Chinese New Year collection 2019 January 26, 2019 18:12
Yellow flowers and blue cranes long money envelopes
We are so proud to present to you our Chinese New Year collection 2019! Featuring beautiful floral and nature designs, we've got something for everyone as you celebrate the festivities with family.
Japanese nature motifs money envelopes
Blossoming blooms money envelopes
Deepavali collection 2018--beautiful money envelopes and notebook sets October 31, 2018 17:07
Take a look at our Deepavali collection for the year! We've got beautiful money envelopes and notebook sets that your loved ones will definitely enjoy.
Here are our Indian Sari and paisley long money envelopes that are perfect for the season! The bright, rich colours will appeal to anyone young or old.
We have also launched 2 brand new notebook gift sets! These make perfect gifts for anyone who loves journaling or doodling, or just lovers of pretty paper. Our Peacocks and Ferns notebook set (above) and Mandalas in Blue and Red notebook set (below) are great for this festive season.
Here's wishing everyone an amazing November ahead! The year is flying by so quickly. Look out for our Christmas collection which will be coming up next!
A hanakrafts Raya 2018 May 26, 2018 12:07
hanakrafts' latest products! March 30, 2018 12:38
Due to popular demand, our premium origami money envelopes now come in a larger jumbo size! Now you can slip in your dollar notes straight into the envelope without folding! These jumbo envelopes come in two shades: original red and indigo blues.
We have also put our bestselling money envelope designs into collections of 4 so that you can enjoy the whole range at a special price! We have a collection for all our premium origami money envelope designs, and a collection for our jumbo sized money envelopes. We guarantee that you will love every single handcrafted piece in both of these collections!
Christmas markets 2017: Etsy Made Local Singapore and Public Garden Christmas December 22, 2017 23:20
It's just a few more days to Christmas and we hope you're winding down your year nicely! The holidays are the perfect time to relax with family and friends, as well as to reflect on the year that has flown past, so make sure to take some time off for yourself!
In the past few weeks we've had such a great time at these markets, and it's been humbling meeting all our lovely customers in person and getting some new fans of our work too. Read on to find out more--you might even spot yourself in these pictures =)
Etsy Made Local Singapore 2017
This was the second edition of Etsy Made Local Singapore and it was just as successful as its first! Held at Capitol Piazza on 25 and 26 Nov, customers could pick from a wide range of handmade goodies for their early Christmas shopping.
Some of my dearest friends also came to show their support! I'm one lucky girl =)
Public Garden Christmas 2017
Public Garden Christmas edition was held at Suntec City Convention Hall 403 on 9 and 10 Dec, and it was truly a raging success! Just look at the crowds in these photos!
We can't express our gratitude enough to all our customers, friends and family who have always shown their support for our work. Thanks for all the love guys! We truly appreciate it, and we know that we wouldn't be where we are without you. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Basic Bookbinding workshop at MOX Katong Point by hanakrafts October 17, 2017 13:55
How has your October been going? We’ve been having a very busy one, with the big move we’ve made—yes, we’ve moved back to Singapore and are so happy to be home!
People are always asking me what the weather is like in Singapore. This is how it is: always hot, always humid, with no seasons! T-shirts and shorts all year =)
As has always been the case (I’m somewhat of a workaholic; can you tell?) I’ve jumped straight back into the swing of things with my very first bookbinding workshop in Singapore! Kiwis were pretty happy to try their hand at bookbinding so I thought Singaporeans might be too ;)
All set up and ready to go!
Our workshop was conducted in conjunction with the opening of MOX, a brand new independent design resource workspace in Joo Chiat. I had a wonderful afternoon sharing about basic bookbinding with the participants, who each did an amazing job making their very own books!
Hard at work
I will be holding more bookbinding workshops now that I'm back in Singapore, so if you are interested, do look out for them in the near future! Or, if you'd rather purchase some for yourself, head to our Shop section here and view all the lovely handmade goodies on offer just for you.
Intermediate bookbinding workshop: Coptic Stitch Binding August 07, 2017 15:27
On Saturday 5 August, we conducted our second bookbinding workshop at The Arts Village, Rotorua. This intermediate bookbinding workshop was focused on Coptic Stitch binding, which is an ancient bookbinding technique, and we were making books with an exposed stitching on the spine. This is my favourite bookbinding technique because I find the stitching to be so pretty, and it makes the book look so unique!
