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Hearts, Hearts, Hearts

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Hearts:  such an archetypal, timeless, classic image. 

I have often felt a bit ambivalent about hearts, although I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the anatomical hearts and on hearts on fire on milagros and the like. 

Recently, however,...

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The Year of the Rooster: 2017

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Happy Chinese New Year!  This year, 2017, is a year of the rooster.

Rooster tea towel

So what is the rooster associated with in Chinese thought?  The rooster is the only bird in the Chinese zodiac and apparently the Chinese term refers to chickens in general, not specifically...

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Dungeness Crabs or Red Rock Crabs? A Story of Identification

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Ahh Dungeness crabs:  a Pacific Northwest delicacy.  

 Dungeness Crab Tea Towel

And only after I painted them did I realize that confusion reigns among the locals in how to identify them.  

I research all my projects in preparation for painting them, and the crabs were no...

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Octopuses or Octopi and Why

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Not until I painted a giant Pacific octopus and put her on a tea towel did I realize just how many people love octopuses.  

Octopuses or Octopi and Why

Octopuses, you say?  Isn't it...

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Why Are Pineapples a Symbol of Hospitality?

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Their weird prickly-looking exuberance alone makes pineapples 
irresistible.  

  Pineapple Tea Towel: Why Are Pineapples a Symbol of Hospitality?

Originally from South America, the pineapple was traded by the First Peoples and so eventually made its way to what we...

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