Yeah, I know I said that I needed to work on using up some of my bead stash before I brought any more beads into our apartment. But circumstances - to be discussed in a later post - brought me to my favorite bead and jewelry supply shop last week, and I just couldn't pass a few things up. First, I was thrilled to find a mini version of the extended length clasp that I use in so many of my earring designs. While I'm a big fan of the length that the original style provides (and will continue to use the original hooks in many future designs), I know that several customers have been attracted to its style but turned off by its length. So these new guys (in the middle, below) are the perfect compromise.
You'll see them debuting in the sulu-design etsy shop in the earrings below (click any of the following images for direct links to the items' etsy listings):
Yes, the beads in these earrings were another couldn't-pass-'em-up buy at the bead shop. They're extremely similar in shape to the beads that I used in my very first Original Intent post, and since I got several requests to replicate the earrings in that post, I thought that the translucent, smoky version of the original blue beads might go over well. Plus, I can't say no to beads that look like candy.
And if the pairs above didn't do it, the two pairs below should make it clear that I'm obsessed with the color and quality of the various styles of smoky translucent beads. Fine. I admit it. These beads are a new purchase, too.
Just thought I'd mention... I'm a little giddy with hope and happiness. I had a fabulous phone conversation with my father tonight. He's getting better bit by bit, day by day. Thanks again for your concern. I'm so touched by your toughts and prayers. Be well!