Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I Fell Off The Wagon

First, I want to thank everyone who commented on my Bead Soup Reveal and The Challenge of Travel Reveal. I had so much fun with both and met a few new jewelry and bead designers.

And now for the confession. At the end of last year I decided I needed to use up the beads in my stash before buying more. I allowed myself to purchase the necessary components and findings like clasps, spacers, wire, crimps etc, and beads that were required for a customer request, and once for a bead challenge.

I'm surprised that I lasted so long because it sure isn't easy when every blog I visit had some awesome beads they made or purchased themselves. And finally I caved. It was just about a month ago, and once I started, I just kept going. So here are the offenders; the beads that I just couldn't live without:

These are the cutest little lampwork beads I've ever seen. From Pebble Dreams

And Too Aquarius makes these wonderful polymer beads. I've purchased them before and just had to have more for my Challenge of Travel.

Also from Too Aquarius

From Penny at Fagins Daughter
I considered these findings....don't you agree?

More from Fagins Daughter; mostly vintage, and yes, there are definitely beads in here.

I purchased some wire from Fusion Beads, and they just happened to have a great coupon. But I needed to spend just a bit more in order to make the limit. These Jade beads are gorgeous, and of course I love anything Vintaj. If you haven't signed up for Fusion Beads emails you are missing out on some great discounts from time to time, plus free shipping over $25.00.

I purchased a little surprise from Erin for my daughter's Christmas present. I can't show it here just in case she reads this post. But when it arrived there was a sweet coupon that I just had to take advantage of. I purchased one of her Motley Owls, and a beautiful polymer shell pendant.
On the back the pendant reads 'You can't cross the sea merely standing on the shore'. Erin has the most beautiful packaging.

And I just had to share what I won from Heather Power's Bead Fest Pity Party (the prize was a coupon to her site). The little squirrel, fox, and bird house are just adorable!

I'm going to hop back on the wagon and see how long I can continue this self-imposed 'bead diet'. If you want to join me I could use the company.


TesoriTrovati said...

I think that you need to 'cheat' every once in awhile. I am with you on the bead diet. I have been a spending fool this year. I have so much that I am not even sure of what I have. I must put an end to that. The good news is that I have a show coming up in about three weeks so that is all that I am doing with every spare moment. I will be using up what I can! It is kind of fun to go shopping in your own basement. And that owl I made for you looks even cuter in your picture. I stumbled on that look and I love it! Enjoy the day. Erin

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

I go on a self-imposed bead buying diet every Monday...I fall off of it by Tuesday...it is a terrible addiction!!!!! I have those same blue spacer beads from Pebble Dreams! They ate the most beautiful hues and the perfect size! Everything you splurged on is gorgeous! I wish us both luck on our diets!

Bobbie said...

You may have fallen off the wagon, but at least you had some pretty beads to cushion the fall!

SueBeads said...

Oh boy, great finds, you better get busy!

Lela said...

You sure did fall off the wagon! I thought I heard something all the way down here in OK. ;) I need to declare a moratorium on buying...
Congrats on all the gorgeous new elements...looking forward to seeing what you make with them. :)

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aneri_masi said...

Cheat all you want, Alice, but did you have show me this and tempt me to cheat too? LOL, LOVE your loot...especially the stuff from Too Aquarius. Can't blame you!

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Deserae said...

Well I can see why you fell off the wagon....those beads are gorgeous!!!! If it makes you feel any better I am put myself on a home accessory diet a couple of months ago and I fell off the wagon last week!!! LOL

My Life Under the Bus said...

Damn I'd like to throw myself under that wagon! Great stuff!