What the Fuck is Granny Chic!??

John Webster interior with ecclectic retro furnishings including cat portraits and crochet pillows:

Have I been living under a stone?! I have never heard of this term, and yet, it completely represents my style and taste so well!

The picture above is not my living room, but I could easily laze the days away in this room with my cats, my knitting, and a good book.

I stumbled upon the term while searching for vintage sewing patterns on Etsy that I could adapt for some some projects that I have in mind for Tickety. The term so perfectly represents the aesthetic, I am amazed I didn’t come up with it myself.

So that’s the new angle for the Tickety Boutique.. Granny Chic.. except THIS granny listens to Bikini Kill and has a copy of ‘Revolution From Within’ in her backpack. Is there such a thing??

Well there is now!!

We are creating that girl right here!!

I am giving you permission to fall in love with the loveliest floral house dress, which you will top with a denim vest, covered in embroidered patches and enamel pins. You will carry your goodies in a sweet little purse with circular bamboo handles with a big “knit or die” emblem on the front. You will wear the coziest mustard yellow cable knit OTK socks with your 12 hole Fluvog boots, both accenting your pretty pea green cardigan and navy tea length skirt. Topping off your outfit is an out of this world necklace with over the top floral cabochons and baby doll parts, dangling every which way.

You have my permission!!

You can be that girl!!

And we will bring you the goods to put that girl together! All right here in, in one fabulous space!!

After discovering this new term, ‘Granny Chic’, I began pouring over Pinterest, creating boards and pinning, pinning, pinning. I am overwrought with inspiration right now! I ordered a number of patterns, new and old, that I feel I can adapt to assemble some key pieces for a foundation line.

I was also moved to rethink some of my vintage inventory selections coming in from my distributor. If I am going to move forward with this specific style in mind, I thought it better to narrow the range of styles that I am bringing in. Prior to this epiphany, I had always sought to have a little something for everyone on hand.

Perhaps that isn’t the way. You can’t be everything to everyone. I would much rather focus and align myself and the shop with a style and a voice that is parallel to my own. Something that I am in love with and can build upon.

I am so anxious to start creating fresh pieces for the shop. Repurposing vintage pieces. Mix and matching the old with the new. The concepts of this ‘Granny Chic’ is going to completely evolve and add to my present style, which I would call, if I had to give it a name, ‘Indie Mod’ or ‘Pretty Punk’. It’s hard to call.

My usual attire consists of a colourful cardigan with a brooch or a pin, striped top or graphic tee, faded jeans or colourful pants, converse (usually black), bright beads, chunky bracelet, bright hair tied back (tame the frizz!)

.I wouldn't look good in this color and I have my doubts about high waists for older women but...it MIGHT work.  I love the pattern combo.:

My favourite outfit of all time consisted of a floral patterned red blouse with a secretary collar, faded flare jeans with seam accents on the bottom, and brushed suede hush puppies (steel toe).

You get the idea.

I think that my past and present styles compliment each other and if you now take in these added influences that I have so recently uncovered it will equal a pretty and put together wardrobe that is both comfortable, flattering, and shows a little character.

That will be the end goal, anyway.

We’ll see what happens once I’m at the helm of my sewing machine.

All that I know is that I feel invigorated with this new sense of innovation. My mind is running a thousand miles a minute. It will be difficult for me to pare down the projects that I want to do to a few star pieces to create and feature in the shop.

I wish I had a million dollars to pursue all of my present goals.

Once I have assembled my final lineup, I will sure to have a product line that I will be very proud to share and that you all will love!

I will be blogging often, moving forward, to keep you all updated with my progress and to give you an idea of what will be in store for you all to enjoy at the re-launch of the Tickety Boutique.

It is difficult to say when that will be. Some of you may be aware that this space isn’t my only online venture. I also blog and create for Epic Penny , which specializes in handmade fabric and rope dog collars and leashes. Additionally, I am hard at work further developing the Cordially Yours community, which I founded in 2008 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon completion, the Cordially site will be home to handmade vendors from across Canada, as well, Cordially will continue to host our annual Craft Sale & Rock Show.

Needless to say, there is a lot on my plate. I may be spreading myself a little thin, but I am a strong proponent of the notion that you can put anything if you put your mind to it. All it takes is a little determination and a lot of organization.

Along with behind-the-scenes peeks at the processes of the Tickety Boutique, you will continue to receive tips on blogging, business, and life in general. I don’t claim to be the authority on any of these things, but I enjoy sharing what I know, as I continue to bubble along in my own life, picking up knowledge as I go.

Perhaps over the next few weeks, after my patterns have arrived, I could pitch some fabric swatches out there to you folks and I could get your opinion before the creation process begins.

Until next time ladies! Thanks for stopping by!!


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