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  http://riversidetreeservices.com/com/embed/yhZVmqlw7iU 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 Stands with The Thin Blue Line


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Thanks to Valerie Fanning for the meme!

Sometimes it is just better to leave well enough alone. However, when it comes to standing by the Thin Blue Line, I embrace it wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, over a weekend ago, when I changed my personal profile picture on my own private Facebook page to represent our beloved law enforcement (including my husband), I was attacked and threatened by an individual in social media for it.

Due to that attack ON me, the landlord with whom I introduced to the owner of The Wild Bead & Boutique, the only thing resembling an LBS in the Montgomery, AL area,  (it is really just a consignment store that happens to sell beads bought at other bead stores when the owner is on Government paid for Air Force trips) for a mutually beneficial arrangement to sublet decided that it was ME who was too “controversial” to be allowed on the premises. Instead of standing by me not only as their ONLY published designer, instructor, and as a supposed “friend,” the owner of The Wild Bead & Boutique banned me from her shop so she would not lose her cheaper rental space.

Long story short, when I went to pick up my supplies, I was literally chased out the door to my car by the person The Wild Bead & Boutique sublet the space with, as he was screaming at the top of his lungs obscenities and racial slurs. Whether or not he actually chased me all the way to my car, I don’t know, as I was trying too fast to get in my car and get AWAY from his madness. All I know is that when a VERY large man who is SCREAMING obscenities and using racist language toward me as he is coming up out of a chair toward me, is someone to get the heck out of dodge AWAY from, and my feet did not fail me then!

I am ALL for supporting your local bead shops. Brick and mortar stores are becoming rarer and harder to find. Online bead retailers are cheaper and ship very quickly. However, the only local “bead” shops in Montgomery, Alabama I can endorse at this time are the chain stores, such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Joann’s, due to this other shop’s business practices. I can not endorse a business that has kept nearly a thousand dollar’s worth of my beads and supplies, and then was ordered in writing for my husband to pick them up, they suddenly “cannot find them.”

This is where I absolutely LOVE online shopping. You can retrieve a receipt from anyone, anywhere, no matter when the purchase.  And boy, do I have them! This business has ALL my wire (including sterling, argentium, and gold-plated and gold-filled, as well as copper), gemstone chips of lapis, carnelian, amethyst, red coral, rainbow moonstone, turquoise, jade, and more, polymer clay, polymer clay tools, varnishing and sanding compounds, and much more, including beads that were sold under my consignment number.

I cannot and will not be associated with a business that can’t even keep their telephone turned on, and the owner’s vehicle is constantly being repossessed from the front parking lot (it’s embarrassing), due to non-payment for the last six months, let alone one who refuses to return my beads and supplies stating in an email that I “donated” them. To the several thousand of you whom I invited to “like” their Facebook page, I sincerely apologize, and hope you understand that if I could take those invitations back, I would most certainly do so. Of the 671 likes that page received to date over 420 were from you, my loyal and faithful readers.

The Wild Bead & Boutique even sent out a mass post about me on their Facebook page (which Facebook has since removed) with some very ugly falsehoods said about me specifically that could have cost my page a lot of “likes,” but ugliness toward others does not play well in business, and you all have gone above and beyond to make my pages even stronger, and I thank you so much! I leave it to your own discretion about how you feel about their business, as I won’t re-visit this topic ever again here.

This week I was working on several things until the stress of all of this resulted in being hospitalized with cardiac issues. I thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by one of my different social media platforms to wish me well and pray for me. Right now, my prayer is that I can just get caught up enough for the show I have at the end of the month! lol  In all seriousness, I have some really lovely pieces ready for that show, including several new ones. I am so looking forward to this! It opens up so many opportunities for women in business, and in my book, that is always a great thing!

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Praying for “The Thin Blue Line”

This wonderful pattern was actually written by Margherita Fusco and is available in her Etsy shop HERE. In my design, I used a 12mm Swarovski Rivoli in Paradise Shine, along with 4mm Swarovski bicones in Denim AB2X, Vintage Copper Arcos and Minos beads, and 11/0 Miyuki seed beads in Blue-Gold Luster. The pattern actually called for a rose montee’, but since I did not have one on hand, I used another bicone instead.  The blue in the stones represents the Thin Blue Line that we cherish about them. The copper represents the badges so many of our Law Enforcement Officers proudly wear each and every day, sacrificing their own personal safety for our safety.

