Saturday, January 31, 2009

Poll : Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Earrings?


I was shopping with my poly friends yesterday.. We went to CK Tangs as my friend would like to buy a pair of earrings that she has her eye on. On our way there, she asked me how come I don't make any Asymmetrical earrings. My reply was I did but it seems like most people don't like asymmetrical earrings as I didn't manage to sell any.. so I decided to stick to symmetrical ones.

But I wonder if that is REALLY true... thus I decided to have a poll on my blog.. The poll question is, do you prefer symmetrical or asymmetrical earrings? If you were to buy a pair of earrings for yourself or a friend, would you get a symmetrical one or an asymmetrical one?

Please cast your vote and leave me a comment of your vote in this blog so that I can identify you. At the end of the poll, I will select a lucky winner who will receive a secret and new piece of jewelry!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mixture Feelings : Commercial Supplies


I was using the Time Machine 2 today to check out what are some of the recent items that were sold... I stumbled upon some ribbons that look awfully familiar. After clicking on the item and checking out the Etsy seller's supplies shop, I realised that these items were bought from Daiso. Daiso is a Japanese chain of livingware shops often known as the $2 shop (SGD2) in Singapore or the 100 yen shop in Japan. Naturally, the items were priced alot higher. Having realised this, I had mixed feelings...

On one hand, I guess this is no different from selling beads as supplies that were bought from another local bead shop. And maybe these supplies will be useful to people from other parts of the world who do not have access to such items.

However, on the other extreme, it can also mean that I can basically resell anything commercially made stationary that will can be use for crafting. This even include pencils, erasers, tapes, letterpads, notepads etc.

Hmm.. I am torn.. what do you think?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Chinese (Lunar) New Year


It's CNY Day 2 and I will be having some friends over today to play mahjong... (not gambling!)

Personally I feel that as I grow older and being married, Chinese New Year does not seem as much fun as I was younger. Maybe because I do not get red packets anymore (I got married!). Chinese New Year becomes another public holiday in my calendar and I get 2 days off work in a row. *Yippee*.

On the upside, during the festive season, we will take this chance to get together, hang out and catch up with old friends that we have not met for a long time..

What did you do on Your Chinese New Year holiday?

Etsy : My Item was included on the Etsy Handmade Blog!

I was so thrilled to find my item got included as related items on the Etsy blog!
http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/lunar-new-year-year-of-the-ox-3312/#comment-63897

It's the 3rd one on the first row... Did you see them? :D I wrote about them some time back when I first listed them! *Yoohoo!* Made my day!

By the way, Happy Chinese (Lunar) New Year everyone!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Etsy : Made it to Gift Guides !

Yoohooo! I made it to Gift Guides.. I am not sure how you can get on those pages.. But I was so thrilled when I saw my items featured in them :D *Grin*

Here's 2 of them... both of them are on the Season of Love gift guides
  1. Key to My Heart Necklace II - @ Just Jewels
    - This necklace features a locket with a flower embalmed in resin.. :) Perfect for Valentine's Day.
  2. Kissing Pigs - @ My Funny Valentine
    - This is a set of kissing pigs (with magnets on their noses). They are mobile / cell charms.. perfect gift for your love one :D

Not Enough Time


Do you always have the feeling that you are always running out of time and there is just so much to do and you have no time?

That's how I feel at work these days. Things are just piling up and you get a boss who does not care what you do as long as he does not get a nasty or enquiry email from someone above or next door (next department). All he can think about is building his empire.. basically have a great post, hire heaps of people but not sure what these folks are going to do...

Anyway, I feel that I am constantly running out of time, before I knew it the day is over and I get bugged by my hubby to get off work earlier and stop making him wait. If only I have more time and if only I do not have to work.. and if only I have a change of boss.. if only I stay at home and be on etsy the whole day... if only if only....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Very "ME" Quote


Read a belated birthday card from my ex colleague today.. there was a quote in front of the card that says alot about me....

