handmade bonding

Planning a wedding can be a very stressful time, with lots of decision-making and organizing.  During my own wedding, I try to find things we can do ourselves – not only to cut costs, but it seems more personal when I get to really be a part of the process.  I have found the process to be fun and a bonding time for my fiance and me as well as my family members and good friends that I’ve recruited to help out!

Above is a picture of me printing out all our wedding invitations – we later had to assemble all the pieces and wrap with ribbon.

Here is a picture of my fiance Evan working so diligently on our wedding favors gift tins.

Here are my friends helping to assemble our wedding programs that double as fans! 😉

These butterflies will soon become place cards at the reception – and will rest on the wine glasses!

Hopefully next month, I’ll be able to share some more photos of the final products displayed during the big day! 🙂


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DIY Wedding

“DIY Wedding”

by Jennifer T. of MaJenta Designs

Over the winter holidays I went up to Maine for a wedding.   With a limited budget and creative ingenuity they put together a very DIY wedding!

It being the winter time and thus making fresh flowers hard to come by or expensive, they played up the winter theme by using Christmas lights and pine leaves garlands for decorations.

They also took apart pieces of Christmas decorations and made their own boutonnieres!

Table centerpieces were made using rustic preserves jars, a votive candle, and again a simple strand of golden decorations and ribbon they bought from after Christmas sales.

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


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)

Etsy Yart Sale

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YART SALE     (June 10 – 14)
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FREE worldwide shipping on any purchase in my Etsy shop! In order to get the free shipping, you must make sure you type “YART SALE” in message to seller during CHECKOUT and then WAIT until I send you the adjusted invoice!

So if you are looking for affordable, unique Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, gifts, and party favors, then make sure you come check out MaJenta Designs!

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