I love beads, but I don't like beading. So I'm always looking for ways of using beads that I find enjoyable.
One of my very favorite ways of using beads is for closures on my crocheted bags. I like to add a slit on one side of the top edge and a dangling bead or pendant on the other edge that can be fed through the slit.
You can see that I used a couple of pendant style beads on my Waza Purse. The key is finding a bead that matches the color, look, and feel of your bag and is also the right size to have a little weight to it.