Five More Minutes With Goes Inside My Skull for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

Written by Braiden Rex-Johnson on October 28, 2013

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In honor of Halloween on October 31, and Dia de los Muertos, which spans October 31 to All Saint’s Day on November 2, this week Five More Minutes With once again highlights our long-time friend and talented colleague, Kate Heyhoe.

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The very first contributor to the Five More Minutes With website,  Kate Heyhoe makes sugar skulls very much in the Dia de los Muertos zeitgeist.

Recently, she posted a YouTube video.

Kate Heyhoe Sugar Skulls

The video features not only her and her skulls, but her cat, Tamale.

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It’s a fascinating peek into Kate’s fantasy world, which I highly endorse since I was one of the very first people to commission one of Kate’s full-size skulls (see my gorgeous, girly skull, above).

Won’t you consider working with Kate to go inside your own skull by creating your very own, custom-designed sugar skull?


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Let’s Go Inside My Skull

Written by Braiden on September 30, 2010

Kate Heyhoe, the very first person who contributed a story to Five More Minutes With, is a talented food writer and a dear personal friend. In the past several months, disillusioned by the state of publishing (as so many of us old timers who’ve published books, started Web sites, and written newspaper and magazine articles for a living are), she’s trying her hand at an entirely new career.

At her studio in the woods of the Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas, she crafts “Dreams of the Dead” skulls–miniature to full-size skulls spun from sugar–and sells them on her Web site. The site is glorious, complete with a slide show of the skulls available for purchase from $20 to $300 depending on size and complexity.

Kate and I stay in touch, and she reports her new business is doing quite well.

In fact, a few weeks ago, she e-mailed to tell me, “I’ve already got two galleries in Austin that have agreed to sell my skulls. One of them is the Mexic-Arte Museum, the other Authenticity Gallery. Please revisit to see the newest skulls. Some are near human-size nightlights.”

In mid-September, she e-mailed, “Authenticity Gallery sold my first skull today — it was a mini, but any sale validates my work.”

Kate and I still marvel, and chuckle, that it took the crisis in the publishing world to push us both simultaneously toward new and, in some ways similar, creative career paths.

Congrats, Kate, and brava!

Kate Heyhoe makes sugar skulls of all sizes–from mini to human-size nightlights

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