Updates for March – June 2015

I hope this post finds each of you well after a week of feasting and merry making! 🙂 BLESSED LUNAR NEW YEAR!! Hope you stay ‘yang’ and healthy always!

Here are some updates from my corner of the world.

Hamster Reservations Closed

Thank you for all the love you have shown our little Hamstery over the last twenty years, in one way or another 🙂

A short while ago, we announced that reservations were open for our hamster family’s 8th generation. Since then, we have been blessed with the arrival of two healthy litters of Roborovskis from Hazelnut Frappe and Almond Roca.

We have enjoyed tremendous favour and support and are pleased to report that both our litters have been ‘over-subscribed’. With full hearts, we are closing reservations for the time being. If you have already been placed onto our waiting list, this announcement does not affect you.

Here are some photos of the first litter for your viewing pleasure 🙂

Hazelnut Frappe & Almond Roca's First Litter

Hazelnut Frappe & Almond Roca's First Litter

Hazelnut Frappe & Almond Roca's First Litter
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N.B: Fresh reservations (for our 9th generation) may be placed when we open the call for reservations again. The next call for reservations looks to take place sometime in the final quarter of 2015 (given how fast this year seems to be going!).

MAAD Pyjamas March 2015 

Next month, my little shop will participate at MAAD Pyjamas once again. This will be my last booth for the time-being as I will be attending a certificate course in the Zentangle art method in Rhode Island, USA.

Here are the details:

MAAD Pyjamas!
Date: Friday 6 March 2015
Time: 5pm – midnight
Venue: Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, at Maxwell Road (look for me indoors!)

  
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the Hamstery and 5tudio 5hop hiatus

I regret that whilst I am away overseas, my shops on ECWID (handmade accessories), EtsyCarousell (hand-drawn postcards) and all custom orders will be closed until my return.
The Hamstery will also shut its doors to boarders and no custom-blended organic mix will be sold during this time. Here are the respective closing dates:-
1. the Hamstery
Boarders [ within Singapore only ]
Temporarily closed till June 2015
Organic Mix Orders [ within Singapore only ]
Last Order: 15 March 201
Shipped out by 1 April 2015
2. the 5tudio 5hop commissions  [ International and local orders]
Last Order: 10 March 2015
Shipped out by 1 April 2015
Thank you for your kind support and understanding 🙂
Happy goat year 🙂
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Custom Orders for Valentine’s Day 2015

Hello!

Just a little note to say that all custom orders for Valentine’s Day 2015 will close as follows:

Singapore & Malaysia

Orders close on: 6 February 2015

Shipped by: 11 Februry 2015

International (only available with expedited shipping. Surcharge applies for shipping.)

Orders close on: 4 February 2015

Shipped by: 9 February 2015

Thank you! Have a great day ^^

Debbie

Open for Commission & MAAD Pyjamas!!

Hello !!

I am happy to announce that my little shop is once again open to take commissions and bespoke requests. Simply fill up this form or write to me at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂

Do feel free to browse at Facebook.com/hesedetang as well for customisation ideas ^^

On another note, my shop is scheduled to return to our monthly booth at MAAD Pyjamas on Friday, 6 February 2015, 5pm – midnight 🙂

Have a great week!

debbie a.k.a hesedetang *

Custom & Bulk Orders

Hello!

As December draws closer, please note the closing dates for all bulk or custom orders ^^

This will help me ensure that the orders are delivered to you in time for Christmas.

Singapore & Malaysia
Orders close on: 6 December 2014
Shipped by: 17 December 2014

International
Orders close on: 22 November 2014
Shipped by: 5 December 2014

Custom or bulk orders may be sent through this form or via email to hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂

Thank you!

Updates & Zentangle Diva Challenge Wk 186 – Leaves

New-Old Digs

I am very behind my usual routines as I have just moved my old desk out of the utility room, which used to be my personal craft studio until my cats came along. I am trying to carve out a little workspace in the spare room.

We shut the meows in the utility room at night, and they have grown a little too fond of this room – they see it as theirs! I have tried to sit there, only to be sat on in turn. So because I can no longer work in there, lest I get cat hair on everything, I considered myself properly ousted.

I tried to put up with this ‘arrangement’ for the past half a year – sitting and working on the floor in the spare room, mostly. It is a very uncomfortable arrangement and I’d get neck and backaches from long crafting sessions, especially if I had to prep items for my flea markets. I simply did not have enough storage or desk space to work elsewhere in the apartment and I do not have the budget to purchase additional furniture (because everything is funneled into booth rental and material costs, until things stabilise).

I finally gave up decided that a more comfortable working space will result in a more efficient working pace and fewer bodily aches will be a lot less distraction too, so I can really focus on my craft. Not to mention, I just felt really guilty for the mess that had accumulated in the spare room 😛 My poor spare room also houses the Hamstery, food and bedding supplies for the Hamstery, food and cat litter supplies for the meows. So to include my shop inventory and stash of beads, charms, spare parts, etc etc etc…. it just became really cluttered and stifling, despite being the largest room in our apartment.

This month seemed like an ideal month to make the shift because I have nothing on the shop schedule until 10 October 🙂 I had also greatly reduced the number of swaps I am participating in, as I know I would be more tied up this month than usual.

Most of my stuff has been moved – yay! I have tons of film (I am old skool, and used a film camera right up until 2003) and photographs (I still enjoy printing photos too.. there’s something special about holding a photo in one’s hand xD) that I still need to go through, but the overall mess is nowhere as epic as it once was.

I hope to get everything back on track as soon as I can 🙂

Potato Pearls

I am not sure but it sure seems that pearls are the latest trend around these parts 🙂 It is just that I seem to be continuously crafting up more and more items featuring freshwater pearls! No complains from me 😛 I just never knew so many people liked pearls, especially chunky ‘potato’ pearls, until I started receiving many custom requests for pearl bracelets and earrings.

