When I discover a new crafter or artist whose work I enjoy, I always want to know more about them – where they draw their inspiration, how their ideas develop, why a particular piece took that particular direction, why they use one technique rather than another, or any number of things about their personal ‘story’. Sometimes an artist is especially open, and all sorts of information might be available, but many people – myself included – simply don’t know where to begin when talking about themselves and their work. With this in mind, I have drawn up a series of questions designed to extract the kind of information that I would often like to know, and I will be asking fellow crafty types to share their answers. Continue reading CraftSeller Q&A: TangleCrafts (Part 1)
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…
This great list has been stolen (more borrowed, really) from Alex Wrekk’s Stolen Sharpie Revolution blog. Join me in celebrating International Zine Month, albeit a week late! (apologies – I’ve had a hectic few weeks…)
As a little IZM bonus for you, please use these coupon codes when placing an order in the TangleStore, throughout July (although offers apply to everything, not just zines!):
- Save 10% with coupon code ZINEMONTH10
- Save 15% when you spend £15 or more with coupon code ZINEMONTH15
Enter coupon code at Etsy checkout & discount will be applied automatically to your order.
(Offer valid until July 31st. )
…and here is a little sampling of the zines currently available in the TangleStore, to whet your appetite (but there are more!):
While the ETPrintworks presses have not rolled for a few months and Enchanted Times journalists roam the Enchanted Realms in search of new stories to bring their readers, it’s great to see that the populace is still soaking up the timeless, magical news of the various ET back issues in circulation (as they enjoy the early summer sun, at the end of the garden):
Photo courtesy of local artist Rachel Gallagher, whose beautiful plush elves (etc) are available to purchase from Titania’s Tea Party. I’m looking forward to meeting Rachel and her creations at Derby’s Furthest From the Sea Festival next month!
I’ve resisted for a very long time, but I have finally launched a TangleCrafts Twitter page! It’s all new to me, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it all goes/grows – please stop by & follow if you are a fan of TangleCrafts, and you will be the first to hear the latest new news. 🙂 (And I won’t feel so lonely over there!)
In other news, another local craft fair has been added to my summer events list; and here is my latest collaged notebook – another one which reminds me of an abstract summer coastal scene (I think my subconscious is trying to tell me I need a holiday!):
I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, but finally, at long last, I have been able to find a source for one of those exclusively elusive Round Tuits! I can therefore now present to you the results of my acquisition: a sequel to what is definitely one of my bestselling zines of all time, The Postcard Recycling Kit:
Within this new edition kit, you will find labels designed to stylishly upcycle any old scrap card into functioning postcards, and extra labels to decorate the ‘picture’ side. These include: a quotation from Lewis Carroll’s mostly forgotten treatise on letter-writing, a wordsearch puzzle allowing you to personalise a greeting for multiple occasions, a stamp album collector’s page, and a (hand-designed) cross stitch chart for my beloved classic Machin postage stamp. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also an extra cardstock postcard ‘blank’ for you to upcycle with your own choice of used postage stamps and/or other ephemera. Click here for full details.
For the puzzlers amongst you, I will soon be introducing a wordsearch-only recycling kit, and there are also more postcard kits on the way (soon-ish), to include blackout poetry and collage. As of tomorrow, I will be away from home until the weekend, but upon my return, there will be all manner of new TangleCrafted delights to look forward to. See you soon! 🙂
Once upon a time, Little Red Riding Hood set off through the forest to visit her Grandma. On the way, she met up with a Big Bad Wolf who struck upon the clever plan of taking a shortcut to granny’s house so that he could gobble her up then have little Red for dessert. Ms Red didn’t fall for it, though, and a heroic woodcutter saved the day by chopping the wolf’s belly open with an axe & retrieving Grandma (thankfully still undigested). End of wolf, end of story. So the Grimm Bros would have us believe, anyway…
But what if Little Red Riding Hood is not necessarily the innocent heroine of times gone by? What if she is a little older, a little cannier, a little altogether sneakier? In our new Enchanted Times report, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of itinerant seamstress Ms Scarlet Hudd, after a Mr. B. B. Wolf claims to have been stitched up in every sense of the word… Who do you believe? Read the brand new issue of Enchanted Times Mini & make up your own mind!
A complementary Little Red Stamp Booklet has also been issued by the Fast-As-You-Can Courier Company (staffed entirely by rehabilitated Gingerbread Men), featuring genuine FAYC (lick & stick) stamps and further variations on the Red Riding theme.
Hop on over to the Enchanted Times blog for an exclusive online interview with the aforementioned Mr. B. B. Wolf, who offers his own views on the subject as well as additional points regarding lupine discrimination.
Yes, the time has come & keys to the new house have been acquired. Over the next few weeks, we will be trundling boxes (& boxes & boxes) of our stuff from one house to the other – such fun! We should be fully installed by the end of the month, but I have put both TangleCrafts & E.T.Printworks in holiday mode while everything is sorted & settled. Re-launch is planned for March but due to some family concerns, I can’t be more specific until more is known about the current situation. Please bear with me – I will update when everything is a little clearer!
In the meantime, if you are desperate for a little fairy tale frivolity, please take a look at The Shop of Interest (which is very interesting indeed!). The Shop of Interest is stocking a select range of E.T.Printworks items, including Truth-Be-Told Mirrors, and some shop-exclusive samplers and gift sets. They stock a wide range of unusual, quirky, arty and narrative products so be warned, if you browse around, you may find far more hops into your shopping basket than you anticipate…have fun! 🙂
I suddenly realised I only have 7 copies left of my Going Postal zine! It might have had a few more views thanks to this fantastic review by Jennie Hinchcliff (co-author of Good Mail Day) on her RedLetter Day Blog (thanks Jennie!).
But once the current copies are gone, I have no plans to reprint, so just thought I would mention in case you want to pop along to the Etsy or Folksy store before they run out! 😉 (Don’t forget you can get 25% discount on your order until end January – see this post for full details.)
Or if you just want to join me in a bit of a postal celebration, I recently created a new treasury along similar lines – lots of lovely browsables for you! 🙂
It’s a while since I created an Etsy Treasury, but I was thinking about newspapers and this one turned out to be very easy to compile! There are all kinds of upcycled artwork and newsprint-inspired creations here – check it out and be drawn into the most creative headline news:
Image from Gift Wrap Set by IHavea LittleDream