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My Favorite Things Today

It was an extraordinarily sunny day in Seattle yesterday, the light swirling around pretty perfectly at the First & Spring shop. I clicked away photos of goods and vignettes. The Summer months are quite, quite busy with lots of folks visiting our much loved Seattle, so the shelves remain nice and full. Lots of gifts to give, or keep. A dozen for your viewing pleasure. Have a lovely week-end and Happy Bastille Day!



 

 

The Gift of Hydrangea

Ahhhhhhh, the gift of hydrangea. What an amazing treat they are, brightening up any room. This Flower Friday showcases 2 gorgeous bunches that were gifts to us. The above brought in yesterday to the shop from Erika and the below (saddled up next to my dad’s pipe) from Peg last Saturday. Hydrangea have a lovely long lasting life, so these will be enjoyed immensely for quite some time. If you have flowers in your yard or garden, never underestimate the power they have for being truly special gifts.



 

 

Italian Sea Salt & Champagne Truffles

Just In, Italian sea salt from Jacobsen Salt Co. and champagne truffles from Louis Sherry. This is very much the case where the contents inside both are as stellar as the sublime packaging. Both companies known for their quality inside and out. Seriously, when would you think of giving salt as a gift? This just screams of gift giving to me, and the truffle tin–wow, wow, wow. What a keepsake long after the chocolates have been enjoyed.



 

 

Summmmmaaaaaa Windows

A quick swap out of things in both the big windows of our First & Spring shop the other day. Man oh man, the sun does a number on things, so changing goods up in the sunny months is always part of the plan. Boat-y, blue-y was the idea for the first window, with the Country Living article of WestWard the inspiration. Gardening and all the cool watering cans we found at Brimfield the driving force for the second window. Cheers to Summmmaaaaaaa!



 

 

Pollard Coffee in Wine Spectator

Check out the latest Wine Spectator for a fabulous article about Robin Pollard who roasts and blends our Watson Kennedy Pollard Coffee for us. Robin comes from a wine background, as she was the director of the Washington Wine Commission. She approaches her coffee with the same passion, palate and expertise as a vintner.

Her home and roasting facility is on our beloved Vashon Island. I have also written about Robin and the sublime wines she produces from her vineyard for a few Wine Wednesday posts. Her coffee is truly artisanal, as she roasts, blends and bags our coffee herself. She even hand delivered our latest batch the other day. Our blend has become much loved, with us shipping it quite often to folks who want to drink only the very finest coffee. Click here to link to our website if interested.

Have the BEST week-end! X, TKW



 

 

A Summery Table in Red

The color red became the overall theme in this summery shop table. Cozying up to lots of product with white in it, as well as wicker & seagrass. The watermelon plates a particular favorite, as they are a yummy symbol of the season. The black dotted wrapping paper, another absolute favorite, became a runner in a pinch. The dots reminding me of watermelon seeds. Then it was all sorts of fun stuff in those color stories that got added to the mix.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Small display projects throughout the shops since back from New York is a fun way to see all the new that arrived while we were away. As I like to say, it is all in the mix. Here are some favorites I snapped along the way.



 

 

Just In, Collegiate Pillows

Just In, embroidered collegiate pillows for those heading off, those working away and alumni. These really make awesome gifts to remember your school by and the good times had & cherished memories. I am really loving all the color in these labor intensive gems, with each taking up to 10 hours of embroider time. We will be drop shipping these directly to customers, having access to many, many schools. Each pillow is $170 and the shipping charge is $24. If at all interested, e-mail us at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com or as always, please feel free to give us a call at the shop, toll-free 1.800.991.9361.

Happy Solstice to you!



 

 

Victorinox Chocolates

I found these chocolates at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and was completely charmed by them, thinking they would be the perfect treat added to a Father’s Day card. Clever, to say the least, these milk chocolate treats are shaped like the utilitarian Swiss army pocket knives. Extra added bonus is the chocolate is really good, with a hint of hazelnut. We carry them now year round, but thought they would be a fab dad gift too.



 

 

All About Vintage

We started a several month long project yesterday of cataloging all of the vintage goods in our inventory. Over the years we have amassed quite a collection of things so we thought it wise to have images of all the gems from around the globe. Sterling silver, Baccarat crystal, English hotel silver and brass were the beginning points. Each item getting cleaned, polished, re-numbered and lastly photographed. Look for more & more added to our website in the coming months. Above and below some of My Favorite Things Today.