A few days ago I posted a review of a tool a lot of us fellow beaders use, or are at are familiar with – the bead board. My review was only by two makers of the tool, but I am working on getting more to compare. I received some comments here, along with emails, Facebook and Twitter messages regarding The Bead Pad and the bead trays made by Silaba Crafts in the U.K., and would love to try both, and any others that are out there, as well.
Anyways, I just wanted to post the responses I got from Bead On It Boards and The Bead Wrangler. Honestly, I was only trying to make a comparison of the two tools, as I liked the BOIB, and currently love The Bead Wrangler. A lot of you out there have been making your own trays or boards with picture frames, steering wheel covers, plastic lids, baking sheets, and other materials for years.
I think Dianne Peaslee sums it up well in her comment on Facebook: “Most cultures have had some form of bead board since they started using beads. Native Americans have had them for thousands of years. They weren’t quite as fancy. Really just wood, covered with leather, held together with rawhide, but it did the job of keeping the beads where they were placed until you needed them. I think there is actually one in the Smithsonian’s Native American Collection.”
This is actually the second response from the owner of BOIB. I won’t print the first one, since I have a family friendly site. Besides, she has since deleted it from her page. From Deidre Pyatte, owner of Bead On It Board, LLC, which can be found here:
Thank you all for your comments and your own research, and also for your kind comments regarding “the crater.” As of this morning, I got the official word (after yet another painful debridement) that I can bead (lightly, and with the assistance of good old-fashioned pain pills) again!!! how can i buy Premarin WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Helloooo again my fellow beaders! It is good to be back among you, even if it is just from the sidelines! This whole crater-in-the-arm-thing has left me with an infection of such grand proportions that I am unable to bead. It is simply too painful. Soooo, I thought I would bring you something I had been putting off for a while anyway – a comparison of bead boards that I did. Now I’m not wanna-be-Prez-Trump-rich, so I could only compare two, but I hope you find it informative anyway!
My first beading board was the “Bead on It!” beading board (BOIB). You can purchase those at Potomac Bead Company or Beyond Beadery in several prints and sizes, or over at Fusion Beads in their signature hot pink in the same variety of sizes. According to the label on the back of my first two boards (a 6×11 and 8×11), they have a 2008 copyright, and a trademark patented in 2010. Not sure what their copyright is for, as copyrights only cover works of authorship, for example – screenplays, books, bead patterns! My last BOIB just had a tag on it that simply said “Patent®.”
But, when a beader can’t bead, and isn’t interested in what’s on tv anymore, she surfs the net. And when I went looking for that patent (cuz I got all curious and nosy when there was no Patent number and WTH else am I supposed to do with my time if I can NOT bead! grrrrrr), I found out that no patent has ever been issued, or for that matter, even applied for prior to March of this year, and even then it was rejected last month (taking less than 39 minutes of government time per the application – gotta be thankful for that, what with our taxes being so high!) on July 6, 2016. Besides the name “Bead on It” being considered “merely descriptive,” her submission did “not show the applied-for mark in use in commerce…Specifically, the current specimen of record merely provides contact and fire safety information about the goods, but does not show use of the applied-for mark in connection with the actual goods.” For more information please go HERE. The BOIB people do however, have six months to file a response to the USPTO’s decision.
Now, color me an amateur sleuth, but in checking even further, I found out you may buy priligy only use the registered trademark symbol (®) if your trademark advair diskus uk IS actually registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to the 8/13/16 edition of The National Law Review, The Federal Circuit has held: “The improper use of a registration notice in connection with an unregistered mark, if done with intent to deceive the purchasing public or others in the trade into believing that the mark is registered, is a ground for denying the registration of an otherwise registrable mark.” Copelands’ Enterprises Inc. v. CNV Inc., 945 F.2d 1563, 20 USPQ2d 1295 (Fed. Cir. 1991). Presumably, the same conduct would sustain a petition to cancel as well. Although, the statutory support for the broader focus is unclear, it appears that an intent to deceive the USPTO is not required, so long as there is an intent to deceive the relevant public regarding registration.” Sheesh that was long-winded and way more than a beader cares about!
12 inch Round – This is the same exact one I have
The second product, The Bead Wrangler by Ree Stanley of Belles and Beaux, is a much more affordable alternative that is available in 18 prints, your choice of mat/surface color, and with free monogramming. Purchase is available online through her Facebook page HERE or her website. Shipping is priority flat rate of either $7 or $14, depending on board size. I ordered my board with specifics as to mat color (Chartreuse, gray, lt turquoise), with the free monogramming, and had my board just two days later.
Outer Fabric: The BOIB is available in several prints – if you purchase from Potomac Beads or Beyond Beadery. If you are just purchasing from Fusion Beads, then all you get is Hot Pink. The fabrics feel like a velour jacket against your wrist and hands while you are beading. The Bead Wrangler Bead Boards are available in 18 prints, including 10 animal prints, 2 designer prints, and 6 other cute prints. Strictly a matter of customer preference here. I do think the Bead Wrangler boards are sewn better, but that is probably due to coming from a former seamstress.
Inner Surface Mat: The first few BOIB’s I had were made with a very nice chenille/vellux type material for the surface mat, but the last few I purchased (including my $120 Round board) were done in a spongy, almost foam rubbery type material. They were not as nice as the earlier BOIB’s I had, and showed dirt quite badly, not to mention not being as bead friendly. The Bead Wrangler allows you your choice not only of surface material (chenille vs. vellux), but also COLOR! So now I have one with a gray surface, one with a light turquoise color, and two with Chartreuse! With the BOIB I only had tan with the nicer, earlier surface mats, and then nothing but white with the foam rubber. Another plus for the Bead Wrangler is you can get them monogrammed with your name (or whatever) for free. Once again, a matter of preference.
Function: Both the BOIB and the Bead Wrangler turn the beads hole side up with just a light shake. The nice thing about the Bead Wrangler that was a massive plus over the BOIB for me was that the beads do not get caught in the crevices between where the surface and the bumper edges meet. That was very irritating with the BOIB, having to continuously scoop them out of the crevices with your triangle, fingernail, bead scoop, or whatever was handy. The BOIB board is MUCH heavier than the Bead Wrangler, by almost two pounds on the large board. It feels as if it’s made out of a dense plywood, versus the lighter wood that the Bead Wrangler lady is using. Both boards have non-skid bottoms to keep them from scooting around your work table while you are beading, but for lap beading, I personally prefer the lighter Bead Wrangler board. I think it is a matter of preference on that.
Price: For an 11×17 rectangular or round board, the BOIB price is $120.00, 9 inch round and 8×14 $59.99, 8×11 $49.99, and 6×11 $32.00. The Bead Wrangler’s 12×14 large board is $50.00, 10×12 is $40.00, 12 inch round $65.00, and 8 inch round $35.00. That is a huge difference if you are a beader who would rather spend your money on beads (or food, rent, etc.)!
I liked my BOIB’s, or I wouldn’t have had four or five of them, but I absolutely LOVE my Bead Wrangler boards and you won’t even be able to pry them from my cold dead hands! (I told my hubby to bury them with me – they do have my name on them!) I think that there are different beaders preference for both boards, same as there is for Toho and Miyuki, Precocia and Swarovski, you get the drift. Do your own experiment and leave me a comment below with your results!
Look, regardless of who makes what, a bead board is still just a tool, really the U.S. Patent Office kinda nailed it when they called it a “convenience item.” It is no different than using Wubbers instead of Lindstrom pliers, Black and Decker or Craftsman tools, or wearing Old Navy vs. Levi jeans. It’s a tool, and as such is part of retail trade, and will be made by a lot of people. I hope to be able to broaden this comparison to others.
For those of you waiting on my “Penny Pincher” tutorial, please just bear with me. This infection is kicking my butt and I just have not been up to working much, which is why I did not blog last week. Please remember I love hearing from you in the comments though. Maybe this week I can use my arm for something other than holding a computer mouse and get back to beading!
You all are going to HAVE to start sending me sarcasm and bead memes. I went to Google them for this blog and the first three rows that popped up were actually from this blog! Ha! I guess that means I have some sort of web presence, even if it IS as a snarky beader! You can send them to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org by the way!
So this week I have been taking it really easy and taking a LOT of naps because of this nasty MRSA infection that has caused a crater in my beading arm. LOTS of naps, because I gotta tell ya, fever and infection will flat wear you out! Besides, it’s rather painful to bead with this giant, antibiotic-resistant hole in my arm.
Anywho, I DID get one project finished, and I’m rather proud of getting it done, because it is one I have been putting off for quite a while. I’m not easily intimidated by beads or patterns, but the idea of one that has layers? Makes it sound like work! Beading is my LOVE, it’s not supposed to be WORK! Well, as it turned out, this pattern was something I absolutely LOVED, and not a thing like work at all!
This week I finally got around to doing Marcia Balonis’s“Dipped in Color” bracelet, and oh my gosh, where-have-I-been-and-why-have-I-been-putting-it-off-for-so-darn-long??? Seriously, it was so much fun to make! I mean, really, how many bead patterns have you read, where you literally laugh out loud reading the instructions? This lady knows how to write a tutorial for ME! I have to also mention that in addition to her being a member of the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad, she is also a a Starman Trendsetters designer, AND has her own blog, Baubles and Beads, and you can find her patterns on Etsy HERE. Ya think she’s a busy lady? Nahhhhhh
“Dipped in Color”
Although her pattern called for either 3 or 4mm round or firepolished beads or pinch beads on the outside, I decided to make use of those wonderful Chalk Blue and Aztec Gold Groovy Tiles I had purchased but didn’t quite know yet what to do with. The rest of the bracelet consists of Metallic Beige 3mm firepolished beads as a base, with Czech Bar Beads in Leather, Blue Metallic Suede Quadralentils, and 11/0 seed beads in Toho Grey Rainbow. That’s really all there was to it!
I have been getting a lot of emails asking about the written version of my “Penny Pincher” bracelet that Potomac Bead Company was kind enough to release on video last week. I did a kind of mini-survey in a couple of places on Facebook to see if there would be any interest, and well, apparently there is. So, I will be releasing a written tutorial for it within the next few days. The difference in the written tutorial and the video? The video uses a two-needle approach to make it, while the written version will only be using ONE!!!
SO, the FIRST twenty email subscribers to this blog to comment (before next week’s blog) something funny and snarky about beading (keep it clean folks – this is a PG-rated blog! lol) will get it absolutely, positively, 100% FREE! The rest of you will have to pay. Sorry, but it costs money to do all this stuff! Besides, a) I love hearing from you; and b) I need the material to use in a future blog. Ha!
Also, please don’t forget that little Paypal donation button thing I have going on this page. It really DOES pay my web fees, and with me having to replenish all the tools and supplies that were stolen from me recently – I am, shall we say – needy?
I was sent this by a friend I’m not going to identify, it’s true, I promise! Anyways, thought you all would get a laugh from it!
RETIREMENT (by a friend I won’t identify!)
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target: Dear Mrs. Harris, Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Harris, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras: 1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.
2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.
4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, ‘Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away’. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.
5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.
6. August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.
7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.
8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’ EMTs were called.
9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ‘ Mission Impossible’ theme.
12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ by using different sizes of funnels.
13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’
14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud-speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’
And last, but not least: 15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of the clerks passed out.
Hey everyone, SO sorry to be running late this week, but well, I was in the hospital with this crater thing on my arm, and what was thought to be a spider bite turned out to be a nasty infection that was REALLY resistant to the antibiotics – even the IV ones!
Anywho, y’all remember my “Penny Pincher” bracelet? You know, the one that was one of the winners of the Potomac Bead Company 2016 Design Challenge? You know, THIS one!
Well, a lot of you have been asking for a tutorial for it, and though I haven’t finished the written one yet, Potomac Bead Company has posted a VIDEO tutorial of it by Allie Buchman, which can be found HERE.
I absolutely ADORE the colors she chose, and though I used a one needle approach in making mine, she simplified it (yes it DOES simplify it!) by using a two needle approach. Also, if you want a ruffled look to the bracelet, add three o-beads instead of two on the outer edges!
Another thing, I want to apologize for my rant last week about what happened at the LBS where I live. Yes, she stole quite a bit of my things, but with the assistance of my local police department, I WAS able to retrieve SOME of it, though the more expensive items “could not be found.” So, I am out over $500 in tools and supplies. If you want to help me out here, I would definitely appreciate it, and you can do so by hitting that Paypal button on the side/top/bottom of the page.
Also, don’t forget to subscribe! If you are on a mobile device, just scroll down to the bottom and click on “View Desktop Version” and down near the comments you will find the subscription box. Desktop users can find it in the upper right hand corner. I thank you all SO much for hanging in there with me! I never dreamed that there would be nearly 40,000 of you, heck, I never thought there would be 40 of you!
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!
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 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!!!
Happy Independence Day America! For those of you celebrating, PLEASE be courteous around pets, and especially near any former combat veterans when it comes to fireworks! It is a traumatic thing resembling gunfire to both of them, and you do not want to be the cause of a PTSD incident!
