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! ūüôā¬†¬†¬† 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 Рsuch as jewelry, housewares, photography, baby clothing, etc.

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July Handmade Marketplace in Somerville, MA

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Boston Handmade Marketplace in Union Square Somerville

Union Square, Somerville, MA: July 11, 3-7pm

More than 25 artists, artisans, and craftspeople will be showing and selling handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, art, photography, toys, and sculpture in Union Square (at the intersection of Washington, Prospect & Somerville Ave.) on July 11, 2009, 3-7pm, as part of the Somerville Arts Council ArtsUnion series.

BH_Marketplace_300x300The Boston HandmadeMarketplace is an outdoor art and craft exhibition featuring work by Massachusetts area artists, craftspeople and artisans associated with the arts group Boston Handmade and Etsy.com: helping people make a living making things. This exhibition promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments, not factories. In addition to the individual exhibitors at the 2009 Boston Handmade marketplace musicians will be performing throughout the day. Performers include Boston bands The Grownup Noise and One Happy Island. There will be also be handcraft demonstrations with Faculty and Staff of The Eliot School of Jamaica Plain, and Members of the Common Cod Fiber Guild of Somerville. Another highlight of the afternoon will be martial arts demonstrations from the Shobu Aikido of Boston.

About BOSTON HANDMADE: A group of Massachusetts artists and craftspeople actively engaged in selling their handmade work on Etsy.com, a web site dedicated to the handmade life.  Visit BostonHandmade.org for more info.

About MAJENTA DESIGNS: Your one-stop shop for handcrafted Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, party favors, and knick knacks all for under $15! Come find gifts for everybody: your mother, girlfriend, coworker, bridesmaids, even your husbands too!  We make pendant jewelry, magnets, cufflinks, portable purse hanger hooks, pocket mirrors, keychain bottle openers, and more!  Some of the items that will be available at the marketplace can be found in our Etsy Shop, plus even more items not currently listed!  such as night lights, tea canisters, and more!

Come find our booth at the BOSTON HANDMADE MARKETPLACE in Union Square, Somerville, MA on July 11th!

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June Show in Boston – SOWA Outdoor Market

SOWA SOUTHEND OPEN MARKET
http://www.southendopenmarket.com/

June 14, 2009 (Sunday)
~ 10am – 4pm ~

540 Harrison Ave., BOSTON, MA

FREE admission

FREE parking

near Backbay, Broadway, and Arlington T stops

I’ll be there representing with my Group “Boston Handmade”

Look for us with the light blue balloons!

BH at SOWA

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¬†Á¶Ź (“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” (ŚÄí) sounds similar to the word for “arrived” (also “dao” but 4th tone: Śąį). 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)
 

 

December’s Craft Shows in Massachusetts

JP HOLIDAY FAIR
First Church in Jamaica Plain
12.6.08 (Saturday), 11AM – 5 PM
6 Eliot Street, JP, MA

DESIGN HIVE
Maria Baldwin School, 28 Sacramento St., Cambridge, MA
near Harvard T stop
12.13.08 (Saturday), 10am – 5pm

http://designhivemarket.com/

 

winter wonderland - $17

winter wonderland - $17

Find Me at Baked Fresh This Weekend in Boston, MA!

Baked Fresh Outdoor Market

Baked Fresh Outdoor Market


Come peruse products from over 120 local artists, crafters and entrepreneurs, while you rock out to Boston based bands.

I will be selling my Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, and gifts at this show, so come find MaJenta Designs at “Baked Fresh“!