Just In, and just in time for Summer gift giving. For all the G&T lovers in your world. Jack Rudy is regarded as some of the best tonic mix out there. This trio is a sampling of his blends all packaged up in a nifty little box. We had a G&T station set up as guests arrived out on the island this past week-end, the assortment at the ready along with a mix of gins and other tonics, limes & a big bucket of ice. Just add a bit of sparkling water or just use straight from the bottle mixed in the drink, for a truly unique twist on this most classic of cocktails. Available at the Fine Home shop and up soon on the website.
A new shipment of vintage English hotel silver bowls arrived the other day. From the 1940’s to 60’s, these pieces have lived quite a life already. They have been given a second life while being re-silvered and look awesome with a fresh coat. This makes them food-safe, so they are meant to used & enjoyed. Perfectly chic filled with a host of things like nuts and dips and crackers for the cocktail hour. Lovely with a flower floating in it. And my true test of an object is they look divine with nothing in them at all gracing a coffee table or kitchen counter. For information on any of the pieces, always feel free to give us a ring at the shop at 800.991.9361 or shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in New York City in 1929, Mrs. John L. Strong hand engraved stationery is regarded as some of the very finest in the world. A new shipment arrived the other day to refresh our existing stock, which we have carried for many years. The iconic gloriously thick stock along with the beautiful images, many created many years ago, makes this a truly special gift. One to give or to gift yourself.
I quite happily played around in the display case yesterday, whistling while I worked surrounded by all that glorious paper. From notecards to tablets, we are so pleased to offer such glorious offerings for your letter/note writing.
Speaking of letter writing, oh my word, the cards & letter just keep arriving daily–I can’t thank you all enough! With it being such an emotional week, they really have been even more welcome. For those of you just reading, I had asked readers a few weeks ago when the blog hit its 5th anniversary to send me a note so I could have it as a remembrance to mark the occasion. So many of you have and it has brought me so much joy. But it is not too late if you have not yet sent one. I would be delighted, thrilled really, to keep receiving them for the next month, or even longer, as there is no time limit on happiness. Insert very large smile. If so incline, to:
Ted Kennedy Watson
1022 First Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
United States of America
Over the moon to be hosting a trunk show tomorrow, Saturday from 1 to 4 at the First & Spring shop, for Santa Barbara artist Virginia McCracken. She creates small-scale assemblages–imaginary worlds inside boxes that are inhabited by paper mache figures. I am just completely charmed by her works. She popped into the store yesterday to quickly introduce herself, and she is as fabulous as her artwork. Virginia said she brought over 20 boxes, along with what we already carry will be quite a fun assortment to visually enjoy. Beautiful works that are looking for a permanent home. If you are in the area, I so hope you can join us. Sparkling rosé & apple cider will be served. Hope to see you there!
A lovely Friday to you all as we ease into the week-end…
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…
Just In, bottles of the always delightful and tasty TruBee honey, in Spring Coastal & Summer Wildflower. The honeys capture the essence of a particular region and season. Instead of confining the bees to a single-source diet, their “free-range” bees are in places where they can forage tulip poplar, fruit blossoms and black locust in the spring, then feast on wildflowers, herbs and clover in the summer. Each jar of TruBee honey captures the taste of nature in a particular place and time. Given the changes in rainfall, sunshine and bloom time, the unique taste of each particular harvest may never be repeated again.
Please join us, this Saturday from 10 to 6, both shops, for our annual Mother’s Day Open House. Mimosas & sparkling cider will be served along with Louis Sherry truffles, jonboy & Jacobsen caramels. Gifts will be wrapped, baubles will be decided over, music will fill the air, and we will toast the fabulousness that is Mom/all the women in our lives that deserve a toast!
A new round of Italian gilt frames arrived the other day. I forgot to snap away a photo of the silver variety, which are equally as stunning as the gold, so the gold options will have to do for the post today. Sorry about that. I love a beautiful picture frame. They make such awesome gifts with a photo included. We have carried these for ever and ever, and I never tire of the them. The richness of the gilt, which is applied by hand–each frame having small bits of variety, making them truly one of a kind.