Sarcasm gives you a FREE pattern!


So I hear there was some kind of super important football game yesterday? I don’t follow professional football myself. I only follow college football, and boy do I follow it! I love my Auburn Tigers! My apologies for not posting yesterday, but well, to be perfectly honest, while the rest of the Football free world was worshiping the porcelain God from drinking too much, I was doing it with a virus – every freaking five minutes, starting at about 3 a.m. until well into the evening last night. And after all that, I was just TOO worn out to do anything but sleep!

But anyways, that sappy, roses and chocolates holiday we call Valentine’s Day is upon us this week, and what better way for a beader to celebrate than by making some heart themed jewelry? A few years ago, I got to playing around with my new superduos and I had some little key charms, so I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to actually make something for Valentine’s and call it “Key To My Heart” and at the same time, make it super easy? So last year, I wrote up a little tutorial for it. Well, I think the super easy part is true, but I will leave that up to you! There are no diagrams on this pattern, as it IS so dang easy. So anywho, hear ya go!


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watermarked-Key to my heart-1 Materials Needed:
30 super duos
17 size 8 seed beads (6 more if used for the jump ring)
22 size 11 seed beads (8 more if used for the jump ring)
14 size 15 seed beads
1 4mm pearl/round bead
1 key, briollette or other found object, magatama or drop bead
Wildfire Thread
Size 11 or 12 needle (I recommend Tulip needles in size 11)
This is a super simple pattern, so there is no diagram.

Secure one superduo on your Fireline (no need for a stop bead!) by going in a circle through both holes.
Add 1 size 8 then a super duo 7 times.
Add 1 size 11 then a super duo 7 times.
Add 2 size 11 then your key/found object/drop/magatama. Add 2 more size 11 beads and then a super duo.
Add 1 size 11 and a super duo 7 times.
Add 1 size 8 and then a super duo 9 times.
After exiting the last super duo, add a size 11 going through the second hole of the super duo 9 times.
Add 1 size 15, continuing through the second hole of the super duo 7 times.
Go through the second hole of the next super duo without adding a seed bead and then continue adding a size 15 bead 7 more times.
Add a size 11 bead 9 times (bringing you back to your found object.)
The next step is the most important – thread your Fireline back through both the outside and the inside of the heart 2-3 more times. This is important for tension and to keep your pendant from “flopping around.”
Add your 6 size 8 or 8 size 11 beads, circling through the top and center, size 8 bead for your jump ring. (Be sure to secure it by going through it 2-3 times.)

That’s it, you are done! Enjoy!

Please do not share or sell this pattern. It may be a simple design, but it is mine to share. If you wish to teach it, please contact me first for the proper permissions. I have made several of these and it takes a little over an hour to make one. One thing I would recommend though, is that you double up your thread or even use a thin wire like a 28 gauge, so it isn’t floppy when wearing or displaying it. I have found that either works fine.

Just an F.Y.I., but you can get your superduos in 25 gram tubes and Toho’s in 20 gram quantities at Eureka Crystal Beads for super low pricing. And, if you use code have a peek at this web-site A10SAVE20R, you get 20% off your first order! Need your beads in a hurry? Well, let me put it this way, I placed an order with them late Thursday night, and here it is Monday and I have it already! And no, I didn’t pay for any expedited shipping. How is THAT for expediency?

So, I mentioned last week that I am coming up on my 10,000th viewer of my blog and I was thinking about running a contest. YOU BETCHA!!! Start spreading the news, cuz as soon as I hit that magic number I am going to have a giveaway! Details are still in the works on some of the prizes, so I’m not going to give it way yet. The only requirements for you to be able to enter the contest are to a) be an email subscriber to my blog (there’s a sign up box floating around this page somewhere, depending on what device you are reading on) b) Like my page on Facebook; and c) Follow me on Twitter @beccas_bangles. As for the details of the contest, I’m still working that out, but it will be fun, and not your everyday run of the mill beading contest!

I hope you enjoy my pattern and if you have any questions, please comment below, message me on Facebook, or email me at Speaking of comments, I really like hearing from you! Every time my phone dings with one of your comments I just get all tingly inside! Ha! Am I starved for communication or what? I hope everyone has a great week, and that YOUR week started off a LOT better than mine did!

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


Sarcasm loves to tailgate!

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My wish came true – college football has finally arrived! Not only has it arrived, but my beloved Auburn Tigers beat Louisville last weekend too! So I’m sure everyone has their own favorite team. Rah-Rah, sis boom ba! And there is no better way to watch college football at home (or a friend’s home) than with some good tailgating foods.


This is one of my personal favorite recipes, not only for tailgating, but I will make up a batch for dinner when my husband is working. They are healthy, full of protein, low on carbs, and best of all, YUMMY! If you have ever ordered the crab rangoons at a chinese restaurant, then you will love these. They are super easy to make, and only take  a few ingredients too!


12 wonton wrappers (these are found in the organic section of the produce department at your grocery)

1/2 block of fat-free or reduced fat cream cheese – softened (you can nuke it for about 20-40 seconds to do this)

1/2 cup of crab meat, shredded (imitation crab works fine too)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp Soy Sauce (reduced sodium is best)

1 pinch of garlic powder

1 tbsp onion flakes


Preheat oven to 375, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a bowl, mix all ingredients with a fork until well blended (it will be very lumpy). Place your baking sheet next to your sink and take a regular soup spoon and spoon ingredients on to center of wonton wrapper and then fold shut corner to corner and wet your fingers before pinching to seal (the water is what keeps it together). Place each one about an inch apart on your baking sheet. Pop in to the oven and bake approximately 12-18 minutes, depending on your oven’s cook time, checking to make sure they are brown and crisp, but not burned. Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

These things are beyond amazing. They are super easy, super good, and actually super healthy. Just make sure whoever you are serving doesn’t have any seafood allergies! Sometimes I will make a double or even triple batch, as they refrigerate well for a couple of days and reheat in the microwave in just a few seconds.

So, I will be showing you another piece of jewelry and maybe even a bit of crochet in the next post. Depends on my mood, my inclination, my motivation, and whether or not I can finish the darn thing! For more random posts like this please fill out the email subscription form, and please don’t forget to leave me a comment to say hi and let me know how I’m doing and what you what to see from me.

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



Sarcasm wants some college football!


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.

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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.

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