Daisy Chain

Daisy chain

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (Sonnet 43)

These crocheted daisies will brighten up any room. You can string these charming flowers with cards or photos. The daisy chain measures five feet long. It comes with four crocheted flowers and five miniature clothespins that measure 1.25”. It’s a great gift for a Valentine.

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The Sea

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“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.”
-Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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Dandelion

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Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

-Hans Christian Andersen

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Winter White Throw

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“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our handmade white throw contrasts perfectly against any background, especially nature. It’s the perfect blanket to place on a couch, use as a bedspread, or keep in your car for outdoors. We’ve used them at the beach and forest as ground cover to relax and read. These throws are made of 100% acrylic yarn and are machine washable. They measure 5ft. W X 6ft. H.

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary-Shelley_Female-Fright-Writer_HD_768x432-16x9Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein shaped my adolescent curiosity with science and technology. The powerful creature in the novel represents an era in which she lived. England transformed into modern times. Machines increased efficiency and replaced men in factory settings. Shelley noted these changes with her book’s alternative title, The Modern Prometheus. Society feared that the rapid development of technology, although first appearing benign, may be overcome by its own precarious power. Shelley’s monster reminds us of the potential pitfalls with advancing medicine without knowing its side effects.

Frankenstein was first published anonymously. Her manuscript’s preface was written by her well-known husband, P.B. Shelley, who was a part of her writing circle. Mary developed her story when her literary friends started a competition. She penned this story after she had a frightful nightmare about her creature. She eventually would take credit for this story which would be her most successful piece. Her successful writing career could also be attributed to her literary line by whose name she also bears. Her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneer in feminist theory, wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Both mother and daughter would be known for their writing in an age when women’s roles were limited.

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Gift Wrap

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Chisme Chick is now offering gift wrap options for our array of products. These handmade tags were dipped in coffee to provide a rustic look and soft aroma. You can customize a handwritten script message that is tied with twine. We can also add a touch from our garden with freshly cut leaves or a sprig of lavender.

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Lessons from My Garden

KalanchoeCalifornia is known for its eternal sunshine. This close-up perspective of the Kalanchoe flower buds shows new growth. When you have a home-grown garden, you notice all the changes that the soil produces. From lush spring florals to dormant winters, nature shows a variety of transitions.

As we begin 2015, I like to remember that our lives, too, will be marked by the seasons. I recently spent some time in the garden reflecting on the paths of life. It is important to consider the roads we have taken and the ones we want to follow. When we succeed or fail, it is wise to remember that these are temporal experiences. We can’t control these events, but we can manage our outlook. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” In a season of new beginnings, we can remember that these lessons can help us blossom into renewed individuals.

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Bookmarks

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Our bookmarks are created with a Remington Ten Forty typewriter. We use multicolored parchment card-stock which measures 2″ x 7.25″. It’s a perfect gift for a fellow bibliophile. These bookmarks are part of the Things We Love Collection ♡.

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