Wednesday, December 31, 2008
For those of us who like to write, sketch or paint journal entries, this is a fabulous idea! We could bead journal covers for each month and at the same time journal in the book. At the end of the year, we'd have 12 beaded journals filled with our thoughts and ideas for each month during the year. I might give this a try next year!!!! Sweet, huh!
Happy new year, everyone!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I have finished my November page. It was more difficult to catch his personnality than the others, but my son is enjoyed by this portrait, so ...you can see it http://www.flickr.com/groups/871696@N21/pool/
Also I want to say Thanks, many thanks for all your comments . I was touched.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I'm writing today to let you know that she's home from the hospital and doing reasonably well. She even sent a "group email report" today in which she joked a bit... "I still have drains in (ugh) and I am really quite sore and stiff and I feel like I am walking around like a robot or something trying not to move too much, but I guess the positive here is that I am moving, right?"
She is extremely appreciative of the support, prayers, healing thoughts, etc that she has received from BJP members. She hopes you'll all be diligent about getting regular checks/mamograms.
I'll post a progress report again in a week or so. In the meantime, if you wish, you can leave comments here or on her blog.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
The finished page is here.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I made a picture of a Chrysanthemum little tree from our garden. It was so nice to watch it during grey November days.
You can see it in my blog
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I am happy to say that I have been working away at my November and December pages for the BJP. November was a hard month with the unexpected death of my m-i-l. She had a bowel blockage on a Friday night, went to the emergency room, and within 6 days she was dead. A real shock to our family. She was the last parent among all the siblings and their spouses. So my November block ended up a tribute to my husband's family. Here are sneak previews of both of these blocks. See it on my blog here. You will also see my December block. It was a fast one and I really enjoyed it!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here's a sneak peek at my December BJP. You can check it out on my blog.
I am mentally fighting with blogger this morning to get the pic to enlarge on my blog so you can see the details, so if it doesn't enlarge when you check it out, stop back and hopefully I will have rectified THAT issue.
A few things I want to share here:
First of all - I am strongly encouraging every one of you, if you have been lax on your health care maintenance, mainly your self-breast exams, clinical breast exams, mammograms and pelvic exams - IF you "feel" something not quite right, if you have any question at all - call your health care provider! PLEEZ don't put this stuff off. You could possibly avoid lots of heartache for yourself, your family and your friends.
Second, our BJP world is a wonderfully kind and compassionate group and I thank all of you who have been cyber-supporting me. It means more to me than I can express!!!!
Third - have a great Holiday season - and give extra thanks for family, friends and even the smallest things in your life that are good. I know I am.
Friday, December 12, 2008
As for September and October and November, they are complete. I can't remember if I've posted the pix of November at Glass0Beads but head over there anyway.
One last thing. I celebrated my birthday in bed with Flu, near tears with the pain in my joints. I am on the mend and could have used the 2 hours yesterday to better effect.
Helene ~ Glass0Beads
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
You have all been so industrious doing fine, wonderful BJ-pages and I can only congratulate you for that and in the same breath to confess that I'm left behind! :o/
Besides that I've had a change of heart (literally) about to my pages. Originally I was thinking to bead hearts, because it's really "my thing" but then at the last moment I chose differently and started with base sized 3,1×5,3 inches. That's not for me and in a way I've put myself on the spot with that choice . So it's a time for a fresh start for me.
Atleast I have a lot of ideas to my yet unborn beaded hearts... That's something, right?! :o) Hopefully I'm getting there where you all are, with the smile on my face!
Happy beading to everybody!
Here's the link to October BJP.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who commented on, gave suggestions and encouraged me on my September BJP :)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
is the theme this year. Each page will have one, sometimes two or three, songs depicted on it.
I'm revealing the songs depicted in the first one, but at the end of the 11 months, the names of each song and corresponding month will be revealed!
So pop over to Flickr to see No 1.
Remember it's my interpration of the songs, so you may not guess correctly, then again you may!
