Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Now on to March! I think it will be easier and quicker. We'll see.
The web page is looking so great. It's fun to look at everyone's pages all at once.
Just quickly popping in to let you know I'm doing fine and well on target to finish shortly!
I have finally pulled that reluctant child August into line and hopefully will finish it by weeks end. May has gone through a few changes but is heading in the right direction.
I got a bit of a shock also, I was just reading Robin's post on her blog about using symbols in our artwork. Well, wait till you see my finished May page. I adds even more meaning to all my BJP pages, having read this post.(background music=Twilight Zone)
Nospoj - Dinah
Monday, April 28, 2008
Bunny S. is a 2007 BJP member who is not into digital. A couple of months ago I had a chance to spend some time beading with her and decided to take photos of her BJP pieces. I've posted them on my blog, here.
Here's a thought... if YOU know any members, who (like Bunny) don't do digital, please consider offering to take pictures of their work and post them to your blog. If they are up to date you might also help them get the images onto our BJP website member page.
Pink Hallow Moon did that for Terri Allen. If you haven't seen her work on the BJP member page, check it out here.
Thanks! Robin A.
You can view my barrette here.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It has been so much fun beading monthly with a purpose. I am so looking forward to beginning a new series for the coming year.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I followed Robin's suggestions to start with gray and then examine the contents of last month's envelope. Full results are here. Having some trouble processing the fact that we're getting ready to start the final month of a year long project! It doesn't seem that long at all and at the same time the process and group support has been so wonderful that it feels like it's always existed.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Now all I have to do is find time to get that May page done . . .
Kathy V in NM
What suggestions do you have for new members joining the 2008 BJP regarding this important decision that must be made at the very start of the year? How will you choose your shape/size for 2008 now that you have a year's experience behind you?
Thanks for taking your time to comment! And congratulations to all those who are now finished (or finishing) with 12 pieces. Every day I check the member gallery on our website with eager anticipation of seeing more! To say they are awesome is such an understatement... words fail me...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Here it all is Angie.
My BJP Blog
And for those of you who haven't seen the finished Pond Necklace my AKP Blog
So, click here to see my BJP home page! Remember - you can click on any of the pieces and another page will appear with a larger photo of the piece and all the info about what it was about.
This is something that I have done - I have a couple of monthly projects that I have worked on, maybe completed, but haven't decided to put them in my BJP, but they are just sitting on my workbench.
Does anyone else have these "skeletons"? (perfect word by the way!)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Kassie - The Beading Butterfly
To see my April piece, you can visit my blog at Cindysthreads.blogspot.com.
and by the way, is everyone getting in their registration info for the 2008 BJP??? I think we will have another stunning year of work to peruse - everyone is so incredibly talented and learning so much as they go along--I think the 2008 BJP is going to be even more spectacular. And... if you get a chance, stop by the 2008 BJP web site and click on the 2007 BJP... everyone can send in pics of their completed projects ... WOW... whenever I have some time to kill, I check out the new stuff added ... it is absolutely inspiring and jaw-dropping to see everyone's completed work.
back to my world... here is my March page (which I changed my mind and used a different one) and my April page...
one more reminder to register for the 2008 BJP!!! click here.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Kathy V in NM
I waited until last Saturday the 12th to begin my May block. But then it just took me over and MADE me finish it. I am pleased with it, and think it will be the crowning block (well, at least the LAST block) of my year's collection. You can go here to see the progress and the finished block.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I'm so confident I'll catch up and finish my 2007 BJPs, that I've already signed up for the 2008 BJP pledge. Won't you join me? Check out the BJP webpage for more info & to sign up for another year of learning & challenging fun.
Now I just have to get caught up on February, March, and April!
Sue in western Washington
Can't believe the end is coming up so soon.
aka Night Beader
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I'm hoping that someone will be able to point me in the right direction for doing a good job of mounting so that the piece will last for many many years.
The piece was not designed to be stitched together, but mounted in such a fashion that all the pieces make a whole, with about a quarter of an inch between the pieces. The material is some type of upholstery fabric that is close to Stiff Stuff. I'd really like to use archival material so that acid doesn't eat away at our work.
I appreciate any pointers! I'm sure that this is something that would be a good tip and that other BJPers, if they are thinking of putting their pieces in a book or a frame, would benefit from your input.
Many thanks in advance for any help!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
This weekend I'm getting to work on my April page. Have decided to follow through on Robin's suggestions to "start with gray" and let March's "envelope" reveal some clues about what was inside of it.
I'm just checking in again after several weeks away from the blog. It's great to see that a group will be continuing with a BJP II, and the site for it is beautiful. I'm still stitching away in blustery Wisconsin and planning to finish my January page next week. Then I'll add my Oct. - Jan. pieces to my website (www.lisabinkley.com) and post a new note with a link.
I've had really clear ideas for quite a while about what I plan to do in my Feb., April, and May pages, but I've been stuck all along on what to do for March. Then my husband, 9 yr. old son, and I watched the lovely film "Rivers and Tides" last night (it's about Andy Goldsworthy and his amazing installation art in natural settings using only local materials). What a beautiful film. Shortly after it was over I had a very clear idea of what I want to do for my March page. It's always amazing to me to see the process of inspiration at work. I highly recommend the film for any artist, but especially those who love the colors, patterns, and cycles of nature.
