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Skateboarding never seems to get old. But skateboards do. And these enterprising craftspeople have repurposed old skateboards into something beautiful and new. Waste not, want not, bruh.

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Sitflip - The Artist Series Nr. 001 - Skateboard Art - Triptych - Skateboard chair Recycled Skateboard Clock, Wood Clock, Office Accessories, Skateboard Art, Reclaimed Wood, Handmade Gift, Mini Clock, Bespoke Art One of a kind recycled skateboard dice Recycled Skateboard belt . Made and ready to ship. Black vegan belt.
Recycled Skateboard Cruiser No Rest 4: Table made from recycled skateboards (cut pieces skateboards, frame in wood) Recycled Skateboard Wood Bracelet Set Recycled skateboard #38 bottle opener
Hand made  maple wood recycled skateboard ring, size 10 and 3/4. Recycled Skateboard Keychain No.237 - Old school "Pig" shape Wood Sunglasses, Red Rounded 7-Ply Wooden Eyewear, Recycled Skateboard Wood Sunglasses HALF CIRCLE recycled skateboard jewelry // unique, geometric, wood jewelry, jewellery, copper chain, striped, red, green, blue, spring, art
Custom Recycled Skateboard Shifter Knob Recycled Skateboard Guitar picks (2) Hair pins hand-made from a recycled skateboard, available in different lengths, styles and colors Set of 4 Recycled Skateboard Round Drink Coasters

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!

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03.22.15.1This weekend I taught a Sweater Chop Shop to a group of friends who gathered in my studio for two full days of hands-on used sweater alchemy. We had a blast chatting, telling stories, sharing memories and the sweaters they made were fantastic! It was such a wonderful way to connect scattered friends – sharing creativinty a lot of laughter. The weekend flew by and each person left with a unique, handmade garment that they had made in a circle with their friends. Magical.

Think about planning a creative weekend with us and a group of your friends! Choose from all manner of workshops offered at Shire City Sanctuary and stay near-by at one of the many options for accommodations. We can help you plan you trip! Shire City Sanctuary is The Berkshires’ first Makerspace focusing on textile arts and silkscreen printing. My hubby Chris and I own the property – a former Roman Catholic cathedral in the heart of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts ‘Uptown Cultural District’. The church houses a sewing lab, screen printing shop, commercial kitchen and event space. We turned the rectory next door into 6 separate living units with a lovely garden with outdoor sitting areas.

Once this post goes live, I’ll be packing my bag for a trip to California to meet up with my family and head to Craftcation at the end of the week. Stay tuned for posts about our adventures.

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Think back to how special your favorite plush toy was to you. Then think about how special it is to receive a handmade gift. Add those two feelings together, and you’ll get a sense for just how special somebody would feel, receiving one of these.

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Hand Knit Eskimo  Doll,  Plush Doll,  Knitted Stuffed Doll, Stuffed Toy,  Knit Toy, Kids Toy , Children Toy, Knit Doll Eskimo Colourful hedgehog, handmade stuffed toy, dark blue and white dots Crochet stuffed toy pony horse Viking Plush, Viking Soft Toy, Viking Stuffed Toy, Viking Doll, Viking Plushie, Norse Plush
Eco-Friendly Soft Fabric Doll -- Pearl the Mermaid -- Ethnic Mermaid Doll with Wool and Silk -- Teal Mermaid magic fantasy plush violet whit buttons Stuffed toy "Yellow submarine", Felt submarine, Nursery decor, Baby nursery decor, Kids art, Kids room decor, Tooth Fairy Pillow House Pillow  Pink  Polka Dot Girls Children Stuffed Toy Secret  Door Keepsake
Candy Colors Pegacorn Fantasy Plush, Handcrafted Eco Felt, Stuffed Animal Toy, Eco Friendly, Girls Gift, Fantastical Winged Unicorn, Pegasus Big Totoro Plushie, Big Totoro Amigurumi, Big Totoro Crochet toy, Big Totoro stuffed toy Adventure Time BMO Beemo plush stuffed toy Knitted hippo - Stuffed hippo - Hippo plush - Stuffed toy - Nursery decoration
Astronaut Toy, Space Stuffed Toy, Stuffed Pillow, Soft Stuffed, Toy Pillow, Soft Pillow dowager fox | soft sculpture animal Hermit crab, waldorf toy, all natural toy, ecofriendly toy, sea creature, small stuffed animal, toy fish Woolly Woolly Mammoth

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!
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Have paper, pencil, scissors and an imagination? Then you too can create a world of your own. It’s amazing where your mind can take you. But if you need to jump start your creativity, here are some great paper dolls to inspire you.