Nospoj - Dinah
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Yeah, you guessed it, not even the first one completed!!! BUT I have started it and am working on it in amongst the other projects on the go too!!! I've even pulled out the leaves for the October page too so hopefully that won't take as long as September's BUT November is another that might take some time putting together! I've decided I'm getting a photo album that holds two 4 x 6 photos/page and pulling out the inside divider sheet and that way you can view the fronts and the back blurbs (they are all preapred ready for print offs) too! I'm not sure about putting them into a wall hanging - this will have to suffice for now.
I just have to get going on these and they'll get done, not sure if on time though!!!
Rose Anne, Winnipeg, MB, CANADA
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Hi everyone...I am adding in a sneak peek of my November BJP here. I was mentally beat by Blogger the other day and couldn't get it to work, so am making sure I can do it!
and it looks like it worked.... yay!
One technical question while I am here, has anyone done bead embroidery adding in paper? You know, like the fancy paper at all the scrapbooking places now? and then add in fabric and beads?
here's a link to my blog (again)....
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I was trying to put a "teaser" pic in here for my November page, but can't quite figure out my (new) program. so will just add my link and you can drop in on my blog.
And I just need to apologize to anyone who was in and around Minneapolis earlier this week driving... if you were swearing at a red Durango driving around like an idiot, that was me. LOL!
On to December.... :)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I will have at least Septembers ready for you too look at, but in the meantime here's a teaser, not BJP, but a Christmas Present for my best friend. The full pic and story is on my blog
Although pictureful posts are fun, we will probably want to restrict ourselves to BJP related images because by the end of the year there will be upwards of 2,000 posts and we don't want to get shut down because of going over our allotted space. Please keep posting other beautiful pictures on your own blog and please post links to them on the BJP blog when you feel they would be of specific interest to BJPers.
Last year we got in the habit of cropping the pictures of our finished BJP pieces and posting these little sneak-peek images (enticing hints of the whole piece) here on the BJP blog along with a link to our own blog or Flickr page. That was really fun... to see just a little part of the picture was like a wrapped present at Christmas! Like this... don't you just want to check it out?
It's my October piece from last year's BJP. See here for more... ;>}
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I am so thankful for this project... for all of you and for the great abundance of creativity and inspiration flowing from your BJP work!!!
Big hugs to all, Robin A.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Have a wonderful week!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I have a request to make for everybody. I am playing around with photography, trying to find that perfect (well, perfect for me) combination to get me a really good picture.
When it finally gets photoed and posted, I would like people to give me their opinion of the pic. I can't grow in a vacuum and your opinions will help me get better pix.
That's it. That's all I want!! (not asking for much, is she ~~ oh, no, not much) I would be very thankful for your help.
Come back tomorrow.
~~ Helene ~~Glass0Beads
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I've been so busy with life and health issues I'm way behind but I know I'll catch up - got bogged down last year also but managed to finish with everyone.
I have three pieces started Sept through to November and working as much as I can on all.
Why? I hear you say, 3 started none finished?
Because I didn't want to become bored and start changing halfway through each piece, this way it keeps everything fresh (for me).
Still off the ciggies, it's hard but worth the effort.
Hope you are all beading on, haven't been on the computer too much as this was one of my inhaling sites - trying to change one old habit means other things need to be changed too!
Will post finished product's next month on Flickr. Yeah I'm not a peeker but will look at all then.
I am using the abbreviation JDD in order not to disclose the secret for those who are strong enough not to take previews. Anybody there?? For the rest of you, i.e. the curious, undisciplined (like myself) BJPers out there, here is the peep show.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
It was long, but I have started again my work 3 times, I wasn't satisfied with the result.
And now, go to the October piece !
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thanks a lot to everyone who commented on my Sept. Page. I appreciate it very much.
Natalie S (Beadturtle)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I did finish September and it was a bracelet. All coiled wires and I had so much fun doing it.
Now I'm on to necklaces. I've made a couple of them. And I love them both for different reasons. Will you visit me to see them? Helene
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I am finished my September page is you want to go have a look. I am concentrating on Goddesses and this month was Sarasvati. I plan on putting her information on the back, probably in writing. I haven't started October's yet but I have a plan and my goal is to get it started before October ends.
