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Sid Dickens at Watson Kennedy

This week is all about art at the shops. We are repainting walls and moving around artist vignettes to freshen up things a bit. Yesterday our in-residence painter extraordinaire Heather did her magic and transformed a wall into moody black to perfectly frame the Sid Dickens pieces. We have carried Sid’s work since day one. His plaster over wood memory blocks a beautiful way to get a quick hit of art in any room. Whether an individual piece or many. They are an easy way to start a collection. He does several new rounds of work each year, so our display is always changing. Make incredibly lovely gifts too. Pop in if your are in the hood to get a dose of art!



 

 

The Gift of Pie

In our case, the above gorgeous pie was a gift from our sister-in-law, Marian. What is even more special about this gift is there was a second pie underneath the one pictured. Oh my! My thought with this post really is about giving in small ways, often. Giving of what we have. For some of us it is a baked good. For others it is time. For all of us it is a smile to someone we don’t even know. Give a kind word. This past week I got to meet two different blog readers from different parts of the country. Each shared their story with me which was an amazing gift to me. This giving idea is a lovely circle of love. Goodness and kindness and love all wrapped up in a simple gift, a gesture, a word.



 

 

Pops of Color

It is always fun when a new order arrives from the show that instantly makes an impact in a display. Here pops of color from pencils and matching journals spiff up an already colorful vignette. The same is true for all of us at home on our shelves and tabletops. A new colorful object placed in just the right spot can refresh in a flash.



 

 

French Treats

Just In, French treats to give or keep. Sometimes it is a one for them, one for me situation. Goodies are already beginning to arrive from the New York show I bought from a few weeks ago. What is inside these bottles and boxes is just a grand as the lovely packaging on the outside. More arriving each day…



 

 

New Sid Dickens at WK

Just In, the latest memory block tiles by Vancouver, B.C. artist Sid Dickens. During the course of the year he adds to the collection and retires others. Above some of his latest that arrived the other day. We have carried his work since day one. I love how versatile the pieces can be. One or many. Prop one up in a bookcase, lay one flat on a coffee table, choose a grouping to go up on the wall.



 

 

NY NOW & Shoppe Object

This was the view looking out of the oversized windows at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side yesterday morning at Shoppe Object, the first show I walked on the beginning of this buying trip in New York. It is a spin-off of the big show at Javitz. Found some fun things then hopped in a cab with my friend CoCo (who is here buying for her store in Portland too) and headed to the convention center for the beginning of a long, busy, eyes & head super full of visuals for the day. I did not click away much as I was pretty in the zone. A bit of the zen of buying. Found so much goodness. For me it is all like a puzzle. How will what I buy new fit with what we already have? How will I display it? Does it tell a story? Does it make my heart sing? All of this is swirling around my head as my eyes are landing on product. Is this something we will buy just once or will it become a perennial WK classic? What ship date should it arrive? Do I buy lots of it right out of the gate or try a little to see how it does? Is this seasonal or will we stock it year round? All shopkeepers have their own method. I certainly have mine. I love the process. It is the thrill of the hunt, looking for special needles in the vast haystacks, putting it all together to create a story–both emotional and visual. Tremendous thought, love and care goes into each and every decision, each and every purchase. By the end of the day I am pretty whupped, but invigorated at the same time. Another full day awaits at the show today. As always, merci for following along!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

I keep clicking away. The list grows for new things going to be added to the updated website. You all are getting a sneak peek all along the way…



 

 

Just In, Maldon Salt & Pepper Grinders

Just In, Maldon salt & pepper grinders. Maldon is certainly some of the most famous, most beloved sea salt in the world. Since 1882, this salt from England has been gracing tasteful tables. We have carried the box since we first opened the doors of our First & Spring shop. So you can imagine my glee when I laid eyes on these beauties. Grand for a picnic basket, swell on the dining table and always welcome next to the stove or on the kitchen counter at the ready. They added a whole black peppercorn to saddle up next to the sea salt flakes, making it the perfect duo. The pair has been our go-to host/hostess gift this sunny season.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

I use an app called Pic Stitch to create groupings for Instagram. So I thought today that same grouping would be My Favorite Things Today. I am spending part of each of my days at the shops snapping away goods for the updated WK website. Our goal is a launch on November 1st. Many, many little details & tasks to be completed before then. Always a delight to have you along for the journey… X, T



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The next few months as I shoot goods for the new WK website will be pretty product steady on the blog as I like to keep you all in the loop. With other social media channels like Instagram or our Edition e-mailed newsletters, I know folks get to see merchandise posts on a fairly consistent basis. It is a bit of a juggle but my goal is to keep everything and everyone who is interested up to date. While the blog posts have always meant to be much more than just what is going on at the shops, I do know there are those that follow along as they like to see ‘what’s new’ on the shelves. Which brings me to My Favorite Things Today.