Sarcasm Talks the Shaped Bead Challenge


Thanks to Bridget Cook for the meme!

Thanks to Bridget Cook for the meme!

Ok, this is going to be short and quick cuz it is waaaaayyyy past my bedtime!

One of the things that makes a Bead Challenge actually challenging is the necessity of thinking outside the box. This is what you need to do when you do your favorite designer’s pattern (PLEASE purchase it, if possible!) or whatever pattern you choose. Yes, I said no numbered seed beads. Was I absolutely positively clear about it? NO. I goofed. I admit it. I made a mistake. We all do. If ya hate me for it, I do apologize.

You MAY use numbered seed beads ONLY for attaching clasps or earwires. Is it absolutely necessary? NO.

Here comes that thinking outside the box part again. Think DRUKS. ROUND BEADS. Ya see where I’m going with this?

Ok, and just to throw you a bone, I have found at  http://yourtimeladies.com/2016/11/ least 6 patterns over on Kelly Dale’s Off the Beaded Path site that can be done not only without any seed beads whatsoever, but even more where seed beads could be substituted for other beads. Now, if I can find that many on just 1 site, imagine how many you can by searching all over the net!

Another thing, since I have received so many messages and emails from you all that have been stuck on this, (and because well, it’s my Challenge ha!) I’m extending the Shaped Bead Challenge for ONE more week. So, that gives you until Noon CST Saturday, 7/2/16 to submit your entries. No, seriously, I have some things going on in my personal life that would not allow me to look at your entries in a timely and fair manner.

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

Becca

Sarcasm Issues a Challenge (With a Prize!)


Meme from Susan Sassoon!

Meme from Susan Sassoon!

Oh.My.Freaking.Heavens.it.is.HOT!!! Living in Alabama in the summer is ridiculous! I mean, it’s only June, and we have already had near 100 degree temps. i am SO dreading August!!! It’s enough to melt my beads! The only thing the heat isn’t melting? The bugs! O.M.G. they are almost as big as my car!  All the more reason to run back inside in the A/C and back to my beads!

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For those of you who are regular readers, you know I like to participate in the monthly Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge. It is held using a different color palette over on Facebook each month. The only requirement is that you use all the colors in the assigned color palette. That’s it. Your entry can be anything from jewelry to curtains to cupcakes, as long as it follows the assigned color palette. You can also enter as many times as you want. For June, I have submitted two entries, a necklace and a bangle, both designed by Anna Lindell.

Dry Gulch June 2016 Color Design Challenge "Tattered Peonies"

Dry Gulch June 2016 Color Design Challenge “Tattered Peonies”

The bangle is Anna’s Starman Trendsetters “Wicker” bangle, and the necklace is her “Water Lily” pattern, using the new Demi-round seed beads. I had so much fun making both that I made two of each! (the second bangle isn’t quite done yet for pics though.)

"Water Lily"

“Water Lily”

"Water Lily"

“Water Lily”

For the bangle, I used Bronzeberry and Iced Coffee crescent beads and Copper-lined Alabaster seed beads with Dark Bronze superduos and quadralentils. For the necklaces, on the pink one I used  Amethyst Gold Luster Demirounds, Czech 2-hole daggers in Rose Gold Topaz Luster, English cut beads in Amethyst, Quadralentils in Champagne, Miniduos in Sand, Galvanized seed beads in Mauve and Tanzanite Gold Luster, and I used a magnetic copper clasp. For the dark one I used Demirounds in Matte Silver, seed beads in Antique Silver and Hematite, and Firepolish and Daggers in Jet Picasso.

Ok, I have a Challenge for you! I’m going to do this too, I just won’t get a prize though! You must email your pictures (no more than 2) to tinybead@beccasbeadedbangles.com no later than 12 Noon CST Saturday, 6/25/16. Please include your full name and address, as well as your Facebook handle! You MUST be an email subscriber to this blog! The winner will be posted on next week’s blog and ALL entries will be posted too!

a knockout post YOUR MISSION: Make a design you have never done before and do NOT use the pattern as written (please get the designer’s permission to do this and please purchase whatever pattern you use from them!) because you will be doing it  does pure dating app work in pensacola florida WITHOUT the use of  ici ANY numbered (ex. 6,8,11,15/0) seed beads, make the pattern. In other words, use  ONLY shaped beads! Challenge is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents. I just can’t afford the shipping overseas. Sorry. 🙁

That’s the only clues you get! Beads are not cheap, so in order to do this, I’m digging in to my own pockets. If you are generous, please hit the donate button on this page to help me out! It also helps out with my web fees!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm Shows Beautiful Work


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Happy Easter! I hope everyone has had a pleasant day. I have spent it with my husband and our granddaughter watching her play with all her books and assorted goodies the Easter Bunny brought her overnight to our house. It was so cute this morning after she ate breakfast watching her march around the living room looking for her “prizes.” That’s what we had to tell her so she would go off and look! She is a very precarious little 19 month old, and smart as a whip! To convince her to do something she isn’t sure of though is quite a feat!

