Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011 and....

... hope you'd enjoy joining this quick giveaway I'm having in celebration of the beginning of a new year!

The rules are simple:
1. Be a follower of this blog
2. 18 or older, or have permission from guardian
Each participant can have a maximum of 1 entry.
Answer the following question:
- How would you like to improve yourself in 2011? Or, what are some personal goals in the upcoming year? The question is meant to be open ended =)
Giveaway winner will be announced on Jan. 3, 2010! Come back here to check if you've won :)
Sorry all, I got swamped with things I needed to take care off. Will announce winner Jan 5, 2010-- during the night!
You may enter up till that time.

For instance, I would personally like to get my first job after graduation (June 2011!), get back into tip-top shape (physically), and kick my senior project's ass. Interpersonally, I'd like to walk away from college with life long friends.

The Prize:
A SURPRISE bracelet from me-- it'll be 7 inches-- if the winner needs a different size, let me know!

Now... I thought it would be fun to do a quick "hit or miss" list of 2010.... regarding HQCD of course!

MISSES: The items that I personally liked, which FAILED, epically. Don't worry, I'm not offended, but it's just interesting to look back on what worked, and what didn't =)

I thought this item would be more popular:

But it's not!

Cluster Cascades... definitely not as popular as I'd hoped-- perhaps because this style is too "common"?

Geez, what a flop:

I personally loved these, but they NEVER SOLD.

Epic fail:

Too cutesy, eh?

Another flop:

I thought it was edgy and hot at the same time. :[


Floral Radiances were a hit!

I personally considered stopping this item due to how long it took to make, but... the customer feedback has been great, so I'm keeping it a permanent part of my collection!

Jen's Feather earrings were a big hit!

I did NOT expect these earrings to be so popular- I'm happy because I have more of an idea of what you guys like :)

Loved by many:

Surprising hit:

poly clay flower studs! Inspired by Sailor Jupitor =)-- this was NOT a surprising hit :)

All right, I was surprised. I didn't think cuff sets would be so popular, but they are! You'll definitely see more of these in 2011.

Earrings beloved by many:

Calla series were a HITTTTT!

^ Not these EXACT ones, but the general idea is the same :)

Things you can expect from HQCD in 2011:
- Improved customer service-- I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO BE BETTER!
More of earrings like this:

- More one-of-a-kind designs-- one copy in the world!
- Pearl necklaces, like:

- More feather earrings :)
- A greater selection of anklets, bracelets, necklaces ... and cuff earrings :)
- BETTER giveaways!

Lastly, HAPPY 2011, everyone! Hold your dear ones close, be appreciative of life, and live it to the fullest. Be open to becoming a better person, grow and prosper. I wish you all good health, tons of happiness and lots of good food in the year to come.

I leave you with one of the first batches of macarons I've attempted in 2010:



dreamer said...

Happy New Year!

I would work hard in improving my acne scars. I really hope that my skin will improve a lot!

My gfc id is quinieleong

CutieCocoChanel said...

Hey Lisa!
For 2011 i would LOVE to improve my Time mamagement haha XD
And my personal goal is to find a new job <3
Good luck with getting a job after Grad! i'm sure u can do it :)

I follow Via GFC: CutieCocoChanel
Email: cutegal_chanel[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk
With Love Chanel

Elana said...

Happy New year!!!

Some things I want to improve/change for the new year,

care less about how I look, and looks in general

keep trying my best and progressing in learning Japanese

Get better (healthwise) root for me! Stupid IBS T.T

Get a much better idea about what I want to do in life =)! ^.^

charlene-ann said...

Happy New Year!! hope you have a great year ahead of you =)

One thing I hope to improve about myself is to not let any challenges get to me, I must remember that as long as I stay a positive person I can get through anything :)

Ľubaša said...

Happy 2011!
My goal for the coming year is to find a job! and I would like to start to become freelancer and to write articles for some newspapaers.
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Stacey said...

Haha, I think it's interesting to see the hits and misses too! Personally, I found the supernova earrings a bit too retro and bulky, although I love the necklaces and still want one!!

My goal for 2011:
First half: travel in Japan, join more community events and classes, go to Kyudo practice diligently!

Second half:
If I stay in Japan: pass Japanese Language proficiency Test level 2 (business level)

If I leave Japan:
Just enjoy being back with my family and be a good daughter/sister! Haha!

Happy new year!!

twstacey at gmail dot com

shelley said...

for 2011 i'd like to get as many A's as I can for the remainder of my semesters, get a job, and get into shape. Sounds very similar to your goals :P

mint said...

Happy new year! I hope in 2011 to improve my skin and help eleminate the blackheads and open pores.

Joanne said...

Hello, thanks for the NY giveaway!! :D
I'm a follower under Joanne through GFC.
My personal goal for 2011 is to stop procrastinating and manage my money better! =)


London's-beauty said...

aww I only I have the money, I'd buy all them from you! Seriously, that blue pair of earrings look so good!

mmm. for 2011 I'd want to earn a bit of money and get good grades in my exam! Crosses fingers for that!!><

KI said...

Lisa, you are so adorable. I love your hits and misses idea. I like reading your posts on craft shows too, it's a good look into how your business works.

The angel wing earrings are so cute, haha, if those didn't sell well, I don't know if I began selling if anyone would buy my stuff!

Your feather earrings are seriously gorgeous. I think you should secretly save me a pair, I WANT. Haha, just kidding, don't save me a pair, I religiously go on blogger, so right when you post I'll snatch one up.

Your customer service is great, I don't know how you can improve more.


Clover said...

Happy New Year Lisa!

