Monday, March 19, 2012

Seed Bead Overload

Could that be true? It appears I have too many seed beads.....well in reality I have too many old tubes, bought at retail, may or may not be labeled with the color number, may or may not be repeatable. This all means that as long as I design for repeatability, they are hard for me to use. And they are taking up a lot of space, so, if you like seed beads



Leave me a comment on this post by midnight tonight. Tell me your favorite colors (no guarantees, but if you are a lime green girl let me know, or if you prefer matte metallics, or high contrast, or analogous color ways) and I'll try my best. I will randomly pick one winner and mail you off a small flat rate priority box of seed beads.

I have way more then one box, so expect to see this giveaway repeated often in the next few weeks. I'm motivated to open up some space!

Yesterday we moved all but the perimeter furniture and steam cleaned the carpet. Today a trip to the local fixture store for some more slat wall fixtures so I can file all the new seed beads that don't yet have room on the wall. I have begun a quest for the perfect seating arrangement, but against my usually impulsive nature I've decided to make do with the current table and chairs and take a slow search for what seems just right. I'd like to seat 12 comfortably and that might be a 6' square or a really long rectangle. I'm hoping a local consignment shop might have the perfect dining room table so I have plans to start scouting then out once a week.

135 comments:

Jenn Ehrichs said...

Neutrals! I love neutrals. All the browns, blacks, whites, and inbetweens. If you forced me to pick an actual color, it'd have to be teal :)

beadtherapytogo said...

I am a turquoise and metallic girl.

beadtherapytogo said...

I am a turquoise and metallic fan.

sandy said...

Hi
I like all colors, especially bright ones
Sandy

Halinka said...

Hi,Marcia:-)
I like all metalic seed beads-the 'ground colors' from copper-brown throughout the rustling to lime green.I do not like black specially,but silver ,or grey might be:-)
It's the real treasure, You keep in Your bag:-)
Thak You for the opportunity to take part in this give away.
Warm Greetings-Halinka-

Bead-Mused said...

Can you have too many? Me, I'm easily pleased and never at a loss to pay it forward. Heading to the blog right now with a link back to you!

Onye said...

I love everything blue & silver! I just gave away a great deal of glass & wood beads so I feel good (& not greedy) about tossing my name in the hat! Thanks for the opportunity & I hope you find the furniture your heart (& design eye) desires!

pj said...

I'm dreaming of a matte metallic seed bead pack :-))))
Thank you!

Amy B. said...

You are an inspiration, Marcia ! I love bronzes, coppers, Browns and olives!

Now.. Off to my stash to see what it can organize and find a new home for !

Your stories of studio assembly are a delight to read!

VanBeads said...

I'm game! Matte metallics are my new favorites. I've ordered loads of them in the past, but just recently started using them and I'm in love. I found some lovely new shades at Beyond Beadery in Tucson, and I just love the way they go with those sparkly crystals!

kcbakes said...

Marcia - turquoise and related southwest palate, either shinny or metalic or matte. It's all good. Topaz blends well with that palate also, i'm up for any of your colors, you pick great blends.

Janet Bocciardi said...

I didn't think I'd ever see that title on your blog. lol!

Metallics, AB finishes, earthtone

shelley g. said...

any and all bright colors!

shelley g. said...

any and all bright colors!

shelley g. said...

any and all bright colors!

Judith said...

lime green...yea for my favorite color... paired with hot, high contrasting colors and I'm in my color heaven. Altho, there isn't a bead color That does not speak to me.

BeadFaith said...

Wow!! to many seed beads is that even possible. I have some tubes like yours but can not part with them. I love any color.... so they could come hang out with my seed bead stash. THANKS SO MUCH!

Judith said...

lime green...yea for my favorite color... paired with hot, high contrasting colors and I'm in my color heaven. Altho, there isn't a bead color That does not speak to me.

Christina said...

I love black and white, different finishes, silver lined, matte finish etc. and every size!

Kim said...

I love jewel tones. but for beads any colors make me happy.

Pencio said...

Wow ! Il like brown, red, matte metallics... I can't tell here all of the colors :-)
Thank you for all.

Cathey said...

Matte metallics have to be my favorites, along with magenta, fuscia, 648, 457...in other words, I haven't met a bead color yet I just didn't like. They could have a good home with me.

