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Nature Lover, Cookie Baker, Climate Change Activist
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Scrapbox Contestants - Jennifer Lassonde

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge kicked off on March 1 with a call to adventurous crafters who were interested in creating something magically awesome from a box of textile recycling studio scrap. jennifer Lassonde certainly held up her end of that deal - check out her amazing all hanging made nearly entirely from that box I sent her containing what most people would have thought was garbage.

Each contestant in 'The Challenge' has submitted documentation of their process that you can check out each day as we near our online voting for the Grand Prize Winner and three runners up.

If you are interested in participating in group craft projects be sure you hop on Crispina's email list and then stay tuned for the next offering coming in the next week or so.

Without further ado, here is Jennier - in her own words:

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

I’ve been crafting and making as far back as I can remember. My Mom always encouraged me to make things. From paper crafts and drawing, to scrapbooking, photography, sewing and more recently knitting and crochet I’m always happiest when I have a project in my hands. I always have a new creative project in the back of my mind percolating. In March 2012, I started a podcast called the Down Cellar Studio Podcast as an avenue to share my creative pursuits (many of which are worked on in my craft studio in the basement of our home). It’s been such an amazing way to share my ideas and, in turn, head back from so many listeners and receive inspiration from them. Throughout the years most of my best friends have been “picked up” along the way through various scrapbooking and fiber craft events and I’m so grateful for that.  My Mom, Diane (whom I convinced to join me in this challenge) is still my biggest supporter and even attends fiber festivals with me and helps promote my knitting patterns and podcast!

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

Beginning in high school and college my friend Megg and I would repurpose old clothes into new ones- old ripped jeans had panels added to them to make skirts, old t-shirts became headbands… simple but achievable projects. I wasn’t aware until much later in life that things like this were done on a larger scale. Meeting Crispina for the first time at Rhinebeck (the NY State Sheep & Wool Festival) in 2012 was one insight into this world and Mom and I always love seeing what she’s up to! I’m always looking at the companies I buy from to see what, if anything, they’re doing towards this effort. For example- I’ve been donating old jeans to Madewell who turns them into insulation for homes that are in need!

3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.

I saw a post on Crispina’s Instagram feed and knew I had to do it!

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.

I initially signed up and asked my friend Beverly and my mom Diane to do this with because I thought it would be a fun challenge to share- the repurposing of the old fabrics was definitely a bonus because eco-consciousness is a theme that runs through nearly everything I do. As it turns out, I couldn’t work on this with my mom physically together, but we figured out how to video chat in order to keep each other up to date and to ask for input! It was still a great way to share.

This challenge also ended up fitting in with something that became important to me as the Coronavirus situation in the US ramped up. I wanted to use some of this time at home to learn something new. I always love learning new things but it can be easy to use the excuse of everyday life to put things off. I’ve never done any weaving before but had a small loom that I purchased for my niece that was left here. Since my sewing machine was broken when my scrapbox arrived I knew weaving was just the thing for me to try! As it turns out, I really enjoy weaving and am already thinking of all the other things I can make.

5. What are you two biggest struggles?

Not having enough time and/or energy to do all the of the creative things I enjoy doing while also working at my day job, spending time with family and other important things that make my life so full.

Balancing the desire to create while also being eco conscious. This can be especially difficult when that desire is for something specific that will fill my creative urge or that will produce the finished project I want hanging in my closet or on my wall. In so many areas of my life I aim to make what I think are the best eco friendly choices—  avoiding single-use items, avoiding buying more than we need, purchasing the vast majority of our clothing and furniture second hand, eating organic anding avoid plastics where we can. However I do still have a hard time buying only sustainable craft items. Indie-dyed, more processed wool yarn can be much more beautiful, vibrant (and easy to care for) than natural wool… I still aim to find more balance here.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain

My family. I have an amazing, smart, funny creative family (both blood relatives and the family that’s chosen me). I’m always renewed and re-energized by them! My boyfriend is especially supportive and helped me get the basics of weaving down.

Making. It fills up my soul, challenges my brain and keeps me calm. I also love that because I create so much I am able to give many things away as gifts. Because my family is amazing, they all appreciate that and cherish the things I make for them.

Being outside. This is rather ironic because as a child I hate being outdoors. I hated getting dirty or sweaty and found it boring to be away from my craft supplies and coloring books. With the invention of podcasts and wireless headphones, I can take to a hiking trail or head out on my kayak, and listen to things that teach or inspire me while also taking joy and inspiration from nature.  

7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?

Just keep being you! Share your talents, ideas, inspirations. Things like this are a wonderful way to find goodness in a situation that seems bleak.

top - unboxing, additions, work in progress, bottom - finished project, work in progress, finished project

Online voting for your favorite artist and art piece created from a box of scrap during Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge will begin right here right around April 15. Stay tuned and leave a comment with your feedback.