You can go here to see my page and also to meet Henry!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The link : http://amalgamestextiles.blogspot.com
For the September page, I have some stitchs to do and I shall present it soon.
I was absent these last four weeks, and I have only just consulted the three blogs ... your works are magnificent!
Congratulation to all of you !
Saturday, October 11, 2008
As we stitch through the year, we connect on the internet, realize how much we have in common, get to know and like each other... That's a very special part of the BJP... Then, later, to meet in person is so easy. It's like we already know each other... the shyness and formalities of meeting evaporate into instant bonds. I love it!!!
Pictures here on my blog.
I'm lovin' everybody's Sept and Oct BJP pages... The bar is very high!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Some pics of my progress are in my blog here
Natalie S (Beadturtle)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I learned 2 new techniques in September. And a new resolution or two.
- With each month's project I will be adding a pair of earrings.
- Don't be so petulant: don't throw the baby out with the bath water: hold my mouth differently before I decide the piece is completely useless.
I started a list of all the items of artisan jewellery I could make and discovered there are enough that I can double up some of them. For example, a set of 6 buttons can join a pair of cufflinks; shoe clips can join a brooch.
Well, now October faces me. Bit by bit we are nearing my favourite season: winter. I even think I know what I want to do for December/January, the 12 Days of Christmas. It takes us from Christmas in December to Epiphany in January. I won't do too much thinking right now: I'll let my brain percolate the ideas. It always works best that way.
Well, that's what I think.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I am new to the BJP, new to blogging too, French, 50 years old and doesn't speak english well...Luckily, it's more easy for me to read and understand english . So I admit, I have used bits of your entries and my post is a patchwork of yours...Pardon!!
Even if I don't leave beautiful comments, I read all the posts and look at your blogs. I am often impressed, many are so talented!
If you want to see it, my september page is here. I have changed my mind many time and finally decided to dedicate the BJP to those I love. I have began by my father, musician, trees and birds lover, handyman ( I have used 'discs?') and always punctual ( so I have recycled hand of his old watch).
Sorry for the gibberish and thanks to Robin, Diane and all.
Thanks for your understanding.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I think this is going to be fun!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I also have made some progress on my September page. I'm really hoping to have it done by the end of the month and now that the rains have arrived in Western Washington, I'll probably have more than enough 'in the house' time to get it done.
My blog is here if you'd like to take a look.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I shouldn't be surprised, working in the print industry, and having taken photography courses when photos don't really look like there subjects, but what can you do. I hope the idea is still clear, even if the photo isn't great...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I've visited in many of your blogs and sites, and it's been a sight for my sore eyes! Lovely!
Everyday I'm more thrilled about this BJP, not only because of the project itself, but for the ppl I get to know and what I can learn from you.
I'm slowly starting to make a plan on my October piece. Before that I emroidered a bracelet cuff as a snack to improve my appetite. (althoug it couldn't be any better than it already is... ;o)
And greetings from Finland to all of you. It is getting bit chilly here and trees are getting beautiful autumn colours.
I am trying to do my 'due diligence' fact finding first instead of my usual last and teary kind.
All help, gratefully appreciated. Thanks ...Helene...
PS - If I have just broken a rule, I am sorry. I'll learn that too, the hard way. ...H...
What with a full-time job, and 2 university courses each requiring an average of 12 hours a week of class time / homework / research / darkroom, I don't know how I will ever finish a single page for the Journal.
But the page for September has been started.
Unfortunately, I'm making this post from work, and the photo I'm using as the base for my page is at home, but at least I can give a little background.
I was recently in Tokyo, Japan, visiting my brother and his wife's family, and while playing the tourist, we visited a former shogun's private garden, right in the middle of Tokyo! There were times as we walked through the forested portions where the buzzing of the cicadas was nearly deafening! And try as I might, I couldn't manage to capture one in a photo... :-(
But toward the south end of the garden there is a small lake, with a tea house built on pylons in the center. So I managed to take a number of photos of this wonderful setting, several of which show the tea house in the middle ground and skyscrapers in the background, and the idea started to percolate that one might work well as the basis for a journal page.