Blessings be with each one of those dedicated men and women in blue and khaki uniforms each day. Without law, there would be no order, and without them, there would be neither. I am very proud to say that I married to one of those honorable people, and am thankful every time he walks in the door safe and sound.

I was beading Going Here long before that shop opened and will continue to do so from my custom-built bead table by my also-crafty husband in my home and even teaching a few classes locally. I can always be reached via social media, email, or phone. I love each and every one of you and pray that you continue to patronize your own local bead stores if you have one.

One more thing, although I’m sure my attorney is grateful for your abundance of screenshots from the people who continue to harass me on social media and even in my own neighborhood, I am asking that you please STOP.  Every time I open one, I just get sucked right back into “their” small little worlds, which is the LAST place I ever want to be again! If they want to slander me, that is THEIR legal headache and fees, not mine (my attorney is a friend, so I don’t have any fees).

I thank you for wanting to help me, but unlike them, I choose to move on with my life and my business WITHOUT their continued harassment. It has obviously proven harmful to my health. It proves sad that people think that belittling and slandering an individual like me do so only to make themselves feel “important.” Thank you all so much for being SO kind, and wonderful, and even hilarious to make me laugh! And hey, if we can ALL laugh this off, that’s over 40,000 people doing so! You all are absolutely UH-MAZING!!!

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

In Beady Love, Friendship, and Gratitude,

Becca

Sarcasm Issues a Challenge (With a Prize!)


Meme from Susan Sassoon!

Meme from Susan Sassoon!

Oh.My.Freaking.Heavens.it.is.HOT!!! Living in Alabama in the summer is ridiculous! I mean, it’s only June, and we have already had near 100 degree temps. i am SO dreading August!!! It’s enough to melt my beads! The only thing the heat isn’t melting? The bugs! O.M.G. they are almost as big as my car!  All the more reason to run back inside in the A/C and back to my beads!

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For those of you who are regular readers, you know I like to participate in the monthly Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge. It is held using a different color palette over on Facebook each month. The only requirement is that you use all the colors in the assigned color palette. That’s it. Your entry can be anything from jewelry to curtains to cupcakes, as long as it follows the assigned color palette. You can also enter as many times as you want. For June, I have submitted two entries, a necklace and a bangle, both designed by Anna Lindell.

Dry Gulch June 2016 Color Design Challenge "Tattered Peonies"

Dry Gulch June 2016 Color Design Challenge “Tattered Peonies”

The bangle is Anna’s Starman Trendsetters “Wicker” bangle, and the necklace is her “Water Lily” pattern, using the new Demi-round seed beads. I had so much fun making both that I made two of each! (the second bangle isn’t quite done yet for pics though.)

"Water Lily"

“Water Lily”

"Water Lily"

“Water Lily”

For the bangle, I used Bronzeberry and Iced Coffee crescent beads and Copper-lined Alabaster seed beads with Dark Bronze superduos and quadralentils. For the necklaces, on the pink one I used  Amethyst Gold Luster Demirounds, Czech 2-hole daggers in Rose Gold Topaz Luster, English cut beads in Amethyst, Quadralentils in Champagne, Miniduos in Sand, Galvanized seed beads in Mauve and Tanzanite Gold Luster, and I used a magnetic copper clasp. For the dark one I used Demirounds in Matte Silver, seed beads in Antique Silver and Hematite, and Firepolish and Daggers in Jet Picasso.

Ok, I have a Challenge for you! I’m going to do this too, I just won’t get a prize though! You must email your pictures (no more than 2) to tinybead@beccasbeadedbangles.com no later than 12 Noon CST Saturday, 6/25/16. Please include your full name and address, as well as your Facebook handle! You MUST be an email subscriber to this blog! The winner will be posted on next week’s blog and ALL entries will be posted too!

