This week our Featured Shop is Beads to Blooms.
Etsy, when I came across her beautiful beaded flower hair clips on team Yay For Trades Etsy treasury. (side note: if you like to trade/swap, Etsy teams are a great way to get started) I just had to have a beaded flower for myself! The photos do not do justice to how beautiful her clips are, and they are even more versatile with the ability to switch from alligator hair clip to lapel pin!
Anna originally started as quilter. She says, "I always loved the use of textures and colors. Then a few years ago I inherited my grandmothers ornament making supplies. She made satin ball ornaments for over 30 years. I tried making them for one season and just wasn't for me. I then found an idea to make ornaments strung onto wire and wire wrapped to form beautiful beaded flowers. These too were very time consuming and switched to jewelry making and still pondered how to make the beaded ornaments simpler. It then occurred to me after a season of making the ornaments I could make them smaller and wear them year round as accessories. They have now become smaller simpler but beautiful beaded floral accessories for all ages. Which is so fitting because ever since I was a child I've always admired beautiful colorful gardens that inspires me to create wonderful colorful creations."
Between her love of using colorful textures of beads, and colorful gardens, the perfect shop name was finally born: Beads to Blooms.
Anna says, "I am still quilting and am the youngest member in our local quilt guild. I create quilts with my mother Nancy Neumann. I'm the slave driver finding patterns for our next project, she'll sit at the machine sewing, I'll piece together, iron the seams. Between us we create fabulous creations that are just full of life and vibrant color. You can find our fabulous quilts at: www.patchworkartquilts.etsy.com"
"Color has also inspired my photography. Year after year watching seasons of color come and go and I thought to myself why not capture those seasons with the eye of the camera. I haven't been able to put my camera down since. I decided to have cards printed so others could cherish my wonderful photography. You can find my cards in my Etsy shop and I'd be more than happy to do custom prints. My creations are ever changing and always seem to find something new to try, especially if it involves texture and color."
You can find Anna's work online in several places, including www.beadstoblooms.etsy.com
https://twitter.com/artsfordesire (old shop name)
http://pinterest.com/moonandesigns (original shop name)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/patchworkartquilts (art quilts)
Anna loves to network in person, "I love hearing others life stories, or getting to fellow Estians through the internet." Her favorite colors are lime green and purple, and she says, "I love Italian food, watching a movie is my relaxation, my favorite drink is raspberry ice tea, favorite seasons are winter and summer (if it's not too hot), favorite animal is my Italian Greyhound Daisy who I rescued from the cold months of winter a few years ago."
Beads to Blooms is currently offering 15% off her Etsy store, and for
Violet's Buds fans, you will get an additional 5% off! Plus, she is
having a blow-out sale on her floral/fern cards. Buy 20 cards and receive a FREE $15 Hair Clip Brooch Christmas Ornament. Plus the 20 cards are on sale too!
Anna is generously giving away a beautiful 1.5" x 1.5" teal gold bobby pin hair accessory, or a custom item of your choice! The flower was created with teal gold painted on clear round glass beads, teal beads, and gold seed beads strung onto wire. Adorned in the center is a gold stardust floral bead. On the back she's attached a 2" long silver bobby pin. Such an adorable hair accessory and would be a great bridesmaid gift! If this flower pin doesn't tickle your fancy, she would be more than happy to make a custom hair accessory just for you :)
Ready to win? Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below. The only mandatory entries are to like both Beads to Blooms on Etsy & Violet's Buds Facebook page. We've included several other options to earn extra entries, including a few tasks that you can do daily to increase your chances of winning! If you make a purchase with either Beads to Blooms, or Violet's Buds you will earn 25 extra entries! The winner will be chosen on Sunday, Sept 30 at 6pm CDT*, and the winner will have 48 hours to contact Beads to Blooms to claim the prize.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*The giveaway is ending one day later than normal due to previous blog server issues*
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