Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Sunday Drive

Last Sunday was a lovely mild day, our friends Toni and Martha...who by the way loved her necklace set... invited LW and I for a little Sunday drive to one of the smaller villages outside of Mazatlan.

Where there is an incredible family run restaurant, that years ago started out as a couple of tables in their living room to taking over the home, patios, courtyard and yard. Since the weather was so nice everyone was outside, so Martha and wandered through a couple of the dining rooms to take a peak of the hand painted wall murals 

I know I've said before that here in Mexico Family comes first, last always When asked to make a choice, if it involves family there is no choice. That applies to not only immediate family but also extended. In one of the dining room we found the family tree. It starts with the generation that immigrated from Spain. This mural is like no other family tree mural I have ever seen. The artistry is amazing The tree and branches are both trompe l'oeil and two dimensional and have all the members names painted on them

The roots are all trompe l'oeil that is painted to look as if the plaster and paint have chipped off leaving the bricks exposed.

The "ground" is a large rustic shelf and the roots above ground create little niches where decorative pieces have been placed


Since Martha and I both being girls of course we had to make the last stop before getting into the car for the ride home, the "Girl's" room. Now that we are both all grown up we can go to the potty by ourselves, no need to go two by two for us. ;) Being the first one to volunteer, after asking for directions and wandering through a couple of rooms I pushed open the door and I was greeted with the most AMAZING sink/counter/vanity I think I have seen in a whole bunch of years. Well for sure never in a tiny little town in the country!!! I was so stupefied I went dashing (politely as not to cause a scene) back to the table for the camera!! I mean there was no way to explain it without show and tell time!!! This time Martha went with me, so it's her arm demonstrating the faucets.

I'm so sorry that this was the only picture that turned out. It was so dark and the room was so tiny. See the two skeleton keys, they are the hot &cold facets. You can't begin to imagine the cool patina the hot and cold trumpets have. That's a hollowed out tree trunk the pipes are hidden in.  The bowl which you can barely see is a vintage wooden tortilla trough, where the corn meal and water were mixed and kneaded to make tortillas. Last but certainly not to be forgotten is the rustic wood carved angel head. :)

Our tummies filled with an incredible Mexican dinner and our curiosity and imaginations satiated we piled back into the Yellow Submarine (aka the Xterra)

Waved goodbye and promised to come back again for a lovely relaxed Sunday afternoon.

Wishing you all good evening and remember kids, today is a perfect day to make art no matter where in the world you are.  p;)


annashusidingtuna said...

Really an amazing familythree!
Hug Anna

stregata said...

Oh my goodness - Pattie, that is amazing!! The keys/trumpets are just so, so, - amazing! The family tree is also gorgeous.
What did you have to eat????

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Need I say how much I want that sink?!?!?!?!?

LW said...

Tristan - You can't have it, although we have one just like it and at least as old sitting in our living room. Pattie found it a while back over near the east coast up in the mountains in a town called Coatepec.


SummersStudio said...

Amazing. Such incredible sentiment and wii even, in that family tree. I want that sink too.

Cindy said...

Pattie, I sure wish I could have come along for your day out... what an adventure it turned out to be(and did you say it was WARM enough to sit outsie??)! I just love the family tree mural - that is amazing. And oh the thought of real Mexican food...sure making me wish I had a midnight snack.'s way after midnight here!

Tracey said...

Hi Pattie! I just spent some time ready through your blog and I really enjoyed it!!! You are so creative and make such beautiful jewelry!!! You have a lot of talent and your blog really is a fun place to come too...I'm so glad I stopped by!

Have a great weekend ~


:) T

Riki Schumacher said...

Love that artwork Pattie! Wow, thanks for posting that. And thank you for your sweet words about wanting to attend a class. I hope you can one day! That would be so cool. I love those hinged bracelets too. Take care. Love the pics you posted of the old timers! Riki

Vitt hus med svarta knutar said...

What a nice Sunday trip you campaneros did! Thank you for sharing it. Amazing familytree and an amazing Girl's room, both a real art treasure. I love to see how proud people are over their family and their ancestry, but I think it differ between cultures. I wish we were more aware about how earlier generations has shaped us and influenced on whom we are today.
Finally, I promise I will make some art today ;-)
Regina said...

Oh wow. That has got to be most awesome family tree ever! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Thank you also for your comment on my my blog, it was nice to "meet" another parent that feels as I do!

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