Sunday, June 26, 2005

Holy Frijole (Ho-lee Free-ho-lee)

I originally set out to crochet a legume, specifically a Mexican Jumping Bean, figuring he could be a sidekick for El Churro and I hadn't yet created a creature from the bean family yet. A Mexican Jumping Bean would definitely satisfy my creative conundrum.

Enter the small but endearing Pepito:



I crocheted him up yesterday while visiting my mother using an Artfabrik thread called burnt marshmallows that worked perfectly for his dried out pinto-bean complexion (think burnt refried beans stuck to the bottom of the pan). While driving home from my visit my mind began to ponder the possibilities of this small bean being. Maybe he has a different destiny than just that of a "sidekick". Maybe he is something much more extraordinary. I immediately began to play with language trying to find an alliteration I liked. I kept coming back to Holy Frijole. But if I use Holy Frijole this changes the whole nature of the bean's direction. A completely different direction, I might add, from any that I could have originally conceived.

Please welcome the transformed bean, His Holiness, Padre Pepito:



With all of the problems the Catholic Church has encountered in recent years, the church leadership have welcomed this upstanding jumping bean with open arms. Afterall, preaching to the Mexican legume community can only result in more parishioners AND less scandal...besides the fact that a bean is now a priest, I mean. Anyway, God loves all Earthly creatures, even the beans...

Padre Pepito's frock (more liturgical gear to come):



Copyright 2005 Regina Rioux Gonzalez. All rights reserved.

24 comments:

Debi said...

Padre Pepito is adorable! Do his parishoners think he's full of HOT air? ;-)

CraftyCritter said...

WOW..he is great! Does he use a tortilla for a blankie? Great job!

Heather said...

He is awesome!

Pam said...

HA! What is his rosary made of? Little, tiny kidney beans? Peas? Sorry, it's late and I'm having trouble thinking of clever legumes.

rodentia said...

Hehehe...I can imagine him declaring to an arch-nemesis, "Don't make me have to get all holy on you!!"

Kari said...

How wonderful! I love Padre Pepito.

Jessica said...

He is a lovely legume!

Deneen said...

This is my new favorite! He's absolutely adorable!

Your mind, your mind, it scares me so......

Catana said...

You do realize that you're going straight to hell when you die? LMAO!!!

Sara said...

I love it!! Hope he can become pope one day!

Ro said...

A-ha! Now I know what you've "bean" up to lately!

LOVE IT!!!!!!!

xoxo
Ro

MomThatsNuts said...

omg, I feel this overwhelming desire to confess my mexican food obsession.....

Mom

Granny said...

I needed him with me yesterday. He's very cute and would have made me smile in the middle of my bad bad bad day. :( Maybe I wouldn't have had a hissy fit. :0

Heather said...

I love it. LOL And I'd vote for him as pope too if I had any say.

~drew emborsky~ said...

Your creations always make me hungry!

Did Holy Guacamole come from the same order of priests?

Sara said...

He's perfect for confessing all my food-related sins to.

Dear Holy Frijole,
It's been two weeks since my last Weight Watchers meeting...

Kim Wyatt said...

Padre Pepito told me he wants you to build him a Mission.

lyn said...

He is so gorgeous !!!

ladylinoleum said...

I was thinking that this was the most "cracked" thing I've put on this blog thus far, even surpassing the insanity of the Cheez-It.

Maybe I will make him a Mission Kim...so much to do, so little time.

ThreeOliveMartini said...

man ..i never thought i could love a bean .. but he is precious. he NEEDS a tortilla blanket!

kath red said...

i love his little jacket. has he satisfied your creative needs?
k

MomThatsNuts said...

Regina,

I just visited Ems site, and saw the "pierced baby" and then I thought of YOU...now that might be a whole new direction for you to take your crotchet. Your creations could be pierced and tatooed. You could do a PUNK band or something...lol dont ask me why I think crochet and piercing/tatooing should be mixed. Just some food for thought....

mom

Jane said...

Wonderful and witty and totally subversive.

On the subject of the last post, I think you are brave to point up what a lot of people prefer to overlook - that there is a fine dividing line between sanity & madness where real creativity resides. And your Mum sounds brilliant. Lucky you.

Kelly Kell said...

Did you crochet the farts out of them? ;)