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The Crossword Sale

Posted by Steve on January 01 at 01:32 am

crossword saleHappy New Year, everyone! To start off 2010 with a bang, we’d like to announce the Crossword Sale–a new sale every day in January! We’ve put together a crossword puzzle with 31 hints, one for each day in January. The answers indicate which items are on sale for that day. We think it’s going to be a blast!

The sales last 24 hours each, so you need to add the items to your shopping bag that day in order to get the reduced prices. Once they’re in your bag, you have 7 days to complete your purchase (all the details are available on the Shopping Bag page).

The Bonus…

lima with pencilAs a bonus, if you complete the crossword puzzle early, you have the chance to unscramble a secret series of letters to reveal a hidden message. If you guess right, you’ll get a prize! So head on over to the crossword page, and check back daily to see what’s on sale!

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    Hello LB.com…what a great idea to start off 2010…I have printed out the puzzle and will be working on it as I fly home today! :)

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    This is going to be sooooooo much fun!!! I love crossword puzzles — I do several daily ones and have books of them that I take places with me! :D Beads and crosswords — now all we need is some chocolate! ;)

    Thanks, LB, and Happy New Year!!! :D

  3. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    o me like crosswords!! What fun!!

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    This looks like soooooo much fun! Thanks Lima!!

  5. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    This is great, LB! Thanks for another fun challenge!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    When do you have to complete the crossword puzzle by to get the prize?

  7. Steve
    Steve says:

    Luv2bead, the puzzle will be here all month–so you have plenty of time. Also, I should mention that you don’t need to solve the puzzle yourself to get the sales (we’ll announce the new sale every day). If you want the bonus prize, though, you’ll have to solve it sometime this month and then unscramble the secret message. I hope this helps explain!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Well I have it over half-way done…I was thinking to get the prize you’d have to have it done within days!!! :D I guess I know some of the things that will be on sale! :D Thanks for letting me know I don’t really have to rush!!

  9. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    Again, you guys prove that you are the best site online!

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    Fenya says:

    This is hurting my brain! Can’t figure out #22 (yet)!!! Maybe a couple of more hours…

  11. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Fabulous idea for these drab winter days….thanks for the fun!! :-D

  12. Desiree J
    Desiree J says:

    This so rocks! I’m done with the crossword, but can’t figure out the secret message. It’s making me nuts! Do we get a hint? Pleeeeaaaase? P.S. – And the sales look great!!

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    trinkets says:

    Done puzzle & got the bonus word!!

    Not that hard ~ :)

  14. Lynn in Oz
    Lynn in Oz says:

    I thought I had the bonus word/s, but I was wrong :(

  15. Karokat
    Karokat says:

    I did the puzzle, but I’m confused about the secret word(s) – are abbreviations allowed in the answer?

  16. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    Can’t figure out the bonus word – this is driving me nuts ;-)

  17. blue chick AKA TBARTON
    blue chick AKA TBARTON says:

    I have tried, no luck, I guess back to the crossword board

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Not sure I have #17 and #22 is a pain in the neck. I thought I had it. Oh no it didn’t fit. (PS I have never been a cross word puzzle lover)
    It taxes my brain too much. LOL

  19. Carola
    Carola says:

    Just missing one item, number 5.

    And, bet it is not the toughest one either.

    Item #22 was confusing, till looked at Lima Beads!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I think I have the puzzle. Now for the bonus message. Ugh give me a headache.

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    This is a great challenge, LB! Thanks for all the fun things you come up with!

  22. Steph
    Steph says:

    I’ve never wracke dmy brain so much, it hurts.

  23. Candy aka Texas Grammy
    Candy aka Texas Grammy says:

    Happy New Year Lima staff! THANKS y’all for all your clever and fun-loveing ideas that make Lima Beads THE BEST online place for any beader from beginner to expert to shop online!!!