I'll write again, hopefully within a week, with a link to my four most recent pages. And I'm still very hopeful that I'll be able to finish all 12 by May 31st. Happy beading! Lisa B.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Well I've finally caught up, finished Feb, March and April in record time - for me!
Starting on May tomorrow, sorry but I do have a real job to go to tonight.
August is still sitting waiting, like a good child overlooked for the louder attention seekers.
I've been thinking (stop laughing!) and have come up with a theme for the 2008 BJP.
Hope it works out. I say that as I recall I had a theme for this years but it dosn't seem to have worked out that way. Anyways all the above are posted on Flickr and on my blog - which is rather new - http://sisterfour.blogspot.com/
Nospoj - Dinah
And a special congratulations to Cyndi! Good for you!!!
And a2susan...I sometimes have to bead with bandaids on 'cuz of poking myself! So I feel your pain! :)
Happy Aloha Friday all!
Here's a tip I want to learn: how to stop poking my thumb and index finger with the needles.
My skin is tattered on those two fingers, and I think the needle sometimes thinks my skin is fabric. Help!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
What are your best tips?
What have you learned about bead embroidery that you'd like to share?
What do you bead on?
What is your favorite thread and needle?
How do you get your ideas?
What would you do differently?
What tip did someone share with you that made a difference in your beadwork?
And, of course, any other suggestion that you would like to share.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Here are the links to each entry. Click on each of them to see them in GIANT detail!
Just one more to go! Wheeeeee.
So, I haven't posted in a few months, but April and before are all done and documented on my site. Click here to see all! Now I'm thinking about May and all those beautiful flowers in my garden.
Everyone take care and please email me if you know of more of these challenges - I prefer doing them to making items for sale (see my current Mask Challenge).
Have a beady great day, Karen
So, should I make December a "do over"?????
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Thanks for your patience.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Thanks to one of our members, Brenda B (Pink Moon Hallow), who happens to be a fabulous web designer (PMH), we now have our very own BJP website!!!
It has many features you'll want to view, including...
1. For any of you wanting to do the project again in 2008-09, you'll find both the rules and the registration steps for joining on our website. Important: everybody must register for the 2008 Bead Journal Project! Even if you were a member in the 2007 BJP, you must send your registration information to the new Registration Angel, Pam T, according the directions on the registration page.
2. The 2007 BJP page offers a wonderful gift to those of us who have completed 8 or more of our pieces for this year's project. Each of us gets our own personal page on the website. In addition to showing our pieces, there is a place where we can write a paragraph about ourselves or our work and display up to four links (to our own blogs, websites, email, etc.) This is a dream come true for me, a way to look at all of work of each person on one beautiful, uncluttered page! And, each of the pictures is clickable to a larger size! Here's my personal page, if you'd like to see it as an example.
I am so pleased to introduce you to the 2008 BJP Angel Team... Remember when I wrote a post saying I was swamped and wondering if anybody wanted to take over leadership of the BJP or help with it? Well, there were lots of offers, but four of them in particular seemed especially strong. And so, we formed ourselved into a support team for the BJP. We are listed on the new website, with direct email links. In brief, we are:
BrendaB - web design angel
PamT - registration angel
DianeM - blog angel
SusanK - promotion angel
RobinA - coordinator angel
We will try to do a good job of making the second BJP even more wonderful than the first! I can not tell you how greatful I am for the help!
You can help spread the word about the 2008 BJP if you want... you can put a link to our website on your blog and tell your beady friends. Any other ideas to get the word out are welcome.
We will have a new blog for the 2008 BJP. Although it is "open" now , I suggest we not use it until mid-August. We will keep this, our current blog, open and we can all use it to post until just before the new BJP starts in September. There's a link to the new 08 BJP Blog on the BJP website for when you need it.
This is my personal opinion, but I want to comment about the personal pages on the BJP website. Having done website design for my photographer husband, I know how much work it is to do a page with clickable images. Many web designers charge $150-200 to do a single page like this. Pink Moon Hallow originally said she would do it as a favor, but when I considered how many of us there are and how much time it will take, I talked her into adding a "donation request" to the page for any of us who are willing to compensate her. Also the bandwidth usage for our site (as the number of member pages grows) will cost her money. Our contributions will help with that too. So I encourage you to be generous.
Please, if you have friends who are active in the BJP, but who don't regularly check our blog, will you let them know about the website and about the 2008 BJP? I personally know of 5 very wonderful beaders, who are caught up with their pages but don't have blogs of their own and don't ever read this one. I'm sorry that they aren't part of our community and that you all haven't had a chance to see their work. However, I understand that the internet isn't for everybody. Also, if you know someone like that, maybe you could offer to help them get their work posted to the member page on our website.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Just a little teaser of February that I finished today, I've posted it to Flickr.
I was very sick in Feb and unable to bead at all. But am much better now.
March, April and May are all set to go then I only have to backtrack to August finish that and meet you all at the finish line on May 30!
I will be on board for next year (only wish it was a later start) that said I'm looking forward to having a break in June/July as it's my Birthday June 21st and My Son turns 18 July 2nd so methinks there will be a bit of partying going on!
I'm really enjoying being a part of this group my only regret is that you all live so gosh darn far away!
So it's back to the work desk for me while we still have beautiful sunshine here, it's supposed to be Autum(Fall) but the weather is so spring like even some of the flowers are blooming again - go figure!
Needles threaded, beads at the ready
Nospoj - Dinah