Sunday, September 30, 2007
I've been very busy this past month. After making the big decision to sidestep August I'm pleased to announce that my September page is finished and posted on the Flickr site.
It's Springtime here but feels like mid summer already. Today here is 30 Degrees Celsius, which is 86 Degrees Fahrenheit yep very hot!
I've spent the day setting up the rest of my pages ready to be beaded and also done a bit more to August but it still has a way to go. Will attempt to finish it alongside October.
Sorry to see that some of us have dropped out but nice to be able to Welcome the brave souls that have stepped up to replace them.
I'd like to be able to see all the completed pages on Flickr as I just don't have the time to jump round the net visiting all the blogs (hint! Hint!)
Talk again soon
My August page will be finished this week, and I will post pictures as soon as it happens.
Happy Fall to everyone,
Thanks so much,
Christi in WA state
And if this posts thre times, blame Blogger!!!
It's interesting to me how so many of us have recently been thinking about mermaids and fishes and all things aquatic. Maybe something in the water?
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I am in awe of all the wonderful artwork I've seen since we started the Journal. I learn something new everytime I look at a new page that someone has finished. Reading the blogs and learning the why behind each page is really interesting too.
Friday, September 28, 2007
I have already finished June, July & September. August is in the works but it requires a lot of dark beads so I can only work on it when the lighting is good. October will also be a little late as I will be traveling to Hong Kong, Amsterdam & London. But as you can see from my July piece, I'm sure I will be able to find some interesting pieces to bring to the beadwork.
Thank you to all of you for allowing me to official participate. The work that everyone does is absolutely fantastic. So inspiring & everyone seems to have a different take on it all, which makes is so interesting.
I finally finished one page of the BJP. It is for September, I know I still have June, July & August to make up. I was inspired by jewelry artist: Margaux Lange, she takes pieces from Barbie dolls and makes necklaces, earrings, etc.
I wanted to try my hand at a beaded version. She is pretty in pink and is a "Barbie" knock-off purchased at the local 99¢ store. I used seed beads, miliforie beads, bugle beads and loads of sequins. Hope you all enjoy the trial even if you don't like pink or barbie dolls - still fun to make.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
So, please welcome: Sunni W (NM), Denise H (IL) and Cindy K (IL)! Hooray! We're happy to have you on board!
I know for certain that Sunni, Denise and Cindy are actively doing their monthly pages. But what about others? I don't want to overlook anybody, and initially quite a number of people said they would be doing it unofficially.
Are YOU one? If you are currently "unofficial," and would like to take the place of somebody who has quit the project, please email me. There are spaces available if you've been keeping up and have finished at least three pieces.
My newest "full moon" page is finished: it's the sturgeon moon of August. No, I'm not a month behind, I just like to do the previous month's moon each time :-)
Like the others, it is postcard sized - 4x6 inches - and this one uses some fabric that I marbled many many moons ago!
I finished my August page at long last with the addition of my dragon fly fluttering on the center of stacks of brown beads with stars on the top! I am really having fun with this! Each month I have been moving a little more into the three dimensional realm, and it's so much fun! I can just see my May page.... it will be fully three dimensional and realistic-- higher than wide! LOL!
So now I am working on my October page... I meant to do October in an autumn tone, but this geranium with a busy bee captured my imagination. I am working on ruffles on the edges. It's really fun and it's another step OFF the page to three dimensionality!
Just a short note to let you know that I have completed my September page, which you can see on Flickr or here. This piece talks about a special event I shall be attending this week-end. I'm very proud of myself as I've managed to put more beads on the page that on the previous ones, hurray !
I wish to say that this BJP journey is proving very fruitful for me. This project, so far, has propelled me into finally doing what I 'd wanted to do for years ; playing with beads and fabrics and pictures and anything that I like ;o)
I've also enrolled in a beading class thanks to the BJP, and generally I have made tremendous progress. Well, I was starting from a very modest position so, the good thing is, progress comes fast for beginners ;o)
More important, I've been filling my life with sparkles of joy, and I've been fuelling my self esteem and inner balance...
Well, what else can I say apart from thank you so much, Robin, and thank you to all fellow BJP members, for the support, encouragement, and good example, thank you for making my jaws gap and stimulating me !
Have a nice day, hugs,
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
You can click on a piece and a page telling about it will come up.
I see that others are doing pages for a book. I was going to do this, as I really like the idea. But I didn't know how to bind the pages together so I'm making a pillow. It turns out I just took a book binding class and learned the Link Stitch, so I could have made a book. Oh well, maybe next time.
