It has been a few full days of display at the shops sprucing them up with new product that has come in these last few weeks. It is refreshen time, and also a time to get the shops ready for Valentine’s Day. We always get things out for heart day by the 15th of January so it puts a festive energy in the air. A local artisan brought me these incredible linen lavender filled sachets last week and wanted to know if I was interested in buying and selling them. I could not say yes fast enough–these are real gems. She found the gorgeous linen fabrics on a trip to London, and when she got back home made these sachets. They have such a cool vintage feel & vibe to them. Of course the addition of the number in red makes my heart sing. So good.
My heart goes out to all of the businesses that were affected by all the violence that occurred in downtown Seattle yesterday. I have not been down to the shops yet, but think we were spared from anything happening in the night. It is a shame that things turned to violence on what should be a joyous day.
Now onto beautiful Spanish Lavender. I put 4 pots of it in front of our First Avenue shop last year. They were teeny tiny little plants. Over the course of the late Spring, they grew considerably, producing stunning dark purple, pineapple-shaped flower heads. They were perfect in the front windows. As the seasons passed, we really did nothing but water them. The plants survived the Winter, actually looking quite lovely with just the silvery green leaves. We were once again treated to the beautiful flowers when the sun started appearing again this Spring. I can not recommend these plants and this variety enough–they are hearty little puppies. They love the sun, are super easy to care for, and make me think of Mediterranean memories.