OCTOBER craft shows

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OCTOBER 18, 2009 (Sunday)
“South End Open Market”
10am – 5pm
540 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA

I’ll be at Boston’s outdoor handmade market in the South End with my lovely fellow Boston Handmade artisans!

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***And in case you’re planning ahead, here are some of my other upcoming shows for the remainder of 2009 ***


NOVEMBER 1, 2009 (Sunday)
“Design Hive Market”
10am – 5pm
Maria Baldwin School
28 Sacramento St. (off Mass Ave.)
Cambridge, MA

DECEMBER 6, 2009 (Sunday)
“Bizarre Bazaar”
12-7pm
BCA Cyclorama
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA
$1 admission


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! 🙂    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 – such as jewelry, housewares, photography, baby clothing, etc.

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Summer Sales!

The summer months are great because of the warmer weather, no school, etc. but it is also known in the retail world to be some of the slowest months of the year in terms of sales … however what I’ve noticed is that some shops will offer great discounts and promotions in order to help stir up the lazy hazy days of summer and try to generate more sales, which definitely drew me in to take advantage of some of these great offers!

Here are some of my latest finds!  I cant wait for them to arrive in the mail soon!  🙂

One way to offer a sale is to “Discount” your items. . .  For those who’ve visited Boston’s Quincy Market, you’re likely to find one of those outdoor vendors selling these cool pieces of fabric that can be worn in a bunch of different ways! I’ve been wanting one for a long time, and then I found this fun dress by MyBaju that can be worn in  4 different ways!    These were originally $50, but now are $38!

Another way to have a sale is to have a “Clearance” section in your shop. . . I’ve been looking for  a handy simple bag to store all my knickknacks that I always need to transfer from purse to purse.  This little pouch by OregonMaid seems like the perfect item to hold my mints, pens, keys, eye drops, pocket mirror, purse hook, etc. as I switch from using last night’s evening purse to my work purse the next morning!

Another great promotion I like to offer is to have “Free Shipping” for your items!   I’d love to offer a special deal just for my blog followers!  After shopping at MaJenta Designs, during Checkout, simply type “Blog special – Free shipping” in the “message to seller”, then complete your payment as normal.  Afterwards, I will contact you directly to refund the shipping charges.  Offer is good through Labor Day (September 7, 2009)

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

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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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Boston Handmade Members – May Shows

by Jennifer Tang of MaJenta Designs

Craft Show season has officially begun and Boston Handmade members are showcasing and selling their wares all throughout the greater Boston area and New England! Come check us out in person at any of these various shows!

MaJenta Designs will be at Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

 

 

Sea Glass Things will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Kerry Hawkins Photography will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

 

Vintage by Crystal will be at at Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

 

 

Lucie Wicker Photography will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun – May 16th & 17th

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

Blue Alvarez will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

 

 

Bancroft Studios will be at Brewster in Bloom

On May 2nd and 3rd

Brewster, MA

 

Arts In The Park
May 8th
Andover Ma

 

North River Arts Festival
May 23rd, 24th
Marshfield Ma

 

 

 

Chroma Lab will be at JP First Thursday’s

On Thursday, May 7th (5 – 8pm)

Curtis Hall Lawn

20 South st.

Jamaica Plain, MA

 

South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

 

 Linda B Dunn will be at RISD Alumni Sale

Benefit Street, Providence, RI, on the RISD campus

May 2nd (10am – 4 pm) rain or shine.

 

Western Avenue Studios First Saturday

122 Western Ave Suite 350 Lowell, Ma. 01851

May 2nd

 

 

 

Christine Marie Art will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On May 31st (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave

Boston, MA

 

 

Lush Beads will be at Western Avenue Studios First Saturday Western Ave Suite 350 Lowell, Ma. 01851

On May 2nd

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SOWA Art Walk

On Sat/Sun, May 16th & 17th

560-580 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

 

Elizabeth Brennick Designs will be at South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

Providence Open Market’s Opening day

May 23rd (10am – 4pm)

Blackstone Blvd, Providence, RI, Lippit Park

 

Concord Arts Market – Opening Day

May 30th (9am – 3pm)

33 Capitol St., Concord, NH

 

 

 

Jessica Burko/Reclaimed to You will be at

Inside Out, at Gallery 1581

May 1 – June 27th, 2009
Opening Reception Friday May 1, 2009, 7-9pm
Gallery 1581 is located at the
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon Street, Brookline MA 02446
 

 

RISD Spring Art Sale
Saturday, May 2, 2009
10am – 4 pm, rain or shine.
Benefit Street, Providence, RI, on the RISD campus

  

SoWa Art Walk

May 16 – 17, 2009
11am – 6pm both days
35 Wareham Street
between Harrison Ave. and Albany St.

 

 

Stonehouse Studio will be at:  

 

Design Hive Market

on Sunday, May 3rd (10am – 5 pm)

28 Sacramento St.

Cambridge, MA

10am – 5pm

 

Joy of Old – Mother’s Day Trunk Show

on May 7-9

85 Warren St.

Charlestown, MA

 

South End Open Market – Opening Weekend

On Sat/Sun May 16th & 17th (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On Sun May 23rd (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

South End Open Market

On Sun, May 31st (10am – 4pm)

540 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA

 

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)
 

 

BLOG A DAY GIVEAWAY!

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Koi Pendant - $15

Koi Pendant - $15

Win a chance to get your very own adorably cute and fun Japanese Koi fish Pendant Necklace from Majenta Designs or 30 other amazing handcrafted items from other talented artists! See below for pictures of the items for GIVEAWAY as well as the DETAILS on how to play!

