Happy OHMversary

OHM tuns 10 today 08/08/2018 and I thought I would write about my top 10 favourite OHM beads to celebrate.

Ugh, this is harder than I thought.

In no particular order, here we go.


I love my love bead. Jenny had one and I loved it so hard. When I met her at my first Bead Bash she gifted me with one. I cried. I was a mess. It’s probably my favourite but don’t tell the other beads.


Brave Bison is a combination memory bead and talisman for me. I went to the University of Manitoba and the Bison is the mascot. My parents were both from Winnipeg and the Bison is a symbol of the the Midwest. But really B.B. is just fierce and he gives me courage.


Rainbowed had me at first sight. It’s so pretty and happy. It’s the promise of good things after a storm. It’s about inclusion and acceptance. Even if barrel beads aren’t your thing, this bead in this shape is perfection.


I know this is cheating. But it’s more the ‘theme’ than the actual bead. My latte was my first ( and it’s still available but might be part of the sweeping retirement coming up) and Black coffee is my latest in my pursuit of all things caffeine. Black coffee is one of my very few pairs, it was the July BOTM ( bead of the month) and while still available, it is limited, so I wouldn’t recommend dithering if it’s one you covet.


Striped suits is a bead I dithered about. I was drawn to it every time I saw it but I didn’t think I would use it. But then I’d see it and be all ” oh why don’t I have one of these beads” as one does 🤣 I found myself stalking glass beads at random retailers and finally stumbled across one. I wish I had them all. I love the graphic simplicity of this bead and how it always pops on a bracelet.


Saul the Narwhal is just the cutest. He’s pretty fierce too with that horn. My first bracelet theme was the beach. I’m a summer baby and the beach is my happy place. Anything to do with water, the beach or the colour blue is on my wish list or in my bead mess. Saul is still around but he was retired last year. The charm is as allusive as the real sea creature.


Typo s are amazing and addictive. Sort of just like beads 🤔 say what you want, say what you mean, have a personal mantra, whatever you want, spell it out or be like me and #hashtag it #party for OHM on their special day ( fingers are crossed around the world that these aren’t retired before we can all spell all the words)


Non-violence is part of the Make Beads Not War collection which is retired but still available. These sassy boots symbolize travelling, exploring, and stepping out of my comfort zone. They also make me think of my IG page the_mcctrish

and all the people around the world who take a pic with their beads in my crazy pose and allow me to share them and sometimes start a conversation but mostly I hope we build a community #ohmily


I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love shiny shit. There are a few people who are aghast at this anniversary collection but mostly I see people who love pieces of it for their own reasons. OHM has always been the company to think outside the bead box, to make a bead for everybody (not every bead, a bead) What you don’t like, you don’t have to buy, there is always a new collection right around the corner. Trudy writes about The Office in her blog and all the creative uses an outhouse charm can give you.

That’s the point with beads and charms, they can represent whatever you want.

My Soft Product isn’t just shiny shit, it could be meringue or soft serve

I wish all the Ohmies the Happiest of OHMversaries and look forward to 10 more years of unique, original and beautiful beads.

Disclosure: For this blog I may receive some items as promotional samples .


Author: mcctrish

I need a place to put some of the words that crowd my brain. I think that by sorting and organizing them, I will tame them. They can wield power outside of me. I am trying to write more often, to make it a habit, like flossing. September is full of new beginnings

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