Sarcasm Says Happy Craft Month!


Happy Craft Month!!!! So….have y’all been getting all crafty? WE HAVE!!!! Well, I say “we”. I actually mean “me”. Poor Becca is poorly so she asked me to guest post.  She has no idea what she’s in for! HAHAHAHAHA! [sce emoji=”evilgrin”/] By the way, Becca will be back next week with that thread review y’all are wanting!

A little about me…I’m the guilty party that created the monster [sce emoji=”devil”/] that eventually became Becca’s Beaded Bangles. I’ve been making jewelry for more than 10 years and I’ve crafted all of my life. My style is a bit different than hers though. (don’t tell her but i don’t even OWN a seed bead. Not even one! Ed. note: that’s because she gave every single one she had to me!) I create from things i find or that are given to me. I started out doing things with shells and bits and pieces I found on the beach. That quickly expanded to things like car parts and rocks and old computers. [sce emoji=”whatsgoingon”/]  LOL  Yeah, I know it’s a bit odd. And that’s ok because that’s what art is supposed to be! I use bones, antlers, pelts, old draperies, and I’ve been known to rip up clothing. [sce emoji=”bomb”/]

Hiking with 2 of the mutts!

Of course, I use beads too, just not tiny ones that like to run away from you…. I like big honking pieces that make a statement! Anyway, I sell cars, and I have a couple of grown kids, a husband, and 6 dogs.  I created my “studio” in the corner of my new-ish hubby’s living room. Nothing fancy because I’m way too rough on stuff but it’s functional and I don’t feel like I’ve been sent to detention away from the fam. I spend as much time as I can outdoors hiking, swimming, canoeing, and generally getting into trouble any way I can find. (Bec will vouch for me on that!) I’m also rebuilding the gardens I sort of inherited. And of course, like all of you, I have a myriad of other life obligations that keep me running pillar to post every day. And like anything important, I force time for creating because without it I’m completely lost and I get depressed and laundry doesn’t get done and my family gets frightened I’m going off the deep end.  But that’s enough about me.

So what are you creating? Late winter and spring are always good for delving into new things and stretching your creative eye. Lately I’ve been playing with leather (that started as pants and a jacket. Don’t worry. They were pretty hideous as clothes but the leather is first class!) I can’t say that I’ll do this long-term but it gives the rest of my brain a break. It’s a sort of cure for “creative block”. I actually took several weeks off after Christmas because I would sit at my bench and *poof*. [sce emoji=”dull”/] Nothing. A total abyss. Ugh. So trying new things sort of sets everything on restart and I can move again. I strongly recommend trying new techniques, a new craft, a new perspective. Even if you never do it again, you’re forever enriched by the experience and will always see things a little differently because of it.

Speaking of doing new things…. Have y’all seen the new “Jackie” tutorial Becca did? She is actually the first designer to create a necklace with the AVA beads. Yeah…so… I really did create a monster. [sce emoji=”doctorstrange”/] LOL I don’t know how she does it. [sce emoji=”skipping”/] I really don’t. All those little tiny monsters! I mean beads.  Yes, I meant beads… LOL And she makes it all look effortless too! [sce emoji=”lalala”/] So go try a new pattern! Now is the time to snap it up because her entire webstore is 25% off this month with coupon code NCM17! (And she really needs the money with all that expensive medicine they have her on.)

“Jackie”

Y’all take care and come back now, ya hear? It’s time for me to go fold laundry and be an adult so I can go cut up more stuff! [sce emoji=”facepalm”/]

Oh….I almost forgot….. I promised I would also remind y’all that blogs ain’t free. It would be awesome if you could throw your spare change over this way. Don’t throw it hard cuz that would hurt.  Just toss gently, maybe.  Even better if it’s dollar bills!

Keep rocking your truth!

Sincerely,

Abby Lynn

Wire and Wine

Sarcasm is Wired – with Wine!


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Welcome back to another week of snarky sarcasm, beading, and…..WIRE! Yup, I’m going to depart from my own beading for a bit (but only a bit – actually only a few paragraphs!) to talk about Wire & Wine! See, I like to drink wine – a LOT! It gets me through the long, tough days of grandchildren, beading, dental work, financial woes – and they are a-PLENTY right now (see my Paypal donation button on this page, please – Ha!), stressing that I won’t make it until I can pour my next glass, and generally just breathing. But I digress…

If you are a regular reader, and I just know all of you are, you remember me posting about my Sis/BFF’s wedding that I not only attended, was in, and did the jewelry for.  Today I would like to introduce you to her fabulous jewelry creations and her Facebook page, Wire & Wine!

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She paints too – she is just TOO multi-talented!

She does this incredible job of taking found objects from the beaches around where she lives in South Alabama, along with deer antlers, wine corks, bullets, and basically anything you give to her, and makes this incredibly cool and wearable jewelry from it!

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Please head over to her page on Facebook and check out her incredibly cool and different stuff! It is the sister page to my Becca’s Beaded Bangles Facebook page (see what I did there – sister page for my Sis? Ha!) If you have something cool lying around your own house that you are not quite sure what you were going to do with, maybe consider having her turn it in to a cool piece of jewelry for you or a loved one! We would also love if you would share her page on your own Facebook pages, and thanks in advance!

Soooo, back to my own beading! Nothing new to show except…..that this little piece below:

"Penny Pincher"

“Penny Pincher”

Yup, that’s the one. “Penny Pincher” was one of 14 winners in the Potomac Bead Company Design Challenge 2016! I’m not sure if Potomac will be doing a video tutorial, but if they do not, I will be publishing a written one once I know!

That’s it for me this week. I’m off to see the grandbabies! Don’t forget to leave me some words of wisdom in the comment section below, cuz I adore hearing from you! Also, if you wouldn’t mind helping me out with a donation via the Paypal button up top to help out with my page expenses, I would so appreciate you! Have a great week everyone!

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

Becca