Sunday, August 31, 2008

Good Bye 2007 BJP

Today is the last day of the 2007 Bead Journal
I am glad that I am done with all of my 12 pages.
You can check my blog to see my last project.

My last page is complete!

Hello beady friends!

Well, talk about getting down to the wire! My last page, my November page, is finally finished and you can see it here. Even though I am 3 months late, I am feeling quite a sense of accomplishment today to be finally done with all of my pages.
To all of my fellow BJPers who are not done yet - have faith, it WILL happen. Keep on beading and, most of all, have fun!


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Time Is SO Catching Up With Me!

Here it is, August 30, only one more day until 2008-2009 BJP officially begins.  I am nowhere near finishing up 2007...  and I'm realizing that that doesn't really matter so much.  This has been a wonderful, sanity-keeping experience for me, having my BJP project to come back to after things went haywire, which they did on a regular basis this last year.  I can confidently say that I wouldn't have come through nearly as well as I have without the beadwork and all of you to encourage and inspire me.  At this point I have 6 and 5/6th pages done, just a bit over half of the 12 I'd hoped to have.  And my solution is to invoke my Artistic License and, well, cheat and declare that each page will represent 2 months.  :- D  Oh, I'll still be working on 2007-2008 as I go along,  but right now I can have that (somewhat false) sense of achievement and completion. Page 7 will  be finished up by tomorrow, and then I will start 2008-2009.  And I still haven't decided on size, theme (if any), or anything.  I can't wait to find out what I'll come up with!

How do I post on the New Blog??

I have not recieved an invitation to post on any of the new blogs so how do I do this?

Ellen aka DollyBead

Final Page

Whew, talk about cutting it fine...

You can see my final page & how it came to be here..

Ellen aka DollyBead

Sunday, August 24, 2008


You would think by now this old girl could figure out where to post! The last post was meant to go to my 2008 BJP group . . .

Kathy V in NM

Time flies when one is having fun . . .

Greetings from the high desert country of southern New Mexico! Our state motto -- the Land of Enchantment -- really says it all when it comes to living in a place with constant creative inspiration.

Can't believe it is time for the next BJP already. Spent the entire summer beading up a storm on many other projects and now it is nearly time to solidify thoughts and plans for my 2008 BJP pages. Last year I used a 6 x 8 inch format which was ambitious and there were many months when I had wished I began with a smaller format. So, this year's efforts will go a teeny bit smaller -- 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches.

Welcome to all the new folks joining in the project. You will find we have become a family of sorts and this will be the best online group experience you can hope to have anywhere! Lots of encouragement and love gets spread around liberally.

Looking forward to this year and all the creativity and inspiration I am sure will be generated in abundance . . .

Kathy V in NM

March and April 2007 BJP Updates

Before March page the background was
empty so I put extra flowers and leaves.
My April page is done last month. I have
been so very busy and did not have the
time to post pictures of my vacation
and May BJP page yet but I will real
soon so come back.
Here is my link .

Friday, August 22, 2008

Up-date, Judi in CO

Getting geared up again. Finally photos of 2 pages done awhile ago. Have a good day.

Questions about the new 2008-2009 blog

Hi! I had to post these questions here because...well, because I couldn't post them on the proper blog LOL!!

1 What do we need to do to be able to post on the new blog?
2 Could someone please change the comments settings so that those of us who don't use blogger blogs can post too?

Thanks on both counts :-)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Progress... of a Sort

I'm well underway with my December page, and you can view it in its "in progress" state on my blog.  It's been another "interesting" year for me, but most loose ends have been wrapped up.   2007 is about to wrap up, and here I am with still many to go.  Oh, well.  All the family stuff is cleared up and the paying work is coming in on a more scheduled basis, so I will have more time to work on my 2008 pages, as well as the remaining pages for 2007.  This has been a wonderful experience.  I've learned so much, especially from all of you and your amazing and spectacular art.  2008 can only be better!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

March BJP

March BJP
Originally uploaded by jacqui126
2007 finally finished. This page has taken forever and a day but I finally decided to stop! See my details on my blog

Now I just have to have then framed.

July is finished

Hi All,

July's page is finished and now all I have to do is complete April & August. Will I finish before we start the 2008 BJP? Time will tell.

To check out my July page come to my blog.

Beadily yours
Susan Feldkamp
aka Night Beader

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Switch to new blog?

Are we switching over to the new blog in September?

Registration ends Friday

Where does the time go? Registration ends tomorrow, Friday, August 15th.

Join us for another creative, inspirational, and insightful year. Meet new friends, spend hours looking at blogs, and become a part of a wonderful community.

Contact Pam. The registration link is on the left.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Contest and update

I keep forgetting to post this information here.  I know that some of you have turned your BJP project into books and thought that some of you might be interested in Beadwork's:  Beadwork VI: The Beaded Book.  The entries are due by the middle of December.  If you are interested all the details are on their website.  If you just like books and have used them for inspiration you might also want to check it out since the entries don't actually have to be a book.

