Sarcasm wants some college football!


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Ok, so I am a HUGE college football fan. Specifically, I am a born and raised, bleed orange and blue, Auburn Tigers fan. I live in Alabama, so either you are an Alabama Crimson Tide fan or an Auburn Tigers fan. There really is no middle ground, unless you are one of those oddball, weird people who root for another state’s team, and that’s ok (with some folks), as long as it’s an SEC (that’s Southeastern Conference to the football illiterate) team that won’t ruin either Auburn or Alabama’s rankings. I am one of those strange people who actually will cheer for ‘Bama when they aren’t playing Auburn. (As I typed that sentence I felt Auburn fans everywhere wanting to burn me at the stake.) I even “allowed” my daughter to enter into a mixed marriage, and by mixed, I mean she married an Alabama fan. So, every time the grandbabies come back from visiting my son-in-law’s family, I spend the next 2 weeks teaching them NOT to say “Roll Tide” and back to saying the correct cry of “War Eagle!” It took months with my grandson after Thanksgiving this past year!

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Anyway, every year I make a LOT of football themed jewelry. Every year I try to come up with something new and different than previous years, and this year is no exception. I have never done a team spirit themed pendant and NEVER worked with a rivoli before, but this year I managed to combine the experiences.

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Auburn Tiger themed Swarovski rivoli pendant

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, Alabama Crimson Tide themed Swarovski rivoli pendant

I used a 14mm topaz rivoli in the Auburn pendant, and a black diamond rivoli in the Alabama one. I beaded them with super duos, 6/0, 11/0, and 15/0 seed beads, and 4mm Swarovski bicones. This was a fun pendant to make and took less than an armspan of Fireline to do both pendants. Though it takes far less time to do these than an average bracelet, the cost of materials is exponentially higher, so I am having to charge as much for these as I would a bracelet. But, in my opinion, the sparkle of the Swarovski rivoli and outer crystals just makes it worth it! I loved making these so much, that I am willing to make them in any team’s colors, so if you are so inclined, hit me up!

So, as I sit here surrounded by yarn, beads, and grandbabies, I am weighing in on who to vote for in my city’s municipal election this Tuesday. (See my previous post.) It is worse than trying to decide a presidential election, because municipal elections directly affect you where you live. As I said before, the problem with political jokes is they all get elected, and I’m really afraid that will be what happens Tuesday.

Please leave me a comment and let me know how I’m doing in the sarcasm/beading/drinking/whatever department, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog in your email, where you get a bonus posting or maybe even more every week!

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

Becca

Sarcasm has a busy week


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Welcome back to another week of snarky beading! So this week has been the week from heck! 5 days of beading and crochet, 4 days of keeping grandbabies, 3 days of getting to work on my beading at my favorite bead shop, The Enchanted Bead with my favorite Bead Fairy, Cyn Wilson, 2 days of of Kindergarten for my grandson, and 1 day of a first birthday party for my Doodlebug! (and a partridge in a pear treeeeeee!)

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Jackson’s 1st Day of Kindergarten

Adalyn (Doodlebug) enjoying her first birthday cake!

Adalyn (Doodlebug) enjoying her first birthday cake!

 I can’t believe how time flies. It seems like yesterday we were at the hospital when Jackson was born, and now both of them are such independent little beings now.  Jackson is fascinated by my beading and crochet and wants to learn “how to put the beads together like you do, Gamma.” Adalyn is feisty and independent, but very much a Gamma’s girl!

Anyway, I managed to sneak in some beading this week. In between attempts at trying to cuss my way through attempting a couple of RAW (right angle weave) bracelets, I did manage to teach myself a modified herringbone stitch with some super duos and came up with this bracelet.

Instead of using my standard toggle clasp though, I wanted something different, so I purchased  a button from Walmart in my local store. It was a cute, little wooden button. A word of advice though. You always want to get one with two holes vs. four holes, not only for aesthetic appeal, but it is much easier to secure to your bracelet. Then you just sew a loop of seed beads to the opposite end of your finished bracelet to loop around the button for closure. Anyway this is what I came up with.

watermarked-sd hb watermarked-sd hb4This was done with a combination of a modified herringbone stitch and right angle weave with Picasso turquoise bronze super duos and 8/0 chocolate opaque seed beads. It took about three hours to make the bracelet itself, and the clasp including sewing the button and measuring out the loop for the seed beads to go around the button about half an hour. The bracelet is about an inch wide by 7 1/2 inches in length. Two hole seed beads and Czech mates are my favorites to work with, or haven’t you realized that?