YOUR MISSION: Make a design you have never done before and do NOT use the pattern as written (please get the designer’s permission to do this and please purchase whatever pattern you use from them!) because you will be doing it WITHOUT the use of ANY numbered (ex. 6,8,11,15/0) seed beads, make the pattern. In other words, use ONLY shaped beads! Challenge is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents. I just can’t afford the shipping overseas. Sorry. 🙁

That’s the only clues you get! Beads are not cheap, so in order to do this, I’m digging in to my own pockets. If you are generous, please hit the donate button on this page to help me out! It also helps out with my web fees!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm is Rolling with Rivolis – a short tutorial!


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It’s that time of year again. You know – the one where the weather is so unpredictable you don’t know whether to wear short sleeves with your boots and shorts, or long sleeves and pants with your flip-flops. Oh, wait – that’s only in Walmart…ha!

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Really though, the kids are getting out of school and/or graduating and parents everywhere are hiding the breakables and taking out second mortgages to pay for summer childcare. My daughter is lucky though, She has me to watch my grandson all summer while he is out of school, even though my Doodlebug will continue on with her daycare. She is such an intelligent and bright little girl for her age (21 months) that she definitely needs to carry on with the preschool thing.

My Doodlebug!

My Doodlebug!

My Little Man is graduating from Kindergarten tomorrow, followed by a school sponsored field trip to the zoo for all the graduates and their parents and adult family members that are with them. I am “lucky” enough to get to go in early at 7:45 tomorrow morning to substitute in his class and get them ready and lined up for their graduation ceremony because his teacher is out for the remainder of the year with a sick child.

Mrs. Denise Whatley in the background, and My Little Man, Jackson in the foreground, working hard at school!

Mrs. Denise Whatley in the background, and My Little Man, Jackson in the foreground, working hard at school!

I would like to personally thank Denise Whatley for everything she has done to enrich Jackson’s Kindergarten experience and taking care of My Little Man this year. It has been a pleasure to serve as her “Room Gamma” and I have loved every second I spent with all of her students. Mrs. Whatley, we are all praying for you and your family here from the Scott and Whaley households, along with the MIB PTA! Take care and God Bless, and we will see you next school year!

So, how about a little bit of beading? LOL – I bet you thought I was never gonna get to the subject of beading! Well anyway, I have this little baggie slam full of 14mm rivoli crystals that I have just been itching to use in my beading, but every time I have tried to bezel the darn things, I have, to put it politely – royally screwed it up every.single.time.

I never could manage to get the right number of beads around the darn things to hold onto them. Either I had too many and it wouldn’t stay on, or not enough and I couldn’t get it to wrap around it at all once I started the second row of peyote. So it turns out not only was I not using the correct number of beads, but the wrong sizes on the rows too.

So anyways, I saw the Mandela on the cover of the latest B&B and just fell in love with the flowery look that the superduos were giving it, and thought, why not, just go for it! But, when I read up on it, I was thinking the whole time, there has GOT to be a way to do this without so freaking many thread passes back and forth and running in circles all over the place. Plus, I thought, with the rivolis I had on hand, I could do something cool and make it a stash buster project at the same time.

I started out with a basic rivoli peyote bezel. I then added 8/0 hex beads, superduos, firepolish beads, and these new really cool Czech lily petal beads I had just gotten. I never looked at B&B again until after I was done, and was really pleased with myself. I had managed to eliminate multiple thread passes, and completely changed thread paths for about 95% of it. Here is the result. I’m kinda pleased with myself, as it is the first time I have managed to master a rivoli bezel at all. I will be adding either a fold-over triangle or butterfly peyote bail to it.

"Crystal Petals"

“Crystal Petals”

First thing is you need to be using Delica beads if at all possible for your base row. I am providing this hand little chart of how many you need per rivoli courtesy of Bead and Buttonand it is self-explanatory, with the exception of it doesn’t say that it IS referring to 11/0 Delicas for the number of cylinders.

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Now, what do you do with that number of beads?

For a Peyote stitch bezel:

1. On about 2 yards of thread, pick up the correct number of beads to fit around the circumference of your crystal/stone and leave enough of a tail to weave back in later. Sew back through the first two or three beads to form a ring. (figure 1, a-b)

rivoli bezel fig 12. Pick up a delica and skip the next delica, sewing through the following delica (b-c) in the ring. Continue working tubular peyote to complete the round, stepping up at the end through the first delica bead added to that round. Those will be the ONLY rounds worked with the 11/0 Delica beads on this side of the bezel. (c-d)

3. Continue working tubular peyote for the next two rounds using 15/0 seed beads (d-e), keeping the tension tight to decrease the size of the ring around the crystal/stone.

rivoli bezel fig 24. Position the rivoli in the center of the beadwork’s opening, or bezel cup. Weave back through your beadwork to the opposite side of it. Work one more round of tubular peyote with the 11/0 delicas and step up. Holding the rivoli crystal/stone in place inside the bezel cup, work two more rounds of tubular peyote with size 15/0 seed beads, keeping your tension very tight so that the bezel cup will shrink around the rivoli crystal/stone. Instead of stepping up at the end of the second row of 15/0’s (figure 2), weave in your thread and cut it. (Tutorial courtesy of Bead and Button)

You can also bezel these slick little devils using RAW, or Right Angle Weave. There is a great photo tutorial for that over at Beading Daily that includes photographs and step-by-step instructions. I also noticed over at Beading Daily that there is a tutorial for stitched bezels using Picots HERE, and Nathan Buchman over at Potomac Bead Company has a “super” tutorial using superduos HERE.

So that wraps it up for this week ladies and gents. If you have not subscribed by email to my snarky little bead blog, then I just have to ask – WHY NOT??? It’s free (though I would appreciate a little help with my web fees via that Paypal donation button you keep seeing), you get to be the first to read my ramblings, and every now and again you will get a random post with a tutorial, pattern, recipe, or something from me that I don’t post anywhere else! So hit that subscribe button. And one more thing – show me some love and comment below and let me know how I’m doing here, how you are doing, what you are doing (just not who – TMI!). I love to hear from you!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm does it like only a Mom can…


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Happy Mother’s Day! I spent the day with my babies in their new digs with a wonderful meal, some new perfume, and a gorgeous new diamond ring they got me! As I looked around at my daughter and her family in their new home, I couldn’t help but realize how blessed I am to have such a stable and sensible daughter – one that looks so much like me, but is so opposite of me in so many other ways, lol.  At her age I had just entered marriage and she was already 10 years old and I had no clue what was in store for me for the next few years.

Stability in life has never exactly been my marker, which is why I admire my daughter so much for being so determined to provide such a great life for her family. I was used to working two and three jobs to support her and make sure she was able to have dance classes, girl scouts, softball, and whatever else she wanted to do, never dreaming that one day I would be able to do turn something I love so much into something that just happens to generate a little income. Now, my beading is more than just a hobby, and I actually have to remember to keep up with things like inventory, taxes, etc. The difference in having to do it now and having to do it for all the various jobs I held throughout my career? I love what I do. THAT makes all the difference! Now if I could just get my hubby off his man period long enough to realize that even though today wasn’t all about him, he will have Father’s Day next month!

One of my former high school teachers posted this on her page on Facebook, and as per usual, I couldn’t have said it better myself, so thank you, Debbie Cotten Replogle! “Being a mother is hard work. We worry too much. We don’t always get it right; in fact, we sometimes flat-out fail. There are times when we haven’t a clue what to do or how we’ll make it through. But we do. We love our children, want the best for them, and make sacrifices – both big and small – for them. We’re not perfect. We do the very best we can. We hope that we have taught them well and prepared them to stand on their own two feet. And we all hope that one day when they have their own children that they’ll understand why we did what we did. So God bless mothers and give them the strength to keep doing the best they can.” I love and miss my own mom every day. We frankly couldn’t stand the sight of each other most days, but we loved each other, none the less. So Mom, here’s to you on this Mother’s Day, and yes, Lyndsey and I are doing ok!

So, I did a little beading this week! A few weeks ago, you remember I did my rendition (“Madeira”) of Akke Jonkhof’s “Tipp Topp” bracelet from Beadwork Magazine’s April/May 2016 issue.  Well, I loved it so much, that I went ahead and did another one.

 

"Madeira II"

“Madeira II”

"Madeira II"

“Madeira II”

"Madeira II"

“Madeira II”

This go round I still used the pastel light gray Tipp beads and O-beads, but I used the Petrol Eso beads, and the new metallic snakeskin finish Czech Firepolish in Comet. I absolutely LOVE the snakeskin texture on the Firepolish beads! The petrol color really surprised me though, as it is more blue than green, which is why, since I love it so much, I ordered more and other types of beads in it! I got all of these from Potomac Bead Company. They have literally just about every single type of Czech bead you need!

I also did another version of Jill Wiseman’s “Bali Dreaming,” but instead of a bracelet, I did a necklace to fulfill a customer order. It was done in Toho 8/0 Ceylon Light Ivory with 216 (yup, you read that right!) 3mm Turquoise AB Czech Firepolish crystals accented with Miyuki 11/0 Galvanized Light Beige seed beads. I hope the birthday girl who gets this likes it!

"Bali Dreaming"

“Bali Dreaming”

Next week I will start something new and different for my blog – interviews! Yup, I will be posting interviews periodically with some great designers, so if you have any particular ones in mind, comment below with their names and what you would like me ask them! Heck, comment below even if you don’t have anyone in mind! I absolutely adore getting your comments! It means that you are actually reading my ramblings. Ha!

Another thing is that I have this nifty little Paypal donation button on my page for donations to keep this page going. It’s not cheap and I’m certainly not rich, and in order to keep going I need your help. $5 a month is really all that I ask to cover my monthly webmaster fees. I will never see your payment information, as it is a secure transaction through Paypal and you do not even have to have a Paypal account to do this.

Don’t forget to check out Potomac Bead Company for your RounDuos, RounTrios, and DiscDuos, and Eureka Crystal Beads for literally all of your beading needs. If you are shopping at Eureka, use coupon code A10SAVE20R for 20% off your first order! Combined with their already low prices, that is some serious savings!

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

Becca

Sarcasm does Jill Wiseman’s Book


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Welcome back to another fun-filled week of snark, beading, sarcasm, snark, – oh wait, I already said that one, didn’t I? This week I have been BUSY!!! My BFF/Sis is getting married next weekend to the 2nd greatest guy on the planet (the actual greatest guy is MY hubby! lol) and I am doing all of hers, her daughter’s, her Mom’s, and her sister’s jewelry for the wedding. On top of this, I still had my regular orders to complete, and several challenges to work on or complete by deadline. Like I said, BUSY!

I also have been cruising through Jill Wiseman’s book, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches (Beadweaving Master Class Series) and trying out a few of her projects, some of which are being done for the wedding. I am having an absolute blast working her projects! The first one I attempted was the “Bali Dreaming” bracelet, which is done in tubular peyote and RAW. I love how she incorporates both techniques, so that the beginner beadweaver can learn how to do both.

"Bali Dreaming"

“Bali Dreaming”

For my bracelet, I used 11/0 opaque black seed beads to do the tubular peyote rope and 3mm silvery bling-bling firepolish crystals to do the wrap-around in RAW. For the wrap-around, you just sew all the crystals for the specific number of RAW rows specified in the pattern. As per my usual though, I didn’t follow the pattern exactly as written, lol. In the magnetic closure/clasp, which is cleverly hidden inside the ends of the rope, instead of using the 4mm round magnetic clasp that Jill used, I used an extremely large ball magnetic clasp, so I had to adjust my peyote stitching to fit. I also did not use the specified number of crystal rows in the wrap-around, because I didn’t have enough of them, but I made it work! Even the newest to beading beadweaver can do this one, provided they have watched one of Jill’s technique videos available HERE.

Yesterday (and both days before that, lol), I worked on flat spirals with the help of my friend and fellow beader, Eva. I enjoyed that stitch so much I ended making two for myself, one to wear as an “everyday with jeans” sort of bracelet, and one to wear specifically with my branded “Becca’s Beaded Bangles” shirt. Love, love, love the flat spiral stitch! Thank you Jill Wiseman for introducing me to it!

