Koi Fish Pendant – Featured

Lucky Fishpond Necklace - $15

Lucky Fishpond Necklace - $15

My “Lucky Fishpond” necklace made a cute fishy treasury in Etsy! These cute Koi fish are some of my most popular items in my Etsy Shop. Thats because these kois are so cute, they’re sure to put a smile on anybody’s face! I also make these with an aqua blue background as well. These can be purchased in my eboutique at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_5&listing_id=12242577
Check out my other koi items like hairpins, earrings, rings, cufflinks, and magnets, as well as the rest of my chiyogami selection here in my Etsy shop at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com
Fish Treasury

Fish Treasury

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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

I’m in a Magazine!

This is my first advertisement, I hope it goes over well!  It can be found in the latest Sinister Girlz magazine, or else on their website at www.sinistergirlz.com ; its a great magazine about punk rock music, concerts, etc.  You can read the articles and see the ad here (p.19):  http://sinistergirlz.com/issue6V4.pdf

All my jewelry can be purchased at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

Spring Break SALE!

After enduring endless paper-writing during midterms, its time to relax during my Spring Break!  What that means is plenty of time for craft-making!  Anybody who reads this blog can get 15% off their entire purchase in my shop http://www.majentadesigns.etsy.com!  Simply add all the items you want into your cart, and “check out” and make sure you mention the Spring Break sale and that you found me through my blog in the “message to seller” .  Then WAIT BEFORE PAYING until I send you a revised invoice with the 15% off discount factored into the total payment, and pay that amount.

Sale will run through Sunday, March 9, 2008.  Be sure to take advantage!

Chinese New Year SALE! 新年快樂!

Xin Nian Kuai Le, Gong Xi Fa Cai! One of the best holidays where you just sit around with family, eat massive amounts of food (it puts Thanksgiving to shame), and of course getting those lucky red envelopes “hong bao” with money inside! Its a time to wish each other a happy new year that will be filled with good fortune and blessings! I find it a great concept, to wish others for good fortune, and literally to give them some money to kick start the year! Well, in that similar mentality, I am offering a special sale for all my items in my “Chinese Inspired” section of my Etsy. All those items will be 16% off (because the #8 is very lucky, as it also sounds like “good fortune” and Chinese believe that saying things twice is double the happiness or luck, so 88 is an auspicious number…so 8+8 = 16, so you’ll all get 16% off your order!). This sale will last until midnight of Saturday, Feb. 9th midnight EST.

Here are some of the items up for sale, click on the photo to direct you to the Etsy listing, or else checkout this link to see them all together:


Post Holidays Sale!

I am offering 20% off ALL items in my Etsy shop, plus FREE SHIPPING if you spend over $50 (after sale price adjustment)! This sale will run January 1 – 15, 2008. Thats right, all my chiyogami glass pendant necklaces, jewelry, accessories, magnets, and photographics prints, will be 20% off!

INSTRUCTIONS: Basically just “add to cart” all the items you want to purchase, then “check out”, but WAIT to pay. I will then send you an email (the one you list in Etsy), with your revised invoice, and use the link in that email to make the payment. If you dont want to use Paypal or your creditcard through paypal, I also take personal checks, as well as google checkout.
Check out the other New England Street Team’s(NEST)members’ sales too!

 
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Welcome 2008!

Wow, another year has passed, time sure flies by! 2 years ago I was spending New Years on a beach in Thailand, and the year before that watching fireworks over Sydney Harbour in Australia! This year was spend in Boston at a gathering at one of my high school friend’s apartment.

2007 was a great year, I had a good job, my boyfriend moved to MA, I got to travel to Croatia, Ireland, and England, I got into a PhD program, not to mention started my own business on Etsy! I have always had a passion for crafts and jewelry making, so its so exciting to find a site so successful for helping local artists and promoting handmade items! I’m so excited and so grateful to see my items starting to get some sales!

For 2008, I really am interested in trying to find some craft shows or venues where I can sell my items in person too. I have a few creations I want to make, but I wouldnt know how to sell online, since I wouldnt know how to package and mail them (e.g., vases and baskets).