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Kinfolk, Anthology & Gather

20141122-060503.jpg New issues of Kinfolk, Anthology & Gather arrived recently with big stacks at each shop. All 3 magazines offer differing points of view on a life well-lived. Art, design, cooking, entertaining, flowers–all are the creative focus for the differing publications.

20141122-060953.jpg We also stock back issues so a little collection can be put together as well. These magazines are filled tons of ideas, all beautifully shot in each of their unique style. I think of them more like small design books really. Since we are in serious “gift” mode for the next month, these make stylish sweet gifts too.

20141122-061530.jpg Just a reminder as I would love to see you if you are near the Pike Place Market today. Our Holiday Open House starts at 10 this morning and runs through the day until 6 in the eve at our shop in the courtyard of the Inn at the Market, at 86 Pine Street. We will be wrap, wrap, wrapping away. Libations will be served.

A happy Saturday to you in your part of the world.



The New Kinfolk Has Arrived

20131121-095237.jpg The new Kinfolk has arrived! Such a cool magazine. Stacks are now at both shops. Discovering new things to cook, make and do–is the tag line, and it is spot on. More book really than magazine, these fall into the ‘must save’ category.

A happy Thursday all.
From sunny but very chilly Seattle,



My Favorite Things Today

For a shopkeeper the month of October is the time quite a bit of unpacking of goods occurs. Actually, it feels like we are unpacking boxes from the moment we open until the second we lock the door at 6. A spin around the floor yesterday had me grinning from ear to ear as it is so fun to see the pieces of the puzzle come together. Here are a dozen things to excite & delight.

20131002-064340.jpg Bone picks/skewers, where do I even begin on this one they are so good. Come presented in a little bone cup. Amazingly beautiful and functional. Any martini would be lucky to hold one of these puppies.

20131002-065600.jpg Little horn bowls that would look great holding just about anything. Jewelry or salt are the 2 things that first come to mind.

20131002-065819.jpg Fatwood has been a go-to gift for us to give for many years. Just 2 of these little sticks need to be used as kindling to start a fire. We always have a bucket of these around.

20131002-070046.jpg Faux bamboo handled spreaders make a nice little tie-on to a gift of a bottle of olive oil or balsamic or a piece of cheese.

20131002-070301.jpg Found these lovely colorful cotton blankets at the show in August. So good.

20131002-070505.jpg A new Paris book is always a welcome addition to our French section.

20131002-070610.jpg New Molton Brown from London packaging.

20131002-070721.jpg Don’t ask me why we have not carried this classic sooner. I think every kitchen could benefit from this beyond amazing cookbook.

20131002-070909.jpg We carry very few mugs, as they have to be just right. This one is.

20131002-071015.jpg A graphic new Sid Dickens tile. His last release of new images was one of his best.

20131002-071132.jpg French tapers in muted tones. Ooh la la.

20131002-071254.jpg This new Kinfolk cookbook is destined to become a classic. It is extraordinary.



Volume 7 of Kinfolk has Arrived

20130308-081249.jpg The new issue of Kinfolk arrived the day before we left on our trip. The big stack looking great in a shop display. It really is such a cool publication, filled with tons of ideas and inspiration. Celebrating small gatherings is what Kinfolk is all about. They do it in such a stylish way, perusing through an issue just makes you want to plan your next dinner party.

Happy Friday to all!



Kinfolk at Watson Kennedy

20130124-062624.jpg “You should carry Kinfolk, it would be perfect here” is what I have been told more than a handful of times. I am happy to report, our order of Kinfolk magazines arrived safe & sound the other day. It really is such a special publication. ‘A Guide For Small Gatherings’ is the tag line. For those of you not familiar with it, here is what is written on the back inside cover which I think sums it up perfectly.

“Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.”

In a nutshell, part of my life philosophy, so I think Kinfolk is going to fit right in at Watson Kennedy. Cheers to small gatherings!