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! 🙂

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

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.

outdoor market 2

Featured on a Wedding Blog!

inventwedding post

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!  🙂

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

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

Photo of Paradise – Featured

My “Sail Off to Paradise” 8×10 photographic print has been featured in an Etsy treasury!

This photo was taken in Phuket, Thailand, one of the areas that got hit the hardest during the tragic Tsunami of 2004.  This photo was taken in Phuket almost exactly a year later, with its resilient community still thriving.  The beaches in Thailand are lined with soft white sand, warm ocean breezes, and crystal clear aqua tinted water – truly paradise!

This print can be purchased at my eboutique at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com.  The photo is listed here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7887703 but feel free to browse all my other items as I sell handmade jewelry and houseware as well!

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

Summer Sale!

My e-boutique, www.majentadesigns.etsy.com, is participating in Etsy’s First Annual YART SALE! Basically, Wednesday, June 11- Friday, June 20 is the FIRST ANNUAL KICKOFF TO SUMMER YART SALE (An Artistic Slant to a traditional Yard Sale.) with a 10 day countdown to the first Day of Summer.

All my pendants, accessories, and goodies are available for FREE SHIPPING! Simply write “YART SALE” in the “message to seller” during checkout…then WAIT until I email you a new revised invoice with the shipping charges removed from the bill. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Below is a sample of some of the items found in my shop:

Sakura Treasury

My latest product in my chiyogami line has been included into an Etsy Treasury! I just started making these gorgeous chiyogami night lights. This gorgeous nightlight makes a beautiful decorative piece around any home. It looks stunning lit up or simply by itself. The shade is decorated with chiyogami (traditional Japanese handmade paper). Nightlight is 120 volts and comes with a 5 watt bulb. It measures 4 inches in height.

This can be purchased in my online shop at www.majentadesigns.etsy.com . The nightlight listing is found at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12175772