Sarcasm Reviews a Dilly of a Bead Board!


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Welcome back to another fun-filled week of sarcasm, beads, my life (or lack thereof – Ha!), and yet another installment in my reviews of that wonderful tool we beaders love – the bead board! I took a week off from blogging to deal with some crapola going on in my personal life, but also to try out the board I will be reviewing here today.

I also spent the week car shopping, and have mercy, I absolutely despise that whole, sitting in the little plastic chair, waiting on the finance people to work their magic with the numbers thing that takes pretty much all freaking afternoon/morning/evening – just pick one, cuz they are all pretty much the same! But anyhow, I found what I wanted, so at least there’s that!

I owe you all (and Ruth Ann Miller too!) an apology, as in my last installment about  The Bead Pad, I neglected to give you all the details about prices and sizes. For starters, her 6 inch mini-round board is $22.50 and her 11 inch round is $50.00. Her oval 11×14 board is $55.00, and is the one I actually have and reviewed. Her rectangle boards come in two sizes. There is the standard 9×12 for $50.00, and then she has a table sized one, the “Big Mama” that runs $125.00. She has 18 border colors to choose from and her shipping runs from $7.50 – $19.50, depending on board size. The Bead Corrals that she has to keep your beads in place on the boards are $14.99, and shipping for those is $5.50.

The Bead Pad

The Bead Pad

Now, on to this week’s installment! A couple of weeks ago I came home from volunteering at my grandson’s school and found where my hubby had left a package in my chair on his way to work that was marked as coming air freight from across the pond in the U.K. Upon opening it, I found the Curved Mega Tray version of Silaba Crafts beading board, a “Gilly,” a set of “Dilly Pads,” and “Dilly Dots.” To say the folks at Silaba were generous would be a serious overstatement, and buh-leeve me it was an overstatement, because as soon as they found out that another business in the U.S. was making them (which was in process LONG before my review came out) they demanded I ship their things back to them ASAP (despite INSISTING in an email that I keep them with their compliments to avoid the cost of returning them, which was nearly $80). They were NOT nice about it, either, even going as far as to slander me personally on social media and some other private messaging.

So what is a curved bead board? It is a 12×18 beading board that is shaped kind of like an upside down boomerang. It is very lightweight, lighter than any bead board I have had so far, (probably because it is much thinner as it had nearly NO padding) fits around your waist while you are sitting in your favorite recliner, on the sofa, etc. The surface mat is a light-colored blanket material, and the border material is a stretch fabric that although not waterproof, when the sweat from my glass dripped on it the other night, it beaded up instead of soaking in and leaving a stain. There is no problem with any beads getting stuck in the crevices between the bumper and the surface either. If they roll down, just push down on the mat and they pop back up on the board again, just as with the Bead Wrangler boards.

I have been using this bead board/craft tray at night while watching TV, as it fits perfectly around my waist, with room for all of my beads and tools on it because I don’t have to worry about either beads or tools going anywhere if I shift around because of the “Dilly Pads and Dots” that came with the board. They are basically little teeny-weeny bead mats with a ring inside to keep your beads in place – on ONE side. The other side is backed in felt to hold your tools in place. The “Dilly Dots” are just a smaller version of the pads. They are all cut to fit in the curve of your bead board. Forget it if you have a square or rectangular board – they just don’t fit. Another problem is they get SO dirty so quickly!

So, in addition to all of that, I received the “Gilly,” a small 8×5 board. What is so cool about it? Not all that much. It comes with its own padded cover with built-in double-sectioned Dilly pads on the inside of it, and sewn on very thin (and will eventually rip) elastic straps that hook together to keep it closed. It is the perfect size for those really large purses. It still has the wooden base though (making your purse quite bulky and much heavier), but it also has a rim to it to keep those beads from going too far. It is ok for travel beading unless you are in the car and the rim is so small that the beads go flying with the first bump in the road or an airplane and hit any turbulence. I still love and MUCH prefer my Bead Wrangler 8 inch board better because there is more surface room to bead and a larger rim for those pesky bumps in the road!

