Winter is often a time when fresh flowers are less readily available. This is when a quick spin through your yard or neighborhood can produce a welcoming still-life from things that have dried. A quick snip, snip and you are on your way to a little natural visual interest.
Wow. Just wow. Crazy to think 5 years ago today have passed since that first blog entry in 2011. Titled Here we go! I don’t think I had any idea what was ahead. What began as a small idea/way to share thoughts & ideas about life, has become such an important part of my life. A gift really. Rarely a day passes that I don’t receive an e-mail, note, phone call or have a conversation with someone who follows along about how they enjoyed a recipe, pondered on a quote, found beauty in a flower image, re-arranged their living room with great success, connected with a thought, set a creative table, or just slowed down a bit to take in the moment. Bringing you all joy is what brings me so much joy. It is a pretty great circle, one that I had no idea would ever be as wide reaching or as meaningful to us both on that very first day. For that I thank you. It really has been such an honor. I look forward to the next 5 years with you all!
So many things transpired in all of our lives these past 5 years. The next few days of posts I will look back a bit and remember some of those times. Memories really can be such a glorious thing, of both the good and not so good. I sometimes think of them sort of like a movie or book of our life. While moving forward is vital, remembering our past enriches our future. Many of you have been along for some of my/our journey these past 5 years–from adventures to here and there, to new shop windows, us getting married, to the passing of a best friend, a new store item favorite, the experience of getting my book published from start to finish, to making a house a home. The list goes on and on.
So now my request. To mark the passing of these 5 years, I would love to hear from you–in the form of a note, card, or letter. By now, you know how much I love receiving as well as sending correspondence in the mail. It does not need to be lengthy, but certainly can be if inspired to do so. When in the past I have received a note or letter that touched me, I have pinned it to the board in my office. As well as turned it into a gallery to the side of my desk on the wall. I would like to do the same with your note. For those of you who have ever been to my shop on First Avenue, and for those of you who have not, there is a long row of Veuve Clicquot bottles that surround the upper shelf where my office sits. They are from both my 40th and 50th birthday parties, which were at that shop. I look at them every day I am there and am reminded of those parties and the friends that attended and it is such an awesome memory. That is what I would like to do with your note. Have it become part of the awesome memory of these last 5 years. I want to pin them around the shops so I can look at them always, as a reminder.
What should be in that note, you ask? Truly whatever you would like. Tell me about yourself. What brings you joy? Tell me about your family, your pet. A favorite recipe tried. A quote that has meaning to you. It can be a sentence or many. It will be the action and thought that counts. From near or far, they will all have great meaning and be very special to me.
I would LOVE to hear from each and every one of you. It will be such a grand gift, which will bring me such happiness. Please post to:
Ted Kennedy Watson
1022 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States of America
Now onto a few favorite images from the past few years…
A single spectacular vase of flowers can work overtime by being called into action in various situations. Set it on the dining table for meals, move it to the coffee table when you are visiting with guests, and place it on your bedside table when reading.
Waking up the house after being gone involves many rituals we find great comfort in–lighting candles, turning on all the lamps, spritzing room spray, unpacking new treasures, filling up the fridge with food, placing flowers here and there. The ritual of nesting. Home and the feeling of home I know is so important to all of us. These little tasks make that feeling grow fonder and deeper. Our home takes care of us in many ways, these rituals enhance all the good feelings home brings.
I promise day three will conclude our flower tour of the year. It has been such a treat choosing the images for this re-cap. It makes me so appreciative of all the places I find blooms–the Market, the grocery store, our yard, floral shops, farmers markets. I am always on the hunt for what looks the freshest and most interesting. As I mentioned the other day, the joy they bring is immeasurable.
The flower love continues with more, more, more of the sumptuous blooms that filled the year. Whether massed together in a big bunch or solo running down a table, they bring so much added life to our life.
It is that time of year when we start looking back as we begin to look ahead at a new year. Flowers play such a large part in my day to day and bring me such immense happiness. I love sharing the blooms and stalks and leaves with you all. Whether it be a big bunch of tulips, a bundle of kale, a vase full of radish leaves, or a single dahlia stem–there is so much natural beauty around us each day, I just like taking a moment to take it all in. Here are a few of those moments from this year.
Happy Saturday all! If you celebrated Christmas, I hope it was all just grand. I am out the door to work the Market shop today, so if you are in the hood, stop by and say hi. Our ‘After Christmas Holiday Sale’ begins today in both shops. 50% off all holiday related goods such as–ornaments, cards, holiday candles, wrap & ribbon.
There is a calmness I feel around white flowers. A soothing vibe that draws me to them. All year long, really, but even more so during the chillier months. With the busyness of the season upon us, I am always looking for calming & soothing anything to add to my day. Here are a few white blooms to get us started.
Clip and trim back your outside plants before the cold really sets in. Bring those inside and enjoy the heck out of all those clippings, as they harken back to sunny memories and are such a hit of sunshine grouped together in a vase or pitcher.