1112013 091Today is what is known as Dia de  Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” in Mexico.  This is the time that families come together to pray for friends and family members who have died.  It is, in my opinion, a beautiful way to celebrate and remember those who are no longer with us.  Sugar skulls play a large role in these celebrations, as they are given up as offerings to those who have died, and also given as gifts amongst the living.  I think that sugar skulls are gorgeous works of art.  To learn more about the Day of the Dead and Sugar Skulls check out Wikipedia, or peruse these sites for fun sites:

Kid-Friendly Day of the Dead Crafts & Activities
Interesting Day of the Dead Facts
Day of the Dead Lesson Plans
Dia de Muertos Recipes
How to Make Sugar Skulls

I spent some time telling the kids about the traditions of Dia de Muertos this week, and I also made Ella a very cool skirt with some Sugar Skull fabric by Alexander Henry that she picked out over a year ago at St. Theresa’s Textile Trove.  I used the Lazy Days Skirt pattern, which is too easy to make.