But what would I do with a photo in the way of beading? Well, I could print it on card stock, and stitch on transparent beads, to create a physical texture. Initially I had thought of was beading the entire portion which is not modern buildings or sky, but once I actually started to work with the photo I realised the tea house would be lost, so I have decided to only do the trees, trying to take into account the actual texture of the trees (eg. pine needles as bugles...) as much as possible.
Hopefully the whole process can be finished in time!!! I'm supposed to be beading with a friend on Saturday, and hope to get a good section done then.
Wish me luck! ;-)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I've been visiting blogs this evening and I am awed by the creativity and capability of these here beaders. I know a thing or two about bead jewellery making and bead embroidery. I'm not bragging, I've been at it for over 40 years - experience counts for something, doesn't it?! The work of the beaders I've visited is exquisite. My hat's off to you talented people.
I wanted to leave a message with some of you but couldn't find anything appropriate beyond WOW to say. It's not easy to shut me up.
Lastly, a note to the people who responded to my arthritic post: a2Susan, Diane, Kathy, and Sabine. Thank you for your kind words. My hands are still swollen but I've dropped the meds dose and should be at my beading table tomorrow. And I will be taking pictures for everybody to see. Again, thank you for your encouragement.
Glass0Beads (aka Helene)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
My 1st effort and shaping memory wire into a cuff shape took several efforts but I did manage to get the shape and secured it with crimp tubes. I let it sit overnight and the next day I had the piece explode in my face. A shower of black beads went to the 4 corners of my PigPen (aka workroom, aka studio, aka office). The beads are still where they fell: I'll pick them up bit by bit.
I resigned myself to a change in design. The initial rib has been worked on it and, while I was writing about it elsewhere, I came up with another idea about shaping memory wire.
Well, the result is I have 2 cuff bracelets on the go. I've left both overnight and won't touch them again until tonight at the earliest. Pictures are posted on Bauble Babble. ...Glass0...
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
For this BJP year, I've already determined the acceptable labels for your posts. Please stick with these labels. It will take a few posts to get them all in the index. In this post, I've added all the months. If you post about your work for a specific month, you can use the appropriate month label for it.
When you post, click on Show all at lower right of posting box, and choose appropriate label(s) from the list shown.
The reason to limit the possible labels is because it's easy to get too many labels (confusing) or ones that are too long (hide the down arrow).
Hope this is OK with everyone. If you feel it's important to add a label, please ask Diane M. (our blog master) about it. Thanks!
Please note... there are too many of us to label posts with our names. Instead, please sign every post with a link to your blog, website or email, as I have done below.
* If you want to add a link to your blog (or any other website) in your post: Click "New Post" Type your entry into the box. Highlight the words you want to link to by left clicking the words and dragging the cursor over them. They will turn blue. Then click the icon that looks like a green circle with a link on it. A window will pop up that says "script prompt". In that window type the URL of your blog. For example, the URL of blog #1 of the 08 Bead Journal Project is "http://www.08bjp.blogspot.com"
* If you want to add a photo to your post do the same steps to make a post but click on the icon that looks like a photo (the 2nd one from the right). From here you can either upload a picture from your computer by using the buttons that says "browse", finding the picture on your computer, the clicking 'upload the image'.
to use the 'add an image from the web" feature, type the URL of the picture into the box and click 'upload the image'. The URL of the picture can be found by right clicking the picture and going to 'properties'.
* If you want to add the Bead Journal Project to your blog -
First 'right click' on the button and save it to your computer.
Then on your blog, go to 'edit layout'.
Pick "add a gadget".
Then pick "picture"
In the 'link' field type http://www.beadjournalproject.com
In the 'image' link chose "from your computer" and upload the graphic you've saved.
Click "save" and you're done.
I hope this helps - If you need help, feel free to email me.
I've mainly used Lacy's stiff staff as my foundation, but now I'm wondering if there might be a different alternative to it . Sometimes stiff staff turn into too hard surface to bead into, if there is glue on it. Any exprience of that?
- What kind of beading foundation are you using ?
