Sunday, December 28, 2008

"Drink wine…this is life eternal;this is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment; this moment is your life….”-Omar Khayyam

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sweet Petula's Moving Sale starts Friday!
(please note: Our last day of business in Madison Valley is Tuesday, December 30th)

Everything is now on Sale, including all bedding & furniture for 40% off, and everything else 30% off. Please come buy it, so I don't have to put it in a box and move it.

If you ask me..the most exciting thing is $9.99 clothing rack & the 1/2 off the last price table (up to 80% off). So seriously people. Come see me.
In the process of moving, the Pioneer Square shop will be closed.
so sorry for the inconvenience, but we need all hands on deck in Madison Valley

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Hanukkah
from me to you.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

One Hundred Dresses

Last night on my way home from work I stopped off at Cafe Vita and spotted an art opening postcard that piqued my interest.

One Hundred Dresses
Kumiko & Sanae Ishida
at Gather in Columbia City
January 10th-February 8th

Described as, "toddler wear meets haute couture". This is a unique auction of artist Kumiko Ishida's beautifully handcrafted dresses made from recycled textiles. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to local charities.

The story behind the art is that artist/grandmother, Kumiko Ishida began making clothing for her granddaughter. She started salvaging textiles and recycling them into exquisite little dresses. Before she knew it, she'd pieced together hundreds of little dresses, many outgrown by her granddaughter before they were ever worn. Which sounds to me like the beginnings of a sweet old-fashioned fairy tale.

Originally from Tokyo, Kumiko practiced art in Germany and New York before moving to Los Angeles. In addition to her very prolific sewing, she paints and gardens every day.You can preview the dresses and meet the artists (Grandmother, and her daughter Sanae, who is a painter) at a reception beginning 2 p.m. Jan 10, at Gather.
(Gather is located in Columbia City at 4863 Rainer Ave. South in Seattle.)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Change is good.

(moving card by modern printed matter)

My New Year's Resolution to simplify came early this year.

I have decided to close the Madison Valley store. The Pioneer Square location is now open and the back half is where we manufacture our products. There is now an area in the front just for retail. It is a great little spot (think Petite Petula), and I'm very excited to have just one place I need to be everyday.
Thanks to everyone who has shopped in Madison Valley. I really appreciate your support and hope you continue to visit us downtown as Sweet Petula grows.
In the meantime, we are having a sale at Sweet Petula/Madison. Everything is 20% off and all Bedding & Furniture is 30% off. The day after Christmas we will start our big clearance sale with everything 30-50% off. Our last day in Madison will be December 29th. So don't miss out on some great items.
Holiday Hours of Operation/Madison Valley
Sunday 11-5
Monday 11-6
Tuesday-Saturday 10-6
While we are wrapping things up in Madison Valley, the downtown shop will have limited open hours. I'll update the blog weekly.
Hours of Operation/Pioneer Square
Friday 19th 11-5
Saturday 20th 11-5

you think it's cold?

How exciting that Mother Nature has forced me to stay home today! Everything is so quiet and peaceful outside right now. If only my apartment building would turn on the heat. My sweet little niece, Anneka (pictured above), lives in Siberia with my sister and her husband. Apparently, it is very very cold in Siberia and they haven't even invented things like electric blankets or hot water heaters yet. Jami & Leif (sister & husband), are the most tolerant people I have ever met in my life. They could be camping in Alaska while wearing bikinis all the while talking about how grand life is.

Monday, December 15, 2008

would you date a boy with a pet crow?

My brother has a pet crow. Her name is Marie. Neither one of them reads my blog, so I feel I can speak frankly here.

I love my brother to death and think he is quite the catch...but I can't help but wonder if his pet crow is hindering his dating options. A few months ago, I gently tried telling him that the pet crow may be good info to share on a third, or even tenth date...but he protested stating, "having a pet crow is EXACTLY the kind of thing you should tell a girl on the first date".

To be fair to my brother, he has no problem meeting women. He is funny and talented and outgoing and talks to everyone. He is also an art professor at a small college, and tends to meet only women under 22.

I've told a few of my friends about him. Not necessarily trying to fix him up or anything, but the responses have been so varied and interesting. From Sidney, "what's up with the crustation obsession" (another story), and from Jean, "A pet crow? That's wonderful".

It got me thinking about dating and what sortof of deal breakers we have set in our minds before even meeting a person. For example, I would never date a man who wore capri pants. Or who used a lot of hair product. Or who made me kill my own spiders. But what if this stylish arachnophobic was the man of my dreams? Do I need to rethink my deal breakers?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

sweet find

I love these photo boxes by Portland company Esoule. I've been coveting them for months. Originally, I found them online, but had recently saw them displayed at a little shop in the Wallingford center. They are even better in real life.

The artist, Elizabeth (E.Soule), is a wonderful photographer and you must check our her site to see the full range of her work. I'm smitten at the moment with the Little Zoo Series, but her Flowers and Objects & Collections series are equally impressive.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pioneer Square is Officially OPEN!

Sweet Petula Pioneer Square is now open!
Please come visit.
The week of December 7th-December 14th hours of operation are:
Monday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 11-5
Saturday: 11-5
Sunday: Closed
(On days we are "closed", I will be in and out and most likely around. If your in the area and want to stop by...please do. The odds are pretty good I will be there. Once we are fully staffed, our hours will be les random.....I promise!)
Soap Seconds! Everyone's fav.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I am quietly opening the Pioneer Square shop tomorrow.
Quietly? Yes, because there is a Seahawks game, and unless your already downtown, parking will be impossible....but I would love to see you there.
208 S. Jackson St.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

sweet find

New Sweet Petula blog feature alert.....
"Sweet Finds"
Things that delight and inspire me.

Pretty mobile made from vintage French magazines by Royal Buffet. Delicate paper butterflies suspended from a star by silvery thread for your looking delight. Check out their shop for more lovelies.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dear Santa,

Dear Santa,
Just in case you were wondering what I would like this year, I have compiled a sure to check back often, as I will be adding items regularly. And for the record, I have been very nice (er) this year.
Wool and cashmere ruffle scarf by Portland designer, SarahSeven.

Custom Letterpress printed business cards by Invited Ink.

Anything delicious little thing from Whimsy & Spice.

Meridith Hobo by BCBGMAXAZRIA, available at Saks Fifth Avenue and a true bargain at $298.00

From Tiffany's of course. Conveniently located here....for easy purchasing.

Candles made in vintage containers by Mireio. This one is my favorite....Sandalwood Rose in this gold opalescent glass.

2009 Calendar by Alicia Bock, my favorite Polaroid photographer.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Our biggest SALE of the year....
Saturday & Sunday
December 6th & 7th
Buy any 2 Sweet Petula products, Get 1 Free
First 25 customers each day will receive a Sweet Petula style lottery ticket
EVERY ticket is a winner!
We are also having our Haute Goat Trunk Show on Saturday..hope to see you.