Both the large board and the Gilly offer a slight (and I mean SLIGHT) amount of padding for your wrists and to stick your needles when not in use without fear of breaking them, though they will bend them. They are easily cleaned with one of those masking tape type lint rollers or lightly dampened cloth, just as the Bead Wrangler is.

Silaba’s boards are available in square, oval, oblong, round, rectangle, and the curved shapes, ranging in sizes from 7 1/2×12 to 12×18. They offer 40 choices in border fabric selections (far too many to choose from IMO). Prices range from $36.42 – $101.45, depending on size/shape, and shipping ranges from $9.10 – $19.51 which is via Airmail, which takes a couple of weeks (mine took nearly three weeks to get here), while the Bead Wrangler is usually just a couple of days. The “Gilly” is available in nine color selections and is $36.42 plus $9.10 shipping. (All amounts are in USD). All in all, not bad pricewise, but shipping time kinda stinks, considering it’s coming from across the pond, however I do believe in American-made and supporting OUR small businesses!

And speaking of great bead boards, The Bead Wrangler has added two new products to her line. The first one is a mini board that’s 7×12 inches. Several customers wanted one that would fit into a bag and take up less space. It is available in all 16 trim choices. The second new product is the wikipedia reference ONLY one of its kind, and is just freaking  webpage AWESOME! It is a what to write for online dating TWO-sided bead board!

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The Double-Sided Bead Wrangler Bead Board

Many beaders prefer a lighter beading surface but occasionally, they will have a pattern or design using all light beads which may be more difficult to see on the lighter surface. This “reversible” board is the only one of its kind! You’ll have the lighter surface AND the darker surface on the same board! The best part? It is only $10 more ($60) for the double-sided board! Now if you think this is awesome, just wait until you see what else she has coming out!

So far I have reviewed the Bead On It Boards,  The Bead PadSilaba Crafts curved craft tray, and my personal favorite (and the least expensive and best made)  The Bead Wrangler. I have reached out to one more seller on Etsy, and Ruby Lockwood, if you are reading this, please get in touch!  read review ALL of the boards that I have reviewed thus far are significantly less expensive than the Bead On It boards. In a side by side comparison The Bead Wrangler wins, hands down in my book, especially with the free monogram! Moral of these reviews: Bead On It Boards are made by Canadians, Silaba in the UK. If you ARE an American then BUY American! Support your home country’s businesses when at all possible!

So, if you are wondering if I have any beading to show you this week, I do not. But only because I am keeping it under wraps for a wee bit longer annnndddddd so I can tease you now about it. Ha! As it stands right now, I am headed to beautiful Stone Mountain, Georgia this week to not only bead with a wonderful friend, but to see some of the great new things Ree Stanley, The Bead Wrangler lady has under wraps! ROAD TRIP!!!!! Wheeeeeee!!!

For those of you kind enough to send me information about grandparents rights, advocacy groups, and legal intervention, and for those of you keeping my grandbabies in your prayers and thoughts, I can’t thank you enough, and ask that you continue to do so in the prayer department. You all have been VERY resourceful! I did get a couple of hours with them last Sunday night, but nothing since, except seeing my grandson for a few minutes while I was at his school the other day.

I want to welcome my newest advertiser, Red Door Beads and Gallery! You will find their ad  with a 15% off your  ENTIRE purchase over on the left side of the page if you are on a desktop, and down below the comment section on mobile. It’s always nice to find an advertiser with as snarky an attitude as mine! Ha! Seriously though, I consider Viki at Red Door a friend, and everyone knows you can’t be snarky with a straight face with friends! Seriously though, she saved this blog from oblivion, though it is still not out of the woods financially yet, sooooo you know the drill. Hit the Paypal button and please oh please, help me out where and when you can.

That about wraps it up for this week. So, until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Posted A Review


I do, I really DO!!!

I do, I really DO!!!

