Sarcasm gets older


olderSo I come to you this week a year older and not a bit wiser. Yes, I am just as snarky at 46 (if not more) than I was at 45 and will probably progress even to belligerence. It was a typical birthday for me, migraine, Murphy’s Law, and all. But, I did have my usual Friday morning breakfast at school with my grandson (except my breakfast was a free coffee and a donut from Krispy Kreme cuz it was my born day), and dinner with ALL my babies at Red Robin. Dinner was another freebie too. So here is what I did. Go to Krispy Kreme and Red Robin‘s websites and sign up for their online loyalty/rewards programs and you get a free coffee and a donut at Krispy Kreme and free burger of choice at Red Robin on your birthday. My daughter LOVED it, cuz she didn’t have to buy my dinner! The real bonus for me? Because she didn’t have to buy my dinner, I got a cool Sephora gift card for my birthday! My daughter rocks!

Ok, so if you have been reading previously, you know how much I love working with superduos. Well, I also love working with Starman Trendsetters patterns for Czechmates beads. This time I decided to try the Tessella bracelet by Nichole Starman. Since October is in just a few days, I decided to use the great Milky Alexandrite/Pink/Topaz Luster Czechmates Tiles that I had, along, with 11/0 seed beads in crystal AB, but instead of using the 6/0 seed bead the pattern called for, I substituted in some Matubo 7/0 in Chalk Lilac Lustre that I had in my stash. The reason for all the pink? I mentioned about October being in just a few days, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I added a pink ribbon charm at the clasp for awareness.

"Tessella"

“Tessella”

"Tessella"

“Tessella”

I do not know a single person who has not been, in some way, whether it be family or friend, touched by breast cancer. I lost my own grandmother to breast cancer and had a bout with it myself 23 years ago. It is a horrible thing to go through, and every woman’s worst medical fear. But women are not the only victims. Men CAN get it too! Early detection is important. I can not stress enough the importance of self exams, yearly mammograms, and if you feel something is wrong and your doctor isn’t concerned “enough” GET A SECOND OPINION!!! These things I just said saves lives peeps, yours, your relatives, your friends, your neighbors, your____________ (you fill in the blank).

Another thing about October, and this is a VERY close subject for me. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So, all you will be seeing from me over the next few weeks is pink and purple. Learn to love it! Embrace it! Domestic violence is also not just something that women are victims of. I am lucky to be in a wonderful marriage with a loving and supportive husband, but I wasn’t so lucky in my previous marriage. In fact, I was very unlucky, and continue to pay for it physically. And you people wonder why I’m so snarky!

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And yet ANOTHER cause I want for you to take part of:

That is THIS Wednesday!!!

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So! Now that I have bombarded you with enough causes to make you see sideways, there is one thing I want you to see very clearly: people DIE from cancer and domestic violence. Every minute of every single day. Those police officers that I am asking you to honor with your blue ribbons Wednesday are the ones who have the power to do something about the domestic violence. They risk their lives to serve and protect us every single day. As the wife of a law enforcement officer, I beg of you to please, next time you see one, walk up to them and shake their hand and thank them for what they do. They could choose to do anything else, but they chose to do this.

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Becca

 

Sarcasm does a FREE pattern!


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Ever have one of those weeks where you are grateful at the end of it that you didn’t need any bail money or a shovel to hide any bodies? Yup, that was me this week. By the way, I DESPISE politics! Yeah, that was random, I know.

Last week I told you all how much I tinidazole over the counter LOVE working with superduos. I mean, it’s absolutely ridiculous how fascinated I am with the possibilities you can come up with for using them. When I first started using them, I decided I wanted to make some earrings with them, but I wanted something fun to wear that would go with just about any outfit. My most important prerequisite for earrings is that they do not weigh down the ear lobes. I mean, that can be painful! Anyway, since I love the beach so much, and live in an area where some great beaches are just a couple of hours away by car, I made these. This way, anyone could wear them. And by anyone, I mean anyone that would buy them from me, lol!

Superduo Starfish Earrings

Superduo Starfish Earrings

These were made with Turquoise on bronze picasso superduos, beige lined crystal 8/0 seed beads, and sterling base metal ear wires. It takes just a small amount of each type of beads to make these and the color possibilities are endless. For photographing, I used a plain white coffee mug to hang them on.

Now, here’s the best part: You can have the tutorial for these earrings absolutely FREE. Zero dollars. Zilch. Denada. Gratis. There is one tiny little catch though. You do have to go to my store website Becca’s Beaded Bangles to get it. Go to the Patterns section, add it to your cart, and after you have finished shopping (cuz you are gonna buy lots of my stuff, right?) checkout, and I will email you the pattern as soon as storenvy.com clears the transaction. If you see something on my site that you like, but isn’t your color vibe, please email me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com  or message me on Facebook. Custom orders are my specialty!

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Becca

Sarcasm does Superduos


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I have grandchildren that I love very, very much. I take care of them every single day except Saturdays. And boy, do I cherish my Saturdays! Not that I don’t love my Doodlebug and My Little Man, it’s just that even a doting Gamma needs a break at least ONE day a week. Well yesterday was my Saturday and I spent it in the ER with a flipping migraine, so no, I did NOT enjoy my Saturday! Insert snark of choice here! No, actually, today is Grandparents Day and I actually can’t wait for the little stinkers to get over here and that’s not for a few more hours, so pardon me if today’s blog is a little short so I can run go get them myself!

Anyway, I had this gosh awful fear of working with two hole beads for the longest time, until a friend kept urging me to try them. So, I tried a simple superduo pattern and by george, I was hooked. Now I can’t get my hands on the new ones coming out fast enough (or as fast as my husband will shell out the $$$). But with superduos I have a special affinity, and have managed to work up a rope bangle that is a little different from the other ones out there. It’s something I came up with after a little trial and error, but it works for me, and comes out beautifully, if not a little time consuming.

