My Bead Soup Partner, Laura Zeiner of Stick Lizard Designs, knocked it out of the park as far as I'm concerned. After a few emails discussing "likes and dislikes" and checking out her etsy shop, I came to the conclusion that her love of nature, neutral colors and specifically the beach would be a great jumping off point for my bead gift to her. We needed to provide a focal, clasp and plenty of goodies in between.
I couldn't help tossing in some "etched beach glass" and some other turquoise rings for a pop of color, just in case she wanted it. If not, I knew it might go into something else later. In fact, I sent what I thought was enough for a couple of pieces and was amazed to see almost every last piece incorporated into her gorgeous necklace.