OMG. I just got an email from Fire Mountain Gems and the ad they just ran is also going to be in a European bead magazine. That is too cool for words.
You know, four years ago when my friend Michelle took me to my first bead store, I had no idea it would turn into the full fledged business that it now is. Have I told you that story? I was about three months pregnant, and had to be put on "modified" bed rest for a bit -- that meant I could sit upright and make the occasional excursion, I couldn't be on my feet more than about an hour a day. When the doctor told me that, we were supposed to be leaving for the beach the next day, to share a house for a week with our friends Rob and Michelle. The doctor said, Yes, by all means, go and relax, but you can't go the beach, you can't get overheated, you can't walk on the boardwalk, etc etc etc. So Michelle took me for a very brief trip about a mile down the road from where we were staying in Kill Devil Hills, NC, I got some beads, and I was hooked.
Michelle told me about this cool web site called Fire Mountain Gems that had a huge free catalog full of beads, and I ordered it. When it arrived, I was in heaven. It reminded me of the Sears Wish Book that used to come in the mail when I was a kid, full of toys that I sat for hours poring over. I did the same thing with that bead catalog -- circiling things I wanted, creating lists, and finally, making that first order.
If you are a interested in learning how to make jewelry, I'd so recommend getting FMG's catalog or visiting their web site. It's full of beads, design ideas, tutorials and tips -- a great way to get started. And if you have any questions, I'm always available by email. If I don't know the answer, I can find you someone who does.