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Hot Skwash gets new press in the neighborhood. Fall pumpkins and high end gifts. Lake Oswego, R. Blooms and the Review. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Are you ready to take your Hot Skwash velvet pumpkin collection to the next level? Consider a selection from our "One of a kind" line. When Daria finds an exceptionally beautiful patterned fabric, she creates a stunning pumpkin standing 15"-18" tall. These super sized gems are hand crafted and crowned with their own unique natural stem. Each pumpkin is named, to reflect its unique personality. From the spicy "Ginger", to the sultry "Lolita", to the classic "Audrey", each gorgeous gourd is like a museum quality work of art. These one of a kind pieces are striking enough to be displayed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Do you pin? Have you heard of Pinterest? Hot Skwash has joined Pinterest, and we are loving it! Pinterest is one of the Web's hottest sites, and has recently become the third most popular social network. After hearing about it in the news, and in the Hot Skwash workroom, Daria decided to see for herself what all the fuss was about. Pinterest describes itself on its About page as, "a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste." Doesn't that sound like a perfect place... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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The retail stores that offer our beautiful velvet pumpkins for sale are very dear to us at Hot Skwash. Our pumpkins are only available in the finest boutiques, where unique high quality products and exceptional customer service can be enjoyed by our treasured Hot Skwash enthusiasts. Each month, we will spotlight a different store to highlight the varied and unique features that make each Hot Skwash retailer so special. If you have visited a special shop that you would like to see featured, please let us know, either via email or through a comment here on the blog. If the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Lately, our gaze wanders to the garden, hoping to glimpse those first signs of spring. Pale green shoots of emerging bulbs will soon yield to blossoms of pink, yellow and lavender. Finding a robin's nest full of bright blue eggs can truly make one appreciate the sense of renewal that this colorful season inspires. At Hot Skwash, we can't wait for Mother Nature to brighten the color palette outside our windows, and many of our stores are in the same frame of mind. Velvet pumpkins in vibrant fresh hues are now available to grace your Springtime tablescapes, or brighten a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Bolts of richly hued silk velvet crowd the studio, ready to be cut. Colorful bins of pumpkins come to life as each is crowned with their special, natural stem. Wonderful workroom chatter fills the Hot Skwash studio space in between phones ringing and stories of our kids’ weekly accomplishments. “What’s for dinner tonight?” “Have you seen the last episode of (insert TV show here, American Idol, the Voice, CSI)?" While we visit, our hands never stop moving, as we strive to create our most beautiful handmade velvet pumpkins. It has been an exciting year at Hot Skwash, and in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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The stems, naturally. It's what makes each beautiful velvet pumpkin unique and gives it personality. Some look spunky and sassy, while others appear solid and traditional. Selecting the perfect stem for each pumpkin is the most exciting part of the creative process. Short, long, skinny, thick, twisted or straight, each natural stem becomes a Hot Skwash stem after careful harvesting, cleaning, and sorting each fall. Its dirty work, during some of the worst of our Pacific Northwest weather, and it all must be completed in just a few short weeks around Halloween. This year, Mother Nature provided an abundance of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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It's been a good Spring and we know the Summer is not over yet...but we all know FALL is coming! There is a bunch of exciting news coming from Hot Skwash and a few new friends are helping to spread the word. Hot Skwash got a great write up in Country Business and just recently we were featured in GiftBEAT, "...the pumpkins...sold 250 pieces and calls the line (Hot Skwash) her "find" of the season." Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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The Hot Skwash crew teamed up again with our dearest friends at R. Blooms to present velvet pumpkins and Shiitake silk mushrooms at Saks. As part of the "Very Engaging Bridal Event" at Bridgeport Village, spring colors burst from gorgeous ornate flower arrangements, complementing our delicate dupioni silks and fine velvets. This fantastic display towered twelve feet into the air, welcoming brides-to-be into Saks' beautiful store. More stunning photos to come... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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The Hot Skwash team wrapped up our first big show in Atlanta. Although exhausted, we are overjoyed with the experience. We met our wonderful customers face-to-face, scream-to-scream, hug-to-hug--from Michael and Alan from J'Adore to Kathleen from Gethsemane to the Purple Rose crew. After reveling in the velvet pumpkin craze of last year, we planned for the future success with Shiitake in 2011. Hot Skwash is really hot--now in Canada too! And who knew Atlanta had such fantastic food? We over-indulged in the finest culinary creations of Atlanta (One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, Steel, Marlow's tavern to name a few.