Musings from Raspberry Moon – October 2014 Newsletter

Halloween is almost here!

Yeah, October is here and the month of my favorite holiday! Halloween! Just a little snippet here about Halloween before we get into our holiday of the Month – Dia de los Muertos.

Halloween was first a Celtic Festival called Samhain, the time when the ghosts of those who had passed were able to mingle with the living and the souls of those who had recently died were able to travel to the otherworld. Bonfires were lit to honor the dead and keep them away from the living as they made their journey.

My Day of the Dead costumeToday Halloween is celebrated by young and old alike. The creativity of making a costume is so much fun. I am not one for store bought costumes. I come up with my own (with the help of the internet, of course).

For a more complete history of Halloween check out

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Latin America but most especially in Mexico. Dia de los Muertos is about honoring those who have passed. It is about celebrating their lives. Dia de los Muertos correlates loosely with All Saints Day and All Souls day which are minor Catholic Holidays and actually cross over with Halloween.

During the holiday you will see calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls) decorated very colorfully. Last year Greer had their Halloween Party on November 1 so I painted a sugar skull or Calaveras mask on my face.

Grave sites are decorated as are alters. Typical decorations are candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cockscombs), 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 (little angels/children), 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.



Dias de los Muertos Art and Meditation

Sugar Skull Makeup Designs from - Beautiful!

Sugar Skull Makeup Designs from – Beautiful and great ideas for how to paint your skull (or your next Halloween costume)!

Join hosts Nicole Martin and Jennifer Lynne Ziemann for a Dias de los Muertos celebration with art and meditation! Dias de los Muertos serves as a beautiful affirmation of the circle of life and death.  It allows us to reconnect with ourselves as well as the spirits of our loved ones, helping us find acceptance in the impermanence of this very moment in this very life.

We will begin with a meditation on impermanence, followed by painting and decorating our very own skulls in honor of our loved ones who have passed to the other side in celebration of their lives and spirits.  We will end with a sharing of our work and who we honored.  Refreshments will be provided.

Please join us for this sacred celebration on October 30th 7pm -9:30pm at The Ward Artist Studios

110 Wardlaw St. Greenville, SC 29601.

There is a limited amount of space so you will want to prepay ASAP to reserve your space.

Cost:  $30

Supplies needed: at least 3 paint brushes; small, medium, large

Space is limited to 12, so please register early. To secure your space, please prepay using the button below:

Prepay using PayPal


Heal the Past, Live the Present and Dream the Future Events – Mark your Calendars

Heal the Past, Live the Present, Dream the FutureHere are our October events, with links to more information and Facebook RSVPs. (Location guide: NMY = North Main Greenville Yoga Location  and ARY = Augusta Road Greenville Yoga Location)

Download our flyer to display at your business. And don’t forget we have drop boxes at Raspberry Moon and both Greenville Yoga locations to drop off items on Safe Harbor’s Wish List. Thanks!


October Special on Our New Product: Poo-Pourri

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  • NO Petroleum Distillates
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Poo-pourri Dr. Potts Proven Potty PotionThis video will crack you up! So if you need a good laugh and have a sense of humor about the Loo (British for Bathroom), check it out!

Original Poo-Pourri

Scent: A Fresh Clean Blend of Bergamot, Lemongrass and Grapefruit

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Dr. Pott’s Proven Potty Potion

Scent: A Fresh Herbal Blend of Tea Tree, Rosemary and Lavender

Pooetry: Will Positively Purify Even the Most Pungent of Potties!

4 oz bottle of either scent is regularly $15, but save 15% through the month of October!


Raspberry Santa GirlOur Holiday Open House is November 19th

Our holiday open house is Wednesday, November 19 from 5-8pm.

This year we have new and fun things for your gift giving needs and in all price ranges. So be sure to mark your calendar!

You will be the first to see the new items and there will as always be yummy food, our famous Mexican Ponché (that delicious hot fruit punch), door prizes, and – of course – a nice little sale just for you!

More details in next month’s newsletter!


Explore Our New Online Booking System, and Sunday Appointments

Did you know that we now have an online booking system? Check it out at (click the Book Your Appointment button on the right). We are slowly but surely moving everything over to this new system. The new system will enable us to send appointment confirmations, reminders, and allow you to change your appointment.

Out of the office:

  • Oct 17-Oct 20 – I will be in Ithaca, NY hanging out with my best friend Stephanie and my crazy nephews.
  • Nov 9-10 – Hickory, NC for Southern Spa Salon Conference – getting some education and checking out new items

Other than that, work is on like usual!

Sundays I will be working through the end of the year:

  • October 12 & 26
  • November 2 & 16
  • December 7 & 21



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