Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Anne Dundas Phone Charm

At this rate I'm writing... I won't be able to review Chanel Mat Lumiere Luminous Matte Powder Makeup SPF10 anytime soon! :P Not that I'm complaining- at least it keeps me (And this blog) active :P

When I came home today (From watching Quantum Of Solace with my sweetheart at GSC in 1 Utama), this envelope was waiting for me.

Look at where and who it's from! :D I placed an order on the 9th November 2008, so it took 9 days to reach me o.O I'm surprised it arrived in one piece and intact (And so quickly too, to be honest), considering my past (bad) experience with the postal service, especially when dealing with international mail.

So anyway, a little background: In a way I got introduced to Anne Dundas Jewelery through My Women Stuff and recently they were having a sale. I found that out while reading the post here, so I decided to take a look... and I was sold. The designs were all very pretty, and I'm a sucker for handmade items, especially with lampwork beads that nice! I saw a lot of things I wanted, and believe me, I had to exercise a lot of self-control to not break my PayPal account, which I also use to pay for hosting for my personal blog.

I settled on a phone charm as I wanted something to spice up and personalise my otherwise ordinary-looking PDA phone. I really wanted to get a keychain (I have my eye on this) or a suncatcher, but refer to my point about not breaking my PayPal account :P

The envelope- opened, and the contents are such. An invoice with a name card inside, and the packaging itself- tissue, wrapping paper and ribbon. Very luxurious and decadent-looking packaging. I love nice packagings like this- it's impressive and they make me feel good and warm inside :) A perk of shopping online from these "small" shops is that you get personalised services like this, and it's these little touches that truly pulls in buyers in my opinion. As I read somewhere on the site the products are all "packaged to give", meaning that once you receive it you can immediately give it to someone as a gift (If that's your intention), and with packaging like this, it truly is possible! I was very careful to remove them, and the packaging is still intact :P

*Open open open*

And voila! Aforementioned phone charm, named Oriental Cherry Blossom. It's one of the lampwork beads created by Anne Dundas herself and converted into a phone charm, which is really pretty :D It was a toss-up between this and this, but I preferred a black strap since it would match my PDA phone, so yeah.

Gently (Again) I removed the packaging and extricated the phone charm. Surprisingly, the bead was matte-ish in texture and surface, unlike most beads I'm accustomed to seeing which are normally glossy and shiny. I can feel the real handiwork of the bead- it seems to have a depression on one side like a finger pressed on it or something, which makes it unique and truly handmade. The swirls and flowers on it look delicate and pretty and lends a special charm (Pun not intended :P) to the bead. It's a very simple phone charm to be honest, but it's this simplicity that makes it special, and I believe the bead itself makes a statement on its own.

Another shot of the phone charm. The total I spent? It was during the sales period, so I got it for half price. Including shipping, it cost me AUD 9.95, which is not a lot (Yet not little at the same time), but I can say is pretty well spent considering it's a one-of-a-kind item and uniquely handmade! :3

I really like this pendant, for one. It looks elvish to me. Too bad my birthday is way over :( I'm also thinking of perhaps getting this for my sweetheart's impending new phone, but perhaps I'll wait for another sale >_>


Tibbar de Gniw said...

It is very charming, indeed.


ParisB said...

I love Anne's jewellery and you made a cute choice :)

Stephanie / Yukaeshi said...

@Tib: Yes, that's exactly what I thought when I saw the word "March".

@ParisB: Thanks Paris! Wouldn't have gotten it if it wasn't for your post ;) She does have very lovely jewellery.

Anne Dundas said...

Hi Stephanie!

I just discovered this via my website stats. Thank you for such a lovely review, I'm so glad you like the phone charm.

I really enjoy wrapping up each item, maybe I was one of Santa's elves in a previous life LOL

Thank you!
Anne :)

Stephanie / Yukaeshi said...

omigosh hi anne! Thank you for dropping by.

I'm really loving the phone charm- it's incredibly unique and pretty. The phone charm never fails to grab people's attention and makes quite a good conversation starter ;)

I really loved the wrapping and it was very hard for me to unwrap it. Maybe you part-timed as a Santa's helper, if I find a nicely wrapped Christmas present I know that it must've been wrapped by you! :P