I would love to hear from you on suggestions of what you would like to see, or what you are seeing in my posts by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to sign up for my email subscription where you will get a bonus post or two each week, also! All you people who haven’t signed up yet missed out on a great recipe this week! Just kidding, if you scroll down to the next post, you will find it. BUT, my email subscribers got it first! Nah, nah, nah, nah, nahhhhhh!!!! Pffffftttt!!!!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Forges Through


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Yup, I made a bracelet. I was beginning to wonder if I would even have anything to share with you this week. I got SICK, like 103+ fever sick, a whopper of a sinus infection and severe bronchitis, which developed into pneumonia, and well, suffice it to say, I’m still on breathing treatments that leave me shakier than a crackhead on withdrawal. Being that shaky I have a really hard time holding on to my beading needle to make anything, (not to mention the whole complete lack of energy thing), but my bead muse has been literally just SCREAMING in my ear! I have these new superduos from Bello Modo in my favorite finish of Picasso, so I just had to do SOMETHING with them. After all, they are just way too pretty and rustic looking to waste, right?

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I made a simple tubular rope bracelet in alternating Picasso chalk-white and Picasso turquoise travertine with a magnetic clasp in antique gold. It is very simple to make, but it takes a LOT of superduos, about 15-20 grams of each color! Even though it has a chunky look, it is surprising lightweight on the wrist to wear, and goes great with just about any type of ensemble. It doesn’t take long to make, there is no real degree of difficulty to it, except that maintaining your tension with your thread throughout is absolutely essential. If you do not maintain a tight tension, your bracelet will look all wonky, and you really do NOT want that!

While I was sick and feverish, along with cranky and *w*itchy (thank you to my ever-understanding hubby), I managed to finish up some loose ends on the crochet layette for my Doodlebug’s (code name for my granddaughter) 1st birthday picture layette. Now if I could just FINISH! Her birthday is the week after next, the pictures the week after that, so you WILL see all of my progress, so help me!

Don’t forget to sign up to be an email subscriber! Starting this week, I will be doing random posts with recipes, beading, crochet, sarcasm, random crap, just whatever! You never know! If you are an email subscriber you will get it first (the rest of you minions will have to wait until my usual Sunday postings)! As always, please leave me a comment and let me know how I’m doing in the beading/sarcasm/personality department. I look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time. Stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Inherited


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Sarcasm comes naturally to me. It is something that I basically inherited and learned from my Dad, who would have turned 66 today. Sadly and suddenly, I lost him 2 years ago. For a long time after he died I had no desire to do anything, and definitely no desire to be creative. But with an amazing support system of family and friends, especially Cyn Wilson of The Enchanted Bead, I began to live my life again, albeit on shaky ground. I finally found my bead muse whispering in my ear that it was time to move on and create something beautiful.

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This a 3 inch rose quartz heart my (at the time) 3 year old grandson found at the McWane Center Gift Shop while I was at a doctor’s appointment in Birmingham, Alabama. They have a lot of really cool geodes and cabochons for sale for junior rockhounds. I bezeled it with freeform peyote in black and translucent grey AB and made an 18 inch chenille rope in black and silver. Oh, and by the way, heart-shaped cabochons are not the easiest in the world to bezel!

Cyn encouraged me to place it in her glass showcase, and within a few days of doing so, a customer came in and purchased it on the spot. It was my first jewelry sale – ever. I would like to think my Dad was watching over me and had something to do with that. I named it “Coming Out of the Darkness” because my heart was shrouded in black, like the necklace. I so enjoyed making that piece, and have done several others similar to it since.

I don’t have any snarkiness for you today. I’m remembering my Dad and have been very sick the last few days, but I forge through. I’m playing with the new Czechmate bars and quadra tiles I got Friday from Artbeads, and the Tango triangle beads I got yesterday from Too Cute Beads. I can’t wait to show you what I come up with working with all of those new beads! As always, please leave me a comment and sign up to receive my weekly dose of snark directly in your inbox!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm designs a pattern


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My week has been a week of pure Gamma love. What is Gamma love? Gamma love is loving your grandbabies unconditionally at any given time. This week I had my 11 month old Doodlebug Adalyn for 5 straight days (and nights) while she was SICK, SICK, SICK! Only a Gamma can appreciate how to love a child when they are fussy, snotty, coughing, eyes infected, and running four straight days of fever. All of this on top of running a fever above 100 for 2 straight days. Yes, we went to see the pediatrician on the 3rd morning. By the time I took her home yesterday, she was well, happy, playing, and wanted nothing more than to hug on her “Bubba” (code name for her big brother, my 5-year-old grandson Jackson) and to kiss her mommy and daddy non-stop. It was a very sweet thing to see, yet made me sad at the same time after the closeness we had over the last few days.

Anyway, because of her being sick, I sort of neglected taking care of myself and ended up in the ER yesterday with a blood clot in my arm that had progressed into thrombophlebitis. That sucker was the size of a walnut! What really ticked me off was that it was in my right arm, and as I am right-handed, I couldn’t do much with it this week as far as beading or crochet.

BUT, I’m not going to leave you hanging, in fact, I’m going to bring you something I released last year, not only for sale on my website as finished earrings, but I also have the pattern available so that you too, can make them. They are my Starfish earrings made with turquoise Picasso superduos and size 8/0 seed beads. It’s a really simple pattern to follow, and a lot of fun to make. You can purchase the ready made earrings at my Storenvy store, or the pattern to make them yourself.

