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Hi,my name is Anne,I am a beadaholique.I work out of my studio in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.My work is mainly mixed media with some steampunk elements thrown in for fun.I was a finalist in Beads and Beyonds"Jewelry Maker of the Year 2010" I won first prize in Smitten Beads Designer Challenge 2011. I have had my work published in various magazines and in several treasuries,online.I have two Etsy shops and a Folksy shop for my clients who do not wish to shop in US $,but prefer sterling.Feel free to look me up on twitter or Facebook.Cheers,Anne..
Take a look at my Etsy shops by clicking the links below.
CrystalRiverBeads Etsy
Silverpuss Etsy

26 Jun 2010

Bead Shopping

I went into Cardiff today to top up my studio supplies.Had a fab time as it is Armed Forces Day in Cardiff.There were military planes flying displays over the city.Doctor Who finale of series tonight so roadshow on the Hayes.I saw the T.A.R.D.I.S in the flesh.Paul MacCartney concert tonight as well so very busy in the D2 shopping centre.Cardiff rocks!!!
Back to beading now.Went to my favourite bead supply shop Crystals and Ice in the arcade by the castle.Bought some really nice lava beads and pendant to embellish.Bought some more wire and some silver findings.They have started to stock Sculpey polymer clay and had some good texture mats and cutters.I could spend hours in there and a small fortune too.However I was good today.
Still debating how to make the studio nicer to work in and will post pics when done.Love to all my beading buddies,Anne.

25 Jun 2010

Summer Travel.

Dear Beading Friends,
                                 I have been dreaming about how to decorate my"studio"when I have finished sorting it out.I am going to Lisbon,Vigo,La Coruna and Gibralter in the summer and hope to add some goodies to my beading stash and perhaps some artwork for my studio.We went to Barcelona late last year and I found a wonderful ephemera market in a square just off La Ramblas.They were selling stamps,bottle tops,all sorts of goodies.Total heaven.I did only find one bead shop in the Gothic Quarter.Rumour has it that there are at least four of them.I hope to find some bead shops in Portugal to add to my stash.I hope perhaps to find a flea-market or antique fair.However that is weeks away so just get on with sorting things out and get the paint brushes out.I have my expo soon so will let everyone know how things are going on the creative front.Love to my beading buddies,Anne.

23 Jun 2010

Dear Friends,I have just been blogging about workspaces on my Etsy Team Cymru blogspot about. I am in the process of trying to improve mine.It is a corner of the garage and is not as aesthetically pleasing to my eye or heart as I would like.I am working on improving storage and layout.I am rather messy when working and my desk often looks like it has been ransacked and I need to address my untidyness.I have bought some small plastic drawers sets and have at least began to organise my materials by type.ie,wire,beads,ceramic,etc.The walls are grey breezeblock and the lighting could do with improvement.If I add some colour and some new lighting I think I can improve things so as to enhance my enjoyment of the time spent there and therefore be more creative as a result.I know a lot of artists who work from home have very limited options about how and where they work.If  you are interested in contributing your views on this add your comments,Love to all my creative buddies,Anne