Take care and have a beady good day... Karen L. Cohen
I have completed June and July! Ohh, I am behind but have started August! I have called my journal "Portals" as this endeavor is bringing me to new places and through new doors, windows etc.
Here is a link to my blog: http://catchingthemoment.blogspot.com/
I will attempt the Flikr page too.
Thanks for looking!
The theft of a work bag containing my moleskine nearly filled sketches, notes, resources, book titles and hours of contemplation on the Bead Journal project and the partially finished July and September pages has left me stunned. I miss my old moleskine journal; it truly feels as though part of myself has been taken. Thank God, the June page which is worked in nearly solid in mostly #15 beads was in another bag and so was left unharmed.
This past weekend I was finally able to contemplate bead journaling again without a feeling of loss or bitterness. I finished my elephant's body and have finally started a new moleskine. And today I worked up the courage to make this blog entry.
One treasured item that is gone is a red prayer flag from Nepal which I kept tucked in the moleskine pocket. It was a great inspiration. Today, online I found a photo of a La Tho in Tibet taken back in 1936. http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.327.1.html This will be my new inspiration for the new July page.
September was "mankind's family tree" . I had learned to make little polymer faces to use on it. I am not sure if the new September will be worked this way or not.
I have fallen way behind due to my vacation, but am hoping to get August completed this week and catch up on September next month. You can check out a few vacation pics on my page here, Trilly. I had the most incredible time at Burning Man and even spent one day at a camp that had beading. They had tray upon tray of beads and I sat in there for a few hours with a couple friends stringing necklaces. It was so much fun to dig through someone else's beads and at the same time was very relaxing in the middle of a hectic week.
Have a great beading week.
It's way past time that I checked in. I'm running way behind, as usual, but am enjoying the whole process. I just wish life would quit interrupting my stitching. If I would just make up my mind and stick to one idea, I would have the whole year completed already. I have July finished - except for the actual"finishing" and numerous pages in various stages of completion.
And, I've changed my mind yet again!!! I've decided to do cuff bracelets instead of pages. One is almost completed. My problem is there are just way too many techniques I want to try - and I want to try them all RIGHT NOW!!!
On a totally different note, I have a new baby granddaughter as of the 15th - Kieralee Page.
Hugs to all
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I must apologize because I'm terribly late of my pages.
BUT I have finished September's page. If you want to see it, it is on my blog: http://reveusedebijoux.canalblog.com
The inspiration for my September's page is : vineyards, wine and grapes... Because I'm a lady from the Beaujolais region.
I'm currently working on my June's page...
LOL (Lots of Love) to everyone here
Marylo, la Rêveuse
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Also, some people have made comments on my blog & I have tried to answer them there. It seems I still haven't figured out how to respond by email to everyone! Oh, well! It's not that I'm ignoring you, it's just that I'm clueless on Kauai!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Anyway, here's my June page and my July page. I'm still working on August but I actually get two days at home this weekend, so I have high hopes.
Also, someone sent me an email about something they were doing for Robin. It went to my spam box and I saw it juuuuust as I was deleting my spam for the week. If whoever reads that could send me the message again, I'd appreciate it.
You all do such beautiful work. It's an inspiration just being part of this group.
Fact #2 ~ We've just been doing a survey of member participation, and have learned that several members have had to drop out of the project.
Question ~ What do you think about the idea of allowing the unofficial members to take the place of the drop outs????? Their status would change to "official" and they could post to our blog and join our Flickr group. Also, they would be able to exhibit/publish their work with us if/when such an opportunity arises.
How do you vote on this one?????
Am planning on looking at some fabric today to decide on the color for September. Strange but my mind is in Fall mode & I have to pull my thoughts back & remember I am about to start the "September Beaded Journal Page".
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
While visiting my daughter, I set up a worktable between the beds in her guestroom. It made it very easy for my dog, and hers, to let me know when it was dinner time!! "It's 5 o'clock, do you know where my dinner is"!
I took some pictures of rooms my daughter painted for her family while I was there too. You can see them here.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm still trying to develop a Contact Tree... a local person in each area to contact BJP members in your own area.
I need one volunteer member for each of these areas:
the United Kingdom
If you are willing to help, please contact me by email at this address. I'll email you a list of the names and contact information to you. Thanks!!!!!
Robin A., your BJP Coordinator
I am working on both September and August at the same time and although August hasn't gotten as much time it is slowly coming along. September has been demanding more attention, maybe it is all of those dragonflies.
I have also been updating my main blog if you want to see what else is going on in my life.
