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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Playing with Serenade - Flowerdisco and Friends #1

We are playing with Serenade!  Agnes from Flowerdisco got Seven of us together for the next eight weeks to share with you designs from the Serenade cartridge.
My assigned design this week is the Pineapple or the third design on this Solutions cartridge.

The Pineapple As a Symbol of Hospitality
The pineapple has served as a symbol of hospitality and warm welcome through the history of the Americas.
"Christopher Columbus wrote the first account of a western encounter with the pineapple in the journal of his second discovery voyage across the Atlantic. He and his men landed on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe where the sailors enjoyed this sweet, succulent new fruit, which had already become a staple of native feasts and religious rites.
In 1493, Columbus first brought the pineapple back to Renaissance Europe that was largely devoid of sweet foods, including fresh fruit. The pineapple's exotic nature and sweetness soon made it an item that soon acquired both popularity and curiosity for centuries after its European arrival. For two centuries, as European horticulturists struggled to perfect a hothouse method for cultivating pineapples in Europe, the pineapple became even more a coveted commodity. In the 1600s, King Charles posed for an official portrait while receiving a pineapple as a gift.
In colonial America, hostesses would set a fresh pineapple in the center of their dining table when visitors joined their families in their homes. Visiting was the primary means of entertainment and cultural exchange, so the concept of hospitality was a central element in colonial life. The pineapple, then, symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to her guests, and then often it also served as the dessert for the meal. If the visitors spent the night, they would be given a bedroom with a bed in which pineapples had been carved on either the bedposts or the headboard -- even if that was the master bedroom."

This is the first time I hand stitch a card!

Make sure you check the other Ladies' designs.

In alphabetical order
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