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February 2011

The Well Dressed Home :: Country Village Bothell Shops

FlowerWorld in Snohomish, WA "The Well Dressed Home opened in May 2010, with the passionate desire to help our customers create a warm and loving environment that they can live and grow in. A home that they proudly welcome friends and family, a home that is about them and the life they live."

We think that Gina and her crew have truly met their goal - and we are so excited to have The Well Dressed Home at Country Village!  There is always something new coming in, and it's all beautiful and unique.  Gina's strong background in interior design (she also has an interior design business) is evident with all her displays, and how stunning the store always looks.  Check her out online at http://www.shopthewelldressedhome.com/, and look her up on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Well-Dressed-Home/119010291466138?ref=ts).  She's always got creative, spectacular ideas to help get your own ideas flowing, and we just know you'll love her!  

For now, here are some recent photos from her shop!

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village

The Well Dressed Home at Country Village


New "Family Table" by Dan DiPaolo!

We have SO many beautiful new dishes coming in - for our Wine section, Coffee Section, and some new sections we'll tell you about soon....  But THIS set - well, firstly - the pictures just don't do it justice. They're so much fun, and they're just beautiful.  We'll try to get some of our own pics of them, just as soon as we can get them opened and priced!  We brought in the entire line, with the single exception of the "cup of flower" - everything else - yep!  We've got it!

 

Family Table, by Dan DiPaolo at The Weed Patch

Family Table, by Dan DiPaolo at The Weed Patch

Family Table, by Dan DiPaolo at The Weed Patch

Family Table, by Dan DiPaolo at The Weed Patch

Family Table, by Dan DiPaolo at The Weed Patch


A FlowerWorld Outing! :)

FlowerWorld in Snohomish, WA Yesterday it was pouring down rain for the most part, but Ben was restless, we needed some fresh air, and it was one of our closest friends' birthdays and we decided we wanted to get her a nice houseplant... and all that adds up to a trip to FlowerWorld!  If you live in this area and haven't been, it's an amazing (and enormous!) place, perfect for taking Ben to wander through on a rainy day.

While there's TONS to see outside, there's also several huge greenhouses and covered areas to explore.  This is quickly becoming one of Ben's FAVORITE places to go (YAY!), which is totally amazingly ok with us, as it's both wonderful exercise for him as well as informative and inspiring for all of us.  We truly love wandering through and looking and learning about all the beautiful plants.  And, until we get plants in to The Weed Patch later this Spring, we're content to wander FlowerWorld. We always seem to end up with a little plant, and this time we got two great houseplants - a Cyclamen and a Medallion Calathea. We love plants so much, and we have just never taken the time to cultivate that love - but one of my favorite blogs (Chiot's Run) has inspired us to make the leap with a fantastic post about the benefits of houseplants.

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

One of the things that so awesome about FlowerWorld is its size - it's so huge, they provide maps in handy mailboxes around the property!

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

And there are just SO many different places to explore!  Ben pretty much RUNS everywhere - which is ok right now (at least, they don't seem to mind) because it's still winter, but he's gonna have to learn that won't work once the pace of things really start to pick up!

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

From house plants to fruit trees and everything in between, FlowerWorld is simply an amazing place to visit.  If you haven't ever been, you simply MUST go once everything starts blooming - but even now, everything is so green and fresh and refreshing, and there's definitely color, if you know where to look... don't forget to stop and smell the (prim) roses! :)

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

There are SO many things to see and capture the imagination at FlowerWorld, from the (obvious) plants to chickens, peacocks, sheep and goats, a seasonal fruit stand, and more! One of Ben's current favorites is a waterfall pond - with turtles and goldfish.

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

FlowerWorld and The Weed Patch

 

Are you tired yet of winter?  
What's your favorite upcoming plan for the incoming Spring?


Happy Day of Love...!

Today is Valentine's Day, so of course we must talk about love... But I'd like to talk about TRUE love, and not necessarily the infatuation and superficial love is so often associated with Valentine's Day.

Kissing Frogs at The Weed Patch

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV): 1) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3) If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,b but have not love, I gain nothing.

4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8)
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10) but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11) When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12) Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 

13) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The Weed Patch

Clearly, love is something that is built in to the human soul.  It is the greatest gift that we have been given, and it is the greatest gift that we can in turn give.  Whether it be love of a spouse, love of a child, love of a friend, love of a stranger who needs a helping hand - love isn't necessarily romantic, but it is ALWAYS powerful.  While you're going out of your way to remind your significant other how much you care for them today, try to step beyond yourself, and show some love to a stranger, or a friend who you might not have seen in a while.  Hold a door (with a smile, of course!), give a stranger a flower or a card, stop and help someone who needs it, buy someone less fortunate than you groceries or a meal.  YOU can show the world that Valentine's Day is a day of love - whether you be single or not!  

Check out a couple of these websites for inspiration, and to hear stories of how regular, every day people like you and me can be that little ray of sunshine in someone's life.

  • http://www.secretagentl.com/ - Be Kind. No Exceptions. - Read the About page for more information, and join us in becoming an "Affiliated Agent"
  • http://www.responsibilityproject.com/ - by Liberty Mutual, there's something here for everybody.  It's really about being a responsible human being - but it's amazing how often that translates into performing acts of kindness above and beyond the expected.  I really love going through the Film and Video section, myself.

