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Weekly Treasury – How Do You Beach?


‘How Do You Beach?’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

Are you a sunner? A swimmer? A walker, an explorer, or a read-in-the-shade-of-a-giant-umbrella-er? However you enjoy the beach, this treasury can help you make the most of your summer.

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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 ~ Beach


Each week there is a blog theme that usually has something to do with what is going on in my world.  This week my family – all three of my kiddos, my hubby, and I are relaxing on Cape Cod.  Beach is the theme this week.  It turns out the weather forecast is for high temperatures in the mid-seventies so not sure how much sunning we will get to on the beach.  We do plan a lot of coastal exploring on bikes.  Cloudy skies will not keep us from having adventures.  Stay tuned here for tidbits on how our week turns out!

YOU can participate right here at www.crispina.com by submitting an image that sums up your week and somehow speaks to our theme?  Send entries to my email by Wednesday evening for our Friday ONE THOUSAND WORDS column.  Include your name and business name if you have one to be used as the caption.  Every week there is a new theme, posted here on Sundays.  On Friday (or sometimes Saturday) One Thousand Words is posted.  It is a collection of the previous weeks BEST photo entries.

Family and Friends at Marconi Beach Cape Cod, Summer 2012
Family and Friends at Marconi Beach Cape Cod, Summer 2012

A picture says ONE THOUSAND WORDS.

Tanglewood Picnic Book Call for Submissions


As blog themes are added to my weekly social networking to-dos, I learn all sorts of interesting things about my friends and fans.  Let me introduce you to Gina Hyams.  Her current endeavor speaks directly to our Picnic/Outdoor Dining theme this week.  As I peruse recipes for tomorrow night’s gathering on the Tanglewood Lawn, delve into her guest post all about the book she is conjuring up!

Author Gina Hyams at Tanglewood. Photo by Dylan Cole-Kink.
Author Gina Hyams at Tanglewood. Photo by Dylan Cole-Kink.

I am creating a book titled The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires. Scheduled for publication summer 2015, the gift book will celebrate the tradition of picnics held on the Lawn during concerts at Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer campus in Lenox, Massachusetts.

 

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For nearly 80 years, music lovers have flocked to Tanglewood to picnic. It’s a rare time when we get to slow down with our loved ones, enjoy good food and drink together, and hear glorious music in a relaxed and beautiful setting. I’ve found that when you ask people to describe Tanglewood picnics, more often than not, the first word out of their mouths is “magic.” I envision my book as a collective love letter to this quintessential Berkshire summer experience.

 

Veteran Tanglewood goers Rick Tillotson and Robin Grigg Tillotson have their picnic strategy down to a science.
Veteran Tanglewood goers Rick Tillotson and Robin Grigg Tillotson have their picnic strategy down to a science.

 

I am seeking photos of Tanglewood picnics, favorite picnic recipes, outdoor dining tips, and related Tanglewood picnic ephemera (such as invitations and menus) from all eras of the festival’s history. Submissions of multiple images are welcome.

 

If you have photos of your parents or grandparents picnicking, that would be fantastic. I’d love to see photos of people who met on the Tanglewood Lawn when they were young and still picnic there today. I hope to see picnics in the rain, 4th of July-themed festivities, and hippie picnics held during those legendary 70s rock concerts.

 

I’m looking for photos of over-the-top picnics with bouquets and candelabras, as well as for joyful, modest ones. Food doesn’t necessarily need to be shown in the image, so long as it represents a meaningful aspect of the Tanglewood experience. Several people have already submitted photos of children frolicking and napping at Tanglewood and I can tell that theme will warrant its own chapter.

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Cooper Constable (age 9 months) studies the program at his first Tanglewood picnic. Photo courtesy of his mom, Chrissie Constable.

Due to print quality restrictions, only high-resolution images can be considered for inclusion (300dpi+). Please note caption information, including as much of the following as is known: date, occasion, names of people in the image, types of foods pictured, the name of the photographer, and estate to credit as necessary. Include your name, address, and phone number. Please also answer this question: What do you love about Tanglewood picnics?

 

The deadline to submit images: September 30, 2014. Submissions will be considered for both print publication and posting on the project’s blog: www.tanglewoodpicnic.com. Email submissions to: tanglewoodpicnic@gmail.com.

 

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My personal favorite Tanglewood picnic memory is when I took my then 16-year-old daughter Annalena and her girlfriends to see Carole King and James Taylor perform a few years ago. They were hearing songs from “Tapestry” for the first time, and being moved by them just as I was as a teenager. It was magic to listen to that music together under the stars while eating Guido’s take-out salads.

