Sarcasm Shows Off the Prize Pack!


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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

If you are a parent or grandparent, then you probably know that this week is what is considered Dr. Seuss week for the “Read Across America” initiative at most schools, because it would have been Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday this Wednesday. At my grandson’s school, they are doing something different every day. A different book, a different way to dress (within their uniform restrictions) and having reading programs galore. Read to your kids and grandkids, not just this week, but try this out every single night! Not only do they benefit from learning words, phonics, letters, enunciation, and so much more, but YOU benefit by the quality time spent with your babies. There is absolutely nothing more precious than that.

So my blog has the little thing called a go to this web-site CHALLENGE going on right now. If you are a regular reader, follow me on Facebook, or just about any other social media platform, then you have probably. heard about the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Spring 2016 I’m holding over on Facebook. The rules are posted on the event page, but in short, you MUST be an email subscriber to this blog, and you HAVE to have liked my page on Facebook HERE. To subscribe to my blog from a desktop device, look in the upper left hand corner of this page for the subscriber box. Mobile users, just scroll down to the end of the page just past the comments to find that same box.

I have received a lot of great entries this week, which can be found by linking to the Contest Entries page in the Menu section for you mobile users, and the top of the page for desktop users. If you are submitting an entry, please be sure to include whose design you are using, the name of the design, and which of the Pantone colors (from the official Pantone Spring color palette below) you are representing. Each night, and sometimes throughout the day, I will upload your pictures to the official Challenge page here on the blog. Remember, you have until 11:59 p.m. on 3/18/16 to get your entries in, and you can enter as many times as you want!

Your "must stick to if I wanna win" design colors!

Your “must stick to if I wanna win” design colors!

So, without further ado, let’s get into the goodies that the Grand Prize Winner will get, courtesy of Potomac Bead Company out of Hagerstown, MD, and Nathan and Allie Buchman! This prize pack consists of eight packs of RounDuo beads, three packs of RounTrio beads, three packs of Faceted RounTrio beads, eight tubes of DiscDuo beads, four packs of Czech Cup Buttons, including one that is a multi-pack of 30 different buttons, a mixed pack of 10 Czech Crystal Buttons (omg they are SO pretty!), a mixed pack of 14mm Potomac Crystal Rivolis, a two pack of 18mm Potomac Crystal Rivolis, three tubes of Potomac 3x4mm Crystal Rondelle beads, Piggy beads, O-beads, Flower Cup beads, and three tubes of Super Duos. Now all of that, with the exception of just a few things are EXCLUSIVE to Potomac.

Grand Prize Winner's Prize Pack, courtesy of Potomac Bead Co., Hagerstown, MD.

And if you don’t win the whole darn thing, don’t worry kids! Bello Modo has generously offered up a isentress cost in india $50.00 Gift Certificate for the runner-up! Man, oh man, I wish I could enter my own Challenge! I have been drooling over this stuff since it (finally, after I chased it down at the post office!) got here! Yeah, don’t get me started on the postal service…..Suffice it to say that Amazon Prime knows better than to use them for any more of my shipments!

So, what do you have to do? Subscribe to my blog, like my Facebook page, and get those entries in! If you have ANY questions, please post them on the event page, so that way, the question is answered for everyone else that may have the same question. If it is something you do not feel comfortable posting publicly, then just email me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com. Super simple.

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Keep in mind that I am up to my eyeballs in my own orders right now and I do run my grandbabies carpool every day twice a day, so if I don’t get back to you right away, be patient. I’m usually pretty good though about getting back within an hour. And you know the drill, SHOW ME SOME LOVE PEOPLE!!! You can always comment below. Ya know I love that little dinging sound my phone makes when you do!

Don’t forget to check out the entries on the contest page and GET THOSE ENTRIES IN!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm Accepts Challenge Entries!


rules

A few weeks ago, I gave a basic rundown of (at the time) most of the seed beads and two or more hole beads out on the market. This week, Bello Modo did a very thorough one, along with a review of each in their own blog here. I highly recommend you check it out! And did you know that Potomac Beads will be carrying the new Czech DiamonDuo Bead 2-Hole Diamond Shape Pressed Czech Glass Beads in just a few days? Allie Buchman of Potomac Beads Hagerstown, MD store describes them as a “softly faceted Kite shaped bead.” Wheeeeeeeee!!!!!

DiamonDuo

DiamonDuo

What a week! I never expected such a response to my first ever Bead Challenge! The prize package from Potomac will be in this week and I will post pictures of exactly what beads you will be winning on next week’s blog. As far as the Bello Modo gift certificate for the runner-up, it can be used for anything on their site, except for gift certificates. All entries are now being posted on a separate page here on this blog located HERE.

