Do you still remember the story about my artistic mother? Well, she is still painting and since then has made more progress, so I made a video of her paintings using an original song I wrote last night as the background music, and also added captions.. Let this be a tribute to be all great mothers in the world -- thank you for your love and sacrifice. May you all have a great Mother's Day, and if you have dreams, please don't give them up! Your children will only be happy for you when they see how your dreams make you happy.
If you enjoy the paintings, leave a comment below -- my mother would love to know what you think about them!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I just came back from a fabulous weekend trip to Las Vegas to meet my friends from Etsy and can't wait to share these pictures with you. I have been talking with these successful artists / entrepreneurs online since 2008, and this was the first time we finally got to meet each other in person and spend some time together, so I was super excited. This was the day when my "virtual friends" turned into "real friends". It's amazing to finally be able to look into their eyes and know they are real people in real world, and as awesome in person as online!
Most people (including me) don't realize it actually can get a little chilly in Las Vegas in winter. In fact, there was a cold front during the time of our stay, and the temperature dropped to 20s at night. Mike and I spent most of the time inside the hotels on the strip because of that. I am really glad we finally put on our thick jackets and walked down the strip one night to see the famous Ballagio Fountains. I felt like I could just stand there watching the fountains all night long.
Of course one must not forget to take a "I-have-been-here" tourist shot before leaving. I think I look rather happy here despite being totally freezing --
This was my second trip to Vegas, and the first time to Grand Canyon. If I could do it all over again, here are what I would do differently ....
1. I would rent a car in Vegas so I could go see downtown or other places instead of getting stuck on the Strip. There are many things to do and see around Vegas that would require a car. Being stuck on the strip means one is more likely to participate in activities that involve more money (such as gambling).
2. Instead of sitting inside the hotel buildings and buy water at $3 per bottle, walk down the strip to those gift shops where the same bottle would only cost 50 cents.
3. I would try to see some famous shows, even through they are a little costly.
4. I would want to stay at Grand Canyon overnight.
5. Restaurants right next to casinos tend to have very horrible service. Do not eat there.
6. Write down the taxi driver's name or license number, because some of them are dishonest and will take you through a long route just to make more money (ask how I know!).
Also, in case you didn't know, the shark reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay is too small and boring for the price they're charging. I have been to quite a few aquariums and this one is among the least exciting one.
I guess that sums up my whole trip! I'm in a pretty good mood today because my facebook page
just reached 1000 likes yesterday. Yay!!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The holidays are fast approaching, so I thought I would do a post to help you select the perfect birthstone jewelry design for yourself or your loved ones.
My custom birthstone jewelry designs are created with genuine gemstones and precious metal (sterling silver or 14k gold filled). These pieces are handcrafted from scratch using wires of different thickness, and no glue is used. Except for Family Nest necklaces, all of my birthstone necklace designs have a hand formed wire frame, on to which genuine gemstone beads are wrapped using thin wire.
Selection of Gemstones
Instead of man made crystal or lab created gemstones, my birthstone jewelry designs are made with genuine natural gemstones. Most of these gemstones are hand cut and purchased directly from my suppliers in India and Hong Kong. Being "natural" means they may have slightly different cut and size, and the shade may also vary depending on the current inventory. I spend significant amount of capital on the gemstones every year to ensure I use the highest quality gemstones that work for my designs and match in cut and size as much as possible. Matching different birthstones for my birthstone jewelry is a time consuming process, but it gives me immense joy to know this is a gift the wearer will cherish.
Option of Substituting Natural Gemstones With Swarovski Crystal
Most of my birthstone jewelry photos are taken under natural daylight and only edited very minimally. While 99% of my customers are happy with the quality of the gemstones, a small percent of customers feel the stones are "dull". Direct sunlight and artificial spotlight will give the stones the sparkle you see in my pictures. If it's not enough for you, remember natural gemstones are usually not as sparkly as man made stones. If it is more important for you to have the sparkle, I also offer Swarovski crystal as a substitute.
Possibility of Adding New Stones in the Future
Many customers have asked whether new stones can be added in the future, and the answer depends on your choice of design. Circle of Love and Open Heart are the recommended designs to order if your (or the gift recipient's) family is still expanding (although you need to keep in mind the maximum capacity of the pendant frame). Family Nest , Family Line and We Are Family cannot be altered in the future to add new stones.
How Many Birthstones Do You Need ?
For families with a single child, I recommend adding parents' birthstones to your choice of design. For families with multiple children, whether to add parents' birthstones is usually optional and based on personal preferences. If you are uncertain, always go with your intuition. Most of my designs look the best with 3~7 stones, while certain designs, such as Family Line necklace and the charm bracelet, look the best with 6 or more stones.
How Should The Stones Be Arranged?
You will need to specify the preferred stone arrangement in the message box. If not specified, I will arrange the stones based on the order they are listed in the message box. Some people prefer arranging the stones based on the order of birth, while some people prefer arranging them aesthetically (please specify if you would like me to arrange them for you). Some people also prefer having the parents birthstones on the ends, surrounding the children's.
Gifts for Mothers, Sisters, Best Friends
Even though my birthstone jewelry is originally designed as jewelry for mothers and grandmothers, they also make great gifts for many other occasions. Purchasing multiples of the same design for your sisters or best friends.
Well, I guess that is it for now. Questions? Post in the comment box below. Or if you are are ready to become my next happy customer, you can order them here.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Today is my 34th birthday. Mike got me an awesome chocolate and cream cake from Publix, which we decided to start eating yesterday, since technically it was already my birthday at Taiwan time and my friends and family across the globe all wished me happy birthday already. I worked overtime yesterday so that I could take today off. In the past I always worked on my birthday if fell on a weekday, but this year I decided to do something different. I felt it was simply a better idea to give myself a day off to reflect on things in the past year and plan for the next year.
I did promise myself to write a blog post, so here I am, writing.
It gets very hot here in SC in the Summer, so I usually stay indoors for almost 6 months straight (from May through October) to hide from the heat. Imagine how excited I was to wake up and find it to be a gorgeous beautiful cool day with a nice breeze. I had some leftovers for lunch and went out for a short day trip to Drayton Hall Plantation.
home recordings of my piano playing, started a new blog in Chinese, and also built a new website. I have been performing locally with my piano ensemble group, and also started teaching the piano. It's not easy to juggle between jewelry making, music, reading and writing, but I'm getting better and better as time goes on.
In the 34th year of my life, I will make a small effort everyday to get closer to my dreams, and I will learn to love myself and be happy.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
After months of preparation and hard work, I was finally able to launch my new website this week! The original plan was to launch in April, but I got swamped by Mother's Day orders much sooner than I expected, so I had to postpone the launch. The new site has a wider layout and bigger images and is loaded with features. My main goal is to provide you with a pleasant shopping experience with easy navigation and more customization options. The image above shows what the home page looks like. A click anywhere on the large main image will take you right to the shop area. Below the main image are featured items.
Once you enter the shop, select the category on the left, or click any image to go to the category --
Other than the regular descriptions, many items also have a tiny "Spec" tab that shows the most important details of the design (such as measurement and the type of stones used). Below the description is a list of recommended designs, and below that shows your browsing history, which can be turned on or off with one click. --