Gina Hyams is a Berkshire-based writer and editor who specializes in food, travel, and the arts. She has published eleven books, among them Country Living Decorating with White (Hearst), In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms (Chronicle Books), and Pie Contest in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Pie Contest (Andrews McMeel Publishing). For more information, please see www.ginahyams.com.

 

A picture postcard start to the 2014 picnic season at Tanglewood Family Fun Fest. Photo by Gina Hyams.
A picture postcard start to the 2014 picnic season at Tanglewood Family Fun Fest. Photo by Gina Hyams.

 

 

 

Weekly Treasury – Surrey On Down


‘Surrey On Down’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

In the Berkshires there are many opportunities to enjoy a picnic. There’s Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and don’t forget your own backyard. Find out what outdoor events are in your area. Here are some ideas to get your picnic perfect.

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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 – Picnics/Outdoor Dining


Recycled Denim and Corduroy Picnic Blankets available in my Shop
Recycled Denim and Corduroy Picnic Blankets available in my Shop

Each week there is a blog theme that usually has something to do with what is going on in my world.  On Friday, my hubby, daughters and I are headed to Tanglewood for a picnic. We plan to meet friends and make it a potluck event. I am envisioning clear and starry skies with a gentle breeze to keep the bugs at bay.  Frisbees will be packed along with a cooler full of summer’s best edibles, most will be sugar and gluten free to accommodate yours truly. (My dietary limitations are a post for another day.) This week’s theme is PICNIC/OUTDOOR DINING. Let’s see what the week brings and who might join the fun on the lawn this Friday night. Crazy to think, tickets are cheaper than the movies at $10, kids under 18 are free! The Boston Symphony will be tearin’ it up with a program including Strauss, Copeland, and Beethoven.  Gates open at 5:30, we plan to eat at 6. Music begins at 8:30 so there should be plenty of time to explore the grounds with the kids and toss a little disc – can’t wait!

Oh HEY!  Did you know that YOU can participate in our weekly themes by submitting an image that sums up your week and somehow speaks to our theme?  Send entries to my email by Wednesday evening for our Friday ONE THOUSAND WORDS column.  Include your name and business name if you have one to be used as the caption.

A picture says ONE THOUSAND WORDS.

One Thousand Words


At the end of each week we feature a collection of photographs summing up the week for each contributor.  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 will be 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.  Our first collection of images around Screen Printing – our theme this last week.

Jen - Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA
Jen – Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA
Crispina ffrench - Shire City Sanctuary
Crispina ffrench – Shire City Sanctuary
Pat Hughes - The Dolphin Studio
Pat Hughes – The Dolphin Studio

Weekly Treasury – Printed


‘Printed’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

Screen printing is simple enough to do in your own home, but opens up a world of possibilities from posters to pillows. This treasury is a testament to the beauty and versatility of screen printing. If you can dream it, you can screen it!

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

Freak of the Week ~ Alan Hayes


Some of you may know that my husband and I bought a former Roman Catholic cathedral in Pittsfield, Ma and have been renovating it for over 8 years. (Come see our fledgling site at www.ShireCitySanctuary.com) Our current push is to complete our commercial kitchen where we plan to accommodate artisanal food producers, including Hayes Home Roast.images

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This is me, illustrating my one precept. I know that various people have more than one:4, 7, 10, who knows, but one is all I can consistently remember. It’ s to not take things too seriously.

Each week – usually on Wednesdays, we feature a FREAK who speaks to our theme. This week’s theme is Coffee and Alan Hayes is worthy of our Freak of the Week title – and he is a Coffee Roaster, proprietor of Hayes Home Roast.

1. Tell our readers about you,
My most recent worldly manifestation is as a coffee roaster and coffee entrepreneur. This a development of my experience roasting my own coffee, for my own use, for the last 13 or 14 years.  Stop on over and get a one-time-only free sample of our coffee of the week!

But I am most seriously a photographer. My photography, which I pursue for its own sake, in significant ways fairly aimlessly, is the best expression I have in the world, my deepest exploration, the deepest impression I make on the world. I began taking pictures seriously about fifteen years ago.This is a link to a representative sample of some of my photographic work: http://www.generousmedium.com/RETROSPECTIVE/installationcatalog/index.html

Prior to that I had various careers in craft of different sorts, from carpentry and woodworking, to graphic design, to most recently, a foray into acoustic metal sculpture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Oe2FYF4zg

None of this activity has ended up particularly associated with getting money, which is why I’ve started putting together a extremely small scale coffee roasting business. This is a manifestation of craft, though at the heart of it is a process analogous to making popcorn. What I am finding is that it is a very good way of being in the world, interacting with people, and making sufficient money to pursue my deep heart pursuits. I feel extremely fortunate to have found a money gig that is so profoundly satisfying on so many levels. Coffee is something that a lot of people really like, and I am in a position to provide them with a kind and quality of coffee that not all that many people have ever experienced. It’s very nice to be able to so simply give so many people such a basic pleasure.

