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 Have you heard about The Dolphin Studio calendar?  It’s sort of a Berkshire thing. We handprint 1500 of them each year and sell them far and wide. Sofie and I started working in the business as young kids. Now we run the business. Each month is designed by a family member. It’s not too late to have your own. Be part of our tribe.  $63 for twelve months of original handmade artwork. www.thedolphinstudio.com is where to order.  

This week starts off with a bang, finishing up a few custom orders, preparing for our Procrastinator’s Sale on Wednesday, shipping orders, and WOWSERS!  I just found that one of my pixelated heart throws has been treasured on Etsy!  Check it out here:


Brown Fringe Shoulder Bag wi…

$750

Women’s accessories – Fe…

$25.1

Felted Wool Shibori ‘Bub…

$1800

Little Black Felted Evening …

$250

Needle Felted Wool Painting …

$420

Pixelated Heart Throw Blanke…

$495

Pair RED VELVET BIRDS Milli…

$10

Black Felted-Leather Bag &qu…

$260

Pressed-5x16mm Dagger Beads-…

$6.56

Felted Woolen Shawl in Green…

$280

Red CASHMERE, Rare WIDE Bri…

$325

5.45′ x 7.02′ Felt R…

$495

Red felt flower wreath

$30

Rita Bandita – “Bad Com…

$299

Fiber Art, Blue Handwoven Fe…

$3240

Sunflower Carpet Bag

$325

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Things are super busy this time of year around here.  We are in the final stages of preparation for our annual Holiday Shindy – a festive makers market  housed in both floors of this amazing former church.  Please come see me and all the nearly 60 notable makers.  Do your holiday shopping, have lunch, learn from the makers here selling their work and enjoy the welcoming, community, holiday vibe.  postcard front

It’s a pun, while I am an advocate, our planning has to do with travel and getting ducks in a row.

 

We are heading ‘across the pond’ in August to spend a year in our family’s home in Kinvara, Co. Galway Ireland. Lucy and Violet will go to school there. Chris and I will learn to downshift. We are super excited about the adventure and connecting to my family and homeland.

Researching what we need for papers and working out logistics.   Will we take our dogs?  We’ll need to rent our sweet forest home. Things at Shire City Sanctuary are falling into place with a strong and able staff.

Chris is in charge of our actual travel will it be air?  Freighter?

The journey is already fun.

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 Every Third Thursday – all year long – Shire City Sanctuary hosts Public Print where you can witness and event participate in screen printing.  Take home a free print!

AND – This month its GAME NIGHT too!

We have an awesome show called Your Turn Dear at BINGO! (Shire City Sanctuary’s gallery).  Jacinta Bunnell and Cindy Hoose from the Kingston NY area have collaborated on 52 paintings with a game theme. You really have to come see this work in person to feel the richness of layers including collage, paint, ink, and found objects.  So, on Thursday night Shire City Sanctuary is hosting a Game Night.  Guests are encouraged to bring a game to share or just play a game already here – from Banangrams, Scrabble and Gin Rummy to Candyland!

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Jacinta and Cindy will be here to play and discuss their process. In addition to their amazing body of work, they have decks of cards, magnets, pins and art prints for sale using imagery from their paintings. Public Print and Game Night is from 6-8.  Families Welcome ~ FREE

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Wowsers! Busy busting out product for the upcoming Holiday Shindy at Shire City Sanctuary. Figuring out fun, functional displays for my new work. Sticking to either handmade or recycled so this week’s Etsy Treasury is full of fresh booth ideas. Check them out here, then visit #HolidayShindy2015 12/11-13


Mannequin Head Green Faux V…

$75

French mannequin head, manne…

$125

Vintage Primitive Wall Mount…

$54

Mid Century Crocheted Clothi…

$36

Industrial Non-adjustable Cl…

$100

Antique Primitive Drying Rac…

$175

Set of 20 vintage funky kits…

$48

Vintage mannequin head flapp…

$175

Vintage Rolling Clothing / G…

$150

Abstract Unisex Mannequin He…

$74

Reclaimed Wood T-Stand Displ…

$195

Vintage solid timer coat han…

$45

Antique Burrowes Folding Car…

$45

antique drying rack / umbrel…

$975

Wooden Print Stand

$3

Retro Cheery Padded Clothing…

$13.5

Every once in a while we curate a group of products we love around a theme from Etsy – an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items and supplies for making.  This week I am focused on booth display for my upcoming selling events.  Click on the images above and be taken to a place on Etsy where you can purchase, and find more information about (and usually a bunch more pictures of) that item.  Both of Crispina’s online shops are located at Etsy.com along with a whole host of other handmakers, vintage resellers, and material retailers.  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living.  Enjoy!

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painting by Carri Skoczek – read the interview tomorrow!

 

Every week we gather a group of products we love around a theme from Etsy – an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items and supplies for making.  This week’s theme is Freaks/Sideshows.  Weekly ‘Treasuries’ are normally posted on Mondays.  Click on the images below and be taken to a place on Etsy where you can purchase, and find more information about (and usually a bunch more pictures of) that item.  Both of Crispina’s online shops are located at Etsy.com along with a whole host of other handmakers, vintage resellers, and material retailers.  If you have a minute, leave a comment at the bottom of this post, it is always nice to hear your thoughts and build a little community right here in cyberspace.  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living.  Enjoy!

This month we are gearing up for Halloween and conjuring up creative original costumes.  Join us at Shire City Sanctuary on October 24 we are holding an Introduction to Sewing class from 2-4pm.  This class is designed for adults or adult/kid pairs.

With that said, take a gander around this week’s treasury.  October is in full bloom! Let us inspire your Halloween festivities with enough time to pull some sort of wonderful costume together as we celebrate all saints ~ of any creed.


Victorian Sideshow Circus Fr…

$10

Old Style – Crustacea Mini S…

$20

Sideshow Alley – Carnival Ga…

$9

Detroit River Mermaid Art P…

$16

Print 8×10″ – The Tatt…

$12

Circus Clowns Carnival Sides…

$4.4

Huge Famous Vintage Travelin…

$35000

Circus Freaks Snake Charmer …

$6

Boris Shrunken Head Dangler

$18

Melancholy Kids at the Circu…

$55

Needle felted wool sculpture…

$70

Father’s Day Tattooed St…

$14.9

The Sideshow at Coney Island…

$12

Custom Carnival Freak Show S…

$46

ON SALE Circus freaks Siames…

$20.25

Tattooed Lady doll

$120

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Every week we gather a group of products we love around a theme from Etsy – an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items and supplies for making.  This week’s theme is Apples.  Weekly ‘Treasuries’ are normally posted on Mondays.  Click on the images below and be taken to a place on Etsy where you can purchase, and find more information about (and usually a bunch more pictures of) that item.  Both of Crispina’s online shops are located at Etsy.com along with a whole host of other handmakers, vintage resellers, and material retailers.  If you have a minute, leave a comment, it is always nice to hear your thoughts and build a little community right here in cyberspace.  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living.  Enjoy!

This year we had a super tasty and heavy apple harvest in New England! Join us at Shire City Sanctuary  this Saturday (Oct. 3) for our fist Cider Making workshop! What is your favorite apple?


Book Art Apple

$10

Bundle of 50 caramel apple t…

$13.99

Traditional Cedar Apple Crat…

$29.99

Scandinavian Fabric – Apple …

$10.5

Made to Order – Pottery App…

$22

Oak wooden apple,woodturned …

$12

Cascade Washington Apple Fru…

$6.95

50 Fuji Apple Tree Seeds, Ma…

$5

Cider Press Workshop

$25

Hard Cider Sign, hand pain…

$85

Crated Fall Apples waiting f…

$14

Mosaic Glass Apple Tree

$150

Handblown Art Glass Apple

$29

Kid’s Tee Shirt, Apple T…

$15

apple pickin’ skirt – gr…

$68

Barkcloth — Brown Funky Fru…

$12

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Getting prepared for the cold weather ahead and relishing the last of the warm sunshine dappled shadows.


