Sarcasm Does a Wedding (by Jill Wiseman!)


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Did ya miss me? Sorry about not posting last week, but as I mentioned previously, my Sis got married last weekend and I was out of town to participate in her taking of the vows, though I nearly missed the boat on that one, literally!

See, she got married on a freaking boat in the middle of the Mobile Bay here in Alabama, and I was running late getting there to begin with, cuz I overslept staying up trying to finish her jewelry. Then, the hubby and I got lost trying to find the boat landing! She was literally standing on the dock waving us on as we hauled our behinds down the stairs to the dock! Luckily, it turned out to be a beautiful day and I bawled throughout their vows…and I’m  not a crier!

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That’s me on the left – crying! My beautiful Sis, Abby Green-Catrett, is the one holding the flowers (in case ya missed it!), and her daughter Skylar between us.

So I promised you a pic of the wedding jewelry and here it is!

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For the bride’s necklace, I did a six ladder herringbone rope in translucent seafoam with a  matte AB smoky amethyst in 2 of the alternating ladders. The smoky amethyst has a real seashell hue to it, and the theme of the wedding was beach inspired. The herringbone was inspired by Jill Wiseman, and since I have been putting off for so darn long learning it, I used her tutorial for basic tubular herringbone, which can be found HERE.

Another technique I learned from Jill Wiseman for the wedding was tubular netting, which I used in the bride’s bracelet, Jill’s “Flower Power” bracelet. Tubular netting, if you haven’t tried it, is incredibly fast to work up, and is my new go-to stitch for beaded ropes when I need something quick for a beaded or bezeled pendant! You can find the pattern and instructions for this double wrap bracelet with a two button closure in Jill’s book, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches. When you purchase from Jill Wiseman Designs (which is where my link takes you), Jill will personalize and autograph your copy (so mention in the comments of your checkout if you go by a different name, or if the book is for someone else) cheap lasik eye surgery and you also get an exclusive necklace pattern as well!

The bride’s mother, sister, and daughter all wore the flat spirals that I made that I showed you in my last posting. So, when I say it was a wedding by Jill Wiseman, it was! I may have made the jewelry, but Jill either designed or inspired what I made! Thank you so much Jill! I also want to thank Jill for my endless bugging of her that I did in Facebook messenger and in her Facebook group, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, which is a place where you can go and share your own work of Jill’s patterns, be inspired by others work, or get the latest on Jill’s furbabies, Winston and Abbey Rose. They are so adorable!

And now for a moment of truth. One of the reasons, I did not post last week was because I was unable to access my domain until my web fees were paid. Not something I’m proud of, and certainly not something I care to admit. I am literally begging you to hit that Paypal donation button to help me keep this site running or I will have to take it down. I have some circumstances going on in my personal life that are financially draining me in ways I did not have to consider when I undertook this blog. The Paypal account that your donations go to is strictly set aside for web fees and nothing else. If anyone would like a statement of proof, I will happily provide it. I just ask that you please help me keep this site going. I enjoy doing it as much as (hopefully) you enjoy reading it. Thank you so much to the now 27,000+ of you out there!!!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment – you know how I love hearing that little ding on my phone when I get one! It has gotten to where even my grandkids get excited when they hear it! Also don’t forget to find that email subscription box so you can get some financial begging, beading, and snark delivered in your inbox when I post, and bonus postings that aren’t always shared on social media!

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

Becca

Starfish Earrings with Superduos


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Don’t forget that the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Spring 2016 Bead Challenge ends  polyamory dating in texas this Friday. Entries can be submitted until 11:59 p.m. CST that night. You may submit as many entries as you like, up to three per day, per person. It’s worth entering just for a shot at that $250 prize pack of those yummy beads from Potomac Bead Company and the $50 gift certificate for the runner-up from Bello Modo!

Don’t forget that in order for your entry to qualify, you  http://407.cd.gov.mn/41334-dte65950-how-to-spot-online-dating-scams.html MUST be an email subscriber to this blog AND have liked my Facebook page, Becca’s Beaded Bangles HERE. Now, onto the pattern!

Starfish Earrings with Super Duos

Copyright: Becca’s Beaded Bangles http://beccasbeadedbangles.com

For personal use only, no mass production. Please contact me here if you are interested in teaching this.