- If you're beading on a fabric, is there something to consider about?
- What kind of paper would do a good foundation? Or is there any?
Monday, September 8, 2008
I'm a new member and I'm very exciting by the BJP challenge. By the way, there's two challenges for me. The beading one of course, and the second one is speaking english !!!
So, I will apologized for my english. I haven't write something in english since a so long time. I promise you to do my best.
As I registred at the BJP, I asked myself what kind of beading work can I do ? .......... and after a long long brainstroming (ho my poor head), nothing comes . And on monday the 1st, the day when the BJP started, the day of my birthday too, when I woke up, the solution appeared to me : I will tell the story of a year !
For me, each month is full of different feelings and emotions, depended on the lightness, the weather, the everyday life, the events of the moment. May be a little bit ambitious, but as Anne Marie says before, "if it's complicated, I love it..." I hope I will manage to do it.
Only a few words to introduce me : I'm a new textile artist, only two years experience. I'm not healthy enough to keep a job, so embrodeiry and now art textile bring me alive. But don't be mistaken, I'm a joyfully personn.
I don't have a blog, and I'm working to have one ... I will inform you
Enough speaking now, let's take fabrics, needdles, beads, ribbons, anythings else and let's go...
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
No, not so clever after all. Google has a tool that does the translating for you. The quality of the translation is not really top drawer but it's good enough that you can understand what the conversation/blog entry is all about.
It's a great way to learn about other cultures and bring the people of the world a bit closer. Fear is dispelled by knowledge and the translation tool is a step in the right direction.
At least, that's what I think. ...Glass0...
There is so much I want to accomplish today. Some of it is done. But there is so much more to do and I'm going to have to break off in less than an hour to get dinner out of the way.
One thing I got done is to add to my blogs: http://Glass0Beads.blogspot.com and http://BaubleBabble.wordpress.com.
What makes that so important? There's a new book out there for bead embroiderers and since I've read some of the entries of my fellow beaders here at the BJP08 who want to discover the techniques of adding beads to their embroideries, I thought you might like to look it up.
And I learned how to make my own crimps thanks to Melody MacDuffee's work with the people of Krodo District, Ghana, West Africa. I feel so liberated from having to pay an arm and a leg for commercial crimps. And the story of her Soul of Somanya Project is uplifting. See what it's all about by visiting my 2 blogs. ...Glass0...
Thanks for the opportunity to do this every month and I look forward to learning new and wonderful things.
How are you?
My name is Satu-Marja and I'm from Finland. BJP is all new to me and I'm soooo excited about this that I got my first BJ-page done today.
I started with something primitive almost childlike piece, but it goes without saying that I enjoyed doing it, and that's the main thing, right?!
I wish you all very creative and enthusiastic beading moments!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Last year my page was heart-shaped and though it was fun and sometimes a challenge, I'm going to do 5 x 11 inch rectangles this year (no more curves and points!). Last year was my first attempt at bead embroidery and was a year full of learning for me. I've still a lot to learn and this year I plan to focus on technique and incorporating more texture into my pages.
I live in a semi-rural area (it was rural when I moved here, not so much these days) of Washington State with 4 dogs, 6 cats and a goofy musician. I have one grown son who was married this past spring and work at a community mental health center during the day and do most anything that involves fabric the rest of the time.
I'm happy to be back and can't wait to see everyone's work!
I am a self-taught beader who has an incredibly short attention span, thus the happiness when I finished the 2007 BJP and actually signed up for a 2nd year!
I'm very much looking forward to getting to know everyone and bead my way through the year, hopefully learning more about me... (oh yeah, along with beading and techniques) as we go.
My firm belief in life is that things just ARE, life just IS and everything turns out the way it is supposed to.
Here's to an exciting and beadiful year!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
diane.moore at gmail dot com
Hope you like the photos of the area, I'm hoping they will inspire me!
Anyway, I am really anxious to get going on this project, and I have my plan already and set to go---I am so happy to be among all you creative people and looking forward to seeing everybody's work. I was so impressed with the entries for the 2007 BJP and can only imagine how spectacular 2008 will be!
