Summer is such a busy bustling season for us at the shops. So many folks in from all parts of the globe, which makes each day incredibly interesting & full. Box after box arrives each day keeping our shelves nice and full. A quick walk around, I snapped away some of my favorite things of the moment to enjoy on this Sunday.
A quick spin around the shop on a busy day produced some really fun new stuff that has shown up recently. Along with a few tried & true that always just make my heart sing. These are a few of my favorite things at the moment. Little delights that caught my eye.
And lastly, QUIN Candy assorted bags of their delicious sweet edibles. Bumps up the flavor quotient for a candy dish. My grandmother Watson always had a candy dish on the coffee table when I was a little kid. This bag of treats makes me want to do the same.
Happy, happy Wednesday everyone! Hope all is swell & dandy in your part of the world.
Denise Fiedler, artist extraordinaire, is soon to be in the house! I am so honored & thrilled Denise will be flying up for the book launch party next Tuesday, May 6th. Not only will she be bringing tons of her work for a trunk show throughout the day, but she will also be setting aside time for appointments for sittings to create custom pieces of your pet–be that pooch, kitty, bird or other creature you love and adore. For $150 Denise will create a one of a kind piece of art for you in her fab style using vintage pieces of paper in collage. You can bring your pooch in or you can bring photos and she can work off of those. If you are not able to attend, we can also work off of photos that you e-mail to me. Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a time that day or would like her to create a piece for you via photos and the artwork will be shipped right to you. Such a cool remembrance.
Happy May Day to you all!
From sunny & quite warm Seattle,
My warm & sunny San Francisco trip seems like a distant memory as I am surrounded by snow and a zero degree temp, but it was really only a week ago. Aside from buying at the food show, I was also able to fit in a visit to one of my favorite artists we carry at Watson Kennedy, Denise Fiedler. Her collage work using vintage paper creating cut-out pieces that are just whimsical & wonderful, are some of my favorite things we carry. I have known Denise since my showroom days, but it was fun to see her work space, get to see her in action with her scissors, and just get to know her a bit better. Her warm and witty personality shines through in her work as well as her work space. Housed in the historic Sentinel Building, her studio is filled with ephemera and vignettes that just filled my heart with detailed joy. Here is a look, in no certain order–of her space, the building, and Denise working on a piece for her Spring collection.
Our dog section continues to grow. I am just finding so much fun stuff to add to it. We found some apropos vintage flashcards that made a whimsical piece of art, staying with our ‘art’ theme of the last few days.
Giving a piece of artwork can be an incredibly special and meaningful gift. We started the tradition of giving each other a piece of art for our anniversary. In January, it will be 24 years of exchanging artwork–the wall in our living room helps to tell the story.
Some of the artwork on the wall was a gift from friends and artists whose work I sell at Watson Kennedy. The column was a gift from Hugo Guinness, and could not be more perfect in the spot next to the column in the hall.
A well stocked bar can mean much more than having a variety of alcohol & mixer choices. It is also a chance to bring a little style into the area. With more and more people entertaining at home, a gift to jazz up one’s bar set-up can be a winner heading into this Holiday season. Below are a few things we sell that top the list of fun bar gifts.
We have a new supplier for these pump decanters, and they now work better than ever. Put your hand over the top of the pump, push down, and it pours a perfect shot. The bottle is etched with a variety of liquors, such as gin, vodka and scotch.
All of the above are goods we sell at Watson Kennedy. If anything catches your eye or interests you, please feel free to e-mail me directly with questions or call one of the shops.
Denise Fiedler, artist extraordinaire from San Francisco, sent me the sweetest gift the other day. We have been carrying her work for some time now, and I have struck up a lovely long distance friendship with her. That is the fun thing about the retail world, you end up working with fabulous folks from around the globe. She sent me one of her hand cut & pasted, one of a kind works–taken from a photo that appeared in Country Living magazine, of me with pooch Bailey at my side. Baseball cap and all, Denise captured a moment in time.
If you are wanting a personalized piece by Denise, all I need is a photo in PDF form, and off we go. The custom work starts at $350. I will be adding this service onto the Watson Kennedy web site soon, but if you are wanting something sooner, always feel free to contact me directly by e-mail, or call one of the shops.