One more story from Taxco to Hollywood.

Mexico’s 200th birthday is coming next September 16th of 2010, so we have almost one year to get our ducks in a row, the mariachi band together and a good load of tequila and marguerita mix stored in the cellar.

In the meantime, I discovered a wonderful site that celebrates Mexico in all it’s splendor, full of articles about Mexican history, food, culture, folklore etc…

I’m  re-posting a section of one of their articles about Mexican gifts to the world.  I chose this in particular because the story of the poinsettia was told to me by my grandfather many times, and many times I thought he was inventing it to impress us.  Well, I was so wrong and he was soooo right.

Posted here with pride and permission  courtesy of  Mexonline.com Please leave your comments below.

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What Mexico Has Given To The World.

The Poinsettia
Each year, just before Christmas, poinsettia plants start to make their annual appearance in grocery and retail chains nationwide. The poinsettia has become synonymous with the Christmas holiday season and many bring this plant as a gift when visiting friends and family. Indeed, the plant’s bright red flowers lend a joyous presence to any environment and holiday decorations don’t seem complete without them. This plant is native to Mexico and originally came from a particular region near present-day Taxco. The Aztecs, whose name for the plant was ‘cuetlaxochitl’ used the poinsettia medicinally and also as a dye.

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Joel Roberts Poinsett

The plant adopted its current name after the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett (1825-1829). This dignitary was so impressed with the plant that he had it shipped to his plantation in South Carolina.

Some decades later, in California, Albert Ecke, started to sell the flowers from his florist stand near Hollywood, California. It is believed he found the plant growing wild, in the foothills of present day Los Angeles. Ecke noticed that the plant’s flowers would bloom in a profusion of bright red around the Christmas holiday season. The plant proved enormously popular as a holiday decoration and a multi-million dollar business was born. Today, the base of operations is located in Encinitas, California, where the poinsettia is grown in greenhouses and shipped world-wide.

©Mexonline.com

Disco Fever Anyone?

Disco Fever Necklace

This is my latest creation. I called it Disco Fever Necklace.

Where the inspiration came from?

Mars and the Moon rumor on the internet for next August 27th.

And the fact that I have been listening more and more to Michael Jackson’s music, and listening his music in others peoples cars, in the stores, boutiques, gas stations, etc.

All this has given me a disco fever momentum, if you want to call it that way.  I’m constantly humming disco music, and wearing leggings.

Oh yeah!

Waiting for the date to see Mars the size of a full Moon, while doing the moon walk!

Introducing the “Love Bug”

The Love Bug, was created to spread Love in the world.

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You can get your love bug at my store.

*Free domestic shipping, and gift wrapped for Valentines!

Love Conquers All Ring

With this economy now is the time to concentrate on this words, “Amor Vincit Omnia” and just today, the ring finally arrived, and it looks wonderful.  Black enamel and sterling silver with my logo and a heart in the center, and the “love conquers all ” latin mantra surrounding it.

I’m super happy, and can’t keep the camera from shaking….sorry for the off focus picture.

Amor Vincit Omnia Ring

Love Conquers All

My first sample from my new collection – Amor Vincit Omnia – (Latin for  “Love Conquers All” ), just arrived.

It’s such a wonderful feeling to open the box, and see your vision into reality.

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Round Pendant, Sterling Silver  and Black enamel.

Thanks Giving.

peace

Very grateful, for all the things I have and specially the ones I don’t.

I have a wonderful family, health, love and a wonderful group of friends . I’m also grateful for the creativity and inspiration that comes to me everyday, delivered with my morning tea, without a delay, before 9am.

I’m grateful for all the invites to attend holiday parties, screenings, sales events, so I can see all the friends, all at once that I couldn’t see through the course of the year.

October, what a month…

My job in a clothesline

I finally did the sensible thing and built my online portfolio with hutdogs quick site.  I presented it to my friends costume designers and they loved the ease of it.

It’s super easy to use, and manage.

So now it’s up, yeah!