November 18, 2017

All Things Twisted Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

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1st Chamber Cash Mob a Success

When the Chamber rolled out this new member-helping-member program in November, we wanted to help boost the economy of Angel Fire, one member at a time. After holding the first randomly drawn Cash Mob last Friday, we are happily proclaiming it to have been a huge success!

Anita George, owner of the “mobbed” location, All Things Twisted, smiled when asked just how successful. She said between the hours of 2:00 and 6:00 she made 31 sales! Members who had signed up to be mobbers and came into her store, kept their promise to spend at least $20.00, some spent more! Plus there were many non-members who came simply to participate in the Cash Mob!

Jean Freeman wrote on our Face Book page, “I would’ve never gone into that wonderful shop if you hadn’t done the Cash Mob. I thought that it was only a bead shop, and that is not my thing. I found a lamp that I had to have, and I will be back and bring friends.” We are
thrilled to know, thank-you Jean!

All Things Twisted is a bead shop, but it is stocked full of “previously loved items”, too. Anita has something for everyone. Clothes, furniture, art, and one of a kind finds are in her boutique-antique style shop. Just browsing around is fun!

Store hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Group beading classes will be starting soon. Learn how to make your own jewelry. The piece you make will be included in the fee.

Stop in and shop, All Things Twisted, 3407 Centro Plaza, Angel Fire, NM.

Join the Chamber Mobsters! Your business will have the opportunity to be mobbed and you agree to be a mobber when we randomly choose the next time and place to Cash Mob!

We really want to say thank you to everyone who spent their $20.00. You are the reason it worked!

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All Things Twisted Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

This week’s featured I Know Jo member is All Things Twisted.

Oh my goodness was this week’s story fun. I walked away feeling very accomplished! My sister D.J and I both learned how to make earrings. I am wearing them as I type. Anita George, owner of All Things Twisted located in Centro Plaza, patiently taught us how to do this intricate art craft. She told us it could be addicting. I believe her now.

Anita opened All Things Twisted in January 2011. She wanted to open a bead shop. Lisa Sutton wanted to open a consignment shop. Since they share the space in Centro Plaza, they agreed on a compromise. Anita started beading in middle school on a loom using tiny seed beads. She beamed as she pulled out the loom and the box in which she keeps her seed beads, telling us, it is the same box she’s had since middle school! She then showed us the beautiful bracelets she now makes on the loom. Recently she has started using larger beads. Her store is filled with many shapes and types of beads, as well as fabulous hand-made jewelry. She loves to up-cycle older items and turn them into new purposed jewelry. She showed us bracelets with clasps made from old earrings and earrings made from the metal spikes of golf shoes.

We began our class, with the help of Anita’s young apprentice River Smith, learning the different tools she uses and what function they serve. She let us make several practice pairs, and then turned us loose to pick out the beads we wanted for our earrings. That was really the hardest part! Decisions, decisions, decisions. I ended up choosing black and white beads because I wear a lot of dark clothing, and my sister chose beads in shades of green. Under Anita’s watchful eye, we turned them into works of art! I am very happy with my earrings.

I asked Anita how she came to make Angel Fire her home. She said she had always dreamed of living in a Yurt somewhere in the trees. She even put the desire in a dream box. After coming to Angel Fire and working a few summers, she shared her desire with a friend. This friend told Anita about a neighbor next to the Girl Scout Ranch who had a yurt in his backyard. Negotiations went well and she packed her bags to move from St. Louis about seven years ago. She lived in the yurt for about five years, but now owns a home between Angel Fire and Eagle Nest.

Anita would love for everyone to visit her shop and learn to bead. You choose the day and the time to schedule your classes. All Things Twisted offers them Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at either 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, or 4:00 pm. Call 505-919-8797 for group rates and times. All ages are welcome. No experience is necessary. Anita supplies the tools and materials for each class. You pick the project and she’ll show you how to make it. The classes are usually about two hours long and you’ll walk away with new jewelry that you made yourself! Or if you don’t have the desire to do-it-yourself, she has plenty in stock that she has made for sale.

Anita said she’d love to have a few Mother/Daughter classes for Mother’s Day. It sounds like fun. I’m glad I got to share this experience with my sister and we both felt our mother would have loved it, too!

All Things Twisted is located in Centro Plaza at 3407 Mountain View Blvd. in Angel Fire, next door to the Chamber of Commerce. Come on over to shop or learn.

All Things Twisted

We offer locally hand crafted jewelry, beads, beading classes for all ages and ability, and rare treasures.

Anita has been beading over 2 decades and her true passion is sharing her hobby with anyone interested. Classes are offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, please call to schedule a time for you or your group. All of the tools and materials are supplied and no experience is necessary. Every student will complete a wearable piece of jewelry in one class.

Anita also offers a variety of beads, gemstones, findings and beading tools. She has a large inventory of “vintage” findings and clothing ready to be Upcycled into unique creations.

New treasures and native new Mexican art can be found daily at All Things Twisted, head over for a look!

3407 Hwy 434, Located in Centro Plaza
505-919-8797