The donut is what I used for a closure, and the second picture shows a close-up of the necklace I made.
I think the auctions are held in March or April, but I honestly don't remember.
The deal is that you sign up, send in your $20, and then get a set of beads: in this case, seed beads in black, white, yellow, orange and red, a focal lampwork bead, some Swarovski crystals, and some white chiclet beads. You may add ONE ONLY other type of bead (I chose silver-lined dark amber Czech seeds) and all the findings you need, and you have to use at least one of every type of bead in the kit.
Last year the colours were really pretty, but I have to say that I found this set of beads very much outside my comfort zone: they're neither sludge nor iridescent nor luster-finished nor metallic nor complex in colour (I'm most attracted to ambiguous colours that defy description). This required more discipline than I usually have to apply to the fun things I do by choice, which is a kinda strange place to be.
And now for some gratuitous Yarn Porn:
I have no idea what this is. It may be merino/silk, or something like that. It's my usual sportweight-ish 3-ply, and yes, the colour is true. Hmmm, a little underplied, isn't it?