Feb 12

croq lipbalm kit

Yay, almost all of the Kickstarter packages have gone out. I have about six more to go, I’m sorry to say.

When I got approved to post my Kickstarter project, the Kickstarter people suggested that I offer handmade goodies for prizes. I did so, but it turns out I added a metric ton of work to my already-maxed out schedule just to make good on the Kickstarter pledges. I LOVE making and sending packages, but it is time-consuming and I probably shouldn’t have promised quite so much. Sorry for the huge delay, my friends. And if you are one of the six who haven’t received your goodies yet, I am working on your packages.

Lisette from Purple Custard Service Station is one of the lucky recipients of a package, and her package included a Lip Balm Kit! Yay! She wrote about it on her blog here.

All is fairly quiet here in CROQ land, but I have tons of stuff going on elsewhere.

  • Dollar Store Crafts
  • CraftFail
  • Crafterminds (we have a craft blogging Twitter chat every monday at 1pm Pacific Time. Hashtag #crafterminds. Join us!)
  • And contributing blog posts at multiple other sites

If you would like to be a blog contributor here at CROQzine, let me know at heather at croqzine.com and I will set you up to post!

Possible topics: craft blogging, crafty mama, zine stuff, any craft news, reviews, interviews with crafty people.

Jan 16

image by carolyn belefski, curls studio

Thanks for the link love, friends!

Dec 18

Leethal got her CROQ 12 today! Woo hoo! I sent about 50 yesterday (and also donations to about 10 libraries & zine libraries), and got the rest of the singles (including the internationals) packaged up today! (this photo by leethal, by the way! thanks, lee!)

CROQ #12 Now on Sale! $5
+ FREE Shipping

Dec 15

I almost can’t believe it, but CROQ Zine, Issue 12 has FINALLY made it home. When I started working on this issue, I was pregnant with son #2. Son #2 will turn 3 in January.

It’s been a long time coming.

I still have the last sprint (packaging up & mailing), but I am so glad to see this race nearing completion.

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive. I truly appreciate all of you!

If you are expecting a CROQ in the mail (Kickstarter supporters, I’m looking at you!!), look for it to get to you in the next week. Hopefully the holiday mail volume won’t slow it down too much!

CROQ #12 Now on Sale! $5
+ FREE Shipping

Aug 21

Thanks for backing CROQ Zine #12! We’re excited that we’ve received full funding! Special thanks to Rachel of Swap-Bot and Rosalie of Unanimous Craft. They both offered to match the last day’s worth of donations that came in, and helped us raise the last little bit of the money we needed. It was so touching to have crafty friends rally around and help raise the last funds. I love you, crafty community!

We anticipate getting the Kickstarter funds in about 2 weeks, getting the zine from the printer in about 3 weeks, so you can expect to see your copy of it (and any other applicable goodies) in about a month (a little more for non-USA friends).

Aug 19

About 12 hours ago, Rosalie Gale of Unanimous Craft announced that she would match any donations to the Print CROQ 12 Fundraiser that were made in the name of Unanimous Craft – what awesome news. I am so touched by this gesture and by the supportiveness and kindness of the craft scene. I have never been disappointed by the generosity of crafty folks!

Then, this morning, Rachel Johnson of Swap-Bot announced that she would match the last $60 in pledges that came in, until the full $2000 was raised.

I can’t explain how amazing it is to be supported by these two women. Thank you both so much, and thanks to those who have taken them up on their generous offers!

We only need $60 in additional pledges in 24 hours. We can do it!

A $5 pledge is like pre-ordering the zine. And then an additional $10 will be donated – how awesome!

Aug 9

Here’s the deal. I need to raise almost $900 in the next 10 days in order to print CROQ issue #12. If I don’t raise the full $2000, I don’t get ANY of the pledges!

How You Can Help:

  • spread the word
    –post a blog, facebook it, tweet about it
    –Here’s a tweet for you to copy and paste: RT @croqzine Get vegan lip balm, help print CROQ. Everyone wins! http://bit.ly/9hFOTG
  • pledge $1 or more
    –$5 gets you a copy of CROQ #12 with free shipping
    –$10 is international shipping + a shout-out here on the blog
    –$25 is vegan lip balm plus all the above
    –$50 is all the back issues of CROQ plus all the above

Check out more info and a video about the project here:

Jul 20

CROQ zine #12 is done – stories, graphics, and layout complete, but we need to raise money to get it professionally printed. Enter Kickstarter.com – a cool social fundraising site that allows people to post creative projects in need of funds and raise the money. I have to collect $2000 in pledges by August 20th. If I reach my budget, my pledgers will be charged. If I don’t reach $2000, nobody owes anything.

You can pledge any amount from $1 and up. If you pledge $5, you get an issue of CROQ zine, so basically, a $5 pledge is like pre-ordering the zine.

For every pledge level, you get an awesome reward PLUS all the rewards from each previous level.

Come check out my project, and if you feel like it, pledge a little something-something. Help me print CROQ!

May 30

See Yourself on TV
Mixed media fiber art by Angela Flicker
Available for sale at Etsy

Angela Flicker of The Artists’ House made a series of super-cute  mixed media art pieces that feature midcentury furniture, and clever little in-art frames you can use to put your own pictures in. She was inspired by the April Stash Bust to work with stuff she had on hand, and came up with these little beauties! I love ’em!

See more of Angela’s series here.

Speaking of Etsy, you can get all 11 issues of CROQzine together for less than $40 in our Etsy shop.

Nov 4

What do you think about Social Media (by which I mean social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter)? Do you use them? Have you jumped in with both feet? Do you spend too many hours a day on them? Are you afraid to dip your toe in? Do you have absolutely no use for them?

I use both Facebook and Twitter, but for different reasons. I keep Facebook mostly personal, to keep track of friends and family I know in real life (or have a pretty comfortable online friendship with). I use Twitter as an outlet for my more online crafty pursuits, sharing good craft links, links to my current online crafting offerings, connecting with online crafty acquaintences, and sharing and some personal (but not too personal) insights about my life. Follow me on Twitter — be sure to send me a note to introduce yourself!

I signed up for Twitter a couple years ago, but started using it regularly last year after Sister Diane from CraftyPod wrote about how much she enjoyed it. I now use it as a part of my everyday online crafty life.

Well, Sister Diane recently wrote an eBook called “Social Media for your Crafty Business,” about, you guessed it, using social media sites as a tool for your crafty business.

If you are looking for a hardcore online marketing bible about giving people the hard online sell, this is not the book for you. But if you’re looking for an honest and down-to-earth guide to what really works in your online social community, Sister Diane’s book is a great resource.

This book isn’t shy in telling you that old-school, traditional “broadast marketing” (think traditional one-way advertising where the marketer sends out a message to everyone and there is no back-and-forth between sender and receivers) probably isn’t the most effective way for you to use your social networking time and presence. The book will tell you how to build trust and relationships with people in your social network, and why that is the best way for you to use social networks to their best advantage in your crafty business.

Who is the book for? Those who are already involved in social networks (specifically Twitter and Facebook), or wish to be, and who have a crafty business or blog, etc. that they’d like to tie into their presence on social networks.

What will you learn from the book? General info about social networking, friends and followers, and how to provide value in the social networking space. Also, tips for using social media to its fullest, and managing your time on social networks.

What I like about it: This book has a lot of information, and a lot of good principles to think about. It will help you determine why you are involved in social networks, what you hope to accomplish on social networks, and help you make a plan for using them. Sister Diane writes in an engaging voice, is easy to read, like a friendly note from someone who really wants to help you.

Where to get it: It’s available at the CraftyPod Shop for $12.50

FTC Disclosure: Thanks to Sister Diane for providing a free review copy of her eBook for this article.

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