Etsy Stalker Solo Exhibit & Giveaway!

Read my interview with Etsy Stalker & Enter to Win a Free keychain bottle opener!  Here is the link:  http://etsystalker.com/?p=4128

But feel free to read the interview below too!

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MaJenta Designs is the brainchild of Jennifer whose fascination with Asian papers recently led her to the 1,000 sales milestone on Etsy! She uses Chiyogami (literally “1,000 generation paper”) and Washi (rice paper) – both delicate, traditionally hand-made papers that have intricate and vibrant designs similar to fabric used on kimonos. Her aesthetic complements what she, as a second-generation Chinese American, calls her “hybrid life” by being both traditional and contemporary.

Using these papers for glass pendants? That’s a no brainer. Look how the glass both frames and accentuates the rich colors. Jennifer has an eye for how to place each piece for maximum effect.

Less predictably, Jennifer takes something functional and allows you to add beauty and style. Start with a design that you like. Then decide what you’d like her to add: Bottle opener? Key Chain? Pocket Mirror? Oh yeah, she can do that!

She has a fun line of portable purse hooks. So easy to use: just unfold, set on the table top and hang your bag from the hook…no more purse on the floor or worrying about it being taken from the back of your chair. (You know that person on your holiday list who has everything? I bet she doesn’t have one of these!)

She also makes gift tins in various shapes and sizes. How great would it be to give one of her items in a coordinating tin? Want even more fun? Keep them for yourself! Mints, buttons, coins…Violet is quite sure you’ll make it work.

Despite being a full time graduate student with a thriving Etsy shop, Jennifer found time to sit down and share her story with us. Read on!

Curator V: How long have you been on Etsy? How did you decide to set up shop there?

I started almost 2 years ago, September 2007, to be exact. I’ve always enjoyed making art, but first got interested in selling my handcrafted creations when I visited a town fair and saw all the local craft artists and their booths – it really inspired me to want to sell my own goods too. Oddly enough though, I didnt try to start selling at fairs just yet, but rather wanted to try selling on-line first. I stumbled upon Etsy and thought it’d be an exciting venue to try out, and the rest is history 🙂

Curator V: You’re a full time graduate student; what are you studying? How do you find time to keep your shop so well stocked?

I’m working towards a PhD in Counseling Psychology; its really busy lifestyle – I’m taking 5 classes, interning 20 hours a week, and working on a dissertation, so each day is very hectic – but I definitely work to make time for my business as it is nice to have a creative outlet away from my studies – in my profession, we’re always telling our clients the importance of self-care, so I feel it’s good to make time to do other things I enjoy too.

Curator V: I love that your work is symbolic of the hybrid nature of life that so many people can relate to. Did you set out to create in that way or did your designs naturally evolve?

My items definitely have evolved over time, as I have so many creative interests and enjoy so many mediums, such as beadwork and stained glass, but the items I enjoy creating the most are have symbolic meaning- like the cranes that symbolize eternal devotion and the koi’s symbolism of perseverance and good fortune, because I love things that tell a story behind them. Sometimes I learn things from my customers too – like one person wanted to send one of my plum blossom pendants to a friend who was undergoing major surgery, and she requested I send a note with it, and I thought it was a beautiful, so i’ve added it to the listing
“even as winter tries to hold it’s grip,
the plum tree bursts forth with
the earliest blossoms of spring”

Curator V: Where do you find the beautiful papers that you use in your designs?

I find the papers from all over, various paper stores locally and internationally – i actually first got started collecting the paper when I visited Japan and found a beautiful assorted set, and at that time I thought it was just fancy origami paper!

Curator V: Can you describe your work space to us? (If you have a picture, feel free to include it!)

Haha, alas, I live in a small apartment in Boston so there isnt that much workspace that is solely devoted to my craft-making. I generally work in my living room, on a table that triples as my dining table as well as my study space too! Here is a photo that someone took of me crafting amongst my textbooks.

crafting with books

Curator V: Congrats on reaching 1,000 sales! What are your next goals?

Thanks! I definitely want to keep building my business, so I’m always trying to think up new products to carry, new designs to use, and new venues to sell my work. I’m looking forwards to the holiday shows coming up this season, plus I’ll be helping to create a handmade gift boutique for the holiday season in downtown Boston with some other talented Boston-area artisans of the group Boston Handmade this will be my first time I’ll have so much involvement in an art gallery/boutique so I’m looking forward to getting involved in this venture and hoping it will be successful! 🙂

All righty, Stalkers, time to put on your thinking caps! Jennifer is giving away one of her funky keychain bottle openers! These are one of her most popular items – they are practical, fun and stylish too! To enter, visit Majenta Designs, then come back here and let her know what other items you’d like to see added to or sold in her shop! One winner to be chosen at random on November 8th.

