Scenes from our "Office" Party

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.

Finding Found

Found Home, Chatham

Found Home, Chatham

Found Home front

Found Home front

There probably aren’t any shops that aren’t charming when you walk down the street in Chatham, Massachusetts (where I spent some time this summer) but a new one, Found Home, opened this year that captured my interest every time I walked by it.

Found Home exterior
Found Home exterior

And every day as I passed there was something new to behold in front of the grey-shingled little cottage. There have been kilm rugs hung across the picket fence...vintage dining tables on the patio...an old trunk ...a push lawnmower left unmoved, hidden amongst the flowers.

I was intrigued and when I finally had a chance to stop in to explore I knew immediately that this shop was the making of someone with lots of style. There were contemporary couches and antique tables, unique clocks and old trunks, pillows covered in airy patterns, vintage posters and framed old maps. But what really captivated me was how it was all put together.

Jen Runnels
Jen Runnels

It all made sense when I met Jen Runnels, the owner. She is a designer, painter, photo stylist, and she capitvates you with her passion to collect unique and special pieces.

New Martini
New Martini
New Martini Chatham
New Martini Chatham

Jen features Sal del Mar in her shop and so it seemed the perfect opportunity to do a photo shoot together.  She magically stylized several vignettes with Sal de Margarita using her found objects. Surrounded by vintage candlesticks, a sterling tray and martini shaker, Sal del Margarita takes center stage for an invitation for entertaining ideas.

Bloody Mary on a silver tray

Bloody Mary on a silver tray

A Bloody Mary rimmed with a mix of Sal del Mar and black pepper is served on a sterling silver tray.  One of Jen’s finds of a vintage boat plan by Gifford Jackson provides the perfect setting.  The tray is an antique of sterling silver; the bench is reclaimed wood made by a Conneticut craftsman.

20's and 30's barware
20's and 30's barware
New Martini at  Found Home

New Martini at  Found Home

A  “new martini” made with a Reposado tequila, a twist of lemon, crushed ice, rimmed with Sal de Mar and shaken in a nickel-plated Napier shaker called the Foursome, the tray by Ralph Lauren. The Demi-lune chest is by designer Gibert Rohde for Herman Miller furniture from the 30s.

Jen is always dreaming up new ways daily to group together her "finds" to create different looks.  Check out Found Home for a new approach to design!

One of My Favorite Things

Probably one of my favorite jobs that I do for Sal del Mar is coming up with design ideas.  My brain never seems to stop thinking of different bags designs, different marketing ideas and different Sal del Mar products. But the best part is to see my ideas taking on “a life.”  My friend Paula Hamilton, is responsible for putting “the life” into my design ideas as seen in these Sal del Mar plates that she hand-painted. (They are fired and are dishwasher proof).

Paula arrives tomorrow in Alamos, where I am presently living, to work on many new ideas to present to you. Look for new postings to come on our blog and our Facebook page.

Paula Hamilton can be contacted through www.saldelmar.com and I will post her website as soon as it’s available.

Paula Hamilton Plates

Paula Hamilton Plates