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Beyond Fluttery Daffodils

Flower Friday brings these amazing fluttery daffodils from the Pike Place Market. I must admit, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to cut yellow daffodils. I love seeing them in the ground, but when cut, I have never found a way to make them last or cluster them where they don’t look smooshed together. Until I found this variety. Changed my mind completely. These almost have a peony vibe going on, and that is never a bad thing. Add the variation of colors in a single bloom, well, I am now a daffodil convert. So good!

A lovely Mother’s Day week-end to you all. X, T



 

 

White Lilac Love

I spotted the lone bucket of white lilacs on my Saturday morning stroll of the Market and my eyes lit up. I asked the lovely woman how much they were per stem. She actually was not selling them individually but rather using them with lots of other types of flowers as filler. But she was happy to put together a solo grouping for me. My theory of, if you don’t ask for things in this life, most often you won’t get them, came into play. I will save that whole concept for another post! Anywho, she was kind to oblige my request and off I went with a skip in my step. My love affair is new with lilacs. The big bush at Hawthorne my first time to have a profusion of them to play with and experience their beauty. The white version seem rarer, and you know I love a white bloom. They work so well in many settings. For Sunday supper as well as last night, they took center stage among all the blue. The green leaves also playing nicely off of the blue. My eye catching the lilacs often during the course of the meals, my heart a flutter.



 

 

Market Tulips

The profusion of glorious field tulips at The Market is my Flower Friday shout-out for today. My oh my, stall after stall and bucket after bucket of these beauties. I never take for granted how fortunate we are to have the Pike Place Market in Seattle, or the perfect climate in our region to grow these amazing tulips. Sharing them with you all always makes me so happy. A lovely, lovely week-end ahead for all of you. X, Ted



 

 

This and That

My photo stream has a bunch of little odds & ends I want to share. One, the Pike Place Market is absolutely bursting with divine tulips at the moment. I love this time of year when you walk the flower stalls and the buckets are spilling over. Your head is dizzy with options. If you get a chance, go. It is an instant hit of happy!

Our Spring order of handmade John Derian decoupaged plates has arrived at both shops. Whether hung on a wall, propped up in a bookcase or laying flat on a coffee table, they are a stylish addition to any room they grace.

All sorts of blue has been capturing my eye over the last months. So much so that our shop packaging for Spring and Summer will include a bit of it. Our next round of windows after Mother’s Day too. All sorts of shades in the hue–tried and true blue.

Our latest collegiate pillow arrived to add to our growing collection at the Home store, Norte Dame. My grandfather Watson’s alma mater, the detail on this pillow is exquisite. These fluffy creations can take up to 10 hours of embroidery time.

We are often asked, do you carry any envelopes? I can now say, we do! Made in England from obsolete British Admiralty charts, each one cooler than the next. Sold in packages of 16, they are just cool to have around when you want to jot off a note.

We had an ailing tree that was becoming a safety hazard on the property at Hawthorne taken down last week. Caretaker Bill sent us this photo. While we were incredibly sad to lose a tree, we will have something created out of a piece of it in remembrance, as well as pay homage to it when we enjoy many fires on the back porch. I just loved how cool it looks stacked as it is. A natural art installation.

The jasmine growing up from a small opening of the window we left open now more than 5 years ago has once again started to flower. The scent when we open the front door of the apartment is intoxicating. Truly a gift.

And lastly, as it is Wine & Dine Wednesday. I have written about the above bottle in the past. But today the admiration is about the dandy calligraphed label and the waxed top. Our friend Heather has given us bottles of this beyond yummy wine over the years. We had a pair in the wine fridge that were part of Easter supper on Sunday. Sometimes the outside of the bottle can be as fabulous as the inside.

To me life is all about the glorious details that swirl around us constantly, we just have to see them. And when you do, revel in them.



 

 

Dancing Tulips & Geraniums

Flower Friday is a combination of tulips from Alm Hill Gardens on the dining table and paper geraniums from Livia Cetti that we sell at WK seeming to grow out of the shutters at The Gainsborough. The combo making for a happy situation happening at the apartment. While rain has been on the menu in Seattle and oh my gosh, snow in other parts of the country, I am determined to make it feel like Spring inside. Flowers can do just that! A lovely, lovely week-end ahead for all of you in your corner of the world. X, T



 

 

Seattle in Spring, Ahhhhhh

The above I snapped of our fine city from the deck of the Inn at the Market minutes before opening up the shop on Saturday morning. It was a tough Winter, so reveling in the Spring gloriousness. The below from the big window behind the wrap stand later that day in between helping customers. Come visit us! Seattle is such a fun place to explore with tons to see & do. XO, T



 

 

Spring-y Yellow & Red Tulips

They stopped me in my tracks the moment I spotted them in the Alm Hill Gardens stall at The Market on Saturday morning. I wait for these beauties all year. The bits of red streaking through the vibrant yellow makes my heart sing. They stayed at the shop for the day for all to enjoy, then made the ferry ride over to WestWard to take center stage on the dining table. The majority in a clear glass vessel and three stems just needing to dance in single stem bottles. They made for a happy, happy Sunday supper table.



 

 

The Market Shop All Aglow

A very kind customer snapped this the other day when the sun was setting and it made the Market shop golden. We arrived back to Seattle last eve and I am ready to hit the ground running. I love being away but can’t wait to get to the shops once we are back to see all that has come in since we left. With Spring officially around the corner, all sorts of fun projects on the books. Thank you, always, for following along on our adventures… X, T2+B



 

 

A Day of Display at the Market Shop

Last month, I received a lovely e-mail from a gentleman who had a family antique table he was looking to sell. Above said table! He was introduced to me by his Aunt, a blog reader from back East. The table could not be more perfect in the shop, feeling instantly like it had been there forever. The arrival of it spurred a full day of display making room, and once it arrived, filling it with all sorts of WK goodies. Valentine’s Day was also on our minds, so the front table received a little refresh. As well as all sorts of other displays that were looking a little ragged from the crazy busy holiday season. By the end of the day, everything was feeling fresh and looking sparkly again.



 

 

Market Shop Displays

Spent the last few days at the Market shop getting it ‘Holiday’ ready. That also means redisplaying things to make room for all the new. These are majorly happy days for me. I think of display as a bit like working on a puzzle. A very layered puzzle with a ton of pieces. You try something, it does not fit, you try something else. We work often by color or subject. The above we refer to as bird-land. The below our ornament area as well as some of the Holiday cards, with a bit of red-land in the shot too. By the end of each display day, I sleep verrrrry well.