Blizzard Crafting–Spring Calaveras Garland


Two weekends ago, Raj and I were trapped in the house for an ENTIRE weekend. Suffering from a serious case of cabin fever with nothing to do, nowhere to go and an empty larder, I searched high and low for something/anything to make. Here’s what I came up with…a springtime garland of calaveras.

Here are some pictures of the BLIZZARD. Perhaps the word blizzard is a tad hyperbolic, but there was snow on the ground for two days–a blizzard by Jordan standards.

Back to crafting.Β Calaveras (skulls, more specifically, Day of the Dead sugar skulls) make great decorations year round, right? I think they do, but know many others think that skulls are creepy, best relegated to Halloween decor. Regardless of your take on skulls as decor, I have TOO many hanging around our house in Amman (does this reflect my state of mind?) so I made these lovelies with the intention of giving them away to my sister who complimented the Valentine’s Day one’s.

Pictured on my bookshelf
Glamour shot
Skulls gone wild

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge what a NICE and GENEROUS sister I am. Remember the handmade doll that I bought for Nicole in Petra? (See picture below.) In response to comments that the doll on the left (the less cute of the two) should go to my sister, Nicole (known as NTP on comments) posted, “Why don’t you ask (your commentors) who the nicer sister is?” Sounds kind of snippy, huh? Maybe she doesn’t deserve the doll OR the garland? It’s so difficult being the younger, prettier, nicer sister…(j/k…a little).

The doll from Petra en route to Nicole (aka the less cute doll).

Unlike the Valentine’s Day garland, this garland is made entirely of female skulls (not a moustached one in the bunch) in softer hues of felt (due in part to the fact that I was running low on black floss and ran out of black felt). I’d like to keep this strand as well as the doll; I mean they’re both part of a collection now, but in keeping with the generous sister that I am, I’ll part with both.

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49 thoughts on “Blizzard Crafting–Spring Calaveras Garland

  1. Your sister got one up on you with a very nice cherry turnover along with a wonderful meal but I know you will soon catch up.. Cookies look great but what about that snow in Jordan, Did you bring your winter clothing? Keep the pictures coming. Dad

  2. Dear Jen,
    Certainly, I can feel the antagonism and retribution exuding from you, the youngest daughter. Being the youngest is not the easiest position in a family as some people think…mainly older sisters and brothers…they never get it! Being the youngest in my family provided for the necessity of creative thinking and action to survive!
    Being an objective contributor however allows me to comment on you and your Sister. I can only say that you both are exceedingly brilliant, and talented contributors to a society that desperately needs you!!!!!
    I love your blog Jen!
    Dick Leste.

    1. Richard being the youngest in our family meant you are spoiled. Whose the nicer sister? Go ahead and vote. Being the eldest, I learned how to share with my younger sibling.

      1. Really? Are you still getting over your horrible, traumatic childhood? The childhood in which you were SO deprived b/c your little sister got EVERYTHING? Keep Richard out of this. He a youngest too so he’ll side with me!

  3. Thanks Jen for outing me as NTP. I wanted the less cute doll because I began to feel sorry for her since she wasn’t getting any votes. That’s just my nice, sympathetic nature.

    1. Hi NTP, aka Nicole my sister…I’m so glad that you’ll be there for the sadder doll. She really needs your sympathy, poor little second choice doll that she is! I’m so glad that she’ll be welcomed into the Island of Misfit Toys.

  4. Oh how I love these!! I have a thing for Day of the Dead and skulls and other oddities! I loved them so much I had to tweet about them (venuscorpiogirl). You are very talented. The snowstorms there look like the ones that paralyze us here.

  5. Jen, I thought these were cookies, am I getting old or what. ? You girls may have to take care of me sooner but please no trailor parks. For all I know you may place these cute skulls in front of me and Dick and I would be chowing up breaking our old teeth.. Thing about putting a warning on them, do not eat…..

  6. Lovely! I adore calavaras (even painted my face as one to hand out candy on Halloween) and these are just too darn cute! Your sister’s a lucky girl (though I’m the eldest of four girls, so I’m siding with her on the sister debate. :P)

  7. These are great! I recently made a sugar skull brooch and I’m in the process of making a big felt sugar skull cushion – I love the idea of making them into a garland too. Pretty productive weekend, I’d say!

  8. I love your Calaveras! How did you manage to make something somewhat morbid so cute?!
    And, wait, are calaveras also part of Middle East traditions? I know of Calaveras from the Mexican celebration for the Day of the Dead!

    1. Thanks. There aren’t any calaveras traditions in the middle east, at least not that I know of, in fact there aren’t too many traditions. I grew up in So. California and have always loved Day of the Dead.

    1. Thanks. I do a lot of nibbling while I’m crafting too, but if I didn’t craft, I’d be ten times my size. BTWm the calaveras are so simple…no sewing skills required other than a blanket stitch which I learned on you tube.

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