Handmade Collective in Costa Rica

My husband and I just went to Costa Rica on an adventurous eco-tourism honeymoon! Inspired by City by the Sea Ceramics‘ blog entry about her and her husband’s anniversary tradition , I was hoping to find something memorable during our honeymoon trip as well.

During our visit to Monteverde, an area known for its Cloud Forest Reserve, I read that a great place to pick up souvenirs was at CASEM which is filled with products all made by local artisans.  CASEM stands for “Committee of Aristans of Santa Elena and Monteverde.”  It was started in 1982 by a group of 8 local women – and now it has grown to 94 artisans, 3 of which are men.  The goal of CASEM is “to enhance the economic and social well-being of local women artists” and their community.


Monteverde & Santa Elena Reserves are famous as a wildlife reserve with 100s of species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 2,500 species of plants and tens of thousands of insect species!  So you can imagine why so much of their artwork are of various flora and fauna of the region.

During our visit we were so lucky to catch a glimpse of the elusive Resplendent Quitzal! Unfortunately, my photo does not do this gorgeous bird justice!

But because of that rare sighting – we definitely wanted a fun memento of this bird in what we pick out for a souvenir as well!

These magnets are all made out of leather and hand-painted.  Definitely was excited to get the Quetzal one to spice up our new bare refrigerator!

I also love to collect Christmas ornaments – ideally one a year symbolizing a special place or memory from that year.  So you can imagine how excited I was to find this adorable felted Quetzal ornament!  It will be sure to stand out in our tree this year!

DIY Wedding

“DIY Wedding”

by Jennifer T. of MaJenta Designs

Over the winter holidays I went up to Maine for a wedding.   With a limited budget and creative ingenuity they put together a very DIY wedding!

It being the winter time and thus making fresh flowers hard to come by or expensive, they played up the winter theme by using Christmas lights and pine leaves garlands for decorations.

They also took apart pieces of Christmas decorations and made their own boutonnieres!

Table centerpieces were made using rustic preserves jars, a votive candle, and again a simple strand of golden decorations and ribbon they bought from after Christmas sales.

Somerville’s Rock N Roll Yard Sale!

I’ll be doing one of my favorite shows from last year again this year, the exciting “Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale“!  Its fun, rocking good time! Its a great time to enjoy independent art, handcrafted items by local artists, and of course awesome live bands & other performances.  There will be alot of awesome music-related items for sale, as well as music being swapped (CDs, records, etc.), and just fun handmade goodies such as my MaJenta Designs items will be there too! 🙂  Should be a blast, hope to see you there!  I’ll be the booth with the fun Asian-inspired jewelry, purse hooks, mirrors, and other gifts!

DETAILS

August 1, 2009 (Saturday)

3 – 7pm

Union Square (intersection of Somerville Ave, Washington St., & Prospect St)

Somerville, MA

FREE admissions

yard sale poster

Boston Handmade Members – May Shows

by Jennifer Tang of MaJenta Designs

Craft Show season has officially begun and Boston Handmade members are showcasing and selling their wares all throughout the greater Boston area and New England! Come check us out in person at any of these various shows!

MaJenta Designs will be at Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

 

 

Sea Glass Things will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Kerry Hawkins Photography will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

 

Vintage by Crystal will be at at Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

 

 

Lucie Wicker Photography will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun – May 16th & 17th

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Blue Alvarez will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

 

 

Bancroft Studios will be at Brewster in Bloom

On May 2nd and 3rd

Brewster, MA

 

Arts In The Park
May 8th
Andover Ma

 

North River Arts Festival
May 23rd, 24th
Marshfield Ma

 

 

 

Chroma Lab will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

 Linda B Dunn will be at RISD Alumni Sale

Benefit Street, Providence, RI, on the RISD campus

May 2nd (10am – 4 pm) rain or shine.

