About Us

In this world where mass production, efficiency and technological advancement prevails, we do our best to add human touch to your everyday life. At UniQ Creations we specialise in one-of-a-kind handmade products and services at reasonable price. Each piece is carefully handcrafted one at a time in our home studio. Materials are sourced from various parts of the world with most of it handpicked by us.

Visit our USD online shop to choose a special gift for yourself and your love ones.

Shuttle tatting classes are conducted at various locations. Office workers interested in lunch time class or organisations interested in conducting tatting class please contact me to make arrangement.

Wholesale, consignment, custom order and office bazaar inquiries are also welcome. Contact me if you don't see what you are looking for.

Wall Calendars

Did these for 2 friends. Meant to be wall calendar but seems like both of them use it as a office table calendar.

Bead Tatting

Another of Angela's bead tatted motif. The colour of the seed bead stained the white thread and make it pinkish. It's not obvious in the photo though.

On The Road To Recovery

The change in weather is getting a lot of people sick, just like this little mouse. Wrap yourself tight even in this hot weather here.

Sweet and Simple

Entering into the following challenges:

1. Quirky Crafts challenge theme is CAS. http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.sg/2015/01/challenge-1-2015-clean-and-simple.html
2. OSAAT challenge theme is Anything Goes With Something New. Just bought a bottle of new glitter glue. http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.sg/
3. Crazy 4 Challenge theme is Use The First Thing You Think Of. And that will be glitter glue for me. http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.sg/

Earring Is The Perfect Gift Idea

Earrings are the ideal piece of jewelry for gift giving. Here's why:

  • Earrings always fit.
  • They don't need to be a certain size like rings or some bracelets and necklaces, so you don't have to hunt high and low for the right fit or find out sizes in advance.
  • Just about every woman wears earrings--and some men too!
  • You don't even need two earrings that match anymore. Mismatch makes wearing earrings more fun and gives the wearer more choices.
  • You can never have too many earrings!

Blooming In The New Year

Start the new year with new resolutions. Use this table calendar to keep track of things to do by pasting stickies on it as a reminder.

Blue Bracelet

Made of glass and metal beads. Sold this at Ministry of Cube. Won't advise handmade artisans to sell at any cube rental shop. A total waste of money and time.

Outsourcing Your Business

"Most look at outsourcing from the point of view of cutting costs, which I think is a delusion. What outsourcing does is greatly improve the quality of the people who still work for you. I believe you should outsource everything for which there is no career track that could lead into senior management. "                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                            -Peter Drucker

For those of you who do not know, Peter Drucker was the man who came out with the idea of outsourcing. His one simple sentence to the then CEO of GE led to the entire restructuring of GE - “Make sure your back office is their front office.” However, corporations nowadays use outsourcing as a means of cost cutting. It has deviated from Drucker's original intention.

Some small business sole proprietors are using outsourcing to reduce their working hours. They outsource most of the jobs to cheap labour overseas so that they can free up time for more important things like family and health. Some even home schooled their children. They believe in building your own systems that will double or triple your income and yet reduce the number of working hours. You should only be doing what only you can do, the rest should be outsourced. They even think that any business that cannot be outsourced should be fixed or dropped. The idea is the less you work the more you make. Does that sound like your dream life?

Personally, this kind of model where the bulk of the job is outsourced is not suitable for all businesses, not because the business owners are control freaks or it's unprofitable. This business model is not the feasible solution for just about any business, at least not for a small custom order OOAK handmade business where personal touch and building rapport with customers are very important aspects of the business. One should never compare handmade with commercial products/services. You will not be comparing apple with apple. When you buy handmade, you are trading mass production for personal touch. And talking about building relationships, what better way than to interact face to face and give the customers your personal assurance. As with any handmade products, supportive customers would love to meet the creator in person. The delight and inspiration from this interaction is something that can only be experienced.

The kind of job that a handmade business can outsource, first on the list is accounting and taxation. Some analysis job can be done using online applications and tools so it's rather easy to do on your own. You don't have to build and maintain the website yourself. A well trained virtual assistant can help you with that. As your business grows, you will want to hire help for admin, packaging and delivery of mail/online orders. For quality control purpose, you may want to retain production work especially if it is OOAK and one time custom orders. If orders grow beyond your production capacity, there will be a need to hire an in-house designer or find a partner to help out with the production work. Additional help should be hired for shows and fairs if you find that you can't cope alone.

What are your thoughts on outsourcing? Leave a comment below.