“Yarnbombed” Poets Shack

The “Yarnbombed” Poets Shack will be raffled for Vermont chef and poet with cancer.

In a remarkable display of support, over 40 people in Southern Vermont have built a tiny cabin—the Poets Shack— to raise funds for Carol Adinolfi, a Bennington chef, educator, and poet, undergoing treatment for life-threatening lymphoma. Dozens of fiber artists donated brightly colored knit and crochet circles and squares and “yarnbombed” the entire exterior of the tiny house. Also included were poems, in the form of QR codes within the yarnbombed fabric, which can be listened to on a mobile device.

Threshold Collaborative, an oral history project, and the Southern Vermont Bombshells, a fiber art group that includes Amy Anselmo, Trish Weill, Abi Gregorio, and Caroline Schneider, are coordinating the project.

After moving to Vermont in 2006, Adinolfi founded “Blooming Chefs,” a program that teaches public school children how to grow and cook healthy food. This program also incorporates creative writing and visual art to encourage self expression in children. Carol considers it an honor to have worked as an educator in Vermont for many years.

The Poets Shack can be visited by the pond at Clearbrook Farm, an organic farm and farmstand in Shaftsbury, Vermont. The inside of the cozy shack is decorated simply with vintage accessories: an oak writing desk, a yarnbombed chair, a manual typewriter, and books of poetry. Visitors can step into the cabin to write a poem and then tack it on the wall alongside dozens of others—many dedicated to Adinolfi—or create poems with Magnetic Poetry. Classic and current poetry is featured on the exterior of the shack with work by poets and spoken word artists such as: Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Clara Rose Thornton, Jory Michelson, and Mary Reufle. The shack also features an extensive poetry lending library.

The shack itself was built by Randy Anselmo and Forrest Matthews, mostly of reclaimed 100-year-old barn wood donated by John and Suzanne Ottomanelli. It measures seven feet wide, eight feet deep, and about ten feet tall. A hand-blown glass rondelle window, made by Andrew Weill of Manchester Hot Glass, is installed over the door.

Adinolfi received a stem cell transplant in Julyand the Poetry Shack is being raffled to raise funds for her ongoing treatment and recovery. “It would make a wonderful backyard writing retreat, studio, potting shed, or playhouse,” says Amy Anselmo, who can be contacted directly for raffle tickets at amy@vermontiki.com or 802.447.7959. Raffle tickets are also available at Hawkins House Craftsmarket, the Wallomsac Farmers’ Market, and Spice ’N Nice Natural Foods in Bennington, Vermont; in North Bennington at Whitman’s Feed Store, Powers Market, and Lake Paran; and in Shaftsbury at Clearbrook Farm. Tickets are $30 each or 4 for $100. The winner will be responsible for picking up or covering the transportation cost of the shack. If the winner is local to Southern Vermont, the organizers can help arrange the transportation logistics.

Poet’s Shack raffle tickets can also be purchased by check, made payable to the Bone Marrow Foundation with “Carol Adinolfi – Raffle” in the memo line; or online via Carol Adinolfi’s One-to-One page (http://bonemarrow.org/financial-assistance/one-to-one-funds/participants/carol-adinolfi/) with “Raffle” included in the notes field.

The drawing will be held at “Ciderfest” the annual end of season potluck party at Clearbrook Farm the last Saturday in September. For more information about Clearbrook Farm please visit: www.clearbrookfarm.com

For more information, please contact Amy Anselmo: amy@vermontiki.com, 802.447.7959 or visit www.thresholdcollaborative.org

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Tiny House in a Landscape

Today’s Tiny House in a Landscape was submitted by Steven over at Tiny House Swoon. Entitled the Beach Hut. Here is what the owner has to say about the place.

Stay in this unique self-catering beach hut in North Cornwall and discover the simplicity of living in an area of outstanding natural beauty in a Cornish beach shack. Built in the 1920s, the Beach Hut exudes simple seaside chic; clapperboard exteriors and wooden floors combine in this characterful and cosy hideaway.

the beach hut

Shopping Cart Shelter

by Cristo

I like questioning ideas and concepts that most of us take for granted.

We usually accept them as a basis for our mind-frame or for how we are looking at our world and sometimes how we live our lives.

I love twisting things that are so deeply integrated into daily life that we don’t even see them anymore. For me, it’s all about investigating different for common objects. With a little imagination new possibilities are limitless.

Take a stupid shopping cart for instance. Apart from strolling thoughtlessly along sad supermarket-isles what are they good for?

Well, it could turn into a small shack as shown.

And voilà!
This shack could be used as a unit for dreaming, for thinking…Instead of, “Shop shop shop!” I could then turn this into, “Think think think!”

It could also be used as a cheap and decent shelter for homeless people. I like the idea that a consumption-system symbol could be helping those who have been expelled or denied access to the system. And now there’s just one more thing to do. Build it!

shopping cart shelter

Tiny House in a Landscape

A tiny, abandoned farm cabin/shack in the snow…And some other snow shots for the heck of it – all up in Vermont where I’ve hosted workshops…these are pix I’ve been taking and collecting for the eventual follow-up to “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.” The new book will be quite a bit different though with some full-out n’ funky plans. Some from guest architects too (a few of which I really look up to – David Stiles, for one). -Deek (Derek) Diedricksen

abandoned shack

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Tiny House in a Landscape

I came across this tiny mining shack this spring, while hiking for tortoise surveys in the Mojave desert. Well actually, we saw it from a distance during our assigned 7-mile hike, and just had to hike a few extra miles at the end of the day to get a better look! We are normally out in the back country and rarely come across signs of civilization. I was afraid of what we might find, but my partner was sure we’d find treasure. We did find an old (unopened!) Heineken, and flushed a bird which gave my partner a good scare. A hike to remember.


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