Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What I have been up to...


Hi everyone! Horray! 3500 sales on Etsy in 2 years! THANK YOU ALL! What a great accomplishment for me! Etsy sends us reminders when we hit milestones so this one I was excited about.  

I haven't blogged in so long! I figured I would let you know what I have been up to! As many of you know I graduated with my Master's in Nursing in December!  I am currently in the process of studying and getting ready to take my boards ANCC.  It is a 4 hour long exam that will grant me certification to practice as an FNP.  After that is applying for my DEA and NPI.  So many things need to line up before I can officially be hired and start working.  I am just taking it slow and focusing on studying for my boards.  I am not picky with jobs but hoping I will find something that will be family oriented.


On another note I have been involved with the beginnings of Hmong Nurses Association and part of the core group that has been organizing the beginning meetings in Wisconsin.    Elections took place on January 26, 2018th for the officer positions.  I was not planning on holding a position because of family and my new job I may be starting soon.  But Mai emailed me and asked if I would be able to run as secretary.  I thought long and hard about it again and decided I would give a go with this amazing nurses.  This will be a 2 year term and I am hoping I will be able to assist in anything that is needed.  So much to think about as be will be the first group to lay the foundation for the Hmong Nurses Association Wisconsin Chapter. 

It's like starting my business all over again.  Thinking about all the legality details that need to be put in place for the next group that will be taking over as well and thinking about how we will make a difference in the community.  I am excited to be working with these smart amazing ladies.  

Another event I may be attending as long everything works out is the “I Am Hmoob” event at the UW-Milwaukee campus on Saturday, March 30th. 

Either way if I don't make it to this event I have sent along 2 surprise coffee mugs and a shirt for raffle prizes!  So make sure if you are free that day to go support these talented students.  You'll have to chance to win many other prizes and have so much fun!

Another organization I have been a part of is the Wisconsin Hmong Association Inc. Miss Hmong Madison Court. Currently they have calendars for sale as fundraising for their events they will be hosting in this year. 

Our calendars are fun and unique. Each month contains an important theme and message that our Miss Hmong Madison 2019 Court wanted to share. Funds raised will be used towards our platform projects and initiatives for this year. Our platform is empower Hmong women and girls, help them find their dreams and passion, continue to make awareness on depression and suicide, and give back to our communities by volunteering and many more ways!"

Click below to support these lovely ladies! 

Watch below to see the amazing things Miss Hmong Madison was up to last year! 

Miss Nkauj Hnub Lauj, of Wausau, gives her farewell message and talks about some of the wonderful stories she has accomplished since she was crowned as Miss Hmong Madison 2018. 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Differences between 1, 2, and 3 silver

DISCLAIMER: Use this information at your own risk. I merely and writing about my experience.

I have received a lot of questions about what the differences between 1, 2, and 3 money are. 

Money 1 is solid silver 95% and up
      This is real silver.  Not plated.  It is full solid silver.  It should be heavy when you put it in your hand. Here is an example.  I would say its hard to tell if items are real silver just buy looking at it.
You could take it to a jeweler to double check the item.  But you could risk damaging it as well.  I have seen kits online that you can buy but it is basically a type of solution that you put on the item and it should react in such a way that you would know.  For this type of silver you can use TarnX to clean it with good results. BUT don't do it too much because you can ruin the silver. The quality will last a lifetime. 



MONEY 2 is Silver Plated 
       I would call this SILVER plated.  It has the the silver on top but when you rub it with a silver cleaning cloth it will turn yellow.  Essentially you are rubbing off the nice silver color on top off of it. The silver color will never come back.  It also will tarnish quicker than real silver.  The quality is good for a short term item.

silver plated

       Money 3 is something else.  From my experience I believe it is just plastic.  It is a plastic piece that has been coated with a shiny aluminum liquid.  They are nice for events but won't last long if they are not properly stored. They also tarnish quickly if left out for long and you won't be able to make it shiny again.  They are very light weight.  When you bend them they will snap into 2 pieces.  They also don't make the nice dinging sound that real metal coins make. They almost have a dull plastic dinging sound to them. 


I hope this information helps you guys when looking at items for the new year as we all dress to impress.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

How to Trademark Your Business Name

DISCLAIMER: Use this information at your own risk. I merely and writing about my experience. Seek a lawyer as needed. 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018      
      Hi everyone! I have been pretty MIA lately. I am about half way into my semester so things are getting very busy.  My midterm is in 2 weeks and I still have many projects and assignments with deadlines coming up so I've been consumed with that.  My son started 4K this semester and my daughter who is 2 is missing him so much. My husband and I work opposite shifts so we barely see each other.  Besides that I'm also driving to Milwaukee weekly for clinicals so I've been trying to juggle everything and " just keep swimming " (Dory). When I step back, I could just let everything go and not have to go through all of this.  BUT for some reason I guess it is in our genetic DNA to keep busy.  We do what works for us as I know many parents out there do as well.  We got this you guys! Lets keep swimming together.  I would do anything for my two little munchkins. 