Just a reminder to everyone that in addition to liking my page Becca’s Beaded Bangles, you MUST be an email subscriber to Sarcastic Beads and Yarn to be entered in the challenge. Look for this box on the blog to subscribe. Mobile users will have to scroll wayyyyyy down to the bottom and click on “View Full Site” and then scroll down just past the comments to find it. It’s a glitch in my blog theme for mobile users and I am working on getting it fixed. Liking my pages on other social media sites such as Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Path, etc. are very much appreciated, but not required.

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On another note, while I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with you messaging me with your questions about the Challenge, I can not, in all fairness, advise anyone on design choices, such as colors, which design to use, bead sizes, etc. on your entries. I can answer simple yes or no questions about the rules to the Challenge, but to go beyond that would be unfair and biased, and that is just NOT cool. I recently participated in someone else’s contest where the person hosting did all of those things (and more, ugh) and the end results turned out pretty darn ugly. I refuse to run a Challenge unfairly. Period.

Also, as far as the rules for the colors go, I have had a LOT of questions regarding the use of the exact colors on the Pantone chart shown below. You do not have to match your bead color’s names to the names of the Pantone colors. For example, one of the Pantone colors is Iced Coffee. You do not have to use a bead that the color’s name is Iced Coffee. What we are looking for is your interpretation of some wonderful patterns by ONLY these great designers in the same color tones/hues as the Pantone colors. I don’t care if the name of your bead is Space Poop Silver-lined Greige. If it matches the Iced Coffee, then you have met the requirement. Also, you are not limited to just one color per design, nor are you required to use all of them in one design, ether. I WILL say that since the first round of judging is computer generated matching of colors, you would be better off using two or more of the colors, but that is entirely up to you.

Your "must stick to if I wanna win" design colors!

Your “must stick to if I wanna win” design colors!

So, I think I have answered all the questions that have come up so far. For future questions, please post them on the Challenge Event page on Facebook HERE. That way, everyone else who may have the exact same question gets an answer too. So many of you have had the same exact question, and it would have been so much easier to just answer it ONE time on a Facebook thread for everyone to see, than to answer 62 different individual questions.

Another thing, I would absolutely LOVE it if you would also start posting your favorite sarcasm memes on the Event page for me to use in future blog postings. Those things are hard to find when you are looking for something specific to your topic for the week! And don’t forget to show me some love (or some slightly polite indifference) with your comments below! I love hearing that little ding on my phone every time one of you comments!

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

Becca

Sarcasm does a CONTEST!!!


one of those days

I know you all are sick to death of hearing about my oral surgery nightmares, but dangit, I ended up having yet another one this week! So what does a beader/crocheter do when she’s on pain meds and can’t drive? She beads like crazy and crochets in her beading down time!

This week I entered my February entry to the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry February color challenge, but I kinda cheated. See, I was also in another beading contest, and so I used one pattern, and the Dry Gulch colors for the February Challenge and entered it in both.

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It’s a basic ladder stitch bracelet done in strips of each color of 11/0 seed beads. I used Pearl colors for all, baby pink, mint/sage green, and buttercup yellow and then I embellished with 13/0 Charlottes in cream and 15/0 seed beads in grey AB, and dark mint pearl. I then braided the strips together and sewed them at each end and attached a Czech cup button as a clasp. You can only get those buttons over at Potomac, btw.

BUT, my pride and joy of the week, was my other and first entry in the other contest. There is a fabulous take on a rivoli pendant where it’s not just your typical held and bezeled together by seed beads and/or superduos. This one is completely suspended by the new Rounduo beads (also only available at Potomac) and the seed beads just enhance it. You also do not need any of the standard 3-4mm bicones.

Rounduo Pendant

Rounduo Pendant

This one took 6mm Firepolish and Pearls! Since February’s birthstone is amethyst and my favorite color is purple (I mean, REALLY, is there any other?) I decided to make it with (what else?) a dark violet Swarovski 14mm rivoli, violet lustre rounduos and superduos, violet gold lustre seed beads in both 11/0 and 15/0 (probably less than 20-30 of each!). That’s it, except that on the last pass around, I actually broke 3 needles trying to get the bail of Rounduos sewn on! That will teach me not to use my Size 11 Tulip Beading Needles! Those suckers are wonderful! They bend 52 ways from Sunday without breaking and are small enough to make multiple passes through your 15/0’s and support your heavier weight Fireline and Wildfire threads!