 

 

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The Blog A Day Giveaway!

We’re hosting a giveaway this month and is a massive one! We’ve got 30 amazing prizes to giveaway. So let’s get started shall we?

TO ENTER:
This is a little different than our usual giveaways but I thought it would be fun since most of us will be shopping for holiday gifts anyways. I love to blog and if you do too this giveaway is perfect for you! Browse through our wonderful list of giveaway contributors and find shops or items on the list that you like and write about them on YOUR blog, Myspace, Ning site or any other type of post that you can link to. Then, come back and leave us a comment with your contact info (email address) and a link to the blog post and tell us who you blogged about. I will post up reminders daily so you don’t forget! BUT, if you are busy or you miss a day or two you can blog about up to 2 shops per day.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:
♥ If you blog about more than 1 shop per day you will have to post up seperate comments for each individual shop you blogged about for it to count. For example if you posted about 2 shops the first comment would say “I blogged about shop1 – http://shop1.etsy.com/” and the second comment would say I blogged about shop2 – http://shop2.etsy.com/
♥ Enter once for each shop! That’s up to 30 times! 30 chances to win!
♥ Interenational residents can enter too!
♥ Contest starts Oct 31st and ends December 4th at 11:59pm (EST)
♥ Winners will be drawn using a random number generator and a winners list will be posted on Dec 8th. Be sure to check back to claim your prize.

BLOGGING IDEAS:
Here are some fun topics and ideas for you to blog about!

♥ Blog about your favorite item from a shop along with a photo and link to the shop
♥ Pick something that reminds you of a story from your life and tell us about it
♥ Post about who you would buy a gift for from a shop
♥ Pretend to be a critic and review a shop
♥ Create a questionaire for a shop owner to fill out
♥ Choose 4 items from the shop that you think work together as a group (by colour, pattern etc.) ♥ Post about your wishlist from one of the shop
♥ Tell us why you like the shop
♥ Pick an item from X shop as great gift idea for “Dad” or “Grandma” or one of those hard-to-buy-for-people
♥ get a shop owner to fill out a meme
♥ If you are a past customer of one of these shops tell us about your experience shopping with them

GIVEAWAY CONTRIBUTORS:

♥ Fruit Variety Candle Gift Set from Moodwax, $26
♥ 15 oz. palm/beeswax blend pillar scented in our Cinnamon Spice essential oil blend from BeSem Natural Scents, $20
♥ Ice Crystal Resin Necklace from PennyDogAccessories, $24
♥ Xmas Dancer Gift Set from kittyhawke, $95
♥ Snow Bunny washi covered notebook and a Japanese fabric badge set from Asking For Trouble, $21
♥ Fabric Shopping Bag and Earrings from avocadocreations, $28
♥ Desert Dreams Hairsticks from stringmealong, $15
♥ Rose Quartz and Leather Earrings from HeartofaCowgirl, $16.95
♥ Handbound Leather Journal (7×4, 300 pgs) from myhandboundbooks, $30
♥ STUD from museacdonline, $18.50
♥ Silver plated Marsa Ring ,Two Beaded beads and Polymer Clay Flower Pillow Bead from dicopebisuteria, $24
♥ Island Vibe burp cloth from SnugBugClothing, $22
♥ Red Hum Love – Original Scratchboard from TidbitsandBits, $25
♥ Pink and Green box from gmistudio, $15
♥ Limited Edition Cloud Print Wristlet from TheTinyFig, $28
♥ Evergreen Earrings from GenuineArticle, $35
♥ Your choice of any pewter pendant from 2monkees, $15
♥ For the Birds – Felted Birdhouse Ornament in Pinks & Browns from thatissocute, $15
♥ Black and White Floral Bangle from tooaquarius, $25
♥ Orbitals 3-strand Wire Crochet Bracelet ‘mod dots’ in purple from pomomamadesign, $25
♥ Marbled Earth Earrings from chendric, $18
♥ Sweet Tooth Gift Set from threeofwands, $26.75
♥ Loves Me, Loves Me Knot from xiztance, $40
Lucky Fishpond Necklace from majentadesigns, $15
♥ Hazy Raindrop Earrings from zahour, $35
♥ Shark Attack Dog Leash from Organidog, $15
♥ Sterling Silver Drip Necklace from BeadsInTheBelfry, $25
♥ A Little Black Box from littleblackboxes, $23
♥ Falling Leaves – Hand Spun Merino Wool from jilldrapermakesstuff, $20
♥ Custom Gift Set (Scrub, Butter, and Perfume) in White Gift Box with Ribbon from thegardenbath, $25

For an extra chance to win post an entry on your blog and invite your friends to join in on the blogging, then come back and post a link to the entry in the comments section.

Good luck to all and Happy Blogging!

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-of-a-kind Pendant – Featured!

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golden flower on red - $17 glass pendant necklace

This beautiful necklace was featured in an Etsy treasury. This necklace is for sale in my eboutique at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11972176

This beautiful pendant is classic and vibrant, perfect for matching any occasion or outfit – wear it with your favorite cocktail dress or with a casual shirt and jeans!  This pendant is of a golden etched floral design onto a red background; this paper is from a lucky Chinese “hong bao” (i.e., red envelope), which is used during the Chinese / Lunar New Year to spread good fortune and wishes for an auspicious new year! There is only ONE of these pendants, so its sure to be a unique gift!

Check out the rest of my eboutique for other patterns and designs in my signature chiyogami jewelry and housewares collection at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

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Asian inspired treasury