Just to announce myself--my name is Barbara, but my co-workers years ago dubbed me barbiq. I am an ultrasonographer and I work full time and I try to unwind by beading and quilting in my spare time. I live in northwestern Connecticut--very woodsy and picturesque although I was a city girl originally from Hartford, CT--a small city but a capital city just the same--and I still work there. I hope to touch base with some of you if not all in the near future. So here's to a very interesting and creative year--can't wait!!!!
I wondered how it would work - September's page is actually thoughts carried over from August - you may think I'm daft, but I really worried about that and now that I've started, it's no problem at all.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Have I finished my first piece? No. There are still 27 days to go in September, plus the rest of this day ... But I have done the machine sewing, and a LOT of thinking until late last night, because, having arrived at a certain point, I found that my original plans for part of the piece would never work. Thinking always works - I found a solution.
The thoughts you think during and because of the BJP that you might never think without it ... The selfmade little problems, and the selfmade great solutions ...
I am off to instal my brand-new scanner to do something with very old stuff (also BJP-related). Please cross your fingers/hold your thumbs that I can tackle the installing!
See you, Sabine
Monday, September 1, 2008
So glad to be back on this great journey with you all.
I really enjoyed my little beading holiday and can't wait to pick up needle and thread again. I've got lot's of plans for this years BJP and have decided on a theme, but that dosn't mean I'll stick with it.
The only thing I can promise is to keep my size the same as last years - 4"x6", I found this size was workable for me and not too big that it was daunting.
I took a big step- in the right direction- during the break and am now smoke free!
Coming up for 10 weeks now. Feeling pretty good and hope to stay that way.
It's a beautiful spring day downunder and I'm off to start my September page, I've got some really pretty beads just waiting to be coerced into something, hopefully, wonderful!
Nospoj - Dinah
What's really good is I have already started working on a bracelet for my sister - in the colours she sees when she hears the word 'Spain'. She's saving up for a trip there.
I'll say no more about the project until I've more to say.
And thank you both again.
I'm not new to beading, but I am new to the bjp. I'm excited to be trying something new and have no idea what I want to do! I haven't chosen a size or a theme and I think I'm on option overload because there are so many possibilities! I'm hoping to use this "journaling" to teach myself to slow down and enjoy the moment. I've been dedicating more and more of my life to my job and running on fumes for about 18 months now, and I know I need to slow down.
Thank you for this idea and giving me a way to work through my transition and a built-in support group! I can't wait to get to know everyone!
Okay, I got up early this morning to find out what this month's challenge is and had major grumpiness because my 'machine' wasn't working. Can't find where the month's subject is. Is this normal? Or am I missing something that is at the tip of my nose?
Do I have to wait for end-of-shift today to learn this month's topic? Is there a special place I need to visit? I've visited BeadLust and the home of Bead Journal Project 08. I've sifted through blog entries from o7-08 and o8-o9. I've looked in my inbox. I can't find anything resembling a monthly subject.
Please, somebody, put me out of my misery. What am I not doing that I should be doing?
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I have chosen a smaller page size this year & have my display for them sorted, at least I think I do LOL
Welcome to all the new BJP members & the returning members as well, what an interesting year we have ahead of us
You can see my blog & my pages from last year's BJP here
Ellen aka Dollybead
Tomorrow is September 1, official beginning of 2008 BJP !!!
Reading all the posts, I feel that a great enthusiasm is spreading all over :-)
Thank you, Robin, for the joy of creating you give to us.
I'm ready and if you want to see the materials I have choosen, just jump to my blog.
I'll not tell you what is my theme for this year, I want to manage some surprises ...
Happy beading to all
beader and photographer. I have a blog
I joined 2007 Bead Journal Project last
year. I am glad that I didn't give it up
after my third project as it was so much
I am done with my last project~ May Page
about a week ago.
I might change the theme or size. You will
have to wait and see.
