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Artist, Educator, Empowerer, Plant Eater,
Nature Lover, Cookie Baker, Climate Change Activist
I’m glad you are here, Now let’s make shift happen.

Scrapbox Challenge is a Wrap

Check out the winners!

We wrapped up Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020 earlier this week and I can honestly say that it was truly awesome.  You know, like in the real sense of the word, people from all over the globe were awed and a lot of them sent me the nicest notes of gratitude and appreciation.

Over 100 applications came through and 60 boxes, (chosen at random) were mailed out all across the world.  Wonderful community was garnered in our private facebook group.  Teaching tutorials promised to entrants turned into Facebook Live sessions to accommodate my, rural western Massachusetts lack of connectivity and consequent inability to upload and download videos in our self-quarantine.  A wonderful community wound up developing around that nearly three week long FB Live series too.

When we started on this adventure, coronavirus was not even in my vocabulary.

By the time boxes arrived at their destinations, there was worry on the periphery. As days passed the global pandemic onslaught was real – and Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020 provided a welcome positive focus.

Honestly – every aspect of the experience taught me, and everyone involved, good and healthy lessons to carry forward.  

While voting on the ‘best’ entry was not really the ultimate purpose of the project, the friendly competition was fun and the winners (and everyone else participating) made some super notable work using just a box of scrap material from my textile-recycling studio. Actually, each contestant was free to add three materials that were not in the box to make their finished piece - and note their additions.

Each contestant documented their process and has been featured in an individual blog post if you want to see ALL the awesome scroll back a ways.  

Winners were chosen by over 2000 online voters.  

Here they are:

Wanda Huff GRAND PRIZE WINNER

This is what she wrote:

My entry is called...

“When cooped up (due to Covid-19) put love in your nest!”

They are chicken hand puppets.....The chickens  all have little pockets where they have a love note...something that I believe we should all have in our own little pockets..you know ...like that little pocket in blue jeans...because I believe that sometimes in life we need to have a love letter already written so that we can hand it to a special person before that special moment gets away...and somedays we need to have that love letter there so that we can pull it out and read it to ourselves...we all need love...... especially during these trying times... 

I am so impressed - the craft and secret mission to spread love. Thank you Wanda!

There are 3 RUNNERS-UP

1.

JoAnn Morrell made a truly beautiful bag - the collaging and fine finish certainly played a roll in her garnering top marks. Just beautiful. Here is a little background JoAnn shared with us:

I had a clothing business for 20 years, all natural knits with what I called 'zen appliqué'.  I teach yoga.  Moved into music from my clothing business and started a band.  Now I do small shows several times a year, make recycled wool hats and slippers and bags, and appliquéd recycled denim jackets.  I enjoy doing lots of hand sewing and visible mending, sashiko.

Thank you for playing along, JoAnn and sharing your fine crafting skills. Really beautiful work.

 

2.

Penny Fleischer's sweet little house is a beautiful collage of materials and textures - I especially love the tiled roof she created with so many textures.

This is what Penny shared with us about her work - which she plans to show in a gallery when that becomes possible.

Her words:

I’ve titled my project....Home Sweet Home

In these crazy times,I’m glad to have a roof over my head, a comfortable place to live, and lots of sewing /craft projects to keep my hands and mind busy. 

Thank you for your inspiring contribution Penny, so cute!

 

3.

Rosemary Lombardo

Created something fun, and meaningful.

Here is what Rosemary Shared with us about her work:

I call this project the Mantra/Affirmation Dice. It was inspired by my love of the magic eight ball and those funny, little, paper finger fortune teller thingies that we would make in junior high. Imagine your future being shaped by simple choices that open up answers to the future! I think as humans, we have an underlying need to know what the future holds. The mantra/affirmation dice may not give a glimpse into the future, but a roll, mantra and a simple phrase in the pocket can be quite gratifying. A little help to focus on positivity and clarity is something many of us need now...more than ever.

