I call the cross in the above picture The Old Rugged Cross and used just 36 superduos, and less than 1 gram each of 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, an 8mm Swarovski pearl (but I have also used fire polished and bicones of the same size), and a headpin to hold the pearl in place while also serving double duty as the loop for a bail.
And don’t think I have forgotten the rest of you!
I hope everyone has a safe, and very blessed and Happy New Year! Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!
I’m going to take a step back from beading this post to do something informative. Well, actually I took a step back from beading weeks ago due to a blood clot having to be surgically removed from my finger… So I’m crocheting like mad! Anywho, I was sent these top 5 smartphone apps for women’s safety and wanted to share with you.
Nearly every one of us has a smartphone these days. They are no doubt useful tools in a variety of ways if you know how to utilize the app stores associated with your operating system. With the holiday system upon us, I want you all to be safe, heck I want you safe all the time. So I thought I would share something that was sent to my inbox a few days ago. Whether you are armed with pepper spray or a Colt revolver, your smartphone can actually be the most useful weapon in your arsenal in a dimly lit parking lot with the use of one of these apps!
http://unparalleleddesigns.com/.com/embed/13vvH9V1bEo SafetiPin For the woman who is constantly on the move, SafetiPin is your new best friend. This app allows you to scope out safe areas by providing safety scores based on research, ratings, and statistics. Plus, it sends you alerts about any safety concerns in your area along with the necessary precautions to take.
http://psyla.fr/34092-dtf54356-rencontre-sans-lendemain-dans-le-72.html SOS – Stay Safe! A woman can protect herself against acts of violence with this app. If ever you find yourself in a dangerous situation, just press the power button of your phone three times and an alert will be sent with your battery level and location to a preselected list of emergency contacts. You can even pay to upgrade the app and it’ll send a one-minute audio recording of your situation.
Circle of 6 Created by four developers with backgrounds in sexual violence prevention, mobile technology, graphic design, and healthy relationship building, Circle of 6 is a simple alert app designed for college and high school students. Two taps are all it takes to send your location and predetermined emergency texts to your selected contacts.
Scream Alarm! This app is simple yet effective. With one press of a button, a loud woman’s scream begins to play to hopefully scare your perpetrator away.
These are just the top 5 apps for women’s safety that I could find. There are dozens more for you to check out in your app store! So, please be safe and have a blessed and happy holiday season!
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and along with it, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. I sincerely hope you all shopped the Small Business Saturday sales. Without small businesses like mine, we would live in a large corporate jungle led by the likes of Walmart and other big box retailers. Oh, wait! We already do! Seriously though, I make my living from my business, as do the majority of Americans. That’s right, 99% of businesses in America are considered to be small businesses, defined as having less than 500 employees. Of that number, 79% are home based businesses like mine. So every time you shop at a big box store, you are taking income away from 79% of American workers. In short: support your local small businesses and buy handmade when you are trying to decide what to buy for Grandma or Aunt Ethel or whoever!
So you all know how I love to play around with super duos. This week I had some metallic forest green super duos I had picked up at a trunk show last year that were just screaming at me to make something resembling a Christmas tree. So I started out with my brand new spool of green (yes, green!) Wildfire thread that Artbeads has on sale for just $7.19 for a 50 yard spool. It matched my super duos perfectly, because you all know how I just hate thread that shows too much on my work! Plus, it is a nice neutral, almost camo colored green, that can be used with a lot of other neutral colored beading projects where white or black thread just shows too much.
I then proceeded to make a circle of 6 super duos with a lava red o-bead in between each, that I found over at Eureka Crystal Beads. They sell them in 5 gram bags for $3.30. I then added two more circles stacked upon each other by adding five more super duos each circle. I then weaved my thread to one of the outer left super duos and added another five super duos and o-beads as a branch and then weaved my thread across and did the same thing on the opposite side. Then I weaved my way up to the top and added three silver super duos on either side of the top most super duo. I then weaved my thread down to the bottom most super duo and weaved in a dark bronze metallic rulla on either side of it with two 11/0 seed beads between the bottom holes of the rullas for added support. A jump ring was too thick to go through the hole of the super duo, I used some round nose pliers and made a jump ring with a thin head pin.
Super Duo Christmas Tree Pendant
This year for Small Business Saturday, I ran a sale on all of my pre-made jewelry and custom orders taken that day. It was a smashing success, and I now have have a stack of orders that I am steadily sorting through and getting in the mail. Buuuutttt, I’m not done with my sale yet! However, it’s ONLY for you, my faithful readers, and will only last until 6:00 p.m. C.S.T. Monday night. All you have to do is go to my website Becca’s Beaded Bangles and select your items and then enter the code SBAYBLOG at checkout and you will receive 30% off ANYTHING on my website, including custom orders! If there is something you have in mind that you would like to order and you do not see it on my website, please feel free to message me on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly try to work with you on a design.
Time to wrap it up for this week. As you have read, I am busy, busy, busy! If you haven’t already, please find the box that always seems to be floating around this page depending on what kind of device you are using to read this, and sign up to read my blog directly in your email each and every week. And don’t, forget to leave me a comment about what you are beading, crocheting, baking, drawing, painting, whatever, or just to say hello! I love hearing from you!