Last year I entered the exhibitions for the first time at the Cummington Fair. Being a part the community that works so hard to proudly display the fruits of their labor is an experience I cannot recommend more highly. Continue the tradition!


Cowboy hat , Custom hats , S…

$34

150th Lodi Agricultural Fair

$40

Blue Ribbon Yay Card

$5

Cross Stitch Pattern “S…

$10.5

Sheep Husbandry Raising Farm…

$4.99

Vintage 1950’s Skirt, Wo…

$225

Fisher Price Farmer on Tract…

$12

ON SALE Vintage Keystone Wor…

$41.25

State Fair Festival shirts f…

$20

1946 State Fair Illustration…

$11.95

Texas State Fair – Texan Pho…

$30

How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin

$45

Vintage Cook Book Blue Ribbo…

$22

Vintage Frye Boots – Vintage…

$225

30 Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Se…

$1.9

Green Wood Toy Tractor – Per…

$18

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This week the treasury features a lovely assortment of things that would be quite at home in Shire City Sanctuary’s Makerspace. Housed in an old cathedral, the studio space is a wonderful mixture of all sorts of crafts and tech dreams.


Makers Gonna Make Super-Soft…

$23

Wall Mounted Paper Roller

$250

Slate 2.0 + Mousepad | Mobil…

$69

MakerBench Series 7 – the ul…

$549.95

3d Printing Pen 3D drawing p…

$90

Adjustable Cable and Cord Wr…

$49

Peg Wall, Pegboard, Feature …

$84.99

Screen Printing Exposure Kit…

$79.95

Alison Glass – Cathedral

$12

Potholder Rug Loom, Rug Loom…

$350

Sewing Cabinet

$2195

Cable organizer

$29.99

Maker Space Kit

$22

New Female Professional Dres…

$253.99

Industrial Garment Rack

$110

Trashy Round Market Basket -…

$72

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This week at Shire City Sanctuary we welcome Kickwheel Ensemble and their production of PASSAGE. This troupe never fails to completely immerse in the telling of a tale.


Bjd Doll GISELLE (New collec…

$350

Burgundy Custom Made Drapes …

$39.98

VINTAGE Paper Mache Mask, Co…

$110

Actors in fantastic Russian …

$35

Juggling Balls, Juggling Set…

$9.5

Kevlar Fire Fans “Flowe…

$59

Vegan Stage and Halloween Co…

$19

Set of 6 Multi-color Vintage…

$39.95

Theater spot light re purpos…

$155

Stripe catsuit, unitard, bod…

$130

Bronze Greek Theatre Mask, A…

$52

Paper theater “Budapest…

$16.68

Vintage Wooden Director Chai…

$224

Showgirls Backstage, 1926. V…

$1.99

Nude Fishnet Tights in 12 sh…

$33

Globe Theatre, crafts kit fo…

$16

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Cape Cod + high summer + new beach wear = AWESOME!!!!!


Ice Cream Temporary Tattoo -…

$6

Seascape MINI Beach Painting…

$79

Onepiece Swimsuit “Sol…

$125

Tan & Black PERSONALIZED Sum…

$60

Monogrammed Beach Chair

$55

Geometric one piece swimsuit…

$177

Cape & Islands Silkscreened …

$30

Nantucket Basket – Hand Made…

$295

Starfish Ring Mermaid Jewelr…

$28.5

Map of Cape Cod Illustrated …

$25

1950’s, Cotton, Lobster …

$50

Beach Bag.Big Tote LACANAU B…

$105

Bronze Freshwater Pearls and…

$11.9

Beach sheet, pizza beach bla…

$17.5

Vintage Sandbox Toys. Soviet…

$19

Etsy Editor Pick, beach wrap…

$165

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This summer I have hosted two ‘Clothing Drive and Public Potholder Rug Weaves’ which have been well received and hugely gratifying to me. The idea came about via my desire to support and participate in community events to build awareness of creative reuse and environmental stewardship with community connection.

