The Reveal… 1st Annual Danse Macabre Blog Hop – Hoarders Corner


When I read Strega Jewellery’s blog hop announcement back in August, I was intrigued. I loved the idea of the Danse Macabre as a celebration of life.  The fact that I could make something other than jewelry made it that much better.

I primarily make jewelry, but I enjoy branching out from time to time to see what else I can do.  In this case, I knew I would make something that was not jewelry, and would incorporate Dia de los Muertos symbolism.  It took some thinking, but finally I remembered an assemblage project that I had set aside, titled “An Easier Way to Make a ‘Tin’ Nicho” by Deedee Hampton from the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of ClothPaperScissors magazine.

A nicho is a small three dimensional shadow box that is traditionally used for Day of the Dead altars; often using religious imagery or photos of loved ones who have passed on. The imagery and symbolism of Dia de los Muertos has always interested me. I like the idea of creating ways to acknowledge those who are no longer with us, and I love the bright colors and juxtaposition within the art itself.

20151018_124512Lately I’ve been working on modifying my projects to fit with what I have on hand, instead of adding to my already over-sized stash of crafting and jewelry supplies.  In this case, the project called for using aluminum sheeting, but I decided to use card-stock and collage elements instead.

I embellished the nicho using rubber stamps and embossing powder, added some metallic micro-beads and tiny foil stars, and completed the project by setting a Day of the Dead cat and mouse figurine into the shadowbox.


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Thank you for checking out my blog hop post, and please be sure to view and comment on the blogs of my fellow participants!

The Blog Hop Participants

Lee Koopman, Hostess Strega Jewellry
Sam Waghorn Pale Moon Creations
Dini Bruinsma Angaza by Changes
Amy Jorgensen Hoarders Corner
Tammy Adams Paisley Lizard
Becca White Morgana Fey Creations
Kim Dworak Cianci Blue
Inge Von Roos Inge’s Blog
Deb Fortin Mohti Studio
Melissa Trudinger Bead Recipes

Hankies and Hatpins

Something awesome arrived the other day!  My mom told me she was sending me some stuff for Hoarder’s Corner and to be on the lookout for a package from her.  When the package arrived, I was excited to see what was in it.  Turns out, I had a reason to be excited.

Among the contents of ribbon and other collected bits for a collage project or mixed-media jewelry, she had packed in some family heirlooms — from three generations of maternal Grandmothers.  Like I said, awesome!

There were hatpins from my grandma, which may have been from her mother, who was a milliner and made hats. Hankies – two of them, one a unique hexagon shape on a soft floral print, and the other a white square with lovely tatting along one corner.  My mom can’t remember if they were my grandma’s or great-grandma’s, she’s had them since high-school.  From my great-great-grandmother – an embroidered silk collar to be worn with a “fancy dress that had a lower cut neckline” (from the note in the package).

And last but not least, a small cloisonne locket, whose cover slides aside to show an engraved Virgin Mary.

All that family history in some unassuming hankies and hatpins. Knowing my family, there’s probably a story (or more) to go with each of these pieces. I’m not sure why I love this stuff, but I do, and I’m very glad they joined the collection.