I'm a fiber artist with a passion for textures, techniques, fabric, beads and paint. If it's new, I love it...if it's complicated, I love it.......if it involves drawing, I avoid it.....LOL! I love to play and am looking forward to joining all of you on this journey. I've decided on the shape, but not the theme. I expect that will evolve as the calendar turns. Too much thinking makes my head hurt, so I'm looking forward to a spontaneous and intuitive project. I don't have a blog yet, but if you want to see some of my fibre work (with some beads, sprinkled in), you can check me out at my fibre art group site, www.fibreartstudios.com . Click on my name, and you'll be able able to see some of my work. I hope to start a blog. No, not in the near future, but hopefully before the end of the project.
Anne Marie - Toronto
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I am a middle school art teacher, dog mommy and newly avid triathlete. and I blog about all of this! So you can find me lots of places on the web.
I will be posting my progress on my main art blog here
I look forward to all the great eye candy this year!
So many of you have fabulous ideas for this... I've so enjoyed reading your posts on all three of our blogs. Also, thanks to those leaving comments... and to the returning members who are generously sharing their wisdom and experience. This is so fine!
If you'd like to see the smallest BJP pieces from last year, you can check here on my blog and scroll to the bottom of the post. I posted some thoughts about the size of our pieces here on Blog #2.
Thanks for being here... thanks for your enthusiasm... thanks for posting!
Friday, August 29, 2008
The countdown is running:
29th August: Concentration on BJP plans is intensifying.
30th August: At last I will switch from theory to practice - make the pattern, get my stuff together. What a shambles: Where is this material, where is that tool? I always consider myself so well organized, but when it comes to the point, the big search starts ... Searching has one advantage: You always find great things that you had completely forgotten are in your stash.
31st August: Some weeks ago, I bought a very nice plastic container, without having a particular use for it in mind, I just liked it - and it was cheap. From now on, its purpose is clear: It will hold all my BJP stuff by and by. Provided that the basic paraphernalia have already been found and are now sitting in that container, should I let my itching fingers have a go at a prototype?
1st September: GO!!!
Best wishes for a happy start,
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
About me: I am in my 40s, from Wisconsin (born and bred) retired due to medical issues from General Motors, a first time Grandma of Kileigh Lynn (the most beautiful baby in the world) and have 3 grown children of my own - all of which you would know if you visited my blog :) I have my hubby and my dogs to keep me company and lay at my feet while I bead (dogs - not hubby!) Anyway, I am thrilled to be a participant and cant wait to see what everybody comes up with! Good luck and may the creative juices flow for everyone! Tracey
I am a BJP participant from last year and really look forward to the challenge I've presented myself this year!
Last year I focussed on techniques and different stitch or bead combinations. It made for some very interesting beading and I beaded on a 6 X 6 inch square. I didn't feel compelled to fill up the square, and hopefully I'll get the pictures up on the website this week.
This year, I'm focusing on more of a theme project. I want to bead 12 different Goddess's withing a circle mandala. I have cut out a circle, with a flat bottom and am trying to include all different colours. My beading surface is a quilt sandwhich with two layers of fiber between beautiful different materials from my local quilt shop. The material is a large part of my inspiration and I feel no obligation to worry about filling in all the spaces.
I am going to add information about each Goddess on the back of each page. I am really looking forward to this project and love the idea of doing a unified theme this year. I loved how last years project turned out and look forward to another 12 wonderful pages!!!
Have fun beading Everyone!!!
I'm wildly excited about this BJP year and have been trying to decide format, style, technique, theme, background, size for my pieces. I started an experiment based on weaving techniques using some favourite colours and think that is what I'll use as technique, exploring the possibilities. The "default" size will produce finished pieces about 6x4 inches, based on my smallest tubular frame. I worry that I don't have enough beads to complete the year but that's probably just stash angst and magpie mentality, after all, I have a whole box drawer full and there's always the shops and the internet to order more.
Potted history: Grew up in Montreal, moved to Toronto (10 years), Bermuda (6 years), SW England. (16 years). Spent many years in Information Technology as a Technical Author and Quality Manager before retiring in 2004 to S of France. Have always stitched but only dabbled in beading. Love colour and abstract forms. New-ish to blogging at http://fibrefan.blogspot.com/
Wishing all 260 of us loads of joy in this endeavour, and looking forward to a year of growth and pleasure in sharing.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Oh all right!! I'll wait. But it will be on your head if I start doing something early. I won't be held responsible for my own actions.
