Sarcasm Makes a “Cameo” – Appearance


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With grace (I hope), Sarcasm makes a “cameo” appearance in your lives once again. No, seriously, things have not been good for me healthwise as of late, to the point of spending way more time in hospitals than out, and that is just not fair to my readers.

One of the issues I had to face was whether or not I had breast cancer – during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As of now, the answer to that one is a tentative no, but in three months –  who knows? But needless to say, there are some other very serious issues I have and will be facing, so my postings may be rather sporadic.

As those of you who know anything about me know, every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month I pick one Designer’s piece, and do it in all pinks and then sell the design sample as a 100% charitable donation to the Breast Cancer Charity of the buyer’s choice. All I ask is that you specify a legitimate and recognized Breast Cancer Research Fund or Charity.

This year I took a left turn and decided NOT [sce emoji=”whatsgoingon”/]  to use anyone else’s design, and try my hand at doing my own. Not only that, but in place of the bracelet or bangle that I normally do, instead choosing to do pendant which is more representative of breast cancer by mere virtue of wearing it usually over the breast area, I chose the cameo because not only does it historically represent women (although men CAN and DO get breast cancer!) going back as far as 3rd Century B.C., and considered great status symbols – most notably with Napoleon’s support of the glyptic arts, and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos! The 19th-century Russian poet Lev Mei, who composed a cycle of six poems entitled Камеи (Cameos, 1861), as reflections on each of the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Nero. In 1852 Théophile Gautier titled a collection of his highly polished, lapidary poems Emaux et Camées (Enamels and Cameos).

This particular objets d’art that I chose to use – as do any of the cameos of carvings of women, shows the woman cut off just above her breasts, eerily similar to a mastectomy. Freeform bezeled in flat, even peyote with Duracoat Galvanized Champagne Delicas and 15/0 Semi-Matte Silver-Lined Dark Rose (from stash), I then accented it with 11/0 Duracoat Champagne and 15/0 Galvanized Rose Charlottes (also from stash), Rose Polychrome Nib-Bit beads, and 4mm Swarovski Light Rose Crystal Bicones. I alternated the 11/0 and charlottes for a quick bail. It was a quick and as far as technique, relatively easy project, but one close to my heart, so to speak.

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No longer will you be left out of my sarcastic world, no matter how ill I am or will be. Yes, I ask for donations to keep this blog going, especially since my sponsor was yet another sad victim of the lost brick and mortar bead stores. However, you will never be expected or asked to purchase anything from my blog – only from my advertisers! [sce emoji=”shopping”/] If you would like to purchase from me, please go  norfloxacin tinidazole side effects HERE and I thank you in advance.

Remember, I have zero overhead (mainly because I am not in the business of being a flea market), and I am a TRUE Starman Dealer and will NEVER charge you for a Trendsetter’s pattern copied from a customer. Heck, I would never charge you for a “free” pattern anyway! (I can actually afford to print a few pages if you need a written copy [sce emoji=”giggle”/]) You will ALWAYS pay less than what you would in a brick and mortar store. I teach FREE, basic techniques by appointment (due to my health treatment schedule) and would adore sharing something I have learned along the way with YOU. I show you by example and would never dream of handing you an instruction sheet and move on without showing you MYSELF. I may rip something apart six different ways to Sunday, but that is the PERFECTIONIST in me, not settling until it is beautifully done RIGHT. I may step away and work on something else during the process, but THAT keeps my mind sharp! If you focus on one project or misstep in a project for too long, you are much more likely to stuff it in that UFO box. How many of you have done that? Having multiple projects going on is a sign of the Creative Process – something only a TRUE Designer understands.

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

Becca, The Sarcastic Beader

Sarcasm Has It’s Own Month!


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During October we celebrate (or at least I do!) a relatively unknown observance in the United States, National Sarcastic Awareness Month. Although some people like to refer to sarcasm as the “lowest form of humor” according to the Sarcasm Society, it actually requires a quick wit and the ability to extract the finest points of weakness in a conversation. I personally celebrate it as a month-long “I can get away with anything in a conversation-fest.”

