Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Herbal Lore of Siam

The Herbal Lore of Siam /thlos/
has drawn inspiration from traditional Thai herbal remedy recipes and the classic combination of Thai/Western Art Deco period to create natural beauty products devoted to well-being and the pleasure of taking care of oneself. The thlos products are made of 100% organic herbs. No chemical added.

Created by a.angkana
Expected Launching Date: Feb 1 2010 at http://thlos.com

Note from author:
December was always my favorite month of each year but last year it ended badly.
There're lot going on since Aug 2009, mostly due to family stuff. However, I'm hanging in there. Thlos project was created last year and initially was scheduled to have a big launch in December. Since the deadline's passed, I'm not certain I'd still want to push it forward ....we will see....

Sunday, August 2, 2009

WEB experience

AUG 3 2009

Hi friends. I'm back. Feel guilty I should have written to you more often but I've been super busy. Here's a recap of what I did back in July.

I've been into WEB learning stuff, especially SEO (Search Engine Optimizations), Open sources - wordpress, and E-commerce business. I've heard about those fancy tech terms for a long while but never paid attention to it until a few months ago. I have to admit I'm officially a wordpress mania. LOL. Learning the technical stuff helps me build a better understanding of E-commerce business. Though I've come up with several new business ideas through the learning process. I've made a list of things-to-do which is long enough to cover my AUG-SEP schedule already.

appleangkana.com is my BABY. The web site has been updated frequently. It now offers several sections: product reviews, design resources, and even freebies! I'll start communicating through appleangkana.com from this point onward. I'll keep updating my life on this blog as usual and will be writing on a.angkana on a regular basis. So, if you miss me, you know where to find me :) Oh..I need your inputs too. I need to know if a.angkana web site is user friendly. How do you feel about navigation bars? Do you find what you look for easily? Give me your 2 cents (or more!) Write to me at apple@appleangkana.com

Brand Applique is not doing so great. Other ETSY sellers complain about the slow market too. Some said things will pick up when Summer's over. Contrary to domestic market, a.angkana product sales look promising. So in case you want to know what I'm selling in the local market. Let's meet it.

Guys.. you can leave now. But girls this is your lifesaver.
It's the handbag dust cover. Design is very simple but the dust bag is made of water-proof/UV protection fabric. It comes in various sizes. That the largest size can fit LV Speedy family. The coolest thing about the bag is it'll protect your expensive handbags from humidity and light, which original dust bag that comes with handbag can't do the job. How great is that! Anyway, that's why it's doing so well. I'm selling them in a specific community site where people who love name brands trade and purchase expensive merchandise.

My goal this month is to launch a second product in the local market as well as launching the rest of pattern arts/Fall collection at Brand Applique shop. Soon Brand Applique will offer various pattern arts for DIY projects. They'll be all digital arts people can download and have fun with their creative projects. I'm planing to launch pattern arts for various occasions as well. The direction I'm going to will completely eliminate the issue of international shipping and delivery time. I'm excited just to think about it already. Don't ask me why I'm so hyperactive.. it's my passion, friends..

Don't forget to check a.angkana website on August 12 for a surprise freebie. It's going to be awesome for people who love handmade stuff. (for dudes..I'm not going to give away gadgets or laptops.. ok? just girly stuff.. you may not be interested.. but you're more than welcome to visit a.angkana)

be back next month!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Featured Artist

July 13 2009

Click here for the interview with Brand Applique

Monday, June 29, 2009

In The Spotlight

June 29 2009

This month, Brand Applique store has gained visibility in the cyberspace.
The letterpress 'TO' cards got featured in the Storgue Spotlight
Etsy Finds: Look what I Found!

And recognized by ThisNext

81 viewers have marked Brand Applique store as their favorites.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Open letter to Richard

May 28 2009

I've received this email from Richard after I sent out an invitation to my store. Love his words so much I want to share it with you. Richard, hope you don't mind the open letter.

Quoted (Richard)
....Good to hear from you, congrats on starting your new business. I went through your web site and enjoyed it and found it interesting. I like the words “Brand Applique” especially the french word “Applique”.
Things around are pretty much the way they were when your were down this time last year. The economy has to pick up soon,
Its a gutsy thing to start a business during these times. However many businesses were started up during difficult times. A fellow named Leo, during the depression started an ad agency, and his friends said the within time he would be selling apples on the street. That person was “Leo Burnett” and to this day apples are given out on each LB floor of 35 East Wacker.

So best of luck and much success.

Apple's correspondence:
Hi Richard,
A million thanks to your encouraging email. I know it's extremely difficult to start up a business during this time. Obviously I had 2 options - either sit back and do nothing, hoping for the global economy to recover soon OR doing something. And I think you know my character and the option I was going with. There's a great possibility my business may fail, and I may go bankrupt. But put a positive spin to this, whatever the outcome is, I've immensely learned about running the business. The business itself requires all my time to stay alert in the global trend and networking. It's a hands-on experience - better than taking MBA classes and learn from text books. It's a great investment in term of learning and experiencing the real world, yet gaining revenue would be a plus to that. Of course, I'm nervous too, but where there's a will, there's a way. Several successful business started up during difficult times. I just need to experiment it until I find my niche market and vice versa. I'm also lunching products in a local market - they'll be all fashion related. Thai girls are trendy and willing to spend extra bucks to make themselves look fab. I've created products based on domestic and international trend - both are different niche market. I'm more worried about international market though. As the big drawbacks are to become a trusted seller and an issue with the cost of international shipping. Nobody wants to buy a product from a store that has no review and located in a foreign country...huh... That's my homework - to break the barrier.
We all learn from our mistakes. I'm learning too. Nothing comes too easy unless we're willing to take a risk and learn from our mistakes. We're given only one life. Live it.