Black and Silver

Black and Silver

Cream Pearl

Cream Pearl

These two bangles were done in my layered rope style. The top one in jet black and silver superduos, and the bottom one in cream pearl superduos. They are really quite simple to make, but time consuming. I have found they are not easy to teach either, nor have I found a good way to write out a tutorial for them. However, if you would like one, you know where to find me!

Now, I’m off to get my grandbabies! As always, please don’t forget to subscribe to my blog with your email to get those pop-up, you never know when, mid-week postings, and leave me a comment below to say hi and let me know how I’m doing or what you would like to see.

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Becca

Sarcasm loves to tailgate!


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My wish came true – college football has finally arrived! Not only has it arrived, but my beloved Auburn Tigers beat Louisville last weekend too! So I’m sure everyone has their own favorite team. Rah-Rah, sis boom ba! And there is no better way to watch college football at home (or a friend’s home) than with some good tailgating foods.

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This is one of my personal favorite recipes, not only for tailgating, but I will make up a batch for dinner when my husband is working. They are healthy, full of protein, low on carbs, and best of all, YUMMY! If you have ever ordered the crab rangoons at a chinese restaurant, then you will love these. They are super easy to make, and only take  a few ingredients too!

beconase aq uk CRAB RANGOONS:

12 wonton wrappers (these are found in the organic section of the produce department at your grocery)

1/2 block of fat-free or reduced fat cream cheese – softened (you can nuke it for about 20-40 seconds to do this)

1/2 cup of crab meat, shredded (imitation crab works fine too)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp Soy Sauce (reduced sodium is best)

1 pinch of garlic powder

1 tbsp onion flakes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a bowl, mix all ingredients with a fork until well blended (it will be very lumpy). Place your baking sheet next to your sink and take a regular soup spoon and spoon ingredients on to center of wonton wrapper and then fold shut corner to corner and wet your fingers before pinching to seal (the water is what keeps it together). Place each one about an inch apart on your baking sheet. Pop in to the oven and bake approximately 12-18 minutes, depending on your oven’s cook time, checking to make sure they are brown and crisp, but not burned. Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

These things are beyond amazing. They are super easy, super good, and actually super healthy. Just make sure whoever you are serving doesn’t have any seafood allergies! Sometimes I will make a double or even triple batch, as they refrigerate well for a couple of days and reheat in the microwave in just a few seconds.

So, I will be showing you another piece of jewelry and maybe even a bit of crochet in the next post. Depends on my mood, my inclination, my motivation, and whether or not I can finish the darn thing! For more random posts like this please fill out the email subscription form, and please don’t forget to leave me a comment to say hi and let me know how I’m doing and what you what to see from me.

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Becca

 

Sarcasm wins a Design Challenge!


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I tend to be just a wee bit more sarcastic to the people I love and like, so if I’m straight up nice to you, then you have to wonder what I really think about you. Luckily for most, I’m sarcastic with nearly everyone I meet. I also tend to be a little more on the sarcastic side of things when I’m stressed, upset, ticked off, or _____ (you fill in the blank). That being said, I have really been on my game with the sarcasm thing this week.  To say I have been stressed would be a colossal understatement, and to explain all the reasons why would turn this week’s blog into a submission for a “Reader’s Digest” condensed book.

The thing that got me out of my stress-induced funk and inspired my beading mojo to carry on this week though, blew me out of the water. It seems I WON the Dry Gulch August Color Design Challenge! I’ve never won anything with my beading! Ever! Every month for the last several months, I have been entering the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry color design challenge. They assign a color design pallet each month, and you have to use all the colors in the pallet to design something amazing and artistic. Judging is based on adherence to the color pallet, creativity of design, and effort put into the project. Of course my entries have always been jewelry.

This month I entered a pendant. The color pallet was  called  “pink patina door” and consisted of five colors: vivid red, dark moderate red (looked burgundy/wine to me), dark moderate yellow (looked olive), mostly desaturated dark cyan-lime green (kind of a dark sea foam), and  mostly desaturated dark cyan-lime green (sea foam). You can see the color pallet, along with all of the entries here.

I have been wanting to attempt to do a Cellini spiral for a while, and was challenged in one of my beading groups to do a flat Cellini, so I thought why not kill two birds with one stone, and do the Cellini using the challenge color pallet from the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry challenge?  I used size 6/0 in matte olive, 8/0 in matte dark sea foam, 11/0 in opaque dark sea foam and opaque dark red, and 15/0 delicas in opaque bright red. I stitched a flat Cellini approximately three inches long and then “zipped” it up with my remaining Fireline thread. I finished it with a Swarovski briolete in ruby.

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I have to admit, I absolutely hated working with this color combination at first. It was so far out of my color comfort zone I wanted to scream obscenities to the beading Gods. But, that’s the thing about these color challenges from Dry Gulch. They are supposed to get you motivated to work with something new and different each month, whether you are comfortable or not with what you have to work with. If it had not been for my favorite Bead Fairy Cyn Wilson motivating me to finish, I really do not think I would have. Now that I have, I have a $50 gift certificate from Dry Gulch to show for it!

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To make me an even happier camper this week, COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAS ARRIVED!!! My beloved Auburn Tigers played Louisville yesterday at the Georgia Dome and beat them 31-24! War Eagle! Next week is a home game against Jacksonville State. There is nothing better than the atmosphere in Auburn, Alabama during a home game. Auburn fans are a big family and greet each other with “War Eagle” wherever they go, whether you know each other or not.

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Becca