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Saturday I worked the Market shop, snapping this assembled grouping, as home was on my mind. It was one of the the most consistently rainy days I can remember, and it had me thinking of the comforts of HOME. How it can be stormy outside but the comfort of our home, even the idea of it (since I was at the shop, which was also pretty darn cozy on that rainy day) can be so enveloping. Be it a home small or large, grand or simple, it is filled with things that remind us of our past, make us feel cared for, and energizes us for the new day ahead. 



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Many new fun things arriving at both shops as well as making their way onto our website. From jewels, to tasty treats, to just the right gift to give for just about any occasion.













 

 

Mindy Carpenter Painting Workshop of Vintage Florals at WK

Very excited to announce our next workshop with the talented artist Mindy Carpenter. She will be teaching a floral painting class on Saturday the 12th of May from 11 to 3. All levels welcome! All supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Each participant will leave with a floral painting they created, as well as a goody bag from Mindy and WK. It is also Mother’s Day week-end so the shops will be hosting their Open House that day too. As a little extra added bonus, workshop participants will get 25% off their shopping that day. We have 24 spots, so don’t delay, as I know these will go fast. The workshop is $115. You must sign up & pay with me directly by calling 206.617.9678, not by calling the shops, e-mailing or messaging. I hope you can join us–it will be a blast! I have been friends with Mindy for close to 20 years, her talent and enthusiasm an inspiration to me always. It is sure to be such a fun day.



 

 

Santa Barbara Olive Co.

Just In, oodles of olives from famed Santa Barbara Olive Co. To serve just as they are, to garnish a drink, to use in a recipe or to eat straight out of the jar. I met just the nicest folks from this company at the Fancy Food Show awhile back, and am honored to carry & offer their amazing goods. Wrapped up as a trio, these make extra special host/hostess treats.



 

 

Inspiration in Green

With the arrival of Spring, I find myself craving green even more than usual. The varying vibrant full of life hue brings a jolt of energy after a long season of cold, snow and rain. For many of you back East hit with snow again, oh my, I hope this post brings thoughts of the burst of green buds and all the good green stuff, real soon.










 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The amount of boxes we take up to recycle at the end of each day is telling to how much new fun stuff arrives. The recycling bins have been overflowing. Lots of new gems added to our shelves these past weeks. Just a few here that I clicked away yesterday. Gifts to give, gifts to keep.









And last, but most certainly not least, oodles of sweets. We have you covered at our First & Spring shop if you are in need of filling some nifty Easter baskets this week-end.



 

 

Comfort in Home

Honored, once again, to be named one of Seattle Magazine’s ‘Favorite Home Shops’ in the current issue out now on newsstands. We take great pride in making the shops a respite for our customers to feel inspired, cared for and enveloped in goodness. I so often hear how many folks just come to the shops to de-stress from a hectic day. That truly tickles me, as we have always said the stores are meant to be extensions of our homes. When we are recognized by magazines or awards, it is just the cherry on top of the cake. 

To the customer and blog reader who brought me my favorite ruffly creamy yellow tulips from the Alm Hill Gardens stall at the Market yesterday, you made my day! A lovely week-end to you all, wherever you are on the globe. I hope you find great comfort & joy that your home can bring to you. X, Ted



 

 

Spring Cleaning 

The last few days have been all about a little Spring cleaning at the shops along with a bit of re-display. There is something incredibly comforting & therapeutic about taking everything off of a shelf or out of a case, cleaning it, and then putting it all back together again. The rhythmic pattern of the cloth on the surface almost a meditation. The same is true for all of us at home. It gives you a fresh canvas to try new combinations of things. Your eye sees new possibilities. The dust bunnies disappear and a whole new way of seeing your objects/possessions/treasures presents itself. 



 

 

Sea Salt Caramel Eggs

Just In, my very favorite Easter basket treats, handmade sea salt caramel eggs. I smiled from ear to ear when these arrived at the shop the other day. 6 pieces in a box, which are terribly tough to share…



 

 

Two New Windows

The big windows at the First & Spring shop got a quick re-do. A little change up before they get a Mother’s Day switcharoo in a few weeks. Birds and favorite French things became the focus. 

The above fab photos shot by our lovely WK customer, Marsi Buckmelter, by way of Instagram. Merci Marsi!