Two Custom Articulated Paper DollsPersonalized,Made to Order,Handmade,One of a kind 11.25 in. Red Riding Hood Paper Doll Fabric Paperdolls Furniture and Reversible Play Mat Lubimia Blodmer  -  vampire  Halloween articulated Paper Doll -15 x 11 inches -drawing  monsters freak creatures zombie witch halloween prop
Harry the Bird - Paperdoll Kit Sleeping Beauty Paper Dolls Theater Set (Dolls Only) Flying scuba diver_articulated paper doll_ mixed media_artwork_indian ink drawing by itzihdo Pidgin Paper-Doll: The Scorpion Woman
Flower Fairy Paper Doll Paper Doll  Ring Master- Lunette Frida Kahlo Articulated Paper Doll Instant Download The Counts Castle Theater 6 Sheets Dracula Halloween Puppet Articulated Paper Doll Digital Collage Sheet Model Toy
Old Timey Paper Doll Puppet - Emily the Guitar Player DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Mermaid - Articulated Paper Doll by Dubrovskaya. Kraft paper, hand painted, MADE To Order. Mexican Folk Dance Paper Dolls DIY cut out and dress paper cat Mathilde - paper doll - cat card - paper puppet - dress doll - retro cat

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!

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The Big Reveal! Display of the Final (and process) Prints of the 10×10 Poster

Over at Shire City Sanctuary…in collaboration with Pittsfield’s 10×10 Festival, we have just finished up a 10 color, hand silkscreen printed poster depicting our majestic former Roman Catholic cathedral.  Each day of the 10-day festival, a color was added and a silkscreen printing demonstration took place at Shire City Sanctuary’s Print Shop. The culmination is a limited edition, rich and vibrant 10 color, 17″x24″ print of our fantastic Shire City Sanctuary building.
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Not everyone has the means to make it into the city. The web is an amazing tool for the fortunate to access the world from the comfort of their home. So now you can make it there from anywhere. Shop like any New York tourist with this treasury.

 

Women's Scarf - Women's Fashion Accessories - Elegant Ruffle Scarf in Charcoal Gray Money Drawing Spell Kit|Career & Job Spell Kit Train tote, large travel tote with handles, cross body strap, custom leather tote bag, made to order Long Fringe Ombre Tassel Necklace, Fringe Statement Necklace, Black and Gold Elegant Necklace, Wood Bead Necklace
NYC Necklace - New York Jewelry - NYC Necklace - Brooklyn Bridge Hand painted silk scarf, crepe de Chine 16.5 momme, 14x72" (36x184cm); turquoise, aqua, dark blue, and pale yellow green. Hooded Knit Capelet, wool cape, hooded cape, knitted cape Mica Red Asymmetrical Clutch
Dark Gypsy Rose Millinery - gold felt hat Twin Size Bedcover in Grayish Blue   - Throw - Katha quilts - Reversible Quilt - Quilted bedcovers - Floral Quilt - Spring Collection Quilts Custom Selvage Jeans
14k Gold Plated Evil Eye Ear Jacket Earrings - Ear Cuff, Designer Earrings, Pearl Ear Jacket, Pearl Ear Cuff, Statement Earrings Accordion Fold Frame Card Holder PDF Sewing Pattern Fleurs & Cacao - organic loose leaf green tea blend 2 oz Love 11x14 Mixed Media Original-ClayBord-Valentine Painting-Vibrant Abstract Painting-Modern Art-Contemporary Art-Wall Art-Blue Modern Art

 

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!
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A store bought sweater is nothing compared to a handmade sweater. All the different shapes and thicknesses make each sweater a one of a kind. Whether if it’s cold or warm this time of the year is sweater weather.