"I don't exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor." - Joan Rivers

Hahaa.... As you can tell, I don't exercise too much and all my friends / colleagues know that.. I complain about walking too much especially when I go on shopping trips.. :)

Do you have the same problem? :)

Absolut Perfect Man

Flip through one of the local magazine on a lazy Sunday afternoon..
Saw this picture...
Thought was funny especially when Valentine's Day is just round the corner..
Wonder where can i get one :P

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Geeky Discovery - Web Analytics (Google Analytics)


When I was working on my Etsy shop yesterday night, I found this new feature called Web Analytics under my Shop Setup. Being the curious me, I decided to check it out.. I STUCK GOLD! I was directed to Google Analytics which I signed up and add the tracking id to my shop.. I was trying work out all the features and goals stuff.... but nothing appeared on the reports..

The next day (which is this morning), I logged on to my Google Analytics again to see if there were any information on my reports and there were!! This is what I found out the following and more! I was really happy that I stumble upon this feature and it's ABSOLUTELY FREE. I hope they don start charging once this feature gets more popular.
  • 31 unique visitors to my shop that day
  • Most of them are from the States
  • 4.32 average pages viewed in my shop
  • Most of them were from direct traffic

I strongly encourage everyone to check it out!

You can check out the videos on Youtube on how to use this feature.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHeKRvo6OhI

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Treasury West - Black and Silver


I feel so fortunate and blessed! I just found out one of my items is included in this Treasury @ Treasury West! Thank you, papermode! Here's the Treasury and a zoom in my listed item and this other item and I absolute adore...
  1. Origami Cube Earrings
    I love these as they reminds me my childhood playing with folded color papers. Simple and chic for everyday wear.
  2. The Swirling Line by aprilkawaoka
    I love the hand cut cloud that is beautiful and simple centrepiece for a everyday necklace.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Snagged a Treasury - Love is ALL AROUND

Snagged a treasury yesterday! This is my first treasury in 2009 (the first one that I snagged!) Given that it's Valentine's Day next month, I decided to do a Love theme treasury!

I love all the hearts that I have selected.... Here's 2 of my favorites.
  1. Plum Heart by JDWolfePottery
    I have always love all the tiny heart bowls! They come in lots of colors.. plum, blue and yellow... And the most amazing thing is that the Plum Heart was sold the very day this treasury was listed!! *Hurray* I always feel excited and happy whenever the items I select in Treasury gets SOLD :)
  2. Green Lovebug by adamsonglass
    This cute lovebug caught my eye when I was scouting for green hearts.. The color combination just make stunning and cute. I think it would look good on my computer monitor.. lol! Definitely a conversation starter or attention grabber!
Can't wait for my next Treasury! I hope everyone will like my picks!

Friday, January 9, 2009

First Treasury in 2009 !!!


I am so honoured to be included in the following treasury and it's "my" first treasury in 2009! The treasury is ... so hard to let them go ... by ellecools. She has included my Little Funky Flower Studs! I can very encouraged when my items get included in other people's treasuries as it often means that my works have got their attention and liking :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Chinese New Year Inspiration

Chinese New Year is early this year... It's will be on the 26 & 27 Jan.. Here in Singapore, we get 2 days of holiday *yippee!* Although, this year I will have to give out red packets to my single / unmarried relatives *sulk :( * Yes.. it is a tradition for the married folks to give out red packets (with money of cos!) to the single / unmarried relatives.. I think I will just limit to children only (as long as they are still studying).. haha :)

Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

In celebration of the coming Chinese New Year, I am inspired to gift wrap all the orders made in my Etsy shop in Red Packets! How fun is that! :) This is only valid for those orders made in the month of January!

I have also made this new pair of earrings. Hopefully it will bring out Chinese New Year festive mood in my Etsy shop. What do you think? :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Collection - Blush

Want to introduce my new collection for the new year. It's call Blush. Basically, it revisited my old love for cluster earrings and decided to do a longer one this time as I get custom orders to do longer ones. In this collection, all the clusters are also designed in a V shape so that they look like a bunch of grapes with more on the top :) So far, I have made 2 of them and I intend to do more. Hopefully the response for them will turn out well. What do you think?