Sarcasm is BUSY!!!


meltdown

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and along with it, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. I sincerely hope you all shopped the Small Business Saturday sales. Without small businesses like mine, we would live in a large corporate jungle led by the likes of Walmart and other big box retailers. Oh, wait! We already do! Seriously though, I make my living from my business, as do the majority of Americans. That’s right, 99% of businesses in America are considered to be small businesses, defined as having less than 500 employees. Of that number, click now 79% are home based businesses like mine. So every time you shop at a big box store, you are taking income away from 79% of American workers. In short: support your local small businesses and buy handmade when you are trying to decide what to buy for Grandma or Aunt Ethel or whoever!

support handwritten

So you all know how I love to play around with super duos. This week I had some metallic forest green super duos I had picked up at a trunk show last year that were just screaming at me to make something resembling a Christmas tree. So I started out with my brand new spool of green (yes, green!) Wildfire thread that Artbeads has on sale for just $7.19 for a 50 yard spool. It matched my super duos perfectly, because you all know how I just hate thread that shows too much on my work! Plus, it is a nice neutral, almost camo colored green, that can be used with a lot of other neutral colored beading projects where white or black thread just shows too much.

I then proceeded to make a circle of 6 super duos with a lava red o-bead in between each, that I found over at Eureka Crystal Beads. They sell them in 5 gram bags for $3.30. I then added two more circles stacked upon each other by adding five more super duos each circle. I then weaved my thread to one of the outer left super duos and added another five super duos and o-beads as a branch and then weaved my thread across and did the same thing on the opposite side. Then I weaved my way up to the top and added three silver super duos on either side of the top most super duo. I then weaved my thread down to the bottom most super duo and weaved in a dark bronze metallic rulla on either side of it with two 11/0 seed beads between the bottom holes of the rullas for added support. A jump ring was too thick to go through the hole of the super duo, I used some round nose pliers and made a jump ring with a thin head pin.

Super Duo Christmas Tree Pendant

Super Duo Christmas Tree Pendant

This year for Small Business Saturday, I ran a sale on all of my pre-made jewelry and custom orders taken that day. It was a smashing success, and I now have have a stack of orders that I am steadily sorting through and getting in the mail. Buuuutttt, I’m not done with my sale yet! However, it’s ONLY for you, my faithful readers, and will only last until 6:00 p.m. C.S.T. Monday night. All you have to do is go to my website Becca’s Beaded Bangles and select your items and then enter the code basics SBAYBLOG at checkout and you will receive cost of venlor 30% off ANYTHING on my website, including custom orders! If there is something you have in mind that you would like to order and you do not see it on my website, please feel free to message me on Facebook or email me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com and I will gladly try to work with you on a design.

Time to wrap it up for this week. As you have read, I am busy, busy, busy! If you haven’t already, please find the box that always seems to be floating around this page depending on what kind of device you are using to read this, and sign up to read my blog directly in your email each and every week. And don’t, forget to leave me a comment about what you are beading, crocheting, baking, drawing, painting, whatever, or just to say hello! I love hearing from you!

Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving

That time has come once again. You know, that one day a year where we gather as families to break bread together, or as I did last year, volunteer to serve others a hot meal, and give thanks for the many good things and blessings we have in our lives. Of course, for most of us, it means stuffing our faces so much, we fall asleep in front of the television and miss all the parades and football games, OR, work ourselves to the point of exhaustion cooking and cleaning for the relatives arrival, serving them, then cleaning up afterwards, only to find ourselves in some ridiculously long Black Friday line for a $69 television or something like that at midnight.

This year, I have my babies home with me for the first time in two years, as they usually are with my son-in-law’s family for Thanksgiving. But since his brother has only a few days home from deployment, they had their celebration with him this weekend. I want to thank Chad for his service to our country. Being in the Army is not just honorable, but a tough thing to do, especially when you get deployed the very same week you get married. Alex, his very sweet and beautiful wife has been a fortress, but still, misses her new husband very much. Having a lot of close and extended family has helped her get through these tough days. I admire both of them very much for their fortitude, love, and commitment to each other.