       I wasn't expecting anything in the mail but WOOOW look what I got today! It is an official seal stamped letter from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It looks so good I might have to frame it one day. 

       This is just a piece of paper but I am so proud of myself for filing and taking this huge step.  I am a fully registered sole- proprietorship business and have an EIN number because this information is required once you hit 200 sales on ETSY.  When you start to question if you should trademark your business name, my answer is just do it! Don't wait! Facebook as well as other companies take trademark infringement seriously. After speaking with a lawyer, I would say this has been one thing I don't regret doing for my business.  

HmongCreations is my official TRADEMARK registered on SEPTEMBER 25, 

       I don't mind when others sell similar items. Great minds think alike and we all are inspired by something! The more the merrier!  I just encourage everyone to come up with their OWN unique beautiful name brands.  As we all know branding is huge in the business world.  I wish I came up with a more exciting name but the plain "Hmong Creations" is what 5,000 followers on FB know my brand as. So, I decided to stick with it.  This paperwork brings me one step closer to the vision I have for my growing Hmong Creations brand.  I sell just about anything I can think of that my customers may like and I will continue to add to it daily. I may start fresh one day but for now I will continue to protect my Hmong Creations brand.

        How this all started and why I recommend you trademark your business brand name. In 2017, Hmong Creations brand was official on Facebook and I became serious about my shop. In January 2018, customers notified me that someone copied my brand name. She was aware my brand Hmong Creations existed but copied it anyways. I didn't mind until they started to sell other products besides dolls. In April 2018, I reached out to them and I asked if they would change their shop name.  I explained since our store names were the same it would continue to cause confusion for our customers.  She apologized and stated they would be changing it very soon. But she was waiting for Facebook to approve it. 

      When someone uses a confusingly similar shop name to purposely direct traffic to their site and advertise similar items, this is false representation of a brand and infringement that Facebook takes seriously.  I take it as a personal attack and hard blow to my shop because there are millions of shop names out there but mine was targeted. We all know that Facebook will only take action when legal official paperwork is presented and that is what I have. Please please, trademark your name today before something like this happens to you. 

        I still don't know what I will do with this trademark because if you know me and watch my videos, I am a very positive person and I absolutely hate confrontation.  People's actions and how they speak to others when handling situations show their true character. I don't want any negative people in my life and you should steer clear of those types of people.  I have given the other page owners the the benefit of doubt since they stated they would be changing their shop name. I am excited for them and for me.  We could be sisters helping each other's businesses grow. I will patiently continue to wait as I have since the beginning of this year.  We shall see what is to come for Hmong Creations. 

TRADEMARK TIMELINE: It took about 7 months for Hmong Creations to be officially trademarked. With the longest being from May to July where my trademark lawyer and examining attorney made revisions to our application. I highly recommend seeking a lawyer because each time you change anything you'll have to pay a nice fee.


TIP: You will need a number to documents before you want to get started. Make sure you have all your documents before going to your lawyer to save some money!  Give your lawyer a call and ask him for a list.  That phone call and having a plan will save you hundreds.  It will take a couple of meetings to make the document perfect for your best chances of getting your trademark name approved. Go here to get started! United States Patent and Trademark Office.  They have a lot of videos that will help you understand everything. Message me if you have questions.  I can help a little bit but you should also seek legal 
TIP for TAXES: I also prepare my own taxes. Once I started my business I moved from doing it all by myself to using Turbotax.  I tell you it is such an amazing program and made it so easy to file my taxes! I had over 6 forms I needed to fill out to for my business and Turbotax walked me through all of it.

Some advantages of Trademarking your business name include:
  • Use of the registration symbol ® with the registered mark in connection with the designated goods and/or services, which provides public notice of the registration and potentially deters third parties from using confusingly similar marks.
  • Inclusion of the registered mark in the USPTO’s database of registered and pending marks, which will (a) make it easier for third parties to find it in trademark search reports, (b) provide public notice of the registration, and thus (c) potentially deter third parties from using confusingly similar marks.
  • Use of the registration by a USPTO trademark examining attorney as a bar to registering confusingly similar marks in applications filed by third parties.
  • Use of the registration as a basis to bring suit for trademark infringement in federal court, which, although more costly than state court, means judges with more trademark experience, often faster adjudications, and the opportunity to seek an injunction, actual damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs
  • Use of the registration as a filing basis for a trademark application for registration in certain foreign countries, in accordance with international treaties.
  • References: United States Patent and Trademark Office
Hooray for me! Again thank you all for giving me the courage to open my shop! It is because of all of you I get to share all my Hmong Creations. Without all of you I would be NOTHING! I sincerely appreciate each and every single one of you!

