Welcome to October! As I mentioned in my last post, not only is it Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but also Domestic Violence and Crime Prevention Awareness Month. All of these have affected me personally, and more than likely have affected you in some way, even if it wasn’t personal. In fact, there a LOT of things that October is the designated Awareness month for and the list below has the ribbon color and any available link for more information:
- Eye Injury Prevention Month (Green): www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/index.cfm
- Halloween Safety Month: www.preventblindness.org
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Pink): www.nbcam.org
- National Celiac Disease Awareness Month (Light Green): www.csaceliacs.org
- National Dental Hygiene Month: www.adha.org
- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Teal & Purple): www.nrcdv.org/dvam
- National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (Blue & Yellow): www.ndss.org
- National Physical Therapy Month: www.apta.org
- National Spina Bifida Awareness Month (Yellow): www.spinabifidaassociation.org
- Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (Purple or Lavender): www.rettsyndromeawareness.com
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month (Pink & Blue): www.firstcandle.org
I strongly rely on my faith. I may not attend church as often as I should, but my faith is unyielding. Without it, I could have never made it through my first marriage alive. My faith has tested me in so many ways, so many times. I have cried and begged and pleaded for answers as to why I was going through some of the things I have faced. I think, no, I KNOW it was to strengthen my faith even further. October particularly brings on some painful reminders in my life that I strongly rely on my faith to help me heal.
So, not only am I making Awareness items this month, I had to make something to represent faith. I found this great tutorial by Patty Perline on Etsy. It was an inexpensive tutorial and the bonus was that it included two different sizes of doing the pendant. It’s her Superduo Cross Pendant and was very easy to make.
I used approximately 5 grams of matte silver superduos, 2 grams of s/l crystal 11/0 seed beads, 1 gram of white lined opal 15/0 seed beads, and a 10mm faceted Swarovski round bead in Crystal AB2x, but you could just as easily substitute a 10mm pearl. For the smaller version you would do one less row on each of the sections of superduos and use an 8mm bead as the focal. In order to anchor the focal bead and join all the sections together, a long head pin is needed, and you just use your round nose pliers at the top of the cross to round it into a loop to use as a bail. It is worked in four separate segments and then joined with seed beads around the focal bead. The larger cross measures 2.25 x 1.75 inches and the smaller cross measures 1.75 x 1.25 inches.
I have made this cross in several different colorways, both with Swarovski beads and with pearls, and not a single one of them has come out bad. I love them, and hope you will too. The one pictured and one small violet picasso one is all I have left. They went rather quickly!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying the cooler temperatures. I know here in Alabama we are! Please don’t forget to sign up for my email subscription and get even more snark on a random basis in your own little inbox! Also, I really do love hearing from you in the comments, so please do leave me one and let me know how you are doing, how you think I’m doing, or just to say hi! If you have a sarcasm meme to share I would love to see it, and it will probably be used in a future post!
Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!