Amanda Hinson

AMANDA HINSON has been creating with beads for over ten years from her home in The Smoky Mountains. Amanda's online shop, MigotoChou, opened in 2008. She has designed bead patterns for several popular beading websites in the U.S. and her miniature beaded items have been featured in magazines such as Crafts Beautiful and Make Jewelry.

Q & A

1.) If you could visit any time, place, or person, when, where, or who would you visit? I would want to visit Disneyland on it's dedication day, July 17, 1955. Walt Disney is such an inspiration for me. He was so creative and determined. I would love to go back in time and be there to see him introduce his most magnificent creation to the world!

2.) If you could be any other person, animal, plant, etc... for a day, who or what would you be and why? I would be a butterfly. How fun it would be to have beautiful wings, and go flitting and flying among fragrant, colorful flowers all day, getting admiring glances wherever I go!

3.) Who's your favorite fictional character, and why? Anne Shirley (of  Anne of Greene Gables) has always been my favorite character. I love her imagination, determination, honesty, and entertaining personality.

4.) What was the worst job you've ever had? I once had a job at a university that required I do nothing but answer phones and file papers all day. I was incredibly mind-numbing in and of itself, but one of the worst things is that I didn't even have a window to daydream out of!

5.) What do you enjoy doing the most with your free time? I love experimenting in my studio and figuring out new techniques for my jewelry. I especially adore working with things that are really messy---paints, glitters, chalks, inks, clay, and anything I can get my hands on!


Beads are perfect for making all sorts of tiny treasures: cakes and treats, fruit, flowers, fast food, holiday souvenirs, pets and animals, fairies, and more! This book will show you how to...