Monday, March 31, 2008
So this month's piece is dedicated to all the women artist who have touched my spirit this month. It is especially sent out to my fellow Sisters of the Guiled Lilies Doll Making Guild from Columbus Ohio, and to all my beading friends on Beaded Art Dolls on Yahoo Groups. With every stitch of this project, I had them in mind and how both groups had warmed my Winter starved Muse. You'll have to read my blog to see why post surgery Barbie dolls and the color yellow painted my bleak March warm & glowing.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
80 - want to do it again!
10 - are passing on doing for another year (I'll miss them)
4 - are undecided
Of the 80 ready to commit to another 12 bead journal pages, slightly over half want to begin right away. There were several comments regarding a September start date - midway between starting again right away and waiting until January of 2009.
We're going with the midway idea! The 2008 Bead Journal Project will begin with September this year. (In other words, your first piece will be for the month of September.) If you want to get a head start, that's fine. The slight delay will give current members time to complete all their 2007 BJP pieces and whatever finishing they decide to do (if any). I'll post more about this soon.
VERY EXCITING NEWS
posted here in the next few days...
Be sure to watch for it!!!
Hugs and kudos... Robin A.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
You can view it here.
Monday, March 24, 2008
I'm delighted to report that I've completed my March BJP page a bit ahead of schedule. This will give me a couple of days to focus on also getting the February page finished. This month's Contrary Journey took a look at "areas of gray" and, as usual, the more I focussed on the page, the more the theme revealed about itself. You can read more details and see the full page here.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Just posted my progress here on my blog. Hopefully I'll be up to date by the end of the month! Woo hoo! I haven't had alot of time, due to family issues, so I haven't been able to check out everyone's blogs! I miss it! And I've had to answer folks on my blog due to the time constraints too! I wish I could tell you all how inspired I am by all your beautiful work! This has been a challenging & fun project! I've learned so much...and still am learning!!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Click here for information, pictures and printable pre-order form on my website.
Also, I finally got a picture of my February BJP posted. Click here to see Valentine for Little Robin.
Huge thanks and hugs to everyone for your support through my book birth! Robin
Kassie - The Beading Butterfly
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Robin, congrats!!! I can't wait to see the new book.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
My new book is finished and off to the printer!!!!! The title is
Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery
Fresh Ideas and Techniques for Creating Art with Beads
I'll post a link to more information and ordering on my blog and website in a few days (after I receive a confirmed delivery date). The book should be available to you in about a month!!!!
This book was the longest pregnancy (4 years) and the most difficult labor of any so far. But it was worth all the effort as it's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so thrilled with all the pictures and everything about it. (Goodness, it's not even my first child... how could I be so excited?!)
Just had to share... Now I'm catching up on everything, starting with bookkeeping and taxes for 2007. Yikes... that will be a big job. As a reward for each boring bookkeeping task, I'm going give myself a little time to visit your recent blog posts and post my own February BJP. Yeah!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I like the idea of continuing the project. I also think that beginning in January would give people ample time to figure out how to display/store their pages and give us a chance to push away from the table as it were.
I hope you'll stop by my blog and look at my page and maybe some of my other entries. I'd really like to hear what you think, so I appreciate comments! Your comments and opinions help me grow, just like looking at your work makes me try harder or take something I saw in your piece and make it my own and learn. Thank you all so much.
This project has built a community for beaders that wasn't there in this fashion in the past. We are ground breakers! I love to look at everyone's blog and I find it fascinating how different we all are, yet we come together to share a common passion.
So glad we are continuing BJP into another year. Wouldn't trade this aspect of this last year for anything. The beading community is tremendously supportive of its members, whether they be advanced beaders or rank beginners. That is what has made this year so special.
Monday, March 10, 2008
The question is when and what are the particulars?
My situation is this... I totally enjoyed being the glue for the 2007 BJP, although it took a great deal of extra time, especially in the first couple of months. I still get numerous emails wanting to know how to do this or that. I've dropped the ball a bit on follow-up and record keeping. I'd like to work toward getting a publisher interested in a book of 2007 BJP pieces/stories (more on this in my next post). Also, I'd like to organize a show of the work.
