Sunday, January 16, 2011

Itty bitty craft fun in the mail

I'm a sucker for tiny things, and I love projects that allow me to use bits and pieces of leftover craft supplies to make stuff. So I'm browsing on Etsy, and I search "zines," and I come across Tanglecraft's shop, in which she offers an issue of Craft Leftovers Monthly because she has a project in it, on how to make your own mini matchbox. I had a little money in my PayPal account, so I bought it for $12 including postage from the UK, and it came pretty quickly, like in a little over a week.

There's a section in front, "A few of my Favorite Things," with brief descriptions of some items on the Web, some to buy and some to make, that all fit in with the miniatures theme of this issue. Not surprising with the way things change so quickly online, and how easy it is to get a long url wrong (she has them all shortened through a service that uses the beginning "", kind of like the more-familiar-to-me or tinyurl that people use), there is a bad link (just one that I found), but it was pretty easy to locate the correct site because she tells you the name--a blog called How About Orange that had a tutorial on making miniature origami houses (which, since I located it, I'll connect you to here). But, as I see it, without this mention in this little zine, I wouldn't have known that blog, and that tutorial, even existed, so it's still a plus.

Also in this issue are instructions to knit a dollhouse-sized cat, with photos, how to make a mini fabric banner, the afore-mentioned match box instructions, an interview with a crafter who crotchets miniature animals (and how to find her Etsy shop, where she sells the patterns), and several more features, including a little story by the editor/publisher about making a doll house with her dad, a recipe, a coloring page and a word-find game. The whole thing is just fun and clever and playful, I'm really enjoying it. And getting it in an envelope from the UK is part of the joy--who doesn't like to get mail, and foreign mail especially?


  1. How cool, Sharon! I will have to check this out. I love "little" things. Our home is tiny, so little is always better for us!

    Thanks for this great post! Linda


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