We just started carrying the sweetest book, Much Loved. Within a few days our big stack has dwindled down to just a few. A sure sign we have a gem on our hands. This utterly charming book is beautifully captured by Dublin based photographer Mark Nixon. Based on a show he staged and later a website, he photographs stuffed animals and the lives they have lived. From his own little boy and the Peter Rabbit that was a gift to him at birth from his great-grandmother, to the family who has passed on their Teddy Bear thru several generations–he captures the love each has carried for their beloved stuffed animal. I think this sweet book speaks to both young and old.
Happy Saturday & Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you! Hope you have a fun day today.
From a day after a snowy day in Seattle,
The newest Gather Journal arrived a few weeks ago, and with all the hustle & bustle of the season, I completely forgot to write a post about it. The cocoon and cocooning is the direction this edition takes. Perfect as the cold weather sets in. Gather is really a food magazine/book, with the emphasis on recipes and entertaining, but in a style very much its own. I call it a magazine/book, as each issue is 20 bucks, so this is not your ordinary monthly, toss in the recycle bin when finished magazine. They are so beautifully photographed on such beautiful paper, you want to start a collection. In some way, each issue is incredibly affordable art–usable art. I have personally wrapped a few for customers as gifts these past few weeks. What a clever, stylish gift these will be. A one for them, one for me, type of situation…
I am honored to have been featured in The Seattle Times today, with an interview with Nicole Brodeur, in Nicole & Co. Ted Watson’s Gift-Givers Paradise is the name of the article, so click away for the actual piece. Nicole has been a customer over the years, and I am such a fan of her writing. She puts you right at ease, and you instantly feel a connection with her. This is both in person and in her writing style. It was such a treat to walk around the shop last week with her while we chatted away. She also got a quick look at the mock-up of my book, so it was so nice that it got a shout-out in the article too. Reading about yourself can be a tad nerve wracking as you never know what direction an article might go. This is just really a lovely account centered on gift giving–which you know is so near & dear to my heart–and is most certainly on all our minds this time of year.
Happy Sunday everyone!
I have been finding and have amassed just the prettiest collection of vintage Baccarat coupes of late. The grouping catching my eye yesterday as I walked passed them mixed about with all the hotel silver.
The shapes and sizes vary a tad, with some also able to be used as small little dessert compotes. But my mind just races to them filled with bubbly. What an elegant looking vessel for Champagne.
Of course, these make wickedly cool gifts. A pair with a bottle of bubbles would make one seriously swellegant present.
They just look amazing carried on a silver tray. Heck, they could be just left out on a bar or side table on said silver tray and they would make a beautiful display when not in use.
However they are used or displayed, they are just breathtaking.
Arrived last week, are just the coolest match box holders. So often I am searching high and low for matches to light candles when we first come home at night. The beauty of these holders are they look great sitting out on a table, and then your matches are always at the ready. They hold those big boxes of matches that you find at the grocery store, so it holds a ton of matches and is easily refillable. Plus they just look swanky sitting out & about. This is an under 50 buck gift that is sure to please.
If you are in Seattle today, please stop in and join us for our Holiday Open House. It will take place at both shops from 10 to 6. We will be serving tangerine mimosas and sparkling cider. Trophy cupcakes will be served. The tables and shelves are brimming with gifts galore. Each shop is just stuffed with just the right gifts to give, or receive.
And as always, you know we will lovingly wrap your gifts with our signature Watson Kennedy tissue. Sign up for our $250 stylish gift basket raffle at each shop too. It will be a fun, festive day all around. I love that the Holiday Open Houses coincide with Shop Small. I know I am preaching to the choir, but small shops are what give cities and towns their flavor and personality. Frequenting them throughout the year is always a good thing, and it is so lovely that it is the focus of the day. If you are not in the Seattle area today, shop the small local retailers in your area, and be treated to the love & passion & creativity that independent shopkeepers bring to the table.
We received just the coolest little trio of books by Kate Spade at the shops last week. We sold these books ages ago with great success, so it is fun that they have been reprinted for a new audience to enjoy. She has such great style, that Kate Spade. These books are her take on the world as she views it with much charm, smarts & wit. We sell them individually, but they are pretty darn swell tied up as grouping for one heck of a gift.
I received a bundle of these poetic roses yesterday from a customer. Just because. Out of the blue, for no reason, which delighted me to no end. It got me thinking about the act of giving, and the act of giving a gift. So often gift giving has a purpose, like a birthday or anniversary. But gift giving for no reason other than the simple act of making someone happy is such a cool thing. A ‘just because’ gift. They made my day. I could not wait to get home and scatter these beauties around in single stem vases. It got me thinking if I was made this happy by this gesture, I want to try and repeat that for someone else. It does not have to be flowers, it can be a coffee or a magazine or a candle. A kind gesture repeating itself. Cheers to ‘just because’ gifts!
The shops are a flurry of activity as Holiday begins to unfold. I was able to click away a bunch of images yesterday of things that really caught my eye. Many have a very vintage bent, as I really love to mix in as many vintage goods as I can find to the overall WK assortment. It is what gives things that final layer of depth in the layering process I strive for. The above bone dominoes being a shop constant. The display got a new assortment and a little refresh.
We have stacks & stacks of books at the ready. They really do just make the best gifts. True Prep, written by Watson Kennedy customer, Lisa Birnbach, is her latest spin on all things preppy, and is a follow-up to the hugely successful The Official Preppy Handbook. Lisa was so kind to sign all of our copies. She also gave a quote for the inside cover of my upcoming book.
Vintage ampersand love, in a variety of sizes.
I never pass up a vintage Veuve Clicquot Champagne bucket. Ever. These are one of our most sought after vintage items.
As are the vintage Baccarat coupe Champagne glasses. I found just the coolest assortment recently. I adore these.
Same goes for the vintage glass salt cellars. We can’t seem to keep these in stock. The silver dishes that house them getting a good assortment refresh.
Vintage red stripped French dishtowels are always a winner this time of year. I like to use one in place of wrapping paper and make it part of a gift. The red stripe adding a jolly twist on the packaging.
We just put these out yesterday. The perfect under $20 gift. A glass votive candle by Aquiesse housed in a lovely box. Heavenly scented, we add our signature Watson Kennedy matches to the wrapping, and for 15 bucks it is just one seriously spiffy gift.
And lastly, sweet little blank journals in tons of colors with sweet motivating titles on the cover. Always nice to have a journal in your bag or valise to jot a note or doodle a thought.
Happy Thursday all!
From rainy Seattle, Ted