So, last week I told you all that I was coming up in the next few weeks on my 10,000th viewer on my blog. Keep in mind I have only been blogging since June, and this is only post #37 today. You people just couldn’t wait, could ya??? I hit that milestone in like, well, 2 DAYS from last week’s post! You want a contest, you get a contest! So today I present to you my very first Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Beading Challenge (Spring 2016), but, alas, there are gonna be RULES! Dum-da-dum-dum!

BUT, before we get to those pesky little rules, let me tell you a little bit about what you will be winning! Potomac Bead Company out of Hagerstown, Maryland (thank you Nathan Buchman!) has very generously donated a Grand Prize pack to the winner consisting of a $250.00 mix of the following: RounDuos, DiscDuos, RounTrios, Czech Cup Buttons, Potomac Crystals, SuperDuos, MiniDuos, Miyuki seed beads, Czech Fire Polished rounds, Czech pearls, Flower cups, Spiky button beads, and assorted CzechMates and other multi hole Czech beads. And did I say I was done with prizes? Nooooooo. Bello Modo has generously offered a $50 gift certificate to the runner-up! Now do I start off doing my contests right, or what?

Ok, so here are the RULES:

  1. You MUST be a U.S. or Canadian resident over the age of 18 years of age. If you are not 18 yet, please have your parent or legal guardian email me written consent to use your images, name, age, etc. if you win, and in order to post your entry. *** Canadian winners will have to pay shipping on their winnings due to the increase in U.S. postage this year.
  2. Your entry can NOT be your own design! (Boring ha – just keep reading!) Your entry must be from either 1) a Jill Wiseman pattern (from her fabulous book “Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches,” any of her Youtube videos, or patterns you have purchased/downloaded from her website Jill Wiseman Designs, (all I ask is that you PLEASE don’t flood me with a zillion Wave Crests!) OR, 2) a Starman Trendsetter’s pattern (available for free from your local bead shop or most online bead retailers) or some are free for download from Nichole Starman’s website Starman Trendsetters, OR 3) you can use any of the Potomac Bead Company videos done ONLY by Allie Buchman (just go to Potomac’s Youtube channel and then search for tutorials by Allie).
  3. ALL entries MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M. C.S.T. MARCH 18, 2016!!! Judging will take place on the 19th and the winner will be announced both here on my blog and on the event page on Facebook sometime that evening. DO NOT send me endless questions that day about when! You’ll know, when you know!
  4. Judging will take place by computer first to match your photos with the color scheme as shown, and then a winner and runner-up picked from the top 5 entries from that by no less than three random experienced beaders in my local area.
  5. Your entry MUST, MUST, MUST primarily follow the Spring 2016 Pantone Colors shown below. It’s ok if you have a few accent colors here and there, but the primary color scheme MUST be these colors. You don’t have to use all of them, but you must follow this color guide. Ok, so here are your “gotta stick to this if I wanna win” color guidelines for the contest:
  6. You MUST be an email subscriber to this blog AND have liked my Facebook page Becca’s Beaded Bangles. (Yes, I really will be checking!)
  7. This is a Facebook run contest with an event page attached to it HERE, so you must RSVP as going to the event and upload your entries there. If you don’t have Facebook, you can’t enter. I just don’t have time to be chasing entries all over Twitter, Instagram, Path, Tumblr, having my email blow-up, etc. Much easier to keep it all in one location.
  8. Although you can enter as many entries as you like, as of 3/3/16, no more than 3 entries per day, per person.
  9. For the last five days of the challenge, no more entries will be accepted from you of a pattern you have previously submitted. For instance, if you have submitted Jill Wiseman’s flat spiral before now, you can’t submit another one. This is a challenge, and I am making it a little more challenging for you! Am I changing the rules up? YES! Did I promise you some surprises along the way at the very beginning? YES. Also, don’t forget no more than three entries per person, per day.

Once photos of entries are submitted, they become the property of Sarcastic Beads and Yarn and/as Becca’s Beaded Bangles. They may or may not be used for publicity or promotional purposes in future blog postings, social media, audio and/or video presence, and printed materials.

One more thing, and I really hate to ask you this. If you will notice, up in the  upper right hand corner of my blog is a new box asking for donations via Paypal. I have found out that in order to keep doing this it actually costs money! Webmaster fees and formatting and all that other stuff are just not cheap. PLUS, it would REALLY help me out on the shipping charges for whoever wins this thing! So if you would be so kind……

That enough rules for ya? I think so, but then again, I hate rules too. Sorry bout that. But there will be more surprises down the line! SO, don’t forget to go up to that left hand side of my blog and SUBSCRIBE if you want to enter this thing, like my Facebook page, and Follow me on Twitter! If you want to follow me on any of the other social media sites, I won’t complain! Just look up Becca’s Beaded Bangles. Good Luck!

