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Mindy Carpenter Painting Workshop of Vintage Florals at WK

Very excited to announce our next workshop with the talented artist Mindy Carpenter. She will be teaching a floral painting class on Saturday the 12th of May from 11 to 3. All levels welcome! All supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Each participant will leave with a floral painting they created, as well as a goody bag from Mindy and WK. It is also Mother’s Day week-end so the shops will be hosting their Open House that day too. As a little extra added bonus, workshop participants will get 25% off their shopping that day. We have 24 spots, so don’t delay, as I know these will go fast. The workshop is $115. You must sign up & pay with me directly by calling 206.617.9678, not by calling the shops, e-mailing or messaging. I hope you can join us–it will be a blast! I have been friends with Mindy for close to 20 years, her talent and enthusiasm an inspiration to me always. It is sure to be such a fun day.



 

 

Green & Blue 

They always stop me in my tracks. The above tulips with the big green streaks, just stunning. There was one bucket of them at the Alm Hills Gardens stall in the Market on Saturday morning, so I snatched up the better part of them for our week-end out on the island.

Things tend to be pretty red, white and blue out there, but this time green took the front seat. I have always been a lover of blue and green together. Think the sky and grass and off we go. I pulled a bunch of blue plates, bowls, silverware and glassybaby and we were set. The combo has a freshness to it. As the rain pours down outside as I type, I will longingly think of this as a Springtime combination. With a little sunshine tossed in too!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 144

Sometimes one single magnificent bloom is all you need to light up a room.



 

 

Happy Fluttery Flower Friday

Just can’t get enough of the creamy yellow fluttery tulips this season. This round almost peony like dancing around the dining table in a variety of vessels. Have a lovely week-end everyone!



 

 

Inspiration in Green

With the arrival of Spring, I find myself craving green even more than usual. The varying vibrant full of life hue brings a jolt of energy after a long season of cold, snow and rain. For many of you back East hit with snow again, oh my, I hope this post brings thoughts of the burst of green buds and all the good green stuff, real soon.










 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The amount of boxes we take up to recycle at the end of each day is telling to how much new fun stuff arrives. The recycling bins have been overflowing. Lots of new gems added to our shelves these past weeks. Just a few here that I clicked away yesterday. Gifts to give, gifts to keep.









And last, but most certainly not least, oodles of sweets. We have you covered at our First & Spring shop if you are in need of filling some nifty Easter baskets this week-end.



 

 

Ready For a Party

I have mentioned often how some of my most favorite conversations are with customers when I am gift wrapping their goods. I refer to it as ‘wrapping’ which makes me smile. The other day a very kind but slightly stressed woman was throwing an impromptu dinner that night. During our chat, she asked me what we normally stock in our fridge, as she was having to basically start from zero that day to put together the gathering that night. I chuckled when she asked the question as we try to keep our refrigerator pretty ‘party ready’ most of the time. I posted on Instagram yesterday a photo of said fridge. I asked in return, what folks keep in theirs, which was fascinating how many interesting responses I received and all the variety of things people keep on hand. So I will pose the same question to all of you. What’s in your fridge? 

P.S. The thing that threw the most people off in this capture was the can that says, Chicken Dinner. It is Bailey’s organic food from Evanger’s. Behind that can, one called Vegetarian. We mix the two together, which has been her food for many years now, which keeps her happy as a clam.



 

 

Comfort in Home

Honored, once again, to be named one of Seattle Magazine’s ‘Favorite Home Shops’ in the current issue out now on newsstands. We take great pride in making the shops a respite for our customers to feel inspired, cared for and enveloped in goodness. I so often hear how many folks just come to the shops to de-stress from a hectic day. That truly tickles me, as we have always said the stores are meant to be extensions of our homes. When we are recognized by magazines or awards, it is just the cherry on top of the cake. 

To the customer and blog reader who brought me my favorite ruffly creamy yellow tulips from the Alm Hill Gardens stall at the Market yesterday, you made my day! A lovely week-end to you all, wherever you are on the globe. I hope you find great comfort & joy that your home can bring to you. X, Ted



 

 

Orchids & Tulips

Flower Friday brings a grocery store orchid and a bunch of Market tulips. The above a 5 stem orchid the fab floral buyer at QFC had set aside for herself but so graciously said I should have when I asked her if they had any small pots of orchids left–a gift in many ways. She knew how much I would adore it. The below a compote full of orange parrot tulips that caught my eye as I looked through the stellar assortment of Market tulips out right now in all the flower stalls. Their ruffly beauty gets me every time. The stems doing a lovely swirl-y dance. Both of them have brought so much joy as we walk by them this week.



 

 

Spring Cleaning 

The last few days have been all about a little Spring cleaning at the shops along with a bit of re-display. There is something incredibly comforting & therapeutic about taking everything off of a shelf or out of a case, cleaning it, and then putting it all back together again. The rhythmic pattern of the cloth on the surface almost a meditation. The same is true for all of us at home. It gives you a fresh canvas to try new combinations of things. Your eye sees new possibilities. The dust bunnies disappear and a whole new way of seeing your objects/possessions/treasures presents itself.