Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bringing the outdoors in (and getting ready for outdoors)

We are really looking forward to the warm, sunny season coming up, aren't you? Because we are so eager, and so anticipatory, we've already brought a lot of new gardeny things into Pomegranate. New bistro sets, volcanic ash/cement buddhas and garden art (very weather resistant; tested in our own backyard, but lovely inside, too). Plus grow bottles and garden in a bag for your own herb garden by the kitchen sink (perfect to start right now).

All our market orders are starting to roll in, and every day holds new surprises, from gorgeous organic teak bowls to lamps and art, tea towels, jewelry, spring d├ęcor, jams, scarves... Here are just a few pictures of recent arrivals.

How much jewelry can we tuck into our little shop?

How much jewelry is enough? I don't think we've hit that threshold yet, although some (namely, Robert) might disagree. I'm so happy with all the great new lines we found at market (in addition to our tried and true favorites), and they're all starting to arrive, jockeying for space in our tight quarters. We have new pieces from McKenzie Mendel (our fab local Bend artist), lots of new from La Vie (our favorite French company), plus three new artists (and a Portland artist coming soon). There's a lot to look at. That's the fun part. But they are going fast, and we tend not to reorder the same thing, so you might want to swing by for a look. Here are just a few pictures of some of our new pieces (lots of new earrings in, too – just not pictured).

Made in Oregon

Sometimes we have to travel 2,000 miles to find artisans who practically live next door. That's what happened at market (in Atlanta) last month. I turned the corner in one convoluted little section of booths, and there was a lovely display of artisan pewter: measuring spoons, spoon rests, salt dishes... I looked a little closer and discovered that the company was based in Eugene: everything designed and made right there. Whaaat? That's the kind of find that makes me hop around doing a little happy dance. Their work is beautiful, and locally made.

It just does not get better than that.

We just received our first shipment, and I love it even more now that it's in the store. Fabulous gifts, beautifully presented (everything comes in either a little gift box or pouch, with the company info). Here are just a few pictures from this new collection. Come see!

Adorable bird salt dish and spoon

Dragonfly spoon rest with hammered measuring spoon set on the left

Hammered pewter coffee measure with hook for hanging

Easter: it's sooner than you think...

Time is hopping marching along, and Easter is coming up in a mere month (March 31). Do you have some sweet little accoutrements to dress up your table (or fill your baskets)? We do. From felted chicks to fuzzy bunnies, nests, and eggs, we've got lots of delightful treats to choose from. We loved all the great felted creatures this year (the snail! the mouse! the hens!). Stop by and see it all: guaranteed to put you in a happy spring mood...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

That's just ugly.

We're just back from a little twirl-a-whirl shopping expedition (off to market and looking for vintage things). As usual, we hit some of our favorite thrift shops (or "thrifties" as one of our friends calls it) and antiques haunts. We did find some great little goodies (coming soon to Pomegranate), but there's always something really and truly hideous mixed in. Something you think is so ugly no one will ever buy it. We love to top each other with the ugliest find, and I think maybe we'll never surpass these two.

Apologies to the artist, who clearly wasted spent some time working on this atrocious painting. It scares me.

Here is one fugly 60's/70's lamp. Dear hubby Robert is modeling in the photo merely to show that the lamp, sitting on a low-slung vinyl table, is still taller than the average man. I just have one question: "Why?" {But wouldn't it make a great prop for a low-budget "Valley of the Dolls" type movie?}

Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's wish list; some good ideas

What are you doing on Valentine's Day? Fancy dinner with the sweet amour? A glass of nice champagne, curled up with the pup on the sofa? Bottle of wine and a good movie with the girlfriends? No matter what you do, you deserve treats, even if you have to, uh, get them for yourself. Herewith is a little idea guide for some very nice and thoughtful Valentine's gifts from Pomegranate... all very affordable and luxurious and lovely. Lots of pictures; lots of goodies. Just a few of our new finds...

French soap ("friends forever") and love ribbon

Carnation: our newest french soap (floral but not too sweet)

Gianna Rose royal jelly bee soaps and bath bees – heavenly

Delicious french soap ("I'm thinking of you")

New soaps for men (or anyone!). So spicy and sexy.

Gorgeous big bar of Nectar soap, beautifully wrapped

Pomegranate lotions, wash, scrub: the best

Heart soap on a rope: wrapped and ready to go

Tiramani perfume and lotion: so citrusy and fresh

Tokyo Milk's Dead Sexy handcream, candle, perfum

Lip balms from Tokyo Milk: kissing instructions included

Wish, by Lollia

Wish hand cream, shower gel

Parisian bracelet is stunning

Leather and bead bangles to stack, mix and match

Chunky chain bracelet with gorgeous charm

Delicate necklace to wear long or doubled up

Wonderful new heart necklace by local artist McKenzie Mendel

Fun french bracelet: it all just slips over your wrist

More bangles to add to the collection (can't have too many!)

Sterling earrings from local artist McKenzie Mendel

Lollia's newest fragrance: "At Last" (just beautiful)

Lollia "At Last" handcream

"Let Them Eat Cake" handcream by Tokyo Milk. Delish.

Lavender shea balm from Matanzas Creek (in darling jar)

Mr & Mrs dish, so sweet for rings

Our favorite birchy champagne flutes

"Chocolatier" notebook (no calories)

Haitian hearts from reclaimed tin barrels

A sweet pair: one of our fab valentine's cards

'nuff said

Love these letterpress cards from Oblation (and the handmade paper hearts!)