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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

22 Jun 2011

Happy Customers and Other Assorted Parapharnalia!

Dear friends,
                  My creative tendancies have been rather haphazard of late so only now can I justify blogging about making and designing new jewelry! My mixed-media building for Cloth Paper Scissors was damaged due to the builders fixing my plumbing using equipment that raised more dust than a storm in the desert! I will probably have to do that from scratch as easier! Least said about that the better!
  However I cleared my exhibition jewelry from Arts and Enterprise in Ebbw Vale and I am hoping to have a jewelry party near the end of July! I am working on some new designs and will be adding these to my Flickr slideshow in the next few days.Keep your eyes open for those. I was surprised how many items I had on display in Ebbw Vale. I know I had my inventory in my hand when I went over but it was like discovering hidden treasures when I was opening display units and boxes.I had forgotten how lovely some of my pieces are!
 My sister has bought me a lightbox for my jewelry photography and I am impressed at the diffference in the way the box defuses light so harsh shadows are not cast,even in very bright light.
  This morning, I recieved a string of chyroprase beads and some tiny sterling findings from Cathy Daly on Etsy. I was very impressed by the stunning quality of the beads and the speed at which they arrived! Very impressed indeed! I had also ordered findings from Patina Queen and as always they are fabulous.
 Don't forget to add a comment to my blog to be in with a chance of winning the fab Elaine Ray earrings worth $45. Love and light to you all,Anne.

9 Jun 2011

Rain and Roses

Dear friends,
                  The weather has been a very mixed bag in Wales since the beginning of June. This has really disrupted my photos shoots as I prefer to work outdoors if possible. I have been threatening to buy a light box for some time but still haven't got around to it! I have tried  to do my pictures in between showers but they end up looking rather rushed and don't look as good as they need to for Etsy listings. Getting very fussy these days, not such a bad thing as good photography can make or break a sale. Also having my portfolio looking good on Flickr helps to get commissions!
   I have had my fabulous prize from Smitten Beads. Lots and lots of fabulous goodies for my bead stash,ribbon,silk flowers,buttons and lots of findings and sequins. These will be fab for my mixed-media artwork as well! I have had lots of inspiration as everything is in a different palette to one I would have probably chosen for myself.
    Finally after my successful giveaway last month,I am offering another pair of Elaine Ray earrings,this time in sterling silver,crystal and ceramic. These are worth $45. All you have to do is post a comment on my blog and I will pick a winner at random from all comments made! Really easy,so start commenting! On my next blog I will be offering a new voucher code as the current code runs out on the 11th of June! The current offer is 25% off and the code is SWEB9, hurry to take advantage of this fab discount.
           Love and light to all my beading buddies.Anne.

4 Jun 2011

Purchasing Sterling and other very scary things!

Dear friends,have had a mad urge to stock up on supplies for studio. Madly enough I have had to buy sterling wire as have had a commission  in that is 100% sterling,no mixed-media for this customer!!!! I very nearly gave birth to kittens when I seen the terrible price on 20g sterling wire! Shot up on the back of rocketing gold prices these last few months and I have been too chicken to look at the price at the bullion suppliers never mind actually buy any! However that shock,aside. I have been into Cardiff to buy  wire and crystal at Crystals and Ice. No sterling ear wires as apparently their supplier has no stock at all for at least a month. They sent me to John Lewis' as only they had it in stock.Truly very crazy!
  Now for the good news! I won first prize in Smitten Beads design competition! My very first "first". I have also got three more competitions to design pieces for and one mixed-media piece for Cloth Paper Scissors. I am also taking part in their summer challenge to design a 3D mixed-media cottage. Have partly designed it(at least in my head) but now the challenge of building it! Should be lots of fun.
  I have also bought some Coppr Clay to play with as a very special treat/late birthday present to myself. Really looking forward  to playing with fire! I will torch this lot in the garden if I can as the smell of the binding agents seem to linger for days!  If successful will post pics on Facebook! Managed to get some sterling ear wires from Cookson's at the same time.
 Slowly getting my Etsy shops up and running and really need to do some serious updating on profiles and shop feeds etc. I am planning on stocking Nunn designs products on crystalriverbeads soon to add to my range of hand-patinated wire and hopefully some beads as well soon. Light and love to you all,Anne.
P.S. Re my Elaine Ray earrings giveaway. This was won by Melissa Muir. Well done to Melissa  and thanks to everybody who entered the giveaway. My silverpuss voucher code is stll valid until the 11th of June. I will issue new voucher codes on my next blog along with another giveaway.