Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sassy Hong Kong and Twitter!

The lovely girls at Sassy Hong Kong - a social networking group for women in HK - featured Bejewelled Bespoke in their blog!

Check it out here:

Thank you!

Monday, April 27, 2009

A little trip to China - A photo blog post!

A picture says a thousand words. With this saying in mind, I thought that the best way to write about my latest getaway to a second tier city in China called Changsha is to do a photo blog-style post.

And so..voila!

This lady had pushed her street-side cart from her countryside farm all the way to one of the university areas of the city to sell Tianjin-style snackfood. She does this every morning and gets there by noon - just in time for lunch. The lengths and lengths of crunchy sweet or savory rolls are sold by weight to university students and residents alike.

The twisted biscuits are coated in caramel, and very sweet but doughy. I really enjoyed the square pieces of ground dough, nuts and caramel that were chewy and crunchy at the same time.

Window shutters of a residential apartment block in the rain. A piece of architecture that really caught my eye.

Doggie fashion in China. Such cute little red and black sneaker boots! - I could see this on Etsy ;)

Looking through the window of a corridor in a old apartment block of a community called a "Dan Wei". I learnt that Chinese families are given an apartment if they have served the government somehow for some time. This was in a university 'dan wei' - many of the residents were elderly but at some point in their lives, had worked for the university.

Graves on the side of Mount Yuelu after the Ching Ming festival. This festival is where families pray or pay respects to their ancestors. They light firecrackers to ward off evil spirits and bad luck.

A peek out the window. Someone had put their laundry out to dry.

The entrance to an apartment block in a 'dan wei' - the colourful letterboxes in an otherwise quite old and drab building caught my eye. I love how the old bicycle was positioned just right outside!

Burnt candlesticks at a temple in Changsha.

Drying nuts (?) on a make-shift balcony of mops.

These little bamboo rickety chairs are what we sat on in some restaurants in Changsha. They are so tiny that it took awhile to get used to. My knees were practically in my face! The food in Changsha is predominantly spicy. People tend to eat heavy lunches washed down with local rice wine or beer. The beer was so light that it was almost watery - drinkable for me as I am not a fan of heavy wheaty beers ;) Even though it was a weekday there were huge groups of people having long lunches..and getting drunk!

A small road makes way for make-shift markets. This "seafood" seller sold frogs and eels (?) - the latter was being gutted by the roadside very deftly.

I love this photo of the market. Everything here looks so fresh and bright - which is such a contrast to the surroundings. Colour in country China seems hard to come by and the markets are one place where you suddenly have all this colour!

The city centre of Changsha on a rainy day.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Mothers' Day Sale!

Apologies for the lack of updates. Have been travelling a whole heap over the last 2 weeks, and I am finally back in action this weekend!

Without further ado, I'm announcing my first sale - just in time for Mothers' Day on May 10th.

So on top of absolutely free shipping (and registered post too!), you get an extra 10% off every purchase...and wait for this: 20% off if you buy two items or more!

If you see something you like but want it in a different colour, different chain, or want me to change it in any way, just drop me an e-mail ( or convo me on Etsy!

Psssst: A special mention to the lovely girls at HK Fashion Geek Blog for linking my sale! ->
Follow their blog for delectable shoe finds, fashion updates and much more!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Blog feature!

The lovely Tara of Youniquely Chic has featured me on her blog!


Monday, April 6, 2009

Sneak Peak!

The result of a hard day's work!

Silk, ruffles, roses, line, tulle = a gorgeous rose bib necklace in cream with a ribbon tie. Guaranteed to breathe life into that ubitiquous LBD or a strapless top.

It has yet to hit my Etsy store because I also spent the other half of the day putting up listings. I have about 6 new designs listed today so check it out. My favourite has to be the Piece de Resistance Earrings. These are earrings which I made two months ago, and I never actually got a chance to list them because I had so many orders for them from people I met here in HK. I've finally gotten through it all, so here they are:

They're made from 14K gold plated components with cubic zirconia briolettes. They literally sparkle! Each briolette is wire-wrapped by yours truly - so you can see why it takes ages to make.
Love them? Or love my items?
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All my items come with free shipping to anywhere in the world - and additional saving, and hey, just another reason to take a look.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dedicated to the best thread on Etsy!

A few months ago, I rediscovered Etsy. Sure, I'd made the odd purchase here and there over the last few years but never really did it interest me as a seller. Moving overseas to a country where they are yet to establish true craft markets (correct me if I'm wrong but I've searched!), suddenly Etsy was the way to go for someone who couldn't be bothered sitting down for a month to create a website.
A month or two ago, I discovered the forums. And a few weeks ago, I discovered the best thread on Etsy, started by the wonderful mikiep.

I thought that I would dedicate this post to all the wonderful people and their stores that I have met on this thread. You guys are just "rad"!

(Disclaimer: Use of "rad" and "super mega ninja" is solely due to influence from Chris @ StoverTileAndDesigns)

mikiep - Ever elusive (to me anyway!), full of great advice, and does the most whimsical illustrations on Etsy.

RavenX - mikiep's lovelier half, her store Dirty Pretty Things stocks the most delicious scented candles on Etsy.

YouniquelyChic - The super rad ninja Etsy guru who knows everything about Etsy, marketing, crystal jewelry, name it, she can probably do it!

StoverTileandDesigns - Chris makes the most amazing granite creations in the Etsy community. My man doesn't know yet, but we are hauling back a beautiful Blue Paradise cheese platter from the States. We give Chris the sole credit of reviving the word 'Rad'.

yarn2spin - Stocks yarn, and lots of it! Check out her blog for cute angora rabbits. They are adorable! Pssst: Her other store here is having a crazy sale right now ;)

DavidBurnsSmith - Artist extraordinaire! You have to see his Five of Cups paintings - definitely a collector's item.

SatinDolly - A polymer clay artist, and also the one behind our new team, Etsy Global. Her polymer clay rose creations are simply outstanding.

RachaelsGarden- Karen is a talented painter and creator as evidenced by her handcrafted and painted birdhouses. Check our her store (dedicated to her daughter) of magical items of folk art paintings, and personalized keepsakes galore!

BettysOriginalKnits - Coined the term 'man yarn'. Check out her man hats and her lovely shrugs. Her hard work really shines through her creations.

inkihandmade - This girl not only spends crazy hours at school, but she does really creative sewn, crocheted, and printed works of art. Everything from tags, to bags, to artwork - an incredible store.

kiwiarts - Beth does some gorgeous artwork in the form of paintings, bracelets and glassware. She too is a ninja multitasker juggling a million things at once but manages it so well!

GalleryVittoria - Transforms beads into intricate works of art - all very wearable and so so pretty. Her seafoam green earrings are in my top 10 wanted list!

Ishycreations - Kitsch, cute and whimsical creations ranging from peanut butter jelly earrings, guitar pick necklaces and some funky paintings!

CatherinetteRings - Steampunk galore! Daniel makes some intricate and eye popping handcrafted rings that are the standout of this store and there is just soooo many to choose from.

Last but not least... SimplieGirlie - Absolutely adorable baby wear, if I have a little girl she would be wearing some of these to die for pinafores!

First post in Etsy Voguettes' Blog

On another note, I FINALLY got a chance to post on the Etsy Voguettes' Blog!

Check it out here!


I have just found out that Pure (our gym) has increased their monthly rates for new joiners to HKD$2000 per month (That's $400 AUD -_- ). And, in a recession. What are they smoking - crack??!?!!! We pay half of that, and even then!!