Finally! I had a chance to actually list some stuff. The best of which I think is the best lanyard I've ever made. I found some beautiful maroon glass pearls at my favorite bead store a couple of weeks ago. I had no idea what I was going to put them with, but while making another piece I realized I could use the same teal pearls I was using for that with the maroon pearls. It was such a wonderful combination, but it wasn't sparkly enough. So, I went back to the store with my pretty pearls and found some awesome Icodite Swarovski crystals that matched awesomely. They didn't have the same crystals in a smaller size with a satin finish, so I went with blue zircon. They were a close color and added a little bit of a dimension to the design by being slightly lighter. To top it all off, I used square spacers between the large crystals, and large ribbed balloon spacers between the pearls.
So far, this has been one of the best lanyards I think I've done. My mom bought the other one (of course). I just listed it today, and it's a little expensive, but hopefully someone will love it enough to snatch it up quick!