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A Sunday Quote

This one is so incredibly true and just made me smile so big when I ran across it this morning in my ‘quote’ folder of favorites. Cheers to the unconditional love we get from our four legged companions!

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Pops of Peonies

20150530-064101.jpg The first thing I did Friday morning after having been gone for a few weeks is head to the Market and breathe in the sights & scents of the peonies. We searched high and low in our country hood for the blooms and came up short. The season up there just not kicking in quite yet. Seattle on the other hand, my oh my oh my, peony heaven.

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20150530-064529.jpg I love the progression of them being a nice tight ball and then watching them unfold and do their fluttery poetic dance like only they can do.

20150530-064713.jpg They have been scattered around the shops and home in single stem vases since the moment they started showing up at the Market. Pops of peony here and there–that way the singular beauty of each ruffly petal is enjoyed and thoroughly appreciated.



 

 

Jacobsen Pure Kosher Sea Salt

20150529-030940.jpg Very excited to see these arrived while we were in New York. We are huge fans of Netarts Bay, Oregon based Jacobsen Salt Co. at Watson Kennedy. Their flake finishing salt has become a classic. Now, with the addition of this pure Kosher sea salt, they will now take up 2 spots on our kitchen shelves. Hand-harvested from the cold waters off the Oregon Coast. Sure to become a staple. Using the best salt possible really does bring out the most in your cooking. And you know this packaging just made me swoon. Cool enough to leave out on open shelving. They always just get it right, inside and out.



 

 

Day Three of a Look Back

OK, I promise this is it. I promise. Last day of a stream of images. Funny how quickly they add up. Was fun looking through images over the past years to choose. I give you ‘Day 3’ of a look back. Tomorrow it is full steam ahead. I have a bunch of things to write about from this last trip back East. We sat on the runway last night for 2 hours, waiting for thunderstorms to pass. Which is always just fine and dandy with me. Always better on the ground than in the sky when it comes to thunder is my feeling with all that. Looked through images of the last weeks with a few fun posts coming your way. We arrived to Seattle safe & sound. Bailey sound asleep pressed up right next to me while I write this–her preferred sleeping position. She is such a good traveller. We arrived back to stellar weather. Can’t wait to see the peonies are the Market later today! Our peonies at Hawthorne a good week or two from bursting open. I digress. Here we go.

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Looking Back to Look Forward

I think you know this, but just in case you do not, all the images on my blog I take with my iPhone. I also write my blog from my iPhone, using the WordPress app. This is by no means an ad for iPhones, but more a bit of an explanation. We have an amazing IT person who knows me quite well. He knew there would be no way I would do a blog if I had to log into the shop computer once I got to work. Plus, he knows we travel and are not always in the same place each day. Again, he knows us well. He set everything up for me on my phone so I could write my posts with ease from anywhere. He was spot on. For the last 4 years, each morning, I create a post the moment I wake up. That was what I was referring to yesterday when I said one foot in front of the other. I usually look to the photos I have taken for visual inspiration on what the post for the day will be. That is why a look back at images from the past years has such meaning to me, as they are the catalyst for each post. Here is a continued look back, as we move towards year 5.

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20150527-075448.jpg Wow. That was another 25+ and we still have a ways to go. Looks like tomorrow will be a continuation…



 

 

TKW Daily Blog Turns 4

The 4th anniversary/birthday, still never quite sure which it is, of my daily blog post really is about a combination of many factors. Putting one foot in front of another. Starting something. Doing something each day that makes you happy. Add them all together and something is created. I derive great pleasure out of all of this. That is a motivating factor for me in all aspects of my life. I love sharing, telling stories and making people happy. That I get to do it each day is such a privilege to me. For that I thank you. To reading about the experience of us getting married in a little garden overlooking the Hudson, sharing in the loss of one of our closest friends, being part of my whole book journey, the buying of Hawthorne and watching that evolution–to name just a few, all the while we have felt your love & support along the way. I have met and had some incredible conversations/interactions with many of you over these 4 years. Some of you have travelled half way around the globe and I was fortunate to get to meet you. Others pop into the shop from a block away to share your thoughts on one of my displays, quotes, recipes, or just to chat. I am honored. Merci to you all for following along. It really has been such a blast and I look forward to it continuing to be fun and bring us all a smile for many years to come. A quick look back on the last few years with some of my favorite images.

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Memorial Day Remembrance

20150525-091322.jpg May this Memorial Day be filled with remembrance for those that gave their lives serving our country as well as those that have served or are serving our country. I am reminded daily of the incredible freedoms we have living in the United States. My father was a Marine and stressed to me the importance of remembering those freedoms and those that have helped to keep them for us. It is such a lovely thing to have a day where remembrance & gratitude are the focus.



 

 

A Sunday Quote

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Hydrangea Leaves in a Pinch

20150523-075003.jpg I could not find a peony to save my soul. Actually not A peony, but 3, and if they were white, even better. We drove around to farm stands, flower shops and grocery stores. Not a single darn peony in sight. So, Mister Sive’s birthday dinner table would have to be awash in green, and the hydrangea leaves from the yard would have to do the trick.

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20150523-075443.jpg Hydrangea leaves are just so beautiful in their own right.

20150523-075551.jpg Mixed about with all the other variety of green things on the table, they would fit right in.

20150523-075647.jpg Doing a line dance right down the middle of the table. The peonies were not missed one bit once the festivities began. Lesson learned–when the world hands you hydrangea leaves, use them.



 

 

Boston {BOOK SIGNING} at Joanne Rossman

20150522-073858.jpg If you are in the Boston area of Roslindale tomorrow, please join me from 4 to 7 at Joanne Rossman’s magical shop for a book signing. Also joining me will be my friend, artist Denise Fiedler from San Francisco. She will be showing her works and taking orders for her now famous pet portraits she creates from vintage papers. A fun, festive evening is assured! Funny how the world works. Joanne and I both know a ton of the same folks. So often this year people have said to me I need to do a signing at her shop. We will make the drive to Boston from Hawthorne tomorrow, which will be so pretty this time of year. Can’t wait to see her shop. I have heard so many fabulous things about it. Hope to see you there!

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Happy Friday all and happy start to the Holiday week-end.
From sunny Hudson Valley,
Ted