My “Multi-Space”

My life consists of  wearing multiple hats for my multiple roles – I’m a full-time PhD student, part-time intern psychologist at a hospital, and continuous artisan and business owner of MaJenta Designs!

So when it comes to my artist “workspace” – it ends up being a space that serves multiple purposes as well!  Here is a photo of my dining table that also serves as my study table and my crafting table too!

crafting with books

Seasonal Items

keychain bottle opener - $6

Those who’ve seen my Etsy shop or my booths at craft shows will likely know that I have a crazy eclectic mix of designs for all my jewelry and housewares – I just love to offer my potential shoppers a large range of fun possibilities!

However, I have recently noticed that its also good to have seasonal items too, as often those surfing the net or shopping around will want to find something that may make the perfect accessory to their Fall wardrobe, or perhaps a great display to use for a holiday party, for examples.

portable purse hook - $20

Therefore, for the oncoming Autumn season, I tried to find paper patterns that were rich in Harvest colors – crimson reds, burnt oranges, golden yellows, etc. much like the colors of the gorgeous New England autumn foliage!

However, it is not only important to have items that are rich harvest colors..but it is also good to be mindful of each month’s birthstone colors too.  I learned this last month, as in August, I saw several of the Etsy.com homepages treasuries that said “shades of Peridot” which is August’s birthstone…and most items were NOT just jewelry using the actual birthstone, but various clothing, paintings, toys, etc. that were just that shade of green.  So for September, for example, it is important to keep in mind items that are shades of Sapphire blue too. They even have a Etsy Gift Guide devoted to “Shades of Sapphire

glass pendant necklace - $15

September Shows

September 3, 2009 (Thursday)

“JP First Thursdays”
6-8pm
Loring-Greenough House
12 South St,
JamaicaPlain, MA

This event is free, and a great time to peruse all the handmade art, listen to live music, have some refreshments, and just get yourself out to enjoy one of the last few days of summer! 🙂    Come find MaJenta Designs among some other fantastic “Boston Handmade” artisans too!


September 13, 2009 (Sunday)

“Design Hive Market”
10am – 5pm
Maria Baldwin School
28 Sacramento St. (off Mass Ave.)
Cambridge, MA

A great indoor venue of all local handmade goodies!  There will be a variety of vendors – such as jewelry, housewares, photography, baby clothing, etc.

outdoor market 2

New Etsy Shop Banner

by Jennifer Tang of “MaJenta Designs”

I’m so excited to have finally updated my Etsy shop banner to include images of my actual items for sale in the shop!  I often read in Etsy forums how important it is to have an eye-catching banner, since it is the first thing potential buyers see, and often its your banner and avatar that first draws people in!

Etsy Banner - with pendants

Thanks to “BlissbyHeather” blog for their helpful tutorial, it was very easy to make my new banner!  You dont even need Photoshop, I just used the free program, “Gimp,” instead!  Here is the step-by-step instructions all copy/pasted for those who want instant gratification:

1) On the GIMP toolbar, click on “File” then “New”
2) a box will pop up that says “Create New Image”
3) In the box beside “Width”, type in the numbers “760”
4) In the box beside “Height”, type in the numbers “100”, click on the box that says “OK”
5) A rectangular shaped box will pop up. This is your banner.
6) If you want to add text to your banner, go back to the GIMP toolbar and click on the icon that looks like a capital letter “T”.
7) If you look at the bottom half of the toolbar you can see that there are options to adjust the size of your font, the style of letters etc.
8) Click on your banner where you want the text to show up. Start typing!
9) To add other pictures to your banner, you can go to the GIMP toolbar and click “File”, “Open” and browse through the files on your computer to find pictures that you have already saved. I found that in order to get a product to fit onto my banner I had to shrink the size of the picture first. I did this through an online site: http://www.resize2mail.com/ . I chose “shrink the photo by 75%” and then for some photos, I had to go back and do “shrink the photo by 25%”. This was how I added the purse and wallet pictures to my banner.
10)After the photos were resized and saved, I went to “File”, “Open” and found where I’d saved them. Then in order to add them to my banner, I went to the GIMP toolbar and clicked on the icon in the top left hand corner (it looks like a grey rectangle). I used this to select the areas of the resized photo that I wanted to use on my banner, and then I copied it and pasted it on my banner. (To copy, click on the piece that you want to copy, and hit the control button and the letter C on your keyboard. To paste, click on the banner where you want the item to be, and hit the control button and the letter V on your keyboard). If you want to move the picture that you just pasted on your banner, click on it and moved it.
11) To save my banner, I chose “File”, “Save As”. A grey box that says “Save Image” will pop up. Click on the cross icon beside “Save File Type by Extension”. A white box will show up at the bottom, scroll down and choose “JPEG image” and then click on the “Save” bottom in the bottom right hand corner.
12) A grey box that says “Export file” will pop up. Click on the “Export” box.
13) A grey box that says “Save as JPEG” will pop up. You will want to move the bar to the right, so that it says 100 in the white box and click “OK”.
14) You’re finished!
15) To upload your new banner, sign into your etsy account, click on “Your Etsy”, in the left hand colum under “Shop Setup”, click on “Appearance”. Under the heading “Banner” you can click on the “Browse” button and find where you saved your banner. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save Changes”. That’s it 🙂

