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Sunday, March 25, 2012


Our urban squirrels just LOVE to tease the neighborhood cats!

I just HAD to share this one. I actually have a slideshow of the little imps doing their high wire acts! I roll it out at times, just for a laugh! I just LOVE their little toes!!!

Squirrels have long held a special place in my heart. Growing up in the mountains of Southern Calif., my friends & I would entice them to take peanuts from our hands on our deck railings. We loved them so much that when we found the inevitable car victims, we'd give them funerals in  little shoe-box coffins. What a surprise to find so many of them living here. I now realize how much I've missed them.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


This serene image, captured in a corner of the Hernandez Cerrano family workshop. Proud piña makers, now 3 generations strong. Their workshop has a registered trademark. It's called Tzitziki, a Pur' hepechan word that means "Flower of the Forest". They've also constructed a community Museum/Showcase in their courtyard, where visitors can see enormous award winning pieces from years gone by.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


These Piñas and Piggy were part of a special order to be shipped to the USA, so we couldn't have any!!! The sheaf of corn is a new design. So spectacular! Oohh, I was so jealous! The Piggy!!! Words fail. But, OWWWWCCHH!!! Do you see the broken upper rim on the upper left?!?

Thursday, March 1, 2012


This is one of the famous "Piñas de Barro", clay pineapples from Michoacan. There are many Pineapple crafters in the small town of San Jose de Gracias, Michoacan. Our favorites come from the workshop named "Tsitsiki", a Pur'hepechan word meaning "Flower of the Forest". The family of Pedro Hernandez Carlos, 3 generations, work their magic hands to produce these exquisite pieces. They are accomplished by a combination of molds and hand work. The details are all by hand. They are a wonder to watch in action. Consistent prize-winners and innovators, they set the high bar for their fellow craftsmen of the town. This is an example of one of their prize-winning designs.

Every time we visit them, I wander in awe, through the various work stations and drying areas they have set up for each of the stages of production. I want them ALL!!! This last visit, only 2 weeks ago, we got a preview of some new styles they're working on. The family is SO amazingly creative. And there are all sizes, from tiny to gigantic.

In the next few posts, I'll be showing pics from the workshop...get ready to swoon!!!