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About moneysister

Hello. My name is moneysister. I provide various ways and tips of making money or saving money.

Eyeball Art And Jewelry Making

I got to know the art of eyes when I traveled in Nepal. The Buddha Eyes stood high on the monkey temple, as if they were over looking the whole city of Kathmandu and the people of Nepal. Then in the tourist area, I found that a lot of shop selling products with Buddha eyes, calenders, notebook, Nepali carpets, and mostly T-shirts. 

The Buddha eyes are the symbol of wisdom, the unity of all the things to reach the enlightenment through Buddha’s teaching. Between the eyes there is a curly symbol like a question mark on the nose and a small third eye on the forehead. The pattern is  the same everywhere. Maybe it is because they are concerned with the national image and Budddha religion. 

Now there is a trend inspired by the traditional eye art. People use it more boldly to create magnificent and impressive art works, such as eye painting, eyeball poster, sculptures, etc. 

Searching the Internet, it is not hard to find some eye-catching pictures about eyeball art

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Some are fun, some creepy, some surprisingly beautiful. Various styles under the theme of eye ball are emerging. 

In Dallas, a giant eyeball sculpture was built by Tonny Tasset. 

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The bold design have attracted people’s attention greatly, and meanwhile brought the art of eyes to a new field.

As a big fan of jewelry, I absolutely keep an eye on the jewelry of the eye art theme. Here are some  awesome piece of jewelries.

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Link: http://www.bridgat.com/wholesale-ancient-alloy-eye-connected-strap-bracelet.html

Yet there are also punk and metal styles. 

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Inspiration comes from everything in life. An eye ball theme generates a wide rage of art works. Maybe we should focus on small things and grow them into bigger and stronger. That is one of ways we create.

Ways to Get Ideas for Your Jewelry

Handmade jewelry is HOT. There’s a reason why so many crafty designer types choose to make jewelry, whether to sell, to give to others, or for themselves. So many do it, because people LOVE handmade jewelry. They love to buy it, they love to wear it, and they love to gift it. For most of those who love to DIY their own accessories, maybe the most difficult step is to come up with a good idea for jewelry making. Here I have some ways that I usually use to get ideas.

1. Get ideas from your own collection. Find the things you like and dislike. The jewelries that you bought or collected must have something that you particularly like, whether it is some specific type of materials like beads or rhinestones, or it is in the vintage style, punk style, etc. Find the things you like and list them on the paper. Then the next step is to fine the things that not good enough to satisfy you. then the idea is to turn the things you dislike to the things you like. For example, you like the design of the bracelet, but the color is too dark. So what you need to DIY is to change the color.

2.Look at stores. Go to stores that specialize in jewelry, like Claire’s, or larger stores with jewelry departments, like Macy’s, to get ideas about what you might want to make. The wide selection in stores like these will allow you to get more ideas, as well as helping you stay at the front of fashion trends.

3. Look at others. You can look at the jewelry your friends have, what you see in magazines and the internet, and what your favorite celebrities are wearing. Think about what you like about their jewelry and what pieces you really wish you had for yourself. Decide the general design of the jewelry then add something particularly you in it. It could be some pieces of small design like beads twist, shining element, etc.

4. Look at vintage pieces. In looking at vintage pieces and the history of jewelry, you can see a large number of styles very easily. Examine what aspects of the vintage pieces you like to get ideas for design elements you would like to emulate.

Links for look at other’s jewelry

http://www.bridgat.com/jewelry/page-3/

http://www.etsy.com/hk-en/browse/jewelry

http://www.jewelrycollection.net/

Jewlery forum

http://jewelryartisans.proboards.com/

Vintage style

http://www.saintvintage.com/collection_s/21.htm

A Vintage Bangle That Expresses Being A Woman

A Vintage Bangle That Expresses A Woman

First of all, I was attracted by its vintage look, coz I am a huge fan of vintage style. Personally I like clothing of the time going with vintage accessories.

Secondly, I was fascinated by the meaning it conveys. The Rose represents for love, a romantic and most important part of a woman’s life; the little Totoro expresses the child side of a woman, which is soft, tender, funny, and innocent; the pearl shows woman’s femininity, her independence and confidence.

The product page http://www.bridgat.com/wholesale-rose-element-unclosed-bracelet-with-pearl-and-rose-pendant.html

3 things to be considered Before Opening Your Own Antique Shop

For those who love the excitement of discovering treasures and want the freedom and financial rewards of having your own retail business, opening an antique shop is the perfect choice. When you open an antique shop, you have the freedom to make your own choices and express your own creative spirit. You can focus your antiques business on what you are most passionate about. Here are 3 things to be considered before opening your own antique shop.

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1. Decide what you want to sell. For example, you might choose to sell antique furniture, antique jewelry, movie or music memorabilia, native handiwork, antique toys, or any other types of antiques and collectible. In addition, you also have to detect what your customers want. Generally speaking, antique shoppers are savvier than your everyday bargain hunter. You won’t find a random person out hunting for 1930s art deco lamps, or a fender for a turn of the century Schwinn bicycle. Your store inventory needs to be just as specific as their tastes.

2. Decide a place to start up your business. One way to get your feet wet in the antiques and collectibles business is to set up a booth at a local antiques fair or festival. For a nominal fee, this will allow you to test buyers’ response to your inventory. Selling online is another way to start up your business without the expense of leasing or purchasing a permanent space. It would also allow you to keep your “day job.” Lori Bowles, a professional nurse turned power eBay seller, recommends online selling as a great place to learn and to make some extra money.

Another way to get into the antiques business would be to rent a space in an antique mall or small consignment-type shop where there are several sellers under one roof. The benefit to this situation is that since it’s not your roof, you can come and go at your convenience as long as your space is ready. Being part of a mall can be a smart introduction to retail sales. “It gives you an opportunity to make contacts and to see what works without being wholly accountable,” says Deirdre Queen, who recently left her Ft. Lauderdale storefront for a space at the Hillsboro Antique Mall. The move has afforded Queen and her partner more time to find and fix items for their booth as well as an occasional day off. The downside is that a mall tenant usually doesn’t have the freedom to sell direct from her space, to advertise certain markdown specials or to set the mood with light, refreshments and music.

1A prayer wheels and buddhist statues at street vendor Boudhanath Kathmandu Nepal

3.  Where to get your supplies at a comparatively low price.  Searching on the internet I got the top 5 places to get antiques below market value that can be profitable to resale.

Flea Markets

Yard Sales

Thrift Stores

Estate Sales

Auctions

Another good way to get the goods is order wholesale online, especially from specific countries. For example, Nepal is famous for its handicrafts and local exotic retro accessories. You can find ways to contact dealers there to import some goods at very low cost ( due to the currency exchange and economic status ). China is the world super market where you can get goods at wholesale prices. Nowadays, the online wholesale industry in China is thriving, and you can have a lot options. The goods are mainly from the Yiwu International Market. http://www.bridgat.com is highly recommanded for its various retro style accessories from China and Southeast Asian countries.  Other Chinese wholesalers can be easily found online and the best ones are listed as trusted sources at the Federal International Trade Association’s website.

1A prayer wheels and buddhist statues at street vendor Boudhanath Kathmandu Nepal