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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

27 Dec 2011

Veronica: Muse at Play: Slide Pendants

Veronica: Muse at Play: Slide Pendants: Feeling creative after a noon time nap (my work was really nice to close up at noon today) so my creative muse came out to play tonight. How...

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Dear friends,
                   I have been looking at blogs by other artists this afternoon. Too many to name but words can never describe the unbelievable wealth of talent out there in " cyber world". Stitchers, jewellery designers, bead makers, glass artists! You name it! They never cease to amaze me. I wish that I was half as good at what I do. I wish that my blog was bigger, better, more colorful etc. I am not in the least envious, but in awe!
 I , however, endeavour to be inspired by my fellow artists and be better at my designs, to stand out more, to be better at my marketing and branding.  Learn HTML so I do not always need help from my daughter's if I want to post links etc!!!  I am rather pathetic when it comes to social media. I get by on luck, rather than skill and judgement and have learned a little to play with my computer as I now know that it will not explode or do something equally grotesque if I press the wrong key! I know there are a lot of people out there who feel that way about technology but usually they only open a couple of e-mails in work. They do not operate a plethora of Facebook pages for business and personal use,run blogs and Tweet and run online shops as well as a Flickr photostream! I sometimes wonder how on earth I ended up doing all these things! A few years ago, I didn't even have an e-mail address!!! What on earth happened??? The jewellery happened! I suppose "necessity is the mother of invention" and everything just followed from there. But I still can't get my head around how I arrived at this moment. Will let you know when I do.
    While I have been awestruck by other designers,I noticed that Lorelei has a fab give away on her blog from Lark books. Go and check it out!  I have already entered and hope that I win. Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!!! Love to you all,Anne. x

26 Dec 2011

Changes Galore.

Dear friends and fellow bead freaks. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas Day. I am feeling a tad delicate today as I over indulged in the Christmas spirit,so to speak!!
   Oodles of exciting things have been happening since I last put pen to paper(or paw to keyboard). I have moved my studio but in spite of my valiant attempts at being organised,it looks as much of a tip as before.  However lots of exciting new designs in the pipeline for 2012 and I successfully completed my first ever craft show with lots more planned for 2012 as well. My work is also now available at the Cynon Valley Museum. I am very excited about this but as you all know it doesn't take a lot to excite me. Especially where beads etc are concerned. I am working on some altered art tile designs and a fab set for my craft shows. A bit of a "WoW" factor  as based on an all American theme,rustic but sophisticated!! Something new for the UK!  I have also asked my partner-in-crime Debra to make some new beads and I am hoping we can come up with some fab color schemes for the New Year. Watch this space as have a renewed sense of purpose! I have also had new Moos printed and looking forward to my new branding and image. A new range of boxes and tags are under design as well.
   2011 was a year of extreme change for me. Sometimes frightening but I think it was all for the best. I am a very different lady from the one I was last Christmas. I have also met a lovely new guy and I hope we can bring out the very best in each other. He is simply adorable and he even paints a little which is fantastic.
   I will stop gushing now and wish you all a very happy  and prosperous New Year. Love and light to al,Anne xxxx