May Craft Show @ Cambridge, MA

In the month of May, come find me and my stunning and affordable Asian-inspired gifts of Majenta Designs at:

DESIGN HIVE MARKET

Sunday, May 3, 2009

10am – 5pm  (FREE admission)

Maria Baldwin School

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

FREE on-street parking

Between Red line’s Harvard Sq & Porter Sq T stops

~~In addition to the indoor craft marketplace, there will also be a mini-wedding expo too!~~

Featured in a Gift Guide!

This fun keychain bottle opener was handpicked to be one of the lucky few items listed in an Etsy Gift Guide! I can’t believe it!  It is in the April Fools’ Gift Guide!  It’s probably because this makes such a fun & silly gag gift! It’s a classy bottle opener keychain, great for those who want the practicality of the keychain bottle opener without appearing like a lush! 😉 

These make great party, wedding, housewarming party favors and great for bachelorette party goody bags!  Feel free to peruse my MaJenta Designs shop for more designs!

gift-guide-feature

Happy Lunar New Year!

(photo of decorations for sale during my trip to Singapore in 2006)

Most of us celebrate the new year on January 1st, counting down until midnight, singing auld lang syne, and making resolutions to lose weight, particularly all the pounds gained from all the holiday feasts with family and friends.

Well just around the corner is the Lunar New Year, which as you can guess, is based off of the lunar calander; therefore the date changes year to year, but this year, it will be on January 26, 2009.   In Mandarin Chinese,  you will often hear people greeting each other with “Xin Nian Kuai Le, Gong Xi Fa Cai!” which translate to “happy new year” and “wishes that you be prosperous”!  

Its a time to wish each other a happy new year that will be filled with good fortune and blessings! Wikipedia lists out many of the exciting traditions in details, but one of my favorite traditions of the holiday is when elders give the younger children lucky red envelopes “hong bao” with money inside! I find it a great concept, to wish that prosperity would come to your loved ones, and literally to give them some money to kick start the year!   In addition to the envelopes, you are sure to see everything decorated with red and gold, including lanterns, auspicious sayings postings on doorways, etc. because Chinese view red as symbolic of good luck and ward off evil, and gold of course to symbolize fortune.

Another thing you might see during this holiday is the Chinese character 福 (“fu”) meaning  “good fortune”, sometimes you might even see it upside down!  The reason for it being upside down, is Chinese love play on words! The Chinese word “dao” (3rd tone) for “upside down” (倒) sounds similar to the word for “arrived” (also “dao” but 4th tone: 到). Therefore, the word upside down is also symbolic to mean “fortuen has arrived”!

This a great holiday that brings generations of families together and eat traditional foods that are also symbolic of good fortune for the new year, like fish, oranges, noodles, sweet sticky cakes, and much more! 

cow1Also, it being the new year, brings on a change in the zodiac as well! This year will be the Year of the Ox/Cow!  The ox is symbolic of being hardworking, patient, with a logical mind.  I am trying to put out new pendants in my Etsy shop that you can purchase to give to all your friends who’s Zodiac symbol is the cow! (i.e., anyone who will be turning 12, 24, 36, etc. multiples of 12. )

 

~Best wishes to all of you in the new year, and that despite the state of our economy, I hope you all will be blessed with good fortunes to come!~

 (Glass magnets with 4 Chinese blessings of long life, health, good fortune, and peace)