In case you haven’t already noticed, Sarcasm has gone Purple. October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On average, nearly 20 people where can i buy clomid for pct uk per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. As a survivor of domestic violence, it is a cause extremely close to me, and one that I will crusade for until the end of my days.

If you will further notice, Sarcasm has a pink ribbon background for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 23 years ago, I had an extremely close call, resulting in a double lumpectomy and oral chemotherapy for months. I had just lost my grandmother to breast cancer. 1 in 8 women (about 12%) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime. A man’s risk is about 1 in 1,000. For women, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer than lung cancer. A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it. About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

So, every year I pick a designer’s work and turn it pink as not only my annual tribute to breast cancer, but 100% of all proceeds from the sale of it go to the breast cancer charity of the buyer’s choice. Last year I chose Nichole Starman’s “Tessella” bracelet, which I did in all pink Czechmate Tiles and Matubo beads. The recipient was a local teenage girl who wanted to show it off as a sign of support for the breast cancer cause to all her friends at school. I thought that was very sweet of her. A lot of teens now will not take the time or take away from their sense of fashion or style to wear something to celebrate and show awareness for a cause.

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“Tessella”

This year, I chose Eileen Barker’s “Portalegre” bracelet. It is a structurally built bracelet, done in layers with Czechmate tiles, Quadratiles, Czechmate Triangles, and Czechmate Druks. In mine, I used Tiles in Milky Alexandrite Pink, and Quadratiles and Czechmate Triangles in Pink Metallic Suede with 6mm Czechmate Druks in Gold Sueded Rosaline and Pink Marbled 8/0, Rose Gold 11/0 and Dark Orchid Luster 15/0 seed beads. The pattern called for 8mm melon or 6mm Firepolished beads where I had the 6mm Druks, but I did not have either, and wanted to stick with the overall color theme for breast cancer awareness.

I want to thank Erika Sandor, The Storytelling Jeweller and fantastic designer herself, for profiling me in her article, which you can find HERE.

Ladies (and gents),  I can’t stress enough how important early detection is. Get those mammograms and  ketotifen eye drops uk EVERYONE do those self exams! The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work. Breast cancers that are found because they can be felt tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread outside the breast. But screening exams can often find breast cancers when they are small and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the outlook (prognosis) of a woman with this disease. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year. Many more lives probably could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.

And for those of you in a hurtful domestic situation, please GET OUT or GET HELP! Tell a family member, a friend, a neighbor, your clergyperson, anyone, just please do not stay in a situation that is hurting you or hurting your children. and make no mistake about it, even if you are the only one being physically hurt, your children are being hurt too, by seeing their parent be hurt by someone they love. It is damaging to the child.

I want to thank the following people for donating to my blog in September to keep it going: Larry L., Vickie F., JoAnna S., Sheryl D., Betty R., Laurin L., Michelle K., and Trudy M. Without all of you, this blog could not keep going, and I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you. I have monthly fees, so those of you so inclined, please hit that Paypal button, and thank you in advance.

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm thinks pink


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I love, love, love, my grandbabies. They are my heart, soul, and world. When my 5-year-old grandson was getting ready to start kindergarten this year, I was not just excited for him though, I was excited for me! Let me explain. When his mom, my daughter, was in elementary school, I did the PTA thing full-time, and when I say full-time, I mean I went to her school with her in the mornings and didn’t leave until long after she was dismissed in the afternoons – every single day! I even served on our local County Council’s Board of Directors and had EIGHTEEN schools under me in addition to everything I did for her school. But I loved every freaking minute of it. Every time I subbed a class, laminated, copied, answered phones, just whatever needed to be done, I loved volunteering for such a great cause – the benefit of my daughter and others schools.

So now that my grandson is in kindergarten and his mom works full-time – I get to do it all over again! (Insert happy dance HERE!) Anyways, last week I was busier than a fireman at a 5 alarm fire trying to sort out school field trip and spirit shirts and get them delivered to all the kids before said field trips that were this week. Then, on Thursday I helped chaperone the entire kindergarten to a pumpkin patch field trip to Dream Field Farms. It was an awesome experience for the kids. They all got to dive in a corn pit, which is basically like those ball pits at the pizza places, except it is dried corn. They thoroughly enjoyed jumping around in the “unmicrowaved popcorn!” There were pigs and goats, a hayride where they all got to pick out a small pumpkin to take home, and plenty, and I do mean plenty of other activities! They even have pig races!

