Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bridal jewelry, fresh from the garden

I would like to delight you with a collection of bridal jewelry that was inspired by a walk in the garden. I like mixing sweet and tart candy colored dresses and jewelry. Pea green, apricot, lavender, mint and lemon, I have turned my workshop into a test kitchen mixing the season's best flavors.


spring's pastel palette 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rise and Shine


The quote for today.  And I am sticking to it.

"What if? Why not? Could it be?We must ask ourselves these questions as often as we dare.How will the world change if we do not question it?"


-Leo Matienne from The Magician's Elephant



This Etsy Front Page featured my vintage OOAK necklace this morning at 7am and it goes perfectly well with the quote.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bright Like Magic

Jewel toned vintage brooch statement necklace

Many of you already know that I am a collector of vintage enameled flower brooches.  I rarely came across vintage floral brooches in purple hues. This piece has purple ombre shades in pristine condition. I had the perfect stones just for them. This time I leave the brooch intact so it's removable. Wear this necklace three ways - pin it at the center, one the side or by itself. The three strand stones are of purple mountain jade with antique brass decorative filigree endings. Don't you just love adding bright hues to the cooler weather wardrobe!







Wednesday, September 5, 2012

White after Labor Day. Why not?

This vintage white flower brooch has been resting in the jewelry box for some time and I did not have the right beads for it until now. The soft white and off white Lucite beads and nude sponge coral stones in different sizes call for a versatile pieces. See how this piece can be worn in three different ways. 1) the brooch by itself; 2) the brooch on the side of the beaded chain with chunky brass links; 3) the beaded chain itself. How do you wear your white after Labor Day?








Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Celebrating three years of courage and creativity




In August 2009, I celebrated 1000 sales (that sale counter that we are all so obsessive about in the Etsy shop) with my visiting sister and two nieces. We did that 1000 sale dance (if there is such a thing) and I wrote a post in this blog. I was still working as a researcher in a state government back then. In 3 months, I had quit my day job an
d never looked back. 


This month, I just celebrated over 10,000 sales and it still feels unreal. All of my art is dedicated to joy and I hope you feel that joy every time you put on my creation. So I am dedicating this piece to three years of blessed creativity. A vintage lime green and yellow enameled brooch with black polka dot with vintage royal purple Lucite beads and Czech glasses.  This piece will continue to add splashes of color into the changing seasons for you.


Monday, April 2, 2012


2012 Spring Giveaway at Sora Designs

As promised let's kick off the first giveaway of 2012 (just got out of hibernation mode :-) I made this compass with vintage Formosa map (another name for Taiwan back in the 1800s). Well, this is just for me which it will remind me of my origins and all the families and friends. You can get one personalized compass like this too with the city map of your choice (I will work with you). Just comment in this thread with a city/town name if you were chosen to be given a map compass necklace. If you want to add a little story as to why you choose this city that's even better. 10 of you will be randomly picked to be given a map compass necklace of your choice (including people who comments on facebook fan page too. But for blog readers, you can post on both this blog and share at your facebook page for extra entries. Just copy your facebook post here. Sora Designs' fan page is www.facebook.com/soradesigns

Sunday, November 13, 2011

2011 Thanksgivings Giveaway













It's been two years since I quit my day jobs as a government resercher and running Sora Designs full time. Thank you all for your support. I would like to give away 5 life size wishbone necklaces before Thanskgiving arrives . If you were the winner, you get to choose either bronze or antique silver finish for this cool wishbone necklace.


Here's how to enter: This contest has three ways to enter. You may enter via one method, more than one, or all three, for a maximum of 3 entries total.


1 - In the comments on this post, let me know which Sora Designs item would be the envy among your girlfriends if you were to own it.


2 - You can get an extra entry by posting this giveaway at your own facebook page. If you post this blogaway be sure to note that in your comment/email!


3 - Blog or tweet about this giveaway. Just be sure to link to your post/tweet in your comment/email.


The contest will close on Friday, November 18, 2011, at 5 PM Pacific Time. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 21, 2011 or thereabouts. Good luck to all!


The not-so fine print: You are entering to win one (1) Large Size Wishbone Necklace from Sora Designs as described in this post. This contest is void where prohibited. This prize is not transferable. This prize may not be exchanged for cash. Once contacted, the winner has 72 hours to claim the prize. International entrants welcome!