Image courtesy of The Arts Village, Rotorua.
For this workshop we had a nice small group of 3, and we already knew each other from the introductory bookbinding workshop that we held in March, so the session was really nice because we could catch up with each other while making our books.
We started off with the basics--measuring and cutting the covers (as you can see above), folding pages into signatures, then measuring and poking holes into the covers and pages. Then the fun started--the actual binding! Some of the stitches were quite difficult to get through, but everyone did well and managed to bring home their very own handmade coptic stitch bound book.
A closer look at the stitching done by one of our students
Here we are putting the finishing touches to our books! I really do enjoy teaching my craft so it was great being able to share my love for bookbinding with like-minded people. Hoping for more of such opportunities in the future!
The Little Big Markets @ Papamoa Pony Club July 17, 2017 16:40
On Saturday the 15th of July we attended The Little Big Markets @ Papamoa Pony Club. It was a crisp winter's morning and we were out the door bright and early to make the hour's drive to Papamoa!
Setting up in the beautiful morning glow
It was great meeting new customers and introducing them to our lovingly handmade paper goods. The Little Big Markets is a well-established market in Tauranga so it was nice being part of the fun!
Our stall all set up and ready to go!
Our most interesting request for the day was a birthday card for a farmer, hehe! Luckily we had one that was made out of brown kraft paper with a simple, uncluttered design that was just perfect =)
Ponies and chooks!
Since the market was held at the pony club, there were pony rides being offered for kids, and they could also play with the chickens in the enclosure! Definitely a day out for the little ones =)
The row of stalls that we were in
We were truly blessed with gorgeous winter weather that day. It had been a week of heavy rain and snow so it was nice to finally be able to get out there and have some sun!
We hope to attend more of The Little Big Markets in future so do stay tuned for more updates!
Presenting to you our Eid 2017 money envelopes collection! June 03, 2017 10:23
Top: Modern Batik Eid money envelopes--set of 5 in wide design
Bottom: Classic Batik Eid money envelopes--set of 5 in wide design
Happy June everyone! It's officially winter here in New Zealand, so it's been getting colder and all the trees are almost bare (which means my lawns are full of fallen leaves, but that's another story!) but the nice thing is that the fasting month is really short here, just about 12 hours. Hope everyone is having a great month so far!
I'm so excited to present to you our Eid 2017 money envelopes collection! We've put a lot of thought into this collection and we have a whole range of money envelopes to suit both young and old. I'm sure you will find a design that you love! Remember, every single money envelope has been lovingly handmade, so we hope you will give them out with love too.
We have also listened to the feedback from our customers, so there are some new features that come with this collection:
1. There is a new wide design that will fit all SG and NZ notes folded in half! Most of the envelopes in the Eid collection come in this wide design.
Elegant arabesque Eid Mubarak stamped money envelopes--set of 5 in wide design
Top: Glossy florals money envelopes for Eid--set of 5 in wide design
Bottom: Exotic florals Eid Mubarak stamped money envelopes--set of 5 in wide design
2. Some customers have said they would love to have more money envelopes in each set, so we have done just that! The Bright and Beautiful money envelope collection has 10 money envelopes in each set!
Left: Bright and beautiful origami money envelopes for Eid--set of 10 in jumbo design
Right: Lush foliage money envelopes for Eid--set of 5 in jumbo design
We've also brought back two of our favourites from last year’s Eid collection, because we know how much you love them! They are our Evergreen Eid Mubarak and Lovely Florals sets. They flew off the shelves last year so make sure you grab them now before they’re snapped up again!
Evergreen Eid Mubarak stamped money envelopes--set of 5 in tall design
Lovely florals Eid money envelopes--set of 5 in tall design
Also, we have an Eid promotion applicable to both our website and Etsy shop:
- All orders of $50 and above will receive a freebie especially from us!
- All orders of $70 and above will receive free shipping, wherever you are in the world! (Note: This will automatically apply on our website. On Etsy, enter coupon code EID70FREESHIP at checkout.)
