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My Favorite Things Today

All sorts of new fun things have been arriving from all the buying we have been doing over the last few months. I always love seeing goods get worked in to existing displays finding a happy home. Here is what caught my eye the most this round.



 

 

A Green, Green Shop Table

Yesterday was a full day of display, along with redoing the dining table vignette at the back of the Home store. How surprising, green has been on my mind! With the official start of Spring next week as well as St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, I just decided to run with it. Oh, and those geranium places. They had quite a bit to do with it, as I have been dying to play with them since they came in. The green dotted tablecloth is actually a big roll of wrapping paper I adore. Once that was put into place everything else came together. The potted Livia Cetti geranium just had to be the centerpiece. Dinner is served!



 

 

The Market Shop All Aglow

A very kind customer snapped this the other day when the sun was setting and it made the Market shop golden. We arrived back to Seattle last eve and I am ready to hit the ground running. I love being away but can’t wait to get to the shops once we are back to see all that has come in since we left. With Spring officially around the corner, all sorts of fun projects on the books. Thank you, always, for following along on our adventures… X, T2+B



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

When we are at Hawthorne I still love seeing all the new goods that are arriving at the shops while we are away. So I get photos sent to me as things get unpacked and put into displays. We have been finding all sorts of GOODNESS these last few months. Here are a few favorites among the group. Of course I love it all, but these are the dozen that caught my eye and tickled my fancy the most on this stay.



 

 

Blackwing Pencils, Sharpeners & Journals at WK

Just In, a fresh round of Blackwing pencils, sharpeners and journals at Watson Kennedy. When only the best will do. A bit of history on these iconic writing tools:

Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included John Steinbeck and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and many other Looney Tunes characters.

Despite this following, they fell victim to cost cutting measures in the 1990s and were discontinued. But, that didn’t stop devotees from paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, the company drew from nearly a century of experience in the pencil business to access the best materials in the world and bring Blackwing back for a new generation of writers, musicians, and others seeking only the finest writing instruments. Now at $4 a pencil, they are a simple luxury for those wanting to reach for only the very finest when putting your words or images to paper.



 

 

Geranium Plates by Bordallo Pinheiro

Just In, whimsically beautiful geranium leaf plates at Watson Kennedy. Pleased as punch to announce the arrival of our latest order of Bordallo Pinheiro from Portugal. Since 1884, they have been creating cherished heirloom quality tableware to be enjoyed through the generations. We have carried bits & pieces over the years but my fondness and admiration has grown as we use it in our own homes and love it so much. So look for more and more than of it showing up on our shop shelves and vignettes in the coming months.



 

 

WK Annual Winter SALE

Our Annual Winter SALE is currently underway at our First & Spring shop. 50% to 90% off all sorts of treasures. Making room for all the new goodies arriving in the coming months. Decorative objects, lamps, linens, books & magazines, lotions, potions and candles, stationery, plus oodles of gourmet food items + much, much more. The sale runs through the end of the month. Give us a ring at 206.652.8350 if you live out of the area as we are happy to ship!



 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to You

I have loved this day since I was a little kid. Making cards and handing them out to my friends at school. To me it is a time to show those you care for a little extra love. In this day, I think that sentiment rings even stronger and more true. Sending tons of love to you all. Happy Valentine’s Day! X, Ted



 

 

Valentine Gifts Galore at WK

Yesterday was one of our first ‘real’ full days of the shops being open the whole day in more than a week. The snow did a number on retail for Valentine’s Day to be sure. That said, we are brimming with all sorts of sweet treats for everyone on your list. Our Open House was cancelled on Saturday so bubbly & cider will be poured tomorrow in honor of the day. Our card baskets are bursting with lovely heart filled options. We will be wrap, wrap, wrapping away as I like to say. Hope to see you in the next few days! X, T



 

 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

I snapped this moments before hopping in the car to head home yesterday. We closed both shops around 1. Our goal today is to get both shops open by noon. But again, that is a goal. The week ahead of snow is pretty unprecedented. We have lived here 30+ years and have never seen anything quite like this forecast. With all of our divine hills and lack of a large fleet of snow trucks to salt, our fine city becomes a bit, ok make that quite a bit of a challenge getting around. We will certainly try and get the shops open each day, but our awesome WK staff lives in all parts of the city and beyond, so them making it in and their safety is my number one concern at this time. We thank you all for your understanding. Best option this week is to call each store directly before you think of heading our way to do some shopping. Our Market shop is 206.443.6281 and our First & Spring location is 206.652.8350. Upside, it is really, really pretty. Be safe everyone!