I've always found myself to be frustrated by the bead selection in local craft stores. Although these stores offer no shortage of snazzy embellishments, such as flowers, feathers, rhinestones, and even dollhouse miniatures to give my jewelry zing, the beads themselves often seemed run-of-the-mill. So, I decided to explore some of the many jewelry supply sellers on Etsy and happened upon PenGwynneBeads, http://www.pengwynnebeads.etsy.com/. Gwynne's shop was bursting with just the kind of bright, unusually-shaped resin and acrylic beads for which I'd been searching. Naturally, I made an order, limiting myself to just thirteen varieties (no easy feat!). Gwynne was a pleasure to shop with; she provided lots of friendly communication and even a surprise pack of bonus beads! The whole lot is currently spread across my coffee table, waiting to be incorporated into my next flurry of necklaces.
If you like what you see here, then be sure to check out PenGwynneBeads's entire range at http://www.pengwynnebeads.etsy.com/ for more exciting accessories in the making :)