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I took a class last Friday at Darbella Studio in Hollis NH…Darleen taught us how to make Mexican “sugar skulls”.  The Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, is celebrated in the cities and countryside in central and southern Mexico November 1 & 2…it is a time when the people honor their deceased loved ones.  This tradition is becoming very popular in the U.S.

The skulls are made of polymer clay decorated as one sees fit, then antiqued with oil paint.  I had a blast with the new friends I made at Darbella Studio…we chat, play with clay,  have snacks, and we celebrate the time together sharing ideas and skills.  Darleen is an extremely talented polymer clay artist…she appeared on HGTV’s “That’s Clever” and her clay creations are fantastic!  Diane, from Rhode Island, the woman who started “Bottles of Hope”, a very  talented artist was also at the class.  I also learned a lot of neat tricks from Susan Wrisley : www.artsandcats.net    It is so inspiring to be in the company of so many talented, gifted women who share their life lessons of art and of life itself!  Thanks gals.  See you in a few weeks at another class!

Here’s a skull that Darleen made for me: “Lady Liberty”…think she knows that I am a Liberty fanatic?

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