A few days ago I posted a review of a tool a lot of us fellow beaders use, or are at are familiar with – the bead board. My review was only by two makers of the tool, but I am working on getting more to compare. I received some comments here, along with emails, Facebook and Twitter messages regarding The Bead Pad and the bead trays made by Silaba Crafts in the U.K., and would love to try both, and any others that are out there, as well.

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Anyways, I just wanted to post the responses I got from Bead On It Boards and The Bead Wrangler. Honestly, I was only trying to make a comparison of the two tools, as I liked the BOIB, and currently love The Bead Wrangler. A lot of you out there have been making your own trays or boards with picture frames, steering wheel covers, plastic lids, baking sheets, and other materials for years.

I think Dianne Peaslee sums it up well in her comment on Facebook: “Most cultures have had some form of bead board since they started using beads. Native Americans have had them for thousands of years. They weren’t quite as fancy. Really just wood, covered with leather, held together with rawhide, but it did the job of keeping the beads where they were placed until you needed them. I think there is actually one in the Smithsonian’s Native American Collection.”

My response from The Bead Wrangler which can be found here:

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This is actually the second response from the owner of BOIB. I won’t print the first one, since I have a family friendly site. Besides, she has since deleted it from her page.  From Deidre Pyatte, owner of Bead On It Board, LLC, which can be found here:

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Thank you all for your comments and your own research, and also for your kind comments regarding “the crater.” As of this morning, I got the official word (after yet another painful debridement) that I can bead (lightly, and with the assistance of good old-fashioned pain pills) again!!!  WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Talks Bead Boards!


True story!

True story!

Helloooo again my fellow beaders! It is good to be back among you, even if it is just from the sidelines! This whole crater-in-the-arm-thing has left me with an infection of such grand proportions that I am unable to bead. It is simply too painful. Soooo, I thought I would bring you something I had been putting off for a while anyway – a comparison of bead boards that I did. Now I’m not wanna-be-Prez-Trump-rich, so I could only compare two, but I hope you find it informative anyway!

My first beading board was the “Bead on It!” beading board (BOIB). You can purchase those at Potomac Bead Company or Beyond Beadery in several prints and sizes, or over at Fusion Beads in their signature hot pink in the same variety of sizes. According to the label on the back of my first two boards (a 6×11 and 8×11), they have a 2008 copyright, and a trademark patented in 2010. Not sure what their copyright is for, as copyrights only cover works of authorship, for example – screenplays, books, bead patterns! My last BOIB just had a tag on it that simply said “Patent®.”

But, when a beader can’t bead, and isn’t interested in what’s on tv anymore, she surfs the net. And when I went looking for that patent (cuz I got all curious and nosy when there was no Patent number and WTH else am I supposed to do with my time if I can NOT bead! grrrrrr), I found out that no patent has ever been issued, or for that matter, even applied for prior to March of this year, and even then it was rejected last month (taking less than 39 minutes of government time per the application – gotta be thankful for that, what with our taxes being so high!) on July 6, 2016. Besides the name “Bead on It” being considered “merely descriptive,” her submission did “not show the applied-for mark in use in commerce…Specifically, the current specimen of record merely provides contact and fire safety information about the goods, but does not show use of the applied-for mark in connection with the actual goods.” For more information please go HERE. The BOIB people do however, have six months to file a response to the USPTO’s decision.

Now, color me an amateur sleuth, but in checking even further, I found out you may only use the registered trademark symbol (®) if your trademark IS actually registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to the 8/13/16 edition of The National Law Review, The Federal Circuit has held: “The improper use of a registration notice in connection with an unregistered mark, if done with intent to deceive the purchasing public or others in the trade into believing that the mark is registered, is a ground for denying the registration of an otherwise registrable mark.” Copelands’ Enterprises Inc. v. CNV Inc., 945 F.2d 1563, 20 USPQ2d 1295 (Fed. Cir. 1991). Presumably, the same conduct would sustain a petition to cancel as well. Although, the statutory support for the broader focus is unclear, it appears that an intent to deceive the USPTO is not required, so long as there is an intent to deceive the relevant public regarding registration.” Sheesh that was long-winded and way more than a beader cares about!