Here are some of my more recent creations featuring pearls. (Clicking the images will take you to Flickr.)

Custom Order - Freshwater Potato Pearls Custom Order - Tibetan Silver, Pearl and Glass Hair-tie
Custom Order - Freshwater Potato Pearls Custom Order - Rose Quartz and freshwater seed pearls

I also finally photographed my friend’s heirloom pearls. They are still waiting to be cleaned and upcycled into something wearable and loveable, but I must admit I like them in their original state, as much as I am excited about how they will look after upcycling 😀

Vintage pearls Vintage pearls

 

Diva Challenge Week 186 – String Theory – Leaves Leaves Leaves!

For the challenge this week, we were to use leaves in our string and use leaf inspired tangles 🙂

I knew instantly that this challenge would be one of my favourite ones 🙂 One of the reasons I enjoy Zentangles is because I deeply appreciate how organic and nature-inspired the art method is. I never thought I would be able to create my own piece of art-mimics-nature until I started tangling in July this year.

For my string, I decided I wanted a ‘leafy pile’ 🙂 [Leafy piles are nearly non-existent here, our nation employs very efficient cleaning services. Fallen leaves get swept up even before they are allowed to form a pile, even in our parks.]

I penciled in about 8 leafy shapes for my string, which I then filled and lined with more leaves, leafy tangles, and tangles shaped to look like leaves 😀

Diva Challenge Wk 186 - Leaves
Diva Challenge Wk 186 - Leaves

I truly, truly enjoyed this challenge 🙂 I enjoyed it so much, I nearly forgot to include my hammy insignia xD

Cabbit – a tangle by hesedetang *

Before I go back to working on my messy spare room/craft space/etc, I thought I might just share my own tangle here.

Cabbit is a tangle featuring a mystery animal, a hybrid between a cat and a rabbit 😛

Depending on the length of those ‘ears’, the tangle may resemble either animal 😛

I will probably post step-outs soon, but here is a monotangled Cabbit just for fun 🙂

Cabbit - a tangle by hesedetang * Cabbit - a tangle by hesedetang *

Seeya later!

Beach Holiday

At each flea market I have attended, I enjoy not just the main experience of engaging with people, but also observing what catches the attention of most of the visitors at my stall 🙂 This helps me hone my creations to ensure they stay wearable. Colours, themes and styles are always on my mind when I am creating my pieces, and this observation process is very important, precious even, to me.

I have often noticed there was a lot of attention paid to my beachy, seaside themed items. Perhaps it is simply because we Singaporeans are all so highly strung we dream of holidays whether we are conscious of it or not 😛 😛

This inspired my resort style latest creation that features a natural Agate sliced druzy pendant, a freshwater pearl and a chunky strand of silver plated glass suncatchers.

Agate Sliced Druzy Necklace

I hadn’t even had the chance to name it – I only finished it a day or two before the flea on Saturday 😛 I usually take some time to photograph and ponder over the names for each one of a kind piece, but I didn’t have time 😛 On a whim, I took it with me to the flea, if only just to see if it would garner any positive attention.

To my amazement, it was my second sale of the day! A nice middle-aged lady was walking by my stall when she turned suddenly and grabbed it. She then started asking a whole host of questions and I knew she was smitten right away 🙂

I was so elated that it had found favour so quickly, but I didn’t get the chance to observe if it would take the fancy of other people 😛 (Thankfully I had already photographed it!! Hahahaha..)

Agate Sliced Druzy Necklace Agate Sliced Druzy NecklaceAgate Sliced Druzy Necklace

P.S. These pendants are one of a kind in shape and size, but all are large and too chunky for earrings. Each piece has different variations of the same colour – cyan. They are available for bespoke necklaces, with a turnaround time of 1 week to 10 days from payment date, as a lot of wiring work goes into each piece. I just thought I’d share this piece here, and also as a brief update for the little shop. For those who prefer not to place a custom order, there will be a few such necklaces on the online shops soon – I do need to make more and it will take me some time because each glass bead needs to be painstakingly handwired 🙂 Thank you for your patience!

Cheers!

Mid-week Updates

It has been a very productive day here! I decided it was time to update as many of my sites as I could, including the shop ^^

New to the shop today…. (click the image to visit the shop’s inventory page)

Southern Seas by hesedetang * the Lorelei by hesedetang *

I have finally put up my tangles page as well as entries for the Diva Challenge, which has been helping to add some spice to my before-bedtime tangling routine. (Not that I was really running out of ideas yet :P) I have also created a new Flickr album to house my growing collection of tangles 😛

I am also preparing more variations of my lariat necklaces for the upcoming fleas – these did really well previously and it seems like they are really popular ^^

Lariat Necklace in Goldsand

Sneak previews of the Lariat necklaces.These are also known as “Y” necklaces in some circles.

These will not be listed on my virtual shops, but will be available at my booth or custom orders 🙂

Butterfly Lariat Necklace in Indigo by hesedetang * Butterfly Lariat Necklace in Indigo by hesedetang * Glass Lariat Necklace with rainbow faceted suncatcher by hesedetang *Glass Lariat Necklace with rainbow faceted suncatcher by hesedetang *

I am signing off now 🙂

Happy, excited and feeling ultra pleased!

Custom Order Form

From time to time, I receive custom orders for handmade jewelry items.

If you are interested in customising something for yourself or for a loved one, please feel free to drop me an email at hesedetang[at]gmail.com or, for your convenience, you may fill out the order form below.

I will get back to you as soon as possible to work out the details. Continue reading