Tea-time

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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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Afternoon Bike Ride

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It was a perfect spring day for an afternoon bike ride. The scenery reminded us of something out of a Beatrix Potter book. The handmade crocheted messenger bag that is cascading out of the wicker basket is lined with bunny illustration material. We purchased custard-filled baked goods and handcrafted coffee from our favorite local shops. As we sipped an Ethiopian brew, we discussed the simple pleasures of life. wpid-20150331_162300.jpg

These pictures were taken at one of our favorite parks where ducks and geese roam freely. They kindly approached us as we sat on a bench underneath a rustling tree. Potter’s story about Jemima Puddle-Duck almost came to life with these animated creatures. We reminisced about these darling tales that we read to each other out of pocket-sized books as children. Life, indeed, can be like a story. Let’s find daily beauty in the small things and never stop exploring.

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Morning Roses

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“I’d love to have the whole place swimming in roses”
― James Joyce, Ulysses

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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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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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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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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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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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Literary Tree

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Celebrate this season with a Christmas literary tree! Our miniature books are perfect ornaments.

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Ebenezer Scrooge Cupcakes

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It’s our annual tradition to watch or attend the production of the The Christmas Carol. Although it’s intended for the holiday season, the precept to choose love can be practiced all year long. We created these naughty or nice cupcakes to capture Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation. He declares, “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

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Dandelion Necklace

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“No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos.” -D.H. Lawrence

Our little trinket necklace contains dandelion seeds to capture your wishes. It is part of our “Things We Love” Collection. This glass bottle is hand wrapped with wire. The golden chain measures 25in.

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Beatrix Potter

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There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.

Beatrix Potter’s books are an essential part of a children’s library. Her timeless classics have entertained the minds of young and old for multiple generations. She was a successful writer and illustrator in an era when women had limited public roles. With her earnings she invested in her home, Hill Top Farm. This land was later donated to the National Trust for all to enjoy.

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Those Who Wander

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All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king. [1] [1]  J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954.

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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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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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