As far as my beading goes this week, I submitted a third entry in the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge for June (it, nor any of my other entries, won) and also played with my new peanut beads! I have had peanut beads for a while, but these are really cool, because they are 3x6mm!
I don’t really have a name for this. I was just experimenting with the larger peanut beads and some right angle weave and this is what I came up with. The peanut beads are seafoam green, and I used 8/0 blue metallic iris and 11/0 galvanized copper to accent them, with a copper magnetic clasp. It feels great on the wrist to wear, and looks great with jeans!
“Crescent Sunburst” Pendant
My last-minute Dry Gulch entry was the “Crescent Sunburst” pendant from the cover of the August “Bead & Button.” I used Rose-gold topaz daggers, galvanized beige 11/0, a druk in pastel bordeaux, and some 2mm druks in rose gold.
But none of my beading is why any of you are even reading today, am I right? LOL I’m guessing you all want to know who has won the Shaped Bead Challenge. Well, here’s the thing. I didn’t have a whole lot of entries, and the ones that I did get, I’m “friends” on Facebook with some of you. So, in order to be fair and impartial about this, and because all the entries met the requirements of NO NUMBERED SEED BEADS, I couldn’t pick between you on my own. So what I did was go to one of those websites where you throw everyone’s names in a virtual “hat” and it draws one out. Please do not be mad at me for this because you ALL did a wonderful job with your entries! (plus, I have 103 fever today and literally can not focus on beads.)
Congratulations to Bracelets Galore for your original bracelet design entry consisting of nothing but 4 mm Czech fire polished, 4 mm bicones, 8 mm pearl, Superduos, Diamonduos, 6 mm pearls, and o-beads. It is a thing of beauty! As was ALLof the entries, but in order to make this a fair and neutral thing, I had to go this route. Believe me, if I could, I would send every single one of you something! (And for those of you who do not see your name in the pic above, it was a scroll-down the page thing.)
That’s it for today. Like I said before, I have a fever, so I’m going to bed! Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!
I start off this week with a HUGE Thank You to all of you who read this blog! Yup, you read that right! As you can see from my top banner and that neat little badge on my sidebar, Sarcastic Beads and Yarn is celebrating it’s very first birthday this week! To be honest, when I started out doing this, I never in a million dreamed it would last more than maybe a month, or even gain more than maybe about 30 readers (if I was lucky).
Let me explain exactly how wrong I was. This is my 56th post. As of when I typed this post, I have had 33,689 viewers from over 100 countries, on six continents. Although most of you have reached me from Facebook, I have also been clicked on from 644 search engines, Reddit, Pinterest, my own webstore, Twitter, and about THREE dozen other referrers. And as of today, I am approaching 500 email subscribers.
Why subscribe? I’m about to start releasing my patterns in PDF form and when I do, I will be emailing some of them to my subscribers absolutely FREE! Also, my email subscribers get bonus postings that do not get shared to social media!
Ok, so I WANT this shirt!!! (that’s a hint out there for all of you!) It sure would make a nice blogiversary present for me…..
NOW do you understand why I threw out a mini-Challenge for you, LOL? I have been telling you all along that as I reach certain milestones on my blog, I would do something for YOU, my beloved and faithful readers to thank you.
In making you work for it by creating something new and wonderful is just my way of torture! No, really it is my way of making you think. Making you think outside the box on things like designing with beads you haven’t used, colors outside your color comfort zone, things like that! I hope you understand I’m just trying to make you all better beaders and truth be told, I learn so MUCH from you!
Speaking of Challenges, don’t forget you have until next Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Noon CST to get your entries in to the Shaped Bead Challenge. In my blog I sent out this past Thursday night, I threw out some hints as to how you can do your designs without the numbered seed beads. I even gave you a few hints as to where you could find some designs that do not use them! Speaking of which, Akke Jonkhof has done it again with yet another design with no numbered seed beads!
Design by Akke Jonkhof
I’m going to close out this posting now by letting you know that I have most of the prize pack for the Shaped Bead Challenge together. As I have said before, I’m digging these out of my own stash and purchasing a few too. Beads aren’t cheap, so if you feel the charity bug biting you, there is a Paypal donation button on the sidebar (scroll down if you are a mobile reader). The donations also go toward my web fees. Don’t forget you must be an email subscriber in order to participate, so sign up!