But since my babies and I are together, and my husband has to work (and he usually does the turkey cooking), we have decided to brave the crowds and do the going out to eat thing. No cooking, no cleanup, and we can go straight to the Old Navy Black Friday starts on Thanksgiving Day Sale

black friday

Whenever my daughter and I are together on Thanksgiving, we always hit Old Navy, and for that matter, even when we aren’t together! Half price jeans? I’m SO there! This year though, I need long sleeve shirts and sweaters because over the last 16 months, I lost over 150 pounds, so nothing fits me anymore. Not a thing. Weight loss – Yay! Buying new clothes – SUCKS! It gets expensive!

This year (online anyway) I am giving MAJOR thanks and props to you guys because not only has this blog had over 7,000 views, but my Facebook page, as of today has over 5,000 likes! Woohoo!!! As I have said before, you people absolutely ROCK!!! I love your support!

Anywho, I actually do have some beading to show you. Every year, I do a different snowflake pendant for my biz, and this year was no exception, except for why. This year’s pendant is all white, representing a fresh and clean new winter season, eradicating the violence of Paris and other previous Isis attacks. This snowflake is made with white opaque super duos, crystal AB delicas, silver lined crystal delicas, and 15/0 pearl white and silver lined crystal seed beads with a silver jump ring.

2015 Snowflake Pendant

2015 Snowflake Pendant

As per usual, my pictures just do NOT do the piece justice. But, GOOD NEWS!!! I have a new camera! Now, I’m just trying to figure out all the settings and whatnot so you can get a much better look at my stuff. And no, I have not forgotten about Part 3 of the Flat Chenille bracelet. I’m just still working on it. I will have it finished by the next blog. Also, I know I promised to post some crochet for you this week, but my little Doodlebug had strep and she just was not up to posing in the dress I made for her, so as soon as I can get her to hold still long enough, you will get first dibs (even before my daughter -shhhhh) on the pictures!

I hope each and every one of you has a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. I count my blessings and Thank God every day for them, but this week is the one we recognize them the most, it seems. For those of you traveling, please, be safe. For those of you staying home, be safe, especially with those turkey fryers! I don’t want my readers blowing up on me!

Also, don’t forget to fill out that little box floating around this page somewhere to sign up with your email to get my lovely sarcasm directly in your email inbox each and every single week! I also LOVE getting comments from you, so please comment away and tell me what you are beading, what you think of mine, or just to say hello!

Until next time. Stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Stands with Paris


paris

I would love to come to you this week with some kind of witty sarcastic banter like I normally do, but in light of what has happened in Paris, I am truly at a loss for words (and that doesn’t happen often). As with the rest of the world, I was shocked and outraged, and then horrified and mourned when the events played out in Paris this week. Terrorism is real folks, and somehow I get the feeling that Paris was just a dress rehearsal for something a whole lot bigger. So much bigger that it will take place on American soil. It makes me sad, and it makes me scared for my kids and grandbabies. But most of all, it makes me ANGRY! The war on terrorism just is not being fought very effectively, and it is going to cost a lot more innocent lives. American lives. I pray for all of us. Ok, rant over. Now for some beading!

This week I played around with Betty Rose’s Harlequin Bangle that I found on Etsy. It is very similar to Jill Wiseman’s Daydreamer pattern with a few minor differences. Of course, you know me. I am not going to stick to anyone’s pattern as written! Instead of making this a bangle, I ended it with a sterling silver magnetic ball clasp. The bracelet is just too supple and slinky to really be considered a bangle, but with a clasp is divine.

watermarked-stained glass

“Stained Glass”

I was going for a Christmasy kind of look, using the red and green super duos, but the pattern called for five different colors. I used matte red, emerald green lustre, tanzanite AB, Topaz AB, and crystal travertine. I accented with galvanized silver 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads. In my opinion, it doesn’t look as holiday inspired as I had hoped, but maybe could be worn with just about anything, all year. The picture doesn’t do it justice though, and it really does look like stained glass panes when you are looking at it in person.

