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Mint Rainbows

Singapore

Hi! My name is Katherine and I’m an accidental cubicle escapee and ex-rat race participant. I live in the sunny island of Singapore where I spend my days juggling roles as a home-maker, crafter and shopkeeper of my jewelry shop, Mint Rainbows. DIY and crafting has always been a norm in my family. My mother and grandmother would make dresses, sch...
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Mint Rainbows

Singapore

Hi! My name is Katherine and I’m an accidental cubicle escapee and ex-rat race participant. I live in the sunny island of Singapore where I spend my days juggling roles as a home-maker, crafter and shopkeeper of my jewelry shop, Mint Rainbows.

DIY and crafting has always been a norm in my family. My mother and grandmother would make dresses, school bags and stuffed toys for me and my sisters. My mother was also really good at embroidery. As for the men in the household, my grandfather and father would be improvising and fixing things in the household. We never needed an electrician or plumber since both of them could fix almost anything in the house!

Growing up, my sisters and I would make our own cards and toys, design and create our paper dolls and their clothes. Christmas was a big deal every year and would see all of us hiding in different corners of the house trying to create the perfect gift for everyone. Oh, the great pains we took to ensure none of us knew what each other was making was hilarious.

Colors are a big part of my life (I don't own a black bag at all and had only recently acquired a pair of black shoes) and I like to share them in my works. I also love simple, minimalistic accessories. You will also see designs that incorporate industrial parts as the Engineer in me creeps out every now and then.

My creative process is usually quite impromptu. I am constantly inspired by events happening around me, or emotions that I feel. I don’t sketch out my designs but prefer to lay out all my materials and let them inspire me to create the next piece of jewelry.

I have named my shop Mint Rainbows simply because I am obsessed with the color Mint and also rainbows. Even though we do have quite a bit of rain here, rainbows are not a common sight (as much as I would like to). So Mint Rainbows is my way of sharing a piece of rainbow with everyone and I hope that my jewelry will bring a smile to those wearing them.

The opportunity of starting an online business came about when I had to move to Germany where my husband had a job offer. I was unable to work there due to various constraints and decided to focus my time developing my hobby of jewelry-making into an online business.

Fast forward 3 years and we came home. I had every intention of rejoining the workforce but things didn’t work out the way I had expected. With the encouragement and support from my husband, I decided to continue working on my online shop from home, so that I can run the household too.
The decision to not take on a full-time job but to work from home wasn’t the easiest to make and follow through as the society here generally expects everyone to hold a full-time job (well, unless you have kids to look after). Working from home is still a fairly new idea here and the biggest misconception is that I have lots of time to spare! What people do not see is that there is only one pair of hands to do every single thing.

So it is not surprising that my working hours are much longer than the average officer worker. It is a hectic one-woman show but I love every minute of it.

I’ve had a few past lives – an electronics engineer, administrative personnel and the last being a recruiter in the senior executive search industry. I was actively involved in wildlife conservation as a volunteer in my local zoo for 7 years before I had to move overseas. I was also a volunteer sign language interpreter. These days, I enjoy experimenting new dishes and learning to sew whenever I have pockets of free time.

All my professional and personal experiences have not only given me different perspectives of life and design inspiration, but also gifted me various skills that I need to run my businesses.

I run my online shop as if it were an actual shop, rather than a virtual one. I strive to provide the best service so that my customers will have a great shopping experience. Having happy and returning customers is the best compliment and this is the biggest reason why I love my job.

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“So Mint Rainbows is my way of sharing a piece of rainbow with everyone and I hope that my jewelry will bring a smile to those wearing them.”

Katherine

Maker, Crafter, & Shopkeeperat Mint Rainbows

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Store FAQ

  • Where does this store ship from?

    The small and sunny-all-year-round Singapore!
  • What is this store's return and exchange policy?

    Kindly note that all orders are final and refunds will not be possible once payment has been made. In the event that the package is lost during the delivery process and buyer did not opt for tracking delivery option in the first place, we are sorry that we are unable to issue a refund for the order(s) made. Rest assure that all purchases are carefully packaged so that the chances of receiving damaged items will be reduced to the minimal. But please let me know if the item is damaged upon receipt. We can work something out from there. Kindly note that returns and exchanges will be on a case-by-case basis. However, we apologise that we are unable to cater to returns/refunds/exchange for the following cases: 1. Customised orders 2. Items which have already been worn The returns should be carefully packaged. All initial and return shipping costs are non-refundable. Replacements may sometimes be possible on a case-by-case basis. Such packages will be sent by the same shipping option that is paid by the buyer during the initial purchase (i.e. if buyer paid for tracking option, the replacement item will be sent with tracking option).
  • Do you accept orders placed outside of the US?

    We sure do! ** All purchases will be sent to the address stated in your Storenvy order** ** Packages are shipped out every Tuesdays and Fridays. For customised orders, they will be shipped between 1 - 3 business days from the ordering day ** The package will be shipped by Singapore Post via normal mail. Tracking option is available at an additional charge of US$2.50 on top of the initial shipping charge quoted on my website. Do note that the tracking option may sometimes only track the package till it reaches the country of destination (depending on the country that the package is going to) and not within the different states. I appreciate your kind understanding as this is the arrangement between the post offices which I have no control over. If the delivery status of the package is crucial to you, I would be most happy to arrange for courier service, kindly contact me for a quote. If you have purchased similar item in multiple quantities and wish to have them sent to different destinations, please kindly note that additional postage costs will be incurred (depending on the number of destinations) as the postage stated in the item is only meant for one destination. The typical delivery time frame from Singapore to international destinations is around 2 - 4 weeks. However, that is also subjected to unforeseen circumstances such as Customs delays, festive holiday rush, delivery delays within the local post offices, bad weather conditions etc.
  • How long will it take to receive my order?

    The typical delivery time frame from Singapore to international destinations is around 2 - 4 weeks. However, that is also subjected to unforeseen circumstances such as Customs delays, festive holiday rush, delivery delays within the local post offices, bad weather conditions etc.
  • What payment mode do you accept?

    I would greatly appreciate all payments to be made via Paypal. For buyers who are residing in SINGAPORE, I'm happy to offer interbank transfers. Do send me a convo when you have made your purchase and we can arrange the details. Your purchase will be shipped only after payment has been received. Please note that items will be placed back to the shop if payment has not been received or arranged within 48hours. Also kindly note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred. Thank you! :)
  • Any other stuff that I should know?

    Just some random bits of information! * All pieces you have seen are handmade and thus no 2 items are similar. * Wholesale enquiries are welcome too! Please leave a message at MintRainbows@gmail.com. * Please let me know if you wish to reserve any item and I will put it aside for you. However, the reservation period is 5 days. The item will be placed back into the shop if payment has not been received on the 5th day. * To ensure mileage of your jewelry, please avoid the following: - wearing them when swimming and showering - spraying perfume directly on them - exposing them to any chemicals (e.g. soaps, detergents, etc) The jewelry can be easily maintained simply by wiping them with a clean damp cloth. Please place them back into the given pouch/box when not in use. * I'd be happy to shorten or lengthen the item. Just let me know. * Customising is welcome! Just convo me and we'll see what we can work out.

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