Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bead Shopping Made Fun

It is truly an amazing time to be a beader, or an artist of any kind. Heaps and mounds and oodles of inspiration are right at our fingertips, and some of the tools available to us are incredibly fun to use. Pinterest is a fantastic example, and you know that Polyvore is one of my personal favorites. These are great tools that reach out and sweep in inspiration from every source imaginable, but there is one fantastic resource that caters just to beaders.

I’ve been meaning to try out the Fresh Picks tool at Lima Beads for a long time. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of shopping for myself at the store, but their selection of colorful, quality beads is really excellent, and I’ve shared a few of them here in the past. Every time I visit, I have a peek at the latest Fresh Picks - selections of beads and beading products chosen by customers and staff.

There are some really talented Pickers, who create beautiful boards of beads in every theme imaginable. There aren’t just color selections, but shapes, materials, moods, and even Picks that tell a story. Here are a few of my favorites from just this month:

Carnival Bead Palette


Tending the Pumpkins Bead Palette

Tending the Pumpkins

Squared Off Bead Palette

Squared Off

Egypt Bead Palette


Dill Pickles Bead Palette

Dill Pickles

Right now, Lima Beads has an easy color picker of the Fall 2012 Pantone line-up - two pages each of beads, findings, and beading materials that match this year’s palette. Of course I couldn’t resist using my favorite Pantone picks as inspiration for my first ever Fresh Picks!

Pantone Peacock Bead Palette

Pantone Peacock

Making a Fresh Pick is incredibly easy - all you have to do is click the flower icon over a product that you like, to add it. For all the basics, Lima Beads has a detailed guide to creating Fresh Picks. And the best part? Your picks can be chosen for showcases on the website, and may even go on sale for a limited time!

Have you used the Fresh Picks tool before? What’s your favorite way to use it?

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  1. How can you be so fantastic with your inspiration :D

    I have never used these tools, eager to try.

  2. Thank you for pointing out the Fresh Picks! This tool is fun and very useful into the bargain. And addictive. ;-)


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