Yes, December is here, good bye 2014!

Life changes at the speed of light and with no exception 2014 has brought us many good things to us all.

Diseños Casa y Jardín as a store has made new customers and friends this year, we decorated new homes and condos making homeowners dreams come true.

Living abroad, and especially by the sea, brings challenges, as the ocean seems to eat up everything! As a store specialized in furnishing homes by the sea, in 2014 we strongly continued to sell patio furniture that has excelled under the worst weather conditions.

As I said in past issues, Diseños Casa y Jardín is evolving and we have expanded our lines of products and services, lately we launched Regal-Arte® a company within our company and facilities that specializes in gifts and gift wrapping using used materials and re-purposing them into great gift boxes and Christmas ornaments. Regal-Arte® is currently working on the Christmas tree for the store with the intention of having it early to serve as a sample for clients who would like their trees decorated both for their homes and businesses.

Last month we also launched a very special company E&E Productions® as part of E&E Enterprises® in which Erick Plata and I work together in orchestrating romantic dinners by the sea as well as other events like weddings and so forth.

The ad this month shows what a private Dinner by the Sea® is like. We learned there is a call for private moments, and we would like for them to happen in a very unique way at the beach. On a balcony, a private patio or next to a swimming pool in a fully furnished and decorated way, just as you see them in magazines. Where you don’t worry about anything, but simply indulge your senses in conversation and in the delicious food you previously ordered. This is your special occasion for you to spend an unforgettable evening with your significant other.

We give you extensive menu possibilities. Since we have great restaurants in town, they can supply the food of your preference. If you want even more excitement, we can even have a personal chef come and cook for you only!

Prices depend on what you have in mind, whether we or you supply the venue, the type of dinner and drinks you want and also whether or not you want live music.

Dinner by the Sea®, gives you the chance to celebrate love, friendship, or simply life itself! Contact Erick Plata at (044-638)113-0538 or Eddie at (044-638)384-0066 locally and from the US call us at (602) 324-9328.

By now you have probably tried Bacanora Grill, a restaurant that offers a delicious twist to Mexican food by incorporating bacanora (equivalent to tequila made in Sonora) into their cooking and drinks. Three friends and I joined our energy and talents to offer something different in Puerto Peñasco, so far so good, thank you very much for eating with us.

Last month I reported on the visit of the person in charge of Sexual Rights from the State Commission of Human Rights. Well on Oct 22nd, we were invited as part of the LGBTTTI Alliance of Information & Support of Puerto Peñasco to witness the opening of the 11th local office of Human Rights in the State of Sonora, located on Fremont Blvd. next to Banorte.

I personally asked the State Commissioner Mr. Raúl Ramírez, on behalf of my readers and my many clients who come from other countries, about what a person can do if they are abused or discriminated against by someone with authority in Mexico, be the abuse by police officers, or government officials. Be known to you that regarding Human Rights, you are as entitled to them as any other Mexican national. To file a complaint you can directly to the office on Fremont and ask for Mr. Olayn García.

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret”, those words uttered by Mary Kay Ash have always been the backbone for our annual celebration to recognize the work of the local artists, the Eddie Wharez® Awards

For a third year in a row, Eddie Wharez® Diseños Casa y Jardín to celebrate its 12th Anniversary will be launching a call for nominations for the “Eddie Awards” to recognize artistic talent in 2014. The first “Eddies” were held in January of 2012, with both a Lifetime and Open category award granted.


1. Lifetime (open to artists or cultural promoters 50+ with proven development in the arts, may be awarded posthumously)

2. Open Category – open to any artistic discipline in the following subcategories: Individual Youth (under 25), Consolidates Artist (25+), Groups

3. Social Network Award (decided by the public through ‘likes’) voting only on the Facebook page Eddie Wharez® Diseños Casa y Jardín en Puerto Peñasco,

4. Outside contributor to arts and culture in Puerto Peñasco (may include instructors, workshop leaders, and any outside artist who visited the port to perform/instruct/exhibit during 2013 while providing a positive impact on our port).

5. Artisan of the year. There has always been a fine line between about what it means to be an artist and an artisan, well if you think a person doesn’t qualify as an artist yet he/she are creating crafts worth being recognized then nominate that person! (Open to any age and discipline)

Nominations: Nominations for artists accepted Jan. 2 – 14, 2015 on the Facebook site Eddie Wharez® Diseños Casa y Jardín en Puerto Peñasco

Participants may be originally from Puerto Peñasco or those who have resided here for a minimum of 2 years (does not pertain to Outside Artist category), who have been active in any artistic discipline or cultural promotion of Puerto Peñasco during 2014. Previous winners excluded.

The Eddies Gala will be held on Jan. 17, 2015, beginning at 5 p.m., location to be disclosed later. See you at the Eddies!

Written by Eddie Wharez® designer and owner of Diseños Casa y Jardín and several other ventures.