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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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 🙂

June Show in Boston – SOWA Outdoor Market

SOWA SOUTHEND OPEN MARKET
http://www.southendopenmarket.com/

June 14, 2009 (Sunday)
~ 10am – 4pm ~

540 Harrison Ave., BOSTON, MA

FREE admission

FREE parking

near Backbay, Broadway, and Arlington T stops

I’ll be there representing with my Group “Boston Handmade”

Look for us with the light blue balloons!

BH at SOWA

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!

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