which pattern the dress is yet, wait no longer! I used the Debbie's Birthday Dress from Sewpony Vintage, and I forgot just how much I loved this pattern. Though sewing it only once before, this dress comes together with such ease. Suz's instructions are beautiful, and the end result is so satisfying. I forget why I don't sew this pattern more often. Living in Florida, our days are still in the low to mid 80's, so jackets are pretty much only needed in the mornings. Yay!
Though I felt a lot of grief with my stepmom's passing, I know she would not want me being stuck in self pity. I wanted this dress to express how I feel, which in all honesty is blessed to have had the 22 years knowing her as my "Sheree-ree". Colors play a huge role in this holiday, and many of which are reflected upon in the Debbie Dress. The collar is white, which stands for Purity and represents Madison. Yellow in the leaves represent the passing of Sheree. Red for the blood that was shed at her her death, and my favorite, the pink which symbolizes celebration!
Madison is so full of life and vigor. She lives in the moment, and has such a beautiful outlook on life. When I told her about why I was making the dress, and who it was for, she immediately told me "Mommy, there is no need to be sad! Sheree would want us to be happy, and think of all the good times, like when we went to visit her and Grandpa." Who could possibly say no to that? She knows that God has her grandmother now, and that she doesn't hurt anymore, and that is all I can ask for. Madison then began showing that radiant smile, and my heart melted all over again.
Today is a day for celebration; a time to remember the ones we have lost in good measures. Death is inevitable, and when we go to meet our maker it shall be a glorious and joyful moment. "There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears". Madison really wanted to take a minute to pray, and I was able to capture this sweet and pure moment below.
Again, thank you Melissa for having me on this tour with all the other fabulous ladies! Please be sure to check out the rest of the talent on the Day of the Dead Blog Tour and enter the sweet giveaway!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway October 26: Rebel & Malice - Felt With Love Designs
October 27: From a Box - Paisley Roots
October 28: Crafty Lady Abby
October 29: Sewing Sober - Two Novembers
October 30: Handmade Boy - Ginger House Designs
October 31: Call Ajaire
November 1: Lulu & Celeste
November 2: Rebel & Malice (Last day to enter giveaway!)