At one of the local bead stores, Bella Beads and Beyond, there is a bead puddle. The bead puddle is a container about 8 inches deep and 36 inches in diameter. It's filled with beads and findings. I think the intent of the bead puddle was to entertain kids while their moms shopped. However, it has become therapy for older kids, like me.
There is a certain zen about running your hands through the beads and then selecting the ones that catch your eye. I like to go to the bead puddle with no particular bead or color in mind. Just let the beads select themselves.
I went to the bead puddle yesterday and it was marvelous. I came home and started designing. I'll post some pics soon.