Monday, September 24, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week: Beads to Blooms

 This week our Featured Shop is Beads to Blooms.
I first (virtually) met Anna on 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."

Along with many home-based businesses & crafters, her biggest challenge is finding the right market. "I live in a very small rural area and my creations are too different to draw much interest. I rely on the internet for most of my sales, and that too is difficult since I did just open a new shop for my hair clips and cards. Having to start over to find the right clients for my items. I do try craft shows but I would do much better if I was in a larger city. I do hope once my items are out there and loved it will draw in more buyers. Most important thing now I have a perfect shop name, which took years of changing names to find just the right one. I can only go up from here."

You can find Anna's work online in several places, including www.beadstoblooms.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beads-to-Blooms/159951734102255
https://twitter.com/artsfordesire (old shop name)
http://pinterest.com/moonandesigns (original shop name)
www.beadstoblooms.blogspot.com
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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10 comments:

  1. Anna's work is beautiful! Nice feature ,)

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    1. That one just sold but be more than happy to make a custom one similar or any other of your favorite color combinations.

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  3. Such cute stuff. please don't make me only pick one! :)

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    1. Beads to Blooms is offering a big discount in her Etsy store, and if you make a purchase with her, or with Violet's Buds during the giveaway, you earn 25 extra entries for the giveaway! That way you can get more than one ;-)

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    2. I know hard to pick just one! And gets harder and harder with the more I make. I have even more choices on my FB page, and be happy to make a listing on Etsy.

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  4. Great giveaway. Love your shop. This is my favorite http://www.etsy.com/listing/105475838/hair-clip-pink-hair-accessory-floral

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    1. I love this one too, and thank you :) I can take more pictures too if you are interested in this one for purchase. Pictures don't do justice how unique and gorgeous they are!

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  5. The hair clips also have pin backs (wear in the hair, on a headband, on your favorite shirt, jacket, hat, purse. Endless possiblities. Soon I'll be listing them as shoe clips as a another fun option. Or nothing on the back and hang as a stunning Christmas ornament.

    Also, each hair clip purchase receives a free card ($2.25 value)! The teal one sold but am always more than happy to make a custom order. Only a short time left to purchase to receive 25 entries for my giveaway! But my sale will be going for a couple more weeks if you decide to purchase later :)

    I'm very fun and easy to work with to make that perfect accessory :)

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  6. Hard to pick just one! So hard to pick out a favorite. More on my FB too and if not sold I'd be happy to make a listing on Etsy.

    Feel free to email me with any questions.

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