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Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Here we have Frida the Eternal, creating her mortal self. A thought provoking image...the Huichol people believe that as they create their artworks they are creating the world that is represented in the image...or should that be 're-presented'?
Aqui tenemos La Frida Eterna, creando si misma mortal. Un pensamiento curioso...la gente Huichol creen que mientras estan creando sus obras de artes, estan creando el mundo que esta representado en el imagen...ó deber ser 're-presentado'?

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Just got back from our Summer buying trip with a special prize...the newest addition to our selection of "Played" Tastoan masks. It's from the festival this past July. I've attached a link to our more extensive article on the Tastoanes in the PV Mirror of July this year.


We also have 2 previous "Tastoan" posts on this blog that you may not have seen....¡Pásele...take a loook!

Monday, August 5, 2013

~Jaguar Mask with Milagros~~Mascara Jaguar con Milagros~

"Grrrrr....get in here & find out what you're missing!"says the Jaguar. Hand-carved from avocado wood, covered with magical milagros (miracles), a perfect guardian for your folk art collection.

Monday, March 4, 2013

So What’s With The Skeletons!?!
   We hear this question all the time. In the rest of North America, bones conjure up fear, are used to scare children, and no good christian-minded soul wants to be reminded of death. Then, here they come to Mexico and find skeleton figures in all the art and artesania shops. There’s even a children’s cartoon named Huesita, or Little Bone. Why?  The answer is complicated, as different cultures tend to be, and Mexico’s culture is complicated indeed. The indigenous people of Mexico were conquered by the Spanish some 500 years ago, but they were not killed off or driven onto reservations. For the most part they were put to work. Over the centuries, the cultures of conqueror and conquered have melded in fascinating ways.   One of these ways is the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, a two day festival honoring our ancestors. Every year our departed come to visit, to feast and party with the living. The next day all go to the cemetary, where the party continues into the night. Then the living go home, and the dead await the next year. Though the Catholic church was able to move the date of this celebration to coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, this is where Christian influence mostly stops.   It’s good to keep in mind that most of the cultures of Meso America were interrelated, the same ball courts can be found in ruins near Phoenix as are found on the Yucatan peninsula. They also shared their religions. An integral part of that religion was the depiction of many gods as skeletons. Skeletons were considered good luck and were a symbol of fertility, the dicotomy of life. The god Quetzalcoatl was said to have stolen bones from the the god of the underworld to create the different races of mankind. It was believed that the god Mictlantecuhtli and his wife presided over the world of the dead. They are always portrayed as skeletons. This helps to explain the use of skeletons in the Dia de los Muertos celebration, and why we see them so often in ordinary life. In Mexico, bones are simply not something to be afraid of.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012


I've been away from the blog for awhile now because I'm working with my web designers at Griffin Graffix. The new web-site will also host my blog. Hoping to get it up in a couple of weeks.
The tile shop aand the gallery will have their own sections and LOTS of pictures!

Meanwhile, look at our temporary page for a sneak peek at our new signage.

E-mail: sales@colibridesignvallarta.com

Friday, October 12, 2012


Here is our latest bad boy, collected in Sept. of this year. It was "played" in the 2012 Dance of the Tastoan.

The "Dance/Battle/Fiesta" is celbrated each July 25th, the Feast Day of Santiago in the streets of Tonala, Jalisco.


Aqui esta nuestro tipo malo mas nuevo, coleccionado en Sept. de este año.
Lo fue "jugado" en La Danza de Los Tastoanes de 2012.

La "Danza/Batalla/Fiesta esta celebrado cada 25 de Julio, el Dia de Santiago en las calles de Tonala, Jalisco.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Greetings, all...just back from a tour of our favorite treasure hunting areas... central and southern Mexico. Lots of work yet to do in the shop, getting everything in it's place.

We're proud to showcase one of our latest finds. SHE IS AWESOME!!! I was soooo excited to find her!!! Another one of the very special ones...a masterpiece in the "Naif" style of the native Michoacan carvers. She stands 22" high, 10" wide, carved from a well cured Michoacan pine slab 4" thick.

She's even more beautiful in person...come by and adore her. She is at Calle Aldama #190, between Juarez & Morelos in colonia Centro, Puerto Vallarta.


Saludos a todos...acabamos de llegar desde un tour de nuestros lugares favoritos para buscar tesoros...el centro y el sur de Mexico. Tenemos mucho trabajo en la tienda, todavia para poner todos en sus lugares.

Tenemos mucho orgullo en presentando uno de nuestros  mas recientes hallazgos. ¡¡¡ ELLA ES ASOMBROSA!!! ¡¡¡Yo fui taaaaanto emocionada de encontrar la!!! Una otra cosa muy, pero muy especial...una maestra en el estilo "Naif" de los grabadores indigenas de Michoacan. Ella tiene 55cm de altura, 25cm de anchura, grabada de una tabla de Pino Michoacano, bien secado que tiene 10cm de grosor.

Ella es aun mas hermosa en persona...ven a ver para adorar la. Ella esta en Calle Aldama #190, entre Juarez y Morelos en col. Centro, Puerto Vallarta.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


With this handy guide, you can see who painted each piece of your beloved Ken Edwards Stoneware...provided they were working during the last decade. I don't remember exactly when we were presented with this lovely gift, but it was shortly after the turn of the new century. This one was painted by 'spiderman' Victor Pila Frias.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


This was one of those great finds that you wish for on every buying trip. We bought this one in 2006 for "Casa La Piña". I imagine this beautiful architectural detail as having been part of a sign for a juice bar. It's quite old & hand carved of very hard Mexican pine, a slab 5 inches thick...wow!

We found it in Michoacan. They still do a lot of similar work there, but now days it's mostly of High Density Fiber Board. It resists warping and of course it's not so thick, so it's lighter. The wood grain is not an issue to be dealt with and they can use electric grinding and sanding tools. It makes for some very beautiful and practical furniture. There's plenty of that in "Casa La Piña" as well.

I'm posting some pictures on our sister blog "Azulejos Colibri", of the fanciful tile work there. Some of this furniture makes it's way into the act also.


Thursday, July 5, 2012


One of my babies. She's made of cotton fiber with wool, mica, rubelite and pigments added into the pulp.

Una de mis bebes. Ella esta hecho con fibra de algodon y con lana, mica, rubelite & pigmentos añadidas en la pasta del papel.