Friday, February 9, 2024

Snarky Bracelets and Another Giveaway / Beauties Pageant 245

Preparation for QuiltCon, the flagship event of the Modern Quilt Guild, is in full swing at From Bolt to Beauty world headquarters. Ive attended three past QuiltCons—in Savannah, Nashville, and Atlanta—and in many ways Im doing all the usual things to get ready for QuiltCon Raleigh, like making dinner reservations and reordering business cards. In a moment of weakness, however, I decided that theres time in the weeks leading up to the show to fall down a new crafty rabbit hole: beaded friendship bracelets.

Ive seen so many pretty and colorful bracelets appear in my Instagram feed and look forward to making new friends on the show floor as we swap bangles. The reality of making these trinkets, however, has not lived up to my expectations! Here are five issues I’ve encountered ...

1. Everyone else’s bracelets are turning out so sweet, whereas mine trend more snarky. My bracelets sport sayings like Procraftinator, Sew What, and Quilty AF. (Ha!)

2. I was putting my letters on backwards and didn’t realize the problem until I had made several. Check out the accompanying picture. The pile at the top are bracelets that contain mistakes! (Someone, please: Fire quality assurance!

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3. Stringing beads is more time intensive than I anticipated. Because quilts take forever to make, I thought I’d bang out, like, 20 bracelets each day in between my other to-do’s. This has not proved to be possible.

4. Also, I’m so scared the beads are going to come off that I haven’t trimmed the string tails yet. I do have some heavy-duty glue on hand, however, to secure the knots before I take scissors to the strings.

5. There has been a lot of swearing—way more than a quilt project elicits.

If youre considering making beaded friendship bracelets for yourself, there are tons of Internet videos to guide you along. Im using 0.8 mm elastic string and 4 mm glass beads.

Giveaway

You might remember from last week that I am newly 50. Im continuing the birthday celebration with another giveaway. This week, enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Etsy.

Im trying out Rafflecopter to accept entries for this contest. All you need to do is sign with your email (or Facebook credentials), and you have four ways to enter. Do one or all four of them—its up to you. (Note: If youve already signed up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram, all you need to do is click those options to add those entries.) 

This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Thursday, February 15, 2024.  Good luck!

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23 comments:

  1. Very cute bracelets! I would go for something even snarkier, myself. Happy birthday, and have a lovely time at Quiltcon. Hope to run into you!

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  2. Cute bracelets! I’m not much on jewelry but love to wear multiple bracelets. Smithcindyk@gmail.com

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  3. What a fun activity--swap quilty bracelets!!! You'll be a pro and ready to do one of those tutes by the time you finish! Happy birthday! You are still a youngun!!!

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  4. Cute bracelets! I am out of the loop on what the bracelets are for, so I'm off to find out more! :)

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  5. Well, I'm glad to have an inside perspective on making beaded bracelets! Thank you for leading me to know I wouldn't enjoy assembling them. Goodness, but your picture of all those letter beads in a pile is enough to put me off! :-) So many alphabet letters to sort through. Much more in my comfort zone, I've opted to make sewn gifts for people I encountered. I am SO excited for QuiltCon! This is QC number seven for me, and I wouldn't miss it!

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  6. I say leave the upside down beads... it goes with the snarky. Love them! Thanks for the chance to win and to share with others in the party.

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm with you on the frustrating project that you think you can bang out but then turns into anything but that. I'm dealing with that now myself. lol😆 Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

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    1. Not sure why my comment showed as anonymous since I logged in first, but that's about par for my week!

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  8. Happy Birthday 🎂! Love the bracelets. They remind me of the time I made bracelets with my granddaughter. It was a fun time babysitting her. Thank you for the chance to win….Catherine….august1375.c@aol.com

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  9. Happy Birthday! I got a chuckle out of your beading adventures. I won't be trying any of those -- the last thing I need is more craft projects and all the associated supplies!

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  10. I opted to have some stickers made this year. I'm glad you noticed the letter orientation sooner rather than later, and I hope those don't take long to correct.

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  11. I have never done bead work those are cute - Happy Birthday - 50 isn't old wait until you hit 70 then you feel old

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  12. Hi Michelle, isn't it always the way - it looks easy but there are often little fiddly details that need to be taken care of! Good luck with your bracelets and thanks for the raffle!

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  13. Cute bracelets! Hope you are able to get them done in time.

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  14. Well I like your snarky messages! Quilty AF would be my choice ha! I'm so impressed that you're taking the time to make these; hope you get some good ones in return!

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  15. Your bracelets are cute! Have fun exchanging them:)

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  16. Love the snarky messages!! Upside down letters are even better!!!

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  17. Snarky comments are so much fun! Especially putting the words on a bracelet. I'm sure someone (else) has an idea as to how to keep them together more permanently without falling apart. Turning 50 isn't so bad, is it? My 50's were great...once I retired! :)

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  18. Super cute bracelets, I love the snark. Happy Birthday 🎈

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    1. (From Cheryl @ cheryljbrickey@gmail.com)

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  19. I have never made bracelets, looks finicky!!
    Love your life, I am 73, and having a great time!!

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  20. Ordering letters for snarky bracelets now

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  21. Love the idea of cute (or snarky) quilt related bracelets. I have quite a collection of the alphabet beads as I made my own lettered pins to mark the order of rows. Another chance for me to put some to use.

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