I placed an order last week with Charlene's Beads - I wanted to fulfill part of a dream of mine and yet stay in my budget - I ordered one of every color of opaque seeds in size 11.
To stay in budget, I only got the 5 gram tubes, but when I'm designing a piece, I'll have the color right there where I can eyeball it. One day I shall have a workable sample of each and every color and finish and size and shape the Japanese have to offer. Looking at my stash, you'd wonder that this is not yet the case.
Receipt of that little bundle made me realize it's been over three months since I'd gone through all of it, sorting and straightening, and so my one day off was devoted to maintenance rather than creating. Naturally, the danger there is that as I was setting the beads to rights, I'd have to stop far too often to sketch out all the ideas the colors and finishes and shapes would provoke. I ran out of time and have been piecemealing the rest of the job in the odd spare moment. Just about done now.
And Oh Boy. The mail just came in and with it a book:
More later, as always.