Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thyme for a Kim Klassen deSign.......a Pineapple....A history of hospitality and friendship

The pineapple has long been a popular
 symbol of hospitality and friendship.
This is a pineapple sign
I have painted using a


A little history of how the pineapple
became a symbol of hospitality
" This symbolism has a lengthy history beginning when
 Christopher Columbus and his men landed on the island now known as
Guadeloupe on their second voyage of discovery.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus brought the fruit back to Europe
from his voyage through the Carib Islands.
This tropical king of fruits was crowned the "pineapple"
 by the English because of its resemblance
to a pine cone and its juicy center, which reminded them of an apple."

I used the same pattern and made a smaller version of this sign
You can find this pattern
in Kim Klassen's Book
Prairie Folk Art

"To the Carib, the pineapple symbolized hospitality,
and the Spaniards soon learned they were welcome
if a pineapple was placed by the entrance to a village.
This symbolism spread to Europe, then to Colonial North America,
where it became the custom to carve the shape of a pineapple
 into the columns at the entrance of a plantation."

I designed this large door pineapple
It has always been a huge seller
for me year arourd

I use rough wood to cut it out
and a wood burning tool
to add the pattern to the pineapple
It is heavily antiqued to give it
an "old" look

"During early Colonial days in the United States,
families would set a fresh pineapple
 in the center of the table as a colorful centerpiece
of the festive meal, especially when visitors joined them in celebration.
This symbolized the utmost in welcome and hospitality
 to the visitor, and the fruit would be served as a special desert after the meal"

Hope you enjoyed this short history of the pineapple
I just love to paint them!
Happy Painting!


"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. 
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, 
 at the end of the day you don't look at it 
wish you had painted something different." 
~Author Unknown


  1. Hi Lynn...thank you for the lesson about the origin of the "pineapple welcome". Very interesting.

  2. Gee Lynn, I'm an old Yankee and I knew that a pineapple was a symbol for hospitality, but I never knew the source of the usage. Thanks so much for sharing this, my geeky side so enjoyed learning more!

    You do the bestest work. :)

  3. Very interesting pineapple facts! I love yours, how realistic and great they are! I hope you're having a wonderful day, looks like rain here:(

  4. Wonderful work, Lynn! I love pineapples.

  5. Great feature Lynn....your pineapple pieces are wonderful as always!

  6. Did you hear me "grone" outloud??? Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the wonderful story of the pineapple. I too, knew what it meant, but not the origin. This day is not wasted, I learned something !!!
    ♥ it!

  7. Love the pineapple! I remember seeing a pineapple quilt I wanted to make, but I don't know where I saw it at! LOL

  8. I love them! I think I have the pattern
    for the sign, I think I will paint it
    and hang it outside by my door! Thanks
    for the story...

    Bear Hugs~Karen

  9. Ok so now I feel like I need a pineapple might have to just stitch me one up. What interesting facts. You have taught me something else once again. I just love you to pieces!! lol
    The Rusty Thimble

  10. I love all the pineapples! Thank you for sharing them with us! I hope you are having a great evening!


  11. Your pineapples are fabulous! Thanks for including the history of the symbol. We have visited HI a couple of times and went to the Dole Plantation. I ate so much pineapple I made myself sick. I couldn't look at a pineapple for a long time after that!

    Girl, you are so talented!


  12. I really like that you did some history for us! How interesting. I truly enjoy visiting your blog with all of your creativity. It gets me motivated!!

  13. Great history and info on the pineapple. Very interesting. Your painting is perfect!


  14. Gracias Lyn por enseñarme un poco de historia! no sabia lo de la piña nos leemos besos


Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye