Friday, November 30, 2007
Link to Hunter's Moon
I start my page each month. That's the goal. To start it. To have an idea that I can engage in.
If for whatever reason I don't finish it within the month, I don't wait to start the next months because I'll loose the feeling of the month. To that end, September's has been started but not finished, October's is finished and August just needs a few more beads. November is a very busy month for me and I am going to start it today - I have got the square, the idea and the beads, I just have to start, which I have time to do this afternoon and this evening after work.
I also don't feel compelled to fully bead a whole square, it can be anything, an image, or a design. October's is the top of a tree with leafs that are in full colour. There is lots of space to see the material and it just adds to the look.
I would like to suggest that we don't worry about the final product, and focus on the original intent. It will probably help you feel better.
I hope some of this helps, if all else fails, bead - 'Guilty' on the square, and then move on!!!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Is anyone else with me like this... and what are you doing about it... Is changing my size and shape to a smaller venue and starting all over, is that the way to go...
Hugs to you all... Robin A.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Just looked at the Flickr page and there is lots of exciting pages going up, can't wait to everyone's all compiled in the Spring.
My September page flows with the colors that I enjoy the most, this piece also has "washi paper, fabric, fabric softener sheets, beads of course & a message"......SIMPLIFY everything!!!
Don't ya'just love it when you write here & it goooooes pooof!!! ack & ugh
Anyway my October page is started, then comes November & December...can't wait to start them all!!!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Happy Beading everyone, Nancy K.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving...for those who celebrate! I am so grateful for this group & all of the lessons I've learned along the way! And for hearing from so many talented people! Thank you all for your input! When you're working away in your studio alone, it sure helps to get some feedback! And thanks, Robin, for getting us together on this project! It really has been a challenge!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Kassie - The Beading Butterfly
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I don't know about you all but as soon as I finish a BJP page I can't wait to get to the computer, scan it and upload it to show my 240 new friends!
I'm back to work tomorrow night as my 'beading' holiday comes to a close. It's been a relaxing and very productive fortnight. I've completed my orders, all my Christmas shopping has been completed and my November BJP. Lucky I'm going back to work I might get bored!!!
My Page this month is dedicated to a marvelous group of trained volunteers, the men and women of Surf Life Saving Australia. The Australian Government has declared that 2007 will be the Year of the Surf Lifesaver. It will also mark one hundred years since the formation of the Surf Bathing Association of NSW, the organisation which went on to become SLSA. If you'd like to know more visit this web site http://www.ysl.slsa.com.au
Oh yes the little blond surfie on there is my son,this was taken when he was about 2years old - now 17! Photo is also on our Flickr site
Bye for now
Monday, November 19, 2007
I think one of the best parts of this project for me though has been a wonderful new friend I have made. We met when I walked into a shop to buy some beads for my first month and happened to mention why I was buying them and found a fellow BJP'er there. Well, one thing lead to another and she has become a true friend. I find we spend as much time just sitting and talking about anything and everything as we do beading or metalworking or anything else we are inspired by that day. I am so grateful for this group and the support that everyone offers. Thank you all for sharing this with me and thank you Robin for all your time and efforts.
November is still in the planning stage, but if all goes well I should have some pics up soon.
As I start in on the half-way mark for this project I can't help but reflect on how much we've all managed to achieve at this point, the wealth of talent we have the privelege to be among, and the joy of sharing our passion with each other. How quickly these days have passed, and how much I'm looking forward to the days ahead.
Hooray for us all!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
This was not always easy to work on, but I felt compelled to do it even so. I have discovered that while nothing ever makes the pain of losing your children go away, there are things that will help you. Working on this page helped me avoid what has become a yearly bout of depression.
I'm ready to start a new page now. Something a little lighter in spirit this time.
Kassie - The Beading Butterfly
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Well it looks like we may finally be at peak color here in southern Maryland. My page for November is ready for beads although most of them have been shipped to Kentucky the first leg of my upcoming 6 week journey to share the holidays with both sides of our family. The really good news for me is that Wayne should be home shortly after I get back, less than 2 months left, yeah!
