Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thought you might want to know... One of our members, Christi C. (Sweetpea Path) has signed up to take an on-line Photoshop class, here. It still has openings.
Today I spent some time reading about the class, looking at the instuctor's (Susan Tuttle) blog, Susan's Flickr page and some of her students' work on Flickr. It looks to me like her class would offer individual attention, flexibility and basic training in photo editing using either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS. She says that a free, current version of Photoshop Elements is available to students to download for the class. It's a trial offer by Photoshop, so you don't get to keep it forever, but it means you could try it for the class and see if you like it.
Maybe one (or more?!) of you wants to join Christi in the class???!!!!
Cheers and have fun with February!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I've blogged the text and photos for my January effort. Since the magpie will be installment two for February I am a bit ahead but that is great because I can see lots of things piling up the next two months...
Feel free to leave a comment when you drop by my blog. I'd love to know what you think.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am thrilled to be taking part in this project and think you are all amazing, talented and generous.
So if you have a little spare time away from your own beading and busy lives you can view my very, very first public piece at http://sydsider.blogspot.com
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
You’ll find out how I started this garden in May 1980 in a Zone 4 arid region with next to no water and how having no water turned into a blessing.
How this garden which I simply started to attract birds for my husband led to :
-a collection of hundreds of old-fashioned roses
-a nursery specializing in plants for the birds.
-the sale 10s of thousands of plants using no plastic pots
-thousands of people visiting the garden to learn to attract birds and conserve water
-eroded land turned into a forest
-being featured in a one book and in Better Homes and Gardens
-sending rootstock to David Austin’s breeding program
-speaking engagements around the world
-hugs from former customers who still bring me pictures of their gardens. …
-a wonderful wild garden full of birds and wildlife that started with a dead tree…..
The new January page is on my blog (http://olderrose.blogspot.com) and I should have the installment one attached by the end of the week...
Saturday, January 23, 2010
For example, below are an original picture and the same picture after editing it...
It really feels great to be able to post pictures that adequately show the quality, colors and attractiveness of my beading. If you're frustrated with your pictures, I hope my post will help!
I chose the birds theme because this May is the 30th anniversary of a personal commitment which took me on a wild journey....
I have Photoshop and use it, but I'm wondering if I am making the best use of it. Please share what "Tools" are your favorites, and I've noticed this -- if I reduce the size of a photo *too much* it will not enlarge when clicked on my blog. Instead it stays the same size. Folks have told me how they wish they could see it enlarged. Do you have a particular percentage or number that you use when re-sizing a photo? Please share details of this program, thanks.
Gerry's answer: When I download photos to the computer they come in around 3500-4000 pixels... The majority of the time I reduce them to 700 pixels which allows them to fill most screens when clicked. If there it is a lot of detail I will reduce only to 1000 but then people have to move it around unless they have a big screen.
I do a lot of photo editing for my son's business and anything lower than 700 cannot still produce a good glossy print with lots of detail ..... My opinion only!!
My one really important tip::: Do your cropping BEFORE you reduce your photo's pixel size. If you reduce then crop you lose additional pixels that may bring your photo down too low. I almost always "sharpen" every photo... my favorite tool!
I use both Photoshop and Image Composer (part of MS Front Page Web software) each having their strong points... BUT without spending any money Googles's Picasa (FREE) has amazing photo editing abilities which are presented in a easily understandable way... I would recommend it highly for those not too sure of their computer skills or don't want to invest a lot of money..
There is a good book "Photoshop Elements for Dummies" It's well worth the money and time to go through it chapter by chapter. Even though I was very comfortable with Photoshop, I picked up a lot of little extra tricks from it...
BTW Robin thanks for the camera info and I did find one last night on E-Bay (used) and bought it... I wanted a Nikon D70 like Susan Elliott uses but out of my budget range right now.....definitely on my wish list tho.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I have done no more than decide on size and colours, I have everything ready to start, but with temperatures here (sub-tropical Australia) sitting between 35 and 40 celsius......95 to 104 fahrenheit.....and almost 100% humidity, it's a little too hot and slippery to bead.....to do much at all really.
In the meantime, I'll just keep sipping cold drinks, try to stay cool and enjoy reading all the blogs.............
Here is! I finally ended in July and August. I just have to finish to fix them onto a painting. My mind is now free to begin the January page of the BJP 2010.
After reflexion, (without paralyzing too much my mind!!!!) I decided to work on a size bigger than last year. Circles of 4 inches or 10 cms in diameters seemed to me sometimes too small. I am going to make rectangles of 9 x 7 inches or 23 x 17 cms. So I hope to have more place to mix more materials under beads.
The snow which fell recently gave me the theme of my page of January. To make you an idea or see my realizations, here is my blog.