I apologize for the lateness of the hour of posting this week, but as you can see, my blog undertook a makeover today! Then, just as I was getting ready to sit down and post to you all, a succession of transformers in my neighborhood blew up, causing my power to go out for a few hours. Only thing worse than having your power and your wi-fi out? Having it out at dusk with a toddler who wants their dinner NOW! lol

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I have had one heck of a week. I finished up the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Spring 2016 Bead Challenge, got the winnings shipped off and no sooner had I taped the envelope shut than I got the phone call from my distraught daughter that my ex-husband had passed away. Though he wasn’t my daughter’s father (we didn’t even get married until she was nearly 10), they had stayed in touch in the years after our divorce, and she was upset about his passing, though it was expected. Her “stepdad” (and I use the term very loosely, because he has loved her as his own for the last 12 years) immediately went to go pick up our granddaughter so she could be with my ex’s family in their time of grief.

Even though my daughter hasn’t been his step-daughter in nearly 13 years, his family still listed her and my grandchildren as HIS in the obituary. I have to admit it stung that they would claim MY family as his, but then I thought about it, and realized how awful it must have been to die alone, with no one by his side, found by a nearby relative the next morning. Even though he was a very big public figure where we live, he was still alone. No matter how bad people treat others, they should not have to die alone. I pray that doesn’t happen to me, but then, I have my husband, daughter and grandchildren.

Last week I announced that Bridget Cook’s “Layers of Love” bracelet had won the Challenge. I shipped off her bead haul to her Monday, and since she lives in a neighboring state, she received it pretty quick. I would say she was pretty darn happy with it!

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Bridget Cook with her Grand Prize Pack of bead and findings

The five individuals who judged the Challenge (whom I can not thank enough!) not only picked a winner and a runner-up, but each went out of their way to give me some names of entries that deserved further recognition as Honorable Mentions.  If you have been watching the entry page, you may already suspect which ones some of these are. This week I would like to recognize them. To see their true beauty, please click on their pictures and you can see them up close!

Our runner-up with Jill Wiseman’s “Forever Tango” bracelet was Peggy Houser, but she also submitted a beautiful version of the Trendsetters pattern by Nichole Starman, “Chrysanthemum.”

Peggy Houser - Trendsetter's "Chrysanthemum" by Nichole Starman

Peggy Houser – Trendsetter’s “Chrysanthemum” by Nichole Starman

Hilary Coulter submitted several entries, but the ones that really stood out to the judges with her use of the color palette were her designs from Allie Buchman of Potomac Bead Company. Her “Misty Meadows” and “Dropping Flowers” bracelets were absolutely beautifully done, especially with the Czech cup button clasp finishes.

Hilary Coulter - "Dropping Flowers"

Hilary Coulter – “Dropping Flowers”

Hilary Coulter - "Misty Meadows"

Hilary Coulter – “Misty Meadows”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Steele Talley submitted a  lovely version of Jill Wiseman’s “Mambo” bracelet. I just love the way the clasp is hidden in the best part of the entire bracelet!

Debbie Steel Talley - Jill Wiseman's "Mambo" bracelet

Debbie Steel Talley – Jill Wiseman’s “Mambo” bracelet

And then there was Erin Wyatt’s submission of Allie Buchman’s Flat spiral bracelet using just about all of the Challenge colors! It was a thing of beauty! And to top that, she did a beautiful rendition of Jill’s “Pretty Posies” necklace, to boot!

Erin Wyatt - Allie's Flat Spiral

Erin Wyatt – Allie’s Flat Spiral

Erin Wyatt - Jill Wiseman's "Pretty" Posies"

Erin Wyatt – Jill Wiseman’s “Pretty” Posies”

And finally, (and please keep in mind that these were in no particular order) there was Dorothy Ferris fantastic version of Allie Buchman’s “Castanets” bracelet. Not only did she do a wonderful job with her beadwork, but her photography is lovely as well!

Dorothy Ferris - "Castanets"

Dorothy Ferris – “Castanets”

These are just but a few examples of the wonderful submissions I received in the Challenge. I hope to do another Bead Challenge in the Fall/Winter season. BUT, if you all keep up the pace with helping reach all these milestones with my blog, who knows?

