First, it took me forever to find the 14x10mm octagon crystal called for in the pattern. I finally found some at a place called Glitz and Glamour. I'd never heard of them before, and their website isn't very fancy nor does it offer a wide color range, but they had what I wanted! I have to say, I was very happy with their service. They shipped quickly, and everything was labeled nicely for me. I'll definitely order from them again.
Then, I was disappointed that 2mm Swarovski bi-cones aren't made anymore, after I looked everywhere for them. They aren't called for in the pattern, but I want to use them instead of 11/0 seed beads to embellish the columns going across the necklace. I finally found out that the 2.5mm bi-cones are actually 2mm long and 2.5 wide, so I think they'll work and I ordered them from Fusion Beads.
So, now that I had my crystals, I had to pick seed beads out to match. That always takes me a long time, but I finally settled on silver and a bluish-grey, in 11/0, 15/ and size 15 charlotte. The 15 charlottes weren't easy to find either. I don't remember now where I got them. I think it was my local bead store.
So, now I have my kit all set up, I'm going to be babysitting for my daughter tonight, and I can finally get started on my necklace! I can't wait!