I had not visited blogs since a few days and it took me all afternoon long. There were so many beautiful things to see. Moreover I found good advices. A big bravo to all of you. I expect that this year will be a great one! I am impatient to see your realizations.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Anyhow, everyone seems to be on their way to a very interesting and creative year and I am thrilled to be part of this project.
And as soon as I work out where, how and who, I hope to be able to share my pieces with all of you wonderful beaders.
As soon I work out my address I will post.
PS. Any tips on publishing would be greatly appreciated.
I also created another vessel to go into my Etsy shop, and that one has to be beaded as well. So now I have 2 needles going - when I get tired of one, I switch to the other. I know, I know... sounds a little ADD, right? You folks are now on to me...LOL!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
After stamping, painting and coughing I realized I didn't have the right greens. DD brought them home from work for me today, so I've been beading away this evening. Made the ripe and unripe blackberries last night by wrapping small beads around ponybeads. So far I've used 4 greens, one purple and one pale yellow. I have a pale pistache green bead to add to the bottom area and I'm thinking some golden yellows and browns there too. And I need some weeds around the flyfungus. I love encrusted.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Still having problems with my link: My blog is www.cqnickilee.blogspot.com
Sunday, January 17, 2010
For the record, I do really appreciate when people add sizes and other pertinent details about their posted work.
I must admit to that I am still learning my way around writing into these blogs.
You can check my latest at http://beads4jody.blogspot.com/
Also my friend Kathaleen Praeuner another New Mexico beader signed up for the project at http://beadingprincessnm.blogspot.com, (Think she still needs to have her blog added to the list)
Thank you to Robin and all the Beader Journal helpers who help make this all work, so that we can ALL enjoy the beautiful bead journals online.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Check it out - it's on my blog.
p.s. I'll be better, I know. And if I am not, I work with doctors - I'll be fine.
When I took Robin's class this fall she said when she is without inspiration or an area is overwhelming she starts with a path and works out from there. I could hardly believe my ears. I believe in paths.....
So today I received an email from someone interested in bead embroidery and wanted my advice. Should she take an online class or buy one of Robin's books...I told her to skip the class and buy Robin's "Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery" since the first half is inspiration and the second half is technique.. Buy the book and make a path!!!!
p.s. The neutral embroidered background is the fan's memory!!!
Well, I have finally started my January journal page #1. We were in Texas for Christmas and New Years with our Son and his family. We had a wonderful visit but lousy weather. I was really hoping for more warm days, but thankful for the ones we had. Now we are home, both battling colds, but I am happy to be finally working on at least one of the two journals I hope to complete. One bead at a time..........The attached photo was taken at the "Grinch" Ice show at the Gaylord Texan, a huge beautiful Lodge near Dallas. What an amazing place.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I've recently finished 4 AAs (album amicorum pages 6"x8", 15 x 20 cm) and each has beading on it.
this first one is an aa for Marijke S. with a poem about the sea as theme
This is one for Aty with leaves as a theme.
Background fabric is a parfait dyed piece of cotton. Appliqué of organza.
These are 2 with crazy roses all made from hand dyed fabrics. They are for Margreet and Janny.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Happy beading to all of you!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
My January entry is posted at: www.lv-beader.blogspot.com
I'm looking forward to being a part of this wonderful project.
I started beading many years ago, due to my interest in historic costuming - I wanted all the trims and accessories to complement my outfits, which meant teaching myself to create them. In recent years, my work has taken a different direction, much more modern and not necessarily costuming related.
I want to go back and retrieve that aspect of my work - taking the traditional techniques and turning them on their head to create a mix of old and new.
An added challenge for me will be availability of materials, as we are currently ice bound and will be for the next few months - I'll be working out of my stash.
I have a blog, http://www.mackin-art.blogspot.com , there's examples of my bead work, costuming pursuits and many images of my Island surroundings.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
You have here a nervous newbie - new to blogging (my very first) and almost new to beading, at least new to sharing it with anyone but friends and family. I've been following the BJP since the beginning and have to admit that the quality of work that has been done is quite intimidating. Then I realized that the quality of support and friendship in the beading community in general and BJP in particular is just as high as that of the work. That helped me to get it together enough to make the commitment to this edition of the Journal.
My New Year wish for all of us: May this be an excellent Journey!
As some of you know, we're having some wrinkles with the blogs this year. The issue is that we have close to 300 members, which means all three blogs are full to the maximum capacity. Initially we had the four angels and me as authors on all four blogs. We had to take ourselves off in order to make space for everyone.
Still there are wrinkles... we don't have a final "Authors List" for Blog #1 yet. Also there are a few of you who still haven't responded to your invitation to be an author.
Good news... YOU can help!!!