I’m still working on the last part of my Flat Chenille bracelet and will be posting the final pictures in next week’s blog, so stay tuned! If you haven’t already, find that little sign-up box where you can subscribe and get my blog delivered directly to your email each and every time I get up the nerve to post something! Who knows, I might even post something more than once a week! Ha! Actually, I do plan on posting some crochet this week. Believe it or not, I have some finished projects to show you! I just haven’t had the nerve to take the pictures and post them because it will be the very first time ever showing off any of my crochet to anyone but my family and friends.

Another thing I would LOVE is for you to leave me a comment about your thoughts on how I’m doing with the blog, the beading, the sarcasm, the whatever, or share with me what YOU are doing! Also, don’t forget to send me some sarcasm memes or funnies to beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com and they will be used in a future blog. Promise!

Stay safe my friends. Pray.

Until Next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm demonstrates Flat Chenille – Part 2


new design

I am VERY active in my Neighborhood Crime Watch, and that includes keeping up with all the postings in our neighborhood group on Facebook so that I can pass along any related posts. Unfortunately, our Facebook group is slam full of a lot of young people who think it’s a party zone for the neighborhood on Facebook and well, you know how these 20-somethings like their Facebook Drama. Anyway, one of them (let’s call her “Missy L”) called me “a bitter old lady with no life who interferes with everyone’s business in the neighborhood.” I had to bust out laughing. For one thing, I’m only 46. Is that really considered old??? Yes, I have grandchildren, but really, OLD??? The other thing “Missy L” said is I have no life.

like a good neighbor

Hmmmm. Well, let’s see. I take my grandkids to school and daycare every single day, AND pick them up and keep them every afternoon until their parents get off work. I volunteer on my grandson’s PTA, I volunteer and am also a block captain with my community Crime Watch. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and everything that comes with THAT, and oh yeah, I have my own freaking pretty darn successful jewelry business and a now successful blog to go with it!

So, this brings me to another thing. YOU, my readers, are simply UH-MAZING!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE each and every single one of you! As of today, did you know there are over 6,000 of you just since the end of June? I mean, I am utterly in shock (not speechless – never gonna happen) but totally blown away at you all! YOU ROCK!!! I never in a million years did I expect that something that I just thought I would try out for a 90 day “trial period” would turn into such an adventure that just keeps getting better every week. I can not thank you enough.

So last week I brought you the tutorial (which can be found here) for the new Flat Chenille Stitch. This week I have been playing around with it, and thought I would show you not only what I came up with, but give YOU my readers some input on what should be done next with it.

Flat Chenille Bracelet

Flat Chenille Bracelet

Flat Chenille Bracelet

Flat Chenille Bracelet

As you read on my last installment, I hate the thread showing on the edges, so I took some 4mm silver firepolished crystals and they fit perfectly between the 11/0 silver lined ruby red accent beads I used with the 8/0 forest green main color. I also expanded to using 12 beads across instead of the 8 that the tutorial called for, to make a wider cuff. I know my photos kinda suck, but I promise I’m getting a new camera, and besides, forest green is so hard to take a good pic of! Another thing, if you click on the pictures themselves, you get a MUCH better visual!

Ok, so the ball is in your court! Start commenting away at what YOU think should be the next step on this cuff. That’s the thing about this new Flat Chenille Stitch. It has so many possibilities! I can’t wait to read your comments! For that matter, I look forward to reading your comments every week anyway, so comment even if you don’t have a suggestion, and let me know what YOU are up to, or send me a good sarcasm meme to use in a future posting! If you haven’t already, (and you really should) go to that little box at the top or side of this page and sign up with your email and get my snarky and sarcastic beading and (yes, it’s coming!) yarn directly in your email inbox!

