CGB_TreasureBoxAnd what goodies the postman brought.  Long anticipated and eagerly awaited, my copy of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork has arrived along with the Treasure Box that I ordered from Kate.  I’m so excited about both!  CGB is a delight to behold!   With spiral binding and two hundred and forty-two glossy pages, it is  portable eye candy that I can tuck in my bag and flip open at a moment’s notice.  I wish all books of this sort came with spiral binding because they are far easier to deal with when following directions and take up less space at the beading table!  Now on to the wonderfully wacky faux fur-lined Treasure Box…besides the swag of Delica beads and a novel banana eraser, there is a beautiful dendrite cabochon and the cutest little kinetic crab with movable claws, also a superb raven’s head bead hand-carved from horn, and a magnificent strand of onion-cut faceted garnets, all of which I will put to good use.  I have some ideas for working the raven’s head into a beaded necklace and the tiny garnets will be perfect dangling at the bottom of beaded earrings.  I can’t wait to start playing with all my new goodies!