Happy shopping and Ramadan Mubarak, everyone!
All about our crafty weekend of firsts: teaching our first bookbinding class and Art in the Park 2017! April 06, 2017 15:05
Happy April everyone! I'm so excited to tell you all about the crafty weekend that we had here at hanakrafts about 2 weeks ago. It was pretty exhausting but I had loads of fun!
Photo courtesy of The Arts Village
We conducted our very first bookbinding class on Saturday 25 March, hosted by The Arts Village in Rotorua. We had a nice intimate group of 6 participants and over 3 hours, I taught two basic bookbinding techniques: saddle stitch binding and Japanese stab binding. This meant that the participants got to bring home 2 new handmade notebooks of their own!
Photo courtesy of The Arts Village
Near the end of the session, I also demonstrated coptic stitch binding as a teaser for future workshops. This technique is pretty advanced, so I would definitely need at least a 6 hour workshop to teach the entire process.
Most of our notebook sets make use of saddle stitch binding, as seen in this photo. Follow this link to take a look at some of our hand-bound notebook collections!
It was good to get tips from the participants about where to get certain tools and materials in Rotorua--apparently op shops might be a good and affordable place to look for threads and awls! It was also nice to hear that they wanted to have more of such workshops in future and that they were also interested in more advanced bookbinding techniques. Looks like I will need to go back to the planning board soon! =)
Photo courtesy of The Arts Village
Then once I got home from the workshop, it was on to finalizing my prep for Art in the Park, which was scheduled to continue the next day despite the impending rain. This was another first for me--can you guess what first it was?
Yup, it was my very first outdoor market! I was a little apprehensive about signing up as a vendor because I was afraid that my delicate paper products wouldn't be able to withstand the elements in the outdoors. One of the other vendors convinced me to try it out, though--she said that Art in the Park is a well-known annual event and that many people from the Bay of Plenty region would be there. That sounded exciting to me so I signed up and then made sure that I was prepared with waterproof sheets and a gazebo. I'm glad that I did eventually take part because there was quite a crowd despite the rain and business was actually pretty good! Goes to show that taking a risk and stepping outside your comfort zone can actually be good for you!
Our stall was just opposite the coffee stand and the rotunda so we had good music and hot drinks all the way through! There was also a children's activity area where I met some of my tuition kids =)
A closer look at our stall. When we arrived to set up, it really started to pour so we were setting up our gazebo in the rain! Halfway through one of the other stall holders came by and told us to take shelter at his tent first, promising to help us once the rain let up. We were really so touched by his kindness =) and he wasn't the only one who offered to help!
We were right next to the gates of the Government Gardens!
During the market it was quite funny because when some of the customers found out that I do bookbinding, they were like, 'Oh there's a lady doing a bookbinding workshop at the Arts Village!' And I was like, 'Yes that's me!' And then they were like, 'Oh I'd love to go for the workshop!' And I was like, 'Ummm.. It was yesterday!' Hehehe, that kinda tickled me a little bit. It's good to know that there's interest in bookbinding though!
So that was our busy crafty weekend! How did your weekend go? =)
Interview and feature on the Australian Wandarrah Etsy blog March 21, 2017 05:36
I'm so excited to be kicking off this week with this interview and blog feature that is all about Hanakrafts! I really enjoyed doing the interview because it made me think about so many of the things that are important to me and the running of my business. This question, in particular, brought back lovely memories of home and my childhood:
"Your Etsy shop ‘About’ page tells a lovely story about how you grew up crafting alongside of your mum. Could you tell us more about the rituals involved in Hari Raya and how the envelopes in particular are used in these rituals?"
Read the interview at http://australianwandarrah.weebly.com/…/the-wandarrahs-road… to find out my response to this question and more!
March 2017 Sulphur City market: meeting the mayor March 06, 2017 11:39
March is actually here! I'm constantly amazed at how quickly the months pass by. It promises to be an exciting month ahead with not one, but two markets in the pipeline, as well as a workshop! So let's start off with the first market which is this month's edition of the Sulphur City market.
Because it was the Children's Day weekend, they had a couple of booths just for the kiddos. This one was a fire engine ride (which initially made the stallholders a little panicky when we heard the sirens) and they also had a kids' activity by the Philippines Club.