Scrapbox Contestants - Jennifer Lassonde

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge kicked off on March 1 with a call to adventurous crafters who were interested in creating something magically awesome from a box of textile recycling studio scrap. jennifer Lassonde certainly held up her end of that deal - check out her amazing all hanging made nearly entirely from that box I sent her containing what most people would have thought was garbage.

Each contestant in 'The Challenge' has submitted documentation of their process that you can check out each day as we near our online voting for the Grand Prize Winner and three runners up.

If you are interested in participating in group craft projects be sure you hop on Crispina's email list and then stay tuned for the next offering coming in the next week or so.

Without further ado, here is Jennier - in her own words:

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

I’ve been crafting and making as far back as I can remember. My Mom always encouraged me to make things. From paper crafts and drawing, to scrapbooking, photography, sewing and more recently knitting and crochet I’m always happiest when I have a project in my hands. I always have a new creative project in the back of my mind percolating. In March 2012, I started a podcast called the Down Cellar Studio Podcast as an avenue to share my creative pursuits (many of which are worked on in my craft studio in the basement of our home). It’s been such an amazing way to share my ideas and, in turn, head back from so many listeners and receive inspiration from them. Throughout the years most of my best friends have been “picked up” along the way through various scrapbooking and fiber craft events and I’m so grateful for that.  My Mom, Diane (whom I convinced to join me in this challenge) is still my biggest supporter and even attends fiber festivals with me and helps promote my knitting patterns and podcast!

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

Beginning in high school and college my friend Megg and I would repurpose old clothes into new ones- old ripped jeans had panels added to them to make skirts, old t-shirts became headbands… simple but achievable projects. I wasn’t aware until much later in life that things like this were done on a larger scale. Meeting Crispina for the first time at Rhinebeck (the NY State Sheep & Wool Festival) in 2012 was one insight into this world and Mom and I always love seeing what she’s up to! I’m always looking at the companies I buy from to see what, if anything, they’re doing towards this effort. For example- I’ve been donating old jeans to Madewell who turns them into insulation for homes that are in need!

3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.

I saw a post on Crispina’s Instagram feed and knew I had to do it!

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.

I initially signed up and asked my friend Beverly and my mom Diane to do this with because I thought it would be a fun challenge to share- the repurposing of the old fabrics was definitely a bonus because eco-consciousness is a theme that runs through nearly everything I do. As it turns out, I couldn’t work on this with my mom physically together, but we figured out how to video chat in order to keep each other up to date and to ask for input! It was still a great way to share.

This challenge also ended up fitting in with something that became important to me as the Coronavirus situation in the US ramped up. I wanted to use some of this time at home to learn something new. I always love learning new things but it can be easy to use the excuse of everyday life to put things off. I’ve never done any weaving before but had a small loom that I purchased for my niece that was left here. Since my sewing machine was broken when my scrapbox arrived I knew weaving was just the thing for me to try! As it turns out, I really enjoy weaving and am already thinking of all the other things I can make.

5. What are you two biggest struggles?

Not having enough time and/or energy to do all the of the creative things I enjoy doing while also working at my day job, spending time with family and other important things that make my life so full.

Balancing the desire to create while also being eco conscious. This can be especially difficult when that desire is for something specific that will fill my creative urge or that will produce the finished project I want hanging in my closet or on my wall. In so many areas of my life I aim to make what I think are the best eco friendly choices—  avoiding single-use items, avoiding buying more than we need, purchasing the vast majority of our clothing and furniture second hand, eating organic anding avoid plastics where we can. However I do still have a hard time buying only sustainable craft items. Indie-dyed, more processed wool yarn can be much more beautiful, vibrant (and easy to care for) than natural wool… I still aim to find more balance here.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain

My family. I have an amazing, smart, funny creative family (both blood relatives and the family that’s chosen me). I’m always renewed and re-energized by them! My boyfriend is especially supportive and helped me get the basics of weaving down.

Making. It fills up my soul, challenges my brain and keeps me calm. I also love that because I create so much I am able to give many things away as gifts. Because my family is amazing, they all appreciate that and cherish the things I make for them.

Being outside. This is rather ironic because as a child I hate being outdoors. I hated getting dirty or sweaty and found it boring to be away from my craft supplies and coloring books. With the invention of podcasts and wireless headphones, I can take to a hiking trail or head out on my kayak, and listen to things that teach or inspire me while also taking joy and inspiration from nature.  

7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?

Just keep being you! Share your talents, ideas, inspirations. Things like this are a wonderful way to find goodness in a situation that seems bleak.

top - unboxing, additions, work in progress, bottom - finished project, work in progress, finished project

Online voting for your favorite artist and art piece created from a box of scrap during Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge will begin right here right around April 15. Stay tuned and leave a comment with your feedback.