Although a bit busy with preparations for being gone so long over the holidays I finally made some updates to my blogs and my website.
AKP Bead Journal Project Blog
Artistic Kreations and Passions Blog
Artistic Kreations and Passions Website
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Above is a little teaser from my October BJP, which is all about respect for my body... a radical change in attitude goes along with this piece, and it all started with Angela Plager's July BJP. There are links to her pages, the story behind my piece and pictures on my blog.
Everybody's work is so awesome! Checking this and member blogs and our Flickr page is such a pleasure.... Robin A.
I also did 3 squares for the 2008 beaded quilt for Bead It Forward ; Check it out here. This is for monies for Breast Cancer so if you are not yet involved, you might consider it - all squares are only 1 1/2" so they don't take that much time. This year's theme is the rose.
Have a Beady Good Day! Karen
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I also worked on my next square - which still needs a little work, so I haven't posted it.
I did another starfish - a friend wants me to write directions, which is a huge challenge for me. I'm now working on a little starfish, with only 2 inch arms, rather than the 4 inch arms. Are they arms or legs on a starfish, since the starfish uses them to move.....
Monday, November 12, 2007
I finally finished my October page today. I had finished September, at least for now. It may need more work, I hardly did anything on it.
You can see both pages and lots of other pictures on my blog. Link below. It may be slow if you have dial up as I posted a lot of pictures recently from some trips I have been on and my fall color changes. I don't get a lot of changes where I live in northern CA, but enough to remind me.
And Robin, I was in your neck of the woods, in Port Townsend, WA last weekend indirectly for the big knitting retreat at Fort Worden. It was a lot of fun.
Happy beading (and knitting) all. Nancy K.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The shield in the middle is my old school badge, St Michael and Michaelmas is celebrate on 29th September.
That date also happens to be the birthday of my sister closest to me in age. She is 13 months younger than me and as a child I hated in only the way a sister can.
You will notice that the background is actually a bandage. This was another thing we had in common, eczema. The treatment when we were young was be covered in this oily ointment and then the afflicted areas were covered in bandages. I was fortunate as its only affected me on my knees and elbows but my poor sister could quite often been covered from head to toe as if she was a mummy. The red and yellow stones/beads represent the blood and then the yellowing crust of eczema.
One of the reasons I hated my sister so much when I was younger was that she also had really bad asthma. She spend much of her younger life in hospital, fighting for breathe or her eczema was infected. Her shoulders were constantly hunched over like a little old lady, wheezing away. So the buttons in the background represent her with her shoulders squeezed really tight.
Surrounding the badge, is the Harvet Moon. I loved this time of year in the UK when I was younger, the turning of the seasons. We would have a harvest festival celebration at the church and all the kids would bring some gift of food which was stacked at the altar.
The border is embroidered with my very poor stitching in "wheatear" to symbolise the harvest festival with its corn dollies and the crop from the fields. The colours are green and white of our school tie.
On the outer edge I grouped 6 red beads, knotted the thread and then put on more beads, always 6 to symbolize my family - 4 sisters and my parents. I used 3 threads, only one was beaded and then I plaited them together. I have learnt over the years that although I hated my sister when we were younger, despite all our differences, blood ties us together forever. We may have our disagreements, our falling outs (frequently) we will always be family.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
You can see what I've decided so far here!
Happy Aloha Friday & Happy Veterans' Day to all you vets...including my DH!
With warmest aloha!
I am out of order with my pages but they will all come together in the end which is what counts I hope ;9
I've added the page to Flickr as well
Ellen aka Kiwi Ellen/Dollie Bead
Thursday, November 8, 2007
You can visit my blog at http://jannblock.blogspot.com/
I also found that I was comfortable not completely filling the page to the edges.
Are many of you doing the same thing? Making sure that you complete the current month before moving on? For me, I decided that part of the challenge of this project would be requiring myself to finish each month in order, as I often start, and never complete projects.
Happy Beading Everyone,
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I would have been smarter to keep these auctions to myself, so there wouldn't be any competition.... guess I have to sign out as: Robin A, the dunce.
