Friday, August 27, 2010

So Much Stash! (loose beads)

Ever wonder what to do with your stash? (also known as loose beads, leftover etc). I mean, shops don't sell you 1 lobster clasp, 2 junp rings, 2 crimp beads, 5 3mm beads, 6 4mm beads and so on that you need for your single project. (I don't too, ha). So you are going to have plenty of leftovers.

Firstly, you would need to organise them. Buy boxes or containers (yes, spend more money) to keep them. Label them so that you will be able to find them easily. Or, if you are like me, don't bother to organise them, just dump them together and yet still able to find something when you need them.

Secondly, be creative, you can use them for your next project. More often then not, you will end up short of certain type of beads, and you will need to buy some more, and yes, add to your stash. (heeheehee)

In short, you will need a huge space for your favourite hobby, so be sure to negotiate with your family members and tell them you need more space!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Have The Flu Virus!!

Yes, I am down with I decided to take a few days' off. I am giving myself MC. Ahhhhh...the joys of self-employment. OK, better don't gloat too much, wait my 9 to 5 friends will hammer me again.

And I blame it on people who don't cover their mouth when they cough in public. They are doing it everywhere, on buses, MRTs, in cinemas, along the walkways, bus stops, hawker centres. EVERYWHERE! Flu virus, deadly or not, I think MOH need to raise the rating again...

Anyway, this quiet allows me to surf the net, update my online beading supplies, look for new products, new businesses, plus...DAYDREAM. (Well, everything starts with a dream right?)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Make Sure You Know What You Are Paying For

Do you believe in everything the label tells you when you buy something? Well, from now on, be wise. I can't believe when I see shops selling beads proclaiming that they are from Japan when they are NOT.
Firstly, look at the price. Beads from Japan are of higher quality and cannot be sold so cheaply. (Unless someone can tell me which part of Japan sell cheap beads, I like to know). If they sell it so cheaply, they are not making profits, and shops are businesses set up to make profit. Which means...are the beads really from Japan?
Secondly, look at the quality of the beads. Beads from Japan don't LOOK cheap. If they are poorly made, there are not from Japan.
So, what can you do?
Firstly, check with the retail staff, if they insist it is from Japan, don't take it at face value.
Secondly, shop around widely, and compare the prices and quality.
Thirdly, read up more in the internet and from books to increase your knowledge.
That done, you will be wise during your next purchase.