1. If you wish to write posts (be an author) on one of the BJP blogs, but do not yet have authorization, please contact me... robin [at] robinatkins [dot] com. Give me your name (plus any aka names you use for blogging), your email address (the one you want to use for the invitation), your city and state/country. For the subject of your email, use "BJP - blog author problem". I will make sure to re-send your invitation.
2. If you are listed incorrectly on Blog #2 or #3 "Authors List," please contact me... robin [at] robinatkins [dot] com. Give me your name and the correction you wish to have us make. For the subject of your email, use "BJP - blog author listing correction"
3. If you are on Blog #1, please be patient with us a little longer. We'll try to get the "Author List" posted as soon as we can.
4. If you are double listed or even more importantly, if you are authorized to write posts on more that one of the BJP blogs, please contact me... robin [at] robinatkins [dot] com. Give me your name (plus any aka names you use for blogging), and explain the double listing. For the subject of your email, use "BJP - double listing"
Thanks so much!!! We understand how important it is to be able to post! In the meantime, have fun with your January BJP and reading all the fascinating posts here!
I am a Crazy Quilt addict and love to create anything and everything using beads, lace and color. For my project I have decided to go with the one thing that calms me and also will be easy to incorporate my favorite colors of blue and green - the ocean/seashore. Living close to Cape Cod I have plenty of inspiration and hope to depict the change in seasons. I'm looking forward to starting my first ever BJP this coming week.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
1. Try to make time to read all three BJP blogs. You can leave comments on all of them, but write posts only on your assigned blog.
2. After you write a post to your assigned blog, please check back a few times over the next week to see if anyone has left comments for you!
I notice that on one of our three blogs there are lots of commenters... Bravo!!! Comments are a wonderful way to build community... keep it up!
Hope you're all busy beading and stitching (or painting, pasting, stamping, or....) on your first BJP piece for the year!!! Me? Well, I haven't started yet... However, I have given myself this evening and tomorrow to be in my studio with ONLY my Jan. BJP!!!!!
Have a very beady new year!
Im so happy to find this place! Im excited and hyperventilating as I speak! Im a 53 year old viking chic with lots of creative time thanks to a (blessing in disguise?) brutal car wreck seven years ago. I live , breathe, dream of thread, paint, and beads, 24/7! Robin Atkins is my favorite, so inspiring!
I've included a couple of pics of past beading projects.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
This year, I plan on small, workable pieces. Knobs. Yup, knobs. Beaded knobs (take any reference you want and run with it) for drawers and handles and ... you name it.
I have bead drawers (above) in my bead zone that need to have more than just the wood or metal knobs they came with. As a beader, I shouldn't leave any possible beaded surface unbeaded, eh?
Looking forward to this journey....
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I haven't actually started stitching on my first journal piece, first I need to finish stuf from last year. I've been ill for a while so I fell behind. Today I finished 2 ATCs and 2 textile pages. I've used beads on one page and on one ATC. I love working with beads, but I still have a lot to learn.
this is a textile page I made for a swap. there are lots of beads sewn on.
ATC for a swap with the theme "10", beads are always good for centers of flowers.
this is a seam treatment I made on a cq rr block, I love those dangling leaves.
stumpwork berries on a cq rr block. the black beads are actually a trim sewn on.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I have just dabbled with beading in my work and jumped at the opportunity to join this as I have been wanting to do a journal a month. I plan to use a small size so not to be overwhelmed and have each month reflect my feelings or experiences from that month. I'm thinking of a 5x7 size and making a book
I have been busy looking at every ones blogs. I don't have a blog, but a flickr account here http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftirn
It wonderful to be a part of this group and watch as the year progresses!
Friday, January 1, 2010
This is my first year participating in the BJP. I am very excited about this project. I have made beaded jewelry, a little bit of beading on quilting, beaded on my daughter christening gown (this was the first attempt at beading on fabric, not the best work) and beaded on dolls, so I am hoping that by participating I can try something new and be inspired by everybody else. I have not narrowed my project down, there is three different things I am tinkering with. However, I know I want to keep the size down to a manegeable piece so as not to overwhelm myself. This will make it easier to start and finish. I will post a little later in the month with pictures of progress on my final chosen project and all the details.
I've revamped my jewelry blog, Fresh Monsters, so that I can keep a record of my efforts, and post images of my progress there. You're all welcome to come take a look at my work develops. I'm looking forward to reading all of your blogs and seeing what you're doing as well. :)
Happy New Year everyone...
I've revived my old beading blog BEADSMITTEN to journal about the 2010 BJP. I have been posting about my inspiration, which just last night plummeted to a deep level and I'm very excited about my topic. I am definitely being led here! Come check it out if you'd like!