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