Sarcasm Does a Giveaway with Marcia Balonis!


Well, this is embarrassing. When I went online searching for my usual witty, sarcastic, yet humorous memes for the top of this week’s blog, all my searches kept coming up with earlier posts from here or my own Facebook page, so there’s this one! I’m drowning, send me some meme’s people!!!

I promised you a giveaway, and here it is! Marcia Balonis has kindly offered up an autographed copy of her new book, Lush & Layered Beadweaving: Stitch Jewelry With Texture and Dimension. I have had this book for a couple of months now, and have done several of the projects in it, and have to tell you, it is delightful! I love that she photographed the projects over a two-page spread so that I could enjoy the detail while I was making them myself.

These are just some of the projects I have completed from the book:

Pop Up Bracelet
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Becca Scott

Wheel Around Bracelet
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Becca Scott

Secret Garden Necklace
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Becca Scott

There are over 20 absolute gorgeous projects using a variety of seed and Czech beads. Marcia makes excellent suggestions not about what colors to use, but how to choose your colors for each project. I really liked the “Marcia’s Tip” scattered throughout the book that didn’t necessarily have to do with that particular project, but beadweaving in general, which I found particularly helpful.

I want to thank everyone for their patience as I resolved an issue on website yesterday as you attempted to download Marcia’s pattern. There was an update that reset all of my custom settings back to the default settings that I wasn’t aware of until some of you started having issues. As for those of you having issues getting locked out, please understand that if you registered here on the blog it does NOT crossover to my website and you will have to create a new account to get the pattern, but you will not have to share any financial details, as it is a free pattern. The email from here gives you the details and will go back out a last time tonight. If you still want that free Marcia Balonis pattern pictured below, then you HAVE to open the email I sent Sunday or the one I send tonight, as it has the password to retrieve the pattern!

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Stars Over Moon
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Ree Stanley

You can enter to win HERE. I also have a tab on my Facebook page if you want to send your friend s to enter, or you want to enter another email (I don’t judge!) Remember you have until 12:01 a.m. C.S.T. Sunday, 9/16/18 to get your entries in! The winner will be randomly selected from all entries by Random.org at Noon and I will immediately post their name here and on my social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.) The winner has until 8:00 C.S.T. to confirm their shipping address to me or on to another randomly selected name. Drawing is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. No purchase required

Look, I know I’m off my game now, and I really apologize. I have been in and out of the hospital so much over the last few months it is going to take me a hot minute to catch back up and settle back into my old self, so please just bear with me. So, now that I got all the legal stuff out, go fill out your entry and GOOD LUCK!!!

Becca

 

Sarcasm Has TWO Giveaways!


I have been EXTREMELY neglectful of all of you for quite a while, so to make up for it, I have teamed up with Marcia Balonis for not one, but TWO great giveaways! The first one I will be revealing in the coming days on my blog, and it’s GREAT! As for now, how about a FREE brand spanking new exclusive-to-my-blog-subscribers bracelet pattern from Marcia Balonis? If you already subscribe to this blog, then you have received my email with the details on how to get the free pattern. It’s called “Stars over Moon” and utilizes the Hubble stitch. All you need is a few colors of 11/0 seed beads, some Czechmate Crescent beads, and 2mm round or firepolish beads.

When you go to my website, please keep in my mind that if you have never registered there before you MUST create a NEW account in order to check out. Your registration here on the blog does NOT crossover.

This is a password protected item on my website and the password is in the email. I will send another one out on Tuesday, so if you aren’t subscribed, do it before then! As for the BIGGER giveaway, I will be posting that here on or after Tuesday.

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Reviews Thread Burners!


 

Sarcasm reviews thread burners and throws out a reminder about a contest that ends in just a few days in this installment of snark! Not every beader uses thread burners, but in my opinion, every beader should at the very least, try one out. After a couple of years of using plain old scissors to trim my threads, I decided to go the cheap route, and purchased the Berkley Fireline fishing line burner. It runs around $9-$10 at Walmart or any sporting goods store, comes with its first set of two AAA batteries and an extra tip stored in the battery compartment door. The neat thing about it was the retractable tip that only got hot when pushed out to be used. The problem I had with it, was by the time the first tip burned out and it was time to change out to the provided extra tip, I could not get it to work again, and it went through batteries almost weekly.

So, I decided it was time to quit being a cheapskate and talked to Nathan Buchman over at Potomac Beads, and purchased the Thread Zap Ultra, made by Beadsmith, which also comes with an extra tip in the battery compartment, though no batteries are included. You can buy more Thread Zap Ultra Replacement Tips for about $3.00. Like the Berkley, it is retractable, ergonomic, but in my opinion gets a little hotter than the Berkley, making for a better thread burner, and the batteries lasted quite a while longer, as did the tip. I was really pleased with it, and have it as a backup to my current thread burner now.