My highlight of the day was meeting the mayor of Rotorua!! Hehe. When she came by my stall I was thinking to myself, where have I seen this woman? She's quite stylish with her short crop and green-rimmed glasses and has a very distinctive look. She was pretty generous with her compliments and said that some of my paper designs looked Maori- inspired... Hmm I wasn't too sure about that but I'll take it! Anyway she ended up buying one of my notecard sets and it was only after she had left that I remembered who she was! I was kicking myself for not having taken a paparazzi photo with her. It was nice of her to come down and support our community events in her personal capacity though =)
Lots of people out and about! These stalls on the right belong to a woodworking organisation. I've spent much money there for sure because the quality of the items they make is amazing!
The view from behind my stall. These portraits of Maori women stretched all along the corridor, so I was admiring them the whole time!
My second market in March will be Art in the Park--I've finally mustered up the courage to register as a vendor! I wasn't keen on it initially because I'm afraid my paper products won't do well when exposed to the elements (I'm terrified that it will rain!), but my next door neighbour at Sulphur City convinced me to try it out because the turnout is always good. It will be my very first outdoor market and there's so much prep to do but I'm so excited about it! Look out for updates on it soon!
Sulphur City Arts & Crafts Market--February 2017 February 16, 2017 14:10
If you haven't realized it by now, I am a huge fan of the Arts Village here in Rotorua. I love the space and the community that it serves, and the people who run it are such a diligent and fun group of individuals who are artists themselves. I'm there all the time--checking out exhibitions, attending talks and sharing sessions, and selling at markets, which brings me to our post for this week--the first edition of the Sulphur City Art & Crafts Market!
In the past the Arts Village would have a monthly market, but this year the planning of the market has been handed over to an independent local artist and rebranded as well. The first market was held on Sat 4 Feb, and there were about 30 stallholders who attended. This time round I was in one of the studios, not along the corridor like I was for the Christmas market.
We were blessed with beautiful summery weather once again, which meant that there was a good crowd, but I think there were more people at the Christmas market (not surprisingly). There were also interesting food stalls this time round--there was a fresh fruit ice-cream stall which everyone was flocking to!
I had more journals on offer this time (yup I was sewing books like crazy in the days leading up to the market), and I also had some new journals on offer, including ones with exposed binding on the spine, which everyone seemed to love! I also wanted to clear my 2017 planners so I put them up for sale--thankfully, some of them got sold, yay!
A closer look at our newest products: our exposed coptic stitch binding journals. This one has a pretty peach cover with orchids and gold accents! Look out for them on our website here!
Introduction to Bookbinding taster class! February 08, 2017 09:52
Where has the time gone--it's already February! Can't believe time is flying by so fast.
One of the things that I wanted to do this year was to conduct more workshops for the public. Well, thanks to the Arts Village here in Rotorua, we have planned exactly that! We will be starting with an Introduction to Bookbinding taster class on the 25th of March 2017. I will be teaching 2 types of bookbinding stitches and you will get to bring home your very own hand-bound notebooks. If you happen to be in Rotorua and are interested to learn something new, come join us! Sign-ups are available on the FB event page here, or at the Arts Village website here. Can't wait!
The Arts Village Big Christmas Market 2016 January 04, 2017 19:13
Hey there! Welcome to our very first blog post for 2017. I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season with beloved friends and family! Hubby and I did a lot of tramping and explored the region a little further. Thankfully we had some good sunny weather over the new year weekend!
For this post I thought it might be nice to write about the very first craft market that we attended in Rotorua. Held at the Arts Village, which is an amazing community-run arts organization and venue, the Big Christmas Market was a showcase of beautiful goods by talented local makers and artists. It was supposed to be held on 10 Dec but it was postponed for a week due to inclement weather.
That's our stall! Ours was indoors, next to one of the inner doors leading to the lawns outside. That meant lots of sun and people-watching for us!
