Ribbon, ribbon, ribbon, we heart our ribbon by the yard big time at Watson Kennedy. Whether it be a vintage spool I find on our travels or a new stripe or jaunty polka dot to liven up a package, both shops are decked out with options galore. Also fun to use in design projects around the house, like tying back curtains. Or the ever preppy option of using ribbon to hold your reading glasses around your neck or pull back your hair.
Hands down one of our best-sellers this past season were our hand painted goat pitchers from England. Perfect for serving milk, holding pencils on a desk or filled with blooms. Such a whimsical, while also being quite utilitarian, object/gift.
Just In, cork toast coasters. Say that fast three times! Whimsical yet practical all at the same time. We are big toast fans in our house, so these immediately caught my eye. Combined with a jar of jam, would make a ‘toasty’ gift during this chilly season.
The first Wine Wednesday of the year starts off with a bang, with a really special bottle. It was a gift from Robin Pollard who roasts and blends up the crazy good coffee we are now selling at WK. Her husband owns Andrew Will Winery on Vashon Island. On a tour of the winery, their home and sensational grounds, she presented us with this bottle. I knew we were in for a treat. We enjoyed it last week at WestWard the first night we were back to kick-off our annual week after Christmas stay. Oh my word, heaven. On so many levels. While this bottle was a 2011, the below verbiage is for the 2012. If you can get your hands on any vintage, do. You will be in for a memorable bottle.
From the maker: Textured, balanced and rich, our signature wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from the Champoux Vineyard; 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. The gorgeously nose shows a blend of cassis, graphite, river stones, tobacco leaf with hints of black currants and dark rasberry. The palate shows a superb full-bodied, balanced, structured wine that integrates a combination of smooth tannins and bright acids. It finishes with excellent length and grip, on the pure and complex finish.
Our ‘Holiday 50% Off Sale’ began yesterday at both shops. Lots & lots of treats to be had. Holiday candles and room sprays, all ornaments, all ribbon by the yard, Holiday cards, all wrapping paper, 2016 calendars, along with Holiday candy–all half off. The perfect time to stock up on supplies for next year. Or for now if you are still celebrating the season. The sale will run through the first week of the new year.
As we head into the busy week before Christmas, just know we are here to help with your gift giving needs, big or small. We can wrap up and have ready treats for office parties, a soirée at your home, or corporate gifts for your crew. Give me a jingle directly at 206.617.9678 if in need of some stylish group gifting.
Boy oh boy, was I excited when I spotted these in New York in August and I was even more thrilled once we started unpacking them a few weeks ago at the shop. Mistletoe green and Vreeland red Louis Sherry iconic tins filled with super yummy truffles, what is not to like? For years I have spotted vintage tins at flea markets when out & about looking for goods for the stores–they make such a great keepsake. The company has been revived and once again these luscious tins can be enjoyed by all. Each box is filled with a mixture of a dozen milk and dark chocolate truffles, so they make just the swellest host/hostess gift this festive season or will be much loved as a stocking stuffer, gift under the tree or thoughtful treat given.
A lovely Sunday to you all! Hope your day is filled with all you want it to be… T
We are coming up on the last day to order from the Watson Kennedy website which is this Wednesday, to guarantee delivery by the 24th. We can expedite shipping after that, but it becomes a little more costly. So I thought I would show you this variety of images today of things I have posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter this last month. Just a variety of fun foursomes, of things to give, or keep, this festive season.
Shrubs have become such a hot edition to any well-stocked bar or larder. Just In, this lovely little assortment of little bottles by INNA shrub. Using only the very best ingredients from locally sourced farms in Northern California, these are sure to please. And at under 10 bucks a bottle, they make stylish awesome stocking stuffers, co-worker gifts, or host/hostess treats this bustling season.
Just In, the happy flower paintings by Mindy Carpenter. One of the very special parts of being a shopkeeper is getting the opportunity to showcase the work of an old friend. Mindy and I go waaaay back, to her days as a creative director. Over meals I would hear her long to work for herself and spend her days painting. She made that goal a reality and now has a successful card company that features her work. She has added her divine flowers, of which I have always been a gigantic fan, to the mix. They will soon be up on the shop walls and on the Watson Kennedy website shortly. Honored to be selling her creations. Cheers to following your passions!