You all are amazing. I can’t thank you enough for reading my ramblings each and every week. One thing though, my web fees are getting really expensive and I don’t know how much longer I can keep it up. I have a little donation box up at the top right corner of the blog if you wouldn’t mind kicking in a few dollars every once in a while to help out? I would SO appreciate it! Your donations would not be coming to me in the form of your financial info or anything, as a matter of fact, it goes directly into my GoDaddy account for the fees here.

I really love coming to each and every one of you each week and would hate to stop. I know this week has been a Debbie Downer, but it was honestly hard for me to get up enough strength to post at all. I promise it won’t be like that again.  Next week I will be bringing you some beading tips!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm Dishes Out Photography Tips


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Nothing irritates me more than to be out of my routine. My Sunday routine is get up and bead for a bit, have my convo with my higher power, and then write my blog so you guys can (hopefully) get a few laughs, learn a little something, and (puh-leeze!) throw me back a few comments after you do. This morning was ALL out of whack when we lost power in my half of the subdivision I live in for who knows what reason, probably a blown transformer or something. At least the weather was cooperative and it wasn’t pouring down rain, freezing cold, or sweltering hot though. But it was just overcast enough to where there wasn’t enough light to bead by coming in the windows, and the worst part, NO WI-FI!

OMG, what kind of world have we come to when we panic with no Wi-Fi? I mean, not grinding about my age or anything, but for pity’s sake, go back to 1993 or something and talk to your family or friends by a real frigging telephone or better yet, in person! I mean, seriously, when was the last time any of you sat down to dinner with your family without any of them staring down at their phones?

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So, how is everyone coming along with their Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Spring 2016 Bead Challenge entries? The Challenge closes THIS Friday, 3/18/16 at 11.59 p.m. sharp! Winners will be announced both here on the blog and on the Event page on Facebook on Sunday, 3/20/16! Just a recap of the prizes:

  • GRAND PRIZE: Potomac Bead Company out of Hagerstown, Maryland has donated 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.
Grand Prize Winner's Prize Pack, courtesy of Potomac Bead Co., Hagerstown, MD.

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

  • RUNNER-UP: There will be ONE runner-up prize, courtesy of Bello Modo, a $50 gift certificate!

So, if that isn’t incentive enough to enter, I don’t know what is! I mean, I have had those beads sitting in my house for the last three weeks and it has been killing me not to be able to play with them! My husband just groans every time he walks by them, because he knows I will be ordering all the pretties in there I don’t have! Oh well!

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So today I’m doing something in my Challenge that is going to make everyone else who has challenges scream. I’m having a Do-Over Sunday! That’s right, if you have ALREADY submitted entries to the Challenge and think you might want to submit a better picture of your entry (and it has to be the SAME entry) you may do so in the comment section of your original post. When you do so, please tag me in the comments so I will see it and change it on the blog posting. You have until 9 p.m. CST to do this!

I have received some GREAT entries to this Challenge, but some of them could be SO much better entries if the pictures were better! I have seen poor lighting, uncropped photos, uncentered photos, photos where the entire piece wasn’t in the photo, and photos where the colors were blurry, among other things.

So, I thought I would put together a few helpful tips for internet photography of jewelry for you!

  • Be sure to take a close-up picture of your piece, so the colors can be SEEN. If you have a macro setting on your camera, USE IT! Even cameras on smartphones have a macro setting. Check your owner’s manual to find out how to use that setting (usually with a symbol of a flower) to get the best detail on your images.
  • Natural light is usually always best. Photo lights are great, but they can require a lot of setup for your camera and when you are editing your final images. The easiest way I’ve found to take great pictures with natural light is to just place my jewelry on a piece of plain white paper, and place it in a well-lit window. As long as the sun isn’t shining straight through the window, my photos need minimal editing at the end.
  • For a challenge where colors are the primary judging tool such as this one, try NOT to use creative backgrounds like you would for an internet sales display. A plain background is best for this type of challenge, because anything in the background distracts from your color choices.
  • EDIT YOUR PICTURES BEFORE SUBMITTING! I can not stress this enough! So many of your pictures could use something so simple as just a white balance edit and that’s ALL.

I hope this helps, and remember, if you are re-submitting, you have only until 9:00 p.m. C.S.T. tonight! For those of you who have not submitted your entries, please take a look at these guidelines before doing so. I have so thoroughly enjoyed seeing each and every one of your entries, and have learned a lot from all of you! I thank you for that.

From here on out 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.

