Brainstorming DIY Wedding Ideas

Title: “Brainstorming DIY Wedding Ideas”

By: Jennifer Tang of MaJenta Designs

As I go through my wedding checklists, I find myself most excited in daydreaming of all the fun things I can personally make to give our wedding some personal touches. I have been googling images of wedding reception decorations, gift favors, and more – to get inspiration of ideas of things I could make for my own wedding!

For example, since our wedding will be an outdoors, summertime wedding – I thought it’d be great to make something similar to these programs that double as fans to help cool down our guests during the ceremony!

If only I had the time – I think making some place cards similar to these would really make our reception stand out!

These funny strawberries were actually from a social gathering I went to, and think it’d be such a  fun idea to serve such unique tasty treats at the wedding.

There are so many fun things to think and daydream about!  Now if only I had the time to handmake it all!

And of course since MaJenta Designs, my handcrafted business, is such a large part of who I am now, I definitely want to incorporate those designs into our wedding somehow too!  I’m thinking of making some sort of gift favors using these useful mint tins! 🙂

Featured on a Wedding Blog!

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My “red fern on teal” square glass pendant was featured in “Inventing Weddings” an exciting wedding blog that has great color themes and provide great inspiration for wedding planning, especially for those eager to support handmade artists/small businesses!  🙂

Spring is Here! – Boston Handmade items

“Spring is Here! – Boston Handmade items” by Jennifer of MaJenta Designs

Spring is here, and that means snow melting, trees beginning to bud, flowers starting to bloom, and birds migrating back home!  I did a bit of “bird watching” and found such a variety of bird-themed items amongst the talented Boston Handmade Team – from clothing, accessories, jewelry, cards, and more! Below is just a small sample of goodies.  Feel free to peruse all BH members’ shops in Etsy for more great items, simply type “bostonhandmadeteam” into the “search” bar!

“Kawaii Mother & Baby Chick – Glass Pendant” by MaJenta Designs

“Wrist Pin Cushion – Bird” by ElizabethBrennick


“Bird Pillow” by BumbleBellyDesigns

“Vintage Inspired Spun Cotton Spring Chick” by VintagebyCrystal

“Elegant & Sweet – Pillow” by Lbranchd

 

“Reversible Jumper Dress or Top” by AlltheNumbers

“Black n Yellow Birds, Art Print” by ThirteenthStory

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)
 

 

My “Springtime Blossoms on Blue” Pendant Necklace has been featured in an Etsy Treasury!  My pendant necklaces are made out of a chiyogami (handmade Japanese paper) and glass all on a dainty silver chain for only $15.  My “Flower Power” necklace was also featured in another Etsy Treasury !  Both treasuries featured everybody who is having a “Yart Sale” (Yard Sale for Art).  I am having FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING, so definitely come check out my shop! http://www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

New Party Favor Gift Tins!

I just added gift tins to my Etsy shop, perfect for those who are purchasing my pendant necklaces as gifts! They also make great party favor too! They can store mints and candies, and are handy around the house and office as well for storing your craft findings, paper clips, pills, screws, etc! Each tin is handmade by me using delicate chiyogami (traditional Japanese handmade paper). The largest tin is the same size as an Altoid tin, but it is a blank tin, it only looks like the shape of an Altoid tin.

Prices are:

Round Tins: $2

Small Rectangle: $2.50

Big Rectangle: $4
If interested in purchasing, please contact me with the quantity. I can also try to work with you if you have specific paper designs.

Please check out my site at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com

My First Notecards Sale!

My Etsy shop is quite the eclectic mix of things for sale, from jewelry to household items to photographic prints to notecards. I havent had any success in selling my photo notecards, that is until yesterday! One lucky buyer swooped up 3 of my notecards yesterday! I was so happy!

These photographs all have some great stories behind them. The first 2 photos are taken in South Korea, where I got a Fulbright Grant to teach English and be a cultural ambassador for a year. The first photo is of a Buddhist temple in Gwangju, South Korea during autumn. I just love the vibrant colors of the building against the brightly colored leaves too. The second is of Naijangsan in South Korea, an area famous for people to flock to during Autumn to check out the Japanese maples. And finally, the last one is Springtime at my Alma Mater, Mount Holyoke College. A restful spot for someone to recline and nap out on the green or bring their books out to study.

OPINIONS: I wonder if its worth it to try to relist these items or not, if you’re reading this, please let me know!

SALE: Also, today is the LAST DAY of my 20% off sale! so please check out the rest of my Etsy for more items! http://majentadesigns.etsy.com