Having a smile to myself here. There was another forum that I was on that had the same problem, and one word in particular that was regularly used had four letters in the middle that was a swear word, and it used to trip us up all the time. I agree that they can be a pain, but I definately support their use.
So I finally got to see your beading, and it is beautiful, simply stunning. I love the penhen's and their male mates, and we have a number of them at the moment running around the property. I would love a white one, but as of yet I only have the blue.
Do you sell your beading? I find it difficult to charge for my work as people have no concept of the time and work that goes into one of these creations.
I had a local quilt shop here give me some fabric years ago, and asked me to make up something to display the fabric range that they were stocking. It was a Debbie Mumm range, not sure if you know of her fabric. Anyway I ended up saying that I would buy the fabric and the end result would be mine, as the amount of hours that went into the making of it was quite large. I told them that it wasn't going to be "for sale" as I was wanting it for my youngest daughter. She later told me that an American tourist had come in and offered $450.00 for the dress.
I told her that at that price it would have been for sale. Later Debbie Mumm was running a competition asking people to send in photo's of how they had decorated with her fabrics, so I decided that I would send in a photo and show her what I had done with her fabrics, and ended up winning, even though it wasn't decorating. What a surprise that was.
Carter I don't know if you read this thread, but here is one of the examples of bees that I have added to my work. I love stump work (raised 3D embroidery) so added these to the cuffs and bow. This dress is over ten years old, and has been washed and worn countless times, so the bee is a little worse for wear, but you will get the idea.