Used clothing alchemist since 1987

Hey, Welcome!


WELCOME!  I’m Crispina ffrench. Recycled textile artist, author, teacher – creator of many things. My sister and I run The Dolphin Studio, a second generation, family owned screen-printing business. My hubby and I own Shire City Sanctuary, a Makerspace in an urban Cathedral in the heart of The Berkshires where my studio is housed. It’s a pleasure to share here creative high-jinx, as we work toward environmental consideration of all aspects of living.

Weekly Treasury – Back To School, Back To Work


‘Back To School, Back To Work’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

Teachers give so much of themselves to the education and enlightenment of our children; every once in a while it’s good to give something back. Use this treasury to find a way to appreciate your child’s teacher.

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Every week we gather a handful of treasures around a theme, from Etsy - an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items, and supplies for making. Weekly treasuries are normally featured here on Mondays.  You can click on the images above and be taken to a place on Etsy where there is more information about and pictures of that item. Crispina’s online shop is located on Etsy along with a whole ton (like over 800,000) of other handmakers, vintage resellers and material retailers. If you have a minute, leave a comment – it is always so nice to hear from you and build community right here in cyberspace!  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living. Enjoy

Blog Theme – Teachers, School, Mentors


My Mother, Primm ffrench, Teaching my Daughters to Make Paper Crowns
My Mother, Primm ffrench, Teaching my Daughters to Make Paper Crowns

Each week there is a blog theme that usually has something to do with what is going on in my world.  This week’s theme is Teachers, School, Mentors as we are preparing to send our two youngest, Violet and Lucy to second and third grade.  We’re hoping for, banking on, crossing our fingers for, teachers who engage, encourage, and excite. (Last year Violet had a TOUGH year in first grade with a not-so-great teacher.) Ben, our oldest is taking a semester off from Berklee College of Music to process the dense learning material he has been offered there.

Both of my parents were high school art teachers and (mostly) loved by their students for over 40 years each!  Both of my hubby’s parents were teachers too.  My sister is a teacher.  I love to teach and find great inspiration in my workshop students.

This week I am getting my ducks in a row to spend a week at The Kushi Institute where my goal is to learn to conquer the root of Ulcerative Colitis with Macrobiotics.  May my teacher/s there be wonderful mentors full of nutritional healing knowledge.

As the seasons change I nod to all those teachers in the past who have shone light on a path unknown to me prior.  I look forward to learning from teachers along the way, planned and unexpected alike.  Going forth with an open, inquisitive, absorbent lilt.  Here’s to it!

Did you know our One Thousand Words column is featured right here on Fridays? One Thousand Words is a photo gallery selected from our readership’s images. Each week, our readers are invited to submit an image that speaks to our theme. There are no words, just an image with caption including the photographer’s name and business name (if applicable). You know, a picture speaks One Thousand Words. Show us what you got! Images should be emailed to me at Crispinaffrench@gmail.com by Wednesday night for possible inclusion. Fun, Right?!

One Thousand Words


At the end of the week we feature a gallerie of photographs summing up the week from our readers.  There are no words, just images with captions stating the name of the photographer and their business name (if they have one).  Weekly blog themes are posted right here on Sundays.  Feel free to submit your original images to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com for possible inclusion.  Please include your name and the business name you would like included.

So here you are, the pick of the week – our theme this last week – was Recipes/Menus/Cookbooks.  Thanks to all the contributors this week!

Sue Velte - http://ssveltestuff.blogspot.com/
Sue Velte – http://ssveltestuff.blogspot.com/

 

Filis Warren
Filis Warren

 

Crispina ffrench
Crispina ffrench

Weekly Treasury – Eating In


‘Eating In’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

Staying organized in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Chaos can stump the imagination and make putting food on the table more of a chore than an adventure. Maybe this treasury can help you drawn inspiration from organization.

Click this link to view on etsy.

 

Every week we gather a handful of treasures around a theme, from Etsy - an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items, and supplies for making. Weekly treasuries are normally featured here on Mondays.  You can click on the images above and be taken to a place on Etsy where there is more information about and pictures of that item. Crispina’s online shop is located on Etsy along with a whole ton (like over 800,000) of other handmakers, vintage resellers and material retailers. If you have a minute, leave a comment – it is always so nice to hear from you and build community right here in cyberspace!  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living. Enjoy

Blog Theme ~ Recipes/Cookbooks/Menus


My kitchen Passed down spice jars and recipes along with, fresh eggs from the hen house
My Kitchen – Passed down spice jars and recipes along with fresh eggs from the hen house.

Each week there is a blog theme that usually has something to do with what is going on in my world.  This week I’m thinking about end-of-day family meals for when we are back in the swing of school. I’d like to take advantage of our CSA’s bountiful harvest and stock the pantry and freezer with some meals, jams, and pickles that are healthy, freeze-able, and palatable for my family. I’m gluten and sugar free and educating myself in ways of controlling Ulcerative Colitis with food choices. My diet will likely be changing as I participate in two, week-long workshops I have on my fall and winter calendar. In the meantime, the larder will be full of easy options for my hubby and kids so I can focus on my dietary needs.

