What fun! I hosted a Bead Party yesterday. A few friends came over and we went to the Nice People show and bought some goodies, and then came back and Made Stuff. The picture is of Marianne wearing her new necklace. The stones are dyed howlite. They had two holes going the long way, and we put hammered sterling beads between the stones, and a pretty Bali silver clasp on the back. I think it came out beautifully!
I was apparently on a green kick, as everything I bought was a shade of green except for a strand of facetted amethyst. Peter (Mr. Nice People ;-) has a good selection of gemstone beads now, along with the gorgeous crystals. He also had pearls and a small but well-chosen selection of Bali silver beads and findings. This is a great one-man-show to catch if he's coming to your town. And they really are Nice People, too.