WK Winter SALE

If you are in downtown Seattle in the coming weeks, pop on in to our First & Spring shop for our Winter SALE. 50% to 90% off on all sorts of swell things–lotions, potions, candles, books, decorative objects, perfumes, linens, blankets, rolls of ribbon, gourmet treats and on and on. Making way for all the new stuff arriving in the coming months. 





 

 

Singing Tulips 

There they were, bucket after bucket of these extraordinary creamy tulips and the two kind women working the Alm Hill flower stand patiently went through each bucket for me picking the blooms that had the most bursts of red here & there. I told them what a difference it would make once they started to open up. When we woke up the other morning and went into the living room, they seemed to be singing to the opera that was wafting about the air. Happy Friday everyone!



 

 

A Bit More Hawthorne 

I have had a few readers who are WK customers stop me since we returned to Seattle saying they wanted to see more Hawthorne photos. Funny, as I sometimes question whether I run the risk of boring you all with images from there. So the post today is for all of you who wanted to see more. The above just sent to us yesterday from caretaker Bill after a fresh snowfall. The below images things I snapped while we were there–table settings, family visits, what I was reading on the stay, flowers, outside activities, a bit of what we were cooking/baking/serving, and a few room shots as the house continues to get that layered feel we like so much, that really is only accomplished over time with collecting things you love to make a house a home.














 

 

Andrew Will Winery Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

The gift of wine can be such a lovely thing. During the Holidays we are given some pretty special bottles as our friends know how much we enjoy them. It is a huge treat to prepare a special meal around one of these special bottles. This Wine Wednesday post is as much about our love of all things Andrew Will Winery on Vashon Island as it is about this particular bottle. This Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain Cab is pretty out of this world. Perfect for a chilly eve and a hearty meal to go with this meaty red. When you are perusing the wine shelves at your grocer or wine shop or scanning the wine list while dining out, if an Andrew Will catches your eye and intrigues you, go for it. Same with any wines from grapes grown on Red Mountain. I promise you won’t regret it. Andrew Will is owned by our pal Chris who is the partner of Robin Pollard who makes our POLLARD private label Watson Kennedy coffee for us. 

A bit about Chris and Red Mountain where the grapes for this bottle were grown, by way of wine.com. Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after his son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor in putting Washington State on the map as a world-class wine-producing region.

A coveted source of top quality red grapes among premier Washington producers, the Red Mountain AVA is actually the smallest appellation in the state. As its name might suggest, it is actually neither a mountain nor is it composed of red earth. Instead the appellation is an anticline of the Yakima fold belt, a series of geologic folds that define a number of viticultural regions in the surrounding area. It is on the eastern edge of Yakima Valley and its slopes face southwest towards the Yakima River, ideal for the ripening of its grapes. The area’s springtime proliferation of cheatgrass, which has a reddish color, actually gives the area the name, “Red” Mountain.



 

 

The Beauty of Andrew Wyeth 

We had the great pleasure of seeing Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect at the Seattle Art Museum yesterday, on its final day. To be surrounded by such a vast amount of his works was inspiring on many levels. It is always incredibly interesting to see paintings from an artist when they first began and follow the years and see how their work evolves. His New England aesthetic near & dear to both our hearts, with many of his paintings reminding us of areas we meander through when back East at Hawthorne. Such a treat. Below some favorites that caught my eye and stirred my soul. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 132

Take a moment each day to breathe in the season. 



 

 

Taught To Love



 

 

A Good Start To A Chilly Day

The super cold temps of our Hawthorne stay had us craving something warm in the morning after we started the fire, took Bailey out, and woke up the house for the day. We both love oatmeal, but so often it can be quite boring. Our alternative to a bland bowl of oats is to top it with a good variety of berries, sliced bananas and chopped up nuts. It not only instantly warms you up, but it is super filling fuel to kick-start the day. 



 

 

Livia Cetti Paper Geraniums 

We hit the ground running as we returned to Seattle late Wednesday eve and I headed to the First & Spring shop early to begin dismantling the Holiday windows and create new ones for the upcoming holiday of love. We always put out Valentine goods as soon as possible in the new year as I really like promoting the whole idea of celebrating friendship & love and this heart holiday has been a personal favorite since I was a child. Which brings me to our Flower Friday pick of the week, the stunning paper geraniums we carry from uber talented New York artist, Livia Cetti. Another round of her work arrived in December and it is a happy day when the delivery driver brings in that perfectly packed box of goodness. A few potted geraniums arrived in this order as well as a large variety of other single stem blooms–like dahlias, garden roses & peonies. Her work creating these flowers is quite something. But the geraniums speak to me in a big way as you know of my fondness for them. They brought the whole window together the moment we started adding them to the display.



 

 

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