Here are a few pieces I made recently with the beads I bought in Japan.
The first is called "Milky Way", and is made from Swarovski crystals, pearls and gold.
This one is called "sakura"
A close up of the blossom, which is formed from sea pearls.
The final one is called "Pink on pink" and is made from sugar pearls, Swarovski crystals and Miyuki beads.
I find beading very relaxing, except when something goes wrong and I throw a little hissy fit.