OCTOBER craft shows

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OCTOBER 18, 2009 (Sunday)
“South End Open Market”
10am – 5pm
540 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA

I’ll be at Boston’s outdoor handmade market in the South End with my lovely fellow Boston Handmade artisans!

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***And in case you’re planning ahead, here are some of my other upcoming shows for the remainder of 2009 ***


NOVEMBER 1, 2009 (Sunday)
“Design Hive Market”
10am – 5pm
Maria Baldwin School
28 Sacramento St. (off Mass Ave.)
Cambridge, MA

DECEMBER 6, 2009 (Sunday)
“Bizarre Bazaar”
12-7pm
BCA Cyclorama
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA
$1 admission


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

* ONE DAY SALE (August 18, 2009) *


beat-the-heatWow its hot here in New England! For those who are unlucky and have to work on this hot day, sitting in front of a computer rather than the beach, here is something to lift your spirits!

"portable purse hook"

FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING at MaJenta Designs Etsy Shop! I sell handcrafted pendants, magnets, housewares, wedding favors, portable purse hooks, pocket mirrors, keychain bottle openers and more!  These items all make great birthday or anniversary gifts, party favors, bridal shower and bachelorette party favors, bridesmaids gifts, and more!

Just type “Beat the Heat” in “message to seller” during “CHECKOUT” and continue with payment. After you finish payment, I will contact you directly, and refund your shipping charges. Feel free to convo me if you have any questions!

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Etsy Yart Sale

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YART SALE     (June 10 – 14)
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FREE worldwide shipping on any purchase in my Etsy shop! In order to get the free shipping, you must make sure you type “YART SALE” in message to seller during CHECKOUT and then WAIT until I send you the adjusted invoice!

So if you are looking for affordable, unique Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, gifts, and party favors, then make sure you come check out MaJenta Designs!

My Etsy Anniversary SALE!

Its been exactly one year since I opened up my shop, MaJenta Designs!  I want to celebrate by offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all purchases today!  Just make sure you leave a “message to seller” at check out saying “Anniversary sale!” and I will send you a NEW payment invoice with the shipping charges removed.  If you have any questions, dont hesitate to contact me! 🙂

Morning Glory Necklace – Featured

Morning Glory

Morning Glory Necklace - $15

My “Morning Glory” glass pendant necklace was featured in an Etsy treasury today!  This elegant necklace is simple yet fun and vibrant, perfect for matching any occasion or outfit – wear it with your favorite cocktail dress or with a casual shirt and jeans!  You can purchase it in my eboutique at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13209274 .  Feel free to look around and check out all my chiyogami pendants and housewares at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

Blue treasury

Blue treasury

My “Springtime Blossoms on Blue” Pendant Necklace has been featured in an Etsy Treasury!  My pendant necklaces are made out of a chiyogami (handmade Japanese paper) and glass all on a dainty silver chain for only $15.  My “Flower Power” necklace was also featured in another Etsy Treasury !  Both treasuries featured everybody who is having a “Yart Sale” (Yard Sale for Art).  I am having FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING, so definitely come check out my shop! http://www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

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

Valentine’s Day is Approaching!

Seeing as there were so many valentine’s day goodies for sale on Etsy, I decided I ought to list some heart-themed goodies as well. I purchased some glass in hopes to make cool glass pendants, but alas, they were a little too chunky for that, but I realized they make perfect magnets!

These fun, magnets are perfect for Valentine’s Day gift-giving or festive decorating or just adding some color and fun to your household! These magnets are both useful and decorative for your home, work, school, or dorm room. They can be used on:

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

They can be found for sale at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5317150&section_id=5210405
Dont forget to peruse around the rest of the shop, as I sell jewelry, photography, and supplies as well! http://www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

http://www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

“Flower Power” Necklace

This is my latest addition to my Japanese chiyogami glass necklaces. The pattern reminds me of a hippie design for some reason, and hence the title.

This necklace is part of my 20% off sale, plus if you purchase over $50 (after sale price adjustment) shipping is FREE as well! So check out my Etsy Shop for my entire selection of jewelry! I also sell photographic prints, magnets, accessories, and notecards! http://www.majentadesigns.etsy.com