AERO  02 sweater (UNISEX) - SALE cashmere Recycled sweater coat-- patchwork hoodie- upcycled sweater- earth tones- pixie coat- woodland -Medium/ Large earth tones- woodland Black/multicolor Wool Turtleneck Ski Sweater Nautical Linen Sweater
Knitted top. knitted vest. hand knit. designer knit tank - grape Hand Knit Boyfriend Sweater Hand Knit Sweater Chunky Knit Oversized Sweater Camel Warm Beige Sweater KNITTING PATTERN // Grace cardigan // top-down sock yarn lace mesh sweater -- PDF Blue Cowl Neck Sweater, Doily Clothing, Upcycled Sweater, Blue Cowl Neck Jumper, Cowlneck Sweater, Monochromatic, Sustainable Clothing
Women's Fashion - Elegant Cotton and Silk Knit Capelet - Ivory White - Lovely for Brides Weddings Hand Knit Mohair Sweater Cable Dull BLUE Fuzzy Turtleneck Jumper Pullover Jersey MADE to ORDER - by Extravagantza knitted raglan sweater pink bleu color block colour merino theknitkid THE KNIT KID womens vest - bohemian clothing - green blue vest - teal green - knitted vest - hand knit vest - avant garde clothing - unique clothing
cardigan 1940s style copper brown White knit wool Sleeveless Sweater vest Winter Wool knitting vest Knitted white waistcoat sweater Christmas winter gift ideas for her Hand knit sweater Oversize Chunky knit sweater.Slouchy/Bulky/ Loose sweater. Marble gray. Winter 2014.

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!
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This past month has been the month of blizzards here in New England! And it doesn’t seem to want to let up! If you haven’t found the perfect pair of slippers to warm you during these snowy days, you’re in luck. Here are some excellent choices.

Green and Blue Jester Felt Animal Slippers for Children, soft booties made from wool Felted 3 layer slippers Thick Felted Wool Slipper Baby and Toddler Booties "Aspen" - Made to order 3 m - 3 yrs -Solid color - Upcycled Baby Girl Leather Slipper Shoes Soft-Sole rose Star Size 3 - 7
Knitting pattern slippers for home and office Upcycled Denim and Hemp PRESCHOOL sizes Soft Sole Shoes Made to Order Non Slip Slippers Toddler Girl Bunny Shoes, Kids Bunny Slippers, Easter Bunny Baby, Wool Bunny Shoes Women felted slippers -  handmade wool clogs - green and purple felt slipper - made to order - Weddings gift
Felted slippers - women - handmade -blue -  felted house shoes Sheepskin  Slippers Monster Slippers CROCHET PATTERN PDF, Kids Womens Mens Adult Crochet Slippers Pattern, Monsters Inc Costume Sulley Bigfoot Dragon Amigurumi Sheepskin slippers (baby sizes)
Ankle Boots slippers for Extra Warm. Women Handmade Shoe-Slippers made with smooth sheep skin suede leather and eco-friendly fur ADULT sizes felted grey cats slippers made to ORDER/  handmade house shoes /funny slippers wet felted cats slippers adult cat slippers adult slippers, womens slippers home shoes flats Turkish Socks Slippers, crochet slippers, white and blue house shoes, gifts for women Women's Crochet Dark Purple Slipper Boots, Crochet Slippers, Crochet Booties, Crochet House Shoes, Crochet Winter Boots, Slippers

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!
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What Lies Beneath‘ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to buy sexy underwear either for yourself or a special somebody. Here’s an inventory of gifts that keep on giving. Enjoy!

Kelly lingerie set. Criss cross bralette and high waist knickers. made to order Old Timey Organic Mini Bloomers (hemp and organic cotton) mesh stockings with garter belt and lace trim - SEA GLASS - ready to ship White Chiffon Sleep Boxer/style YURI (made to order)
fine wool Mens briefs CUSTOMIZE YOUR PAIR MELODY / Organic cotton bralette / Ready to ship Organic cotton Bralette and  shorty Bloomer set with lace up back- custom bra underwear to your size/ measurements Antique Lace trimmed silk negligee
Green Bamboo/Cotton and Lace Camisole - 'Amaryllis' Style Custom Fit Made To Order Womens Lingerie Sale 20% off Lingerie set- Boxer shorts / panties      Lingerie / Underwear Made to Order Comfortable lingerie set. Lilac / Plum sheer soft bra with panties. Cashmere playsuit - one piece lingerie
Stacy Eco friendly Lingerie slip - Bamboo viscose & Organic cotton jersey - Underlayer sleepwear / XS, S, M, L, XL, Custom sizing Pin Up Lingerie Garterbelt Sewing Pattern Ohhh Lulu 1314 Greta High Waist Garter Belt  PDF Instant Download Bralette - Organic Cotton Underwear - Soft Cup Bra - Lingerie - Yoga Bra - Gray Bralette Organic Cotton Boyshorts

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!
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