Sunday, September 1, 2013

I Was A Bad Girl...


So....I have been very disciplined, but everyone falls off the wagon right???

I was a bad girl....and ordered some beads!!!

I say I was bad because if you read the post "A Peak Into My Stash" you know as well as I do that I do not need any more beads....ah but there's the kicker...need vs. want...

Since I have not been feeling well these past couple of years and therefore not able to work as much, I have been very disciplined on using what I have rather than buying new beads to go with what I already have.  Why would I think I need more you ask?  Can anyone ever have too many beads I answer...but seriously, my ideas come as they want, and when I look at some beads to create sometimes it pops into my head "now if I only had some of (insert beads I don't have here) they would go together perfectly and that would be an amazing necklace!"

There is always temptation...bead magazines I subscribe to and especially emails...telling me there is a sale...such is the case this time.

40% OFF!!! Eeeeeekkkkk!

Who can resist that??? Well I tried to resist because the sale was for Vintage glass seed beads....I ONLY use Czech Preciosa Ornela glass seed beads....because I am a little spoiled and I want to use the best products I can afford to use in my designs.  

Then I thought that there would be an appeal to them since they are Vintage and over 100 years old, they don't make some of these colors anymore, they are I gave in!
My Shipwreck Beads Order Arrived

I was SO EXCITED to open my first bead order in such a long time I could barely sit still!!!
My Whole Shipwreck Beads Order

Even though the Czech seed beads weren't on sale, there were a few I needed to replenish that I have used and a few that have been here they are;
Czech Glass Seed Beads
Here are the Vintage French seed beads I ordered, the first pic is of the two purple colors I ordered more of and the second is a pic of the variety of pinks and purples
Vintage French Glass Seed Beads
Vintage French Glass Seed Beads  

These are the greens I ordered, they happened to be in another category, Vintage Venetian Glass Seed Beads
Vintage Venetian Glass Seed Beads
 Unfortunately my excitement was short-lived...

As I was unpacking and looking at all the beautiful colors I immediately noticed something was off....they are all different sizes!

There are many sizes of seed beads, I mainly use the size 10/0, which are slightly bigger, not as common and available in fewer colors than the size 11/0.  I find them easier to work with, but do have some 11/0 as well, they just take more time and patience.

So of course when I ordered my beads I ordered all size 10/0 so that I could mix the new Vintage beads with my already existing arsenal of seed beads.  

I have been a bead crochet machine lately and that was the purpose of my order, to add colors that I needed to create the necklaces that were already in my mind....

Sadly this would not be the case, or not what I had planned for I should say.  For beaded crochet all the beads sit on top and next to each other very closely, and are all the same size.  If I were to mix sizes (which I have done by accident) you create a bit of a bumpy texture to the rope if you were to mix 10's and 11's let's say.  BUT that was not the vision I had so I was disappointed, to show you the difference in size I took a picture,  
Czech Seed Beads Next To Vintage French Seed Beads
Czech Seed Beads Next To Vintage Venetian Seed Beads
 The French seed beads are larger but some of the colors are  still close enough that they can be mixed with my Czech beads to create a textured rope, but the Venetian seed beads are ginormous!!! I wouldn't be able to do a mixed color beaded crochet rope with them without having a gap between the beads, frankly I don't like the way that looks so I wouldn't make it. 

So....after thinking about it for a few days I decided to order some more colors of the Venetian style beads to compliment the greens I bought so that I can make some beaded crochet ropes with them...they should arrive on Wednesday....I can't lie....I'm feels good to be bad once in a while!


  1. I'm looking forward to all of the new creations! I love getting a new package of art supplies, so I know where you're coming from, it's like Christmas, but better because you know you're going to love what you open up. Hve fun and keep us posted as to the nw creations.

    1. I will, working on some new creations this weekend already :)

  2. Who can resist a great sale like 40% off. Hope you have a great day.
    Heidi’s Wanderings

    1. Exactly! Thanks Heidi, hope you have a great long weekend :)

  3. I have always loved the texture of seed beads, looking at this makes me want to run my hands through them like sand. :) So smooth! GORGEOUS colors!

    gayle | grace for gayle
    I'm a #Previvor!