Christina Najjar, owner of No String Chicken

Hi! I’m Christina, and I’m the founder and crafter of No String Chicken. I’m an Acupuncturist who needed to find healthy ways to relieve stress. While I’ve enjoyed some form of crafting for most of my life, I didn’t make enough time for creativity in my day-to-day life for a long, long time. Now, it seems like a no brainer to me.

As I started making more time for crafting, friends and family began to comment on the items I was making. People started requesting I make them cross stitch pieces, macrame plant hangers, crocheted items, etc.

After doing my first craft fair, I became absolutely hooked (no pun intended). I decided to take the plunge, and that’s how No String Chicken came to be.

I normally craft in the company of my cat Millie while watching a TV show. When I’m not working or crafting, I can be found tending to my one million plants, cooking, baking, playing video games or board games online, or reading a good book. Pre-pandemic, I stayed active by playing drop-in dodgeball.

Why is it called No String Chicken?

No String Chicken first started operating under the name G33k Stitch. It focused mainly on cross stitch commissions of the geek variety. But I found that depending on how my health was doing, I couldn’t always put my creative efforts into cross stitching.

The older I get, the more I understand the old lady in a cartoon who spends her life crocheting on the couch. I’m that old lady. One could even say I’m no spring chicken. Okay, well, my age may say differently. But why wait until I’m old to start enjoying the benefits of being old?

As the majority of the crafts I enjoy involve string (crochet, cross stitch, macrame hangers, sewing), I just had to incorporate that word into the name of this shop. So, “no spring chicken” turned into No String Chicken.

Millie the cat and Donations

Hello! I’m Millie. I’m shy but affectionate. My human says I’m very sweet. I love anything that involves food or chasing my green mouse. Watching my human craft is mesmerizing because she flings lots of strings around. 

I lived at the Ottawa Humane Society for months before being adopted in January 2020. The Ottawa Humane Society aims to reduce the number of stray animals. They give animals like me a chance to find a loving home. A portion of each item sold will be donated to the Ottawa Humane Society (the amount will be specified for each item).

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