Jennifer said...

I like everything. I
I to make a love a good bead soup.
I collect the beads off the floor and make stuff with that.
So any orphans that need a home would be fine with me

Skye said...

Shame you're not in Texas. An internet friend of mine has a gorgeous second hand shop in Livingston, and she posts photos of all her finds. I bet she'd have no trouble finding you that table!

As for your over abundance of seed beads, I've started using them in my pieces again, but since I don't use large amounts of the same shades and colors, restocking the exact same ones aren't a problem for me :) Odds and ends are fabulous :D

I've developed a love of matte, but can't resist sparkle or glitter, so everything is good :)I have tons of browns, whites and blues, so don't really need any more of those, but I'm sure I'd find a use for them just the same ;)Plus I host monthly giveaways on my own blog, so I have no doubt that if I win one of these batches you clear out,I'll end up passing some of them on to someone else :)

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

I am reluctantly coming to the same conclusion you are, so don't enter me in the draw; I never thought I would actually say that, but I understand where you are coming from!

Brigitte said...

I prefer lime green and orange - it is spring! Also Matte metallics and semi matte lined crystal... I think, I like all colors.
Thank you very much!
Greetings from a fan from germany :-)

Agnesenca said...

Hi,
I would love some green, I don't have much. But to tell you the truth the colour doesn't matter, it would come from you, this would be the most important to me. :) I'm totally in love with your designs (I think not just me) and it would inspire me if I could use them.
I live a bit far, I hope it's not a big a problem.
Greetings from Hungary.

Nancy K. said...

turquoise, purple and pink and metallics, thanks!

Jen said...

I love high contrast colors, and anything bluegreen. :)

Nancy K. said...

turquoise (aqua,etc.) purple, pink and any metallics

tinybeads2004 said...

Marcia, this is so generous!
I like lime greens in any finish, salmon pinks in any finish, and metallics - light blue / gold, bronze.
your giveaway is a good idea - I have a lot of colors I'm no longer using, and I may do this too. thanks for the idea.
Mary Alexander

kreativa said...

Hallo,
ich kann mir gar nicht denken, dass es ein Zuviel von schönen Dingen gibt. Ich liebe violett und grün. Nur wohne ich in Deutschland. Das ist ein bischen zu weit weg. Liebe Grüße von Ate

ChrisD said...

Marcia, I love matte beads of all kinds. My 'go-to' bases tend to be bronze beads and I use them with all shades of purples, teals and sea greens. If I need a pop of colour I often use a chartreuse or aqua bead. Colour combinations are a challenge which is why it's so great seeing what other beaders put together.

dpadilla1 said...

I love all colors of seed beads as long as there seed beads. I reasently moved and haven't been able to get any. And this would be a wonderful gift. Thanks Debby

Casy said...

What a generous gift. I am drawn to warm colors and matte metallics. As I age - I note that every color has its own special place.

casy.catalano@providence.org

Doreen said...

How could you not love a seed bead? I love matte and matte metallic. Earth tones are my favorites, but turquoise and reds run a close second!

car34 said...

I like bronze of any finish and metallic iris, blues, reds and greens.
Thanks for the give-away.

anielac said...

Hi Marcia! I love all things matte as well as the crazy neons and Mardi Gra like colors! Happy Beading!

Karen Firnberg said...

I'd adore some cool tones, blues, purples, purply pinks. :)

But, you know I love some blacks and whites, too!

Nancy said...

any color would please me..might even force me out of my comfort zones

The bad Liz said...

Choosing colour is easy, but 11 or 15's?? Good luck with your beads finding a new home.....

pattyjean said...

Seed bead love! I love all.....Pattyjean

pattyjean said...

Seed bead love. Any color is good for me!

Pixiloo said...

I would never turn down seed beads. I usually like metallic or matte finish. The hybrid Toho beads are also wonderful.

Just Beady Jules said...

Purple...simply put. LOL

Just Beady Jules said...

Purple....simply put...lol. Thanks

coolmoon said...

No such thing as seed bead overload for me. Every seed bead is a good seed bead. I LOVE the peacock colors of green iris/blue iris, with some beige and deep teal thrown in for good measure.

teachergustavson said...

Matte metallic is of course always lovely, but blues and purples of all varieties are nice, too! Thanks for your generosity--I'll keep my fingers crossed!

newbeader said...