  24. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Hooray!!! We solved the puzzle and the bonus phrase!!! Thanks for my prize, LB!!! :D

  25. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Cool LYnn, good for you! I cant get my printer to work, so I havent really tried yet…maybe when the kids are back to school tomorrow!

  26. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, Lorrie! It’s lots of fun! AquaKitty helped me out a little bit….. ;)

  27. clemcat28
    clemcat28 says:

    Super easy and I love my special gift! :)

  28. T Barton
    BLUE CHICK AKA Tanisha says:

    I am still trying to get 13,this is not easy for me

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Heh, I’m not even courageous enough to try it, afraid I’ll look like an idiot, heehee.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    very clever sale idea!

  31. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Thanks for the great sales an fun contest Lima Team!! :D You’re so creative! You keep thinking of fun ways to keep me addicted to this site!! ;D I figured out the Crossword, though I had to bring in “expert help”! lol I’m not the best @ crosswords! 4 and 5 had me struggling! We did get them right though! :) The Scrambled word/s is a cute ides! Thank you for my special prize!! :D You guys Great!!

  32. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    You Should try it Ravin!!It’s fun and you don’t have to post anything! And you can always do what I did and get some “expert help”!

  33. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Go for it, Ravin! Chicky Cat is right — no one will know! Well, unless you tell us!!! LOL Besides, AquaKitty is always willing to help out….. 8)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oi!!! #22 has me stumpted!
    Never been good at crossword puzzles, but I’ll keep trying!!

    Ravin, go for it!!

  35. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    I finally got # 22 but #14 has me stumped. Mary, you will kick you self when you find the answer to #22. Its so obvious – after you find it.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Little Chick, I don’t have #21 either. :-(

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I’m SURE I know #14 but I don’t see how it relates to beads at all!!! Unless they’re edible beads :( LOL

    I’m hoping that the ones I don’t know will be one of the next filled in (by LB of course because I don’t think I’ll be able to figure them out)! :D

  38. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Thank you little chick. The word does work. Not so sure if its edible
    And it is not fair when you can add multiples of one stone into your picks. prettier picks. now I have to unscramble.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    FINALLY! With the help of my wonderful hubby, we figured out the crossword puzzle!
    The word scramble however, has us both stumped!! :-(
    What is THAT word?!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    LUCKY YOU!!! I’m still stuck on the ones I’ve been stuck on :( From what I have (I’m only missing 2 red circles) I have no CLUE on the word scramble either! :D It’d be nice if LB would give hints on the scramble! HINT HINT HINT!!! :D

  41. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Yippee….it took me awhile but I finally got the hidden scramble!! Thanks for the fun!!! :-D

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Didn’t you say you have 7 days to complete your purchase (and still get the discount)??? Cause I’m putting things in my bag and it’s giving me 24 hours to complete the purchase (which I can’t do)!!! HELP!

  43. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi Luv2bead, I think I might know what’s going on here. If you already had some clasps in your shopping bag, you won’t get the 7 days. Just remove them from your bag, go to the Crossword sale page and add them back to your shopping bag from there. It will only give you 7 days if you add them to your bag right from the sale page. I hope this helps straighten things out!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:


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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    HA! Just got the scrambled word/s phrase with the help of my clever hubby!!! Woo Hoo!!! Thank you LB for the free gift!!! :-D
    You guys are slick! ;-)

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    enjoyed solving puzzle/scramble! …was not 100% sure on a couple words so I tried unscrambling circled letters to see if they were right …turns out I had one word/circle wrong… fixed! and am looking forward to checking in daily on the unveiling of the sale items :) Thanks LB!

  47. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    I think I got #22, but not sure!! Now to figure out secret word (words)!!
    Very good idea, LB, these games are always FUN!! Thank you!!

  48. SweetPea
    SweetPea says:

    Loved doing the crossword puzzle/scramble! Took me a little while but I FINALLY DID IT!!! Thanks Lima Team for my GIFT!!!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    UMM. Anybody know what’s up with the crossword sale? I’m not seeing any pendants on sale today. :(
    Any one else having this problem?

