1. 2. 3. Weekend!

This weekend – WOWSERS! There is a whole lot going on and I’m super excited about all of it! 06.07.14 Potholder Rugs7

  1. Snow Farm over in Williamsburg MA (feels like driving to Grandmother’s house – ie: over the river and through the woods) is hosting a Potholder Rug weaving workshop where I will submerge myself and a sunny studio full of students, in the simply magical process of cutting up used clothing and making amazing rugs. This is a giant step in my mission to reduce my footprint in the Makerspace at Shire City Sanctuary. Lots of materials will be loading into my trusty wagon later today to be used up in a super productive manner.



2. Before that happens Ben, my awesome 23 year old son, and I will load the car with all of my latest work and head down to Basilica Hudson for the Farm and Flea show there this weekend. The show organized by the amazing marketing and production mavens from Hudson River Exchange. It looks like a fantastic mix of amazing makers, vintage treasure purveyors, and artisanal food producers – not to be missed. This is Ben’s debut in the booth without me. If you are in the Hudson area – go visit him. Booth 118 Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 11-5 at Basilical Hudson 110 S. Front St Hudson, NY 12534


05.02.15 Food Truck Rodeo

3. On Saturday (as in tomorrow) Shire City Sanctuary is hosting the third annual Foodtruck Rodeo and 350 Massachusetts’ event called Live the Change. The Foodtruck Rodeo 11-5pm, is a benefit for The Giving Garden – a community garden that supplies our local food pantries to help our hungry neighbors. There will be live music, lots of food options, and micro brews, outside, while inside, 350 MA has put together a climate action and sustainability fair for 12 hours! Starts at 11am and ends with a dance party with beats by DJ BFG wrapping up at 11pm. During the day, speakers, vendors, and activities for adults and children are planned. We are so happy to collaborate with our like-minded organizations. Three cheers to all those who made this happen! If you are Berkshire bound this weekend, please do stop by Shire City Sanctuary 40 Melville Street in Pittsfield.

Shindy Spotlight - Berkshire Flower Co.

Shire City Sanctuary will host what grew out of my annual Holiday Studio Sale - The Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Shindy* on December 8&9, 2012 from 10-6 both days.   Each of the 40 vendors will be featured here between now and then so stop back and see all about it.  Make your list, and check it twice.

Bridget Brown - BERKSHIRE FLOWER COMPANY - 910 South St - Pittsfield, MA 01201 - (413) 499-4155  info@berkshireflowerco.com  http://www.berkshireflowerco.com

Bridget Brown and I share a few things: creative businesses started as young ladies in the Berkshires, sons the same age, wanderlust, an appreciation of good beer and dance music, and a prioritized sense of adventure and high-jinx.

We met as single mothers of young sons and have known each other for quite some time – long enough for both our boys to tower over us!  She is an artist of the finest eye.  To say the girl has a green thumb is an understatement.  She grows, arranges, and sells the Berkshires’ most amazing floral arrangements – really, I have never seen her sensibility elsewhere.  She is a gentle fighter – stands up and says what is right.

Now for our Holiday Shindy, she will be offering Christmas trees, greenery, centerpieces, and the like.  Be prepared to get everything you need in that department right here – and if you want to get a jump on it, give her a call, if she is not booked already, maybe she’ll come over and decorate for your Holiday party!



Holiday Shindy Spotlight - Chrisie Cordrey

Shire City Sanctuary will host what grew out of my annual Holiday Studio Sale - The Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Shindy* on December 8&9, 2012 from 10-6 both days.   Each of the 40 vendors will be featured here between now and then so stop back and see all about it.  Make your list, and check it twice.

CHRISIE CORDREY -  The Corduroy Shop 26 Gardina Lane - Ghent, NY 12075 - (518) 598-9550 - chrisiecordrey@gmail.com

It is easy to glance out the window of my studio and know who is headed here.  Not sure how to articulate it well but with the Boys and Girls Club next door with their cheerleaders and soccer moms, the people headed to this side of the parking lot are usually a creative looking bunch.  That is how it was obviouse when I first laid eyes on Chrisie she was looking for me, and my door was locked.  I stuck my head out and asked, “Are you looking for me?”

Sure enough!  We have become fast friends, both parents of young men, both fabric collage artists, Chrisie’s are mainly furniture oriented and boy! are they rich and yummy!  Check her out!

Recently re-landed in Ghent, NY from Southern California, I love having Chrisie here.  We are kindred spirits certainly, with similar senses of humor and outlooks on things.

* Shindy -  shin·dy[shin-dee] noun, plural shin·dies. Informal  1. a row; rumpus.  2. a shindig.

Holiday Studio Sale 2012

Every year since 1989 I have hosted a studio sale for the holidays. When the event initially came to fruition its purpose was to offer local clientele an opportunity to buy my wares. At the time my business was focused on 350 domestic and international wholesale accounts, none were especially local. Many aspects of my life have morphed and changed. This year (my 23rd) Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Shindy will be held on December 8&9. Come join us in the heart of Pittsfield, MA at the former Notre Dame (Roman Catholic) church my hubby and I bought in 2006. Forty strikingly accomplished, mainly regional, artist/makers are working tirelessly to stock their coffers for our festivities. Each maker will be featured here beginning October 1 and culminating December 8th. May we pique your interest in our regional ware/fare and entice you to come shopping – in person is most fun and online works just fine too.


Oh and PS:     shin·dy  shin-dee] noun, plural shin·dies. Informal . 1. a row; rumpus. 2. a shindig.

Seeking Magic for Holiday Sale


Announcing Crispina's Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Sale!

On December 1 & 2, 2012 we are bringing together a wonderful consortium of makers with a focus on high-quality unusual products from the most delicious regional food items to Dolphin Studio calendars and my latest collection of amazing blankets, rugs and sweaters constructed from lux fabrics salvaged from used clothing.

We need help fleshing out the group of vendors and are calling out to artisans who would enhance the sustainable shopping spirit of our breath-taking venue. You can apply now - or forward this on to anyone you think should be here selling their wares.  Application deadline is August 31. Cheers to August and warm weather pleasure in the meantime!

Twistin' It Up in Northampton

Ever since I stopped running a production company, I have had several tons (really, probably 4 tons (8000 pounds)) of used wool sweaters on hand.  These were originally purchased for production and have been stored since May 2008 when Crispina dba Fuchsia, Inc. closed up shop.  My self inflicted task - was to use all the leftover material for highly value-added products/production.  It would not work for me to throw any of the mass away - even donating it to The Salvation Army or Goodwill seemed defeating.  (Admittedly, a 12 step program for recyclers is in order here ~).   I have slowly been working my way through the PILE, making and selling my own work, teaching workshops, and selling raw material to students and local makers.  This small demand was really not denting the VOLUME of used clothing in my life!   That was the case, until March, when I got a call from Melanie and Tiffany of Look At Me Designs.  They were interested in buying the rest of my sweater MOUNTAIN for their production.  I was so excited to clear out the sweaters out I surprised myself!  The bales of sweaters are gone.  My space is clearing making room for new studio tenants, and  you will see significant changes in my work and product offerings.  No more room-sized rugs in all one color.  No more 'monochromatic' blankets made from 100 shades of the same hue in beautifully textured recycled wool with cables, pockets and the occasional button.  Ragamuffins live on as do blankets, and rugs - but just differently.


I am recycling sweatshirts and t-shirts and LOVING it!  There are sundresses, richly appliqued tops, sweatshirts, bags, aprons.  The line ranges in price from $9-$500.  Come see it all at Twist this weekend.  Here are the deets:

Location Northampton Center for the Arts 17 New South Street Northampton, MA USA

Twist 6 Show Dates

Friday May 6, 2011 VIP Reception 4:00pm - 6:00pm Gen Admission 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday May 7, 2011 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Admission Adults $4.00 Kids (6-12) $2.00 5 and under FREE

VIP Reception $15.00