Sarcasm Reviews Thread Burners!


 

Sarcasm reviews thread burners and throws out a reminder about a contest that ends in just a few days in this installment of snark! Not every beader uses thread burners, but in my opinion, every beader should at the very least, try one out. After a couple of years of using plain old scissors to trim my threads, I decided to go the cheap route, and purchased the Berkley Fireline fishing line burner. It runs around $9-$10 at Walmart or any sporting goods store, comes with its first set of two AAA batteries and an extra tip stored in the battery compartment door. The neat thing about it was the retractable tip that only got hot when pushed out to be used. The problem I had with it, was by the time the first tip burned out and it was time to change out to the provided extra tip, I could not get it to work again, and it went through batteries almost weekly.

So, I decided it was time to quit being a cheapskate and talked to Nathan Buchman over at Potomac Beads, and purchased the Thread Zap Ultra, made by Beadsmith, which also comes with an extra tip in the battery compartment, though no batteries are included. You can buy more Thread Zap Ultra Replacement Tips for about $3.00. Like the Berkley, it is retractable, ergonomic, but in my opinion gets a little hotter than the Berkley, making for a better thread burner, and the batteries lasted quite a while longer, as did the tip. I was really pleased with it, and have it as a backup to my current thread burner now.

Now, on to the thread burner that I purchased for myself (and giving away one in the contest) for the purposes of this review. That would be the Thread Zap II, also made by Beadsmith. Although it isn’t retractable, it is much slimmer, about the size of a magic marker, and has a lid that fits all the way down past the button that activates it. It literally heats up instantly upon pushing the button, and has a much finer tip, and because it is slimmer and easier to control in your hand, it means you don’t burn the wrong threads as often as you do with the bulkier models mentioned above. I freaking LOVE this thread burner! It only requires one AA battery too. The only drawback is that it does NOT come with any replacement tips, but a pack of two will only run you around $5.00 (and the winner of that thread burner will also get a pack of tips!).

So, if you have a favorite thread burner that I have not mentioned, please comment below and I will look into it! Next installment will be a comparison of various threads used in beadweaving, so I would appreciate your comments below on what threads you’re wanting information on too! I already plan on going over Fireline, Wildfire, Sono, KO, One-G, Sonoko, and Hana.

I also want to thank all of you who took the time to vote on the Bello Modo blog for my two entries in their Starman Post-Holiday Trendsetters Design Challenge. Thanks to your votes, my “Russian Crescents” bracelet won First Place, and my “Marrakesh Mosaic” bracelet won Third Place! Thanks to Bello Modo for the gift certificates, especially from my husband, Ha!

2017 Holiday Trendsetters Bello Modo Design Challenge 1st Place Winner – Russian Crescents Bracelet

2017 Holiday Trendsetters Bello Modo Design Challenge 3rd Place Winner – Marrakesh Mosaic Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget you only have until the 28th at 11:59 p.m. C.S.T. to get your entries in and pinned to my Pinterest board for the Pin It To Win It Contest! I will be up later than usual that night to add you to the Pinterest Board, so no worries! Once you fill out your entry form, I add you to the board, so check your email! If your entry isn’t there, and all other stipulations are not met, you will not be in the prize draw!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Needs Your Votes!


Yup, just as the title says, Sarcasm (me, HA!) needs your votes! Today will be short and sweet folks, because I have been having seizures all weekend. Bello Modo is having their annual bead challenge in which I have two entries. Prize winners win gift certificates, and thanks to the very expensive new meds for my seizures, I can’t buy beads like I used to, so I NEED to win! Winners are determined by votes in the comment section of their blog showing the 15 entries.

If you wouldn’t mind going over to their blog  http://terrafirmarealestate.ca/43-stokes-crescent-kanata-k2l-2z5/ HERE and voting for my entries, numbers 12 and 13, I would REALLY appreciate it! Voting lasts all week and then they will post the winners Friday. I know my readers certainly ROCK and will help me out!

Speaking of contests, don’t forget that I have one going on too, my Pin It To Win It! It lasts until 11:59 p.m. C.S.T. 2/28/17. Once you register by filling out the form, check your email or Pinterest notifications and you will see where you have been added to the Pinterest board to post your pics of your entries.

That’s it for now! 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 п»ї100mg neurontin 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 Got Her Groove On!


In my arm!!!

In my arm!!!

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 tinybead@beccasbeadedbangles.com 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

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“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?

Until next time, stay smart, stay smart sassy!

