It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 19. Melt.

Author: Jacqueline

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


There has been great debate about whether this blog is about just Soak, or great products in general. Is it commercial, or personal? Is it promotional or creative exploration? Well, we’re not ready to commit either way, but we feel that anything that inspires us enough to share should be included.

Sometimes it is about Soak, sometimes our customers, sometimes, like today, brilliant design, merchandising and products in totally unrelated fields. Today, I bring you, Melt.

While in London (yes, there’ll be several posts about great British discoveries), we discovered, at Liberty of London in the ‘confectionery department’, Melt chocolates. More specifically, hot chocolate lollipops.  A stick of perfectly square chocolate, wrapped in vividly coloured papers, filled with deliciousness.  Single origin hot chocolate blocks, as they are called. Hand made in their own kitchen.

Directions: swirl the lollipop in steeped milk and enjoy. How decadent.

A few steps from Portobello Road in a posh neighbourhood in Notting Hill, we found a Melt retail store. There were bars of chocolate, truffles and other caramel treats in the most perfectly elegant space.

There was even a Melt bike for carrying chilled bundles of deliciousness around town.

As I was leaving with my perfectly lovely bag filled with hot chocolate lollipops, I couldn’t resist photographing the shop, to share it with you. From brand to bar, Melt is a true example of a leading company. Check them out; we hope you’ll be as inspired as we were. Oh, and yes, the hot chocolate was delicious!


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 18: Part 2, Feast of Fabric.

Author: Jacqueline  

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


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Katherine called it the Mother Ship. Some refer to it as Mecca. You may know it as Liberty of London. This London-based department store is, in my opinion, the perfect store. I could live there (on the fourth floor, in modern antiques/home textiles to be exact). I would venture to the second floor for cosmetics, linens and art deco printed towels and go to the ground floor for sweets, garden accessories and an endless supply of scarves. 
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Most importantly though, I would spend time on the fifth floor, in the haberdashery. Four walls. One yarn, one fabric, one crafts, and one of books and trinkets. An endless wall of Liberty prints is truely my quilting dream come true. I bought six half yards of decadent fabrics as well as an assortment of cotton hankies and scarves.IMG_4203 

There’s a Rowan concession, filled with Amy Butler fabric, Rowan yarns and knitters who demo yarns and books all day long. They can knit on the job, but they can’t sit. One lovely lady told us it took three months for her arms and back to adjust to knitting while standing up.  Best of all, when we talked of our Soak travels, they had heard of us! Fancy that. 

More London updates upon my return. I’ll be flying home when this post goes live. I hope my fabric stash will accept my new Liberty prints with the same enthusiasm with which they were purchased. I can’t wait to get them home.


First stop, London.

Author: Jacqueline


Dear friends,
Welcome to London. I have arrived in the most beautiful city.

We’ve explored a few areas and here are some highlights. The tube is both convenient and stylish, carrying us around town with ease and grace.
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I spent a day with Alice, our new UK National Account Manager, 

seeing lovely architecture and I have once again found my passion for textures and reflections. 

The rain has stopped for the week and the sun is up in London.

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Dear Karyn and Chris,
While our field trip last week to Brimfield Mass was exceptional, I strongly suggest that next year we go to Brick Lane and Spitalfields Markets in London.

The antiques were exceptional,

the food was extraordinarily tasty and colorful,

and the people were dressed with unparalleled style.


Dear Jenn,
While the style is lovely, the undergarments are even better. I’ve secured an article from the London Observer on why UK bra sizes have shifted so significantly in recent times, and have once again visited Tabio my favorite Japanese hosiery shop.


Dear Amy Singer,
I have stumbled across the Duke of Uke. Here are the photos, they look forward to your visit.


Next stop,visits with our London retailers. Have a great day, wherever you are.