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Scrapbox Contestants - Diane Lassonde

Do you know about Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020? It is a whole bunch of fun and in order not to be redundant here, you can learn details about how it works in previous posts. If you are interested in participating in future group craft projects hop right on the email list and you'll be in that loop.

Over the next week or so, posts here will include introductions to each of the contestants in the challenge, you know, a little peek inside their creative process as they documented Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge. Online voting starts right here on April 15 and runs right up to Earthday so be sure to stop back each day to learn about participants and then support their endeavors by voting - there is a Grand Prize and three Runners Up.

Without further ado, her is Diane Lassonde.

1. Tell our readers a little about you, and your history, your passion, your work.

I have been a crafter my whole life. I  took sewing lessons when I was a teenager. When my kids were little, we always did some sort of craft. I owned a craft and gift store where we ran all sorts of craft classes for kids to adults. I also did flower arrangements for parties, weddings and for home decor. I have made clothes, Halloween costumes, curtains, household items, recovered seats on furniture, pillows and bedspreads. I also made my headboard out of recycled fabric and covered my hamper and bedside table to match. All this came from having very little money and wanting nice things.

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

In 1986, I was in the PTA  when my daughter was in first grade. We made sweatshirts decorated with silk flower poinsettia and fabric paint. My favorite was a Halloween sweatshirt that I made with a piece or orange wide wale corduroy cut into a pumpkin shape, a piece of  green felt for a stem, fall silk leaves all held down with fusible web and orange puffy paint. The best part of this story is I still have the sweatshirt and wear it every Halloween.

3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  My daughter Jennifer Lassonde

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.
This challenge started out as something to do to make my daughter happy. I was pretty busy at the time and a bit stressed but signed up anyway. I am a big believer in fate and that we are guided through this life. The universe had a plan for me to be creative. This has helped to take my mind off this pandemic that was not apparent at the start of this Scrapbox challenge. An added benefit is that I cleaned my sewing/craft room in order to find the three extras that we could use. I was so happy with making the main entry that I continued creating and made a pair of earrings from the left over zipper and a matching necklace!

5. What are your two biggest struggles?
Making up my mind with all the choices. Each extra item adds its own unique element and my attention was being pulled to all the different possibilities.

Time is always a challenge. I always put crafting on the back burner and realized this week how much crafting brings me an inner peace. I will take more time to do that this year because of this challenge.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain
My daughter: She always brings a smile to my face! She is the most caring, loving, kind person I know and I am proud to be her mother.
My son: He also has those same qualities as my daughter and he also gave me my three beautiful grandchildren.
My husband: He can drive me crazy at times but I love him to pieces and he has supported all my crazy creative out of the box endeavors for over 40 years.

7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?
I think communication is key. Staying in touch and informative is what I think everyone is in need of at this time. We have no control over our situation so we are looking for any type of guidance through  these very uncertain times.

top Unboxing, In Progress, Finished Back - above Finished Piece with details

Scrapbox Contestants - Diane Lassonde

Do you know about Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020? It is a whole bunch of fun and in order not to be redundant here, you can learn details about how it works in previous posts. If you are interested in participating in future group craft projects hop right on the email list and you'll be in that loop.

Over the next week or so, posts here will include introductions to each of the contestants in the challenge, you know, a little peek inside their creative process as they documented Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge. Online voting starts right here on April 15 and runs right up to Earthday so be sure to stop back each day to learn about participants and then support their endeavors by voting - there is a Grand Prize and three Runners Up.

Without further ado, her is Diane Lassonde.

1. Tell our readers a little about you, and your history, your passion, your work.

I have been a crafter my whole life. I  took sewing lessons when I was a teenager. When my kids were little, we always did some sort of craft. I owned a craft and gift store where we ran all sorts of craft classes for kids to adults. I also did flower arrangements for parties, weddings and for home decor. I have made clothes, Halloween costumes, curtains, household items, recovered seats on furniture, pillows and bedspreads. I also made my headboard out of recycled fabric and covered my hamper and bedside table to match. All this came from having very little money and wanting nice things.

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

In 1986, I was in the PTA  when my daughter was in first grade. We made sweatshirts decorated with silk flower poinsettia and fabric paint. My favorite was a Halloween sweatshirt that I made with a piece or orange wide wale corduroy cut into a pumpkin shape, a piece of  green felt for a stem, fall silk leaves all held down with fusible web and orange puffy paint. The best part of this story is I still have the sweatshirt and wear it every Halloween.

3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  My daughter Jennifer Lassonde

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.
This challenge started out as something to do to make my daughter happy. I was pretty busy at the time and a bit stressed but signed up anyway. I am a big believer in fate and that we are guided through this life. The universe had a plan for me to be creative. This has helped to take my mind off this pandemic that was not apparent at the start of this Scrapbox challenge. An added benefit is that I cleaned my sewing/craft room in order to find the three extras that we could use. I was so happy with making the main entry that I continued creating and made a pair of earrings from the left over zipper and a matching necklace!

5. What are your two biggest struggles?
Making up my mind with all the choices. Each extra item adds its own unique element and my attention was being pulled to all the different possibilities.

Time is always a challenge. I always put crafting on the back burner and realized this week how much crafting brings me an inner peace. I will take more time to do that this year because of this challenge.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain
My daughter: She always brings a smile to my face! She is the most caring, loving, kind person I know and I am proud to be her mother.
My son: He also has those same qualities as my daughter and he also gave me my three beautiful grandchildren.
My husband: He can drive me crazy at times but I love him to pieces and he has supported all my crazy creative out of the box endeavors for over 40 years.

7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?
I think communication is key. Staying in touch and informative is what I think everyone is in need of at this time. We have no control over our situation so we are looking for any type of guidance through  these very uncertain times.

top Unboxing, In Progress, Finished Back - above Finished Piece with details

Scrapbox Contestants - Diane Lassonde

Do you know about Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020? It is a whole bunch of fun and in order not to be redundant here, you can learn details about how it works in previous posts. If you are interested in participating in future group craft projects hop right on the email list and you'll be in that loop.

Over the next week or so, posts here will include introductions to each of the contestants in the challenge, you know, a little peek inside their creative process as they documented Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge. Online voting starts right here on April 15 and runs right up to Earthday so be sure to stop back each day to learn about participants and then support their endeavors by voting - there is a Grand Prize and three Runners Up.

Without further ado, her is Diane Lassonde.

1. Tell our readers a little about you, and your history, your passion, your work.

I have been a crafter my whole life. I  took sewing lessons when I was a teenager. When my kids were little, we always did some sort of craft. I owned a craft and gift store where we ran all sorts of craft classes for kids to adults. I also did flower arrangements for parties, weddings and for home decor. I have made clothes, Halloween costumes, curtains, household items, recovered seats on furniture, pillows and bedspreads. I also made my headboard out of recycled fabric and covered my hamper and bedside table to match. All this came from having very little money and wanting nice things.

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

In 1986, I was in the PTA  when my daughter was in first grade. We made sweatshirts decorated with silk flower poinsettia and fabric paint. My favorite was a Halloween sweatshirt that I made with a piece or orange wide wale corduroy cut into a pumpkin shape, a piece of  green felt for a stem, fall silk leaves all held down with fusible web and orange puffy paint. The best part of this story is I still have the sweatshirt and wear it every Halloween.

3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  My daughter Jennifer Lassonde

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.
This challenge started out as something to do to make my daughter happy. I was pretty busy at the time and a bit stressed but signed up anyway. I am a big believer in fate and that we are guided through this life. The universe had a plan for me to be creative. This has helped to take my mind off this pandemic that was not apparent at the start of this Scrapbox challenge. An added benefit is that I cleaned my sewing/craft room in order to find the three extras that we could use. I was so happy with making the main entry that I continued creating and made a pair of earrings from the left over zipper and a matching necklace!

5. What are your two biggest struggles?
Making up my mind with all the choices. Each extra item adds its own unique element and my attention was being pulled to all the different possibilities.

Time is always a challenge. I always put crafting on the back burner and realized this week how much crafting brings me an inner peace. I will take more time to do that this year because of this challenge.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain
My daughter: She always brings a smile to my face! She is the most caring, loving, kind person I know and I am proud to be her mother.
My son: He also has those same qualities as my daughter and he also gave me my three beautiful grandchildren.
My husband: He can drive me crazy at times but I love him to pieces and he has supported all my crazy creative out of the box endeavors for over 40 years.

7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?
I think communication is key. Staying in touch and informative is what I think everyone is in need of at this time. We have no control over our situation so we are looking for any type of guidance through  these very uncertain times.

top Unboxing, In Progress, Finished Back - above Finished Piece with details
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