 

Materials:

8/0 round seed beads (15)

11/0 seed beads (around 40)

Super Duos (30)

Fireline or Wildfire

Size 11/12 Beading Needle (I recommend Size 11 Tulip Beading Needles)

After threading a stop bead, add five 8/0 beads and go back through the 1st for a circle. (Fig. 1)

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Then string one 8/0 between each bead in the circle, forming a pentagon shape. (fig. 2). Add 2 superduos between each 8/0 (fig. 3). Between each pair of superduos insert one 8/0. (Fig. 4)

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Going through the second hole of a superduo right after the 8/0, insert a pair of superduos in each pair in the previous round. (Fig. 5). Add two other superduos over each pair in the previous round, and two 11/0 to the sides of each 8/0 (fig. 6). Place a superduo over each pair in the previous round and three 11/0 on the sides, moving the thread through the beads inserted in order to merge the four included in previous round of 11/0. (fig. 7)

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Insert three 11/0 on the sides of each superduo in the previous round (fig. 8), then two of the three pairs inserted (fig. 9) and finally into a last round insert one 8/0 among each pair of two of the previous round (fig. 10).

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Add a jump ring to one 8/0 and attach to an ear wire. Congratulations, you are done! Enjoy!

Starfish Superduo Earrings

Starfish Superduo Earrings

My friend Tina Pawass of Freebird’s Innovations tried out my pattern and turned it into a necklace and bracelet set!

Freebird's Innovations version of "Starfish Superduo" earrings AND a necklace!

Freebird’s Innovations version of “Starfish Superduo” earrings AND a necklace!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Stays Up Late…..


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Y’all know that my “thing” is snarky, almost belligerent sometimes, sarcasm, so I thought I would compile a top 10 of my favorite snarky things I have found both online and in real life (yes, there is such a thing!):

1. People who point at their wrist asking for the time… I know where my watch is pal, where the heck is yours? Do I point at my behind when I ask where the bathroom is?

2. People who are willing to get off their behinds to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.

3. When people say “Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too”. Heck yeah! What good is cake if you can’t eat it?

4. When people say “it’s always the last place you look”. Of course it is. Why the heck would you keep looking after you’ve found it? Do people actually do this? Who, and where are they? Of course, I’ve been known to chase a 15/0 seed bead halfway across a room!

5. When people say while watching a film, “Did ya see that?” No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the theater and stare at the freaking floor!

6. People who ask “Can I ask you a question?”… Didn’t give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

7. When something is ‘new and improved’. Which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn’t be new.

8. When people say “life is short”. WTH??? Life is the longest freaking thing anyone ever does!!! What can you do that is ANYTHING longer?

9. When you are waiting for your ride and someone asks “Has your ride got here yet?” If my ride was here yet, would I be standing here???

10. When people say about my jewelry like my wedding ring or my sapphire necklace just because I happen to make jewelry “Oh, did you make that too? Could you make me one? How much for something like that?” I mean, seriously??? Do people think because I work with tiny little seed beads I can afford to metalsmith precious metals and gemstones? Dang, I can barely afford my bead habit!

Speaking of beading, how is everyone coming along with the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Spring 2016? I have seen some GREAT entries so far, and you can too by clicking HERE. You can also get a quick look at the Pantone colors that are required for the Challenge at the top of that page too.

Now, if you are anything like me, you totally get what it feels like when you just have to bead something – anything – but need something to inspire you and new projects to work on. There is something almost mystical about taking a needle and thread and turning a little pile of seed beads into a beautiful and wearable creation.

This month, I was lucky enough to score both “Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches,”  AND “Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs From A Master Artist,” and I got them way below retail! Talk about beading inspiration!

Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs From A Master Artist"

“Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs From A Master Artist”

“Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches”

“Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches”

These two books, man oh man, if you ever need beading inspiration, they are definitely your go-to’s! Sonoko is, let me just say, bountiful with her use of Swarovski crystals, especially 3mm bicones, while Jill manages to touch on just about every beading technique we use in just one book. Also, let me remind you that if you are participating in the Challenge, that anything out of Jill’s book is an acceptable entry, as long as it is done in the Pantone colors specified.

So far I have received over 50 entries into the challenge. Yes, you read that right – fifty entries! One reason is because you can enter as many times as you want, as long as you limit your entries to three per day, per person. They must be uploaded to the event page HERE and only to the event page.

Once they are posted to the event page (and here is the reason for this week’s blog title) I stay up very late each night and proof and then upload them to the contest page here on the blog. If I have time, and I am near my laptop during the day, I will upload what I can, when I can. Just please do not panic if you do not see your entry posted on the contest page here until the next day. I can only do it from my laptop, and I am not glued to it 24/7. I mean, I have to have some time to bead!