For those who want to know what I have been up to I am including links below to my BJP posts in the order they were written and my web gallery and website. ~ Angie

July 1- A Seed Germinates
July 4- Goals For A New Year
July 7- A Sapling Takes Root In Purple Dirt
July 10- Trying New Techniques/Collaging my World
July 13- How Do I Do It/ It's A Secret
July 16- Like Leaves On A Tree: Plenty Of Ideas
July 19-Painting My World/A Tree Takes Form
July 21- Ever Tree Needs Leaves
July 24-Leafing Out
July 27- The Tree Is Planted And Gets More Leaves
July 30- A Secret Takes Shape
August 2- A Door Takes Form
August 6- Stitching Up A Fern
August 10- Ocean Waves

My Web Gallery- Includes photos of both of my BJP pieces.
Artistic Kreations and Passions- my website
BJP Website (my 2007-8 pieces)- I finally got everything to our Website angel.

I'm Done! I'm Really Done!

Feet don't fail me now! I finally finished my last BJP page last night while watching the women's gymnastics on tv.

Can you hear the sound of happy feet? It's the happy dance I've been doing since the last thread was cut!

Take a look! Another behinder catches up!


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Registration deadline

The deadline for registration for next year's project is just a few days away - August 15! If you haven't signed up yet, please contact Pam (see link on left for registration).

If you have any friends you think would enjoy the bjp, please encourage them to sign up.

And even if you don't continue, you can always drop in and see how this year's project is going.
We'd love to have you stop by.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Lillian D. wants you to know...

Lillian D of WA state joined the BJP last April, fully expecting to meet her commitment to the project. We heard from her a couple of times in the first months... but not since... until a few days ago when she wrote to me and asked me to let you all know why she "dropped out of sight."

This is what she wrote...

I've been battling a surprising medical condition since I last posted in, I believe August 2007...To make a long story short...They found a pancreatic mass in my abdomen. It's in a too dangerous spot to remove it, too much to radiate and chemo didn't work. I'm in Hospice right now and still in shock!!!!!

In response to my reply, she wrote...

I would love to hear (emails) from members of the group-thanks! I feel the doctors think there is still a chance for miracles, and I'm and we're still doing all we can, but pancreatic stuff is tricky and unpredictable... I have a sister and brother-in-law in Portland (Dorothy and Wayne), and they come as often to visit as they can. And I have Jere at home :o) When I can, I will view some of the work, so many talented people in the group! :o) Thanks Thanks for your prayers, love and hugs and letting the group know for me.

So, if you'd like to write to her, the email is... lilliandelacruz{at}hotmail{dot}com. I hope a few of you will do that.... maybe it will help her in some way to know that we care and miss her. Thanks.

Robin A.

I've finished #9 & #10

I've just finished two more of my BJPs ... only two left to go!
February's piece naturally is rather red -- I do love Valentine's Day.
March's piece really commemorates a special birthday on July 29, 1958.... Can you believe that NASA is 50 years old!

Click here to view both pieces, "Hearts all over" and "In Honor of NASA"

I've got ideas in my head for my last two 2007 BJPs ... just need to find (or make) the time to start and finish each of them.
To my fellow behinders catching up -- Way to GO!!!

Cathy in Houston, with the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center only 22 miles away :^)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nearly There!

One more done! Check it out at my blog. Seemed to go on forever - I'm glad it's done.

Now on to the last page. I imagine it will feel really good to get that one done! I'm looking forward to a completed project.

Keep on keepin' on all of you other behinders!


Monday, August 4, 2008

Dot' collage

I really don't have the time to finish up the quilted wall hanging to finally complete my 2007-2008 BJP. I don't have much time for quilting plus it is HOT in Ohio & i just don't have the energy to get all that fabric out & sit to sew. Therefore, my husband made up a collage image with all 12 of my leaves on a page to share. I think they look nice & am considering doing post cards with them when I teach or do shows. Enjoy them on my blog.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Night Beader getting close

I'm finally finished with my January page and now have to get busy with the other pages before we start a new BJP.

You can see my January page on my blog

Good luck to all the others who are trying to "catch up"

Beadily yours
Susan Feldkamp
night beader


I finished my April and May pages in July. A little behind, but it took me a while to reconcile myself to actually "finishing" and "being finished". Here is a little preview of May...

You can find April and the rest of May on my blog if I have piqued your interest.

Friday, August 1, 2008

finishing your pages

This year I was more concerned about actually making each monthly piece than on how to finish and organize them. For next year, I want to think it through so I can actually have my pages together in some way.

So my question is, what have people done for this year or are thinking of doing for next year?

I know several people have shown their work - but not having multiple needle (quilting or sewing) or bookbinding skills, I feel unsure what to do.

Thanks, Susan