The Zen of Polishing Silver 

What is it about polishing silver that is so therapeutic? Getting lost in the moment and your mind wanders, the sensation and motion creating a sense of calm–of making something tarnished come alive, all shiny, like new. While I quite like the look of a beautiful old piece of tarnished silver and the story of the life it has lived, polishing it up, the zen of that process, is really quite something.  



 

 

A Saturday Thought



 

 

Scented Geranium Leaves

The leaves on scented geranium deserve a Flower Friday shout-out for their extraordinary beauty. Often, the stems & leaves of flowers and plants can equal or surpass the prettiness of the bloom.  That is certainly the case here.  Whether a single stem or a big bunch massed together, they bring so much joy.



 

 

A New Season Begins

And just like clockwork, the towering horse chestnut trees across the street begin dropping their little gems signaling a change of season is in the air.  I love this natural tradition.  Even if I did not have a calendar in front of me, we would know exactly what time of year it was.  Each year collecting a large handful to enjoy in a silver bowl, with various small bowls around the living room as a reminder of years past.  

Wherever you might be around the world as your season changes from hot to cold, or cold to hot, or just mild to mild, I wish you all a grand day. 



 

 

Hendrick’s & Lillet Blanc with a Twist of Orange

Our friend’s Lisa & Michael took me to dinner last month when I made a quick solo trip to NYC for a buying trip.  Lisa and I share a love of fried chicken, so they took me to a Marcus Samuelsson eatery in Harlem where that is top of the list.  A version of this drink was what we had with our meal.  They served it somewhat martini style.  This is my spin on it.  We served them last week-end at WestWard to happy reviews.  It is the Wine Wednesday libation of the week as Lillet is a French wine that is best known as an aperitif.

I served this on the rocks which made it a little less formal than presenting it as a martini plus I always like my drinks quite cold as ice is one of my very favorite things.  Use 2/3 Lillet Blanc, a 1/3 Hendrick’s gin, and a good sized slice of orange as the twist. Take another slice of orange and juice it over the glass so the orange juice mixes in with the wine and gin.  Stir. Serve.  That easy, that yummy. Enjoy!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 77

Use small vintage plates or bowls that are no longer part of a larger set, as little dishes to hold a variety of things–like cherry tomatoes with sea salt, change from your pocket, or your keys. They can be incredibly beautiful so prolong their life and enjoy these solo gems.



 

 

A Season Ending Supper Table

This is a story of tradition, a table setting and saying farewell to our lovely, lovely Summer.

The dahlias just so perfect from the Market on Saturday I about shed a tear as they were being wrapped up.  They would be just the right colors as we say good-bye to Summmaaa and welcome in Autumn.  The red bowls a Christmas gift from last year that we have used time and again and adore.


Then the red Laguoile silverware, napkins in a vintage Lucite ring, a heavy French wine glass had the table set and ready for the fun stuff.


Part of my collection of number 11 pool balls would be called into action as well as dominos and a matchstriker plus 11 plates from the shops from ages ago along with a few other random red things.  All stuff that makes us happy plus it pulls from the colors of the dahlias so it brings it all together.  We were set to have our season ending meal with dearest of friends who we have a 10+ year tradition of sharing an alfresco supper with at WestWard during the sunny season.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

So many things caught my eye at both shops, it was hard to chose.  But try I must–insert large smile. Some old, some new, some tried, some true.  All soon to be up on our website, or give us a ring if you have any questions or just prefer to hear a friendly voice.



 

 

Ever So Happy Calico Gardens Yellow Dahlias

Yellow gets a bit more attention this week as Flower Friday is all about a variety of yellow dahlias from Calico Gardens on Vashon Island.  We had our friend Cara visiting from Florida so she and Mister Sive took a drive around the island while I prepared lunch and they made a stop and loaded up the back of the car with a jaunty variety of yellow dahlias.  The blooms as well as the 3 of us made the ferry crossing the next day and they found a happy home in the city scattered all around in single stem vases in an assortment of shapes & sizes.