Now, on to the thread burner that I purchased for myself (and giving away one in the contest) for the purposes of this review. That would be the Thread Zap II, also made by Beadsmith. Although it isn’t retractable, it is much slimmer, about the size of a magic marker, and has a lid that fits all the way down past the button that activates it. It literally heats up instantly upon pushing the button, and has a much finer tip, and because it is slimmer and easier to control in your hand, it means you don’t burn the wrong threads as often as you do with the bulkier models mentioned above. I freaking LOVE this thread burner! It only requires one AA battery too. The only drawback is that it does NOT come with any replacement tips, but a pack of two will only run you around $5.00 (and the winner of that thread burner will also get a pack of tips!).

So, if you have a favorite thread burner that I have not mentioned, please comment below and I will look into it! Next installment will be a comparison of various threads used in beadweaving, so I would appreciate your comments below on what threads you’re wanting information on too! I already plan on going over Fireline, Wildfire, Sono, KO, One-G, Sonoko, and Hana.

I also want to thank all of you who took the time to vote on the Bello Modo blog for my two entries in their Starman Post-Holiday Trendsetters Design Challenge. Thanks to your votes, my “Russian Crescents” bracelet won First Place, and my “Marrakesh Mosaic” bracelet won Third Place! Thanks to Bello Modo for the gift certificates, especially from my husband, Ha!

2017 Holiday Trendsetters Bello Modo Design Challenge 1st Place Winner – Russian Crescents Bracelet

2017 Holiday Trendsetters Bello Modo Design Challenge 3rd Place Winner – Marrakesh Mosaic Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget you only have until the 28th at 11:59 p.m. C.S.T. to get your entries in and pinned to my Pinterest board for the Pin It To Win It Contest! I will be up later than usual that night to add you to the Pinterest Board, so no worries! Once you fill out your entry form, I add you to the board, so check your email! If your entry isn’t there, and all other stipulations are not met, you will not be in the prize draw!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Needs Your Votes!


Yup, just as the title says, Sarcasm (me, HA!) needs your votes! Today will be short and sweet folks, because I have been having seizures all weekend. Bello Modo is having their annual bead challenge in which I have two entries. Prize winners win gift certificates, and thanks to the very expensive new meds for my seizures, I can’t buy beads like I used to, so I NEED to win! Winners are determined by votes in the comment section of their blog showing the 15 entries.

If you wouldn’t mind going over to their blog HERE and voting for my entries, numbers 12 and 13, I would REALLY appreciate it! Voting lasts all week and then they will post the winners Friday. I know my readers certainly ROCK and will help me out!

Speaking of contests, don’t forget that I have one going on too, my Pin It To Win It! It lasts until 11:59 p.m. C.S.T. 2/28/17. Once you register by filling out the form, check your email or Pinterest notifications and you will see where you have been added to the Pinterest board to post your pics of your entries.

That’s it for now! Stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Has Another Contest!


Larry Linson, Sr.     5/16/37 – 1/24/17

I have really missed connecting with all of you. There, I said it. However I have had some issues with my health and a death in my immediate family, in addition to losing two Facebook friends. So, this week I am dedicating my blog to Larry Linson, Sr., a wonderful beader, gifted computer programmer, and an amazing friend to me. Many of you know him from the beading groups. I knew him on Facebook, and then he became a “silent” sponsor of this blog and we had many long telephone conversations about politics, family, life in general, where he never failed at sharing his wisdom with me. I miss him very much.

So, I promised you last time I would show you what all I have been working on since the last time I posted anything. Well, there are so many of them, I am just going to post the pictures, and if you have any questions, please comment below!


 

Next week I will begin a series of thread reviews, like I did with the bead boards. It will include Fireline, Wildfire, Nymo, SoNo, Sinoko Nozue, and Hana. If you have a favorite thread that I haven’t listed, please comment below with the brand name and why you like it. I will also be reviewing thread burners.

So anyway, Sarcastic Beads and Yarn is holding a Pin It To Win It Contest! Prizes will be awarded randomly to FIFTEEN winners! (You must have a U.S. mailing address due to postage fees.) Those of you who live in Canada and wish to participate, please contact me via private message on Facebook.

The rules are simple: Pin an image of YOUR version of a project from any video from the YouTube channels Beading4Perfectionsts, B4Pbakup, or Potomac Bead Company (hey, don’t forget one of their videos is MY “Penny Pincher” bracelet!). Those of you who belong to the “Seedbeaders” group on Facebook may also use Larry’s RAW necklace pattern as a tribute to him.

Go crazy! Make it YOUR OWN creation! Don’t just change-up the bead colors, make it a completely updated design of your very own! Then pin ONE photo of your creation (be sure to watermark it) on my Pinterest Pin It To Win It board. Winners will be picked at random. Share the contest on your Facebook page (you will have your own special link) for 5 more bonus entries for everyone who enters from your link!

The contest will run from 12:01 a.m. February 1st, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. February 28th, 2017 CST. You must be a subscriber to this blog, have liked my Facebook page, and be a Follower on my Pinterest Page, all of which can be done in your entry form. When you are ready to enter, just head over to my Facebook page HERE and look for the “Pin It To Win It” tab to enter. Mobile users can enter HERE. Once you have completed your entry form, I can add you to my Pinterest board HERE to pin your entry. The winners emails will be picked by a random generator on 3/1/17 and posted here and on my Facebook page. However, you can’t win if you don’t enter!
PRIZES:

So head over to YouTube and start screening projects so you can get started on YOURS! The designers and I can’t  wait to see what you all come up with!