Chris & Janene Tindall Wedding Pic I am so incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing bride.  Through thick and thin, the good times and the bad, she has stood by me, has helped keep me strong, and has loved me so deeply I cannot possibly deserve it.  She knows me better than myself, by far.  She is at turns my strength and the one I lend strength too.  She makes me laugh, and she cries with me.  Together, we try to bring some of that love to The Weed Patch, and to our customers.  We love when our customers come see us because life is hard, and they just want to relax and refresh and escape it all for a while.  We genuinely love our customers and our friends, and The Weed Patch, for us, is more than a shop - it is a ministry.  

So stop by, whether you are happy or sad, whether you can buy anything or not - we love to see you!  
And don't forget - try to do at least one random act of love today, and every day, to someone who doesn't see it coming!  

Happy Valentine's Day!

Please take a moment and share with us...
What's the most recent random act of kindness that you have done?  


Keepsake Cottage Fabrics : Country Village Bothell Shops

The Weed Patch resides in Country Village, a unique and fun shopping center located in Bothell, Washington.  Only a short drive north from downtown Seattle, Country Village boasts 40+ businesses - mostly small, independently owned shops - as well as playgrounds for the kids, gardens for the adults, restaurants for all, and animals of all kinds wandering around.  We truly love being a part of this fantastic environment - and so we've decided to share the other shops with our wonderful blog friends, so that you too may enjoy some of what Country Village has to offer. Today, we're going to kick this new blog feature off with our immediate neighbor, Keepsake Cottage Fabrics.

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics Storefront! Julie Stewart and her gals are absolutely amazing - they're all quilters themselves, and can answer any question you throw at them because they've been there, done that!  They have an incredible inventory that ranges from fabric to books, tools and supplies to fat quarters and magazines.  They have a very active class schedule, and they're only too happy to help you with your projects!  Check them out online at http://keepsakecottagefabrics.com/, and follow Julie's blog at http://keepsakecottagefabrics.blogspot.com/.  In the meantime, here's some photos that we wandered over and took to give you an idea as to just how awesome they are... :)

 

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell's Country Village!

Do you quilt or sew? What project are you working on right now?


A Glimpse of Spring at Country Village!

Spring is definitely on its way here in Bothell's Country Village! It's not too tough to tell - there's flowers starting to poke their shoots from the ground, and the world is waking up a bit. That, and there's baby bunnies and baby ducks running around....! Pretty soon we'll probably have baby chicks! Here's a few shots of the brand new ducklings that we were able to grab the other day. Hope they put a smile on your face!

Baby ducklings at The Weed Patch in Bothell's Country Village!

Baby ducklings at The Weed Patch in Bothell's Country Village!

Baby ducklings at The Weed Patch in Bothell's Country Village!

Baby ducklings at The Weed Patch in Bothell's Country Village!

Baby ducklings at The Weed Patch in Bothell's Country Village!

Baby ducklings at The Weed Patch in Bothell's Country Village!

Baby ducklings at The Weed Patch in Bothell's Country Village!

Are you seeing any signs of Spring where you're at?
What's your favorite "hint" that Spring is just around the corner?


A Hearty Steak Stew...

Hearty Steak Stew at The Weed Patch

The other day Janene and I were both feeling gross.  Not really sure why, but it was definitely a lazy, blah day.  We made a new steak stew.  With all the cold weather around the country, this is the perfect time to try new things.  We hope you like it!

Ingredients:

  • Steak - we just find the stuff on sale at the store.  This time we used about 1.5lbs - you can add more or less depending on your taste.
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt (we used Kosher Salt)
  • .5 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 potatoes, cubed.
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 10oz can mushroom pieces and stems
  • 1 large onion; half cut into wedges, the other sliced (simply for variety)
  • 10oz Beef or Chicken Broth
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 can tomatos, whatever strikes your fancy (I used Fire Roasted with Garlic)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • At the end, add 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup water

Variations (we didn't but it would be good!):

  • Add frozen peas, corn, or other veggies
  • Add chopped celery during the last 30 minutes

Directions:

  • Cut the steak into cubes and drop it into the crock pot with the flour, salt, and pepper.  Stir it up well.
  • Add the onions, carrots, and potatoes, kidney beans, and mushrooms.  Stir well again.
  • Add 1/2 cup water, brown sugar and chicken broth.  
  • Add tomatoes, and stir it all up well.
  • Cook on Low for 10 - 14 hrs, or High for 4 - 5.5 hrs
  • With one hour left, add 1/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of water.  Stir well.

Serve with fresh bread (we just made a simple white bread in the bread machine... easy and yummy!)

 

What are some of your favorite cozy night meals?


A Little Country for 2011!

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed PatchIf you're familiar with The Weed Patch at all, you know that we're a country store - meaning we carry a lot of products for the "country" home. We also carry a huge amount of seasonal products - from Valentine's Day to Fall / Halloween and Christmas, Spring and Garden to Beach and Nautical (yep, those last two are new, coming soon this year!).

But our roots are still "country", and we recently got a whole bunch of new country / primitive(ish) products into the store. So here's a few pictures to whet your appetites!

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Country Primitive products at The Weed Patch

Are you a "Country" lover? What are some of your favorite products that The Weed Patch offers?