Scrapbox Contestants - Jennifer Lassonde

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge kicked off on March 1 with a call to adventurous crafters who were interested in creating something magically awesome from a box of textile recycling studio scrap. jennifer Lassonde certainly held up her end of that deal - check out her amazing all hanging made nearly entirely from that box I sent her containing what most people would have thought was garbage.

Each contestant in 'The Challenge' has submitted documentation of their process that you can check out each day as we near our online voting for the Grand Prize Winner and three runners up.

If you are interested in participating in group craft projects be sure you hop on Crispina's email list and then stay tuned for the next offering coming in the next week or so.

Without further ado, here is Jennier - in her own words:

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

I’ve been crafting and making as far back as I can remember. My Mom always encouraged me to make things. From paper crafts and drawing, to scrapbooking, photography, sewing and more recently knitting and crochet I’m always happiest when I have a project in my hands. I always have a new creative project in the back of my mind percolating. In March 2012, I started a podcast called the Down Cellar Studio Podcast as an avenue to share my creative pursuits (many of which are worked on in my craft studio in the basement of our home). It’s been such an amazing way to share my ideas and, in turn, head back from so many listeners and receive inspiration from them. Throughout the years most of my best friends have been “picked up” along the way through various scrapbooking and fiber craft events and I’m so grateful for that.  My Mom, Diane (whom I convinced to join me in this challenge) is still my biggest supporter and even attends fiber festivals with me and helps promote my knitting patterns and podcast!

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

Beginning in high school and college my friend Megg and I would repurpose old clothes into new ones- old ripped jeans had panels added to them to make skirts, old t-shirts became headbands… simple but achievable projects. I wasn’t aware until much later in life that things like this were done on a larger scale. Meeting Crispina for the first time at Rhinebeck (the NY State Sheep & Wool Festival) in 2012 was one insight into this world and Mom and I always love seeing what she’s up to! I’m always looking at the companies I buy from to see what, if anything, they’re doing towards this effort. For example- I’ve been donating old jeans to Madewell who turns them into insulation for homes that are in need!

3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.

I saw a post on Crispina’s Instagram feed and knew I had to do it!

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.

I initially signed up and asked my friend Beverly and my mom Diane to do this with because I thought it would be a fun challenge to share- the repurposing of the old fabrics was definitely a bonus because eco-consciousness is a theme that runs through nearly everything I do. As it turns out, I couldn’t work on this with my mom physically together, but we figured out how to video chat in order to keep each other up to date and to ask for input! It was still a great way to share.

This challenge also ended up fitting in with something that became important to me as the Coronavirus situation in the US ramped up. I wanted to use some of this time at home to learn something new. I always love learning new things but it can be easy to use the excuse of everyday life to put things off. I’ve never done any weaving before but had a small loom that I purchased for my niece that was left here. Since my sewing machine was broken when my scrapbox arrived I knew weaving was just the thing for me to try! As it turns out, I really enjoy weaving and am already thinking of all the other things I can make.

5. What are you two biggest struggles?

Not having enough time and/or energy to do all the of the creative things I enjoy doing while also working at my day job, spending time with family and other important things that make my life so full.

Balancing the desire to create while also being eco conscious. This can be especially difficult when that desire is for something specific that will fill my creative urge or that will produce the finished project I want hanging in my closet or on my wall. In so many areas of my life I aim to make what I think are the best eco friendly choices—  avoiding single-use items, avoiding buying more than we need, purchasing the vast majority of our clothing and furniture second hand, eating organic anding avoid plastics where we can. However I do still have a hard time buying only sustainable craft items. Indie-dyed, more processed wool yarn can be much more beautiful, vibrant (and easy to care for) than natural wool… I still aim to find more balance here.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain

My family. I have an amazing, smart, funny creative family (both blood relatives and the family that’s chosen me). I’m always renewed and re-energized by them! My boyfriend is especially supportive and helped me get the basics of weaving down.

Making. It fills up my soul, challenges my brain and keeps me calm. I also love that because I create so much I am able to give many things away as gifts. Because my family is amazing, they all appreciate that and cherish the things I make for them.

Being outside. This is rather ironic because as a child I hate being outdoors. I hated getting dirty or sweaty and found it boring to be away from my craft supplies and coloring books. With the invention of podcasts and wireless headphones, I can take to a hiking trail or head out on my kayak, and listen to things that teach or inspire me while also taking joy and inspiration from nature.  

7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?

Just keep being you! Share your talents, ideas, inspirations. Things like this are a wonderful way to find goodness in a situation that seems bleak.

top - unboxing, additions, work in progress, bottom - finished project, work in progress, finished project

Online voting for your favorite artist and art piece created from a box of scrap during Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge will begin right here right around April 15. Stay tuned and leave a comment with your feedback.




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