Friday, August 28, 2009

February BJP Finished

If you want to check it out, you can see it on my blog. I know its a bit late, but I had several dilemma's on this one. This is my 8th BJP piece, so I am very happy. I plan to finish the next 4 pages in the next few months in between now and the starting of next years BJP. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Another month nearly done

I have nearly completed the april piece which is me this month. This will mean that I only have three left to complete so that is exciting.
Diane, New Zealand

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My August triangle - As The Sun Sets

I couldn't finish the current BJP year, with anything other than the setting sun. It's my first attempt at visual journalling and also my first extensive use of encrusted bead embroidery. My skills have grown and I've learned to pay attention to the whispering words of my muse. I lost an old friend quite suddenly this month. She loved the sun and the black speck signifies her being enveloped by it's warmth. The original pallette was much softer, but as the temperature got hotter outside, so did the colours. Don't worry about the sun setting on this BJP year, as it's sure to rise again in 2010. I'd like to thank Robin for her constant encouragement and all of my new friends for their comments and enthusiasm. My plan is to enter this piece in a Canadian National Juried Quilt Show in 2010. Of course that means that I actually need to do some quilting to showcase the beading. LOL!

Bead stitches include the boucle or bocche stitch (discussed in my previous post), stacked stitch, short fringe (on the sun) and free form beading. I used 8, 11 & 15 Japanese beads and 11, 2cut czech beads for sparkle (the darker pink). Sadly, I just couldn't use my variety of odd beads on this one. They just didn't fit the scheme. See you in 2010!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My May BJP is done!

My 7th Bead Journal page is done - finally! If you want to check it out, it can be seen here along with the story behind it. I hope you enjoy looking at my piece, it was truly a labor of love!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

June 2009

Hello everybody,
My page for June is ready and you can see it here. Thank you very much for taking a look!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sunny is here!

The final turtle in my BJP Turtles is finished! You can see her at .
This was a lot of fun...I believe I will do it again when the next one starts...and I think I already have my pattern...but I'll keep it a secret til time to begin!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

July Triangle - Along the garden path

This triangle shows my love of colour, flowers, techniques and combines them with a passion for photography . It's also about the paths you choose in life and illustrates that while some just seem to stop short, others are crystal clear and lead directly to your goals. Well, directly might be the wrong word, as nothing in life is ever perfect or straightforward. Paths often curve before they reach their destinations, leading you towards interesting sights, unforseen problems and exciting adventures. This little garden is all about life!

The seed beads are mainly size 11's, with some 15's and 8's thrown in for effect. I also used bugles (2's), pearls and crystals. I used peyote, bocche (also called boucle-a stitch mentioned on another group), stacked, fringe, loops and Robin's wildflower stitch. The curved path is made of size 11 seed beads couched over a slightly flattened braid.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Search for the date.

In my entries I put the date, sometimes hidden. Can you find them?


Friday, August 7, 2009


It's hard to believe that I'm done with the year. It went so fast. August is posted on my blog Thank you Robin for a great group.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

May and July coming along
This has the latest picture of july and also hte May piece. I am hoping to finish over the weekend.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


"Patriot" July BJP turtle is can see him on my website... ...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

July is done.

Hello everybody,

Haven't published much because I had not much to show. But now July is done! Unfortunately April, May and June still are not! June is developing in my head and since I have vacation now I hope to show you soon. ?You can take a look here. Thank you!


June done !

Another month done and soon the end ... just two page more. But now it's EXALTATION my june page. You can see it here

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another finished, one on the way

Another month is done and I have still not completed April or May but July is on the way. Just needing a face. I have been making an indian elephant with african ears this month so beading has taken a back seat except for making christmas decorations for the classes I am teaching this month.
see more at
Diane, New Zealand

Sunday, August 2, 2009


I know I've been missing for quite some time, but I have been working on my bjp pieces. This is my completed June piece. It is in memory of my husband of nearly 37 years whom I lost on May the 3rd to COPD. It has been very hard for me to continue this as he always encouraged me to try new things.I used ribbon, rubber stamping wired beads and embroidery stitching to sew on the photo I scanned onto fabric. This is something I have learned to do while working on these blocks. I love working with the Delicas.
I also completed July. It was a UFO from a yard sale box. I addedbugle beads,sequins, charms and letter beads to turn a red and white heart into a red white and blue heart. It was quite fun. Only August left to go!

July BJP Done!

I finished my July BJP and you can find it here. My piece started off as one thing and turned out to be another. I think that happens a lot in life, that we start off on one path and find ourselves on another. As I'm writing this and thinking about those paths, I realize that almost every piece of artwork I have shows a path, and a bench, and a garden...I like the idea of daydreaming about where the path leads, or sitting on the bench and enjoying the garden. Whatever path you are on today, may it bring you daydreams of happiness and peace.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

and August done

okay. I'm done. You can check out my August BJP here. with great joy I finish the BJP year, but yet I am sad to see it end. I've learned so much and am constantly amazed and stunned by everyone's creativity. And I just want to thank each and every one of you who have helped me so tremendously through this trying year.

Thank you.

and hope to hear from you in October when you can sign up for the 2010 BJP!