The past few days I have been doing some major bead shopping. At least for me, it's been huge. I have orders in with Artbeads, Beadaholique, and Fire Mountain Gems, and I am going to be ordering some wire here pretty quick with Bello Modo. Honestly, I would rather have one place to shop because going to all the different sites trying to find the right colors, sizes, textures, etc. is so exhausting. And then to meet the minimum order amount so I don't have to pay shipping. ick. Hey! Did you know that Bello Modo has no shipping minimum and ALL orders ship free? Yea for Bello Modo! Artbeads is still reasonably low at just $10. It's not hard to come up with $10 at all.
Then there's Beadaholique which I think is pretty steep at $25 for no shipping. I don't usually order that much at one time from one store unless I am doing a major purchase. That's why I went to them this weekend. That, and they had the colors and things that one of my students picked for our class later this month. I still had to put in some few random items that I have no plans for to meet that minimum. Although I do like their Preciosa crystals and the prices on them. It's just coming up to that $25 that's hard. Of course I could spend less and pay s+h, but if I'm going to give them money, I want to get product in return for it, you know what I mean?
Now, FMG...they're a whole other story. I doubt that I will order from them in the future. I needed just 1 thing from them for less than $5. Shipping and handling was almost $8!!!!! So, $13 for a $5 item? No thanks! I ordered a couple other random things with them, too, just to feel a little more justified in my purchase and paying such high fees. But I HAD to go to them to get the color I needed. Do you remember the last post about needing an apple green color in a 6/0? They had something close. But I totally feel like I got robbed.
I don't think I'm at liberty to give away too many details, but I will give you the basics. You may not see much of me the next couple months. That's the bad news. But it's for a good reason. A friend of mine who is a bead goddess just got a deal to write a new bead book. She has asked me to contribute projects for the book!!!!!! How awesome is that???!!! I will be doing 2 for sure and possibly 4 projects for the book in different sections of it. This will be quite a challenge for me, and I am learning so much about the process it's unbelievable. That's the main thing I have been shopping for...supplies for the book projects. And all 4 are due with instructions in both a photo story and written step by steps on a CD to the author with the finished pieces no later than SEPTEMBER 1st!!!!! Yikes! I better get my groove on, huh? The bulk of my book supplies is coming from Artbeads, and they haven't even shipped my order yet! Crazy. I got my order in the mail today from Beadaholique, and my Artbeads order that I made at the same time hasn't even been picked yet.
So all I have to show today are my goodies from Beadaholique.
And that's it. $27 worth of beads so I could get free shipping. lol. Am I crazy? Should I just have paid the shipping fees? No, I don't think so. These beads will be the perfect ones for a future project. It always works out that way.
And my other exciting news? I was a winner winner chicken dinner on a blog giveaway the other day! I haven't got my prize package yet, but as soon as I do you will be the first ones to see it. I won it courtesy of a great new blog I was introduced to, Spyder Jewels. Thank you Mandy at Beads for Brains: 365 for the intro!
That's all I got today. Hope you all have a super fantabulous weekend!