Just arrived the other day at the shops, Julia Reed’s South. Part cookery book, part entertaining book, it is filled with family recipes and tips on being a gracious host/hostess. We have been a fan of her writing over the years, as her take on things and wit are such fun to read. Walking to dinner last eve, I told TPS what I connect most with is her view on life and relishing the small moments. This quote by Julia sums it up. “What I love about the South is that there is nothing too insignificant to celebrate, and if you’re really lucky you learn about grace and small joys, which are, after all, what make up big lives.”
This post is about giving of what we have. It also about this divine Dogwood branch that was a gift to me yesterday by our friends Peg & Brian. The branch broke off in their yard, and they thought of me. So incredibly sweet I get teary just typing this. They knew how much I would appreciate the beauty. They know me well. Sometimes the best gifts come at unexpected times, out of the blue. Often these can be some of the very best gifts. A sign of friendship & love. It could be a book just read passed on to someone you know would enjoy it. Or a beloved sweater outgrown that you know a friend would adore. Or a loaf of just baked banana bread given unexpectedly for no reason. Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes, at all times. It means you are giving a part of yourself–truly the best gift you can give.
I spent yesterday at the 86 Pine Street shop, so I snapped away at a few things that caught my eye as the sun streamed in through the oversized window that faces out to the Market and the water. Often it is images I am capturing down at the other shop as the big First Avenue & Spring Street windows let in an incredible amount of light which is ideal for picture taking. But the beautifully sunny day had the light dancing about so I hopped right to it. More bath-centric–towels, toothbrushes, shampoo and bath gels became my favorite of the moment. With vetiver being the winning scent. I had the door open the entire day, the sound of the fountain gurgling away and folks milling about in the background, the natural music of our beloved Inn courtyard.
Just In Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise bath and shower gel from Molton Brown of England arrived yesterday. Perfect timing for Spring gift giving, like Mother’s Day or just a yummy gift to give yourself. Either in a bath or on a washcloth in the shower, Molton Brown gels are regarded as some of the very best. A perfect refreshing start to your day.
Happy Saturday all!
From sunny (which is making me quite happy) Seattle,
One of my very favorite parts of being a shopkeeper is finding the variety of things we sell. From books, to jewelry, to jam–if it strikes a cord and catches my fancy, we most likely will give it a go! So many things we sell we have a connection to, like a place we are fond of, or something is made/written by someone we know, which makes selling the good so very personal. Today’s assortment is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but the tread is the connection and love.
These vintage French medallion necklaces are some of my very favorites jewels we sell, and we have carried them for many years. Andrea, the maker, who I just adore, brought in a fresh batch a week or so ago. Each one a small work of art.
Our friend Lisa wrote The Official Preppy Handbook over 35 years ago. It is a classic. I have started finding/selling copies I find as it has been out of print for years, so I love offering it in homage to my love of all things prep and honoring a friend.
The pitchers I wrote about the other day have been a hit! They are not yet on our website so I thought I would post them here first, as we have gotten tons of inquires about pricing. These are the largest of the 3 styles I brought in. The top and bottom are $110 each and the middle gem is $125.
And lastly, a little wrapped up WK gift for our friend Alex’s 60th birthday. There is nothing I/we like better than to walk the floor and help a customer pull things to make a thoughtful gift. Here a pair of mini Champagne bottle cufflinks were the boxed surprise, surrounded by the sweetest book to mark the occasion tied off with a vintage number six Bakelite domino.
Just In this assortment of divine pitchers in a variety of three styles as well as many sizes. Truly, an instant collection. To love just as they are, filled with flowers, or serving your favorite beverage. Pitchers are such versatile things to have around. If they are stunningly pretty, even better. These have such a vintage vibe to them, like they were plucked from an antique shop in London or the English countryside.
A lovely, lovely Sunday to you!
The cutting boards that are fashioned after books arrived the other day that I found a few months back at the New York show. This got me looking at many of the other options we have at the Home store. I think cutting boards in varying shapes & sizes are great to have on hand for a variety of uses. Like cutting lemons and limes where you have a bar or drinks station set up when you host a dinner or party, to use to serve cheese on either with drinks or later in the meal as a cheese course, or to chop up herbs for a quick vinaigrette. Their versatility makes them handy to have different ones at the ready. Apologies in advance, without food or something interesting on them, they are not the most exciting things to take photos of. I shot these at the shop in displays, but you get the idea. A bunch of them are fairly new to our stock, others we have carried for quite awhile and are tried & true. The pig boards just crack me up they are so great, coming in a small and a large.
We are very fortunate & pleased as Punch to be in possession of an assortment of really lovely Hugo Guinness original portraits at Watson Kennedy. Hugo’s work becomes more sought after each passing year, and original works even more so. I love having them lined up on the back of the bench at the Home store having them looking over things while they await their permanent home. If one speaks to you, give us a ring at the shop or shoot me an e-mail. We are always happy to wrap things up and ship to wherever you may be.
Cheers to the start of an awesome week!
When I am looking at books for the shops, there are some I know we will only carry for a short period, sort of ‘of the moment’ titles. Others become perennial favorites and we end up stocking it for quite some time. Such is the case with Living With Shakespeare. It is a title that makes a great gift, but also a book that many want to keep for themselves. Mister Shakespeare has quite a hold on folks.
From the publisher’s site:
Why Shakespeare? What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays? Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture. We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, Camille Paglia on teaching the plays to actors, F. Murray Abraham on gaining an audience’s sympathy for Shylock, Sir Ben Kingsley on communicating Shakespeare’s ideas through performance, Germaine Greer on the playwright’s home life, Dame Harriet Walter on the complexity of his heroines, Brian Cox on social conflict in his time and ours, Jane Smiley on transposing “King Lear” to Iowa in “A Thousand Acres,” and Sir Antony Sher on feeling at home in Shakespeare’s language. Together these essays provide a fresh appreciation of Shakespeare’s works as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and embraced by creative professionals and lay enthusiasts alike.
A glorious Spring Friday and first day of April to you!
From sunny Seattle,
A few good pieces of a really good chocolate bar or caramel can brighten up any day. Over the past few years we have added more and more of them to our offerings at the Home store + our shop at the Hotel 1000, as well as our website. We have customers who pop in for their favorite bar each week. Some folks have a mid-day coffee, others have a bit of chocolate. Swell for adult Easter baskets too. The light continues to be pretty darn swell here in Seattle, so I clicked away a few at the end of the day.