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I loved making these. They were quick to work up, and didn’t require a lot of thought process behind it (not that I have a lot of them!). They are perfect to wear to the beach or with summer wear in a night out with friends. If you would like the pattern please visit my Storenvy page or you can shop directly from my Facebook page.

In crochet news: I have finished the sunhat for Adalyn to wear in her 1st birthday pics and currently working on her dress, but still have a ruffled diaper cover to go with the sunhat. I would have posted a picture of her wearing the sunhat, but you don’t want to see a sickly baby as a model! I will post it, along with the entire layette that I am making for her birthday pictures in a future blog.

As always, please leave me a comment with any questions about these earrings or previous posts, or just to let me know what you think about my blog! Please be kind or sarcastic!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm faces a challenge


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So every month for the last few months I have been participating in the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color design challenge. You can find this month’s challenge here. They post a color pallete every month and you have to design something amazing using those colors. I love the challenge of finding something that will fit withing the color parameters, and they are generous enough to award a $50 gift certificate to their 1st place pick, and a $25 gift certificate to 2nd, to be used in their store or website. This month’s challenge was unique in that it was all one color family. Simple, right? Nooooooo. I had to make it difficult, and pull out every stinking green shade of bead, gemstone, ribbon, etc. that I owned and try and put them ALL together. Then, while checking out a newer beading technique I had been reading about over on Fusion Beads, I decided to try it out with those colors and voila! This is what I came up with! I posted my entry on the challenge page along with a little challenge of my own: what to name it? The winner? I present to you “Twisted Tranquility.” I made this using 6mm Swarovski pearls and size 11 seed beads with a silver clasp. The technique is called a flat spiral rope.

watermarked-Twisted TranquilityI have also come across some incredible opportunities with wire wrapping and crochet this week, thanks to some free patterns from some very generous Facebook friends. With wire wrapping, I am working on the “Down in the Valley” cabochon wrapping tutorial, thanks to Linda Taylor-Ricci of Ricci Designs Wire Wrap on Etsy. In crochet, I am (and cussing, but with love) making a dress for my granddaughter’s first birthday pictures from a pattern by Strings and Cuddles. I will post the finished pictures of both when I finish swearing my way through them!

Well that about wraps (wire, yarn) it up for this week!

Stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcastic Beads and Yarn does Cameo


 

Welcome back to another fun filled week of my boring life. No, just kidding. I have been really busy this week with some custom orders on bezeling some resin cameos sent to me to be used as pendants. What is bezeling, you ask? Well, you didn’t, or maybe even you did, but here goes: Bezeling with beads is the art of capturing an object such as a cabochon, button, rivoli, cameo, (just about anything with a flat back and not too steep in height will do) by beading around it either with bead embroidery or with tension peyote or right angle weave. I personally prefer peyote. The trick to it is knowing how many beads to start out with to fit around your object. You do not want it to fit perfectly, because then when you start weaving the next rows it tightens up and will be too small, but you don’t want to go too many beads to big, or you will have difficulty tightening it up at the end.

This cameo was beaded with 11/0 Black opaque delicas for the outer base and 15/0 Galvanized silver rounds for the inside border to tighten it up and give it a nice finish (I hope). Let me know in the comments what you think!

Thanks to my pal Julie Kocur for the opportunity to work with cameos for the first time. They were very thin, so I applied some of Nicole’s Bead Backing to the back of them, tracing it out with an X-ACTO knife and it worked perfectly for not only the thickness I needed, but since NBB comes in colors, I was able to give it a nice finish on the back that the wearer will be comfortable with.

Soooo, that wraps up my last few days with beading. As far as yarn goes, well, let’s just say there has been a LOT of frogging this week! grrrrrrrr

Until next time. Be smart or be smart sassy!

Becca

Beads, Yarn, and Sarcasm…My favorite things!


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So, I have been trying to come up with SOMETHING to tell you people about the things I love to do (besides being sarcastic on Facebook and annoying people in general) like beading and crochet. Soooo, now I will tell you a little bit of both. Right now I am up to my eyeballs in yarn, wire, and beads trying to crochet a dress for my granddaughter, a lapghan for my grandson, a tank top for myself, a design color challenge with beading, a wire weaving tutorial, build up my inventory, yada, yada, yada. If I wine anymore I’m going to start hitting myself!

Here is the most recent projects I have finished in beading:

"Double Helix""Forever In Blue Jeans""Gundpowder and Lead""Fiesta"

Flat peyote is not my usual forte, but I really enjoy doing the statement cuffs. The silver one I also handbeaded the clasp with size 15/0 seed beads. First time doing it, and gotta say, I enjoyed it! I know, I know, my pictures kinda suck, but until I get something better than my cell phone, what’s a girl to do?

I’m also working on some super secret mystery bead embroidery projects that I will be sharing with you in the near future. And if I EVER finish up one of these crochet projects, I will happily share them!

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Until next time, be smart or be smart sassy!

Becca