Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Beaded Banner Pattern Purchase on Ebay Update

Just an update on the beaded banner pattern situation……


Jenny from Beadshak and I have emailed and she has accepted my apology and appreciated my honesty and integrity.  Thank you, Jenny.  She noted that she had reported the seller to Ebay.


My plan was that when the patterns came I would post feedback for the seller of the patterns as positive (because the product was sent promptly and was as described and she had already left me positive feedback) but in the comments part for EVERY pattern I was going to put “Copyrighted patterns. Should NOT have been sold and I should NOT have purchased them.”.  However I did not get a chance to do that because the patterns came yesterday around lunch and I immediately went on Ebay to post the feedback and she was already no longer a registered user.  Hopefully Ebay got to her because of the Beadshak complaint and she has been banned and she didn’t just disappear on her own and will show up with another ID on Ebay.  But we will all be watching and trust me I will be much more careful with future purchases!


Beaded Banner Patterns

I got myself in a predicament this week.


As most of you know that would be reading this blog, I design and sell beaded banner patterns and supplies and also completed beaded banners.  I am always on the lookout for new patterns and sometimes kits (if the price is right).  Because of that I have a search set up on Ebay for “beaded banners” and I get an email on a daily basis of any new beaded banner items listed on Ebay.


I am always wanting to add to my collection of patterns which at this time is up to 120 that I have designed and over 100 that I have obtained from kits or patterns purchases from other places.  When I find a kit cheap on Ebay I buy it and also there are some kits I have purchased just because I love the pattern and want it bad enough that I will buy a whole kit even though I have thousands of beads at home and all the supplies to make banners without needing a kit.  In addition, I have made purchases from a couple places online when they have offered 10 or 20 pattern assortments and even kit assortments.


Because of purchasing assortments of patterns as well as assortments of kits a few times and also because I have purchased duplicates of kits several times if the price is right and kit is cheaper than what the supplies would be, I have extra patterns that I have not designed that I have sold.  I don’t need more than one of a pattern so I have sold the extra patterns a couple times just to get rid of the duplicate. 


I have noticed that other people have also done this on Ebay occasionally.  So when my Ebay search the other day showed up a bunch of patterns for sale that I didn’t have, I jumped on it and bought them.  So this is where my predicament started.  The next day I wanted to update my list/spreadsheet of the patterns that I have and I went back and looked closer at the pictures and I realized that a few of them had markings on them indicating every row number.  MY HEART SANK…………I FELT THIS AWFUL PIT DEEP DOWN………you know that UH-OH feeling you get when you know you screwed up?  I knew that the only place I have seen patterns like that was at Beadshak, so I proceeded to log on to their site and see if they were their patterns.  They were.  My heart sank more.


Why you ask?  Beadshak is owned by a gal that designs patterns like myself.  I purchased patterns from her in the past when I first started making banners.  Beadshak is actually the reason I started designing my own patterns.  Because of their policy, I was unable to sell banners made from the patterns I purchased from them so I decided to invest in software and start designing my own patterns so that I could sell the completed banners.  Soon I had people who wanted to buy my patterns and thus the start of Beaded Banners by Bonnie.  However, I respect Beadshak and their designs and have never sold banners made from their patterns per their policy.  In fact when Beadshak requested that I take some completed items I had made from their patterns off the previous site that I was selling my products on I obliged. 


I used to check out Beadshak’s site regularly just to see what the competition was doing and also to make sure that I wasn’t designing anything that was too close to what she was designing.  However, I have been so busy lately with processing orders for patterns and supplies and also making banners for orders that I haven’t checked out their site for quite some time.  Because of this I did not recognize that some of the patterns I had purchased were from Beadshak or I never would have purchased them.  I figured they were extra patterns someone had from duplicate kits or assortment pattern purchases.


I contemplated what I should do to make this right between Beaded Banners by Bonnie and Beadshak and I decided to wait for the patterns to arrive to see if I could determine if they were duplicates or extras before I contacted Beadshak to tell them what had happened.  I felt bad that it happened, but if there was a way I could determine that they had purchased the patterns from Beadshak and used them and then decided to get rid of it because they weren’t going to use it again then I wouldn’t feel quite as bad and would just let Beadshak know it happened.  However, when yesterday’s Ebay search for “beaded banners” came my heart sank again………..only lower this time.  All of the patterns were reposted for sale on Ebay which meant that copies were being made and sold.  I knew that for sure I needed to let Beadshak know what happened and what a huge mistake I had made, although it was not intentional.


I emailed Beadshak this morning to let them know what happened and that there was nothing I could do because I had already made the purchase and the patterns were being shipped.  However, I assured them that I would only use the patterns for personal use and I assured them that I will not make any banners to sell from the patterns that I purchased since that is their policy.


I share this with all of you for a couple reasons.  First, I wanted to make a public apology to Beadshak and let them and anyone else that may see or hear that I purchased the patterns on Ebay know that had I known these were not extra patterns from kits that I would NOT have even considered purchasing them.  Secondly, I am writing this to ask all beaders out there to respect the designers such as Beadshak, Beaded Banners by Bonnie, and others and not make copies of the patterns you purchase.  If someone else wants a pattern, refer them to the source and let them purchase the patterns direct from the designers.  It’s not like any of us ask that much for our patterns. Thirdly, I am asking that the seller of these patterns stop making copies of patterns and selling them at their own profit.  It’s not fair.  Think about what it would feel like if YOU designed patterns, sold them, and then saw someone making copies of them and selling them on Ebay.  If you have a pattern left from a kit you no longer want that is one thing, but to make copies and sell them is unfair to the designer.


Do my patterns that I sell get copied and shared?  I would be stupid if I thought they weren’t.  I’m sure that Jane Doe purchases one for herself and then her friend wants a copy and yeah, she probably makes her one.  Is this right?  No.  I don’t have a policy as such specified on my website.  However each pattern goes out with the note “Pattern  designed by and property of Beaded Banners by Bonnie” and also with “Pattern not to be copied or sold” on it.  But to think that Jane doesn’t make a copy for her friend Mary would be ignorant on my part.  Hopefully most people are honest enough to not even share it with a friend, but I’m sure it happens.  But for someone to make copies of patterns designed by others and blatantly sell them to anyone, let alone on Ebay, is so totally wrong.


I’ve said enough.  You get the point.  People have policies.  Follow them please.  And if you want to share an occasional pattern of mine with a friend that can’t afford to purchase their own from me at the reasonable price I charge, that’s your choice.  But don’t make copies of my patterns or Beadshak’s or anyone elses for that matter because we WILL find out.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs New York Yankees

We went to the Pirates game against the Yankees last night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh……….it was incredible!  It is the first time the Yankees have been in town since 1960 and if you remember that is when the Pirates beat them in the last game of the World Series when Bill Mazeroski hit a home run in the last inning!  That play has been a huge play in baseball history (not just in Pittsburgh) and the people of Pittsburgh voted it the best overall sports moment in Pittsburgh sports history this past year (even above Steelers Super Bowl wins and Penguins Stanley Cup wins!).  Bill was there to throw out the first pitch and the crowd roared and they applauded with a standing ovation the WHOLE time he was out there!   What a great tribute to the man! 


This 3-game series (we are also going Thursday night) has been publicized to the max and all the games are a sell out with them selling standing room only tickets…………and that NEVER happens to the Pirates anymore, especially the last couple years.  There were over 38,000 people there and they said it was the 3rd highest attendance since PNC Park opened!  There were special things going on everywhere and there were people everywhere! 


The NY Yankees have the HIGHEST salary of all teams in major league baseball while Pittsburgh has the LOWEST. 


Oh……the score of last night’s game? 


Pirates 12, Yankees 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Free Beaded Banner End Caps Sample

Interested in purchasing some of my end caps for beaded banners but just not sure if they will work on the rods you use?  NO PROBLEM!


Just mail (remember that snail mail thing?) a self-addressed stamped envelope (envelope addressed back to you with a 42-cent stamp on it) to:


Beaded Banners by Bonnie

130 Townsend Park Court

Murrysville, PA   15668


I will send you two sample end caps for you to try!


Please check out my end caps for sale:





I Owe My Mom Everything

I OWE MY MOTHER (for everything)

 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
 ‘If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside.
 I just finished cleaning.’
 2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
 ‘You better pray that will come out of the carpet.’
 3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
 ‘If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you
 into the middle of next week!’
 4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
 ‘ Because I said so, that’s why.’
 5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
 ‘If you fall out of that swing and break your neck,
 you’re not going to the store with me.’
 6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
 ‘Make sure you wear clean underwear,
 in case you’re in an accident.’
 7. My mother taught me IRONY.
 ‘Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.’
 8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
 ‘Shut your mouth and eat your supper.’
 9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
 ‘Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!’
 10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
 ‘You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.’
 11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
 ‘This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.’
 12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
 ‘If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times.
 Don’t exaggerate!’
 13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
 ‘I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.’
 14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
 ‘Stop acting like your father!’
 15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
 ‘There are millions of less fortunate children in this world
 who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.’
 16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
 ‘Just wait until we get home.’
 17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
 ‘You are going to get it when you get home!’
 18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
 ‘If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going
 to get stuck that way.’
 19. My mother taught me ESP.
 ‘Put your sweater on; don’t you think
 I know when you are cold?’
 20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
 ‘When that lawn mower cuts off your toes,
 don’t come running to me.’
 21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
 ‘If you don’t eat your vegetables,
 you’ll never grow up.’
 22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
 ‘You’re just like your father.’
 23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
 ‘Shut that door behind you. Do you think
 you were born in a barn?’
 24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
 ‘When you get to be my age, you’ll understand..’
 25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
 ‘One day you’ll have kids, and I hope
 they turn out just like you