Here's what I've been doing with some of the pearls I bought on e-bay. I think patinated PMC looks stunning strung on pearl strands. In case your monitor's colors are off (like mine at work) this necklace is made with a strand of gold and a strand of capuccino, plus a strand of smaller pewter beads for contrast. It will be finished off with PMC cones at the clasp end, to coordinate with the pendant.
I've also gotten out my dyes again, this time to work up some silk scarves and wraps to take to Artful Taste of Autumn this weekend. I hope to be able to photograph and post the results. My biggest difficulty with dyeing stuff is that I really don't have a lot of room for the process and the room I do have isn't handy to things like the stove and running water. But I persevere.