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Same problem here Sweet Chick…you’re not alone!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Not happy that others are experiencing the samething but I am a bit relieved to that I’m not alone in this.
    Thanks for responding Debbi. :-)
    Guess we’ll just wait. :|

  52. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Have been waiting patiently for the “pendant” sale. Usually comes up after midnight. Must be a glitch.
    LB usually makes it right and then some.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    You are welcome, Mary..I like to know that it isn’t always just me or my computer experiencing difficulties!

    And as seashellsally said perfectly…LB always makes it right and then some.

    I can’t even begin to imagine what it must take to keep a website as interactive and dedicated to beaders running smoothly…and the LB team does it every minute of every day!
    It’s sure to be a glitch!

  54. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    it was running awfully slow yesterday, i hope we didn’t crash the website.

  55. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    I don’t see it, either, and it’s already almost 3:oo in the afternoon…

  56. Steph
    Steph says:

    Not seeing it either, I’ve been waiting also, not sure what’s up, hopefully we’ll get an extra day of it, I’m ready to fill up again hehehe….

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    Rainbow Chick says:

    I’m worried. I’m afraid something bad has happened to the LB Team. I sure hope everybody is ok. I’ll keep checking back.

  58. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    OHH…Rainbow….Do not want to go in that direction, with three little Limas’ on the way? Time for positive thoughts and hopes for only web based difficulties.

  59. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Still no pendants on sale…..LB, where are you?!?!?! Hope all is well in Ann Arbor!

  60. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Still no sale today Lynn. I have been checking all day…

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Ditto :(

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Yea what happen to lb today no pendant maybe its all out of stock or a glich in the system now maybe we should get two for one LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ekdubbs2 says:

    ack!! 8:30 and still no sale…hope all is well. This is my first post and to have it about something so dire as no LB!!!

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    LeighAnn F says:

    It is 9:16 pm and no pendants! Hope LB can fix the problem. I have been having fun working the crossword puzzle and shopping! Still new to the site. Have not posted anything I have made. You all have been a great inspiration to me & my designs. Hope to be able to post something soon!!!

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    trinkets says:

    I tried at 3am & no Sale…Tried at noon & no sale, Is 10:30pm & no pendants sale…..
    Where is everyone??
    Maybe the link isn’t working for some reason?

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Link to pendant in crossword says will be available 9th. (something is missing here. it does not work today.)

    Hello Lima Beads are any of you checking in on all of us fine shoppers with a desire to spend money? We are missing you. I know you all work very hard and deserve a day off; however we are missing you all very much today. Sorry. Can we just tack it on to the first of February? Please. Hello. Hello. Are you there. Isn’t that a Lionel Richy song. I loved that song.

  67. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    i just looked at the weather report for ann arbor. ouch -1 degrees. Fridgid. There may be some electrical problems. Something obvoiusly isn’t changingthe date in one section. since the corossword clue shows up but not the turn on date. (the will show up on jan 9th date) I will hope for the best.
    stay warm LB people.

  68. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi eager beaders… we’ve read all your comments and appreciate your concern about the frigid weather up here. But contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t the cold that kept the pendants from being on sale… it was just a mixup. They’re on sale now as scheduled, and we’ve extended the sale through Sunday to make up for the delay. Thanks for keeping an eye out for us!

  69. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Hooray!!! The pendant sale has arrived!!! Thanks, Steve, for fixing the problem! :D You’re “The Man”! ;)

    Thanks, LB, for extending the sale for us eager beaders!!! LOL You’re the best! :D

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    Rainbow Chick says:

    I am so relieved!! And now on to the business of getting some of those pretty pendants!