Make sure you leave your comments on the blog article directly: http://etsystalker.com/?p=4128

MaJenta Designs - sample keychain bottle openers

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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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Somerville’s Rock N Roll Yard Sale!

I’ll be doing one of my favorite shows from last year again this year, the exciting “Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale“!  Its fun, rocking good time! Its a great time to enjoy independent art, handcrafted items by local artists, and of course awesome live bands & other performances.  There will be alot of awesome music-related items for sale, as well as music being swapped (CDs, records, etc.), and just fun handmade goodies such as my MaJenta Designs items will be there too! 🙂  Should be a blast, hope to see you there!  I’ll be the booth with the fun Asian-inspired jewelry, purse hooks, mirrors, and other gifts!

DETAILS

August 1, 2009 (Saturday)

3 – 7pm

Union Square (intersection of Somerville Ave, Washington St., & Prospect St)

Somerville, MA

FREE admissions

yard sale poster

New Etsy Shop Banner

by Jennifer Tang of “MaJenta Designs”

I’m so excited to have finally updated my Etsy shop banner to include images of my actual items for sale in the shop!  I often read in Etsy forums how important it is to have an eye-catching banner, since it is the first thing potential buyers see, and often its your banner and avatar that first draws people in!

Etsy Banner - with pendants

Thanks to “BlissbyHeather” blog for their helpful tutorial, it was very easy to make my new banner!  You dont even need Photoshop, I just used the free program, “Gimp,” instead!  Here is the step-by-step instructions all copy/pasted for those who want instant gratification:

1) On the GIMP toolbar, click on “File” then “New”
2) a box will pop up that says “Create New Image”
3) In the box beside “Width”, type in the numbers “760”
4) In the box beside “Height”, type in the numbers “100”, click on the box that says “OK”
5) A rectangular shaped box will pop up. This is your banner.
6) If you want to add text to your banner, go back to the GIMP toolbar and click on the icon that looks like a capital letter “T”.
7) If you look at the bottom half of the toolbar you can see that there are options to adjust the size of your font, the style of letters etc.
8) Click on your banner where you want the text to show up. Start typing!
9) To add other pictures to your banner, you can go to the GIMP toolbar and click “File”, “Open” and browse through the files on your computer to find pictures that you have already saved. I found that in order to get a product to fit onto my banner I had to shrink the size of the picture first. I did this through an online site: http://www.resize2mail.com/ . I chose “shrink the photo by 75%” and then for some photos, I had to go back and do “shrink the photo by 25%”. This was how I added the purse and wallet pictures to my banner.
10)After the photos were resized and saved, I went to “File”, “Open” and found where I’d saved them. Then in order to add them to my banner, I went to the GIMP toolbar and clicked on the icon in the top left hand corner (it looks like a grey rectangle). I used this to select the areas of the resized photo that I wanted to use on my banner, and then I copied it and pasted it on my banner. (To copy, click on the piece that you want to copy, and hit the control button and the letter C on your keyboard. To paste, click on the banner where you want the item to be, and hit the control button and the letter V on your keyboard). If you want to move the picture that you just pasted on your banner, click on it and moved it.
11) To save my banner, I chose “File”, “Save As”. A grey box that says “Save Image” will pop up. Click on the cross icon beside “Save File Type by Extension”. A white box will show up at the bottom, scroll down and choose “JPEG image” and then click on the “Save” bottom in the bottom right hand corner.
12) A grey box that says “Export file” will pop up. Click on the “Export” box.
13) A grey box that says “Save as JPEG” will pop up. You will want to move the bar to the right, so that it says 100 in the white box and click “OK”.
14) You’re finished!
15) To upload your new banner, sign into your etsy account, click on “Your Etsy”, in the left hand colum under “Shop Setup”, click on “Appearance”. Under the heading “Banner” you can click on the “Browse” button and find where you saved your banner. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save Changes”. That’s it 🙂

Featured in a Gift Guide!

This fun keychain bottle opener was handpicked to be one of the lucky few items listed in an Etsy Gift Guide! I can’t believe it!  It is in the April Fools’ Gift Guide!  It’s probably because this makes such a fun & silly gag gift! It’s a classy bottle opener keychain, great for those who want the practicality of the keychain bottle opener without appearing like a lush! 😉 

These make great party, wedding, housewarming party favors and great for bachelorette party goody bags!  Feel free to peruse my MaJenta Designs shop for more designs!

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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!