I will be doing a giveaway soon! So sorry I have been talking about it so much but have yet to do it. I'm still thinking about what I should giveaway. Message me any suggestions you may have!


Thank you for visiting! Have a great day!

Monday, August 27, 2018

How to clean Hmong Necklaces Xauv Paug

by Pang Nya

 How to clean Hmong necklace Xauv Paug # 1


       A lot of people have asked me how I clean my hmong silver.  In this post I wanted to write about the dangers of hmong jewelry cleaning agents sent from overseas but I decided to just add the article with a screen shot below and you can read about it there. I will just share how I clean my real silver necklaces.As many of you already know I have done a couple of videos using TarnX to clean my silver hmong necklaces.  See the video below to watch how I clean the picture of the necklace I have above.

      According to the TarnX directions you do not want to keep your item and the solution for more than two minutes. I think of my situation because I deluded the solution I think it's OK that I kept it in there for a little bit longer. You should not leave your necklace in the TarnX overnight. The process almost happens instantly want to place the item into the solution. What I did was I had at one bottle where I poured that one bottle into the aluminum tray. then I use warm water from the tap and filled it up about halfway. I would say it's almost a 10 to 1 ratio. Meaning 10 bottles of TarnX filled with water plus one bottle of TarnX.

"You should not leave your necklace in the TarnX overnight. "

 How to clean Hmong necklace Xauv Paug # 1
   Here is the bottle. I believe they changed how it looks like but the name is still the same. You can get this at the cleaning section in Walmart or the jewelry section in Walmart. I believe I got this in the cleaning section of Walmart.

I purchased TarnX from Walmart.

Tarn-X Tarnish Remover, 12 Oz Pourable Bottle

      Again I wanted to point out that according to the directions you are not supposed to soak the item for more than two minutes. I believe it can cause pores in your silver and diminish the quality of the item. another suggestion is just dipping a cloth into the TarnX and wiping the jewelry. You wait a couple seconds and then rinse it off. After I soaked my jewelry in the solution I did wash it and dried it with a towel.  it is also important to spot test your jewelry before soaking it in this. You could ruin your jewelry if it's not real silver. I have heard of stories wear necklaces would turn black because it's not real Silver. I have put my second silver in TarnX and what happens is that the item becomes nice and silver but after a day or two it goes back to being tarnished where it was before. It is only a temporary fix to this problem. I have not put my third silver into TarnX so I am wondering if it would turn it black. I have yet to experience this situation where my jewelry turns black. So I can't really say what kind of metal material would cause this but I can say it's not second silver or real silver.

I don't know what kind of metal material would turn BLACK once in TarnX but I can say it's NOT second silver or real silver.

       Again make sure you don't leave your necklace in the solution for longer than five minutes. Next time I want to time myself because I feel that I may lose track of time. What happens is the necklace still changes color while the solution is on it, so you don't have to keep it in there so long. I've also seen where people take apart the necklace and soak it in pieces. As you can see I didn't have to do that and just kept the necklace as it was. I think I would have a difficult time trying to put it back together. I think also the more you move the jump rings the less stronger they become.

      Here is another necklace that I used TarnX to wash it with. As you can see there is dramatic difference in the color. you can buy TarnX at Walmart or any jewelry store should have some silver cleaning agent. There is also cleaning wipes that you can use. I recently purchased some metal polish from Ebay that you can use to clean copper jewelry with. I wanted to try it on cleaning second silver. I can do a review of that later.

      Jewelry will usually tarnish because it is exposed to air. so after you have cleaned it and after you have used it it is important to keep it in an airtight container or bag. another method I have seen use to clean jewelry is with baking soda, aluminum, vinegar lemon and warm water. I found a video on YouTube that shows how to do this. I believe this takes a little bit longer than if you were to just use tarnX.

      I hope these tips have been helpful to you. I will definitely update you guys on how the metal polish works on my second silver. Again, I have added an article below of the agent that is usually used to clean second silver that is from overseas. I was quite shocked with the response I received when I asked what was used to clean the second silver from my Thailand vendor.  I ask that you use caution when ingesting anything from overseas whether it's vitamins, diet pills, energy pills, etc... The matter of the fact is that we do not know exactly what are in these products. This is also a reminder to myself that I need to be more aware of my surroundings and place any hazardous materials out of reach from my babies. I will be keeping those who lost their loved ones in my thoughts. 

Please comment below if you have any other suggestions for cleaning Hmong Silver. Thanks for stopping by! 

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