Sarcasm Has Another Contest!


Larry Linson, Sr.     5/16/37 – 1/24/17

I have really missed connecting with all of you. There, I said it. However I have had some issues with my health and a death in my immediate family, in addition to losing two Facebook friends. So, this week I am dedicating my blog to Larry Linson, Sr., a wonderful beader, gifted computer programmer, and an amazing friend to me. Many of you know him from the beading groups. I knew him on Facebook, and then he became a “silent” sponsor of this blog and we had many long telephone conversations about politics, family, life in general, where he never failed at sharing his wisdom with me. I miss him very much.

So, I promised you last time I would show you what all I have been working on since the last time I posted anything. Well, there are so many of them, I am just going to post the pictures, and if you have any questions, please comment below!


 

Next week I will begin a series of thread reviews, like I did with the bead boards. It will include Fireline, Wildfire, Nymo, SoNo, Sinoko Nozue, and Hana. If you have a favorite thread that I haven’t listed, please comment below with the brand name and why you like it. I will also be reviewing thread burners.

So anyway, Sarcastic Beads and Yarn is holding a Pin It To Win It Contest! Prizes will be awarded randomly to FIFTEEN winners! (You must have a U.S. mailing address due to postage fees.) Those of you who live in Canada and wish to participate, please contact me via private message on Facebook.

The rules are simple: Pin an image of YOUR version of a project from any video from the YouTube channels Beading4Perfectionsts, B4Pbakup, or Potomac Bead Company (hey, don’t forget one of their videos is MY “Penny Pincher” bracelet!). Those of you who belong to the “Seedbeaders” group on Facebook may also use Larry’s RAW necklace pattern as a tribute to him.

Go crazy! Make it YOUR OWN creation! Don’t just change-up the bead colors, make it a completely updated design of your very own! Then pin ONE photo of your creation (be sure to watermark it) on my Pinterest Pin It To Win It board. Winners will be picked at random. Share the contest on your Facebook page (you will have your own special link) for 5 more bonus entries for everyone who enters from your link!

The contest will run from 12:01 a.m. February 1st, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. February 28th, 2017 CST. You must be a subscriber to this blog, have liked my Facebook page, and be a Follower on my Pinterest Page, all of which can be done in your entry form. When you are ready to enter, just head over to my Facebook page HERE and look for the “Pin It To Win It” tab to enter. Mobile users can enter HERE. Once you have completed your entry form, I can add you to my Pinterest board HERE to pin your entry. The winners emails will be picked by a random generator on 3/1/17 and posted here and on my Facebook page. However, you can’t win if you don’t enter!
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So head over to YouTube and start screening projects so you can get started on YOURS! The designers and I can’t  wait to see what you all come up with!

Good luck and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Also, don’t forget to wear red THIS Friday for the “Go Red for Women” campaign, in recognition of women’s heart health. It’s a cause VERY close to me! Until next week, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

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 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.

"Tessella"

“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 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 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 ONLY one of its kind, and is just freaking AWESOME! It is a 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! 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 does a CONTEST!!!


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I know you all are sick to death of hearing about my oral surgery nightmares, but dangit, I ended up having yet another one this week! So what does a beader/crocheter do when she’s on pain meds and can’t drive? She beads like crazy and crochets in her beading down time!

This week I entered my February entry to the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry February color challenge, but I kinda cheated. See, I was also in another beading contest, and so I used one pattern, and the Dry Gulch colors for the February Challenge and entered it in both.

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It’s a basic ladder stitch bracelet done in strips of each color of 11/0 seed beads. I used Pearl colors for all, baby pink, mint/sage green, and buttercup yellow and then I embellished with 13/0 Charlottes in cream and 15/0 seed beads in grey AB, and dark mint pearl. I then braided the strips together and sewed them at each end and attached a Czech cup button as a clasp. You can only get those buttons over at Potomac, btw.

BUT, my pride and joy of the week, was my other and first entry in the other contest. There is a fabulous take on a rivoli pendant where it’s not just your typical held and bezeled together by seed beads and/or superduos. This one is completely suspended by the new Rounduo beads (also only available at Potomac) and the seed beads just enhance it. You also do not need any of the standard 3-4mm bicones.

Rounduo Pendant

Rounduo Pendant

This one took 6mm Firepolish and Pearls! Since February’s birthstone is amethyst and my favorite color is purple (I mean, REALLY, is there any other?) I decided to make it with (what else?) a dark violet Swarovski 14mm rivoli, violet lustre rounduos and superduos, violet gold lustre seed beads in both 11/0 and 15/0 (probably less than 20-30 of each!). That’s it, except that on the last pass around, I actually broke 3 needles trying to get the bail of Rounduos sewn on! That will teach me not to use my Size 11 Tulip Beading Needles! Those suckers are wonderful! They bend 52 ways from Sunday without breaking and are small enough to make multiple passes through your 15/0’s and support your heavier weight Fireline and Wildfire threads!

