Balboa Park

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tumblr_inline_nkg7yu0oAy1r7t4dm“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”

-Jane Austen

Balboa Park is celebrating its centennial. Over the last hundred years, it’s been a central place for people to gather for incredible events such as the 1915 Panama–California Exposition and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Be sure to visit these exquisite gardens. The reflective pool is adjacent to the San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation. You can also visit an array of art and history museums located within walking distance of this plaza.

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A Mad Tea-Party

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“‘Yes, that’s it,’ said the Hatter with a sigh: ‘It’s always tea-time…'”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Traveling through the States

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“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”
John Steinbeck

Chart your journey with a unique wooden map of the United States. We use a wood-burning tool to create a rustic look. It measures 10×10 inches. You can pin the places that you have visited or create a path you would like to take. Happy traveling!

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Presidents’ Day

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Happy Presidents’ Day! Chisme Chick wishes you a wonderful day off. All our products are ☆ Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Be sure to check out our new Americana crocheted bow tie worn by President Lincoln.

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money, it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

-Inaugural Speech of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on March 4th, 1933

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Valentine’s Day

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Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”

-Victor Hugo

Happy Valentine’s Day! We spent our morning among flowers and friends.

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Valentine’s Day Duo Scarves

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“Love loves to love love.”
-James Joyce

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving a cheerful red duo scarf to the one you love. The miniature infinity design is for your favorite cat or small dog which measure 2.75″ x 6″. These handmade scarves are constructed out of acrylic yarn. Please specify any custom variations. Gift wrap options are also available.

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Panama 66

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Thomas Jefferson declared in 1824 that coffee is “the favorite drink of the civilized world.” It’s hard to resist the charm of this delicious beverage. It offers a full-bodied experience with the array of brews. Balboa Park San Diego provides a variety of museums and cultural experiences. At the San Diego Museum of Art, their restaurant Panama 66 offers many delicious options. We opted for some homemade banana bread and Dark Horse French Pressed coffee. The first sip of coffee had a bold, crisp taste. We recommend this experience for a coffee aficionado. The outdoor seating gave a great view of the sunset and access to sweet-sounding bells ringing in the short distance. It’s truly the Cultural Heart of San Diego.

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Bombshells

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The term bombshell is a fitting word for the women of the WWII era. It refers to the explosive effects that women had on the viewer based on one’s beauty. It also connects to their war jobs at munition factories. They produced militaryequipment at top speeds. Factories became a source of liberation for young women who ventured out into the world. According to the National Women’s History Museum “wages in munitions plants and aircraft factories averaged more than those for traditional female jobs. Women abandoned traditional jobs, particularly domestic service, to work in war production plants offering 40 percent higher wages. Women who entered war production were primarily working-class wives, widows, divorcees, and students who needed the money.”[1] In women’s new liberated life, they learned a manufacturing craft and aided the Ally cause.

These new gatherings tested the former social limits for male and female relations. Louise Johnson, who worked at Defense Industries Limited in Ajax, Ontario, she met her future husband during her shift. When they finished their shifts, young adults would often gather in the dancing halls to relax and celebrate their daily success of living and trying to sustain other lives abroad. In these night scenes, big band music would create a sensational environment in which to jive and demonstrate other skills such as flirting. These relationships would later be the foundation of the new generation of Baby Boomers who solidified their unions in marriage. The years of rationing and waiting would cause an economic surge in the post-war years. Consumption levels would boom since an incredible amount of new households were created which needed all the basics such as appliances, furniture, and other décor. But in this realm, women would be requested as their civic duty to return home and serve their family. America desired a “return to normalcy” in the post-war years.

[1] https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/partners/26.htm

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Retro Objects//Hidden Narratives

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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

― Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

Vintage styled images can be mnemonic devices to help us recall our past. A single object can generate a flood of memories. It is a shared collective past. These textbooks may remind you of your own academic journey. The titles are the following: Modern Business English, Democracy in America, and High School English Grammar. They are relics of shared classroom experiences.

This photo, taken at a recent shoot, is a throwback to the past. History is a rustic land filled with mystery that antiquarians desire to preserve. This image is a perfect desktop or tablet background. We hope you, too, share our sentiment that we can rejuvenate the past by interacting with its objects. Perhaps you can share this photo with a fellow bibliophile.

Here at Chisme Chick, we have curated collections of objects that connect to history and literature. From our fiber arts to handcrafted jewelry line, each object contains a unique story. We believe that you, too, also have a hidden narrative that can be coaxed with objects. This is why we commission quality, handmade pieces that aid your daily conversations with friends and even strangers. Why not purchase a product that contains a fascinating story? Life is an adventure. Let’s celebrate it by selecting goods that represent us as we share what we cherish.

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“Things We Love” Collection

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to announce our “Things We Love” Collection. It features our favorite historical and literary inspired items. Any item marked with a ♡ denotes that it’s part of this collection. Our products are also listed on Etsy, Storenvy, and Bonzana.

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Shadows

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In honor of Groundhog Day, we’d like to share our prediction for an early spring or late winter. Here in California, we’ve had unusually warm weather. We hope that sunshine will spread quickly nationwide for a full spring blossom. These flowers were grown and dried in our garden. We hope that you, too, are eager to share the sweet aroma of freshly grown flowers. As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider purchasing flowers that you can grow all year long to enjoy and share.

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Sweet Things

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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
-T. S. Eliot

Chisme Chick is passionate about sweet things. From coffee to cupcakes, we love making scrumptious goods. This Valentine’s Day display features some of our handcrafted bracelets and arrowhead necklaces. These are perfect gifts for your Valentine.

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