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.
Seems to be an international group! Here is a newbie greet from rainy Amsterdam, the capitol of The Netherlands. I am very excited to join the group. I started beading somewhere in the 90's, but slowed down substantially when I was pregnant from my first son. Now my second son is half a year old and I can't wait to get into gear again. The BJP seemed like a good way to do that.
Already I am learning. I started a blog (for the first time), got to know how the scanner works. It is going to be a big challenge for me to finish the pages in time, but also I can't wait to get started. My blog will tell you all about that, LOL. (http://soebeadsalot.blogspot.com/).
I feel honored to participate and am curious to see what others and what I will come up with. I wish you all happy beading, a learning experience and lots of fun!
I am so looking forward to this project. I get great pleasure from beading along with others for a common theme. I was too late to be involved in last years project and feel honored to be taking part in this one. I look forward to everyone's journal pages as they are so very inspirational. Hopefully I can offer the same inspiration through sharing here on this blog. In the meantime, I will also be listing my pages on my own blog. I am so excited to get started.
Nervous, because I'm not a beader. I signed up after watching last years BJP in awe. I'm hoping that by participating this year I will learn a lot about beading & beading design. I've given some thought to having a theme and to the format I will use but have not settled on any one thing. Wish me luck!
Here's a link to my blog...hopefully it won't be too long before you see some beading there!
Hello, dear Fellow Beading-Journalists, and special greetings to Robin, the woman who kicked all this off and holds the beading strings in her hands.
Interesting community – interesting experiment! Last year, I did initially register, but dropped out again almost immediately. For several reasons, I just couldn't bring myself to taking part in the project. But this year – well, circumstances have not changed, but my attitude has, and so I am taking the plunge. I very much wonder what will happen and develop during the coming twelve months, inside and out.
Have I got a concept for my BJP pieces? Yes, I do. My little grey cells are teeming with construction plans, by and by the details are forming before my mind's eye. Hope the practical side will follow suit. The final mounting of the twelve „pages“ will not present a problem: I have an electric cable to fill, so to say – a cable running beneath my kitchen ceiling from the socket in the middle of the ceiling to the lamp hanging over the table. So, after twelve months, if all goes well, twelve ... hmmms will dangle from that boring, naked cable. I don't do a lot of cooking, so cooking fumes won't spoil them. The month of creation of the individual pages will in each case be identifiable by an accompanying text attached to them. No more for now.
Just a short introduction to my person: I was born in a town that was at the time a German town, but is now situated in Poland (if you attended history lessons, you can now roughly estimate my age). I have always enjoyed doing things with my hands, with the exception of drawing and painting. Eighteen years of my life I have lived as a foreigner in several places, i.e. places outside Germany. At present, I am living in a very pleasant town that I love, but refuse to say that I have settled down for good. This may be so, but I always need the back door wide open.
Alright, let's go, get together, learn new things and have fun!
I'm glad to be here again for this new adventure in the creative world.
I hope that everyone has had a good time during the holidays.
Mine were busy and I travelled a lot for exhibitions.
I'm currently working on a large (for me !) piece of beading : 5" x 7"1/2 in the same spirit that my BJP2007 pages : pink, red and golden flowers on a light grey background.
This year I've opted for a squared size 4" x 4", I don't know yet if it will be 3 panels of 4 or 4 panels of 3 ...
Happy beading to all
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I do have a creative streak in me as I pick up various crafts, jobs, etc. and most times pull it off. But, I have an awful drawback too, I’m very particular in getting things as close to perfect as I can! LOL!
In all my years of sewing I did not venture into quilting until 1998 or so. Then in the fall of 1999, I saw an awesome wall hanging pattern with orchids (my other passion) on it and thus a must and the beginning of my new love of hand applique. Now that I’ve whet my appetite - I can’t seem to get enough of this! Especially when this branched into crazy patch and it’s unlimited types of embellishments which led me into beading. Then that led into fabric postcards which I just love cause I actually finish something off!!! Compared to the various other hobbies etc. that I’ve pursued I can see this one sticking around till I can’t do it anymore! God willing it’s many, many, many more years away yet! And now I’ve found quilting it’s gone a step further and I LOVE quilting retreats! I try to take in one in Alberta along with a couple here in Manitoba each year but would LOVE one day to go to one in Eastern Canada to meet those girls too!
So when I came across the 2007 BPJ, well I just had to sign up for the new year and hope to portray bits and pieces of my life in these monthly journals. The first of which is a tribute to my dear Mom, my heavenly Angel, and from there who knows. I would LOVE to incorporate these into a finished wall hanging or scrapbook but as yet that is undecided. Now onto the playing.
Rose Anne B
My Creative Works
We are separated geographically, yet together in purpose and united here in our blog. May your individual beaded pathway and our collective journey be rich in friendship, growth, healing and fun.
A few details…
1. You may have a plan and/or a theme for the year… or not. It’s totally up to you. Personally, I like to take each month as it comes, without a preconceived plan or theme.
2. Just a reminder. You do not have to make a book or journal. The word journal for our purposes refers to the concept of visually showing what’s going on in your life or your thoughts/feelings at a given time. The word page refers to your piece, but it doesn’t have to be literally a page of a book/journal.
3. For the first three months (Sept-Dec), please do not post pictures of your BJP pieces on this blog. You are welcome to post them on your personal blog or website and then post a link to them here. Starting in January, you’re welcome to post your BJP pictures here.
4. Please do not post movies or sound clips on this blog. They take up too much digital space on a team blog that may have thousands of posts by the end of the year.
5. Remember to sign your posts (with a link to your blog/website if you have one) as I have below.
A Big Ol’ Snaffoo…
Blogger has recently changed the blogspot rules. They no longer allow unlimited authors on a blog. At this time they only allow 100 authors on a team blog such as ours. Ooooops… We have 260 members… what to do?????
Your coordinators gnashed our teeth and deliberated about this, considering various solutions. For now, we decided to have three blogs for this year. They are:
You will be invited to be an author on only one of them. Please make a note (somewhere you can find it!) of your sign in information (email address and password) and which of the three you can post to.
Please visit, read and comment on all three blogs! Together the three of them will be our support and unifying system.
Some of you may have more experience with blogging than we do… if so, we welcome any suggestion you may have for a “better” solution (contact Diane).
Happy September BJP and beady blessings to you all...
Robin A. (your leader in this great adventure)