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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.

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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 – 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 – 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.

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 ~ 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