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

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)
 

 

Latest Line of Chiyogami Products! – Mirrors & Keychain Bottle Openers!

by Jennifer Tang of MaJenta Designs

I just love creating with the gorgeous Japanese chiyogami papers!  I love the intricate patterns and the way they reflect light and the beautiful array of colors they come in!  My pendants and magnets have been hugely popular, but this time I wanted to  expand my line of chiyogami products to accessories that make great practical gifts for daily use!

First off, I have these great keychain bottle openers!  They are beautiful and fun and are great for those who need to organize their keys in style! It also serves a second purpose with its built in bottle opener back, which is great for those who want the practical aspect of a bottle opener keychain without appearing like a lush!

I also now offer great pocket mirrors as well!  These are equally as stunning and vibrant!  The mirror fits perfectly in your pocket, but also comes with a classy black velvet pouch, so you can keep the mirror in your purse as well without it getting dirty!

You can find either of these, as well as any of my other chiyogami products and Asian-inspired gifts in my MaJenta Designs online shop!

One Year, Many Features!

Colors of Fall Treasury - Featuring my Autumn Foliage Pendant - $22

Yesterday was my one year anniversary since I opened my shop MaJenta Designs.  Its hard to believe its been only 1 year though!  People are impressed that I have sold over 200 items, created wedding favors out of my chiyogami tins for atleast 5 weddings, as well as have many of my items sold in cute boutiques such as OAK Boston and Gallery Up in addition to other stores in Australia!

I also have been featured quite a lot in the last few days as well!  Here are some treasuries and blogs I’ve been lucky enough to be selected for!

Featuring my LIMITED EDITION Autumn Foliage Pendant - $22.00

Fish & Chips Treasury - Featuring my 6pc Magnets Set for $16.50

Blues Treasury - Vintage Chic Round Glass Pendant Featured - $15

Blues Treasury - Vintage Chic Round Glass Pendant Featured - $15

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! 🙂

“Koi Fish” pendant – Featured

Lucky Fishpond Pendant - $15

"Lucky Fishpond" Pendant - $15

These cute koi fish are becoming my signature pieces!  Perhaps because it brings a smile to anybody’s face who looks at it!  This week I’ve sold a few of these pendants, as well as magnets, hairpins, and rings with this same design!  They are so cute, that they’ve been featured in TWO Etsy Treasuries!  If interested in purchasing the pendant, go to http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13516774 .  Please feel free to check out the rest of the shop to see my other Koi items as well as my other pendant designs! www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

By the Beach Treasury

"By the Beach" Treasury

Western Massachusetts Team - Treasury

Western Massachusetts Team - Treasury

Petite Summertime Blossoms Pendant – Featured

Summertime Blossoms - Petite Pendant Necklace - $10

Summertime Blossoms - Petite Pendant Necklace - $10

My “Summertime Blossoms -Petite Pendant” was featured in an Etsy Treasury! This item was a smaller version of my traditional pendants made out of glass and chiyogami (handmade Japanese paper), for those who like a more subtle but stunning piece. Feel free to browse the rest of my chiyogami pendant line in my Etsy shop as I have a variety of shapes and designs! www.majentadesigns.etsy.com