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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.



 

 

Peonies and Tulips

The white peonies from supper the other night were in the final stages of their dance, shedding petals as we were dining. These hot hot pink lovelies caught my eye instantly yesterday. Each day the flower stalls at the Market get thinner and thinner of buckets filled with peony. We are enjoying every chance we get and reveling in their sublime beauty. Here grocery store hothouse tulips saddle up next to them keeping them company. Above supper last night and below breakfast early this morning. Interesting how the light in the room makes the color vary tremendously taken with the camera on my iPhone. A happy Flower Friday everyone!



 

 

A Gift Sparks a Table Setting

Sometimes all it takes is one thing to spark creativity. Be it to paint on a canvas, create a stylish room or set a comfortable table. My friend Kathy drove up from Portland the other day. She brought us the most lovely gift of Italian horn handled flatware from her collection. She knew of our fondness for horn as she has seen me set tables using it over the years. It was the driving force for the table setting last night for supper–I could not wait to cook a meal so we could use it. Celebrating/using/enjoying gifts we receive is of great importance to both of us. So much so for me, it is the business I am in! It honors and pays homage to the giver. The knife and fork set the tone for the table. New square placemats we carry at Watson Kennedy I have been eyeing had to come home with me for this table. English silver salt & pepper shakers, French napkins and horn napkin rings, as well as my favorite dotted glasses, all from WK, got pulled into the mix. Then it was a simple Wednesday night meal at the table with Bailey curled up on her blanket on the floor between us.



 

 

Peonies & Lavender

I thought on this Solstice day a past table with peonies (a nod to Spring) along with a bucket of lavender (a nod to Summer) seemed in order on this Flower Friday. May the new season be awesome for you and that it includes a few or many meals enjoyed outside! X, Ted



 

 

A Candlelit Breakfast

Adjusting to time zones from traveling can be a challenge, for both two and four legged creatures. Since our last Hawthorne stay, Bailey is up at the stroke of 5 each morning now that we are back in Seattle. I am generally an early riser, but lately I absolutely am. This morning the light from the sunrise was so pretty filtering through the shutters. While still quite not light yet, I decided to light the candles for an early candlelit breakfast. TPS still asleep so it was a table for one. Bailey fast asleep on her Burberry blanket at my feet. An early morning walk and breakfast always puts her in a sleepy mood the moment we get back to the apartment. In honor of Flower Friday the peony I bought yesterday at the grocery store just in the initial phase of starting to do their magical thing. This light pink variety with dark streaks of pink to almost red on the underside a favorite. This is the first in the season they have made their way onto our table. These will be even more amazing when they fully open. Happy start of the week-end to you!



 

 

Market Stunners

The Pike Place Market flower stalls are brimming with bucket after bucket of peonies that are so good I could weep. The season in full swing. Dreamy. A lovely Flower Friday to you all!



 

 

The Blue Continues

The blue from the shop windows has me all energized and wanting to use the hue all sorts of ways. For a Sunday supper for two out on the island a smattering of blue came together quickly while the meal cooked away in the oven. The white peonies making the whole thing sing. The season for them might be short, but we are grabbing every chance we can to enjoy the heck out of the fluttery beauties.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 204

Sometimes a limited palate can be soothing to both the eyes and the soul. A mixture of similar toned blooms, candles and object can create a simple table setting where the guests & conversation become the most colorful part of the setting.



 

 

Spring Flowers, A Look Back

As Summer begins, I thought our Flower Friday could be a look back on all the beautiful blooms Spring brought us. Oh my, it was a good flower season indeed.



 

 

A Peony Farewell

The buckets of peonies at the Market are getting fewer and fewer so am taking every chance to snap away photos and buy up bunches to be savored until next year. A peony farewell for this Flower Friday. My, my, my, they were grand this season. The bunch we brought back from Hawthorne lasted more than 2 weeks–they brightened the dining table just so. Now we look forward to hydrangea, lilies and dahlias. Such a lovely flower-filled time of year…