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    trinkets says:

    Thanks Lima team!!
    You re all sweeties, esp, in this case, Steve :)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Thanks Steve you the man !!!!!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I agree with Alice aka Chicky Zee, thank you for making the pendant sale work. I clicked off last night about 4:45qm (this morning) with pendants in my bag. Hope they are still there I have to submit my order before too long.

  74. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi Faith, Just a tip… if you look in your shopping bag and the pendants don’t look like they are on sale, just head over to the Crossword page and click to the Pendant sale, and you can re-add them from there, and you’ll get the right price for the next 7 days.

  75. Claire F
    Claire F says:

    Hi Steve
    Just sort of wondering, I have in my wish list for a while now “Natural yellow agate flat oval beads, will there more stock coming in? Thank you so very much. :)

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    Stonefrog says:

    I had an item in my bag … with about 5+ days left to purchase … and then I received a note in my shopping bag saying that it was sold out “sometime after I added it to my bag”. Rather disappointing to order something in the sale and not to actually be able to get it.
    The email I received to promote the Crossword Sale said, “as long as you add an item to your shopping bag on the day of the sale, you’ll have 7 days to complete your purchase and get the reduced price.” I thought it was like the other time-expiring sale on the Green Machine – that the item was pulled from inventory and reserved for me at that reduced price.
    I love Limabeads, and I still placed my order … but where did I miss that that important bit of info that this was actually “first come – first served” and that sale items were subject to disappearing from my bag before the 7 days were up?

  77. Desiree J
    Desiree J says:

    I just went to the crossword page, clicked on the #9 question to pull up the pendants, but none of them are shown as on sale. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

  78. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi Desiree, the pendants were on sale from saturday night through Sunday. The crossword sale is all about one sale per day… you can follow along with the current day’s sale here:


  79. Steve
    Steve says:

    Stonefrog, thank you for your thoughtful feedback. I can certainly understand that it’s disappointing to get a message like that, especially during a sale. All of our sales (along with all of the regular price items on our site) are technically first come first served, but I agree that the more places we say so, the clearer it becomes. I’ll make sure that we consider updating our text where necessary to try and be as clear and upfront as possible. Again… thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can do better.

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    Stonefrog says:

    Thanks Steve :)

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    Fenya says:

    Did you know that there is a perennial plant that is called a jade plant? That could have fit into #11 just as well as tree!

  82. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi Fenya,
    Nope, I did not know that! We actually thought #11 would be tough because there may be several perennials with 4 letters. It ended up being a nice little twist :)

  83. fishprincessdesigns
    fishprincessdesigns says:

    I’m sooo excited-I finally figured it out! Yeah!

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    ekdubbs2 says:

    please!!! a hint?

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    M Ferguson says:

    Hi just about ripping my hair out trying to sole this bonus prize thing! does anyone know if the word or phrase is to do with jewellery or if its just random I cant quite get it :(

  86. Steve
    Steve says:

    M Ferguson, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! ;) We haven’t given any hints out yet… Our “hints” will be releasing a new word on the puzzle every day until the 31st, so you can check your work and see if you’re getting the right words for the red circles. The word/phrase is easier than it sounds… Keep trying, and keep your eyes on the puzzle page every day!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Yay!!! I finally got the word/phrase!!!!!!! Thanks for my gift! I’ll have to submit my order soon (I hope today)!! :D

  88. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Finally got it. It helps if you think like a young child. But then I’m not the best speller. Thank you LB for the gift/upgrade. the agate is fantastic. Wish it was drilled.

  89. Bella Chick aka Chill
    Bella Chick aka Chill says:

    Bonnie R…thanks for the comment…I work with preschoolers…after that hint, it didn’t take long to put it together! How does every child speak when they really want something? Love those Lima Beads!

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    Cheryl T says:

    This is a great idea and I just solved the mystery word. It took some thinking but it makes sense and it was fun. Thanks Lima for always keeping it interesting.

