I've been getting asked for donations to auctions (one of the ways I know it's spring!). I'm still loving playing with antiqued brass, glass and pearls, but I've done a few pieces in silver and antiqued silver that I like quite a bit. My current favorite stone of the moment is Russian Amazonite. I found a strand at A Better Place to Bead (local bead store) some months ago that I'm using a lot at the moment--big, irregular, chunky faceted barrels. Gorgeous blue-green.