This just in, Sketches From A Google Safari by Hugo Guinness. Just the coolest little book filled with drawings by Hugo. A perfect gift for any Hugo fan on your list. A lovely addition and conversation piece to any cocktail or coffee table. Hugo’s style has become known around the globe, so I am honored to be one of a handful of places where you can find this. There was a limited run of the book, which makes owning one even more special.
Happy Monday all and a grand start to our Thanksgiving week!
Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, at our Market shop, from 10 to 6 for our Holiday Open House. Lots of things to celebrate–the shops 17th anniversary, Bailey’s 10th birthday, and kicking off the Holiday season of thanks & giving. Bubbly, sparkling cider, as well as Louis Sherry truffles will be served. We will be wrap, wrap, wrapping away! Gifts to give, gifts to keep. We are more than happy to ship your gifts for you too. A raffle for our Watson Kennedy 2016 Le Jacquard Francais calendar towels will be held. Music will be swirling about, as well as good cheers. Hope to see you there!
The other day I am tidying up a display and I hear a voice behind me say, “You are carrying my book,” in just the sweetest tone. I turn around to be greeted by just the sweetest woman, Ayse Birsel. She was in town doing a big signing, I think at Elliott Bay, and said many folks had told her she needed to come check-out the Watson Kennedy shops before she headed home. We indeed are carrying her creatively charming guide to designing the best life for yourself. So much so, that we had a big stack of her books right on the front table right as you came in the door. I was utterly charmed by it awhile back when I was ordering new books for the shops the last time I was at the showrooms. An interactive workbook for unleashing your creativity while examining your daily routines. All bound together in jaunty red, making it a great gift to give this season, right on to Valentine’s Day. While also be a creatively lovely gift to give yourself.
It was a fitful night of sleep, the atrocities of Paris last eve weighing heavy on my heart, as I know it is you all. I am getting reports from friends and customers who are safe, so that makes me breathe easier. Such as cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, who you might remember did a lovely signing at the shop last year, and her husband who were airborne on their way to their home in Paris when the attacks occurred. My mind goes to the many folks who are not getting reports back that their loved ones are unharmed. My heart just goes out to them. It makes writing about anything happy seem silly. But we must push forward, and embrace goodness against those that cause such devastating harm. If we don’t, it means they win and are given more power. We have seen the resiliency of the French people this last year, and we will see it again. I am so often asked at the shops why I like French product and France so much. My response is always, “Because they know how to savor the moment and see the beauty that surrounds them.” So I wish you a happy Saturday, filled with moments to savor and beauty all around you.
If you are in downtown Seattle today, pop in to the First & Spring shop for our Holiday Open House.
Please join us tomorrow, Saturday the 14th of November, as we kick-off the Holidays with our first Open House of the season, at the First & Spring shop. Music will fill the air, candles will be aglow, bubbly & sparkling cider will served, along with Louis Sherry truffles.
Our raffle this year will be for a 2016 Watson Kennedy calendar towel by Le Jacquard Francais. Ten winners in total. I always feel badly that you readers from afar can’t be part of the festivities, so this year, you can take part in the raffle if you would like. Simply leave a comment on this post with a quick answer to what you are most thankful for in this season of thanks & giving, along with your first name, and where you live. I love knowing where you all live! That way you get to feel part of the party.
Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann will be painting live in store from noon to 4 PM, creating original 4×6 watercolors of Veuve Clicquot bottles just in time for the sparkling season. Each work of art is one of a kind and would be a perfectly festive gift to give this year. If you want one of these lovely creations and can’t make the Open House, give us a ring at the shop at 206.652.8350 either today or tomorrow before 4, and we will have Jeanne paint one for you and we can ship it out.
It will be such a fun day. Hope you can join in the fun! Next Saturday, the 21st, we will be celebrating at the Market shop, so put that on your calendar too.
It is always an extra special happy day when a big box of John Derian’s decoupaged work arrives. I like to play around with them in a group before putting them out into displays. They look so cool massed together. John finds lovely old images and crafts them into a keepsake that is both new but with a very aged & patina feel. They tell a story. Whether singly or grouped, they work hung on a wall, snuggled up with other things on a table tableau, or just shining all by itself.
These were one of my favorite finds from my buying trip in August. The Louis Sherry chocolate tins arrived yesterday afternoon and we opened up those boxes lickety split. Not only are their truffles divine, but the tins are incredibly cool. I see vintage ones here & there when out and about antique shopping, so they make a great keepsake after the chocolates have been devoured.
A bit about the company from their literature:
In 1881, Louis Sherry introduced the French chocolate-making tradition to New York and quickly established a reputation for excellence. Sherry’s dedication to quality is present today in every truffle we craft. Only the highest quality ingredients, ethically sourced from Ecuador to Madagascar to the Caribbean coast of Venezuela, are used by our master chocolatier. In celebration of our heritage, each array of chocolates is packaged in the traditional Sherry’s tin, a recast of the original, now more than 100 years old. “When it’s a matter of good taste–Sherry’s.” Such was our founder’s promise 130 years ago. We strive to live up to it today.
Mister Sherry worked for the very same thing we strive for each and every day at Watson Kennedy.
A gorgeous Holiday candle by Diptyque, Liquidambar, arrived the other day at the shops. A celebration of nature’s delights, which embraces the redness of this large autumnal tree. Its enveloping liquid amber is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, then cloaked in the scent of muscovado sugar, providing a sweet and warm veil of gourmand accents. Beautifully presented container & box, so it is all set for gift-giving as we enter into the season. Yum.
Being back at the shops for a few days, they are a flurry of activity. This week before November begins is always non-stop as the amount of merchandise arriving daily is dizzying, which you know makes me deliriously happy. I snapped away a few goodies along the way. Gifts to give, gifts to keep.
There are just certain things I like hanging out in the fridge at the ready. The above jar of mayo is now on that list. So much so that I packed a bottle of it in our luggage for this trip. We started carrying it at the shop awhile back, and that is when the love began. The herbs added to this top flight mayonnaise is what makes it extra special. Parsley, tarragon & dill mixed with the fresh lemon make this an easy dip for crudités. But what I tried it with the other day made us both very happy at lunchtime. Mixed with tuna, it bumped up the flavor quotient considerably. The herbs adding a delicate note that made the tuna salad absolutely divine.