Artistic Kreations and Passions
AKP Bead Journal Project
After you publish your post, the word you highlighted will be clickable by the rest of us and will take us right to your blog!
When I do mine, I usually highlight the word "here", as in, "see my october piece here" and that takes anyone right to my blog....
Wow, finished September before the end of the month! If you haven't visited http://www.flickr.com/groups/2007_bead_journal_project/ yet, make sure you do - it's amazing to see everyone's work in one place....
my site is here to see September: http://madnessisastateofmind.blogspot.com/
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I need one volunteer member for each of the following areas:
the United Kingdom
other countries in Europe
If you are willing to help, please contact me by email at this address. I'll email you a list of the names and contact information to you. Thanks!!!!!
Robin A., your BJP Coordinator
The weather has turned cool here in MI,
and for once I am not stewing in a menopausal sauna.
Spring and fall are the two seasons I love the most.
I've put my bead embroidery down for a little while,
so I can catch up with things that I've left undone.
But enough of my ramblings...I have a question
for the quilters out there. If you have the time
could you please go to my blog and see
if you can offer me some suggestions on a quilt I have?
Any input would be so helpful to me. Thanks in advance...
As you can see I am only about ½ way done on this piece. All the symbols relate in some way to the fact I was 50 in August. They will be explained once I have finished.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
What is an artful blog? Isn't it one that is appealing, fun to view and authentic? Making a blog like that takes practice and time. It's like your BJP pages... the more you do, the more you learn and the more your own unique voice develops.
Some years ago the buzz word of the day was embellishments. Today it's artful. Bah-humbug! I suggest we take it for what it is, a media buzz word, and go about our business of doing art and blogging about it, learning and getting better at it over time.
ma continuo a lavorare per il progetto e di tanto in tanto riesco a sbirciare i vostri meravigliosi lavori, COMPLIMENTI A TUTTI, spero di riuscire a rientrare presto nei miei ritmi, un abbraccio, matilda.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Late yesterday I learned that my beaded art doll is one of the six semi-finalists in the All Dolled Up competition! It has been all I could do to sit on my hands and tape my mouth shut until I was given the green light to let anyone know about this doll. Although online voting won't begin until November 7th, if you would like to see my entry she is here at http://artfulmuse.blogspot.com/ .
My July and August pages just never got started up well. I was interrupted by travel, teaching and some miseravle viral infections during which I could barely do more than lie in bed with my head in a fish bowl world.
Between the last virus and the most recent one ( I must stop airplane travel for awhile!) I managed to start September which is very exciting for me. I am working on bead embroidering over one of my own art works which I scanned and then printed onto photo transfer fabric. Lots of teeny beads to work with in order to stay in the proper proportion to the central design element Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am working upon my own work. This is a really new experience and rather gratifying.
I will get my act and beady mind focused to work on July and August as soon as I can.
I might need someone to pester me so that I do get to it. Any volunteers?
I love this project and am proud to be a participant. Beadful hugs, Marcia in steamy South Florida.
I have really been inspired by seeing other peoples pictures on the blogs Ive checked out. I'm happy for you to check out mine and appreciate any comments you may have. I look forward to being involved in this project.
Thank you Robin for advising us to use Acid Free Interleaving Paper to back our bead embroidery work with when we need to add enough body to hold our bead embroidery properly on the surface of our work. So many of us don't think about the future and what happens to our work over time. We put in so much love, attention and time to our work that it would be a shame not to take one extra step that takes only minutes to assure a longer life to our creations.
I know that using acid free fabrics, tissues and papers like those in scrapbooking are wise to use. I never thought of Interleaving papers. These are used in the restoration and preservation of textiles, paintings, books, bindings and all sorts of other precious items.
I look forward to starting every day with seeing new posts to the BJP and oohing and ahhing over everyone's new pics and blogs.
What a truly wonderful and talented world...... Thanks again to Robin!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Kassie, The Beading Butterfly
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Am enjoying so much seeing all of the amazing bead art that is being done!
Sept BJP on here:
Monday, September 10, 2007
Had to make the big decision today to put aside my August page as it was just not working, so am going on to September and will get back to August when I come up with a better idea for it. I think my colour choice for the material made it just too hard- for me anyhow.
Am really enjoying the flicker site and the inspiration is somewhat overwhelming. I keep saying, Wow, OMG! and If only, but it makes me strive to do better
Thanks all, learning curve is on the up and up!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Happy September, everyone!
