We were lucky this summer to see our dear friends of 19 years when they stopped for a quick overnight visit during their family vacation to Wisconsin and Illinois. Although the visit was short, it was delightful (and intense as we tried to pack a year's worth of conversation into 48 hours). My friend was so nice to bring me a special hostess gift. What I love about this is that she went out of her way to stop at a bead shop (not her thing, she's a cook as you'll see here) and select each of these beads just for me. She even had the owner write down the names of the stones, lest she forget before she gave them to me.
Clockwise from left, we have fluorite, Czech glass, died magnesite, and millefioriI especially like the Czech glass, because it's drilled horizontally -- not that common with hearts. What will I make? What would you make?