A closer look at our stall. We had a few new features--we added boxes for more height in our display, and we also put out a sign-up sheet for a mailing list which we were thinking of starting in 2017. Also, from previous experience at other markets in NZ, people aren't so sure what money envelopes are because they aren't as ubiquitous here as they are in Singapore and other Asian countries. So I thought it would be good to put up a brief explanation of what they're good for--that they can be used not just to present money, but also gift cards and vouchers. That was put in the little black frame right in the middle of the table. The market was also a good opportunity to sell our new 2017 planners and journals =)
There was a small hula hoop booth on the lawns outside so the kids were having fun playing around! These Japanese kids were really enjoying themselves as you can see. (I really love that little girl's outfit by the way. So chic!)
My most interesting customer of the day was this guy, who looked like your typical All Black, who came to my stall and started admiring our journals. He then called his mum over, and then later his wife and daughter, and went through our whole range of items with them, all the time saying that the items were so beautifully made and unique. In the end he bought some cards, left the stall, and then a few minutes later came running back because he'd forgotten to take our namecard, haha! I was pretty pleased but also quite stunned because that's not at all how I imagine my target customer =D feels good to have a new fan of our work though!
Photo courtesy of The Arts Village
Another heartwarming experience was the camaraderie that I felt among the vendors. The vendors next to me were 2 ladies who sold an assortment of vintage items, including clothes and dolls, as well as paper flowers. The lady who made the flowers had baked some fruitcake for the day and gave me a whole slab to take home! Another vendor was an old neighbour of a colleague of mine and she sold really beautiful shibori scarves and cushion covers. Unfortunately, she was going to close down her business, so she was just selling her stock off at the market. I got myself one of her shibori scarves in a pretty peach colour, and got a linoprint free! Of course that wasn't my only purchase at the market--some of the items sold were just too gorgeous to resist--I also got myself some pottery and plants! I think it was a really good market for me both as a vendor and a customer, and it was also good to make some new friends at the same time. Can't wait to check out the other local craft markets I could potentially sell at!
Hanakrafts' Christmas gift guide 2016--the gift guide with a merry twist! November 30, 2016 08:37
We've got such a wide range of handmade paper goods on our website now that we thought a Christmas gift guide might be a good idea! If you're stuck and unsure about what to give a particular person in your life, read on... but these people we are thinking of are just a tad bit different in their own quirky ways!
PS: Click on the photos to view the products in our store.
For your emo brother who secretly writes songs and poems when inspired:
I have 2 brothers who are both far from emo but one of them DOES have this journal in blue! These journals have intricate geometric designs on the covers but they come in colours that are still guy-friendly. They also come in a handy A6 size that is easy to carry around (because guys are always walking around bag-free, aren't they?)
For that chic co-worker you know who loves all things Japanese:
These cards are quietly festive and yet stylish with a textured lace origami paper background! They would look gorgeous pinned up at your co-worker's desk too!
For your girlfriends who are just that little bit kooky (and that's why you love them):
Brighten up their Christmas further with these polka-dotted greeting cards that they are sure to love!
For your sophisticated friend who has been bitten by the travel bug:
Gift envelopes featuring gorgeous geometric designs in red, green and gold--so festive and so aesthetically pleasing! They are sure to remind her of the European or Middle Eastern architecture that she has encountered before on one of her many trips abroad.
For old folks who are still young-at-heart and are often found Instagramming (!) their homecooked dishes:
The Peranakan batik designs on these notebooks are so beautifully traditional but the bright feisty colours make them coolly modern too. Perfect for grandma to write her recipes in!
For the spunky young couple just starting a new home together:
These festive gift envelopes would be perfect for you to present monetary gifts, vouchers or gift cards for the couple to have a shopping spree at IKEA / Crate & Barrel / Anthropologie / Bed Bath & Beyond or whichever store suits their aesthetic!
For the workaholic corporate boss who needs some art in his or her life:
This gift idea actually came from one of our customers who said she would use these envelopes to give out her namecards at boring networking events! We say that's a brilliant way to inject some fun and beauty into your corporate life!
For your friends' cute kiddos:
All kids love Christmas presents, but if you're not so sure what they'd like, vouchers would be the perfect gift so that your friends (i.e. the kiddos' parents) will be able to buy what they actually need. These colourful envelopes will make the giving of vouchers a still-pretty affair and nothing to be scoffed at!
For your little niece who loves all creatures big or small:
We are sure she would love this notebook set featuring pretty butterflies! The notebooks are hand-stitched and are bestsellers at all the craft fairs we attend.
