Thursday, 13 January 2011

Suitably impressed, and overly excited...

Today, the lovely Steph - lovely jewellery maker, part time designer for madcowbeads, friend and truly honorary mad cow sent me this link!

It seems that Steph's lovely Valentine design for the mad cows made the cover of a leading Bead Magazine. We love Creative Beads and Jewellery magazine and we thoroughly recommend it.

The projects are a little bit different and the quality of the magazine is great -whether you enjoy glass fusing, bead stringing, wirework or just looking at pictures of beads (yeh - we know you do that!), it has something for everyone.

Steph has also just finished an exclusive pink and girly necklace design - only available to madcowbeads newsletter subscribers. So, if you'd like a copy of the project, just sign up at - or, even easier, fill in the box on the right ->>>

Monday, 10 January 2011

All of my heart(s)

With a nod to the classic 80s hit (yeh - ABC - how cool were they?)

All of our (Swarovski) hearts..

Our entire Swarovski Elements range is now in the madcowbeads clearance - you can save up to 20% off Swarovski sparkly things. What this means is that every 14mm Swarovski heart pendant is £1 or less in our fabulous sale, and if you fancy a gigantic 'heart of the ocean' size 40mm heart, then they are ridiculously cheap too.

Which is pretty handy. Valentine's Day being mere weeks away and all that.

Friday, 7 January 2011

New Book Shop

It's Friday evening, and despite the fact that I'm still working, I'm feeling kind of SMUG (In an endearing way - I hope!)

Firstly I finally got to grips with picking out bead and jewellery making titles for my Amazon links. I'm really pleased with the range, and I managed to fulfil a load of 'book requests' so that was a bonus.

Secondly, I then actually managed to integrate the newborn madcowbeads @ amazon bookshop into the madcowbeads website. Now I know to some this is a minor victory, in fact such a piffling victory that it should really be in the 'run of the mill' section, but to me, it deserves a small round of applause and a large slice of banana cake...

Hurrah hurrah!

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

New Year.. New Stuff!

I spent the holiday break pondering the usual ponderings:
'I should eat more oranges and fewer mince pies'
'what is THAT stuck in the baby's hair?'
'Who invited these people - do I know them?'
And, most importantly..

'2011 bead strategy'

So.. as a result of this pondering it's a fond farewell to the entire mad cow bead range of sterling silver findings. We will keep 16", 18" and 20" 925 chains, plus sterling ear hooks. Apologies if this causes an inconvenience. Please contact us if you have a problem sourcing the findings you need and we will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

It's also bye bye to gemstone chips and beads. But the good news is, all our remaining stock of sterling silver and gemstone beads is now on clearance in our January bead sale.