Oh, and another reason for this week’s theme is the fact that this fall Chris and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. We asked for, and received, some pretty amazing recipes (along with samples of these dishes) for wedding gifts at our 350 person potluck dinner held a couple months after our October 3, 2004 wedding day.  Since way back then, all these treasures have been stuffed into a folder in my file cabinet. This week I will organize them – and likely try a few out. Stay tuned.

Did you know our One Thousand Words column is featured right here on Fridays? One Thousand Words is a photo gallery of selected from our readership’s images. Each week, you are invited to submit an image that speaks to our theme. There are no words, just an image with caption including the photographer’s name and business name (if applicable). You know, a picture speaks One Thousand Words. Show us what you got! Images should be emailed to me at Crispinaffrench@gmail.com by Wednesday night for possible inclusion. Fun, Right?!

One Thousand Words


At the end of the week we feature photographs summing up the week for the contributors.  There are no words, just images with captions with the name of the photographer and their business name (if they have one).  Weekly blog themes are posted right here on Sundays.  Feel free to submit your original images to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com for possible inclusion.  Please include your name and business name you would like included.

So here you are, the pick of the week – our theme this last week – was Back to School/Lunchboxes.  Thanks to all the contributors this week!

Joan Sussman
Joan Sussman

 

Sarah Buttenwieser - Standing in the Shadows
Sarah Buttenwieser – Standing in the Shadows

 

Abby Webster - One Mercantile
Abby Webster – One Mercantile

 

Andy Pruhenski - One Mercantile
Andy Pruhenski – One Mercantile

 

 

Crispina ffrench
Crispina ffrench – Crispina

 

 

 

Weekly Treasury – Brown Baggin’ It


‘Brown Baggin’ It’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

The end of summer vacation is fast approaching. Its time for parents and kids to start thinking about what they need for school. Don’t forget to think about reusable options when on the hunt for some cool finds.

Click this link to view on etsy.

 

Every week we gather a handful of treasures around a theme, from Etsy - an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items, and supplies for making. Weekly treasuries are normally featured here on Mondays.  You can click on the images above and be taken to a place on Etsy where there is more information about and pictures of that item. Crispina’s online shop is located on Etsy along with a whole ton (like over 800,000) of other handmakers, vintage resellers and material retailers. If you have a minute, leave a comment – it is always so nice to hear from you and build community right here in cyberspace!  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living. Enjoy

Blog Theme – Back To School/Lunchboxes


ECOlunchpod by http://www.ourfamilyworld.com
ECOlunchpod by http://www.ourfamilyworld.com

This week’s blog theme is Back To School and Lunch Boxes. How do you, or your kids, pack for school lunch? A friend, and fellow second grade mom told me the other day that when her kids were in public school in California they did not allow disposable lunchbox packaging materials. Everything was packed in reuseable containers/wraps! What a GREAT model~ This week we delve into all sorts of facets of lunchboxes. Packaging, healthy recipes, the actual lunchbox, focused on alternatives to readily available status quo of Lunchables, soda, and a whole pile of single-use plastic wraps!

 

Do you have a picture that works with this week’s theme of Back to School/Lunchboxes? On Fridays, come see what our readers submit to our One Thousand Words column. Just a picture, captioned with the photographer’s name (and business name, if applicable). A weekly gallery of ideas and inspiration compiled of readers’ submissions. Email your image to Crispinaffrench@gmail.com by Wednesday 8pm EST for inclusion.

Mason Jar Bento Boxes by www.cuppow.com
Mason Jar Bento Boxes by www.cuppow.com

Weekly Treasury – Flow Art


‘Flow Art’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

Expressive performance arts using instruments or tools are known as “Flow Art”. Everything from hula hooping to juggling to poi and Native American ring dancing are flow arts. They’re great exercise, and beautiful to watch.

Click this link to view on etsy.

 

Every week we gather a handful of treasures around a theme, from Etsy - an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items, and supplies for making. Weekly treasuries are normally featured here on Mondays.  You can click on the images above and be taken to a place on Etsy where there is more information about and pictures of that item. Crispina’s online shop is located on Etsy along with a whole ton (like over 800,000) of other handmakers, vintage resellers and material retailers. If you have a minute, leave a comment – it is always so nice to hear from you and build community right here in cyberspace!  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living. Enjoy

Weekly Treasury – Cruising


‘Cruising’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

Riding a bike is one of the easiest and best way to tread lightly on Mother Earth. Whether it’s riding to work, errands or just a leisurely cycle enjoying the sights, having the right accessories for your bicycle will make your outings pleasurable.

Click this link to view on etsy.

 

Every week we gather a handful of treasures around a theme, from Etsy - an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items, and supplies for making. Weekly treasuries are normally featured here on Mondays.  You can click on the images above and be taken to a place on Etsy where there is more information about and pictures of that item. Crispina’s online shop is located on Etsy along with a whole ton (like over 800,000) of other handmakers, vintage resellers and material retailers. If you have a minute, leave a comment – it is always so nice to hear from you and build community right here in cyberspace!  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living. Enjoy