Well, that's what they say, isn't it? It certainly worked for me! :0D
After posting last night I got some of my stash out and made this for the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash blog.
It's got a rivoli centre and lined amethyst drops round the outside edge. It was inspired by the purple mitosis pic on the blog. The bright purple ring just caught my eye and is repeated here in the lining of the drops. In making it, I used up all but 15 of my gold delicas so decided to take a trip to Spellbound Beads in Lichfield to get some more. As it happened, they were having a sale and I came away with a lot more than I intended.
Loads of stuff for inspiration and a kit for when I get stuck. :0) I also managed to find blue seed beads to match a Swarovski crystal that I've already bezelled and has been awaiting a rope. I'm doing a spiral herringbone to hang it on so it might take a little while but it's started. :0) There are some lovely soapstone shapes in there that I can't wait to use. I'm thinking a bead embroidered piece for them. And some rather strange looking donut shapes that have Swarovski crystals set into them with little 'fins' on the back that you're supposed to use for putting on belts and stuff. I'm gonna use those for bead embroidery too.
What a difference a day makes! :0D