A brief introduction to the TangleMail Newsletter

I used to write a lot of zines. What’s a zine? It’s just a handmade magazine, about whatever subject you like (like a blog, but in print form!) Continue reading A brief introduction to the TangleMail Newsletter

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Not fair! (A November special offer)

Pocket Notebook Collage #65
Pocket Notebook Collage #65

I have 2 more craft fairs coming up within the next 2 weeks, so I’ve had a busy few days preparing for the first of those (Saturday) – mostly packaging, packaging, packaging! ¬†Of course, I’ve still found time to squeeze in a couple of new collages, as well (like this one, right). ūüėČ ¬† Continue reading Not fair! (A November special offer)

Samples, samples, more samples…

I have FREE promos for you!¬† This month, I’ve been swapping bits & pieces with some other crafty types, and now have some great little tasters so that you can sample their wares. ¬†How? ¬†Simply place an order of ¬£5 or more (excluding p&p) in the TangleStore, and I will throw in a free (randomly chosen) promo sampler with your order, while stocks last. ¬†Spend over ¬£10 and I’ll include one of each! ¬†I only have a few, though, so it’s first come, first served…

Here’s a preview of the samples I have for you… Continue reading Samples, samples, more samples…

JaguarSnail – welcome!

This post is to welcome the zines of Britta Jarvis of JaguarSnail into the TangleCrafts fold. ūüôā ¬†Britta is a local artist & crafter who I met through a mutual friend, a couple of years ago. ¬†We have since spent many a happy hour on the production line together and have discovered lots of common interests – the most obvious being zines, mail art, and a weakness for terrible puns… ¬†We are currently scheming to bring you various collabrative projects (largely involving me harnessing Britta’s amazing – and speedy! – stamp-carving skills!). ¬†In the meantime, 3 of Britta’s mini zines are now available in the¬†TangleStore:

I Love Mail - JaguarSnailI Love Mail!¬†– quite a maxi mini zine at 20 pages long, but standard mini zine dimensions. ¬†It includes 8 things Britta loves about mail, an envelope tutorial, a postal poem, an interview with a Royal Mail postman, and more. ¬†Illustrated throughout with Britta’s own sketches & doodles, this one is a limited edition in the current format so don’t miss out!

Make a Zine - JaguarSnailHow to Make a Zine – an introduction for beginners. ¬†If you’re tempted to write your own zine but don’t know where to start, this mini zine could be just what you’re looking for! ¬†Lots of tips, guidance and inspiration, but the best bit about this mini zine is that it’s double-sided – open it out, and there’s a unique zine theme-picker on the reverse. ¬†Twice the fun of an ‘ordinary’ mini zine squished into the same amount of space – genius!

Experimental Poetry - JaguarSnailA Collection of Experimental Poetry¬†– This one does exactly what it says on the tin, and is a perfect example of Britta’s quirky nature. ¬†These fun little poems are accompanied by original illustrations to make a unique addition to your zine collection.

Summer sale!

Just a quick note to alert you to the ¬£1 Summer Sale just launched in the TangleStore¬†– head over now to pick up a bargain (or two)! ¬†Some of these items will be entirely discontinued once the sale ends, and some will revert to their original higher selling price, so don’t miss out.

Following on from the recent TangleWeed¬†explosion, the ideas have been flowing fast & furious, so watch out for all-new lines coming soon, just as soon as time allows me to move a little further along the path of actualisation. ¬†I’m getting there! ¬†I’m going back to my TangleCrafts roots for one of these projects, but recycling an old idea by wrapping it up in a completely different concept. ¬†Can’t wait till it’s ready to show you!

no new news cover sqAnother special offer for June can be found in the ETPrintworks Store which is currently offering the No New News Notebook¬†(fairy tale zine, diary & notebook all-in-one) absolutely free when you spend ¬£5 or more (excl. shipping)…

Project Dissimulation – first creations

Project Dissimulation Vol. i preview

As April is bowel cancer awareness month, I was keen to get the first issue of the Project Dissimulation zine completed in time for April – so keen that I managed to be finished early! ¬†When I first put out a call for donations of bird-themed used postage stamps and artistamps, I didn’t really have a clear idea of what exactly I would do with them, although the title chosen for the project obviously lent itself to working with collective nouns (a dissimulation of birds being the traditional collective noun for a group of birds). ¬†Once I sat down to get started, though, the idea shaped itself and the first zine was quickly born, as well as a series of badges.

Please click through to the TangleStore to support Project Dissimulation with a purchase – any profits from Project items sold will be donated to a bowel cancer research/awareness charity.

So far I have completed Volume I of the zine, a matching Project Dissimulation badge (I will create a new badge design for each issue, so they can be collected!), and bird badges made from upcycled postage stamps for anyone who would like a completely individual souvenir of the Project:

The first issue of the Project zine features a variety of collective nouns for birds, illustrated with selected used postage stamps which were donated to the Project. ¬†I’m not sure yet how many zines there will be in total, but I will keep going as long as there are stamps to work with. ūüôā ¬†In addition to the current items available, there will soon be a one-off chance to buy a set of badges made from the actual stamps used to illustrate Volume I, as well as bird badges grouped by species. ¬†As the Project progresses, I’m also planning envelope seals, address labels, postcards and mini-notecards – watch this space for updates & availability!

Project Dissimulation Store

Project Dissimulation Badges Vol. i

If there are any bloggers out there reading this who would be willing to help spread the word with a mention of the Project (please feel free to ‘borrow’ any of the pics used in this post), I would really appreciate your help, too – the more people we can reach, the bigger difference we can make. ūüôā

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! ūüėČ