As much as I love my grandson and having sixty 5 year olds and an entire faculty calling me Gamma, after those few days, I was, to put it mildly, crapped out exhausted! Buuuuutttt, still I couldn’t sleep one of those nights, and the secretary at his school is a HUGE supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness (she even put permanent pink streaks in her hair), so I cranked this out to give to her to thank her for letting me help out so much.

Flat Cellini Spiral Bracelet for Breast Cancer Awareness

Flat Cellini Spiral Bracelet

This was my first of any type of Cellini for a bracelet, let alone a flat one that I have done.  I used 6/0 opaque baby pink, 8/0 copper lined pink, 11/0 silver lined white, and 11/0 dark pink delicas. I finished it off with a matte sterling 3 strand clasp and sterling silver awareness charm. I made it about 9 inches in length, because it draws up quite a bit when you pick it up and put it on. I definitely had fun making this spiral, though I wish there was something that could be done to keep the thread from showing quite so much between bead sizes. Just a pet peeve of mine. If I had my way, all thread would become invisible once the clasp was sewn on! Now wouldn’t THAT be cool! If I could figure out a way to do it, I could be rich! What would I do with the patent for something like that? Well, buy more beads and yarn, of course! Duh!

I’m going to wrap this one up for this week. My little Doodlebug is walking now, and is literally trying to climb up my leg as I am typing this. It’s pretty close to her bedtime. If you haven’t already, please fill out the little box for the email subscription and you will get my sarcastic repertoire directly in your inbox every weekend and whenever I feel like it in between! I will be resuming my random postings in the next couple of weeks, so if you are an email subscriber, stay tuned! Don’t forget to leave me a comment on what YOU are beading/wire wrapping/polymer/lapidary/crocheting/knitting/and any other craft I haven’t listed here! ALSO, if you wouldn’t mind leaving me some sarcasm memes, I WILL use them in future postings!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm does drops


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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am LOVING the cooler temperatures now that October has arrived! As I said in an Dearlier post, you will be seeing a lot of pinks and purples this month from me due to Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness month being in October.

But when two causes are so close to your personally, how do you choose? I know there are a lot of other people who have experienced something similar to me and want to recognize both, so I decided that a good alternative would be to use the color lilac. It is the perfect balance between both pink and purple, without being too much of each.

This week’s featured piece is a bracelet design by Lisa Jordan for Starman Trendsetters called the Dagger Duo Bracelet. You can get these free patterns either from your local bead store, or many of the online bead suppliers. I got this particular one from Bello Modo. Usually, all that is required is a purchase from them, though they are free for the asking at your LBS. Although this pattern calls for using the 2.5 x 6 mini daggers, I substituted crystal drop beads I found in my stash. I also used lilac lustre superduos, copper lined pink opal 8/0 seed  beads, and silver toggle clasp. It is stitched in RAW (right angle weave). For those of you who have not attempted RAW, or are intimidated by it, this bracelet is the perfect learning project for it. It is super easy, not to mention quick to complete.

Drops Duo Bracelet

Drops Duo Bracelet

watermarked-drops duo2I have a lot of fun with the Starman patterns. I can’t wait for the new ones to come out. For one thing, it gives me an excuse to order more beads, because you get these patterns free with a bead order from most suppliers. As if I needed an excuse to buy more beads!

I hope this week finds everyone well and busy. I know I’m busier than a one armed man in a paper hanging contest! It’s that time of year folks when all of us handmade artisans are at our busiest, trying to get our inventory stock levels up for the holidays, and for me, trying to keep up with the team themed jewelry orders. See, I do custom orders, not just on team themed items, but on just about anything beadwoven!

