It's finally spring here in Minnesota where I live. It's the time of year where we all creep out of the caves we've been hibernating in all winter, slightly stumbling with eyes blinking. It truly is a miraculous time of year because everything comes to life. Not only the foliage, but the people. Those who have been comatose on the couch, eating chips, and watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show all winter magically become scantily clad people on bikes, sporting tans and bulging muscles.
One of my favorite activities at this time of year is spending long evenings around a blazing backyard fire pit, which I suppose is somewhat of a tradition all around the state. Not only does it make a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, viewing the clear Milky Way and hearing the hoot of owls, but it's a relaxed time to shoot the breeze with loved ones. There are usually fun conversations around a fire pit, especially if adult beverages are involved, but one of my favorites is the "Top 5" game. It goes like this: "So, Jean, what are your top 5 favorite candies?" "Oh, easy: dark chocolate Hershey Nuggets with almonds, Salted Nut Rolls, cherry Nibs, Almond Roca, and peanut-butter cups."
With the Top 5 game in mind, I had this funny idea . . . You and I and a few of our other beading buddies are sitting around a virtual fire pit, shooting the breeze . . . you ask me which are my Top 5 beading products for Summer from the Beading Daily shop. I'd take a sip of my beverage, turn my marshmallow around a bit on my carved branch, and tell you this: