Monday, 7 February 2011

Once a Squirrel….always a Squirrel….

My op shop Squirrel lamp - he sealed the deal!
 Have you ever heard of the theory that each person has an animal totem in terms of personality traits? Most of my life I have thought of myself as a cat. I have always had pet cats (whom I have thought of as my babies) and I am a Leo born in the year of the tiger. Increasingly however I have realised that I am also very much a Squirrel! And a crafty one at that!

Over the last few weeks in Ballarat I have managed to pay a visit to many of the fantastic op shops that are to be found around town. And what riches there are to be discovered! During these times of searching and gathering treasures I have been hard at work trying to think of a good name for my new shop…lots of names have popped into my head, been road tested on my family and friends and then discarded for one reason or another - until the day I came up with ‘The Crafty Squirrel’. The whole family said ‘Yes!’ and the more I thought about it – the more I knew it was right. So ‘The Crafty Squirrel’ it is!

Some lovely girly squirrels from one of the Squirrel books I found.
Of course the day I truly settled on the name I went out op shopping and found 3 squirrel related items – 2 books and a little squirrel night light. I knew I was definitely on the right track and ever since I have been finding all sorts of wonderful vintage haberdashery items to sell in the shop!

When I researched Squirrel totems on the internet – this is what I came up with… was slightly too close to home really….but maybe that is a good thing!

The gathering power of the Squirrel is a great gift. (That’s what I think J) It teaches us balance within the circle of gathering and giving out.  
They remind us that in our quest for our goals, it is vital to make time for play and socialising. Squirrels teach us to conserve our energy for times of need.  

If your totem is Squirrel or a Squirrel has recently entered your life - lighten your load of things that are unnecessary – things that you have gathered in the past and may be cluttering your life – thoughts, worries, and stresses. (Sounds like a plan…)

Squirrels are also the totem of action. Ask yourself - are you too active, not active enough, afraid of enough, hung up on accumulating and collecting. (ok, ok….maybe just a little….thank goodness I am opening a shop! Then everyone gets to benefit from my squirrel ways!)  

Squirrel people tend to be a little erratic – trying to do many things at once. (No…really!?) Take the time to stop and listen to your inner self – and don’t forget to play! (AOK!!)

This is just a small collection of my amazing knitting needles for the shop.

I couldn't believe my luck when I found this...original box and all!

A small selection of vintage haberdashery from my travels...


Betty Jo said...

I LOVE the name....from one fellow horder/gleaner/scavenger to another.
Can't wait to visit your shop in the near future.

Frankie and Ray said...

Oh, I have been having a chuckle! Those squirrel descriptions could have been written just for you. I love the name, and you must be having so much fun getting your treasures together, all ready to share! Good luck with it all. Jo x

LionessLady said...

Love love love the name! Congratulations.

Kathee Gunn said...

Love it – cant wait !

Miss Cherry Stew said...

wonderful name, sounds like you're on a journey of discovery in many ways/ Looking forward to visiting.

Trish Gavegan said...

Love it!

I may take a leaf out of your squirrel’s book, soon…….


Morgan Wills said...

Yay! Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. I have been out treasure hunting this morning with Milo and we found 3 more Squirrel books! The Crafty Squirrel strikes again! Mxo

Lark said...

Loving it too M, it was great to hear all about your plans. You are most definitely the crafty squirrel. Can't wait to see the shop progressing. See you next week! x

Lauren said...

Fabulous name! What an exciting of luck xx