the fate of crafty synergy

I've been thinking about this for a long time and I finally feel comfortable enough with my decision, to make a formal announcement. Crafty Synergy will no longer be updated. As it is, I haven't updated it in a while. A long while. I loved working on CS and I thank every single person that participated. Thank you, thank you! The blog wouldn't have existed without you.

The plan is to move forward. My original idea will continue, but in a different format—a PDF zine. The spirit of the zine will be the same (the promotion of artists and crafters) but the plan is to take everything a few steps further. I'm very excited about this new direction.

After going back and forth many times, I've also decided that I will be offering reasonable advertising opportunities to small business owners, that sell handmade goods, who are interested in reaching a broader audience. I realize that the first group of brave people that are willing to take a chance on this project deserve a break so I will offer FREE 1/4 page advertising to the first 10 people (EDIT - all free spots already taken!) that email me and reduced rates for anyone else that is interested. If you are willing to jump in with me for the inagural issue, email me at {info at alittlehut dot com} for more details. The first issue will be published on July 30th.

I have another opportunity for those that would like to participate in a different way. Each month I will be posing a question for readers to answer. If you are so inclined I'd like you to email me your answer {info at alittlehut dot com}. Use "Zine Question" as your email subject and include your name and city/location with your answer. Do not post your reply in this post—email me, please! I can't wait to read all your answers. The rest of you will be able to read them in the first issue of the zine.

The question for this month is:
What is your biggest incentive to make something by hand?

By the way, the zine will not be called Crafty Synergy. It's a very simple name that I will unveil on the publishing date. I can't wait!


  1. My greatest incentive for making items by hand is simply the feeling of accomplishment once it's completed. No matter how small or simple the project, it's so gratifying to create and form and design and make. It's something only you have, only you created, that came from your mind and imagination... and that is just lovely.

  2. I am sad to see you part ways with CS- I thank you for the opportunity to be a part of that great blog. I do look forward to newer ideas- sounds exciting! Sometimes you just have to break with things to start something new.

  3. Oh cool, a zine sounds fabulous! I am sure it will be fabulous!

    My incentive for making things by hand is that people really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it, especially since things are rarely handmade these days! And it's also great because it's something that you can do with other people. It's a great thing to do with friends/children.

  4. My motivation to make things comes from two places. One is to bring form to the image in my head so that I can touch what was once a thought. The other force behind making things is the piece of mind and grounding I feel when I am creating.

  5. My greatest incentive is that it makes me really happy working with my hands especially with papers and scissors be it photos or other craft papers...and it releases tension and stress at the same time.

  6. fun. and the results are always unique.

  7. Sometimes, if I don't make what is in my head it takes over and drives me mad until I either break down and make it, or I lose it forever and then I feel like a little part of me is gone. I love the creating process as well. It's like nothing else matters when I am making something, whether it is for me, for someone else, or just for learning experience. Who cares about the bitch [German shepherd] down the street when you have a sewing machine in your living room?

  8. Congratulations, Patricia! It sounds like a big step and I´m happy for you. Have fun in the process!

  9. My biggest incentive to making something by hand is the sheer pleasure of the process, and knowing that there is nothing else out there like it. I love the "one of a kind" uniquness of handmade things.



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