So, what do you have to do to qualify? Like my Facebook page HERE. Submit your entries (as many as you want, up to 3 per day, per person). Last and most important rule is you MUST be an email subscriber to this blog! If you are on a desktop device, just look in the upper left corner of the page and you will find the subscriber box to sign up, or if you are on a mobile device, scroll allllll the way down to the bottom of the page and click on “View Full Site” and then scroll allllll the way down again just past the comments and you will find the subscriber box there.

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I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s final entries this week. Next week at this time, I will be posting two of your names as winner and runner-up! Squeeeeaaaallllllll!!!!!! I have goosebumps! Just so you know, I am not judging this, but some extremely qualified beaders and bead companies are!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Stays Up Late…..


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Y’all know that my “thing” is snarky, almost belligerent sometimes, sarcasm, so I thought I would compile a top 10 of my favorite snarky things I have found both online and in real life (yes, there is such a thing!):

1. People who point at their wrist asking for the time… I know where my watch is pal, where the heck is yours? Do I point at my behind when I ask where the bathroom is?

2. People who are willing to get off their behinds to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.

3. When people say “Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too”. Heck yeah! What good is cake if you can’t eat it?

4. When people say “it’s always the last place you look”. Of course it is. Why the heck would you keep looking after you’ve found it? Do people actually do this? Who, and where are they? Of course, I’ve been known to chase a 15/0 seed bead halfway across a room!

5. When people say while watching a film, “Did ya see that?” No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the theater and stare at the freaking floor!

6. People who ask “Can I ask you a question?”… Didn’t give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

7. When something is ‘new and improved’. Which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn’t be new.

8. When people say “life is short”. WTH??? Life is the longest freaking thing anyone ever does!!! What can you do that is ANYTHING longer?

9. When you are waiting for your ride and someone asks “Has your ride got here yet?” If my ride was here yet, would I be standing here???

10. When people say about my jewelry like my wedding ring or my sapphire necklace just because I happen to make jewelry “Oh, did you make that too? Could you make me one? How much for something like that?” I mean, seriously??? Do people think because I work with tiny little seed beads I can afford to metalsmith precious metals and gemstones? Dang, I can barely afford my bead habit!

Speaking of beading, how is everyone coming along with the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Spring 2016? I have seen some GREAT entries so far, and you can too by clicking HERE. You can also get a quick look at the Pantone colors that are required for the Challenge at the top of that page too.

Now, if you are anything like me, you totally get what it feels like when you just have to bead something – anything – but need something to inspire you and new projects to work on. There is something almost mystical about taking a needle and thread and turning a little pile of seed beads into a beautiful and wearable creation.

This month, I was lucky enough to score both “Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches,”  AND “Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs From A Master Artist,” and I got them way below retail! Talk about beading inspiration!

Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs From A Master Artist"

“Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs From A Master Artist”

“Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches”

“Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches”

These two books, man oh man, if you ever need beading inspiration, they are definitely your go-to’s! Sonoko is, let me just say, bountiful with her use of Swarovski crystals, especially 3mm bicones, while Jill manages to touch on just about every beading technique we use in just one book. Also, let me remind you that if you are participating in the Challenge, that anything out of Jill’s book is an acceptable entry, as long as it is done in the Pantone colors specified.

So far I have received over 50 entries into the challenge. Yes, you read that right – fifty entries! One reason is because you can enter as many times as you want, as long as you limit your entries to three per day, per person. They must be uploaded to the event page HERE and only to the event page.

Once they are posted to the event page (and here is the reason for this week’s blog title) I stay up very late each night and proof and then upload them to the contest page here on the blog. If I have time, and I am near my laptop during the day, I will upload what I can, when I can. Just please do not panic if you do not see your entry posted on the contest page here until the next day. I can only do it from my laptop, and I am not glued to it 24/7. I mean, I have to have some time to bead!

So, I will close out my rambling and just remind you that in order to qualify your entry into the Challenge, you MUST be an email subscriber to this blog, which is easy peasy. If you are on a desktop device, just look in the upper left corner of the page and you will find the subscriber box to sign up, or if you are on a mobile device, scroll allllll the way down to the bottom of the page and click on “View Full Site” and then scroll allllll the way down again just past the comments and you will find the subscriber box there. You also MUST like my Facebook page HERE. Believe it or not, I will actually be checking this!

Keep those fabulous entries coming, and keep me up late at night! I would love to hear from you in the comments section below too, but if you have a question about the challenge, please post it on the event page. That way, everyone else with the same question will benefit. You people are just amazing with the entries I have gotten so far! Also remember that your entries must be something you created specifically for this challenge, and not something previously made!

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

Becca

 

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 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 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 $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!


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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!!!!!

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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!