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Scrapbox Challenge - Penny Fleischer

This is our last contestant feature in Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020. If you scroll back a ways you will find features right here about all the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

I am originally from New York, but have lived in South Florida for almost 13 years. I’m married with 2 grown daughters and a beautiful granddaughter. I was a retail buyer for many years at Macy’s and the Lillian Vernon catalog.

On the day I was born, my father purchased a Singer Featherweight sewing machine for my mother and for his mother (my grandmother). That’s how I learned to sew. My grandmother taught me how to alter my father’s dress shirts and to this day, I do the same for my husband! And I still have both machines.

I learned about the Scrapbox Challenge as I sat in Kennedy Airport waiting for a flight home. It was on March 1st and the last flight we would take for a long time. I signed up immediately.
I have followed Crispina for a few years. I’ve always wanted a large potholder rug for my bathroom and someday hope to have one. I can just picture where it will sit on the floor.

Crafts have always been my passion and a way to relax for me. I’ve been into needlepoint, furniture refinishing, lots of sewing - I took a quilt class and I learned skills about a rotary cutter that I never would have figured out on my own, fabric appliqué, costume making, sponge painting, etc. And of course, I’ve always kept the leftovers and scraps. Many of the gifts I give are hand made and mostly fabric related.

Working on this challenge has been a great experience for me. My biggest frustration / struggle was figuring out what to do. It was tough! But when I make a decision I go hung-ho. There’s no stopping me. Had we not been in isolation, I’m not sure this would have worked for me. I’m one to never sit still, always on the run, always figuring out my next project. This at home time allowed me to focus, concentrate and really get into it.

What brings me joy? My family, my crafts and playing tennis. So now that we are home, I have my crafts - my kids are on both coasts and tennis is closed everywhere in Florida!
I titled my 2020 Challenge - “HOME SWEET HOME”. I’m fortunate to have a roof above my head, a place for family gatherings, a safe haven and now plenty of time to keep my mind and hands busy.

Thank you Crispina for allowing me to be part of something that was bigger than all of us. Please continue to inspire us all.


Scrapbox Challenge - Penny Fleischer

This is our last contestant feature in Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020. If you scroll back a ways you will find features right here about all the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

I am originally from New York, but have lived in South Florida for almost 13 years. I’m married with 2 grown daughters and a beautiful granddaughter. I was a retail buyer for many years at Macy’s and the Lillian Vernon catalog.

On the day I was born, my father purchased a Singer Featherweight sewing machine for my mother and for his mother (my grandmother). That’s how I learned to sew. My grandmother taught me how to alter my father’s dress shirts and to this day, I do the same for my husband! And I still have both machines.

I learned about the Scrapbox Challenge as I sat in Kennedy Airport waiting for a flight home. It was on March 1st and the last flight we would take for a long time. I signed up immediately.
I have followed Crispina for a few years. I’ve always wanted a large potholder rug for my bathroom and someday hope to have one. I can just picture where it will sit on the floor.

Crafts have always been my passion and a way to relax for me. I’ve been into needlepoint, furniture refinishing, lots of sewing - I took a quilt class and I learned skills about a rotary cutter that I never would have figured out on my own, fabric appliqué, costume making, sponge painting, etc. And of course, I’ve always kept the leftovers and scraps. Many of the gifts I give are hand made and mostly fabric related.

Working on this challenge has been a great experience for me. My biggest frustration / struggle was figuring out what to do. It was tough! But when I make a decision I go hung-ho. There’s no stopping me. Had we not been in isolation, I’m not sure this would have worked for me. I’m one to never sit still, always on the run, always figuring out my next project. This at home time allowed me to focus, concentrate and really get into it.

What brings me joy? My family, my crafts and playing tennis. So now that we are home, I have my crafts - my kids are on both coasts and tennis is closed everywhere in Florida!
I titled my 2020 Challenge - “HOME SWEET HOME”. I’m fortunate to have a roof above my head, a place for family gatherings, a safe haven and now plenty of time to keep my mind and hands busy.

Thank you Crispina for allowing me to be part of something that was bigger than all of us. Please continue to inspire us all.


Scrapbox Challenge - Penny Fleischer

This is our last contestant feature in Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020. If you scroll back a ways you will find features right here about all the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

I am originally from New York, but have lived in South Florida for almost 13 years. I’m married with 2 grown daughters and a beautiful granddaughter. I was a retail buyer for many years at Macy’s and the Lillian Vernon catalog.

On the day I was born, my father purchased a Singer Featherweight sewing machine for my mother and for his mother (my grandmother). That’s how I learned to sew. My grandmother taught me how to alter my father’s dress shirts and to this day, I do the same for my husband! And I still have both machines.

I learned about the Scrapbox Challenge as I sat in Kennedy Airport waiting for a flight home. It was on March 1st and the last flight we would take for a long time. I signed up immediately.
I have followed Crispina for a few years. I’ve always wanted a large potholder rug for my bathroom and someday hope to have one. I can just picture where it will sit on the floor.

Crafts have always been my passion and a way to relax for me. I’ve been into needlepoint, furniture refinishing, lots of sewing - I took a quilt class and I learned skills about a rotary cutter that I never would have figured out on my own, fabric appliqué, costume making, sponge painting, etc. And of course, I’ve always kept the leftovers and scraps. Many of the gifts I give are hand made and mostly fabric related.

Working on this challenge has been a great experience for me. My biggest frustration / struggle was figuring out what to do. It was tough! But when I make a decision I go hung-ho. There’s no stopping me. Had we not been in isolation, I’m not sure this would have worked for me. I’m one to never sit still, always on the run, always figuring out my next project. This at home time allowed me to focus, concentrate and really get into it.

What brings me joy? My family, my crafts and playing tennis. So now that we are home, I have my crafts - my kids are on both coasts and tennis is closed everywhere in Florida!
I titled my 2020 Challenge - “HOME SWEET HOME”. I’m fortunate to have a roof above my head, a place for family gatherings, a safe haven and now plenty of time to keep my mind and hands busy.

Thank you Crispina for allowing me to be part of something that was bigger than all of us. Please continue to inspire us all.


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