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.
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.
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.
May in New York. Ahhhhhhh. Love finding myself in the city for a few days to attend the National Stationery Show–one of my very favorite times of the year to be here. Spring weather, with warm days and cool nights. The flowers are in bloom everywhere. And I get to look at cards and laugh and grin and guffaw and laugh some more. There are so many different types of creativity in the world. The creativity it takes to make a card is such a cool thing. Such lovely, funny, sweet, talented folks. I give you a few that stood out…
I am very excited to report that a new shipment of vintage hotel silver pedestal bowls has arrived. This bowl is just such a great shape & size. We have one in town as well as Hawthorne and I use it every chance I can. Looks pretty fetching naked just left out on the coffee table or kitchen counter when not called into action too. We use this bowl to hold a generous amount of crackers or baguette slices when we are serving cheese. It holds a good amount of popcorn when we are wanting a snack while reading. I even float a bloom or two in it when the dining table calls. One of our most versatile hotel silver bowls. This round they are from The Savoy, which we have had stock of before and love, as well as Claridge’s and The Connaught. Each is marked with the hotel name, which makes it extra special. If these bowls could talk, what tales they would tell.
Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, at both shops for our annual Mother’s Day Open House. Doors open at 10. Mimosas and sparkling cider will be served and we will be wrap, wrap, wrapping. Oodles of goodies to peruse & choose for our loved ladies on Sunday. Hope you can join us!
Beyond lovely and oh so stylish hand painted glasses by my IG pal Margot Larsen are now up on the Watson Kennedy website. Margot painted glasses for us for when we first bought Hawthorne. We use them everyday when we are there. I was thrilled to be able to incorporate them into the all-green table I put together and shot that is in the current House Beautiful. Now these gems are being offered to all. The detail is quite something. Made to order, they will bump up the chic quotient to any table they grace.
Turns 1, First Anniversary–just not sure of the proper terminology. Either way, one year ago today Style & Simplicity was released. My oh my, what a wonderfully incredibly special year it has been. For all of you who have followed along, sent a word of encouragement, bought a book, given a book–a heartfelt THANK YOU from the bottom right up to the top of my heart.
To all of you who attended the book launch party at the shop one year ago tonight, what a special night that was. One I will never forget. The amount of love shown was just off the charts. The thought of that eve and event will be a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life.
To all of you who sell my book at your shop, to all those who attended a book signing along the way, a HUGE merci. I really just can’t thank you all enough. You have shown me much love throughout. I have heard so many thoughtful cool stories–shared experiences from parts of the book that spoke to you. A recipe tried, a stored family heirloom unearthed and enjoyed, a piece of art purchased on a trip that will be a remembrance always.
Just arrived, Swaine Street Woodworking products. I have always been somewhat at a loss on what to use to revivify wood cutting boards and other wood kitchen items like stirring spoons. Swaine Street Woodworking products to the rescue. Rosemary lemon cutting board oil is a food safe emollient formula which penetrates the wood to bring it back to a happy revivified life. Beeswax polish doing a similar trick but also providing a food safe protective finish. The ditty ‘whistle while you work, whistle while you work’ playing in my head. Again, great packaging. I am a sucker for a Weck jar, and the simple apothecary glass bottle with the black top is just right.
From my favorite leather chair–up early and ready to tackle the day.
A lovely, lovely Friday to you all,
We are still receiving new goods that I ordered at the New York show back in January. I love a constant stream of new things showing up throughout the year. Keeps the assortment fresh–so you always spot something new when entering the shops. Just in, Victoria Amory gourmet condiments.
Bumping up the quality quotient to everyday things we use can elevate the everyday experience. While I know we don’t use ketchup & mayonnaise everyday, to have really excellent bottles of it at the ready when we do, just creates a more memorable experience. Case in point, I tried the Champagne ketchup the other day with my lunch at the shop. I was blown away by the flavors. Complex, not overly sweet. When was the last time you even though about ketchup?
The Fine Herbs mayonnaise just waiting for crudités at the next cocktail party. Plus you all know how I love great packaging. These bottles are sharp enough to leave out in a pinch on a sandwich board. They would look stellar wrapped up in clear cello bags for host/hostess gifts.