Hi Marcia,
I'm a new beader since june and at this time i think i like all colours, but of course there are some favorites like turquoise and all transparent seed beads. And i love Right Angle Weave! You are so fantastique with this technique, marvelous!

Ann Dillon said...

Love matte metallics! Also love just about any green...Wow!

Katie said...

I love all seed beads :o) But, I have been in a weird bright pink and purple and green place...so...I'll say I like bright colors :o)

What a generous lady you are :o)

joan b said...

So sweet Marcia! I am a pink and green girl for Spring! But purples and bronze are favs too!

Nancy said...

Wow! I love all the metallics and primaries, but haven't met a bead that I can''t love in some project.

Debra said...

What a generous giveaway, Marcia. Reading the comments, it sounds like I am in good company loving the metallics and neutrals. I can't imagine having too many beads. Missed you and Bad Liz on the cruise. I would love to see your studio some day.
Deb in warm Michigan

Kassie Inman said...

Ooooh, I don't think I could ever have too many seed beads! I love the greens and browns and metallics, especially copper. After that comes purple and blue. :)

Maureen Chin/Bead Couture said...

I love all bright colors such as lime green, fuchsia, turquoise combined with bronze.....and of course how can you not love matte metallics!

Peikkonen said...

Wow, this is, like, the most difficult question, evah! OK, I don't use transparent beads, except with a heavy luster treatment (I don't want the thread to show). Non-matte ABs, are a hit and miss, as are yellows.
Greens - love.
Matte (plain,metallic,iris,AB) - love.
Metallics - love.
Gold, bronze, copper lined - love. Muted colours - love.
Colour lined - love especially inside a coloured bead.
Gold luster - love.
Pinks and purples (not neon) - love
Bright and pale colours - yes, please :)

I do have a couple of beady friends, in case I manage to get something I'm sure I can't use, so no pressure ;)

adri said...

Wow, what a wonderful problem to have!! TOO MANY BEADS!!!

I'm a metallic girl!! And Black with bright pops of color!!!

adri said...

Wow, what a wonderful problem to have!! TOO MANY BEADS!!!

I'm a metallic girl!! And Black with bright pops of color!!!

adri said...

Wow, what a wonderful problem to have!! TOO MANY BEADS!!!

I'm a metallic girl!! And Black with bright pops of color!!!

Marbos said...

Hi Marcia, you're very kind! I love turquoise and gold, and pink too.
Have a nice day.

Betty said...

I'm really a rose and metallic girl!!

Lexi Schwartz said...

You know me....I love almost all colors but B&W seem to work well. Love metalics....

Rita said...

I love the matte metallics mixing them with bright colors....beautiful!

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laffbyrd said...

hi marcia! i am an olive green to lime kinda gal! Love your book!

Terri said...

I like all colors, but mostly pinks , roses, and greens. And the metallics too! And silver lined anything.

Thanks!!

Merchuca 55 said...

Me gustan los satinados, verdes, marrones, malvas.beige.

laffbyrd said...

hi marcia! i am an olive green to lime kinda gal! Love your book!

sonia said...

Hello Marcia,
Thank you for your very generous idea, I love anything blue or purple.
fingers and toes crossedxx Sonia

sonia said...

Hello Marcia,
Thank you for your generosity, I love blues, purples, many thanks for such a lovely idea and fingers crossed !

Vimala said...

Wow...you got a lot of comments on this one, and that is one heck of a basket of seed beads! I am drooling just looking at the photo of it!

Personally, I love all of your color palettes...the Bronze and Fuchsia and Aqua etc are so beautiful!

And if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Metallics and Matte Metallics...any and all shades and colors of them!

whatsup1 said...

Ooooh, a bead overload. Yummmm. I love light earth tones. I'd love to add to my bead stash.

Krisztina said...

Hi Marcia!
Thanks for playing!
Pink and/or blue, green Colored me to select.

cw whitedogjewelry said...

Blues and lime greens, even cranberry, any type in any color would suit me. I just love seed beads, all shapes, sizes and colors.
Thanks for your generous offer Marcia.
'love your work and your blog!
Chris

Holly said...

Greens and reds are my favorites.

Terry from Alaska said...

Free Beads!- count me in-Lustered colors, matte colers the only color I don't seem to use is red.

BarbG said...

I'm a black and garnet girl myself.

donna said...

I never met a seed bead that I didn't like. They all have magic in them.

BarbG said...

I'm a black and garnet girl myself.

flyingbeader said...

Oh Marcia...I about feel over when I saw that big basket of SEED BEADS. I'm sorry, but I'd just have to say that there is never enough! But I do understand as you've got to make your lovely kits up for folks like me that adore taking classes with you.

Me, I love all the autumn colors like reds/orange/yellow/green/brown.

Hugs to you!

donna said...

I never met a seed bead that I didn't like. They all have magic in them.

BarbG said...

I'm a black and garnet girl myself. Bt the way, I love your work and glad to have found your blog.

Leora said...

Anything purple, lavendar, periwinkle is my favorite! And metallics - they're my go-to seed beeds! Fantastic give-away!

LIndsey said...

Wow, what an awesome giveaway! Greens and purples are my favorite.

Marla said...

I need to add pops of red and cranberry to my stash. Perhaps some pink and yellow as well. I have way way to much blue atm. And I am always looking for antique copper seed beads. My supplier no longer carries them and it hurts my heart!

Jamie Lubin said...

Wow...86 comments already....haven't posted in awhile...still reading everyday, love all the knitting you have been doing. I am still drawn to the duracoats , metallics and dorado 2x and anything opal ab2x!

Jamie Lubin said...

Still loving duracoats , metallics with dorado 2x and any opal ab2x...tend to use a lot of all of the 460 beads...in every size, of course!

Helen said...

Lime green & metallic...luv 'em.
Thanks for the opportunity!

v-perlen said...

I really love them all!

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Peapod Beads said...

I can always be found in the matte metallic aisle! Or the 'sludgy' neutrals, khaki, bronze, olive...

Peapod Beads said...

I can always be found in the matte metallic aisle! Or the 'sludgy' neutrals, khaki, bronze, olive...

Sandy said...

I love all colors and am a bead nut. I don't think there's a color I don't use.

Tiena said...

Green and turquoise are the colours I keep coming back to.

Phyllis said...

How generous of you to share your stash with us! Believe it or not, I don't have a favorite color palate but try to use lots of different colors so should I be the lucky winner, I would love whatever colors you choose to share with me. Thanks Marcia!! Hope to see you soon!

Phyllis said...

How generous of you to share your stash with us! Believe it or not, I don't have a favorite color palate but try to use lots of different colors so should I be the lucky winner, I would love whatever colors you choose to share with me. Thanks Marcia!! Hope to see you soon!

Phyllis said...

How generous of you to share your stash with us! Believe it or not, I don't have a favorite color palate but try to use lots of different colors so should I be the lucky winner, I would love whatever colors you choose to share with me. Thanks Marcia!! Hope to see you soon!

Phyllis said...

How generous of you to share your stash with us! Believe it or not, I don't have a favorite color palate but try to use lots of different colors so should I be the lucky winner, I would love whatever colors you choose to share with me. Thanks Marcia!! Hope to see you soon!

betsjake said...

What a wonderful ting to do with your extra beads! I prefer aquas, teals, blues, greens & matte metallics. Love your blog, and your work!

Tycialk said...

I'm like so many of the others who have left a comment. Never met a seed bead I didn't love! I tend to buy lots of greens & pinks. I also use a ton of black and Red. I have recently gotten hooked on delicas. They may cause me to go blind but they are so dainty & you can put them with so many other beads.

Aunt Mary said...

doesnt it feel good!
uh matte metallics. uh any color!

susanc said...

I love lime green, turquoise, browns, blues; all colors really!

Sharon Wagner said...

I would love to play with a palette of earthy hues with some matte metallics thrown in for fun. Add a little bright punch of color to keep it fom being too boring!
Oooh it would be fun to win!
Nice Marcia!

Alice Howe said...

I love the fall color palette, but I'm partial to browns.

lleilani said...

I love metallics, shiny or metallic. Thanks!!

Rose said...

Hi Marcia!
I'd love to have any beads you no longer need. I would be interested in blacks, browns, rusts. Matte or shiny. I'm planning to embroider around a mahogany obsidian cab I made. I might work a little antique gold in there too. I think this is a wonderful idea!
Rose

Rose said...

Hi Marcia!
I'd love to have any beads you no longer need. I would be interested in blacks, browns, rusts. Matte or shiny. I'm planning to embroider around a mahogany obsidian cab I made. I might work a little antique gold in there too. I think this is a wonderful idea!
Rose

Rose said...

Hi Marcia!
I'd love to have any beads you no longer need. I would be interested in blacks, browns, rusts. Matte or shiny. I'm planning to embroider around a mahogany obsidian cab I made. I might work a little antique gold in there too. I think this is a wonderful idea!
Rose

Paige said...

I just bought a larger container for my seed beads and can add more.... Blues and metallics are my fav.

butterflylovesbeads said...

I love lime green, bright blues,bronze, red, yellow. I love the bright ones.

butterflylovesbeads said...

I love lime green, bright blues,bronze, red, yellow. I love the bright ones.

The Social Planner said...

I'm not sure that I have a favourite colour, but I sure do have a favourite seed bead finish, which is matte metallic, closely followed by plain matte and frosted. I probably like the colours in the spectrum between blue and greed best - turquoise, aqua, eau de nil ...
Have fun sorting out your workroom Marcia, I hope it leads to lots more creativity!

The Social Planner said...

With seed beads, I have a favourite finish more than a favourite colour: matte metallic, closely followed by plain matte and then frosted.
Looking at my bead work, I seem to use a lot of the shades between blue and green - turquoise, aqua, eau de nil ...
Have fun with the re-organising Marcia, and I hope it inspired lots of creativity!

tequila beader said...

Gray, any version or finish. I love gray!

OceanLady said...

Yeah, yeah - I'm a lime green and jewel tone gal!

Beverly Herman said...

My favorite colors are the matte metallics and matte colors in earthtones. I love how your bead room is set up. Such a beautiful place to work with your beads.

vicki said...

You are an enabler, aren't you! Montana blue has to be my can't-have-enough-of-and always-am-out-of-color.
Best of luck picking a winner!

dolla said...

I like turquoise, aqua, pink and metallics!!!! Cool idea to destash.

dolla said...

I like turquoise, aqua, pink and metallics!!!! Cool idea to destash.

Donna said...

I'm definitely a green, silver, and metallic brown kinda girl. I think the idea of too many seed beads is crazy but thanks for the chance to win some.

judy c said...

What a lovely offer, thank you. Think I have some beads to gift, too,
thanks for the nudge to get it done!
I am a blue & mauve girl from way back.

bwheather said...

Oh dear, what time is where you are? I'm in Perth, Western Australia. Can I still play? I adore matte metalics, but really anything in the purple strain would be used here. Thanks even if I can't play. ;-)

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Ohhh my are you serious? I love matte beads and metallics... I can never seem to have enough of those in my stash.

What an amazing giveaway. I have my fingers, toes and every strand of hair on my head crossed...makes for a nice hairdo!!

Karyn

Releases by Rufydoof said...

I have no idea what time it is in the US but hopefully I made it in time...

Karyn

T=MC2 said...

What a great idea! Looking at my stash, I'm clearly a jewel tones with pewter kind of girl. Gunmetal goes with everything :)

Kristen said...

I am sorry I missed getting in on this but yesterday was a day filled with TMI from my sweet daughter. I hope to get in on the next one as I have been told I have an utterly pitiful stash and with her in college it is not likely to grow very fast anytime soon. LOL Have a great day you Gorgeous Beady Goddess!

Manola Maria said...

Recently I made a cuff for a friend and used matte metallic seed beads for the first time. I "f e l l i n l o v e w i t h t h e m".

tinka42 said...

I am a fan of silver and blue

tinka42 said...

I am a fan of silver and blue

Robin Kay said...

I am a matte metallic fan! That and any shade of green. Robin

Robin Kay said...

I am a matte metallic fan! That and any shade of green. Robin

wileybead said...

I'm a matte girl.

Michelle W said...

I love all colors! Purple is my favorite. I love matte, metallic, luster. I guess I just love all seed beads!

RockheadedMama said...

Oooooo. I really like earth colors, but I LOVE vivid and jewel colors - sapphire blue, emerald green, electric blue, and lime green, etc. (and I've been a very good girl, mostly.)