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Introducing Shiitake silk mushrooms by Hot Skwash! We are here at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, creating our cozy space to display our velvet pumpkins and new Shiitake to the world. The show starts tomorrow and we are ready! If you haven’t been to the Hot Skwash webpage recently, you’ll want to check out the new Shiitake gallery and all the new colors of velvet pumpkins and silk mushrooms for 2011! We also have three new online velvet pumpkin arrangements for people who haven’t found a store with our new store finder. Look for another posting about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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We were worried. Summer was cold and rainy and the harvest came late. A pessimistic fog lingered in our farmers' minds about--the stems. If it's too wet, the stems don't firm up enough. If it's too late, they may never fully ripen. These are the stems that we cherish, that our farmers proudly grow, that embody the unique personality of our velvet pumpkins here at Hot Skwash. No worries, for the fog has cleared. The stems are wonderous and plentiful! As always, gleaning bold, curious stems from those rich, muddy fields is a dirty job, but we are just the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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What do "Spider Mom", "Lady Gagga" and the "Pumpkin Queen" all have in common? They pour their hearts and souls into making our little velvet pumpkins. Halloween week is a whirlwind of school harvest parties with mom's going in and out (in costumes and not), making pumpkins and volunteering at local schools to share the holiday excitement. After a spooky night of ghosts, goblins and devils (large and small), we return to putting the Hot Skwash spririt into each and every velvet pumpkin. Now time to harvest the stems for next year. Happy Halloween! Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Serendipity...now. As our good friend of some 27 years is finally getting married this weekend in Phoenix, we hopped down to the Valley of the Sun for the festivities. Only 90 minutes north emerges the serene city of Sedona with towering red rocks of awe-inspiring gradure. The Hot Skwash crew took this opportunity to celebrate the velvet pumpkins with our friends at Hummingbird House. What an incredible store! With a delicate balance of colors and textures, the spirit of Fall permeated the wonderful space. Come for the pumpkins, stay for the prickly pear lemonade! Special thanks for hosting us! Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Our local festival, Arts in the Forest, kicks off our season here in West Linn, Oregon. The weather finally warmed up but the towering pine trees kept our velvet pumpkins and our Hot Skwash crew cool. Visitors were wowed by our new colors and could not resist picking up our little babies (not by the stem please!), squeezing them and taking them home. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Mar 16, 2010
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Red, red, red. There is something about that rich, deep red velvet that says, "I love you...I really love you." We love the red. Sure it was nice during Christmas, but it was almost too luxurious and decadent. Now on Valentine's day, when you truly want to spoil your love, your special Valentine, this red is the deepest expression. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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2009 was a great year for Hot Skwash. We look forward to the next year with open minds and open hearts. The velvet pumpkins bring a little bit of joy to people and that's what matters in the end. Look for new colors and new signature items coming in 2010. We invested in a nice new camera (Thanks Santa!) so we can capture our little babies and share them with everyone. Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2010 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Who would have believed it? Yes, people love the velvet pumpkins for the Holidays, too! After months of searching and sampling, we have found the perfect ivory velvet for a luxurious, elegant holiday collection. When we combine the bone stems and ivory color, the results are quite impressive. And of course you must have that brilliant red. Some quick photos from our local "studio" give you a sense of what is rolling out from Hot Skwash this season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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A Hot Skwash trunk show is no movie premiere, yet after seeing the pure excitement and exuberance of "Twilight" and "New Moon" fans, it got me thinking. When I saw fans' reactions upon first glimpse of their hero, Edward Cullen (actor Robert Pattinson), I thought about that person-to-person contact with artists. Last week we met velvet pumpkin fans up close and personal at both Sofa Table Chair in West Linn, and R. Bloom in Lake Oswego, Oregon. We hauled in new velvets, huge elegant Jacquard pumpkins in holiday colors and little curly-stemmed cuties. What great receptions! Many thanks to both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Introducing "Sienna" and "Sassy." For all those velvet pumpkin fans who don't have one of our retail stores close by, we are now offering two arrangements for purchase at our online store. "Sienna" "Sassy" Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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OK, the Holidays are over. What? People want velvet pumpkins for Thanksgiving AND Christmas? When will it stop? Although it took a few days to get back on track (from Halloween), Hot Skwash is building up momentum for the "second" Holiday season...you know...Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between trunk shows at Sofa Table Chair and R. Blooms, the local paper (West Linn Tidings and Lake Oswego Review), is discovering Hot Skwash. Also local design magazine, Oregon Home, interviewed Ink & Peat's Pam Zsori to get her spin on creating a holiday home look...notice colorful, meandering stemmed velvet pumpkins! Stay tuned for some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2009 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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Time to prepare our home and pumpkins for the little visitors tonight. As you may have guessed, we love Halloween at Hot Skwash! Be safe. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2009 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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How's your Swedish? Brushing up on Italian? Here's your chance to see what our friends are saying in Europe about the Hot Skwash velvet pumpkins. It's so refreshing to see creations from different countries and cultures. Sweden: timeless home stjarnoro & champagne Italy: om design Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at The Hot Skwash Blog
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What makes a marriage work? Contrast, compliment and excitement. That's how we think about our new color and stem combinations. In our ongoing search for the perfect stems, we uncovered robust dark fellas and demur, bone-like additions. When we put it all together with a few new colors (yes, that's gray...or grey depending if you are reading this from across the pond), it just works! Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at The Hot Skwash Blog