Flat Spirals

Flat Spirals

For the far left blue bracelet I used 6mm firepolish in an ice blue matte finish, 8/0 dark blue iris hex beads, and 11/0 galvanized blue slate seed beads. For the pink and black, I used 6mm jet picasso firepolish, 11/0 galvanized rose seed beads, and 4mm mirrored hematite with this really funky cut to them. In both the middle and the far right bracelets I used 6mm firepolish in a denim AB finish, but with the middle bracelet I used 11/0 beads in blue-gold luster and aqua lined 8/0 hex beads, while in the far right one I used 8/0 denim seed beads and 3mm ice blue frost firepolish crystals.

As far as the wedding jewelry goes, well, you’re just gonna have to wait until next week for that one, cuz no way am I posting it here before the actual bride sees it!

This week I also posted my first submission to the Potomac Bead Company Design Challenge 2016 in their Facebook group, which can be found HERE. My first submission was a bracelet done in RAW, and seeing it, do you understand why I named it “Penny Pincher?”

"Penny Pincher"

“Penny Pincher”

In this bracelet I used copper DiscDuos, an exclusive new two-hole bead that can be found at Potomac Bead Company. I also used their exclusive Metallic Transparent Montana blue 3x4mm crystal rondelles, copper O-beads, matte green iris superduos, pinch beads in California gold rush, and 11/0 blue gold seed beads. I had a blast doing this bracelet, and setting up the pictures with the money was just as much fun! I’m currently working on my next submission to the challenge.

Last week I mentioned that this week I would be bringing you some beadwork from beaders around the globe. This week I bring you April Zobel, from across the pond in the United Kingdom! She is a multi-talented bead artist who does UH-MAZING things with bead embroidery! As I have mentioned in past blogs, I am a member of a group on Facebook called the Bead Journal Project, where every month to two months, we submit something as part of a theme for the year in beading or that touches us in a significant way for that month.

This month, April submitted a piece based on her family tree.  She is using geneology as her theme for her BJP for this year. Introducing her Elizabethan 10 x great grandparents, John & Martha Knapp. she said she “was inspired to research them after seeing a photo of their memorial brass (taken by my distant cousin) which I want to see for myself before long. It is fascinating to have some idea of what they looked like. John Knapp died on 2nd May 1604. He was a merchant and portman of Ipswich in Suffolk. His wife, Martha, bore him 4 sons and 8 daughters. I’ve tried to interpret their clothes from the brass engraving (and from a drawing of it which was done I think in the 1800s). John was my March project and Martha was planned for April, but I wanted to post them together.”

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From this

To this!

To this!

April also says, “I’ve gone back a long way too, but sometimes it’s the closer stuff that it’s amazing to find. I’ve researched way back and it’s fascinating – like a history lesson – but I’m also doing in depth research on my paternal grandfather who was killed in World War I. I’ve found some very moving stuff. Over several years I’ve taken photos of things and places connected with my family history. The idea of creating an artistic family tree has been brewing for some time, but it would be quite an undertaking! I was looking for an idea for this year’s BJP and suddenly thought why not give it a go? I now review my research on a particular artifact each month and create a unique piece of beadwork. Ideally I want to work from my own photos of things I’ve seen, but that’s not always possible. I’m choosing at random – just what appeals at the time I’m ready to start the next one! I usually work on ultrasuede and use all kinds of beads from 15/0 upwards. I hate patterns so it’s all done by eye from the photos. I just love painting with beads. This project has certainly taken me out of my comfort zone as I usually tackle wildlife. As you know, beading takes a lot of time and I try not to look at the clock and feel guilty about what I should be doing!”

I find that kind of detail and time into something not only beautiful, but a learning experience in more ways than one! Thank you April! I have some more Bead Journal Projects I will be sharing with you, so stay tuned!

That about wraps it up for this week. As always, I appreciate your comments and dance a little sidestep whenever my phone chimes with one, so please do! Also, don’t forget to find that email subscription box so you can get my snark delivered FIRST in your email each and every single posting! You never know when I might throw a curve ball and post one that isn’t on social media and is just for you email subscribers! And just one teeny tiny more thing: I need all the help I can get to keep this page running. I have a Paypal donation box setup for you kind people who appreciate my rants and snark. Your money goes directly into my web fees and your payment information is safe and secure through Paypal. I do not see it, nor does my web provider. I thank you in advance.

