I've had a pile of gorgeous Chinese crystal beads sitting on my desk for a long time. Ali Sly from Lima Beads sent them in last year to be featured in Beads 2011, our annual buyer's guide issue. Ali sent in a ton of colors (thanks, Ali!), but I pulled out these jonquil and poppy beads because I loved how they looked with the prairie green luster Czech fire-polished glass beads she also sent in . I finally pulled the beads together into a long necklace, which I think will be fun to wear with a cute summer dress or flirty summer top.
This year, our annual buyer's guide will be rolled into the Fall issue of Stringing. Make sure to check it out. Vendors send us loads of new beads, findings, and tools to sift through. The ones published are our very favorites--items you'll definitely want to add to your own stash.