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Subtle and Scary Fresh Picks

Posted by Ali on October 06 at 04:03 pm

It appears as though music and food have played a big part in the inspiration for the favorite Fresh Picks and their titles this week.

I can tell that the upcoming holiday is on the minds of the Lima Fresh Pickers with titles like Halloween Party, Masked Ball, Black Cat, BOO!, Hallow’s Eve, Candy Corn, Midnight Mistress and Samhain. These all offer great ideas for combinations of beads – possibly incorporating items you wouldn’t normally choose, but it’s OK – it’s Halloween :) I think that most of these would be great to make into pieces to be worn year round. Holidays give us great inspiration for jewelry designs.

This week’s Top 10 is a bit of a surprise to me. Not because the picks aren’t fabulous – because they are – but because of the colors and subtleness of the arrangements. There is something very calm about this week’s top picks.

This week’s top 10:

  1. Jazz at the Blue Note by Cuban Queen
  2. Spinner’s Lace by Sandy S
  3. Snow White by Perlemamma
  4. Vanilla Bean from Lima’s Picks
  5. Raindrops on Roses by Katrina A
  6. Gypsy Winds by Steph
  7. Birds of a Feather from Lima’s Picks
  8. Calmed Passions by Lily A
  9. Gothic by Perlemamma
  10. Black Cherry Tree by Kitty

Jazz at the Blue Note by Cuban Queen

Jazz at the Blue Note – I love Cuban Queen’s picks – great themes!
This pick is great. I am crazy for lapis right now and love how it works with the different pearls and shell. The touch of black onyx hits the note just right. The diagonal drilled cubes are so much fun . . . the play back and forth of the beads is just like music.

Spinners Lace by Sandy S

Spinner's Lace by Sandy S

Spinner’s Lace – Soft colors of lace with the beautiful Botswana agate and porcelain jasper patterns. The natural lavender quartz and kunzite add an unexpected coziness to this pick. Love the splash of bronzite for some chocolaty sparkle! When I look at this pick I feel like taking a nice deep breath and relaxing.

Snow White by Perlemamma

Snow White by Perlemamma

Snow White – This is how I imagine Snow White – not with the blue and red and black. This is not your typical pink and purple combo. I like the use of the same color with different qualities: hematite, hypersthene, and lava rock — pink mother of pearl, rhodochrosite, and rose quartz. I love the lava rock in all its roughness mixed with the soft shades of porcelain jasper. This pick just goes to show that it doesn’t take a million colors to make an interesting pick while at the same time not being too obvious.


What does everyone think? Which ones were your favorites?

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Fun fresh picks! Good job everybody!

    I really like the colors and sweet beauty of “Snow White”. It looks like my favorite outfits.

    I’m glad you like “black cherry tree”. Black cherries are my favorite and the beads are so yummy! I was inspired by going cherry picking last summer.

  2. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I just want everyone to know that the favorite Fresh Picks each week are not chosen by the Lima Beads team. Several factors determine which Fresh Picks are the favorites. We look at: how many people actually add them to their favorites, how many times they are viewed and how many of the items are purchased from the Fresh Pick page… So these really are everyone’s favorites! We thought that would be way more fun that just picking our favorites each week :)

  3. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    cool! thanks I was wondering.

  4. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    … how that worked.

  5. Katrina A
    Katrina A says:

    Thanks for having had my picks on your lists a few times:) It’s really cheered me up during a rough period in my life. I’d be glad to send in photos of things I’ve made with your products if you’d like.

  6. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for having my pick on the favorites list this week…it’s so much fun playing around with the different colors, textures, and shapes of the beads…but none of the Fresh Picks would look nearly as cool as they do if it weren’t for the great photos of the beads! (Ali- you knew exactly what I was trying to convey with the diagonal-drilled cubes– music!)

  7. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    P.S. A lot of you probably already know, but The Blue Note is a world-famous jazz club in NYC. Just a little FYI!

  8. beadaholchick
    beadaholchick says:

    I’ve added The Blue Note to my expanding Favorite Picks-now to make the time to sit down & create something w/ them!! (cute photo by the way!!)

  9. CAS
    CAS says:

    I just discovered Lima Beads on-line this week, and I think the Fresh Picks are more than fabulous. I’ve quickly become addicted to them, (making and looking at), especially Cuban Queen’s, Kitty’s, Sandy S.’s and Peremamma’s. Great, great work all of you!

  10. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Thanks CAS! I love your stuff too. Especially your “The Virtues” line! Awesome inspiration, I wouldn’t have thought of it.

  11. CAS
    CAS says:

    Thanks Kitty. My “The Virtues” line is inspired by my mom, the most patient person I know. Thinking of her I thought of the old saying “Patience is a virtue”, and it evolved from there. I’m glad that you like it.

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