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

Becca

UPDATE: If you are having trouble subscribing from a mobile device to my blog, scroll alllllll the way down to the bottom, and click on “View Full Site.” The scroll down past the comments and you should see the email sign-up box. Hope this helps until I can figure out how to fix the glitch!

 

Sarcasm gives you a FREE pattern!


valentine

So I hear there was some kind of super important football game yesterday? I don’t follow professional football myself. I only follow college football, and boy do I follow it! I love my Auburn Tigers! My apologies for not posting yesterday, but well, to be perfectly honest, while the rest of the Football free world was worshiping the porcelain God from drinking too much, I was doing it with a virus – every freaking five minutes, starting at about 3 a.m. until well into the evening last night. And after all that, I was just TOO worn out to do anything but sleep!

But anyways, that sappy, roses and chocolates holiday we call Valentine’s Day is upon us this week, and what better way for a beader to celebrate than by making some heart themed jewelry? A few years ago, I got to playing around with my new superduos and I had some little key charms, so I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to actually make something for Valentine’s and call it “Key To My Heart” and at the same time, make it super easy? So last year, I wrote up a little tutorial for it. Well, I think the super easy part is true, but I will leave that up to you! There are no diagrams on this pattern, as it IS so dang easy. So anywho, hear ya go!

 

“Key to my Heart” © Becca’s Beaded Bangles 2015

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Materials Needed:
30 super duos
17 size 8 seed beads (6 more if used for the jump ring)
22 size 11 seed beads (8 more if used for the jump ring)
14 size 15 seed beads
1 4mm pearl/round bead
1 key, briollette or other found object, magatama or drop bead
Wildfire Thread
Size 11 or 12 needle (I recommend Tulip needles in size 11)
This is a super simple pattern, so there is no diagram.

Secure one superduo on your Fireline (no need for a stop bead!) by going in a circle through both holes.
Add 1 size 8 then a super duo 7 times.
Add 1 size 11 then a super duo 7 times.
Add 2 size 11 then your key/found object/drop/magatama. Add 2 more size 11 beads and then a super duo.
Add 1 size 11 and a super duo 7 times.
Add 1 size 8 and then a super duo 9 times.
After exiting the last super duo, add a size 11 going through the second hole of the super duo 9 times.
Add 1 size 15, continuing through the second hole of the super duo 7 times.
Go through the second hole of the next super duo without adding a seed bead and then continue adding a size 15 bead 7 more times.
Add a size 11 bead 9 times (bringing you back to your found object.)
The next step is the most important – thread your Fireline back through both the outside and the inside of the heart 2-3 more times. This is important for tension and to keep your pendant from “flopping around.”
Add your 6 size 8 or 8 size 11 beads, circling through the top and center, size 8 bead for your jump ring. (Be sure to secure it by going through it 2-3 times.)

That’s it, you are done! Enjoy!

Please do not share or sell this pattern. It may be a simple design, but it is mine to share. If you wish to teach it, please contact me first for the proper permissions. I have made several of these and it takes a little over an hour to make one. One thing I would recommend though, is that you double up your thread or even use a thin wire like a 28 gauge, so it isn’t floppy when wearing or displaying it. I have found that either works fine.

Just an F.Y.I., but you can get your superduos in 25 gram tubes and Toho’s in 20 gram quantities at Eureka Crystal Beads for super low pricing. And, if you use code A10SAVE20R, you get 20% off your first order! Need your beads in a hurry? Well, let me put it this way, I placed an order with them late Thursday night, and here it is Monday and I have it already! And no, I didn’t pay for any expedited shipping. How is THAT for expediency?

So, I mentioned last week that I am coming up on my 10,000th viewer of my blog and I was thinking about running a contest. YOU BETCHA!!! Start spreading the news, cuz as soon as I hit that magic number I am going to have a giveaway! Details are still in the works on some of the prizes, so I’m not going to give it way yet. The only requirements for you to be able to enter the contest are to a) be an email subscriber to my blog (there’s a sign up box floating around this page somewhere, depending on what device you are reading on) b) Like my page on Facebook; and c) Follow me on Twitter @beccas_bangles. As for the details of the contest, I’m still working that out, but it will be fun, and not your everyday run of the mill beading contest!

I hope you enjoy my pattern and if you have any questions, please comment below, message me on Facebook, or email me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com. Speaking of comments, I really like hearing from you! Every time my phone dings with one of your comments I just get all tingly inside! Ha! Am I starved for communication or what? I hope everyone has a great week, and that YOUR week started off a LOT better than mine did!

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

Becca