My daughters (ages 13 and 14) are 'paper finger fortune teller thingie' aficionados - I find them EVERYWHERE in our home. Lucy and Violet love this entry. Thank you Rosemary.

Scrapbox Challenge is a Wrap

Check out the winners!

We wrapped up Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020 earlier this week and I can honestly say that it was truly awesome.  You know, like in the real sense of the word, people from all over the globe were awed and a lot of them sent me the nicest notes of gratitude and appreciation.

Over 100 applications came through and 60 boxes, (chosen at random) were mailed out all across the world.  Wonderful community was garnered in our private facebook group.  Teaching tutorials promised to entrants turned into Facebook Live sessions to accommodate my, rural western Massachusetts lack of connectivity and consequent inability to upload and download videos in our self-quarantine.  A wonderful community wound up developing around that nearly three week long FB Live series too.

When we started on this adventure, coronavirus was not even in my vocabulary.

By the time boxes arrived at their destinations, there was worry on the periphery. As days passed the global pandemic onslaught was real – and Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020 provided a welcome positive focus.

Honestly – every aspect of the experience taught me, and everyone involved, good and healthy lessons to carry forward.  

While voting on the ‘best’ entry was not really the ultimate purpose of the project, the friendly competition was fun and the winners (and everyone else participating) made some super notable work using just a box of scrap material from my textile-recycling studio. Actually, each contestant was free to add three materials that were not in the box to make their finished piece - and note their additions.

Each contestant documented their process and has been featured in an individual blog post if you want to see ALL the awesome scroll back a ways.  

Winners were chosen by over 2000 online voters.  

Here they are:

Wanda Huff GRAND PRIZE WINNER

This is what she wrote:

My entry is called...

“When cooped up (due to Covid-19) put love in your nest!”

They are chicken hand puppets.....The chickens  all have little pockets where they have a love note...something that I believe we should all have in our own little pockets..you know ...like that little pocket in blue jeans...because I believe that sometimes in life we need to have a love letter already written so that we can hand it to a special person before that special moment gets away...and somedays we need to have that love letter there so that we can pull it out and read it to ourselves...we all need love...... especially during these trying times... 

I am so impressed - the craft and secret mission to spread love. Thank you Wanda!

There are 3 RUNNERS-UP

1.

JoAnn Morrell made a truly beautiful bag - the collaging and fine finish certainly played a roll in her garnering top marks. Just beautiful. Here is a little background JoAnn shared with us:

I had a clothing business for 20 years, all natural knits with what I called 'zen appliqué'.  I teach yoga.  Moved into music from my clothing business and started a band.  Now I do small shows several times a year, make recycled wool hats and slippers and bags, and appliquéd recycled denim jackets.  I enjoy doing lots of hand sewing and visible mending, sashiko.

Thank you for playing along, JoAnn and sharing your fine crafting skills. Really beautiful work.

 

2.

Penny Fleischer's sweet little house is a beautiful collage of materials and textures - I especially love the tiled roof she created with so many textures.

This is what Penny shared with us about her work - which she plans to show in a gallery when that becomes possible.

Her words:

I’ve titled my project....Home Sweet Home

In these crazy times,I’m glad to have a roof over my head, a comfortable place to live, and lots of sewing /craft projects to keep my hands and mind busy. 

Thank you for your inspiring contribution Penny, so cute!

 

3.

Rosemary Lombardo

Created something fun, and meaningful.

Here is what Rosemary Shared with us about her work:

I call this project the Mantra/Affirmation Dice. It was inspired by my love of the magic eight ball and those funny, little, paper finger fortune teller thingies that we would make in junior high. Imagine your future being shaped by simple choices that open up answers to the future! I think as humans, we have an underlying need to know what the future holds. The mantra/affirmation dice may not give a glimpse into the future, but a roll, mantra and a simple phrase in the pocket can be quite gratifying. A little help to focus on positivity and clarity is something many of us need now...more than ever.

My daughters (ages 13 and 14) are 'paper finger fortune teller thingie' aficionados - I find them EVERYWHERE in our home. Lucy and Violet love this entry. Thank you Rosemary.

Scrapbox Challenge is a Wrap

Check out the winners!

We wrapped up Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020 earlier this week and I can honestly say that it was truly awesome.  You know, like in the real sense of the word, people from all over the globe were awed and a lot of them sent me the nicest notes of gratitude and appreciation.

Over 100 applications came through and 60 boxes, (chosen at random) were mailed out all across the world.  Wonderful community was garnered in our private facebook group.  Teaching tutorials promised to entrants turned into Facebook Live sessions to accommodate my, rural western Massachusetts lack of connectivity and consequent inability to upload and download videos in our self-quarantine.  A wonderful community wound up developing around that nearly three week long FB Live series too.

When we started on this adventure, coronavirus was not even in my vocabulary.

By the time boxes arrived at their destinations, there was worry on the periphery. As days passed the global pandemic onslaught was real – and Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020 provided a welcome positive focus.

Honestly – every aspect of the experience taught me, and everyone involved, good and healthy lessons to carry forward.  

While voting on the ‘best’ entry was not really the ultimate purpose of the project, the friendly competition was fun and the winners (and everyone else participating) made some super notable work using just a box of scrap material from my textile-recycling studio. Actually, each contestant was free to add three materials that were not in the box to make their finished piece - and note their additions.

Each contestant documented their process and has been featured in an individual blog post if you want to see ALL the awesome scroll back a ways.  

Winners were chosen by over 2000 online voters.  

Here they are:

Wanda Huff GRAND PRIZE WINNER

This is what she wrote:

My entry is called...

“When cooped up (due to Covid-19) put love in your nest!”

They are chicken hand puppets.....The chickens  all have little pockets where they have a love note...something that I believe we should all have in our own little pockets..you know ...like that little pocket in blue jeans...because I believe that sometimes in life we need to have a love letter already written so that we can hand it to a special person before that special moment gets away...and somedays we need to have that love letter there so that we can pull it out and read it to ourselves...we all need love...... especially during these trying times... 

I am so impressed - the craft and secret mission to spread love. Thank you Wanda!

There are 3 RUNNERS-UP

1.

JoAnn Morrell made a truly beautiful bag - the collaging and fine finish certainly played a roll in her garnering top marks. Just beautiful. Here is a little background JoAnn shared with us:

I had a clothing business for 20 years, all natural knits with what I called 'zen appliqué'.  I teach yoga.  Moved into music from my clothing business and started a band.  Now I do small shows several times a year, make recycled wool hats and slippers and bags, and appliquéd recycled denim jackets.  I enjoy doing lots of hand sewing and visible mending, sashiko.

Thank you for playing along, JoAnn and sharing your fine crafting skills. Really beautiful work.

 

2.

Penny Fleischer's sweet little house is a beautiful collage of materials and textures - I especially love the tiled roof she created with so many textures.

This is what Penny shared with us about her work - which she plans to show in a gallery when that becomes possible.

Her words:

I’ve titled my project....Home Sweet Home

In these crazy times,I’m glad to have a roof over my head, a comfortable place to live, and lots of sewing /craft projects to keep my hands and mind busy. 

Thank you for your inspiring contribution Penny, so cute!

 

3.

Rosemary Lombardo

Created something fun, and meaningful.

Here is what Rosemary Shared with us about her work:

I call this project the Mantra/Affirmation Dice. It was inspired by my love of the magic eight ball and those funny, little, paper finger fortune teller thingies that we would make in junior high. Imagine your future being shaped by simple choices that open up answers to the future! I think as humans, we have an underlying need to know what the future holds. The mantra/affirmation dice may not give a glimpse into the future, but a roll, mantra and a simple phrase in the pocket can be quite gratifying. A little help to focus on positivity and clarity is something many of us need now...more than ever.

My daughters (ages 13 and 14) are 'paper finger fortune teller thingie' aficionados - I find them EVERYWHERE in our home. Lucy and Violet love this entry. Thank you Rosemary.

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