Helene in Toronto
Monday, August 25, 2008
Faces will be a feature with my pieces I am certain as I recently purchaed 10 tiny face beads and I have been looking at faces and goddesses which are on my blog didi-beadwork.blogspot.com
Inspiration has come for the first one with a painting by NZ Artist Frances Hodgkins and the wonderful watercolour effects she obtained nearly 100 years ago with her work. Keeping an art journal as part of this process will be fun and something I have taken to in the last couple of years.
In the next few days I'll be adding a sidebar to the blog with a list of labels for your posts. Robin developed these so there would be some consistency within the blog especially for people who wanted to see a specific thing, say everyone's page for a certain month, or people who are asking for technical help.
I am a returning Bead Journal Project participant and am anxious to get started on the coming year. Last year I did heart shapes but I'm thinking of rectangles this year. If you are interested in seeing some of the work people did last year, there is a group on flickr with lots of great photos.
Again, welcome to the BJP - I'm certain you'll have an amazing year!
I am Norazihan a new member to BJP. I can be called Nora (which many of my foreign friends use) or Zihan (which is how my local friends call me by), I'll answer to either one.
I'm from Kuantan, hot and humid year around. August/September is the month of Independence for Malaysia. This year the majority Muslims will start the Ramadhan fasting early September. The celebration of Eidul Fitri will be early October. I will celebrate my birthday early September too. In the months of November and December we would have heavy tropical monsoon rain. It will be cooler and a lot wetter. I will bead my BJP around these events.
But then again, I'm not sure. I'm very nervous to begin. I hope I will overcome this fear of not putting up to standards and start my BJP. Plus, I've also Eidul Fitri dresses in line to bead embroidery.
My bead blog is Sulam Sayang (Love Embroidery)
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Personal info: I live "upriver" in Skagit county WA. I think we must smell beads in the air, so many beaders are out here in WA! I have 2 daughters, the oldest starts kindergarten in 2 weeks. My DH works insane hours, so the cost of daycare was more than I was making - this is the first summer I haven't "worked" since I turned 16. I've done various crafts since I could hold a needle. I want to be a bead artist when I grow up (whenever that may be).
Can't wait to get started on this and I look forward to seeing all your creations.
I'm really excited to be participating in BJP! I found the project via another project website but can't remember which one. I've been beading for about 25 years most of that has been self-taught or learning from books and magazines. It's only in the last 10 years that I've been able to do any classes. I haven't yet decided on the size or shape of my project. I'm hoping that will come with the first bead project in September.
I'd started my own blog in July but somehow managed to get locked out. It's taken me a while to get back in but I'm willing to try again. My blog is feathercreations.blogspot.com. [I have yet to figure out how to hyperlink things when adding messages.] I'm hoping to add to it more now that I've figured out how to get back in.
Calgary, AB Canada
I was also part of 2007 BJP and enjoyed it until some medical stuff happened (Thanks to Robin for posting for me a few weeks ago to explain all that :o) Thanks for all your prayers also!
Hoping to join this year with smaller projects planned to accommodate my medical condition. I know 2008 BJP will help keep me healing and keeping my spirits going in the right direction :o)
I want to thank Robin and Pam T and everyone who put another year together for us,
Lillian, who loves beads like everyone else!
You understand?! Thank you.
I am Helene and I live in the western suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have been needlepointing, embroidering, beading since the early '60's. Some of the learning was at my mother's knee, so to speak, and some of it has been trial and error with a few classes thrown in for good measure.
I came across this project through somebody else's website (I cannot remember whose) and I need the stimulation such a forum offers. I am hoping a theme will emerge within the first couple of months: having a theme helps enormously when planning, doesn't it.
I have 2 websites: here, and here, and I am running an 'apprenticeship' in design and beading. Visit when you have time.
And, I love mail, well, except for those selling viagra and worse. So, add your comments.