The shrine i chose has a Guardian Angel holy card print on the cover, but others at the same venue were decorated with a wide assortment of Mexican lotteria game prints and Virgin of Guadelupe images. The covers and sides of all the boxes were enhanced with metalic glitter-goo, a craft supply item that resembles (and may be, for all i know) Elmer's glue in which metallic glitter has been stirred, applied with a tiny caulking gun.
A label on the bottom of the box desribes the contents:
MAGIC MATCHBOX SHRINES
Each shrine contains a smudge
stick, worry dolls from Guatemala
and healing dirt from New Mexico.
Carried in purses, the car or home,
these shrines bring blessings and
good luck to the carrier.
Ooh-la-la Designs - 1996
Left out of the above description is the following information: each box is lined with a seemingly random Mexican lotteria game print and also contains an upbeat fortune cookie type prediction. The "healing dirt" is enclosed in a large medical-style gelatin capsule sealed with a blob of metallic glitter-goo. The smudge stick, for those unfamiliar with this Native American tradition, is comprised of dried sage leaves bound with thread and is meant to be burned to purify an area or person. The Guatemalan worry dolls deserve their own web page and will get one soon, i promise.
There is no address for Ooh-la-la Designs. The price was a rather yuppie $5.00 per box, for which the style and workmanship almost compensated.
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