Brainstorming DIY Wedding Ideas

Title: “Brainstorming DIY Wedding Ideas”

By: Jennifer Tang of MaJenta Designs

As I go through my wedding checklists, I find myself most excited in daydreaming of all the fun things I can personally make to give our wedding some personal touches. I have been googling images of wedding reception decorations, gift favors, and more – to get inspiration of ideas of things I could make for my own wedding!

For example, since our wedding will be an outdoors, summertime wedding – I thought it’d be great to make something similar to these programs that double as fans to help cool down our guests during the ceremony!

If only I had the time – I think making some place cards similar to these would really make our reception stand out!

These funny strawberries were actually from a social gathering I went to, and think it’d be such a  fun idea to serve such unique tasty treats at the wedding.

There are so many fun things to think and daydream about!  Now if only I had the time to handmake it all!

And of course since MaJenta Designs, my handcrafted business, is such a large part of who I am now, I definitely want to incorporate those designs into our wedding somehow too!  I’m thinking of making some sort of gift favors using these useful mint tins! 🙂

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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.

Upcoming September Shows!

Sample of Items for Sale!

Sample of Items for Sale!

I might have been a little overzealous, but I will be selling my Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, and gifts at 3 upcoming craft fairs in the month of September:

Rock n’ Roll Yard Sale
9/6/08 @ 3-7pm (Saturday)
Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA

Directions

StART on the Street Fair
9/21/08 @ 11-5pm  (Sunday)
takes place on Park Avenue from Highland Street to Pleasant Street in the heart of Worcester, MA

Directions

Faire on the Square
9/27/08 @ 10-4pm (Saturday)
3 blocks along Main St. (rte 20), behind the library, townhall,Saltonstall Park,  Watertown, MA

Directions

Sakura Treasury

My latest product in my chiyogami line has been included into an Etsy Treasury! I just started making these gorgeous chiyogami night lights. This gorgeous nightlight makes a beautiful decorative piece around any home. It looks stunning lit up or simply by itself. The shade is decorated with chiyogami (traditional Japanese handmade paper). Nightlight is 120 volts and comes with a 5 watt bulb. It measures 4 inches in height.

This can be purchased in my online shop at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com . The nightlight listing is found at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12175772


New Party Favor Gift Tins!

I just added gift tins to my Etsy shop, perfect for those who are purchasing my pendant necklaces as gifts! They also make great party favor too! They can store mints and candies, and are handy around the house and office as well for storing your craft findings, paper clips, pills, screws, etc! Each tin is handmade by me using delicate chiyogami (traditional Japanese handmade paper). The largest tin is the same size as an Altoid tin, but it is a blank tin, it only looks like the shape of an Altoid tin.

Prices are:

Round Tins: $2

Small Rectangle: $2.50

Big Rectangle: $4
If interested in purchasing, please contact me with the quantity. I can also try to work with you if you have specific paper designs.

Please check out my site at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

New Item — Pop-up Invitation Cards

PLEASE VOTE:  I entered this invitation as part of the Etsy Wedding Challenge which is  sponsored by the Jetteam, EstyGreetings, and EstyFAST.  Please vote for my item (#5) at http://www.etsyfast.com/blog/?p=65

DESCRIPTION:  This accordion popup booklet makes a perfect invitation card or a wedding party favor! Simply untie the ribbon and it unfolds into a 6″x6″ display.  I used traditional Japanese handmade paper, picking this particular design not only to match the bride’s color scheme, but also the colors red and gold are auspicious colors of good luck and good fortune which are always used in Chinese wedding decorations. Cranes are also symbolic of peace, happiness, and longevity, as well as are often used in Asian weddings because it is said that cranes mate for life and are devoted to their partners in all seasons.