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Spring-y Yellow & Red Tulips

They stopped me in my tracks the moment I spotted them in the Alm Hill Gardens stall at The Market on Saturday morning. I wait for these beauties all year. The bits of red streaking through the vibrant yellow makes my heart sing. They stayed at the shop for the day for all to enjoy, then made the ferry ride over to WestWard to take center stage on the dining table. The majority in a clear glass vessel and three stems just needing to dance in single stem bottles. They made for a happy, happy Sunday supper table.



 

 

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



 

 

A Day of Display at the Market Shop

Last month, I received a lovely e-mail from a gentleman who had a family antique table he was looking to sell. Above said table! He was introduced to me by his Aunt, a blog reader from back East. The table could not be more perfect in the shop, feeling instantly like it had been there forever. The arrival of it spurred a full day of display making room, and once it arrived, filling it with all sorts of WK goodies. Valentine’s Day was also on our minds, so the front table received a little refresh. As well as all sorts of other displays that were looking a little ragged from the crazy busy holiday season. By the end of the day, everything was feeling fresh and looking sparkly again.



 

 

Market Shop Displays

Spent the last few days at the Market shop getting it ‘Holiday’ ready. That also means redisplaying things to make room for all the new. These are majorly happy days for me. I think of display as a bit like working on a puzzle. A very layered puzzle with a ton of pieces. You try something, it does not fit, you try something else. We work often by color or subject. The above we refer to as bird-land. The below our ornament area as well as some of the Holiday cards, with a bit of red-land in the shot too. By the end of each display day, I sleep verrrrry well.



 

 

Season Ending Dahlia Love

Flower Friday is a look back on some of the spectacular dahlias from this last few months. The season starts quite early in Seattle and seems to go and go. The buckets on my Saturday morning Market stroll becoming less and less. Such happy blooms they are, frilly and full of life. They might be the ultimate single stem vase flower, as most times a single bloom is all you need to knock your socks off. A big container of them all massed together, heaven.



 

 

A Season Ending Sunday Supper

It was a fiery red season ending supper table on Sunday eve. You know we love tradition. I get the same crazy beautiful dahlias at the Market each year for this meal. They strike a cord of both Summer and soon to be Autumn, dancing down the middle of the table for all of us to enjoy. Now you too! With a slight chill in the air as I write this, we welcome in the new season and relish the sunny memories of the last few months.



 

 

Flower Friday Dahlias & Scented Geraniums

Flower Friday brings us oversized fluffy dahlias from the Market and a big tub of scented geraniums from out on the island. As the Summer season slips away we are enjoying the heck out of them every moment we can. Both will show up on the Sunday supper table for our season ending meal with friends this week-end. Oh how hearty and wondrous and plentiful they have been this year. The memories of these carry me through the upcoming rainy months…



 

 

A Cozy Dahlia Supper

We hit the ground running yesterday, arriving back to Seattle Wednesday eve. Always nice to have a meal at the dining table our first full night back. I could not wait to get my hands on some Market dahlias, but did not get a chance to make it up there as the First & Spring shop was a hopping. Sydney worked both locations so she graciously picked up a bunch for us. The blooms are my Flower Friday pick of the week. Have a lovely, lovely last week-end of August everyone!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 161

Zinnias this time of the season are just a riotous profusion of color, a symbol of August in their tones. Mix them with herbs, like rosemary, for a simple arrangement that is a nod to Summer.



 

 

Pretty in Pink

They are just so darn good! The pink-y dahlias get a second shout-out this week as they are dreamy beyond words. Seattle has heated up this week which means a profusion of dahlias are showing up at stall after stall at the Pike Place Market. I get a little lightheaded from all the beauty as I meander. Happy Flower Friday all. X, T