Charest Studios - Best of Etsy 2015

In case you missed my tagline for the blog, I'll remind you.  I'm a Southern gal.  I love grits, sweet tea, cotton, tobacco fields, rocking chairs, random chats with neighbors.  The list could go on.  And growing up near Colonial Williamsburg, VA, I learned at an early age that pineapples were displayed as a sign of hospitality.  I have a white porcelain one front and center (well, really to the left) of my mantle as a sign of the same thing.  Our love of people and making time and space to share our lives with them.  

But back to the story....since pineapples were only brought to the colonies from exotic places they cost a premium to say the least.  So they would be displayed at parties and gatherings as a sign of the hosts' benevolence and hospitality (and maybe to be braggarts, but let's don't dwell on that part).  Somehow that traditional meaning has stood the test of time and become a staple of Southern culture.  Find me a Southern gal that doesn't appreciate the pineapple and I'll be a monkey's uncle. 

Charest Studios sells artwork in various mediums, but his various pineapple wire sculptures were what caught my eye.  My favorite is the regular sculpture that make a perfect centerpiece or would love to take up residence on any mantle.

Photo used with permission from Charest Studios

Photo used with permission from Charest Studios

Then there are the hanging cable & fruit basket versions.  Both are equally beautiful but add function to the piece.  So if you need objects to serve a "purpose" in your home, here are the pineapples for you.

Photo used with permission from Charest Studios

Photo used with permission from Charest Studios

Photo used with permission from Charest Studios

Photo used with permission from Charest Studios

Be sure to check out Charest Studios for these and other scupltures.  I hope this weekend you've had a chance to love on some people in your home - with a pineapple displayed or not!

Don't forget to head over to the Dayspring giveaway if you missed the announcement on Wednesday!