So, I will close out my rambling and just remind you that in order to qualify your entry into the Challenge, you MUST be an email subscriber to this blog, which is easy peasy. If you are on a desktop device, just look in the upper left corner of the page and you will find the subscriber box to sign up, or if you are on a mobile device, scroll allllll the way down to the bottom of the page and click on “View Full Site” and then scroll allllll the way down again just past the comments and you will find the subscriber box there. You also MUST like my Facebook page HERE. Believe it or not, I will actually be checking this!

Keep those fabulous entries coming, and keep me up late at night! I would love to hear from you in the comments section below too, but if you have a question about the challenge, please post it on the event page. That way, everyone else with the same question will benefit. You people are just amazing with the entries I have gotten so far! Also remember that your entries must be something you created specifically for this challenge, and not something previously made!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm does a FREE pattern!


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Ever have one of those weeks where you are grateful at the end of it that you didn’t need any bail money or a shovel to hide any bodies? Yup, that was me this week. By the way, I DESPISE politics! Yeah, that was random, I know.

Last week I told you all how much I LOVE working with superduos. I mean, it’s absolutely ridiculous how fascinated I am with the possibilities you can come up with for using them. When I first started using them, I decided I wanted to make some earrings with them, but I wanted something fun to wear that would go with just about any outfit. My most important prerequisite for earrings is that they do not weigh down the ear lobes. I mean, that can be painful! Anyway, since I love the beach so much, and live in an area where some great beaches are just a couple of hours away by car, I made these. This way, anyone could wear them. And by anyone, I mean anyone that would buy them from me, lol!

Superduo Starfish Earrings

Superduo Starfish Earrings

These were made with Turquoise on bronze picasso superduos, beige lined crystal 8/0 seed beads, and sterling base metal ear wires. It takes just a small amount of each type of beads to make these and the color possibilities are endless. For photographing, I used a plain white coffee mug to hang them on.

Now, here’s the best part: You can have the tutorial for these earrings absolutely FREE. Zero dollars. Zilch. Denada. Gratis. There is one tiny little catch though. You do have to go to my store website Becca’s Beaded Bangles to get it. Go to the Patterns section, add it to your cart, and after you have finished shopping (cuz you are gonna buy lots of my stuff, right?) checkout, and I will email you the pattern as soon as storenvy.com clears the transaction. If you see something on my site that you like, but isn’t your color vibe, please email me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com  or message me on Facebook. Custom orders are my specialty!

So that’s it for now. Please don’t forget to leave me a comment below and let me know how I’m doing, what you would like to see in future posts, or just to say “hey there!” Also, if you subscribe to my blog in the email sign-up box, you will get a random post now and again midweekish about well, almost anything!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm has a busy week


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Welcome back to another week of snarky beading! So this week has been the week from heck! 5 days of beading and crochet, 4 days of keeping grandbabies, 3 days of getting to work on my beading at my favorite bead shop, The Enchanted Bead with my favorite Bead Fairy, Cyn Wilson, 2 days of of Kindergarten for my grandson, and 1 day of a first birthday party for my Doodlebug! (and a partridge in a pear treeeeeee!)

Jackson's 1st Day of Kindergarten

Jackson’s 1st Day of Kindergarten

Adalyn (Doodlebug) enjoying her first birthday cake!

Adalyn (Doodlebug) enjoying her first birthday cake!

 I can’t believe how time flies. It seems like yesterday we were at the hospital when Jackson was born, and now both of them are such independent little beings now.  Jackson is fascinated by my beading and crochet and wants to learn “how to put the beads together like you do, Gamma.” Adalyn is feisty and independent, but very much a Gamma’s girl!

Anyway, I managed to sneak in some beading this week. In between attempts at trying to cuss my way through attempting a couple of RAW (right angle weave) bracelets, I did manage to teach myself a modified herringbone stitch with some super duos and came up with this bracelet.

Instead of using my standard toggle clasp though, I wanted something different, so I purchased  a button from Walmart in my local store. It was a cute, little wooden button. A word of advice though. You always want to get one with two holes vs. four holes, not only for aesthetic appeal, but it is much easier to secure to your bracelet. Then you just sew a loop of seed beads to the opposite end of your finished bracelet to loop around the button for closure. Anyway this is what I came up with.

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I would love to hear from you on suggestions of what you would like to see, or what you are seeing in my posts by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to sign up for my email subscription where you will get a bonus post or two each week, also! All you people who haven’t signed up yet missed out on a great recipe this week! Just kidding, if you scroll down to the next post, you will find it. BUT, my email subscribers got it first! Nah, nah, nah, nah, nahhhhhh!!!! Pffffftttt!!!!

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

Becca