  91. Cat Bird Birdsong
    Cat Bird Birdsong says:

    I was able to figure out the secret word but it sure wasn’t easy. It did turn out to be fun though once it was over. My gift was waiting for me at home yesterday. It is really awesome and so are the other beads that I ordered. I am not supposed to be buying beads right now but I just couldn’t resist when faced with such wonderful choices. Thanks again for all your help at Lima Beads. :)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I wasn’t real fond of the crossword puzzle thing never have been good with them. Finally I figured all the words and was probably last to figure the secrete phrase. Well I want you to know I was doing something else on the computer and it just slammed me in the face. Well actually I mashed my forhead with the heal of my hand. Like how dumb was I to not know it and how did it finally come to me just in time. Thank you Lima Beads for driving me crazy for a month, my brain definitely needed that. I just do not use it enough.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    P.S. The real reason I am now typeing this when I should be asleep is because; I miss looking for the daily word sale across the top of the page and adding to my shopping bag. Oh well I certainly have bought far too much for the month of January anyhow. LOL

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Did ya ever post what the secret word or phrase was? I was gone all day today 2-1-2010 and I’ll be gone most of 2-2-2010. good night all and have a good day :)

  95. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    The secret phrase was “GIMME BEADS” — very appropriate, don’t you think, Faith? LOL

    The hardest part about solving it for me is that “gimme” isn’t really a word….. ;)

  96. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Thanks LB for a fun month…I spent way too much $$, but got some beautiful beads. Maybe even got rid of some of the cobwebs in the brain. Solved the puzzle, I thought, and wanted to use gimme beads as the secret phrase, but had a wrong letter until the 22nd when I discovered my word fit, but was incorrect. Now to ‘the bead room’ to see what I can do with all my new ‘pretties.

  97. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Lb has been very quiet lately – I wonder what they have been devising to confound us with this time. Simon Lafilligre must be hatching a plot of some kind.

  98. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Bonnie, I think you may be right! Hmmmmmm Easter is on April 4th this year……ROTFLOL……

    Maybe AquaKitty and Tad are helping Simon and Simone in their plotting to drive us mad again!!! ;)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Lynn I wasn’t here last Easter and everytime I hear you all discuss the egg hunt I get more and more curious about it. What did you all have to do? Sounds even though you all thought you’d go crazy that it was fun.

  100. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Faith — LB hid 16 colorful eggs all over the site & we had to find & click on them. We earned prizes for finding 4, 8, 12, & 16. At the 4 & 8 levels, you won beads. At the 12 level, you won a coupon code for 15% off. At the 16 level, you were entered into a drawing for a $250 LB gift certificate. Very few people made in into the drawing and it was won by Classy Chick aka Jill!!! You could win any & all of these prizes. :D

    The eggs were easy to find at first, but harder and harder as time went on. Some were in the Fresh Picks archives, the charities section, the pistachio pearls section, the beads….AARRGGHH!!!!! We searched deep and deeper, because you had to bring up a pearl (for example), then bring up the “closer/larger” photo to find the egg there. YIKES!!!

    The best part of the Infamous Easter Egg Hunt of 2009 is that so many of us really got to know each other then for the first time (this was before the Garden) via the comments on the picks and the blog for the contest!!! Wonderful friendships were formed! :D This was also when the Chicking of our names began.

    I still can’t walk down the egg aisle of my grocery store, though, without having flashbacks……ROTFLMAO

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Sooo funny and I guess madenly fun! I don’t know if I could have handled the computer match up the egg thing. I like looking back over everyone’s every thing though. It’s fun for me to see all the creations.

  102. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I do think the Egg Hunt helped LB realize how much fun it would be for us to have a separate place (The Garden) to visit and chat! We did some serious posting back and forth on the fresh picks back then…..LOL

    Plus, it is great to have the Design Gallery now to post our work and view other beaders’ work!!! :D

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I think someone must have realized what a great selling tool to have us create picks and show each other creations to get new ideas to need new beadies. LOL

  104. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Really? You think they are in this to sell beads? 8O LOL

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