Custom Upholstered Wingback …

$2000

September 26 & 27 2015 – Bla…

$195

Rustic wooden toy furniture,…

$45

felted merino wool mittens, …

$35

Set of 6 Stainless Steel Str…

$24.95

Wool Blanket Native American…

$190

Dolphin Studio Kitchen Towel…

$25

Oversized Chunky knit sweat…

$138

Hand Knitted Socks, Handknit…

$27

Wool Cowl – Multi Colored Fa…

$35

Classic Gnome Needle Felting…

$24

Custom Turkish Velvet Vintag…

$3000

Knit Leg Warmers, Women’…

$52

Vintage Bonny Wood Handle/ P…

$9

Hand Forged Fire Poker and T…

$149

Belgium Dutch oven

$42

Every week we gather a group of products we love around a theme from Etsy – an online marketplace featuring handmade wares, vintage items and supplies for making.  These weekly ‘Treasuries’ are normally posted on Mondays.  You can click on the images above and be taken to a place on Etsy where you can purchase that item and find more information about (and usually a bunch more pictures of) that item.  Both of Crispina’s online shops are located at Etsy.com along with a whole host of other handmakers, vintage resellers, and material retailers.  If you have a minute, leave a comment, it is always nice to hear your thoughts and build a little community right here in cyberspace.  Join us in supporting Handmade, Recycled, Organic, and Locally Produced wares for living.  Enjoy!

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Been changing it up lately and digging right into my screen-printing roots. It has been super fun to screen print art posters for our Shire City Sessions – our free music festival in its first year. In addition, there is our annual Dolphin Studio calendar in the works for 2016 and a collection of kitchen towels coming together from The Dolphin Studio for the holidays. Stay tuned.

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Here is a little history of Shire City Sessions – a collaboration that effortlessly fell together. Kathy Lloyd, of How We Roll, headed up the Foodtruck aspect of the super successful Spring Shindy at Shire City Sanctuary last May. People kept asking if we could do more events with food trucks and music. Kathy and Alan Bauman of CompuWorks were walking their dogs one morning and began chatting about the idea. Alan, a longtime Pittsfield entrepreneur (and musician) was interested in a sponsoring a community event to bring great music to our city and build awareness of his business CompuWorks. Kathy, Alan, and I met for the first time in late June and hosted the first of our series on July 20. We had lots of help from Josh Be09.10.15.5nnett of Pittsfield House Concerts, Darren O’Brien of Encore Audio, my sweet hubby Chris Swindlehurst, and lots of others. We screen printed t-shirts and each of our three Shire City Sessions has a correlating art poster. We printed, and band members signed a short run of four-color prints for each of our three events. We gifted our talented musicians a copy, had them for sale at our merch table at the events and we have few stashed away for the archive.

 

Our final show of the season is coming right up this Monday, September 14, 2015 5-9pm and its FREE! The Novel Ideas open for The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. It is going to be a fun night. A movie will be shot for The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and there is an afterparty at Hotel on North in the works that promises to be memorable. Come join us and see what an amazing community is gathering here in the heart of Pittsfield.   The party starts at 5pm with food trucks, craft beer, and pretty awesome live music. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket. Come inside and see our Makerspace including a commercial kitchen, industrial sewing room, screen-printing shop, technology studio, cyber office, and BINGO! art gallery.

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Oh and remember, enter to win!

Share this post, hashtag it ShireCitySanctuary, leave a comment below letting us know where you have shared and you will be entered in a drawing for a set of 3, 18″x24″ signed poster prints. The drawing will be on October 15.