That wraps it up for this week. If you are new to my blog, please find the little box on the page where you can subscribe and get my snarkiness directly in your email. Email subscribers get a bonus posting every now and then mid-week on random topics. I haven’t been as diligent about that lately due to some local politics, but the election is OVER, my candidate WON (insert happy dance here), and the mid-week posts will resume. Also, please leave me a comment below and say hello, let me know what YOU are beading, crocheting, etc., or let me know what you want to see from me! Also, send me your sarcasm memes and they will be used in future postings!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm relies on faith


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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:

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.

Superduo Cross with Swarovski focal

Superduo Cross with Swarovski focal bead

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!

Becca

Becca’s Beaded Bangles

Sarcasm gets older


olderSo I come to you this week a year older and not a bit wiser. Yes, I am just as snarky at 46 (if not more) than I was at 45 and will probably progress even to belligerence. It was a typical birthday for me, migraine, Murphy’s Law, and all. But, I did have my usual Friday morning breakfast at school with my grandson (except my breakfast was a free coffee and a donut from Krispy Kreme cuz it was my born day), and dinner with ALL my babies at Red Robin. Dinner was another freebie too. So here is what I did. Go to Krispy Kreme and Red Robin‘s websites and sign up for their online loyalty/rewards programs and you get a free coffee and a donut at Krispy Kreme and free burger of choice at Red Robin on your birthday. My daughter LOVED it, cuz she didn’t have to buy my dinner! The real bonus for me? Because she didn’t have to buy my dinner, I got a cool Sephora gift card for my birthday! My daughter rocks!

Ok, so if you have been reading previously, you know how much I love working with superduos. Well, I also love working with Starman Trendsetters patterns for Czechmates beads. This time I decided to try the Tessella bracelet by Nichole Starman. Since October is in just a few days, I decided to use the great Milky Alexandrite/Pink/Topaz Luster Czechmates Tiles that I had, along, with 11/0 seed beads in crystal AB, but instead of using the 6/0 seed bead the pattern called for, I substituted in some Matubo 7/0 in Chalk Lilac Lustre that I had in my stash. The reason for all the pink? I mentioned about October being in just a few days, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I added a pink ribbon charm at the clasp for awareness.

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“Tessella”

"Tessella"

“Tessella”

I do not know a single person who has not been, in some way, whether it be family or friend, touched by breast cancer. I lost my own grandmother to breast cancer and had a bout with it myself 23 years ago. It is a horrible thing to go through, and every woman’s worst medical fear. But women are not the only victims. Men CAN get it too! Early detection is important. I can not stress enough the importance of self exams, yearly mammograms, and if you feel something is wrong and your doctor isn’t concerned “enough” GET A SECOND OPINION!!! These things I just said saves lives peeps, yours, your relatives, your friends, your neighbors, your____________ (you fill in the blank).

Another thing about October, and this is a VERY close subject for me. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So, all you will be seeing from me over the next few weeks is pink and purple. Learn to love it! Embrace it! Domestic violence is also not just something that women are victims of. I am lucky to be in a wonderful marriage with a loving and supportive husband, but I wasn’t so lucky in my previous marriage. In fact, I was very unlucky, and continue to pay for it physically. And you people wonder why I’m so snarky!

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And yet ANOTHER cause I want for you to take part of:

That is THIS Wednesday!!!

That is THIS Wednesday!!!

So! Now that I have bombarded you with enough causes to make you see sideways, there is one thing I want you to see very clearly: people DIE from cancer and domestic violence. Every minute of every single day. Those police officers that I am asking you to honor with your blue ribbons Wednesday are the ones who have the power to do something about the domestic violence. They risk their lives to serve and protect us every single day. As the wife of a law enforcement officer, I beg of you to please, next time you see one, walk up to them and shake their hand and thank them for what they do. They could choose to do anything else, but they chose to do this.

If you would like a little more snark in your world, there is a little box at the top of the page where you can subscribe by email, and by doing so, you will get random bonus doses of snark sent to your inbox when I feel like it, or whenever! Please leave me a comment and let me know how I’m doing, how you are doing, or just to say hi! And for those of you still wanting the link to the starfish earrings, you can get it by visiting my page on Facebook here!

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

Becca