All that is to say... I need a few extra days in each week just to keep from drowning. Part of me wants to be the organizer for the next BJP. And part of me wants one of you to take the ball for a year. If I am the organizer, it will have to start January, 2009. If somebody else takes on the responsibility, it can begin again right away in June, 2008 (or September, or whenever). Is there anybody out there with organizational skills, patience and a little time? I'll be glad to help if you like.
Whoever organizes it, there are two things regarding the second year that I feel strongly about... First, I'd like it to be open to new members. Actually, I'd like it to be a whole new thing, new blog, new name (2009 BJP), etc. Secondly, I'd like returning members to have the freedom to change their direction, size/shape, theme... to start fresh. However, I still think it is important to keep the size/shape consistent within each year. So, you'd be able to change your size/shape, but you'd be using your new size/shape for all 12 pieces next year.
This isn't my wrap-up speech... but I must say, this has been bigger, better and happier than I ever imagined it could be. I'm thrilled with all the creativity and beadwork done as part of this project! Equally thrilling (and somewhat unexpected for me) is the internet friendships and support we've shared this year. It's amazing! I had no idea so many of us would actually DO it... My best guess is that about 150 of us will finish 12 pieces... That would be a total of 1800 beaded journal "pages..." WOW!
Love to you all! Robin A.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Anyway, got done with February, & started March. I've run into a couple of problems with transferring a drawing/sketch onto Timtex. If anyone has any ideas, please LMK! Check out my blog here if you'd like! Thanks!
I just finished my February page today. I still have December and January, then of course March and forward. Still some time to get done!
Here is my blog if you would like to stop by. Please scroll down a couple of posts to get to the Pay it Forward post (or as I called it, Bead it Forward.) I haven't had any takers yet!
Have a great night everyone and happy beading (and knitting) Nancy K.
I just finished my January piece and you can read about it here. I hope it reflects the windy snowy winter we are having here in Ontario, Canada. In the newspaper this week it said that there has been snow- even if just a trace- every two days out of three days since Dec. 1, and more than half of the days have seen less than an hour of sunshine! My husband and son are loving it since they ski/snowboard. I have enjoyed the time I have had to do beading and quilting. But the novelty of all the snow wore off long ago!! We want to see the sun! Maybe that will be in my March BJP!
Re: continuing the BJP - I have enjoyed reading the various responses and have thought about my vote. I am big on commitment, so I want to make sure I can fulfill everything I commit to.
I know I will continue to work in this beading format as I have enjoyed every single moment. It has really stretched me and I can see the ways in which I have grown. I will definately sign up for another year, and I am having fun dreaming and journalling about what I will change for the next series. For sure I will make a smaller size (I am doing 8.5" x 11" which is too big!).
I just completed my February page this week. You can see it on my blog here.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the National Polymer Clay Guild's first Synergy Conference in Baltimore. I had a marvelous time and am still catching up from being away. This morning I took the time to catch up on about 40 BJP posts and am in awe of all of the amazing work everyone is creating. I'm honored to be part of this fabulous group!
I also saw that we are thinking of going another year with the project. I will have to give that some thought because it is a big commitment. That said, I have learned so much from being a part of this group and my confidence has grown in cultivating and expressing my artistic voice. This has changed my life in such a wonderful and positive way and it sounds like there are many others who feel the same way.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
So, shall we do this again? I'm one of the Great Behinders, and yet, I say, "YES!' 2007 was a year fraught with trials and disasters of all kinds for me, yet I still managed to keep on working, although slowly, throughout. Maybe I'll get all caught up, maybe I won't, but I'm very curious to see what I can do without all those distractions and huge events. Of course, there may be new huge events to distract me. :- ) We'll see. I definitely want to continue, though, and I will on my own, regardless of what is decided here.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Funny but now I am working & have less time I am more productive.. I seem to focus more when I am pushed for time LOL at myself but hey I'm finally seeing the end & there really will be 12 beaded pages on my wall
Ellen aka Dolly Bead
But after saying that, a strong feeling came over me to not participate. That I should stay committed to finding my artistic voice and not pressure myself to find it through a monthly bead journal page. Sounds contrary to me.....
Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful work and a special thanks to Robin for inspiring us all!