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Collage Art a Personal Statement

Collage Art
Time is of the essence

Collage Art may not be popular with everyone, but when you realize the thought put into each piece it really becomes a personal masterpiece!

Collage Art

Every day people speak about issues concerning the world, write blogs about politics or campaign for human rights, animal rights and more.

Today I am featuring an artisan who makes a statement through unique Collage Art that is made from recycled materials.

Matthew Hoffman of Material Whirl Collage creates Unique Collage Art that sometimes touches on serious issues or is an expression of personal thoughts and feelings.

Six times as much

Each collage is made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard from a variety of items including magazines, discarded advertising, and dry packaging materials. Wrinkles, creases, odd cuts, and ragged edges add to the unique appeal of this process.

Scandal

Matthew’s Collage Art is signed and dated, and is suitable for framing or affixing to a blank note card. Great to give as a unique gift or use for personal mail as a note.

All of Matthew’s art is one of a kind or custom and is constantly changing. See his newest creations by visiting Material Whirl Collage on Etsy.

Making it to the Etsy Front Page

Pine Cone Dangle Bead

I had been on Etsy for about two years before I was finally successful at making it to the Etsy Front page. It was a wonderful thing, lots of views for my shop, but nothing magical happened nor did money fall from the sky in a windfall.

A Crisp Morning Etsy Front Page

Since the moment I opened Bead Lovers Korner shop on etsy, I have been trying to figure out:

  • How to improve traffic and get noticed
  • How to make the front page of Etsy
  • How to become a featured seller on Etsy or Ebay
  • Etc, etc.

So over the years herw is what I have discovered about the above:

  • Improve Traffic: Learn more about how to take pictures that will get noticed
  • Etsy Front Page: Making it to the Etsy Front Page does not equal tons of sales
  • Being a featured seller: Not sure exactly how you manage to become a featured seller on Etsy or Ebay, I gave up on that one!

I think to be successful you just need lots of followers and people sharing and favoring your items. Great product and customer service will keep them coming back.

Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below? What are the tricks you have discovered to get more sales on Etsy or Ebay?

Have you re-charged your crystals?

Quartz crystal
Quartz Crystal in the Sun

Have you re-charged your crystals? I am absolutely no expert on Rock or Quartz Crystals, but let me tell you what I know from experience….

I had some Quartz Crystals that were lying around, uncared for and forgotten. I found them and cleaned them up with mild soap and water, bringing back the pure clear color. I know that crystal has energy and I wanted to revitalize them, not for any purpose really except just to honor them. I called a friend who knows more than I do about this subject and she suggested I put them in the sun for several hours and also over night during the last full moon.

After I did this with the crystals, I put them on my desk, and I just realized that I have had the most abundance of creativity EVER since I took some time to care for them and charge them up!! I am thanking the crystals for their help and energy!

crystal stones sunbathing
My crystal stones are sunbathing today!

So I put them back in the sun today since they are probably drained from all the mental clarity they gave me! I also put the little Lapis Lazuli Pyramid with them for company, and a recharge too! If you have some crystals that are stored away, take them out and give them some love – they will return it to you with mental clarity, inspiration and energy!

“e.g. our products fits the PANDORA bracelets”. Counterfeiting and the PANDORA Trademark

Here is my take on the whole PANDORA trademark issue and the quote “e.g. our products fits the PANDORA bracelets”.

It is counterfeiting according to PANDORA, so don’t use that word. Strike the word PANDORA from your vocabulary when referring to beads or jewelry unless you are one of their die-hard followers or you are talking about something from mythology.

Apparently this company wants sole use of the word in any form as it relates to beads or jewelry. If you use the word PANDORA and are not one of their sellers then you are counterfeiting their PANDORA trademark.

Enough said. I am sick of the whole thing. If you ask me if my beads will fit on your bracelet that starts with the alphabet letter P, then I will tell you, otherwise I am not saying. I have removed it from every single place I have a listing or information about the compatibility of my items except in few rare places where I use combined phrases for general customer information and here on my blog.

Here is a statement from that company that you can read:

A Message from PANDORA Head Office Regarding Counterfeiting

At one point in the above Message it says:

“The use of the trademark PANDORA stand-alone and in combined phrases is only accepted in general customer information describing in long text the products offered, “e.g. our products fits the PANDORA bracelets.”

I was skeptical in believing this, and actually removed it from everywhere. I suffered a tremendous loss in business and also had to answer a zillion questions from customers who wanted to know if my beads would fit on PANDORA bracelets. I did add the phrase in my general information areas, but lots of people do not read that and ask questions anyway. However it is still best not to use that word in direct item titles.

Many bead sellers have been sued and taken to court and I do believe the PANDORA Nazis are still out there, so it is best to NOT use that word. It is not worth the headache and the risk of getting sued if they decide that you are a risk to them. So pretend the word does not exist. Most bead sellers today refer to large hole beads as a “European Bead”.

The beads I sell have a large diameter hole, and will fit on any thing with a smaller diameter such as a bracelet, necklace, leather, cord, beaded chain, key chain, anywhere you want.

I carry the Carlo Biagi brand and the Landmark brand, occasionally I will bring in some economy beads with a low price point. Everything I sell is of high quality .925 sterling silver (unless it is mentioned otherwise in the listing such as the economy beads) and will have lasting value for the bearer of the bead or charm, as long as they treat it with care and clean the item properly.

Years ago when this all started I was totally insulted that just because I said that a bead will fit on a P-ND-RA bracelet that this meant I am selling counterfeit beads. I was not, and never have sold any of the rip-off beads that are available. If you have had a run in with PANDORA or are not sure if you can use the phrase “Pandora style”, my advise is to not do so. Quality beads such as the brands I carry will sell on their own merit and the excellent customer service that I provide. I just have to explain in a little more detail about the hole size of the bead.

PANDORA may want to corner the market on large hole beads temporarily, but beads have been around for thousands of years and will continue to be a part of jewelry design, large hole or small hole!

To anyone who reads this post, thanks for reading and if you buy or sell beads I hope this information has helped you. One last thought:

What exactly came out of Pandora’s Box? All the evils of the world, so leave it alone.

Carlo Biagi Beads shown in photo can be found on Bead Lovers Korner website