My goal of 2011 is to drink at least 2l of water per day (I really have a problem with drinking enough...^^)
and learn how to cook asian food.

baby-kk said...

i like the angel winged earrings ;[

I would like to be less lazy and studyy very hard. I also would like to get a part time job so I can buy my mum and dad nice presents and save for uni.
I hope 2011 will be a great year for you =)

Amanda! said...

I'm such an idiot. I clicked on the wrong comment form. -_-;;

Anyway, I want to become a better teacher and connect more with my students and figure out what motivates them. I also want to take better care of my skin (maybe defeat this hormonal cystic acne!) and be smarter with my money (less impulse buys).

Pauline said...

Happy New Year, Lisa!

My goals for 2011 are to stop finding flaws of myself and to truly embrace who I am, try to get back into blogging and not abandon the blog after a few months, start wearing jewelry again (i haven't wore jewelries in months!- which explains why i haven't been buying any heqi jewelry), and get an internship (if im lucky, perhaps an internship to another country? :D).

Here's to a great year!

-Wow, while you're graduating from college, I'll be graduating from high school and entering college.

C. said...

I would like to get my driver's licence, to study more (because I was too lazy in 2010 !)and just continue to be happy :D


Saving Capulet said...

Hello! I am so thrilled about this giveaway, mainly because I have always been a fan! So this year, I would love to be able to spend more time with myself, that way I'd have time to relax and contemplate. As for the goal, I've only one, and that is to make sure that when I look back at 2011, it will surely be worthwhile.

Keeping my fingers crossed!
Happy New Year and plenty of blessings for you and your family!

MeiBelle said...

Happy New Year my fellow hot gamer friend!

This year I'm gonna be more self-motivated to be a better person!

You are already so awesome though!!

Soo said...

I want to get up to gold or platinum league in StarCraft2 (I'm currently in silver..) and find a job because I've been unemployed since I got out of school in May. I really want the job part to happen so I can spend more money on goodies like jewelry from your shop ;)
happy 2011!

rae630 said...

Happy New Year, Hun! OH! I'm joining your giveaway! The one thing I need to improve is my spending habits. LOL. I need to save more money! OH, and I'm excited for your new mixer!!! You always make yummy goodies!!!

~Lisa said...

I have a lot of things that I want to improve myself in 2011...and I hope that I will actually do them this year. LOOL
1. Be healthy. Eat healthy and EXERCISE!
2. Stop procrastinating
3. Sleep early

lee_lena said...

My New Year's resolutions for 2011 are: to lose weight and be a bit healthier, to take better care of myself, to be less lazy, to pamper myself more often, to be less shy and awkward, to be more determined about everything serious, and that's all I can think about right now... ^__^

Kittin said...

Hmm... for 2011 i hope to save enough money for a trip to Hong Kong to visit my great grandma since she'll be 101. I also hope to do more exercise while in college >.<

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beth said...

In 2011, I would have more discipline and start saving up money and learn how to handle my finances well. I'm already nineteen and although I'm living off my own money, there are things such as school fees that I still have to depend on my mum for.I really want to be financially independent. I want to bring my family out for a really good meal as well(:

Also, I want to start an online business of my own. It's the best way that I can do something that I love from home while earning money as well. My friends really support me and although I don't have that much of a confidence, I don't want to let my friends down and I think it's worth taking a risk(: Which is why, I really need to start saving so that I can fufill this little dream of mine!(:


Wenny said...

my new year resolution is to stop finding faults in others. this will definitely make me happier because i wont be judging ppl too much and refuse to give them a second chance to show my perception of him/her is wrong.

Tammy said...

Ooh the red flower earrings are cute!!

It's amazing to see you progress with your shop this year, Lisa! ^^

For 2011, I also want to find a job related in my field. It's been a tough 2010 because I had a lot going on. And in some ways, it shouldn't be a surprise because in Chinese folk yore, they say your own year that you were born in is suppose to be the toughest year, and perhaps it's just a coincidence but I'm really hoping and optimistic for better things this new year. Hope you had a happy holidays and can't wait to see more great things from you! <3

Hadia said...

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ID: hadia_salahuddin[at]hotmail[dot]com

I hope to gain a few pounds and also cut down the intake of junk food:P

Emmeline L. said...

Happy new year to you too!

I'm hoping to be able to keep up my GPA during graduate school and hopefully find an internship that will help me get a job after I graduate. Also, I want to remain optimistic and become a better person overall (as cliche as that might sound haha). Some other things I want to try and keep up with are:
1. Eat a little healthier and quit drinking soda, unless it's a special occassion of course!
2. Spend money a little wiser. I'm hoping I'll be able to get a super nice present for each of my parents for everything they've done for me, especially during the past few years.

Here's to another hopefully wonderful year!

Poetry Designs' Bree said...

Happy new year, Lisa.

My biggest goal for the new year is to seriously learn how to cook (I currently cycle through the same half a dozen recipes). I really want to learn how to cook health conscious meals as well. I'm going to be taking courses offered by my university to
ACTUALLY accomplish this goal.

I also want to start my own business and I hope to see it blossom and grow in the new year as a result of my dedication.

Kym said...

happy new year lisa! it's great to look back and to see what worked and what didn't - i definitely love the feather earrings - those are so hot nowadays! and seriously, you are the macaron queen! do you have a recipe to share?

The Little Dust Princess said...

I'm shocked to see that the first bracelet isn't popular! It's so pretty :O Also, I own an ear cuff by you and I'm a fan. I've been meaning to tell you since I received it. Thanks, Lisa! : )

xx The Little Dust Princess