Monday Motivation

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Our Monday Motivation: “You just think lovely wonderful thoughts,” Peter explained, “and they lift you up in the air.” – J.M. Barrie

 
Our handmade pixie dust necklace is a wonderful conversation piece and a great reminder to stay positive throughout the week! We offer several options.

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Weekend Essentials

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Weekend essentials ✌ Our suede, handcrafted necklace is a perfect way to hold your treasures. This crocheted owl snap case will carry small items such as earphones, IDs, or anything else that measures approximately 5″x3″.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

 

 

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! After a long week, it’s time to put on your favorite slippers and relax.

 

 

 

 

 

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Organic Garden

First tomato of the season! 🍅 #organic #homegrown #green #newportbeach #oc #california

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4th of July Weekend

Happy 4th of July weekend! Isn’t this 1939 #Vogue cover great? We plan on sporting red lipstick all #weekend. 💄#4thofJuly 💥 #california

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James Joyce’s Ulysses – Bloomsday

 

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Today is Bloomsday! James Joyce’s Ulysses took place on a single day, June 16, 1904. To celebrate, we created a “Mkgnao” bookmark with a hand-drawn cat silhouette. This reference is from Chapter 4, Calypso, when Leopold Bloom is first introduced:

“The cat walked stiffly round a leg of the table with tail on high.
—Mkgnao!
—O, there you are, Mr Bloom said, turning from the fire. The cat mewed in answer and stalked again stiffly round a leg of the table, mewing. Just how she stalks over my writingtable. Prr. Scratch my head. Prr.”

 

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Wanderlust

“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

Wanderlust (n.) A strong desire to travel

As summer is soon approaching, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors and travel. Our Wanderlust necklaces are a great way to remember your journey. Our mini bottles contain a map with the word “Wanderlust” created with a Remington Ten Forty typewriter. We do custom orders with maps from anywhere in the world. You can choose a leather band with natural wood endings or a gold/silver chain.

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Knitting by the Ocean

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Since attending Vogue Knitting last weekend, we’ve been creating new products. We met StevenBe and bought some of his fabulous yarn. He’s very personable and generous. We binge-watched all his shows. Steven is amazing and if you’re visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota, make sure to visit his shop!

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Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year from surf city! 🏄 #chinese #newyear #HB #california (at Huntington Beach- Surf City USA)

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The Big Bang Theory

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Congratulations to the cast of The Big Bang Theory! We are excited that they received the People’s Choice Award. Don’t miss tonight’s episode. We were fortunate to have attended the live filming of “The Empathy Optimization.” Warner Brothers Studios uses Stage 25 for this set, which was constructed in 1935. Iconic films like Casablanca and Bonnie & Clyde were also filmed here throughout the decades.

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Chisme Chick | Necklaces

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Today, we are introducing our Wanderlust necklaces!

“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

In German, Wanderlust to means “enjoyment of hiking” or in modern usage a “desire to wander.” Our mini bottles have a piece of a map with the word “Wanderlust” created with a Remington Ten Forty typewriter. The traveler’s bottle captures small pieces from your journey. You can collect sand, small rocks, or anything you like from your adventures. Order it without the map to showcase your tiny collection of memories. We offer a unisex design, a leather band with natural wood endings, or a gold/silver chains that measure 18″ or 26″.

We are also featuring our handcrafted, storytelling necklaces. They are wonderful pieces that capture a personal memory. You can select any U.S. state and we’ll make it into a wooden, Americana necklace. We also offer pixie dust and dandelions. Enjoy the journey and mark it on our handcrafted wooden map!

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Sawdust Art & Craft Festival

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The annual Sawdust Art & Craft Festival in Laguna Beach, California is a highly anticipated summer experience. It ends on August 30th, so don’t miss an opportunity to meet over 200 local artisans and buy their designs in person. You will want to go back multiple times. This artist village in Laguna has a refreshing environment between the canyon and beach breeze. Sawdust is spread throughout the grounds and it reminds you that woodworking has been done for this year’s creations. We wore our favorite Chisme Chick leather and handcrafted bracelets. This year, we met new artists and saw some incredible glass blowing demonstrations.

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We participated in a pastel workshop and took this photo of our still life arrangement. There was a small bug (featured in this photo) hiding in the vase and watched us add each stroke on the piece of paper.

Be sure to try the on grounds café where they have delicious coffee and desserts. You’ll enjoy the sounds of live music throughout the festival. They also host the Winter Fantasy starting on November 21st-December 20th with many of the same artisans. Be sure to stop by and purchase unique gifts.

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Flappers

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Flappers challenged social standards with their short, bobbed hair and their new fashion sense. The roaring 1920s ushered public bathing practices. The historic Pavilion in Newport Beach, California, was built in 1906. It was designed as a bathing house for individuals to change into their beach attire.
The beach culture developed with more revealing swimsuits. Nationwide, police often cited women without conservative standards. Yet, these women created a more relaxed, anti-corset look that influenced women’s everyday style.
This photo was taken on June 20, 1920 for the Bathing Girl Parade at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach, California.
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Seaside Necklaces

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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

As California based artisans, these seaside necklaces with dainty charms capture SoCal beauty. The small glass bottles can store sand from your favorite beach. We recommend adding small seashells as well. The necklace chains are silver and gold plated. They range from 18″-26″. It is part of our Things We Love Collection.

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Del Mar

“The ocean is a mighty harmonist.” -William Wordsworth

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We attended an oral history conference in Del Mar to learn new methodology, present our research, and enjoy the natural splendor of the area. Bing Crosby wrote the song “Where The Turf Meets The Surf” for the local race tracks. It’s certainly a charming town with a Hollywood history. We recommend that you visit the 1928 Powerhouse Community Center which is on the Historic Highway 101.

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You can learn more at the local historical society and listen to the resident voices with their ongoing oral history project.

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World Book Day

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We are celebrating World Book Day. In the words of C. S. Lewis, “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

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Women’s History Month

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Today marks the start of Women’s History Month. Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said in the 1970s, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” We are mesmerized by the incredible ladies who paved the path for future generations as trailblazers.

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