It is a time-honored tradition in our family to attend a few fall football games at UW-Madison, ever since I was a young kid. Then my husband and I both graduated from UW. In fact, we have quite a few family members that are proud to be Badgers: my sister and brother-in-law, his brother and sister-in-law, two nephews and a niece. My dad has season tickets to football and basketball and sometimes we are lucky enough to get a ticket to go.
A few weeks ago my husband and I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to visit our son after the Badger football game, purchasing tickets at the last minute. It was a beautiful day, bright and sunny with crisp air and an electricity that buzzes in this storied stadium. Walking up to the closed-off Breese Terrace street outside Camp Randall stadium is always a sight…a sea of red and white in a true party atmosphere. I have been to other stadiums for games and they are never as electric as this one is.
He was in the student section across from us having a raucous good time (not filled up yet…but they flood in over the first quarter and then the party starts!). We were in the nose-bleed section. Never have I been that high in the stadium! It was an awesome perspective!
The sun was shining and I was with my sweetheart cheering on my favorite team. And later we got to meet up with our son, get him a good meal, and check in to find that he is adjusting to life as a freshman just fine.
One of my favorite game-day traditions is the singing of Varsity. It never fails to bring a tear to my eye as every fan in the stadium stands up, shoulder-to-shoulder, swaying and then waving arms all singing along to these words. It truly gives me chills to hear an entire stadium singing this mantra, a cappella.
Praise to thee we sing! (We sing!)
Praise to thee, our Alma Mater,
[Video showing UW-Madison’s beautiful campus serenaded by a choir from the UW Alumni Association]
Red and white are our school colors for UW-Madison. And coincidentally, the same for our high school, Pacelli Cardinals!. So this set that I made would work for events at both schools!
Varsity is created with frosty white ceramic beads that seem to glow, I love them. I paired that with very lightweight silver plated resin beads that have great texture and pack a statement. Multiple strands of red seed beads complete the look. It takes a long time to string up those little seeds (in fact, if it hadn’t taken me so long to do these I would have added at least three more strands!), but when used in multiple strands they have an impact, just like the sea of red-wearing fans at Camp Randall. It might be more for wearing to the after-party than the game, but it would bring a bit of alma mater flair to any outfit.
U-RAH-RAH is a fun little bracelet that looks like a stack of bangles. Each of the bracelet forms is C-shaped, with little holes on each end. That makes connecting them to a three-strand connector pretty easy! I made them all different so they would look like a random stack, but I like that they are all connected. I simply wrapped the base with seed-bead filled wire and added a few charms, like the fab little football from Halcraft. This would be a fun game-day accessory to wear!
My Pretty Palettes partner for September is Cynthia Kent Machata of Antiquity Travelers.
She got super inspired by the beads I sent and made a ton of things. This lovely is just one. You will want to see what she made to cheer on her daughter at Simmons College! Blue and grey….Go Sharks! Please go and check out what she made!
Name: Cynthia Machata
Company: Antiquity Travelers
And now we go out to the West Coast for Erin Strother’s Pretty Palettes school color conundrum….
The trouble with designing in “school colors” is that most of the time they aren’t what I’d categorize as tasteful or harmonious combinations. I graduated from Weber State University (GO WILDCATS), where purple and white happen to be the not-so-subtle school colors.
I wanted to make something for this challenge that was pretty enough that you might actually consider wearing it to a non-school related activity, so I thought about going with my high school colors instead, (GO TIGERS) but orange and black are even less subtle than purple and white. So then I thought about faking my not-very-impressive academic history and designing something in Harvard’s colors (GO HARVARD MASCOT THAT I DO NOT KNOW) in hopes that people would think I actually went to Harvard and was super-smart. The sad reality is, the probability of my graduating from clown college is much more believable than from ANY university with any snootiness attached to the name, let alone Harvard.
So, that settled that, and purple and white it is.
Now it is your turn to join in the cheer-your-team-on-tailgate-pep-rally-bead-party! What school are you cheering for? What are their colors and mascots? Show us what you did!
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So much fun to bead with you Erin! Thanks for inviting me to play along with you this month. I absolutely LOVE the druzy you sent my way … and those heshi squares just might be my favorite new bead!!
I adore that necklace you’ve made … that might be Badger colors, but you could wear that anywhere! In-stadium, or out to dinner! LOVE it
I just traveled through Wisconsin and had a fun boat ride in the Dells.
I love your necklace! First thing I thought when I saw it was oh, my gosh it must have taken forever to do all that seed beading. I smiled when I read your comment about it. It is really pretty and the bracelet is just perfect for a football fan.