Well, I got rid of the golden-yellow beads with the too-small hole, and I found some gold beads instead. They were perfect!
Next, I thread them on to decide how I would crochet them, and hubby and I liked them just the way they were! So I kept it.
I haven't been able to check anything in blog-land since Thursday morning. It's going to take several days to catch up on what all of you have been up to!