It’s good to be back…

Until end of February, you can save 15% at the TangleStore, using coupon code GOODTOBEBACK at Etsy checkout – help me celebrate!

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New Year, new house…

Well, I suppose the New Year just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have the prospect of moving house (again) on the horizon…  I did announce several months ago that we planned to be moving, but actually we had recently decided to stay put.  Never mind that, it’s all on again!  We managed 2 whole years at the current property (a record for us), but we have high hopes that the next one we will manage even longer.  Wish us luck, though, because by historic evidence, the property gods are clearly not on our side!

The TangleCrafts & E.T.Printworks stores (etc) will be closed throughout February, but back in March.  The packing ‘festivities’ do not need to begin in earnest quite yet, though, so please do take advantage of the coupon code NEWHOME at Etsy checkout, for a 25% discount until the end of this month.  (If you prefer to order through Folksy, drop me a line with or immediately following your order, and I will apply the discount retrospectively, as a Paypal refund.)  Your help in diminishing the quantities I will need to pack is truly much appreciated! 😉

April Update

Are you a Friend of the Borrowers?  The Society for the Preservation of Borrowers has revised its Membership Packet, which now has transparent cellophane packaging, and a mini magnifying sheet, for ease of reading your copy of Borrowed Time!  Throughout April only, The Membership Packet will be available at the previous selling price – please see Etsy listings for further details & additional pics.  Individual Borrowed badges will also be available soon – watch this space!

 

Please also note that Royal Mail postage prices are due to increase at the end of April, and so TangleCrafts shipping costs will have to increase accordingly (this will vary according to weight/bulk etc). 😦  I will try to keep increases to a minimum, but thought it only fair to warn you!

Bazaar bestsellers!

Following a week consisting almost exclusively of upcycled postage stamp badge sales, it was interesting at the (very quiet) craft fair yesterday, This is Bazaar, to find that my bestseller of the day by far was my brand new Truth-Be-Told Mirrors.  These proved very popular as stocking fillers & Secret Santa gifts, with several people unable to decide between the 2 designs, White Liar and Bold as Brass.  In celebration of this success, I have added a new twin-set of mirrors so that you don’t have to make that difficult decision (I’m so selfless!), and can explore the duality of your nature with impunity.  Or give one to a friend (with a sense of humour).  Or give one to an enemy (sense of humour optional)… 😉

One of the best things about being a vendor at This is Bazaar is seeing all the other cool stuff that local creative types are making (This is Bazaar is always very good at highlighting quirky and original makers rather than traditional/cutesy crafts).

Here are a few of my favourites:

the gorgeous mosaics of Julie Vernon.  Yes, I fell for the bird motifs again – I couldn’t find a pic online, but what I really fell in love with were some bird mosaic ‘pebbles’.  I say pebbles in inverted commas as the term feels slightly insubstantial for items which were large/heavy enough to use as very sturdy paperweights…;

the chunky and colourful resin & silver jewellery by Natonia Pickup.  We had a good long chat & I discovered Natonia also dabbles in bookbinding (amongst other things), so I’m holding out to see some unique hand-bound books at the next Bazaar… 😉

…and I also had an interesting conversation with my ‘next door’ vendor, Steve Brown of Rusty Spoons.  He writes comics(/graphic novels) by creating characters based on emotions & I felt like I got a great deal when I traded an Enchanted Times Mini for the Vanity mini comic! (In retrospect, I think my subconscious decided I should choose this one because of the mirror connection…)  The mini comic is produced on top quality glossy paper for vibrant colour reproduction, but just as importantly, it’s really a great story.  It made me laugh, but the stories are definitely on the darker side, so don’t say you haven’t been warned!  I can highly recommend the Rusty Spoons book, for a compilation of 13 tales which has rather wonderfully been reviewed as “delightfully devoid of hope”.  Love it!

…and the winners are…

Slightly later than advertised, here are the winners from the
International Zine Month Giveaway (as selected by random.org):

  • Elizabeth Walker from Windsor, Canada 
  • Emma Couch from London, United Kingdom
  • Christina Cairns from Perth, Australia

Thank you to every one who took part & helped in the Zine Month celebrations!
A surpise zine (previously reviewed on this blog) will be sent out to each winner by the end of August – really hope you enjoy them!  Feel free to add your comments against the relevant Zines I Like post, after reading. 🙂

Ordering update

Please excuse my poor planning!  I failed to realise when I extended the deadline on the International Zine Month Offer that in fact I would be away from home for the extension period.  Usually I would put the Etsy Store in vacation mode while I’m away, but so as not to backtrack on the previous offer, I am going to leave the store open – which of course means that if you do place an order that there will be a delay of up to 2 weeks before I can begin processing your order.

I will be back in action week commencing August 8th, so will select prize winners & start fulfilling orders from that point on.  I will also be including a free mini-zine for EVERYONE who places an order while I am away, regardless of whether or not you enter/win the Zine Month competition.  Hopefully, that is an acceptable compromise! 🙂

TangleClub August Update

Having realised I am going to be away from home at the crucial moment, the August TangleClub freebie has been added early, you lucky people! 😉  Hop over to the TangleClub Archive for an exclusive preview of a brand new project which I will be launching fully upon my return in a couple of weeks: The Achievement Badge Project (TAB Project, for short!).  As this project is top secret until the official launch, you’ll have to follow the link above for further details…

 If you are not currently a member of the TangleClub but want to share the monthly freebie goodness,  click here for all current membership options, and remember, if you spend £5 or more in the TangleCrafts Etsy Store, you will qualify for TangleClub Basic membership absolutely free!