For an arty-farty teenager who loves to doodle and draw (and dilly-dally):
Give them the freedom to express themselves with these hand-stitched marbled notebooks that have blank pages inside. Choose from 3 colours for this set of 2 notebooks: pink, orange or blue.
We hope you have enjoyed our very first Christmas gift guide! Can't believe we didn't do this last year--it was fun coming up with all these ideas =) Happy shopping and may you have a wonderful festive season with your loved ones.
Christmas orders cut-off dates November 16, 2016 10:49
It has been quite a mad week here, beginning with the earthquake that hit NZ early Monday morning. Thankfully we are ok, but my thoughts and prayers are with the people in Kaikoura, Wellington and the surrounding towns who have been severely affected. Here's hoping that things will get back to normal soon for everyone.
We have also finally updated our website and Etsy store with our Christmas orders cut-off dates. It's important to place your orders before these dates to ensure that you will receive your items in time for Christmas! Our items are handmade so it does take some time for me to make them before I send them out =)
US, UK, Asia, Europe: Thursday 1 Dec 2016
Australia: Tuesday 6 Dec 2016
New Zealand: Monday 19 Dec 2016
Rest of the world: Tuesday 29 Nov 2016
If you place your order after this date, there is no guarantee that your items will reach you in time for Christmas, but we will do our best! Please leave us a note with your order if you require your items in time for Christmas. Thank you and have an awesome countdown to the festive season!
The Big Move to Rotorua! October 24, 2016 12:13
So we moved again, not across continents this time thankfully, but across the country to the North Island! Welcome to our new home in Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region!
When we first went to view this house, we fell in love with its space and layout, and it didn't hurt that we had a treehouse in the front yard as well!
It took me a full day to unpack my boxes and set up my hanakrafts workstation in one of the spare rooms, but I did it! This is just the table, mind you--you're not seeing the rest of the storage boxes and bags on the floor! And if you're wondering what the view outside of that window is like...
...this is it! I absolutely love the greenery, and because we moved in spring, we were blessed with even more bountiful views. Rotorua has been amazing and I love the fact that there is a vibrant arts community here with lots of workshops, exhibitions and markets to attend. I'm looking forward to play my small part in this community too!
Maker's Market Sept 2016 at Capitol Piazza September 26, 2016 19:07
The Maker's Market is a monthly weekend event that takes place at different locations all over the island. This time round, it was being held at the new luxury mall, Capitol Piazza, which is located at the historical Capitol Theatre. It was my first time selling in the day in Singapore, and since it was an outdoor (but thankfully sheltered) location, it was bound to get a little bit hot at some point! So I definitely had to equip myself with an electric fan, which meant I had to pay an extra $10 for access to a powerpoint. Oh well!
I actually really loved the setting of the market--the plaza had carpet grass (which meant that my friends who came could have a little picnic behind me with their kids hahaha), it was nice and open, and there was ample space between stalls. Also, the vendors were provided with proper chairs and not stools, which is a relief when you're sitting there for 8 straight hours. The crowd was quite inconsistent though--there were surges of people in the afternoon, but other than that, it was quite thin. I had expected another surge after dinner, but there weren't as many people as in the afternoon. I guess the mall is still pretty new so it might still be building its own visitor base.
My beautiful friends and little kiddos who came to visit! =)
These were some of our items on sale--greeting cards were a hit that day! There was a lady and her husband who snapped up almost all our Christmas cards--"It's never too early!" Hahaha!
I have also added more jumbo-sized money envelopes at the suggestion of a close friend who said it's so much easier to just slip in the dollar notes without having to fold them =) The 3 packets on the bottom right are the ones made of premium yuzen origami paper which I mentioned in my previous blog post. Very luxurious to the touch, elegant in style and perfect for all kinds of occasions!
I think this will be the last market I will be selling at in Singapore, at least for now, as we will be heading back to NZ soon. I've loved having family and friends coming to visit my booth and also helping out--I will really miss that if I do sell in NZ again!
