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I like big beadsBeing a born & bred New Orleans-i-an, I couldn't help loving this great Mardi Gras shirt I ran across as I thought about the topic for today's post -- "I Like Big Beads and I Cannot Lie". You can buy this sweet little number at this web site called "Citizen NOLA".

[Note: If you enjoy this post you might also like our post on Mardi Gras beads...]

big green beadsAnd you can find big, beautiful beads at some great Etsy shops -- among them,

AfricaDirect -

and Beadaze -


our shop, of course...  BeadyEyedBird

...just to name a few!

big bold necklaceAnd OH, the designs you can make with big beads! The possibilities are endless -- but I think the main idea is to just be unabashedly BOLD, as gBoutique has been here (to the right):

And another thought -- just for those of you who may not have run across the rapper song that inspired this post, "I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie" -- here's Wikipedia's recap of this historic ode to the well-endowed:

"Baby Got Back" is a song written and recorded by American artist Sir Mix-a-Lot. The first verse begins with 'I like big butts and I cannot lie', and most of the song is about the rapper's attraction to large buttocks. The second and third verse challenge mainstream norms of beauty: 'I ain't talkin' 'bout Playboy/'Cause silicone parts are made for toys' and 'So Cosmo says you're fat/Well I ain't down with that!' Sir Mix-a-Lot commented in a 1992 interview: 'The song doesn't just say I like large butts, you know? The song is talking about women who damn near kill themselves to look like these beanpole models that you see in Vogue magazine.' He explains that most women respond positively to the song's message...." No doubt!!

big beads 2But back to BEADS...

I swear my most treasured beads are the biggest ones. There's something about them that just grabs you, and I don't mean the way they practically turn you into a hunchback when you're trying to wear some of those big, heavy stone or glass beads. I just mean the way they shout out -- I'm big, I'm beautiful, and nobody's gonna grind me down!


Thanks for humoring me today -- guess I'm just feeling silly.

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