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My friends Alan and Nancy Timmons came up with the idea of a clothing drive at the event Alan organized for Earthday at The Great Barrington Fair Grounds.

Genius! A mutually beneficial way to support and connect!

I added the rug weaving aspect to fulfill my desire to create and eye-catching way to bring people in and participate. It works out to be pretty darn magical on so many levels. Neighbors, Friends, and total strangers spend time connecting and physically weaving an amazing rug – from trash.  All the materials used are cut from discarded clothing including sweaters, sweatshirts, tshirts, and even socks.  What symbolism! In this age of violence and disconnect we connect and become greater than a sum of our parts.

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This past weekend a Clothing Drive/Public Potholder Rug Weave was hosted as part of Becket’s Hilltown Brouhaha and it was amazing! Even in the rain people came out with donated clothing and the willingness to make what turned out to be a super beautiful 2.5×3.5ft Potholder Rug.

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Now I need to buckle into the details of making these events complete by closing the circle and selling the rug – with proceeds donated to the Becket/Washington PTO (in this case). The hard part has been figured out. We collect clothing, we cut the material into weavable strips and we construct a rug – and at the end of the day there is this glorious fruit of the day’s labor that needs to be sold.

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Now there are two of these amazing rugs ready for new homes and two amazing organizations in need of support to make their missions fly. I am looking for ways to bring in the communities and organizations invested in the project to reconnect for the sale aspect of this work. I’d love to figure out a way to run an auction with bids running for a week following the event.  Does anyone know how to make that happen?  These first two charity rug sales might be a little rough but let me gather the pertinent email lists from participating organizations and then, stay tuned! I’ll let you know when/where you can place a bid and let’s see where this will take us!

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We all have cameras on our mobiles and can share digitally both the milestones and the minutia of our lives. But nothing will ever replace holding a thousand words in our hands.


Leather photo album for Inst…

$100

Custom Photo Pendant -Revers…

$72

Photo Picture Frame Wall Clo…

$48

6X6 SEWN paper bag scrapboo…

$4.25

Rock Display Stand with a Fr…

$11

Vinyl Photo Album Personaliz…

$29.9

Photo Collage Templates – Ph…

$8

Rustic Natural Reclaimed Ced…

$15.75

State shaped 4×6 picture fra…

$29

10 x Brown Wooden USB – With…

$5

Printing Service – Photo Can…

$39

Family Photo Fabric Cloth Ba…

$40

Display Coffee Table with Gl…

$675

Vintage etched Locket Neckla…

$89

Vintage Photo Album, Scrapbo…

$16

Photo Fabric By-the-Yard – M…

$20

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This week’s theme is Photo Albums / Image Storage and Access.

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When conjuring up my weekly theme schedule I often list things that I would like to find time for in my week. Sometimes the suggestion works and sometimes it is just not possible for me to add another thing to my list.

Not sure how this week will pan out but even if I don’t get to organizing my printed images into the albums accumulated, the topic is pertinent this week.

This last week the United States experienced two back-to-back seemingly unwarranted police killings. As if these killings were not thoroughly jolting, a sniper murdered 5 Dallas cops and injured 7 others at a memorial gathering for the two killed earlier in the week.

It is difficult to decipher the news in an unbiased way which has lead me to research and ponder these events in the fleeting glimpses.

The data is mindblowing!

Here we are in an age of data and image capture like never before. Lavish Reynolds captured the immediate aftermath of a Minnesota cop shooting her boyfriend, Philando Castile, at letting him bleed out in front of her and her 4-year-old daughter from her passenger seat. The video she delivered was live streamed on Facebook, allowing her to call for help in real time. (Here is a GoFundMe set up to help her.)

Two videos have come to the forefront of the police murder of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge too.

Talk about Photo Albums and Image Access!