So, last week I told you all that I was coming up in the next few weeks on my 10,000th viewer on my blog. Keep in mind I have only been blogging since June, and this is only post #37 today. You people just couldn’t wait, could ya??? I hit that milestone in like, well, 2 DAYS from last week’s post! You want a contest, you get a contest! So today I present to you my very first Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Beading Challenge (Spring 2016), but, alas, there are gonna be RULES! Dum-da-dum-dum!

BUT, before we get to those pesky little rules, let me tell you a little bit about what you will be winning! Potomac Bead Company out of Hagerstown, Maryland (thank you Nathan Buchman!) has very generously donated a Grand Prize pack to the winner consisting of a $250.00 mix of the following: RounDuos, DiscDuos, RounTrios, Czech Cup Buttons, Potomac Crystals, SuperDuos, MiniDuos, Miyuki seed beads, Czech Fire Polished rounds, Czech pearls, Flower cups, Spiky button beads, and assorted CzechMates and other multi hole Czech beads. And did I say I was done with prizes? Nooooooo. Bello Modo has generously offered a $50 gift certificate to the runner-up! Now do I start off doing my contests right, or what?

Ok, so here are the RULES:

  1. You MUST be a U.S. or Canadian resident over the age of 18 years of age. If you are not 18 yet, please have your parent or legal guardian email me written consent to use your images, name, age, etc. if you win, and in order to post your entry. *** Canadian winners will have to pay shipping on their winnings due to the increase in U.S. postage this year.
  2. Your entry can NOT be your own design! (Boring ha – just keep reading!) Your entry must be from either 1) a Jill Wiseman pattern (from her fabulous book “Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches,” any of her Youtube videos, or patterns you have purchased/downloaded from her website Jill Wiseman Designs, (all I ask is that you PLEASE don’t flood me with a zillion Wave Crests!) OR, 2) a Starman Trendsetter’s pattern (available for free from your local bead shop or most online bead retailers) or some are free for download from Nichole Starman’s website Starman Trendsetters, OR 3) you can use any of the Potomac Bead Company videos done ONLY by Allie Buchman (just go to Potomac’s Youtube channel and then search for tutorials by Allie).
  3. ALL entries MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M. C.S.T. MARCH 18, 2016!!! Judging will take place on the 19th and the winner will be announced both here on my blog and on the event page on Facebook sometime that evening. DO NOT send me endless questions that day about when! You’ll know, when you know!
  4. Judging will take place by computer first to match your photos with the color scheme as shown, and then a winner and runner-up picked from the top 5 entries from that by no less than three random experienced beaders in my local area.
  5. Your entry MUST, MUST, MUST primarily follow the Spring 2016 Pantone Colors shown below. It’s ok if you have a few accent colors here and there, but the primary color scheme MUST be these colors. You don’t have to use all of them, but you must follow this color guide. Ok, so here are your “gotta stick to this if I wanna win” color guidelines for the contest:
  6. You MUST be an email subscriber to this blog AND have liked my Facebook page Becca’s Beaded Bangles. (Yes, I really will be checking!)
  7. This is a Facebook run contest with an event page attached to it HERE, so you must RSVP as going to the event and upload your entries there. If you don’t have Facebook, you can’t enter. I just don’t have time to be chasing entries all over Twitter, Instagram, Path, Tumblr, having my email blow-up, etc. Much easier to keep it all in one location.
  8. Although you can enter as many entries as you like, as of 3/3/16, no more than 3 entries per day, per person.
  9. For the last five days of the challenge, no more entries will be accepted from you of a pattern you have previously submitted. For instance, if you have submitted Jill Wiseman’s flat spiral before now, you can’t submit another one. This is a challenge, and I am making it a little more challenging for you! Am I changing the rules up? YES! Did I promise you some surprises along the way at the very beginning? YES. Also, don’t forget no more than three entries per person, per day.

Once photos of entries are submitted, they become the property of Sarcastic Beads and Yarn and/as Becca’s Beaded Bangles. They may or may not be used for publicity or promotional purposes in future blog postings, social media, audio and/or video presence, and printed materials.

One more thing, and I really hate to ask you this. If you will notice, up in the  upper right hand corner of my blog is a new box asking for donations via Paypal. I have found out that in order to keep doing this it actually costs money! Webmaster fees and formatting and all that other stuff are just not cheap. PLUS, it would REALLY help me out on the shipping charges for whoever wins this thing! So if you would be so kind……

That enough rules for ya? I think so, but then again, I hate rules too. Sorry bout that. But there will be more surprises down the line! SO, don’t forget to go up to that left hand side of my blog and SUBSCRIBE if you want to enter this thing, like my Facebook page, and Follow me on Twitter! If you want to follow me on any of the other social media sites, I won’t complain! Just look up Becca’s Beaded Bangles. Good Luck!

