We have arrived, Rebecca of Recuerda mi Corazon and me to gather together the heartfelt offerings of those that join us for dia de bloglandia...
...we are 'sewn' together like the marigold chain, stacked bloom to bloom to share our stories, ofrendas and art for Dia de los Muertos.
My own ofrenda includes photographs of loved ones, items that remind us of their unique contributions to our lives and memories that help them live on...candles to light the way and to sit in the golden light.
Traditionally an ofrenda will be decorated with an item of each earthly element, air (cut paper), earth (marigolds), fire (candles), and water (bowls of water) along with things that help bring the deceased back into focus to hold them in our hearts.
This little Oaxacan angel surrounded in chains of marigolds ties us to the origins of this ancient tradition.
Our altar is filled with too many, many too young memories...Mr. R's daughter who had such a hard time living in this world, we remember her with photos, flowers and her sugar skull.
A small bowl of pinto beans to remind us of my sweet mother in law Helen...she tried many times teach me her old recipes, often laughing at my attempts to 'alter' them into more heart healthy versions. Mr R regrets not making a mold of her hand as this was the measuring tool she often used to share those recipes. This carousel glass that reminds me of my grandfathers' love of Orange Nehi that he drank from these festive glasses...photos of our lost sweet pups...
Our Ofrendas are setup in rooms that we are often in so we can spend time with the colors and smells of the altar for many weeks. This year it shares our kitchen...I have changed out the flowers as the garden flourished, now holding beautifully dried blooms.
Please leave the link to your Dia de Bloglandia post below with Mr Linky and be sure to leave a comment too. Leave your link and comment with Rebecca as well so that we may all sit this evening in the candle light together.