Until next time! Stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

 

Sarcasm learns a new stitch


b4f60a8a56cdb4ffbec43dfc591eb2df

Welcome to November! Yup, Halloween is gone, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and then ta-da! HOLIDAYS!!! You know, those things that every artist madly scrambles for three or four months before, trying to get ready for and then completely over-makes enough inventory to last until next summer? That’s exactly what I usually do, but with my current orders I am trying to keep up with, I will be lucky to have anything red or green, blue or white, or whatever else color comes in between!

I have to tell you about the UH-mazing group of Ladies on Facebook. There is a public group called The Ladies Artisan Group. They are a multi-talented group of women who share their work in hopes of selling it, and I have got to tell you, they are one amazingly talented group. From watercolors to jewelry to glasswork, and everything in between, you will not find a more talented group of women. This month they had a contest to see which works would be on their cover/banner photo for the group and I was honored to have one of my works chosen to be one featured in the photo. You can find their group here. They are just an amazing group of ladies. The picture below is the one of mine that they included in their banner.

watermarked-blue skies

Blue lace agate in freeform peyote bezel with 18 inch Chenille stitch rope

Another thing I got to celebrate this week was my page Becca’s Beaded Bangles on Facebook not only hit 1,000 likes, but went past it! I am beyond thrilled and honored to have so many of you kind people looking at and liking my page on Facebook and can not thank you enough! Everything I do is sewn one tiny little bead at a time, and I LOVE what I do, but you all make it so worth it. You ROCK!!! Thank you!!!

So, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am working on the new flat chenille stitch that came out in Beading Daily’s email this week. Regular chenille stitch is my go-to stitch for ropes and bracelets anyway, so I definitely wanted to give this a go. I am finding this just as easy, if not easier than regular chenille! You can find it on Beading Daily here, but I’m going to go ahead and give it to you right here on my blog!

This is from Diana Balogh:

For this pattern, Diana used size 15 seed beads (A) and size 11 seed beads (B), but you could use all size 11 seed beads for a different look.

Row 1: Add a stop bead to the end of a comfortable length of thread. String 8B (Fig. 1, blue thread).

Row 2: String 1A, 1B, and 1A; pass back through the second-to-last B of Row 1. String 1A and pass back through the next 2B of Row 1; repeat. String 1A; pass back through the next B of Row 1 (Fig. 2, red thread).

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 1

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 1

 

Row 3: String 1A and 1B; pass back through the last A of Row 2. String 2B and pass through the next A of the previous row; repeat twice. Weave through beads to exit from the last B added, toward the center of the work (Fig. 2).

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 2

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 2

 

Row 4: String 1A and pass back through the next 2B of Row 3; repeat twice (Fig. 3).

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 3

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 3

 

Row 5: String 2B and pass back through the next A of Row 4; repeat twice. String 2B; square-stitch to the adjacent 2B of Row 3, then exit through the first B of the 2B just added (Fig. 4).

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 4

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 4

 

Row 6: String 1A; pass through the next B of Row 5. String 1A and 1B; pass back through the first A of this row and the following 2B of Row 5. String 1A and pass back through the next 2B of Row 5; repeat twice (Fig. 5).

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 5

Flat Chenille Stitch Figure 5

 

Rows 7 and on: Repeat Rows 2 – 6 to the desired length.

Here is my completed sample:

Flat Chenille Stitch

Flat Chenille Stitch

Thanks to Beading Daily for the diagrams and directions! I hope you find this as informative and fun as I have! I love this newer take on chenille stitch! It has great possibilities for things such as embellishing, using buttons as closures, and other things. I have a few ideas myself I can’t wait to try out!

I hope this week finds you happy, healthy, and full of candy, ha! As always, please leave me a comment and let me know what YOU are up to this week and what you would like to see from me in the future! Leave me a sarcasm meme and I will use it in a future blog! If you are new to my blog, don’t forget to sign up in that little box at the top/side to get my snarky sarcasm about beads and sometimes yarn directly in your email inbox!

Until next week, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca