Monday, June 21, 2010

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

There are few stores that consistently wow me and the Toirtoise General Store on Abbot Kinney in Venice is one of them. Each time I've visited their cozy store I’ve found unique treasures to gift to friends as well as to myself. The owners Taku and Keiko Shinomoto frequently travel to their native Japan in search of handmade housewares.

How could I resist this set of three nesting baskets for my sewing accoutrement, of course? Each basket is lined with a different shade of blue. They're just so pretty! (Third basket didn't make it to the photo shoot because it's already filled to the brim.)

I was really excited to see they carried Japanese wrapping tape. It so beats the blandness of scotch tape and looks great on a recycled, paper grocery bag.

A few years ago when I was in, I purchased these fabric "napkins". (They are also used as wall hangings, gift wrapping and a host of other things.) Keiko had advised me to cut them in half as they come in an odd, oblong shape. Apparently, the patterns on the fabric are seasonal and all very symbolic. These were all fall napkins. This time, I purchased this lovely set that I will also cut in half, all from the summer collection.

I'd been searching for the perfect egg cup for a long time....constantly checking Etsy for some creative person's unique take on a simple concept and all I got were fuddy-duddy, frilly Easter-inspired porcelain that made me want to give up eating eggs.

But at this most recent trip to the Tortoise, I saw this odd-shaped plateware and asked the owner what it was.

To my delight, she said "egg cups!" There's even a little rim on which to put your eggshells!

Click here for a link to The Tortoise General Store Website

And if you're in the area, check it out! Your friends will thank you and so will your eggs.

1 comment:

  1. Every time I eat at Jin Patisserie, I have to visit Tortoise General Store! Just bought stemless wine glasses over the weekend. Love them!


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