MAAD market September 2016 September 13, 2016 20:19
This post is a little bit overdue, but I thought it would still be useful to keep a record of some of the reflections I had after the event. This was the 2nd time I had taken part in the MAAD market at the Red Dot Design Museum, but it was quite a different experience from the first time. For one, we were in a completely different space quite deep in the gallery, as compared to the first time when we were located pretty near the entrance, just next to the souvenir shop. Also, the crowd swelled at different timings throughout the night--in August, there was quite a constant flow of people all the way from 6-10pm, but this time, the crowd was thin all the way till 9pm, when there was suddenly a HUGE crowd all the way till 11pm.
There were a few new items that I had during this market: the Japanese yuzen origami journals, and the premium origami money envelopes in a jumbo size. Some of my customers from the previous market had asked whether I had the premium origami money envelopes in a larger size, and I thought that that was a great idea, so I trialled it at this market. It's not easy to find the paper being sold in larger dimensions, though, so I think it will always be an item with highly limited stock if I do eventually list it on my online store.
This customer was particularly memorable for me =) she really adored my hand-bound journals and was so torn between getting the Lokta journal or the Japanese yuzen origami journal! It was so cute how she was oohing and aahing over how well-made they were and how the covers were so pretty.. I was so touched by that! And it's people like her who really drive me and my work making handmade paper goods =) Paper lovers 4EVA heehee!
There were some other conversations that I had which were memorable as well. There was one customer who did a once-over of all my items, and then asked me how long I had been in business for. I told her just over a year, and she was pretty impressed because she said I had made so many items in such a short time! Another customer commented that all the items were so colourful and diverse, and that no two patterns were the same. It's these kinds of comments that really put a smile on my face and inspire me to keep going. Of course there are also other , less positive comments, but I refuse to dwell on them because they aren't my ideal customers. I will just keep looking out for other paper lovers just like me!
hanakrafts @ MAAD Pyjamas market on 5 August 2016 August 10, 2016 13:30
Hubby and I have been back in Singapore for a couple of weeks now, and we've been enjoying lots of quality time with dearly-missed family and friends. I was also thinking that I should do some hanakrafts-related work while I'm back too, like teaching courses or selling at markets, so I signed up for the MAAD Pyjamas market, which happened last Friday! It's a monthly market for locally-made goods held at the Red Dot Design Museum. It was the first time that I'd ever sold in person in Singapore, so I was pretty excited! As usual I told myself not to have too many expectations--as long as I sold enough to cover the participation fee, I should be happy with myself. (Trust me, this really helps to quell the nervousness.) My aim was just to put myself out there and to introduce hanakrafts to a wider audience back home.
This was my booth! This time round I used more baskets to display my items, and I also plucked up the courage to use my banner. Haha! When I was selling in Gore, I already had the banner, but it was such a small event I felt hesitant to use it. Also, because money envelopes are more commonly used in SG, they were the highlight of my display.
The crowd at the market was huge. The event was from 5pm till midnight, and from 6 till 1030pm, there was a constant stream of people passing through, which was great! My booth was indoors and sort of en route to the exit, so we had a good catchment of people. What did people gravitate towards? The hand-bound notebooks and, as expected, the premium origami envelopes! I also received some custom orders for cards and notebooks, as well as some possible wholesale offers (!!!) which I would need to mull over.
The best part about selling while back home is having family to help! Heheheh. I recruited my mum and younger bro, and big bro also dropped by after work. Dad fetched us after the event as well. Because of all their help hubby and I could take breaks, have our meals properly and take a look at the other stalls too!
I was also really touched by the support of other family members and friends who came all the way to say hi and to buy my items! I am always reminded of how blessed I am to have people in my life who really love the things that I make and who are constantly showing their support for my work. It really means so much to me and I hope they know that =)
Another thing that really amazed me was the close-knit community of SG makers. Everyone who had a stall there was friendly and supportive, and we were all visiting each other and sharing about our work. I met jewellery makers, pottery artists, and even fellow book-binders who were all so passionate about their handmade businesses. It's amazing being a part of this homegrown handmade community and I think we should all be really proud of what we do. If you like our work, do show your support for us! It really means so much =)
Our first market in Singapore: The MAAD Pyjamas market! August 01, 2016 23:36
July has been a busy month--we've packed our things and flown back to Singapore for a while to spend valuable time with beloved family and friends. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to open a hanakrafts booth for the very first time in Singapore! So this Friday, hanakrafts will be at the MAAD Pyjamas market at the Red Dot Design Museum together with other talented artists and makers. Hope to see you there!