Thanks to technology for allowing widespread photo/video capture making it easy to see that the behavior displayed in these interactions is clearly inhuman. The United States has arrived at a place where we need to assess our human behavior and change it. We have to stop promoting hate, judgment, comparison and fear replacing them with calm, educated eloquence and persistent love, understanding, and patience. The path into this light will be beneficial for the planet. Without this nearly 180-degree change in our people’s view, human demise seems inherent.

Jane Goodall said

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

I want to spread love and compassion – introduce the dark-side of culture to beauty in the light and welcome them in.

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Oh, and as for the Photo Albums / Image Storage and Access theme, I plan to stick printed photographs, from days gone by, into books with pages using those little sticky old-school photo corners over the next couple weeks. I like the idea of keeping some images private and accessible, the hand turning of pages and sitting close on a couch reminiscing with close friends and family members.

The possibilities that a few hundred billion molecules of hydrogen and oxygen can unfurl are amazing! Throw in some wind, sunshine, maybe a few pieces of wood and you’ve got a party, especially when dressed as a mermaid.


Vintage Life Jacket Vintage …

$42

Stacked Canoes Photograph, S…

$15

Retro Black and White Stripe…

$37

Volleyball or Water Polo Pil…

$8

Original Vintage Flower Swim…

$18.99

FRENCH vintage 70’s / ki…

$20

Kayak Stained Glass Suncatch…

$24

Ankle Stretcher for Gymnast,…

$22

Synchronized Swimmer Drawstr…

$24.95

Fabric, Paddleboard Surf on …

$9.95

Girls One Piece Swimsuit ~ T…

$28.99

Alexey Surfboard Rack – free…

$174.95

Swimmable Mermaid Tail, Turq…

$32

Evolution of the Surfboard -…

$14

Child Swim Diaper: Buy Two a…

$25.5

Riptide SPF 32 – All Natural…

$12

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You want to read something funny?  Here is a post I wrote last night – great aspirations of doing more:

I’ve been wanting to try stand up paddle boarding for the last couple of years and am going to reserve a board rental before this post goes live.

This week’s theme is Water Sports.

A favorite childhood memory is visiting family friends on a lake in New Hampshire or Maine one summer. Their kids were older than us.  They were super cool and friendly. The daughter had long blonde hair and I was envious. They had a motorboat and water skis. I didn’t have the courage to try skiing but it was fun riding in the boat and watching from there.

Violet is a swimmer. She joined a summer swim team and looks forward to practice all week. She doesn’t want to go to meets, just practice and learn different strokes and build her comfort level in the water.

Before my daughters were born I was a daily runner. Ever since, I’ve suffered from self-inflicted guilt of not running or replacing that demanding form of exercise with another that feels as good and clears my head as well. Violet has inspired me to get a one-piece suit, some flippers and goggles and try for some serious swim exercise with her at the lake.

This week will mark the beginning of a new solitary exercise and of me overcoming my fear of deep water swimming by initiating a family exercise and researching a running replacement. These themes are designed to egg me in a desired direction. Stay tuned.

End of Silly Post!

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This morning I got up early, after going to bed late and was super frustrated.  Initially my frustration was directed at my husband, then my kids, and finally, as I was heading out the door without the food I need to be healthy or the work needed to move me toward my highest priority I realized that I simply cannot add another thing to my list of tasks.    Here’s to simplifying and staying focused on getting over the hurdles right in front of me.    IMG_8952So, I will not be stand-up paddleboarding this summer.  I will focus my attention of the uncountable loose ends that need tying before we head across the pond in December for an extended stay in Ireland.

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As far as Water Sports go, I’ll be sticking to what I know, swimming at the town beach with my kids before work and relaxing on an ocean beach on Cape Cod in a few weeks.  Can’t wait!IMG_5820

On Fridays you’ll find an image, or an album of images, that sums up the week pertaining to our weekly theme posted on Sundays. You are encouraged to participate by submitting an image to be included by 9pm EST Wednesday. Send submissions for consideration to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com and use 1000 Words in the subject line.  Photo credit will be given.