This post is some tech info for those of you having web pages, whether you develop them or have someone do it for you. I'm writing this becuase many people (even some people that you pay to do this for you) don't know how to set up the site's home page for proper indexing by the search engines and I have developed a theory. Of course, this is "just my opinion" so take it for what it's worth. But if you google "cloisonne" or "enamel jewelry" I come up in the top 3 so something here is working. To give some credibility to my theory, I'm a beader, enamelist, metalsmith and author, but I have a masters in Computer Science and made my living programming new data networks for AT&T Bell Labs. I work on my own website and do volunteer work for others like the Enamelist Society.
My notes on how to get better indexing with the search engines are at:
Feel free to email me if you have questions on this. I hope it helps someone. Karen
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
- Add a tag "BJP" on all your uploads (Tags are like keywords or labels that you add to a photo to make it easier to find later.). If someone clicks on that tag, all your bead journal photos will be grouped together. If you have already uploaded your photos, there is a tag column at the side where you can add tags.
- When you upload your pics try to use the largest pixel size you can. I generally use 1600, I have noticed that some pictures are very small and just don't do your work justice.
- Flickr is not a photo storage site. If you want to keep the original size of your photograph, back it up on a CDR or an external hard drive.
- I am working on a Wordpress blog where I am putting each person's work grouped together on a page. This was in response to Robin's question on the Flickr group discussion page:
'The pictures seem to be ordered according to when they were added to the site. Does anybody know if it is possible to set the order alphabetically rather than by date added?If they were alphabetical by artist, then we could continue to notice how each of us is developing a unique voice.'
I have informed Robin of this page and she seemed keen on the idea. I am now asking the group if that is OK. Thus far I have only used the Flickr pages, by copying and pasting. Its that basic but it is good to see all of one person's work grouped together on one page. If you don't post to Flickr but would like to have a page on this Wordpress group, please send me your attachments via email. I have broadband so large files will be ok.
Everyone's BJP work is absolutely gorgeous... I think everyone is getting better and better and more creative as we go along.
Happy time change/weather change to everyone... good days for beading...
pam T (madness)
Saturday, November 3, 2007
The wind and rain are whipping against my windows today so it's a perfect day for staying inside and beading! I'm continuing to enjoy and be in awe of everyone's beautiful work.
I finished my page for October yesterday. This is the first time I can remember working with raku pieces and enjoyed it immensely. I am on a quest to find more.
Click on the link in my signature below and you will be taken to my blog for a full page photo.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Finally! I've been taking an on-line class in web design (CSS & XHTML)... comprehensive, but way too geeky/technical for me to learn easily... all text-book, not much hands on... study and memorize. Yesterday I took and passed the final exam, so today I finally got time to post my September BJP here. Above is a little section of it showing my latest bead embroidery invention: ruffles!
October is also finished, but I still have to take a picture of it. Dare I promise to get the camera out this weekend??? Ok, yes, there's Flickr to be done as well. Crack the whip, start November... move along little doggie....
Been LOVIN' everybody's work!!!! Robin A.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Received word last night that all six semi-finalists for the All Dolled Up: Beaded Art Doll Competition are up on the Land of Odds website and ready for voting. My Galilea has some fascinating competition. Please remember you can vote only once -- all votes will be checked at the end of the voting period for duplicate isps which will be disqualified.
If you know anyone else who would be interested in voting in this competition, by all means please forward the link to them.
Go to http://www.landofodds.com/store/alldolledup2007contest.htm and check out all the shapes and beads and wild imagination . . .
Kathy V in NM
The October page is here for your viewing amusement - it really is a fun and light hearted page, despite all the skulls.
October's page features a beautiful set of fossils I purchased in Old
Town San Diego this summer. It also has Heshi beads, 2 different
types of wood beads (all 3 my dad left me) bronzy square pearls, size
11 & 15 seed beads as well as 2mm bronzy/coppery sequins. I didn't
realize how small 2mm sequins were until they came in the mail. Size
15 seed beads almost cover the sequins. I finished the piece at 12:09
am November 1st just a teeny bit late!
It was fun to do but I think the 2mm sequins will be better glued onto a collage page.