It’s Giveaway Time!

It’s time for my annual giveaway. This year’s winner will receive the beautiful ornament pictured above. It is a Combination 8 Kimekomi Ornament made with blue/gold and red/gold lamé fabric I purchased in Bangkok, Thailand. This ornament is a $25 value.

To enter do one of the actions on the list below and then leave me a comment on this page letting me know you did it. Each will earn you one entry.

  • “Like” Ornament Designs’ Facebook page.
  • “Like” my Ornament Designs’ Etsy shop.
  • Follow Ornament Designs on Twitter.
  • Tweet Ornament Designs’ Etsy Shop.
  • Add Ornament Designs to your Etsy favorites.
  • Add Ornament Designs to your Etsy Circle.
  • Click on the Google Plus One button on Ornament Designs’ homepage.

For one additional entry share this post via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. with your friends.
You must still do at least one from the above list.

Giveaway will end on October 31 at 11:59pm Japan Standard Time. Winner will be announced here on Tuesday November 1st. Winner will be selected by Random.org. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter. Winner will have 3 days to contact me, after which a new winner will be chosen. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

P.S. Add alyx@ornamentdesigns.com to your address book so the winning notice doesn’t get sent to your spam and you miss your chance. Your comment is your entry so don’t forget to leave it. Good luck!

UPDATE! WE HAVE A WINNER!
(Novemeber 1, 2011 @ about 11am JST)

Thanks to everyone who participated in this years giveaway contest. The winner has been selected. Congratulations Aik!

I’m Back!

Hey Everyone!

May has been an unusually busy month for me. My parents came to Japan for a visit and then we all went to South Korea together for my brother’s wedding. As soon as I returned home my new part-time teaching job went into full swing. I’m thankful to be making some money to support my ornament addiction. However, it’s been difficult finding the time to make ornaments. I can’t remember the last time I was so busy.

In the mean time, while you are waiting for my next fabulous design, here are some pictures of our trip. Enjoy!

My parents finally got to meet the inlaws.
Shabbu Shabbu
My husband and I at Buguksa Temple in Gyeongju South Korea
At the market in Busan
Yummy!
Korean Karaoke, from left to right, My Brother's new wife Ellen, my Mom, Ellen's Mom, Ellen's Brother
Ready for the wedding
at the hotel after the wedding

I’m also working on a video to put on my personal YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com//AlyxMazY2 I’ll make an announcement on Facebook when it is ready so be sure to “like” the Ornament Design Facebook page so you don’t miss anything.

Earthquake Update

Hello Ornament Lovers,

As you may know I live in Japan. Luckily my family, friends and I are safe. Not so for thousands who lost everything. Please donate to Red Cross and help those in need.

American Red Cross

British Red Cross

Australian Red Cross

Life is going to be difficult for the next several weeks. Scheduled blackouts are going to make it hard to post. I have a design almost ready and hopefully I will be able to get it posted later this week. In the mean time please send your prayers and positive energy this way. There are lots of good people here that need it.

A Not So Great Start to 2011

Happy New Year Y’all!
Hopefully you have all recovered from your New Years hangovers and have started in earnest to loose the 5 pounds you gained over Christmas. I know I have. 🙂
I’m finally back home in Japan and decided to start of the New Year right with a little cleaning. This included cleaning the dust from the inside of my computer. Well, in the process I managed to damage something and now it’s not working. So after lots of cursing, crying and unsuccesful attempts to fix it myself I’ve been forced to bring out my ancient “emergency” laptop and take my desktop to a professional. This means no more new videos until I get it fixed. The “emergency” laptop is not powerful enough for video editing. I’ll just have to do my best without it for a little while.

Anyway, It the start of a New Year and that means it’s time to start preparing for Easter. Easter Sunday is on April 24th this year. So we’ve got about 100 days to get our Easter baskets ready.

Here’s a little something to get us in the Easter mood.

Beautiful aren’t they! I’m so impressed!

MIA

I’ve been MIA for two weeks. Real Life got in the way of ornament making for a little while. I moved the third week of September, and if you’ve ever moved before you know it can be a daunting task. Also, my husband had that entire week off and demanded my full attention. I have trouble finding time for myself when he’s in the house. Case in point, as I’m typing this post right now my husband is pestering me. “Give me 10 more minutes, honey.” Once I got all the boxes unpacked and my husband went back to work, I had to jump right into another project.

A very good friend asked if she could place and ornament order with me and I accepted. Usually I don’t accept orders but since she is a friend I decided to take on the challenge. She wanted ten ornaments in the Classic Red and Gold Egg design in various colors. Here is the original video I made for my YouTube channel back in March.

I was unable to replicate the ornament she wanted perfectly. I’ve run out of some of the supplies and haven’t been able to find them in Japan. But after a little trial and error, I was able to make something she was happy with.

I estimate that each ornament takes about 4 hours to make. So this past week, I’ve worked about 40 hours just filling her order. Here’s what my work space looked like just a few days ago.

My Workspace

Jars of Glitter
Drying in the Sun
Completed Ornaments

I’ll be finished tonight and shipping them off tomorrow morning. Then I should be back to my regular schedule, including a new design for you at the end of this week.