I call this the dwindling new beads post because I have done quite a few of these and want to focus more on making things, practicing techniques and more than just buying beads. I have certainly proven I can do that! Also, I need to cut down. Not just say I’m going to cut down.
So let’s get on with the show!
I saw these beautiful earrings by Malin de Koning and I fell in love with the polymer drops by Marla James. So I had to get some of my own. And while I was there…well, you know how it is.
I saw the autumnal bead sets with pods by Something To Do Beads in a blog post on Art Bead Scene and had to go get one because I knew they would fly out of the shop. I was right; there were only two left when I got there. I just love pod-type things.
You might notice that my downfall in bead buying is seeing the gorgeous creations on the internet. (Note to self: stop spending so much time on the internet.) Often I’ll see some beads in a blog post, on Facebook or just decide to go visit the shop of one of my favorite artists. Once I see a creation that I know is one of a kind, it can be hard to resist. That’s what happened with these shank buttons by Lisa Peters Art. The strawberry is so charming, and the circles are just amazing. I love circles, whether in the form of polka dots, this bull’s eye effect, spirals, etc.
This blue leaf by Lisa Peters Art is so beautiful. I feel like my purchase of it was a little different, even though I bought it at the same time as the buttons. I fell in love with this style of leaf at Lisa’s booth at Bead & Button 2013. I didn’t get one there because I had other things I wanted from her booth, which was one of the last I came to and my bead money was dwindling. But I knew someday I would have one. When I saw it, I knew this blue leaf was the one for me.
When Kylie Parry announced an update that included this keyhole pendant, I knew I wanted this and a raven pendant that was a new style for her. I was online at the exact moment the update went live. Well, maybe a few minutes before – refresh, refresh – and you don’t see a raven because I still didn’t get one! But I’m so happy I got this lovely pendant because I do have an idea for it.
Now here is a real coup. Sometimes in reading blogs I see beads that are just no longer available. I was reading a blog post by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati. She used one of her sari snapshot pendants, and I was blown away. I really love her creations and hope one day to join her Simple Truths Sampler Club. But as I read this post and saw the sari snapshot pendant in 2014, it was from 2012 and there was no way I was going to get one. Guess again! I got this lovely version from a destash. I LOVE destash. Please offer treasures you aren’t going to use to the rest of us. We’ll give them a great home.
I also got these agate beads in a destash. Another great thing about destash is being able to get smaller quantities of beads. I’m guessing these were sold in a larger strand, but these few were very affordable for me and the perfect amount for my use.
I have ordered from Nature Scavenger before – beautiful painted driftwood beads. When I saw these natural wood beads with bark still on, I knew I wanted them. They are lovely nuggets in person.
I’m not saying you will never see a “new beads” post from me again. I don’t have that much willpower! Plus, there are some beads I’ve never shown (as well as a few more on the way as I type.) But I’m going to strive to be a more active maker rather than just a buyer. Here’s looking forward to new adventures!