Life Blanket

Homestead Throw

Everyone has a story. A life blanket is stitched with a hidden narrative based on the color combinations. As featured in the picture, the array of color charts the various stages in life. It can commemorate momentous occasions to the beauty of everyday living.

In modern commercialism, many times we don’t ask the following questions when purchasing an object:
-Who made this item?
-Why did someone make it?
-When was it designed?
-What was its purpose?

A skilled artisan who has been crocheting for decades will complete this project rather than an unknown weaver. Commission a crocheted blanket that charts your life by designating a color for particular time in your life. You would select the colors and the order in which they are stitched. For instance, your story could begin with you being born in America and you would select red, white, and blue yarn. Then you could share that you loved your childhood home which was constructed out of brick and select brick red. You can add your school colors, etc. Share your vision and we will design a made to order blanket. It measures 5ft. W X 6ft. H.

This heirloom gift will be a conversation piece. According to historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “In the early republic, a homemade blanket was worth displaying.”[1] Women especially prized these homemade goods since it was viewed as “movable property” which could be passed down generationally through the maternal line.[2]

We prize our array of handmade throws which were even featured at a local museum. These timeless pieces are cherished by their owners. A life blanket will be a wonderful addition to any home. It can become an heirloom that will be shared for many generations.

[1] Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth. New York: Knopf, 2001), 335.
[2] Ibid., 129.

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Aviation Queen

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Olive Ann Beech established an aviation business with her husband, Walter, in 1932. During the Depression, this dynamic duo created an airplane empire which would aid the American cause during World War II. She oversaw the business in 1940 due to her husband’s severe illness. Her tenacious behavior and business skills helped her manage the development of more than 7,200 aircraft throughout the war.

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June Harrison and Olive Ann Beech pose by a Travel Air biplane

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A Christmas Carol

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Red Scarf

Celebrate the Christmas season by wearing a cheerful red scarf. The miniature design is for your favorite cat or small dog. This handmade duo captures the joy of the holidays. Please specify any custom variations. The scarves featured in the photo are available for immediate purchase.

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Friendship

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“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Read These Leaves

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“This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers, of families: read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life: re-examine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul.”

-Walt Whitman

P.S. These leaves are from our grapevine on a handmade, green throw.

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Pixie Dust

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“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Pixie Dust is available for purchase at the Chisme Chick Etsy shop.

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Arrowhead

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This San Juan Capistrano Obsidian arrowhead pendant was designed with gold craft wire. The natural stone captures the light. Black Obsidian, a volcanic rock, is believed to have been used in designing primitive mirrors and tools. You can now wear this symbol of early society to connect with ancient lifestyles.

Obsidian arrowhead pendants are available for purchase at the Chisme Chick Etsy shop.

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Crescendoe Gloves

Vogue (Apr 15, 1960), 65.

“All at once, your hands look lovelier!” This ad, featured in the April 1960 Vogue, demonstrates the timeless quality of how white gloves are connected to femininity. These women use them to frame their delicate faces.

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White Canvas

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White Canvas
by Lizzie

What is it about a white page that makes us nervous? Even as I set out to write this, I experienced writer’s block. I sat down and penned “White Canvas”. I almost crossed it out to write “Blank Canvas”. I stopped myself. I thought, “No. I’m just going to write. I’m not going to be afraid to make mistakes.”

So, here it is. My first contribution to Chisme Chick. I’d like to encourage you to allow yourself to be human. Do your best. Be yourself. Don’t become paralyzed with fear because you think you’re going to make a mistake.

I simplified my life several years ago. The amazing result of this was that I now have more time to create. Create what? Anything I want! That’s what’s awesome! I’ve created a great garden, knit scarves, crocheted throws, written articles, to name a few things.

Every day is like a white canvas. The world awaits for our contribution. We can add a little bit of color or a lot. We can use pastels or bright, bold colors. It’s up to us. Our particular gifts and talents are needed, though. We have to be confident and know this.

Henry David Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” What if, however, our lives are so cluttered- literally and figuratively to the point that we can’t even find the time to think about our goals and dreams let alone achieve them?

The first step is to become organized and get rid of the clutter in our lives. It will make room for more creativity. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” –Anonymous

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Arizona Backyard

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“Arizona Backyard”

by Cindy

Walking across campus

I smell orange blossoms

and climb again orange trees from childhood.

I pick ripe fruit

and throw it to my sister.

The chickens stay away

hoping we won’t find their eggs.

Easter comes more than once year.

“Gather the eggs for breakfast, Girls,”

Mom shouts through the kitchen window.

I continue walking past the trees,

toward my car.

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Barbara Britton

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Barbara Britton, actress and Mayor of Hollywood (1952), wearing 1940s work apparel. Muriel King designed this women’s WWII factory uniform for Boeing and other military outposts. Fashion evidenced the change in gender roles with the mainstream adaption of slacks into women’s wardrobes. According to cultural historian Elizabeth Wilson, “the advance of the trouser for women” was “the most significant fashion change of the twentieth century.”[1] [1] Melissa McEuen, Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Home Front, 1941-1945. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 149.

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Alice

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“‘Would you tell me, please,’ said Alice, a little timidly, ‘why you are painting those roses?’

Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began, in a low voice, ‘Why, the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a red rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and, if the Queen was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know.’”

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