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 does a Beaded Bezel Tutorial


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Welcome back to another fun-filled week of snark, honorable mentions from the Challenge, some of my beadwork (yes, I have found some time to bead, despite everything that has been going on!), and a tutorial! This is going to be a long one, boys and girls, so grab on to your nearest glass of wine (or whatever else lifts your spirits) and hang on!

First, let me apologize about the tone of last week’s posting. I know it was down and depressing, and I apologize. Sometimes though, you just need an outlet for your emotions, and since my family was center stage in the cause of mine, it fell to writing about it here. Not fair to you. No more, I promise.

Believe it or not, I not only have been beading, but actually won a little something in a challenge myself. Bello Modo held their Crescent Design Challenge, where original submissions had to be made using the Czech mates Crescent beads as the primary design bead. I was proud that my design “Eclipse” was selected as one of their runner-ups. I am currently writing a tutorial to it, and it will be available for sale on my website in the next couple of weeks!

"Eclipse"

“Eclipse”

"Eclipse"

“Eclipse”

This week, I had a lot of fun trying out the new Es-O and Tipp beads I got from Potomac Bead Company in the “Tipp Topp” bracelet by Akke Jonhof.  You can find the pattern in the April/May edition of Beadwork Magazine.  Did I follow the pattern as written? Well geez, do I ever??? Seriously though, the only changes I made, were in attaching the clasp. I used a 2-holed bar and a few seed beads before attaching my magnetic clasp instead of how Akke did it. I just liked the structure and strength of it a little better.

In my version I also played with some of the newer bead colors too. I used pastel light grey Tipp beads (though I have to warn you they are considerably darker than on the website photo), bordeaux Es-O beads, pastel light grey O-beads, and 6mm faceted rounds in white grey luster. As I mentioned before, I did use a couple of 2-hole bar bead in hematite on each end with some seed beads in silver lined grey to attach my magnetic clasp.

"Madeira"

“Madeira”

This week I bring you a tutorial for an easy beaded bezel for a cabochon, courtesy of Leslie Rogalski, Creative Director for the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. Though this one is for a 24mm cabochon, it can easily be adapted for any size.

Easy Beaded Cabochon Pendant © by Leslie Rogalski, Designs by Leslie Rogalski – www.sleeplessbeader.com

Easy beaded cab

Easy beaded cab

What you will need:

  • 1 – 24mm cabochon (glass/stone/crystal, etc.)
  • 1 gm 11/0 seed beads (galvanized muscat shown)
  • 20 size 11 delica color B (violet sparkle lined DB-0610 shown)
  • 40 – 2mm round or Firepolish crystals (jet sliperit shown)
  • 1 – 6mm round or Firepolish crystal
  • Cord and clasp of choice
  • Fireline/Wildfire/One-G/KO Beading thread
  • Size 11 or 12 beading needle – (note: I personally recommend Tulip needles – Becca)
  • Scissors or a thread burner (note: I personally recommend the Berkley Hot Line Cutter – the tip is retractable, it comes with the batteries and an extra tip, can be found in most sporting goods stores in the fishing department, and costs less than $10!)
  1. On a 1 yd (.9m) piece of thread pick up 1A and 1B ten times for a total of 20 beads. Sew through all the beads again and pull into a ring; leave slight ease in order to sew through these beads in subsequent steps. Knot tail to working thread. Exit the first A strung. Pick up 8A, 1 crystal, and 8A. Skip the B in the ring and sew through the next A, making a loop.
  2. Repeat around the ring for ten loops. The last loop sews through the first A in the ring. Exit through the first 8A and the crystal in the first loop strung. p1
  3. String 3 crystals. Sew through the crystal exited in the loop forming a loop of 4 crystals. Exit the crystal in the loop.
  4. String 1A, 1B and 1A. Sew through the next loop’s crystal. Make sure the loop is flat, not twisted, before sewing through the crystal. Repeat Steps 3 and 4, pulling the beads close, to add 4-­‐crystal loops at the top of each loop. Sew through the first loop’s crystal, and circle through the crystal picot to exit the top crystal. Make sure the three beads between crystals are pulled up snugly, without gaps. The beadwork will cup as you work.p2
  5. Place cab face up in the beadwork. String 2A and pass through the top crystal in the next loop. Continue around the ring, pulling the beads snugly to capture the cab. Sew again through the circle just formed of A beads and crystals.
  6. Sew through the beads to meet the tail on the underside, knot, weave in the ends, and trim.p3

BAIL

  1. Customize the size of the bail to fit over your rope or cord by adding or subtracting A and B beads in the next steps.String a stop bead on 18″ (46 cm) of thread. Leaving a 6″ (15 cm) tail sew through the second, third, and fourth A beads in one strand of one of the loops (counting from the front of the cab). String a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A a(or more for a larger bail space) and a 2mm crystal. String one 6mm round, a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A (or however many you just strung,) and a 2mm crystal. Sew through all the beads again one and a half times, to exit the 6mm bead. Remove the stop bead.
  2.  String a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A (or however many you just strung) and a 2mm crystal. Skip one strand and sew through the second and third A beads in the next strand of A beads. String a 2mm crystal, however many A and B beads you just strung) and a 2mm crystal. Sew through the 6mm bead and through all the beads in this step. Weave in the thread ends to secure and trim.p4

So, to wrap up the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Challenge Spring 2016, I wanted to bring you just a few more Honorable Mentions! These are a few that stood out to me  and the judges as simply amazing for various reasons about to be explained.

CRAW, or in layman’s terms, Cubic Right Angle Weave, is as about as difficult a stitch as a beader will ever run across. It requires time, patience, and did I mention time and patience? Oh yeah, I think I did! Girija Kuppaswamy’s 21 inch version of Jill Wiseman’s CRAW rope tutorial, (yes – TWENTY-ONE INCHES!) obviously took a LOT of time and patience, and was simply beautiful too!

Girija Kuppaswamy - Jill Wiseman's CRAW rope necklace

Girija Kuppaswamy – Jill Wiseman’s CRAW rope necklace

JR An Carol Carnes submitted a LOT of entries, but the one that really took my breath away was the Superduo bezel (tutorial by Allie Buchman of Potomac Bead Company), using the reversible angle and such vibrant shades of the Challenge colors!

JR An Carol Carnes - Allies Super Duo Bezel

JR An Carol Carnes – Allies Super Duo Bezel

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Mary Kearney is someone I see in a lot of the beading groups on Facebook, as well as the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color challenges, and she certainly did not disappoint in my Challenge with her Jill Wiseman Cellini spiral, which used nearly every Challenge color there was to use! Simply a gorgeous piece of beadwork!

Mary Kearney Jill Wiseman Cellini Spiral

Mary Kearney Jill Wiseman Cellini Spiral

And then there was the one thing that surprised me in just how much I loved it, because I have never really been a fan of beaded beads. However, both of Sherry Palmer-Zieman’s entries, “Frill-Seeker,” a Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe, and Allie Buchman’s “Moon Lantern” bracelet both contained beaded beads, and I simply adored them!

Sherry Palmer -Zieman - Allie's "Moon Lantern" bracelet

Sherry Palmer -Zieman – Allie’s “Moon Lantern” bracelet

Sherry Palmer-Zieman - Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe "Frill Seeker"

Sherry Palmer-Zieman – Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe “Frill Seeker”

 

 

Going to wrap up this late edition of Sarcastic Beads and Yarn for the week, BUT, that does NOT mean I do not want to hear that little “ding” on my phone that means I have a comment from you fine folks! Also, if you read my plea for help last week, well, the song remains the same. I need all the help I can get with keeping this site up and running and there is a handy little Paypal donation button on the side if you would be so kind. I want to thank Sheila P. and Linda N. for helping me out with their kind generosity this past week, and Dorothy F. before that.

 

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

Becca

Coming Next Week: Spotlight on some cool bead artisans from around the globe!

Sarcasm Shows Beautiful Work


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Happy Easter! I hope everyone has had a pleasant day. I have spent it with my husband and our granddaughter watching her play with all her books and assorted goodies the Easter Bunny brought her overnight to our house. It was so cute this morning after she ate breakfast watching her march around the living room looking for her “prizes.” That’s what we had to tell her so she would go off and look! She is a very precarious little 19 month old, and smart as a whip! To convince her to do something she isn’t sure of though is quite a feat!

I apologize for the lateness of the hour of posting this week, but as you can see, my blog undertook a makeover today! Then, just as I was getting ready to sit down and post to you all, a succession of transformers in my neighborhood blew up, causing my power to go out for a few hours. Only thing worse than having your power and your wi-fi out? Having it out at dusk with a toddler who wants their dinner NOW! lol

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I have had one heck of a week. I finished up the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Spring 2016 Bead Challenge, got the winnings shipped off and no sooner had I taped the envelope shut than I got the phone call from my distraught daughter that my ex-husband had passed away. Though he wasn’t my daughter’s father (we didn’t even get married until she was nearly 10), they had stayed in touch in the years after our divorce, and she was upset about his passing, though it was expected. Her “stepdad” (and I use the term very loosely, because he has loved her as his own for the last 12 years) immediately went to go pick up our granddaughter so she could be with my ex’s family in their time of grief.

Even though my daughter hasn’t been his step-daughter in nearly 13 years, his family still listed her and my grandchildren as HIS in the obituary. I have to admit it stung that they would claim MY family as his, but then I thought about it, and realized how awful it must have been to die alone, with no one by his side, found by a nearby relative the next morning. Even though he was a very big public figure where we live, he was still alone. No matter how bad people treat others, they should not have to die alone. I pray that doesn’t happen to me, but then, I have my husband, daughter and grandchildren.

Last week I announced that Bridget Cook’s “Layers of Love” bracelet had won the Challenge. I shipped off her bead haul to her Monday, and since she lives in a neighboring state, she received it pretty quick. I would say she was pretty darn happy with it!

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Bridget Cook with her Grand Prize Pack of bead and findings

The five individuals who judged the Challenge (whom I can not thank enough!) not only picked a winner and a runner-up, but each went out of their way to give me some names of entries that deserved further recognition as Honorable Mentions.  If you have been watching the entry page, you may already suspect which ones some of these are. This week I would like to recognize them. To see their true beauty, please click on their pictures and you can see them up close!

Our runner-up with Jill Wiseman’s “Forever Tango” bracelet was Peggy Houser, but she also submitted a beautiful version of the Trendsetters pattern by Nichole Starman, “Chrysanthemum.”

Peggy Houser - Trendsetter's "Chrysanthemum" by Nichole Starman

Peggy Houser – Trendsetter’s “Chrysanthemum” by Nichole Starman

Hilary Coulter submitted several entries, but the ones that really stood out to the judges with her use of the color palette were her designs from Allie Buchman of Potomac Bead Company. Her “Misty Meadows” and “Dropping Flowers” bracelets were absolutely beautifully done, especially with the Czech cup button clasp finishes.

Hilary Coulter - "Dropping Flowers"

Hilary Coulter – “Dropping Flowers”

Hilary Coulter - "Misty Meadows"

Hilary Coulter – “Misty Meadows”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Steele Talley submitted a  lovely version of Jill Wiseman’s “Mambo” bracelet. I just love the way the clasp is hidden in the best part of the entire bracelet!

Debbie Steel Talley - Jill Wiseman's "Mambo" bracelet

Debbie Steel Talley – Jill Wiseman’s “Mambo” bracelet

And then there was Erin Wyatt’s submission of Allie Buchman’s Flat spiral bracelet using just about all of the Challenge colors! It was a thing of beauty! And to top that, she did a beautiful rendition of Jill’s “Pretty Posies” necklace, to boot!

Erin Wyatt - Allie's Flat Spiral

Erin Wyatt – Allie’s Flat Spiral

Erin Wyatt - Jill Wiseman's "Pretty" Posies"

Erin Wyatt – Jill Wiseman’s “Pretty” Posies”

And finally, (and please keep in mind that these were in no particular order) there was Dorothy Ferris fantastic version of Allie Buchman’s “Castanets” bracelet. Not only did she do a wonderful job with her beadwork, but her photography is lovely as well!

Dorothy Ferris - "Castanets"

Dorothy Ferris – “Castanets”

These are just but a few examples of the wonderful submissions I received in the Challenge. I hope to do another Bead Challenge in the Fall/Winter season. BUT, if you all keep up the pace with helping reach all these milestones with my blog, who knows?

You all are amazing. I can’t thank you enough for reading my ramblings each and every week. One thing though, my web fees are getting really expensive and I don’t know how much longer I can keep it up. I have a little donation box up at the top right corner of the blog if you wouldn’t mind kicking in a few dollars every once in a while to help out? I would SO appreciate it! Your donations would not be coming to me in the form of your financial info or anything, as a matter of fact, it goes directly into my GoDaddy account for the fees here.

I really love coming to each and every one of you each week and would hate to stop. I know this week has been a Debbie Downer, but it was honestly hard for me to get up enough strength to post at all. I promise it won’t be like that again.  Next week I will be bringing you some beading tips!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm has a Winner


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I am sooooo glad that this is Spring Break week where I am.  I can actually sleep late – wait, no, sleep at all, for that matter! See, I am the one who runs carpool for my grandbabies every day and with one gone to his other grandmother for the week and the Doodlebug being taken to daycare by my daughter and son-in-law, I have a few days free! Wheeeee!!! Eat, Bead, Sleep, REPEAT!

The other reason I haven’t had much sleep lately is I have been staying up each night long after.most of you, posting entries to my blog here to this little thing you may have read a thing or two or three THOUSAND about, the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Spring 2016 Bead Challenge. My event was held over on Facebook, and was open to anyone who was an email subscriber to my blog and liked my Facebook page. Easy peasy.

Other than those two things, the other requirements were entries had to be from either a Jill Wiseman, Trendsetters, or one of Allie over at Potomac Bead Company’s patterns. The biggest and most challenging part of the whole thing was having to stick to the color palette. All entries had to come from the Spring 2016 Pantone Top 10 colors shown below.

The "must stick to if you wanna win" design colors

The “must stick to if you wanna win” design colors

Though you could enter as many entries as you wanted, they were limited to three per day, per person after the first week, because I was flooded with entries by the same people there for a few days to the point that other people could not get their entries seen on the event feed. Lesson learned! I also reserved the right from the very beginning to change up the rules and throw some curve balls out and this last week I did just that. Gotta keep you peeps on your toes!

Monday was Blue Monday, where all entries posted had to be done in the blue colors of the color palette. Tuesday was Tutorial Tuesday, where I posted my own Starfish with Superduos pattern that could be used for the remainder of the Challenge. And beginning this last Monday, nobody could submit the same pattern twice. Up until that point I was getting a lot of the same patterns from some people, but different colors. Another lesson learned!

So what is are all these rules and details about? Why so picky? Well, when there is a $250 Grand Prize of beads from Potomac Bead Company and a $50 gift certificate from Bello Modo for the Runner-up on the line, you get a little picky! My husband just groans and rolls his eyes every time he walks by the prize package that has been sitting on my dining room table the last two weeks, cuz he knows that once this thing is over I will be ordering ME all those beads that the winner is getting that I don’t have yet!

Grand Prize Winner's Prize Pack, courtesy of Potomac Bead Co., Hagerstown, MD.

Grand Prize Winner’s Prize Pack, courtesy of Potomac Bead Co., Hagerstown, MD.

I have to give a HUGE thank you to the five (yes, you read that right – 5) judges for undertaking such a monster task as to judge the nearly 150 entries I received. Judging a bead challenge is hard enough, but couple that with the gargantuan number of entries I ended up with… Well, all I have to say about that is, I am SO glad it was not me doing it!

For those of you wondering, why five judges? I have been a participant in several bead challenges myself, and 99% of them have always been done fairly, but there is always that 1% that leaves a bad taste in your mouth for the next one you are about to enter. I originally had four, but wanted a tie-breaker, just in case, too.

Though I am not revealing who my judges were, I will tell you that they literally come from all four corners of the USA, they all have multiple years of experience in the beading field, with the exception of one, who is fairly new to it, but she is an accomplished artist and was judging for color representation only. Each judge was judging a different aspect of the challenge, while the fifth judge was judging all aspects.

I have to say what an absolutely amazing bunch of entries from a tremendously talented and creative pool of beaders I received. You can see all the entries here. Each night as I was posting them here, I just shook my head and wondered when I was going to be as talented and gifted as these beaders are. I aspire to that! For instance, look at what my Runner-up and winner of the $50 gift certificate from Bello Modo, Peggy Houser did with Jill Wiseman’s “Forever Tango” pattern, while representing the Challenge colors of Rose Quartz, Limpet Shell, and Lilac Gray! (ya see what I did there? ha!) Peggy, Bello Modo has already been contacted and you should be hearing from them on Monday! Congrats!

Peggy Houser - Jill Wiseman's "Forever Tango" bracelet

Peggy Houser – Jill Wiseman’s “Forever Tango” bracelet

So, without further ado, I would like to announce that the Winner of the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Spring 2016 Bead Challenge is (I think I have dragged out the suspense long enough, don’t you? hee hee) Bridget Cook, and her version of Allie Buchman of Potomac Bead Company’s “Layers of Love” bracelet, which represented the Pantone colors of Green Flash, Iced Coffee, Peach Echo and Fiesta! Bridget, you put in some wonderful other entries besides this one, as well. Congratulations! I will be shipping your prize pack out Monday.

Bridget Cook - Allie "Layers of Love" bracelet

Bridget Cook – Allie’s “Layers of Love” bracelet

I want to thank everyone who entered, thought about entering, or is thinking about entering the next one. You ALL are just amazing. I started this Challenge because I had reached 10,000 views on my blog, and since it started, you all have nearly tripled that! I can not thank you enough! But I would like to thank Jesus, my family, the Academy, my director, oh wait – I strayed again, didn’t I? See, that’s what happens when you people don’t comment to me enough! lol

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Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca