It's holiday time and a time to gather ‘round the staff of Sal del Mar and celebrate our fifth year. We drove to the small village of Sabinito Sur, where the women who embroider our muslin bags live. It is a beautiful drive with mountains as a backdrop in a region where the desert meets the tropics. It's only a 20 mile drive from Álamos, but takes one hour to get there by car.
Arriving at the village, we were greeted by a Christmas display in front of the children's school... a tree with colorful ornaments and a red door wrapped like a package. It really shows how the simple things are almost always the most beautiful.
Our gathering took place at Meche's home, who has been with Sal del Mar from the beginning. Rosario, Aide, Natalia of course were there too with their babies and young children.
We stuffed ourselves with decorated Chrismas cookies that Phillip and I made, drank orange soda and talked about our good fortune to have made 2014 the best year yet for Sal del Mar.... and they received bonuses that reflected our good year.
Before leaving, I tried, in my awful Spanish (I promised to be better next year), to let them know what artists they are and how they should be very proud of their work. The salt is the best gourmet sea salt in the world, but it is they, the embroiderers, who make a simple bag a piece of art to treasure.
We headed home to Álamos at dusk, but ready to return soon to work on 2015.