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Ted’s Tip No. 208

Stop and small the flowers. Truly. For real, stop and smell those roses and peonies and sweet peas. Time will stand still for that moment. It is a natural reset. Good for the soul, the mind, the body AND the nose.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 207

At this abundant flowery time of year, if you have a garden overflowing, sharing is always a great idea. Friends without yards can be the happy recipients. Blooms make the best ‘just because’ gifts.



 

 

Denise Fiedler Collage Workshops May 11th

Excited to have my friend, the incredibly talented artist, Denise Fiedler, back up from San Francisco for another round of fab collage workshops. You might remember she was scheduled to come to Seattle over Valentine’s Day week-end, but our big snowstorm thwarted that trip. We filled up an afternoon collage session then, which will happen this trip. We are hoping to fill up the 10 to noon workshop this go round. Flowers, among other things, will be the emphasis. Denise has such a wonderful way of connecting with and teaching folks her sublime method of collage. Layer after layer of beauty to create a one of a kind work of art. That you created! Last year was a huge hit and all the participants had a grand time. The cost for the workshop is $95. You also get a 25% discount that day while shopping at Watson Kennedy. It also happens to be the Mother’s Day Open House–lots of activity and fun stuff planned. So grab a friend or come solo for a lovely morning in the Market. Your spot must be reserved and paid for by calling me directly at 206.617.9678. Quite possibly the perfect Mother’s Day gift! I so hope you can join us.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 190

Keep a random assortment of vintage bottles by your sink in the kitchen. That way they are at the ready to hold herbs, blooms, stems. The sight of them will make doing dishes a delight.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 188

Sometimes all you need is one magnificent bloom.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 173

A few blooms in the guest bathroom when you are hosting company is a nice visual touch in an often overlooked space.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 158

When the main bloom on a dahlia stem starts to fade, cut it off and enjoy the little blooms and buds remaining on the stem. Often the tiny flowers can grow up to be equally divine. Then cluster them together for a stellar bunch.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 152

The leaves on many flowers can be just as beautiful as the blooms. A bowl full of hydrangea leaves grouped together in a low bowl with water stand tall shining brightly next to the brilliance of the peony.



 

 

A Collection of Vintage Bottles

A collection can be really anything. My main thought with a collection is that is makes the collector happy. There is the thrill of the hunt, then there is the elation of living with your finds. Integrating them into your life. Certainly a collection can just live on a shelf and be enjoyed visually. But I like to use our collections in our day to day. This Hawthorne stay we have been loving using some of the vintage bottles we have collected over the years. Some are French, some from England and many snatched up on trips throughout the US over the years. They most always are quite thick and I am most happy when they are embossed with letters. Often they have the place where they are made, as well as the name of the maker. Our love of letters & fonts comes out in this collection. Putting them into action is the most fun part. A bloom, a stem of leaves, herbs–they all get top billing. This stay I lined them up behind the kitchen sink and used things from around the property. Little hits of color to catch the eye as you wash up dishes or cook away.



 

 

7 Years of the TKW Daily Blog Posts

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the beginning of my daily blog posts. What began as a simple idea to share thoughts & ideas has become over the years one of the more meaningful parts of my day. The folks it has connected me to around the globe is like nothing I could have imagined on that first day when I typed “Here we go!” as the heading for my post. My main idea then as it is now, is to share ideas from my day so that it sparks creativity in yours, which in turn gets my creativity churning. I have written in the past about it being like a circle, a circle that feeds us all. I am often thanked by way of conversations, e-mails and notes for the posts, but it is as much about me thanking you. Thank YOU for following along as that is a gift to me–when I hear from you about stopping to smell a bloom, or setting a stylish table, or trying a recipe, or just taking a moment to take it all in and see the glorious details that fill all of our lives, each and every day. Sending you much, much love & gratitude from the Hudson Valley, Ted