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 CRAW…..


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This week has been a doozy! I won’t bore you with the long version, but short version is I had to get two crowns on Thursday due to a broken filling from over the holidays, and in the same day was scheduled for surgery this upcoming Tuesday with an Oral Surgeon, for a totally different tooth that abscessed over the holidays. Apparently it now has so much infection that it has spread into my jawbone. He’s removing the tooth, the roots, parts of the jawbone that are infected, and putting bone grafts in to replace them. Have I completely grossed you out yet? All I know is I am SO glad he’s putting me under general anesthesia, because there is no way I’m listening to him chisel away at my jawbone awake! And how was YOUR week?

I want to thank you all for being such awesome and loyal and devoted readers, and well, you get the idea. As of this week, I have almost 12 THOUSAND views on my little ole blog! Advertisers and bead companies have taken notice, as well, and I just can not thank you ALL enough! I have some really cool news that I will be sharing with you over the course of the next few weeks too. All I can say right now is that it involves brand spanking new beads that are just being introduced on the market, and with it comes new patterns!

So, even though I said I didn’t make New Year resolutions, I did make a beading resolution, and that was to learn CRAW, or as most of you know, Cubic Right Angle Weave. There are so many tutorials out there, and weeding through them to find the one that best suited my learning style took some time, but as a faithful Beading Daily reader, I knew I would find exactly what I needed there. This tutorial was written for BD by Jennifer VanBenschoten and she explains it simple and concise steps.

Basic Tutorial for Cubic Right-angle Weave

Pick up 4 beads, leaving a 6″ tail. Pass through all 4 beads a second time, and then through the first bead picked up.
Pick up 3 beads, and pass through the bead you exited at the beginning of this step, and through the first bead of the second unit.
Pick up 2 beads, pass through the next empty bead in the base, the side bead from the second unit, and the 2 (brown) beads just added. Pass through the next empty bead in the base.
Pick up 2 beads and pass through the nearest (brown) bead from the previous unit, the bead in the base that you exited at the beginning of this step, and the first (blue) bead that you added in this step.
You’re ready to close up that last side unit of cubic right-angle weave! Pick up 1 bead, pass through the third (grey) bead from the second unit, the last empty bead in the base unit, and the (blue) bead that you exited at the beginning of this step. Give your beading thread a little tug, and your right-angle weave will zip together in a neat little cube.
Work your thread up to the top of the unit, and pass through the four beads at the top, connecting them. You can make more than one thread pass if you’d like to strengthen the cube, or leave it with just one pass for a more supple piece of cubic right-angle weave.
You can start to add another unit by picking up 3 beads, and starting all over, adding 2 beads for each additional unit, and then closing the side with a single bead.
Once you get the hang of the thread path and work a couple of inches of cubic right-angle weave, you can experiment with shaping it by adding beads between units using stitch-in-the-ditch, or try layering your cubic right-angle weave by using different types of beads in each new unit. The benefit of using cubic right-angle weave is that it creates a very solid structure with a lot of flexibility for shaping beadwork.

Another great tutorial can be found on Bead & Button’s site, by Marcia DeCoster here. There are so many tutorials available online now, but I found these the most helpful, and easy to understand. You see, I am a CRAW virgin myself! Yup, that was my beading New Year resolution – to learn CRAW. Did you have a beading resolution, and if so, what was it? Tell me in the comment section below!

I promised you more tutorials in 2016, and this is the first of many. There won’t be one every week, but I promise you one at least 1-2 times a month, both in techniques and in patterns. So, if you haven’t already, find that magic box where you subscribe to my snarky little blog, so you can get it first in your inbox! You won’t be sorry! Well, maybe a litte…..but I aim to please!

Also, don’t forget for all your beading needs, head over to Eureka Crystal Beads and use code A10SAVE20R and receive 20% off your first order! Super fast shipping, great customer service, and best of all, 20 gram Toho seed beads and 25 gram superduos at awesome prices! Not to mention that they have all the latest Czech mate beads! You simply can’t go wrong with them!

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

Becca