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

Becca

UPDATE: If you are having trouble subscribing from a mobile device to my blog, scroll alllllll the way down to the bottom, and click on “View Full Site.” The scroll down past the comments and you should see the email sign-up box. Hope this helps until I can figure out how to fix the glitch!

 

Sarcasm Presents Bead Embroidery as Therapy


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Merry Everything!

One of the things that I have learned throughout my life is that stress brings out the worst (and usually the nastiest) snarky sarcasm to come out of my mouth. This year however, has been a humbling experience for me in my personal life, as I have struggled with a new health issue that I would not wish on my worst enemies (well, maybe my ex-husband, but that’s another story!), and not only has it taught me to value each day – each minute of each day as a gift, it has taught me extraordinary fortitude through some very unstable emotional moments.

When my granddaughter was born in August, 2014, I spent every day at my daughter’s house to help her out with the new baby a.) so she could get some rest and get her regular household chores done; and b.) so I could spend as much time as possible with my new little Doodlebug! Once my daughter decided to go back to work, we agreed that I would continue to keep my granddaughter at her house. It was just that much more convenient for both me, my daughter, and my granddaughter, to be around all her things already there, rather than lug them back and forth to my house, and I did NOT want her in daycare, especially that young! When my grandson was that age, they lived a couple of hours away, so I missed out on a lot of his baby “firsts” and I just was not about to with my Doodlebug!

I would spend her nap times beading and crocheting, and all was well with the world. Then, during the holiday break in January when my grandson was also home with me, I had a Grand Mal seizure just totally out of the blue. Not exactly what I wanted my five-year old grandson to have to witness – ever. Yet he has witnessed three since then. Since that day I was having seizures regularly, not all of them that big, but still seizing nonetheless. I couldn’t get a diagnosis, was going from doctor to doctor, and was becoming very depressed.

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A friend of mine suggested that I take my feelings out in my beading, and the next thing I knew, I had a lovely outline of a butterfly drawn out on some Lacy’s Pattern Sheets which are wonderful in bead embroidery for transferring your designs to your backing. You just draw out your design and then print it out on these sheets, then stick it on your backing and sew your beads directly to it. Once your are done, you just gently pull away any excess. For those of you like me who just aren’t that great at freeform beading (I’m WAY too OCD!) these sheets are a lifesaver! Anyway, I read about them on a blog or webpage somewhere and just knew I had to have some, but the only place that I could find that carries them is Lima Beads. They are great to deal with, and get their orders out super fast!

So anyway, butterflies are my “thing” anyway (just ask my tattoo artist! ha!) and they also happen to represent the hope and courage of seizure sufferers. I found one that I liked, traced it over to the Lacy’s paper via my inkjet printer and voila’! I had my pattern! I then attached it to my absolute FAVORITE bead backing, Nicole’s Bead Backing. You can also find her on Etsy here, where she is running some GREAT specials on combo packs of her bead backing with matching ultrasuede and/or soutache supplies.

Purple is pretty much the universal awareness color for any kind of seizure disorder, whether it is epilepsy or not. That’s just fine with me, because it is my favorite color anyway! In this piece I used practically every color purple delica carried in my LBS, plus some I ordered, along with ALL my purples in regular seed beads! There are beads ranging in size from 8/0 – 15/0, and in shapes of delica, rocaille, hex, triangle, and charlotte’s. I even used a few bugles here and there. For accents, I used some Swarovski flat back stones in crystal ABX2. They represent my little glimmers of hope of coming out of all this seizure mess!

My "I don't know if it's jewelry" therapy bead embroidery seizure butterfly.

My “I don’t know if it’s jewelry” therapy bead embroidery seizure butterfly.

Seizure suck. There is just no other way to describe it. What makes it a million times worse is having your young grandchild witness it happen not just once, but multiple times. I will get past this. I am on medication to regulate it, and they think they even might know not exactly what is causing them, but why I have them when I do. Al I know is opened up a brand new expanded horizon in bead embroidery for me, who was new to that ballgame anyway.

I love bead embroidery, and currently am working on several projects. After all, a beader never has just one project going on! I plan on participating in the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry December Color Challenge and this month I intend on doing a little bead embroidery in my challenge. I will post the finished results at the end of the month. For those of you who have never entered their challenge, it is great fun, and the 1st place winner receives a $50 gift certificate to their website/store and $25 to the 2nd place winner. All you have to do is use ALL the colors in the color palette for their challenge. That’s it. It doesn’t even matter what medium your entry is. You could even enter cupcakes!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I also hope you found the tutorial from last week on Chenille Stitch easy to follow! I promise there are more tutorials coming, so head over to the that email subscriber box so you can get it first in your email inbox! As always, I love hearing from you, so please leave me a comment about what you are beading, crocheting, a recipe, or whatever! Send your sarcasm memes to me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com and I promise they will be used in a future posting with full credit going to you!

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