My first sales event--Gore 4 Sale July 01, 2016 19:57 2 Comments
A week ago there was a garage sale/ car boot sale event in Gore. Since they also offered stall tables and they allowed vendors to sell anything they liked, I jumped at the opportunity to do my first in-person sales event! It cost $10 per table which was pretty affordable, and the event was from 10am to 3pm at the James Cumming Wing, which is just a stone's throw away from home. I really had no excuse to chicken out of this one!
This was how the hanakrafts stall looked like after setting up. We thought it might take us some time to set up but it actually took us less than half an hour. I suppose that's also because I had spent some time conceptualizing the whole set up at home, which I would highly recommend for any small biz owners running their first sales event. You will have less of a headache thinking of what to put where on the day itself!
Almost all the props and displays that I used were sourced from home, amazingly enough. The journals, notebook sets and long money envelopes were placed in these drawers, which were actually from our bedside tables! They were the perfect size and gave a nice homely feel to the display.
I also used woven baskets that were already in our home.This plastic card display was the only thing I bought, and I did so because I needed a neat way to display the cards. The cards were a hit on that day! I think people here still send handwritten greeting cards for special events, and haven't really gone down the whole e-card route, which is pretty sweet. I had some cute requests that will tell you some things about the demographics in Gore. "Do you have cards for a golden wedding anniversary/ a get well soon card/ a card for an old lady who just moved house?" =) Luckily I had some general cards for all occasions that did the trick!
Our customers really loved these Japanese stab-binding notebooks too! They were cooing over how 'clever' it was to stitch designs into the spines of the books.
(By the way, you might notice that I offered discounted prices on almost all items that day! That was done on purpose so please don't be shocked that the prices indicated are cheaper than what you can find on my websites.)
Hubby took this photo of me while I was taking note of my inventory. I forgot to do that one essential thing at home! Luckily I remembered to do so before the event started.
You might be surprised to learn that even though hanakrafts has been running for a year now, this is only my first sales event. All this while hanakrafts has only been operating online, and that's partly because I hadn't yet mustered up the courage to sell in person. It makes me nervous! Upon reflection, though, I guess I have no reason to be anxious. Sales events give me the perfect opportunity to see how people respond to my products, which ones they gravitate towards and why, and whether my price points work. On that day, I was pleased to see that the customers were reacting very positively to all the products, and they were pretty impressed by the fact that everything was handmade. Also, even though they weren't quite sure what money envelopes were, they were very receptive when I started to explain their uses. They also loved the feel of the yuzen chiyogami origami paper, which was great! It feels good spreading the love of beautiful paper around =)
Etsy Craft Party 2016 in Auckland! June 21, 2016 12:31
So the Etsy Craft Party has come and gone so quickly! It was a really successful event--it was great meeting like-minded people with a passion for handmade goods, and it was fun learning new skills and watching everyone's creative juices flowing.
The night before was spent at the hotel finalizing my display baskets and card-making kits. I made 16 kits and thankfully so because the first workshop was over-subscribed!
This was the calm before the storm. See the queue of people forming outside waiting to get into the first few workshops!
My display of items for sale.
The other items on display as well! Everything was really gorgeous, and made even more so because you knew they were all carefully handmade.
The first session of my card-making workshop! It was great fun being a teacher again, haha. I think I made the small mistake of putting out too many materials though, which made it messy and a little confusing, so for the second workshop I reminded myself that sometimes, less is better! It was good to see the participants having fun and thinking about the designs that they would like for their own gatefold cards.
There were also many kids attending the workshops with their parents, which was heartwarming to see.
It was a little bit quieter in the afternoon so for my second workshop, I only had 2 ladies with me. But it was good because they were crafters too, so we got to know each other a lot more closely, and by the end of the workshop, they had taught me something too--how to set up an Instagram account! (Yes, I know, I feel ancient.) Aren't their cards beautiful?
A group shot at the end of the event! Here I am with some of the other artists, event organizers and little helpers =) Really hope to be able to work with them again someday!
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