Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sneak Peek: 1st Craft Show

vintage graphics via: graphicsfairy

I’m pretty darn excited.  I’ve been doing the creative side of Chippy Chirpy Quirky for over a year now.  I love the vintage style.  I have always been drawn to the warn and shabby.  I find old pieces so lovely and full of character.

Vintage Style • Hand Made • Unique • Repurposed & Altered Art

I find these wonderful treasures and I wondered if someone else wouldn’t like them too.  I’m doing a craft show this May 11th and I just wanted to show you a sneak peak of the kinds of things I’ve been working on.  I get my graphics from the lovely graphicsfairy They are such wonderful pieces in all their vintage charm.  The vintage servers are meant for everyday display not just dust collectors in the china cabinet.

Vintage Servers/Displays

Vintage French chocolate graphic on gingham

Vintage French postcard on toile

Vintage peacock graphic on toile

Hope you like them.  If you are local come check out the HHBF May Marketplace in support of our swim club! Chippy Chirpy Quirky will be there with bells on or maybe wine under the table…well, it is my first show.

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Daily Awesome = Join the Dark Side

How does one get so much pleasure from something so simple?  The daily awesome is not so much in the technical definition of “awesome”  of expressing awe in the remarkable or outstanding but more in the informal sense, that sometimes you have to slow down and appreciate some of the common, everyday things we take for granted.

Sometimes a picture says it all, or these days a meme with words on the picture.  So really no explanation needed other than any day you can see this, on the street, is AWESOME!

Not Your Father’s Tattoo

Long gone are the days of tattoos being reserved for the military and bikers or for the under belly of society. They have slowly, quietly and consistently made their way into the mainstream. Some body ink is pure artistic beauty. Others, well, they could use a little help. Most tell a story of course – themes of courage, adversity, celebrations and memorials are so common now as they weave their way encircling our skin that we are not shocked by their presence on all sorts of people.

I never really considered a tattoo in my youth. I didn’t think they were bad a thing but I suppose just not my thing. Growing up my Dad had a tattoo on his forearm. It was a youthful lark, without much forethought – it was a heart with an arrow through it and it said “MOM.” He has since had it corrected embellished from its faded, fuzzy outline to a colourful sunburst. Not until I was *ahem* older with kids of my own and with the illness, then death of my sister-in-law did I really consider getting one for myself.

YummyMummyClub.ca asked for submissions for Mom’s with tattoos and their stories. There are hundreds of stories, more likely thousands of stories but here is mine:

I have two tattoos. Each is very significant and important to me. I claim one as “mine” and the other is Joanne’s. Joanne was my sister-in-law. She was a young, beautiful woman I had known since I was 11. She was more like a cherished older sister than an in-law. Joanne battled and succumbed to the evil of breast cancer after a 7 year fight. and fight she did until the bitter, bitter end. She left behind my brother and 3 children. She was 41.

The pain associated with the unfairness of her illness and the eventuality of her death was life altering for me. I wanted a way to connect with her even though she was gone. It took me a long time to find something that was meaningful enough to represented her. I settled on Celtic knot butterfly wings, to celebrate her Irish background and the transformation and freedom imagery joined on the body of the pink ribbon symbol. This September marks the 6th anniversary of her death, but Joanne’s tattoo is a reminder of a life never forgotten.

I got my tattoo at the same time I got Joanne’s. I needed to get something for myself, to balance the sorrow. The spiral is an ancient symbol represented in almost all past cultures. To some it represents life force or motherhood. I chose this symbolism to represent me and my two crazy, beautiful, wonderful girls that I have always affectionately called, my “girlies.” A double spiral—two swirlies, for my girlie whirlies!

You can check out more stories here:

http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/family/mummy/20121004/ymc-rethinks-ink-we-love-tattoos Do you have a tattoo? What is it? Tell me your story!