Bead Infinitum, where there are many VERY COOL kits and patterns to choose from. They also have a designer gallery, where they ask a certain number of beading experts around the world to use their patterns to expand upon and create different variations for a short time each year. My friend Sharon Erwine has been one of those design experts for the last few months - you'll have to go to Bead Infinitums' Designer Gallery to check out all of her project variations.
So anyway - the bracelet above is the "Crystal Bangle" which actually called for 174 4mm round Swarovski's! WOW! While I'm sure that the crystal version will sparkle way more than mine, I decided to go the inexpensive route, and substituted size 8 seed beads for the crystals. I still think it's pretty. I then decided that I have to have one of these to wear with my new outfit for the upcoming wedding, so I'm doing one in blues and aquas that is with size 6 seed beads for the fillers. IT is even prettier. Photo when done, for sure! This bangle is a free pattern that Gwen and Florence offer, and is quick and easy. Just what I needed when I've got so many other things to think about, and dogs to mind, especially in the summer heat.
Off the farmers market while it's still cool, I think, and then (hopefully) a quiet afternoon of beading - and reading. Those 7 day library books keep me on my toes!