 

Western Avenue Studios First Saturday

122 Western Ave Suite 350 Lowell, Ma. 01851

May 2nd

 

 

 

Christine Marie Art will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On May 31st (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave

Boston, MA

 

 

Lush Beads will be at Western Avenue Studios First Saturday Western Ave Suite 350 Lowell, Ma. 01851

On May 2nd

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SOWA Art Walk

On Sat/Sun, May 16th & 17th

560-580 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

Elizabeth Brennick Designs will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

Providence Open Market’s Opening day

May 23rd (10am – 4pm)

Blackstone Blvd, Providence, RI, Lippit Park

 

Concord Arts Market – Opening Day

May 30th (9am – 3pm)

33 Capitol St., Concord, NH

 

 

 

Jessica Burko/Reclaimed to You will be at

Inside Out, at Gallery 1581

May 1 – June 27th, 2009
Opening Reception Friday May 1, 2009, 7-9pm
Gallery 1581 is located at the
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon Street, Brookline MA 02446
 

 

RISD Spring Art Sale
Saturday, May 2, 2009
10am – 4 pm, rain or shine.
Benefit Street, Providence, RI, on the RISD campus

  

SoWa Art Walk

May 16 – 17, 2009
11am – 6pm both days
35 Wareham Street
between Harrison Ave. and Albany St.

 

 

Stonehouse Studio will be at:  

 

Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

Joy of Old – Mother’s Day Trunk Show

on May 7-9

85 Warren St.

Charlestown, MA

 

South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On Sun May 23rd (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On Sun, May 31st (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

Chiyogami Gift Tin - $2

Chiyogami Gift Tin - $2

My chiyogami gift tins are one of my latest creations in my line of chiyogami goods in my eboutique. These tins were featured in an Etsy Treasury for select Boston Handmade items.

These tins make great party favors, especially at parties or weddings, because they are each unique and stunning to look at! They also not only great for storing mints or candies for your guests, but they will be able to reuse these lovely tins for any storage of their own! They also can be customized with your name and date on an inside label so others will always remember this special occasion! Check out these tins as well as other sizes and designs in my Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5317150&section_id=5452774

As well as feel free to peruse the rest of the shop as any of my handmade chiyogami jewelry and houseware designs can be used for these gift tins as well. My shop can be found at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

Chiyogami Gift Tin Set

$10: Chiyogami Gift Tin Set

My First Craft Fair!

I did my first craft fair this weekend, it was definitely not how I expected it to be, but it was still fun and I cant wait to participate in more!   The show went alright, I did gain enough to cover the booth fee at least with a bit of profit, but as my business boyfriend points out, for the hours put into creating the items, sitting at the craft show, etc., I’m technically probably in the negative!  Its ok though, it was a great way to get my feet wet.  I felt my items definitely catering to a different crowd though, as the majority of the fair goers were retired elderly, some of which thought my items that were $2.50-3 were too expensive, despite the hours it takes for me to make each item.  I thought I did have a good variety given some were more youthful jewelry and others were tea canisters and gift tins for all ages, but it was hard getting any buyers.  I did meet some nice crafters though who were very encouraging about my first show and said my items were very reasonably priced and well-made which made me happy, though I wish they pitied me enough to purchase something though! 😛

I definitely felt prepared for the craft show by bringing:

-spare change/bills

-mirror

-extra inventory

-variety of inventory with variety of prices

-mailing list sign up

-knucklebuster, receipts, and laptop to process credit cards

There definitely are some things I will remember to do for the next show though!

-iron table cloth!  perhaps buy a larger table cloth too

-prop up my magnets

-have more display trays and levels to my booth

-I need to remember to always offer business cards to those who drop by

-bring something to do, e.g., origami so people can see me creating as well as gives me something to do during the lulls in traffic

-different sized gift bags

New Item – Goldfish Magnets Gift Tin

I just turned one of my popular necklace designs into a cute gift set of magnets. These magnets can be purchased from my Etsy Shop: www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

These 1″x1″ glass magnets are made out of handmade chiyogami paper (traditional Japanese washi paper). This set includes 3 aqua pieces and 3 seafoam green pieces.

These magnets are both useful and decorative for your home, work, school, or dorm room. They can be used on:

-refrigerator
-filing cabinet
-locker
-dorm room
-mirror

These magnets come with a cute and practical gift tin which makes these magnets perfect for gift giving. The tin can be reused to store your mints, emergency sewing kit, buttons, secret knickknacks, etc.! This magnet giftset is perfect for all occasions:

-birthday
-graduation
-bridal shower
-housewarming
-teacher appreciation
-ANYTIME!