BU Market – July 23, 2009 (Thursday)

MaJenta Designs is doing another show at the:

BOSTON UNIVERSITY (BU) FARMER’S MARKET

July 23, 2009 (Thursday)
~12 – 4pm ~

outside the BU George Sherman Student Union
right next to the BU Bridge
take the #47 or CT2 bus or “BU Central” B-line T stop

BU Market

Right on Commonwealth Ave in Brighton, MA next to BU’s student union, so perfect if you want to swing by during your lunch break and visit the outdoor market (that sells produce and handmade goodies), then head inside for plenty of food options!

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)
 

 

Krazy for Koi Fishies!

Magnets Set - $16.50

Magnets Set - $16.50


Petite Pendant - $10

Petite Pendant - $10

Wow, for some reason, my koi items have been flying off the shelves in just the last 2 days!  I have no idea what has triggered all these sales, but its been great!   These koi’s are so adorable, they bring a smile to anybody who sees them!  I sell pendants, cufflinks, earrings, magnets, rings, hairpins, and more! Check out the photos below of some of them, as well as feel free to peruse and shop from my eboutique at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com for other paper designs and Asian-inspired items!

Square Pendant - $15

Square Pendant - $15

Ring - $5

Ring – $5
cufflinks - $15

cufflinks - $15

hairpins - $6

hairpins - $6

Boston Handmade at SOWA Market THIS SUNDAY!

SOWA Outdoor Market (10/12/08)

SOWA Outdoor Market (10/12/08)

Come find the Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, and gifts of MaJenta Designs (everything under $15-17!) at the South End (SOWA) Outdoor Market amongst other wonderfully talented Boston Handmade artists and crafters THIS Sunday (10/12/08)!  Its a holiday on Monday, so enjoy your long weekend by soaking up crisp autumn air and enjoy a day of shopping and supporting the local arts!

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 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

New Item – Goldfish Magnets Gift Tin

I just turned one of my popular necklace designs into a cute gift set of magnets. These magnets can be purchased from my Etsy Shop: www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

These 1″x1″ glass magnets are made out of handmade chiyogami paper (traditional Japanese washi paper). This set includes 3 aqua pieces and 3 seafoam green pieces.

These magnets are both useful and decorative for your home, work, school, or dorm room. They can be used on:

-refrigerator
-filing cabinet
-locker
-dorm room
-mirror

These magnets come with a cute and practical gift tin which makes these magnets perfect for gift giving. The tin can be reused to store your mints, emergency sewing kit, buttons, secret knickknacks, etc.! This magnet giftset is perfect for all occasions:

-birthday
-graduation
-bridal shower
-housewarming
-teacher appreciation
-ANYTIME!