On the fun front, my girlfriend and I managed to sneek in another trip to the coast over Labor Day weekend. We took a class and beaded the rest of the weekend. We're getting ready for our Bead Society Bead Show on the 23rd of this month. Lots of work but we have such a good time every year. We expect it to grow by at least a third by next September.
Also, I wanted to thank everyone for all your kind comments on my blog regarding my surreal personal life as well as my work. I can't tell you how much your support and good wishes have meant to me. Sometimes I just go read them over again when I'm feeling sad or whatever. You guys ROCK!
Yep, look at that, it's brown, it's square.
Next day: Yep, look at that, it's brown, it's square.
Day after that: Yep, look at that, it's brown, it's square.
Rinse and repeat.
There is the action of just putting a bead on. Yep, did that. Ripped it out. Did it again. Ripped it out again. So far, 4 tries and I'm getting really good at ripping it out. Even beaded an inch or so, nope ain't hitting that sweet spot.
I'm not really worried, something will slide in there and be the inspiration but for now I'm just contemplating my navel....errrr, that piece of fabric. Sometimes it's just nice to let it ride til something bubbles up unforced, unasked for and under the radar.
I think I'll go sit outside in the coolness of the morning. Enjoy the birds singing and the lawnmowers up and down the block.
I have not been blogging much but am still beading away.There have been some major things happen in my life to delay my progress but I am not giving up.Hopefully I will be able to get July and August pages uploaded to my blog.I am glad the pages are easy enough to take with me on the semi.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Okay I finally got pictures done of my August Bead Journal project. It is my tribute to The Ohio State Fair. I had fun doing this one as orange is always a color that I enjoy working with. Plus I got to go vintage button shopping which is almost as exciting as going bead shopping! Close, but a second. Anyway, on to September. I already have an idea. I live in Columbus Ohio which is home town of the famous Ohio State Buckeyes and guess what September means to anyone from Ohio....BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
I'm so excited! Do any of you have the book "Designer Bead Embroidery" by Kenneth King? It's a great book. And... I've just signed up for a 6-hour bead embroidery workshop with Kenneth King at the Creativ Festival in Toronto in October. Can't wait!
Have just uploaded my June and July pages to the groups Flicker site. Wonderful work everyone, have been looking at those on the site. As I haven't looked at any before it's been a real revelation for me and as soon a I get August finished will post it too. Got a bit behind with family illness but all systems are now on go.
Looking forward to seeing everyones pages
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I haven't been reading blogs either, so I have a LOT of catching up to do!!
I have done my August one but will wait a little while before posting that. Hope everyone else is having fun :)
I have had good news and bad news lately and I had a blast at Bead Fest. If you want to read about it visit me at my Artistic Kreations and Passions blog.
I need more time in the day, I love looking at all of the wonderful "pages" that everyone is doing. So many wonderful creative minds, it is so inspiring.
Keep up the good work, Angie
Now that I've finished the August work, I have a pretty good idea what I'm going to do with September. We'll see if I can pull it off.
I'm so thrilled to see so much fantastic beadwork and am happy to be part of such a talented group.
August's page is about 1/3 done and at the moment I have no idea what I'll be doing for September. Usually I have ideas stacked up, but right now I'm drawing a complete blank as to what I want to do next. I'm also wrestling with ideas for displaying all 12 pieces in one long line. I can't finish the backs of my completed pages until I figure out how to support the weight of all 12 beaded pages - All those beads are going to be heavy.
You can read all about just my Bead Journal Pages on my blog - HERE.
What fun this is. Seeing all the variations and work by other participants is what starts my day off with pure enjoyment.
Monday, September 3, 2007
I write some more on my blog (have not posted there in nearly a month!) about the inspiration I found last month. Please stop by and take a look. I am glad I remembered how to link my blog rather than type it out.
I will add my pages to the Flickr link, probably with September. I have not started September yet and probably won't for awhile as I want to work on some other beading projects. Plus I need to get started on my red scarf which may be due this month. I will try to blog more however.
Thanks everyone for the great eye candy and happy beading! Nancy K.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
The August page is more than half way done, and my September page is started..... albeit only in my head..... I am going to do some three dimensional petals for the September flower. It feels like I am slowly coming off the page. I like the effect of the center of my flower for August.
Check out my blog:
Saturday, September 1, 2007
The reason I ask this is because I bought this book, yesterday, by Larkin Jean Van Horn (I am a sucker for pretty pictures) and it is the first book that explicitly states use a double thread.
My intention is to finish August's page before I begin the one for September, but you know how that goes! At least I have an idea this time of what I'm going to do...
Sue in western WA