07.02.14 Alan Hayes 32. Have we met? When? Where? Who introduced us?
I first met you at one of your holiday open houses, where I  became aware of your remarkable work and purchased a blanket, which is one of my prized possessions to this day. Then some years later we became facebook friends, partly I think because I was always ready to encourage you to keep your girls home from school, the way my mother did me. Then when we met up again, we knew each other a bit. One of the great things about the internet is that it provides a means of finding the other nuts like yourself!

3. If you had the power to make one change in the world what would it be?
I would arrange it so that everything for which it was feasible would be kept in Ball jars. I understand that this would probably make very little difference in the world, but that doesn’t keep me from thinking it should be done.

4. What are you passionate about and why?
I am passionate about art, my own, and others. I am deeply concerned with social justice, in the simplest sense of treating all people equally. I am very committed to doing whatever I do, photograph, sculpture, book design or coffee, at a high level of accomplishment.

07.02.14 Alan Hayes 25. Who/What has been most influential in your work?
My former wife, Rosemary Starace was extremely important in my development as an artist.  My identity as an artist is the most important thing in the world to me.

07.02.14 Alan Hayes 46. Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?
Don’t know the answer to this one. I guess I would say I spend a fairly large amount of time moping, and then it just comes. A lot of stuff originates for me at a totally preverbal level, as body feelings, and vague sensations of motion, and a feeling of being in space.

7. Aside from working, how do you spend your time?
Work has always been pretty central for me. I tend to be happiest when I have some work to do. Outside of working I spend a fair amount of time just thinking, and being with a few friends. Never got the whole vacation/entertainment thing particularly. I like to cook, though I cook simply, to eat; and read voluminously. And then there is the internet!

8. Tell about a transforming memory or magical moment that proved life-changing.
This is going to be a weird one! But you did ask! I once had a dream which featured an aquarium. The aquarium was fairly large, filled with water, colored gravel, the whole bit. Floating somewhat beneath the surface of the water was an old style half gallon ice cream carton, which was leaking small magenta/pink plastic nuns from one corner. That’s basically all of the dream that I remember. It convinced me of the utter meaninglessness of dreams, while at the same time becoming a lifelong obsession. I’ve considered various way of actualizing it. Carving nuns out of styrene (they were definitely styrene!), getting them injection molded, sending to China and getting a container load made, finding out where the local moldmakers drink their beer and making friends, but part of me just wants to leave the whole business in the unactualized realm…

07.02.14 Alan Hayes 59. Do you have a prized possession? What is it?
Well, there’s my Crispina blanket! Tools are very important to me. I have a few that I have had most of my life, and even some that came to me from my parents. I have reached a point in life where I’ve become the keeper of heirlooms. It’s more the meaning and associations of things than the things themselves, though the things can hold the magic.

10. If you were able to spend an afternoon with any one person – dead or alive, who would it be? Why and what would you plan for your time together?
I always have trouble with this sort of question, but what came to mind is that I would like to have been able to spend some time with the photographer Milton Rogovin, just talking, showing each other pictures.

11. What is your favorite place and/or way to spend time?
I like to be making things or working on photographic or graphic projects, things I can lose myself in. These days a lot of this is just sitting in front of a computer, of course.

07.02.14 Alan Hayes 712. What is your goal or main focus for your next 12 months?
Getting my new business, Hayes Home Roast to the point where it is supporting me and letting me have sufficient time for my artistic pursuits.

13. Do you have an upcoming event or significant happening that you would like to promote with your blog posting? When? Where? Details and contact information please.
The biggest thing I have coming is the official roll out of my coffee roasting business. This has been awaiting the securing of a proper commercial space to do the roasting, which looks, finally, to be imminent. Please take a look at my new website, www.hayeshomeroast.com

Weekly Treasury – Daily Brew


‘Daily Brew’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

The whistle of a kettle or gentle murmur of a drip; the deep burnt umber of the brew; the sweet, earthy aromas and tastes. Brewing that morning cup of coffee is a treat for all the senses – no wonder it’s so vital to the morning ritual for so many.

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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

Weekly Treasury – Farm Fresh


‘Farm Fresh’ by Becca Strout for Crispina ffrench

It is now officially summer. The longer and hotter days are ripe with fresh produce. If you don’t already grow your own veggies and fruit why not support your local farmer and order a CSA (community supported agriculture).

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