Good luck and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Also, don’t forget to wear red THIS Friday for the “Go Red for Women” campaign, in recognition of women’s heart health. It’s a cause VERY close to me! Until next week, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Has Another Winner!


Happy Independence Day America! For those of you celebrating, PLEASE be courteous around pets, and especially near any former combat veterans when it comes to fireworks! It is a traumatic thing resembling gunfire to both of them, and you do not want to be the cause of a PTSD incident!

As far as my beading goes this week, I submitted a third entry in the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge for June (it, nor any of my other entries, won) and also played with my new peanut beads! I have had peanut beads for a while, but these are really cool, because they are 3x6mm!

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I don’t really have a name for this. I was just experimenting with the larger peanut beads and some right angle weave and this is what I came up with. The peanut beads are seafoam green, and I used 8/0 blue metallic iris and 11/0 galvanized copper to accent them, with a copper magnetic clasp. It feels great on the wrist to wear, and looks great with jeans!

"Crescent Sunburst" Pendant

“Crescent Sunburst” Pendant

My last-minute Dry Gulch entry was the “Crescent Sunburst” pendant from the cover of the August “Bead & Button.” I used Rose-gold topaz daggers, galvanized beige 11/0, a druk in pastel bordeaux, and some 2mm druks in rose gold.

But none of my beading is why any of you are even reading today, am I right? LOL I’m guessing you all want to know who has won the Shaped Bead Challenge. Well, here’s the thing. I didn’t have a whole lot of entries, and the ones that I did get, I’m “friends” on Facebook with some of you. So, in order to be fair and impartial about this, and because all the entries met the requirements of NO NUMBERED SEED BEADS, I couldn’t pick between you on my own. So what I did was go to one of those websites where you throw everyone’s names in a virtual “hat” and it draws one out. Please do not be mad at me for this because you ALL did a wonderful job with your entries! (plus, I have 103 fever today and literally can not focus on beads.)

Congratulations to Bracelets Galore for your original bracelet design entry consisting of nothing but 4 mm Czech fire polished, 4 mm bicones, 8 mm pearl, Superduos, Diamonduos, 6 mm pearls, and o-beads. It is a thing of beauty! As was ALL of the entries, but in order to make this a fair and neutral thing, I had to go this route. Believe me, if I could, I would send every single one of you something! (And for those of you who do not see your name in the pic above, it was a scroll-down the page thing.)

Bracelets Galore

Bracelets Galore

That’s it for today. Like I said before, I have a fever, so I’m going to bed! Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm is CELEBRATING!!!


To some people, sarcasm is a second language.

I start off this week with a HUGE Thank You to all of you who read this blog! Yup, you read that right! As you can see from my top banner and that neat little badge on my sidebar, Sarcastic Beads and Yarn is celebrating it’s very first birthday this week! To be honest, when I started out doing this, I never in a million dreamed it would last more than maybe a month, or even gain more than maybe about 30 readers (if I was lucky).

Let me explain exactly how wrong I was. This is my 56th post. As of when I typed this post, I have had 33,689 viewers from over 100 countries, on six continents. Although most of you have reached me from Facebook, I have also been clicked on from 644 search engines, Reddit, Pinterest, my own webstore, Twitter, and about THREE dozen other referrers. And as of today, I am approaching 500 email subscribers.

Why subscribe? I’m about to start releasing my patterns in PDF form and when I do, I will be emailing some of them to my subscribers absolutely FREE! Also, my email subscribers get bonus postings that do not get shared to social media!

Ok, so I WANT this shirt!!! (that’s a hint out there for all of you!)ha It sure would make a nice blogiversary present for me…..

shirt

NOW do you understand why I threw out a mini-Challenge for you, LOL? I have been telling you all along that as I reach certain milestones on my blog, I would do something for YOU, my beloved and faithful readers to thank you.

In making you work for it by creating something new and wonderful is just my way of torture! No, really it is my way of making you think. Making you think outside the box on things like designing with beads you haven’t used, colors outside your color comfort zone, things like that! I hope you understand I’m just trying to make you all better beaders and truth be told, I learn so MUCH from you!

Speaking of Challenges, don’t forget you have until next Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Noon CST to get your entries in to the Shaped Bead Challenge. In my blog I sent out this past Thursday night, I threw out some hints as to how you can do your designs without the numbered seed beads. I even gave you a few hints as to where you could find some designs that do not use them! Speaking of which, Akke Jonkhof has done it again with yet another design with no numbered seed beads!

Design by Akke Jonkhof

Design by Akke Jonkhof

I’m going to close out this posting now by letting you know that I have most of the prize pack for the Shaped Bead Challenge together. As I have said before, I’m digging these out of my own stash and purchasing a few too. Beads aren’t cheap, so if you feel the charity bug biting you, there is a Paypal donation button on the sidebar (scroll down if you are a mobile reader). The donations also go toward my web fees. Don’t forget you must be an email subscriber in order to participate, so sign up!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca