Mexican Folk Art

Arcata, California 435 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Mexican Folk Art

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    Last updated on Feb 9, 2018

    Mexican Folk Art


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    About CherryPicks

    Sales 435
    On Etsy since 2007


    I have been in business for over 15 years at brick and mortar shops, the festival circuit and now the internet.
    It all started with a little girl and her Abuela.

    Grandma (Abuela) could do anything. Make anything. Sew anything. She was the ultimate super hero of the crafting world. She was my mentor and I strive to be like her. Every item I use, she used. Every object I make, she made. Everyday mundane household items were constructed into super crafty fun. "Never throw away anything usable" she would say. "It can always be reconstructed into something amazing."

    I have a collection of things she made with her own hands. Nichos made from old clothespins and rolled up paper. Santuario de Mesa when a family member would pass. Muñecas made from clothespins and pipe cleaners. Botellas de Plástico made into doll houses with Fósforo de Madera furniture. Ojos de Dios and Flores de Papel in every color imaginable.

    She was and still is my greatest inspiration.

    She made this little girl's life shine like glitter.

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    Shop policies

    Last updated on October 4, 2017
    ¡Bienvenido! - Welcome!

    Thank you for your interest in CherryPicks.

    Interested in a certain Santo (Saint)? Contact me for information on having your favorite saint enshrined in a nicho/retablo.

    Please message me with any questions you might have.

    Gracias - Thank you

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    We have pictured our product to the best of our abilities and urge the buyer to ask questions before purchase. We are happy to answer you! No refunds, no exchanges.
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    Please double check that the mailing address you have on file with Etsy is current and correct. Packages shipped to an incorrect address due to buyer error may be lost, delayed or returned to me by USPS. In this case, the buyer will be responsible for additional costs related to reshipping. Refunds, if requested, will be issued for purchase price only after the returned package is received by me. Shipping charges are not refundable if an incorrect address is provided.

    US Shipping
    All items will be shipped First Class or USPS Priority within the United States which comes with tracking and delivery confirmation. If you choose Priority this includes $50.00 insurance. If your package is worth more than $50.00 I suggest you purchase extra insurance. First Class does not come with insurance. If you would like to insure your package, send me a message for a quote and I will make a custom listing for you with the added insurance price.

    If your package goes missing or it is damaged in anyway, it is up to you file a claim with USPS. I will be happy to assist you with this issue any way I can.

    World Wide Shipping
    My packages are rigid to protect your item from bending and are shipped via First Class or USPS Priority Package International mail, which can take 2-6 weeks to arrive. This method does not provide insurance outside of the United States. Tracking information may or may not be available depending on the destination.

    ALL DELIVERY TIMES QUOTED ARE ESTIMATES and are beyond my control once the package has entered the postal system. If you require faster shipping, please contact me via the Etsy convo system before purchasing and I can quote a price for global priority shipping. Delivery times do not include my processing time. I am not responsible for customs delays.

    The customs form I'm required to attach to your package will show the actual price you paid and be marked as “merchandise." This information is system generated on the customs form and I can not change it. I am NOT responsible for customs fees and import taxes imposed on a Buyer by their country of residence. Falsifying customs declaration forms in order to help a Buyer avoid these taxes and fees is against the law and comes with a punishment of up to $10,000 USD with the possibility of up to 5 years of imprisonment. Please do not ask me to violate the law.

    I am not responsible for calculating import fees. Buyers can use the tool found at the web site below to estimate import fees:

    New shipping rules put forth by the shipping companies, that there may be a return charge for unaccepted or returned items. Buyer will be responsible for these charges.

    If you would like a different shipping option please send a message to the shop before placing your order.

    PLEASE REMEMBER that once the item I ship to you is in the hands of the carrier (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) I cannot control the amount of time it takes them to deliver it to you. United States Priority Mail has a limit of $50.00 insurance if your package gets lost. If you would like to purchase more insurance please send me a message before purchasing. All other countries will have to purchase insurance before the package is mailed. CherryPicks is not responsible for lost packages. We will send you a copy of the receipt for proof of shipping from USPS.
    Additional policies and FAQs

    Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

    They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

    In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock's combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.

    Day of the Dead is a very expensive holiday for these self-sufficient, rural based, indigenous families. Many spend over two month's income to honor their dead relatives. They believe that happy spirits will provide protection, good luck and wisdom to their families. Ofrendabuilding keeps the family close.

    On the afternoon of Nov. 2, the festivities are taken to the cemetery. People clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones. Tradition keeps the village close. Day of the Dead is becoming very popular in the U.S. ~ perhaps because we don't have a way to celebrate and honor our dead, or maybe it's because of our fascination with it's mysticism.

    Halloween and Day of the Dead are frequently confused since Day of the Dead is the day after Halloween. Baby's spirits return to their parent's home on November 1 and the spirits of dead adults return home November 2. Cemetery celebrations occur during these days too depending on the traditions of the town or village. Day of the Dead is a synchronistic blend of pre-Conquest pagan rituals and the Catholic celebrations called All Souls and All Saint's Day. Although it's roots are Catholic, it has become a cultural event more than a religious holiday. The Mexican official national holiday is taken November 2.

    What is important to remember is that Day of the Dead is a beautiful, spiritual family holiday to honor the memory of dead relatives. It's not really the memory of their death but spending time thinking about and feeling the essence of their life. It's a bonding time and respectful time that brings generations together within a family and the entire community. Continuance of these ancient traditions, getting everyone's sleeves rolled up to work on food preparation, tomb cleaning and building an elaborate ofrenda in the living room brings solace to older folks that might otherwise fear that they will be forgotten after their death. And for those of the religious persuasion, this is a very sacred encounter with dear missed spirits that have been released from heaven for a day, allowed to return to enjoy the visits, offerings and foods of their family. Read more about Day of the Dead history.

    Halloween is a holiday with origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was celebrated 2000 years ago at the end of the harvest, before the beginning of the cold, dark winter, both to give thanks to the spirits for a fruitful harvest as well as to scare the spirits of the dead from causing sickness, plague and crop damage. Masks and carved turnips with scary faces were used to scare these naughty spirits away from their villages. Animal heads and skins were worn as costumes. Huge bonfires were made to burn animals as sacrificial offerings to the Celtic gods. The progression and history of this holiday is interesting and complex but we all know it turned into the commercial Hallmark holiday we all enjoy with trick-o-treating, costumes, carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples. The holidays are different in their origins, beliefs and how they are celebrated. Search Google for more info on Halloween.

    Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.

    Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers. These wonderful artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place.

    There is nothing as beautiful as a big, fancy, unusual sugar skull!

    Although it is a holiday from far away in southern Mexico, it's a holiday one can personalize and integrate into their own religious and cultural beliefs. It is more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone... through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned... not how the person died, but how they lived.

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    Last updated on Oct 1, 2017
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    Day of the Dead/Sugar Skulls

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