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

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.

Jun 1

CROQ #12 is nearly done, but here’s a little zine I made to tide you over: Toddler Mama #1. This 20 page zine is hand drawn and lettered, and all about my
adventures as a mother of two toddlers. Some comics, some craft
projects and toddler activities, a tiny bit of commentary. Black & white, quarter size (5.5 x 4.25″), 24 total pages, less than one ounce. Cost: $1, available at the CROQ Etsy shop.

Dec 7

Feel like reading a zine?

“Bookstore Thief” By Carrie M.
Half Size / 20 pages
$3 at cocoanap.etsy.com

This zine is the story of a bookstore and the night it got robbed, as well as some bookstore-related anecdotes and info. Interesting writing of a harrowing situation makes this zine worth picking up!

“Christmas Digest 2008″ By Diane and Katin
Half Size / 56 Pages
$5 at CraftyPod.bigcartel.com

This is Sister Diane‘s family’s annual holiday zine, and it is super-interesting (just like all her endeavors, in my opinion!). I’m a huge fan of Diane’s and this zine is a great holiday read, with craft and cooking projects, holiday info and anecdotes, and other non-holiday but interesting articles. The covers are custom-altered with a star cutout and the liner papers are gift wrap that peeks through the hole. Just one of the delights that awaits you in this fun zine! Oh, and did I mention there’s a thread running through the zine that refers to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Oh yeah.

Oct 22

If you are a CROQ reader, you might be familiar with a regular page we print near the beginning of the zine that poses a question and then has responses from various people from here or there. YOUR response could be printed there if you just take time to answer!

Next issue’s question is:

How did going to art school (or not going) affect your current crafty life?

So you can post your response here (if you do, leave your name so I can attribute your quote to you), or email it to me at heather AT croqzine.com

Keep it to 2-3 sentences (or two twitter tweets!)