12 inch Round - This is the same exact one I have

12 inch Round – This is the same exact one I have

The second product, The Bead Wrangler by Ree Stanley of Belles and Beaux, is a much more affordable alternative that is available in 18 prints, your choice of mat/surface color, and with free monogramming. Purchase is available online through her Facebook page HERE or her website. Shipping is priority flat rate of either $7 or $14, depending on board size. I ordered my board with specifics as to mat color (Chartreuse, gray, lt turquoise), with the free monogramming, and had my board just two days later.

Outer Fabric:  The BOIB is available in several prints – if you purchase from Potomac Beads or Beyond Beadery. If you are just purchasing from Fusion Beads, then all you get is Hot Pink.  The fabrics feel like a velour jacket against your wrist and hands while you are beading.  The Bead Wrangler Bead Boards are available in 18 prints, including 10 animal prints, 2 designer prints, and 6 other cute prints. Strictly a matter of customer preference here. I do think the Bead Wrangler boards are sewn better, but that is probably due to coming from a former seamstress.

Inner Surface Mat: The first few BOIB’s I had were made with a very nice chenille/vellux type material for the surface mat, but the last few I purchased (including my $120 Round board) were done in a spongy, almost foam rubbery type material. They were not as nice as the earlier BOIB’s I had, and showed dirt quite badly, not to mention not being as bead friendly. The Bead Wrangler allows you your choice not only of surface material (chenille vs. vellux), but also COLOR! So now I have one with a gray surface, one with a light turquoise color, and two with Chartreuse! With the BOIB I only had tan with the nicer, earlier surface mats, and then nothing but white with the foam rubber. Another plus for the Bead Wrangler is you can get them monogrammed with your name (or whatever) for free. Once again, a matter of preference.

Function:  Both the BOIB and the Bead Wrangler turn the beads hole side up with just a light shake. The nice thing about the Bead Wrangler that was a massive plus over the BOIB for me was that the beads do not get caught in the crevices between where the surface and the bumper edges meet. That was very irritating with the BOIB, having to continuously scoop them out of the crevices with your triangle, fingernail, bead scoop, or whatever was handy. The BOIB board is MUCH heavier than the Bead Wrangler, by almost two pounds on the large board.  It feels as if it’s made out of a dense plywood, versus the lighter wood that the Bead Wrangler lady is using. Both boards have non-skid bottoms to keep them from scooting around your work table while you are beading, but for lap beading, I personally prefer the lighter Bead Wrangler board. I think it is a matter of preference on that.

Price:  For an 11×17 rectangular or round board, the BOIB price is $120.00, 9 inch round and 8×14 $59.99, 8×11 $49.99, and 6×11 $32.00.  The Bead Wrangler’s 12×14 large board is $50.00, 10×12 is $40.00, 12 inch round $65.00, and 8 inch round $35.00.  That is a huge difference if you are a beader who would rather spend your money on beads (or food, rent, etc.)!

I liked my BOIB’s, or I wouldn’t have had four or five of them, but I absolutely LOVE my Bead Wrangler boards and you won’t even be able to pry them from my cold dead hands! (I told my hubby to bury them with me – they do have my name on them!) I think that there are different beaders preference for both boards, same as there is for Toho and Miyuki, Precocia and Swarovski, you get the drift.  Do your own experiment and leave me a comment below with your results!

Look, regardless of who makes what, a bead board is still just a tool, really the U.S. Patent Office kinda nailed it when they called it a “convenience item.” It is no different than using Wubbers instead of Lindstrom pliers, Black and Decker or Craftsman tools, or wearing Old Navy vs. Levi jeans. It’s a tool, and as such is part of retail trade, and will be made by a lot of people. I hope to be able to broaden this comparison to others.

For those of you waiting on my “Penny Pincher” tutorial, please just bear with me. This infection is kicking my butt and I just have not been up to working much, which is why I did not blog last week. Please remember I love hearing from you in the comments though. Maybe this week I can use my arm for something other than holding a computer mouse and get back to beading!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca