Monday, October 16, 2017

Dia de los Muertos, Mexican Folk Art And Jimmo's Sugar Skulls

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Oh, how cultures differ! While losing someone always is a difficult thing, the way people in Central and Southern Mexico go about the death and dying is so much different than in many other parts of the world, most notably in the Western Christian, or more precisely, Catholic, tradition.

Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a joyous celebration of the dearly departed and has its origins in pre-Columbisn traditions. It reflects the recognition and acceptance of the natural cycle of life. It is a festival of vibrant colors, delicious foods, art, music, joy, laughter, colorful costumes, and not at all scary looking skulls and skeletons. The celebrations coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1st) and All Souls' Day (November 2nd).

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It is believed that the gates of open at midnight on October 31st, and  the spirits of all deceased children, the angelitos, are allowed to visit the homes and reunite with their families for the entire day. The spirits of the deceased adults re-join their families on November 2nd. To celebrate these reunions families prepare festive foods and bake large anise and orange scented sweet pan de muerto breads. Home altars are decorated with flowers, candles, fruits, freshly made food and drink. Toys, sweets and cigarettes are often added as well. Folk art skeletons and skulls made of sugar add the final touch to the offerings.

On November 2nd people visit cemeteries. They clean the family graves, have a picnic, listen to music, dance, play cards, meet friends, and tell stories of their dearly departed.

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Markets are full of colorful folk art and special candy. You will see calacas (skeletons), Catrina dolls (skull faced dolls in fancy dresses and hats), and of course, claveras or the sugar skulls. Embraced by bikers and tattoo artists, sugar skulls are becoming more and more popular in the mainstream. Fashion designers and jewelry makers are borrowing heavily from the colorful "language" of the Mexican folk art to create their haute couture. Markets in Mexico and New Mexico are full of colorful folk art and special candy. You will see calacas (skeletons), Catrinas (skull faced dolls in fancy dresses and hats), and of course, claveras or the sugar skulls. Embraced by bikers and tattoo artists all over the world, sugar skulls are becoming more and more popular in the mainstream. Fashion designers and jewelry makers are borrowing heavily from the colorful "language" of the Mexican folk art to create their haute couture.

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Sugar Skull Cat by Jimmo Designs

Jimmo's first calavera was created in 2015. It is a cool, urban design that sells in black or white versions. In 2016 the Sugar Skulls Collection was expanded by a colorful design of Sugar Skull With Roses. In 2017 a cute Sugar Skull Cat joined the jolly bunch. There is nothing morbid about these designs, if you have the right mindset and like Mexican folk art, that is.

For a limited time only Jimmo Designs offers 15% discount on all items in the Sugar Skulls Collection. Type

spooky15 

at checkout to receive the discount. This offer expires on October 30. Since all items are made to order, please place your order by October 20 if you want to receive your items for the Dia de Los Muertos.

We hope to hear from you soon and wish you wonderful time in October!

Dominique Allmon, Marketing assistant at Jimmo Designs

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 Calavera in a Roswell, NM, gift store

P.S. The Sugar Skulls Collection comprises of shirts, mugs, shopping bags, and home decor. Jimmo's attractive sugar skull t-shirts are also sold on Amazon. International orders can be placed at Jimmo Designs on Redbubble.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Vacation!

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Summer vacation! Adventures for most of us. No matter where you plan to go, vacation is a time of joy and excitement, but also of stress and even anxiety. Will everything go the way we planned? Are the hotels we've booked really that posh? Did we pack everything we need for the trip? Will the plane arrive on time for us to catch the intercontinental connection? And so on, and so on. 

Plan ahead to avoid stress, but be prepared for anything. A simple unfavorable weather pattern may delay your plane and you may end up stranded for days in Detroit instead of enjoying your Sky Juice under a palm tree in Bahamas. Also consider that your airline may lose your luggage and have a well packed carry on bag that will allow you to get by for a few days. Pack a some underwear, two or three t-shirts, bikini or swim shorts, sandals, hat, pair of jeans and a long sleeve shirt or shawl. You will need some toiletries for the trip. If you are traveling by air, remember that there is a limit for the liquids in you hand luggage. For details contact your airline. 

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To avoid stress, always arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure and check in for your flight online. Most airlines open their check in 23 hours before departure. 

If you are traveling abroad, check your visa and vaccination requirements to avoid surprises. If you are taking any kind of medication, make sure you have sufficient amount of pills for the duration of your vacation. Bring with you a small first aid kit with some over the counter stuff. You might want to have something on hand to take care of acute diarrhea, indigestion, motion sickness, and cold. A small bottle of good lubricating eye drops for the trip may also be a very good idea.

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Wherever you go, always bring a good dose of patience and humor. You will meet people from different cultures and their habits and behaviors may be very different from what you expect. In some places "Mañana" does not necessarily mean "Tomorrow" so patience is essential if you really want to enjoy your time. Remember, you are on vacation and there is no hurry to do anything at all, so relax. Europe in six days or so is a bad idea, but a week in Cancún or Sedona, might be exactly what you need to rest. 

Stay clear out of noon sun to avoid sunburn and drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, but most of all, enjoy your vacation as much as you can!

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Say It With Flowers


Say It With Flowers

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. - Henri Matisse

The culture of flowers seems to be universal and as old as the mankind. Their beauty and scent must have attracted human attention already at the earliest stages of the evolution. Flowers are as much part of nature as they are a part of culture. 

Archeological finds show that flowers were used for home decoration, as medicine, in cooking, in various ceremonies, and as a farewell gifts to the deceased. The scent of flowers attracted not only insects. People learned how to extract it and use it as a perfume.

Flowers have always been a favorite subject of painters, fashion designers, and to some degree also writers and poets. Floral designs experienced a revival with the Spring/Summer collections for 2017. Such designers as Marques'Almeida, Chloé, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Erdem, Dolce & Gabbana created elaborate head to toes florals that are meant to find cult followers. 

Say it with flowers

Florals are always fashionable and they make beautiful gifts for men and women. To keep up with the current fashion trend, Jimmo has a growing collection of floral designs. There are roses and hydrangeas, stylized lotus flower and colorful flower garlands. There is even a wisteria on a throw pillow...

Say it with flowers

Mother's Day is only a few days away. It is a great occasion to for unusual gifts, but sometimes the simplest gifts are the best: beautiful flower bouquet, breakfast in bed for your mom, or a visit at a whole day spa. Whatever you have to say, say it with flowers.

To make your gift giving a little more fun, Jimmo offers you 15% discount on all items from the Floral Collection. Simply type

floral15 

at checkout to secure your discount. This offer expires May 16, 2017.

Last month we were talking about the climate, the dying of the bees. Plant as many flowers as you can whenever you can to create a honeybee friendly environment.

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

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Also of interest: Floral Designs by Sweet Dominique on RedBubble


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