I received my order from Fire Mountain Gems on Friday (Yes, I'm a little slow. . .) Lots of seed beads and Swarovski crystals. I'm not really that big on using crystals, but when you need sparkle, Swarovskis are perfect for the job. I feel some freeform peyote coming on! Or perhaps some bead embroidery!
Okay a little confession. I have yet to conquer crimp beads. They fail spectacularly for me. After watching several You-Tube videos, I'm going to attempt them again. I ordered sterling silver crimp tubes that are the right size (I think) for my beading wire. I hadn't ordered sterling silver anything in a long while - $9.43 for 100 crimp tubes!!! Good grief! Hopefully I'll get over the sticker shock in a few days and attempts some stringing and crimping.
In the meantime, I have been working on redoing my banner. Here is a photo of what I have so far. It looks much better without the distracting flourishes. And it will look so even better when I scan it in (I think).