Thursday, April 29, 2010

Have two of my pages done for the Bead Journal. Check funky to see them. Lise

Monday, April 26, 2010

Long Absence and A Question

I'm still here!  You probably don't even remember me as I'm still working on January!!!!  But, I've posted in my blog with an updated photo, some news, and a question about my piece (probably a question that BJP participants have debated before).  Happy Spring!!

Sharon M

my "official" pix

Here are the professional pictures that my hubby took of my BJP vessels.  They sure are a lot better than the snaps I did!

Here's January.

And here is February.

March is moving along quite nicely.  Oh... it's almost May?  Ah well... LOL!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

progress on March birds

I've now finished beading half of this journal. the flower colors echo the colors of the stenciled picture. I'm not sure if I should do the left side with different flowers, so that it becomes a different bush.

AACK! Fell behind! March is done

....mostly...for now lol! :P

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Under Sea Fantasy March BJP

I have finally completed my BJP for March. After not knowing where to begin, I resolved the problem by Embellishing a piece that I created using my Embellishing machine. I worked up a piece of felted material with all sorts of bits. I started with wool roving and added silk velvet, red silk, thread scraps and other bits of flotsam from my sewing table. For pictures and the rest of the story, you can go here!!

Hopefully, I will be able to accomplish my BJP for April before the end of April!!

Doing the "Done" Dance for February!

February is completely beaded now - yay!  I just have to wet and reshape it a bit.  Then I shall get some good photos rather than the outdoor shots I've been taking with my little cheapo camera.  And I'm happily beading away on March... finally!  I guarantee, it won't be as ambitious as February was...

Here's a link to both sides of my February piece - with a bunch of other pictures in that post of my "pink" world here in the S.F. Bay Area, another vessel I'm working on, and some beads I made Saturday.  February finale!

If I can ever get through this tech job with its hairy deadlines, I'll move along with my projects much more quickly - oy!  But I'm really not pressuring myself, I just take things one day at a time.  Hopefully this week I can check out all the progress everyone else is making - now THERE's some pressure.  LOL!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

the start of my bj for March plus beading a quiltlet

This is the base I created for my March journal, the fabric is hand dyed, the birds are stenciled on. I surrounded them with unwoven dyed wool. I'm looking forward to beading this journal.

I painted this fabric, cut the fish out of freezer paper and stenciled it on using gold paint.
I felt it needed something more, so I beaded the dark waves. Then it looked out of balance, so I made the circle. The corners looked a bit empty, so I drew ornaments for them. Took me almost a week to get all the beading done. I like the addition of the star fish. Its a real one, I bought it at a fair last month. I have 3 silver colored fish charms. I would like to add those too somehow.

April Showers

We've had a lot of rain this year...3.25 inches although only a trace in April. Please check my blog:
to see my take on April Showers.

Marching along....

To see the next stage completed on March piece, go to my world!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hi Everybody!

I've been gone 6 weeks (pre-vacation, 2 wks in AZ, post-vacation and then the coughing virus... now finally, I'm back! I'm also seriously a behinder.... Today is set aside for catching up on BJP blogs. Tomorrow I promise you, I'll get to work on my March BJP... that's a PROMISE!

Now, the invitation...

I am a contributing writer for Creative Beading magazine
(Woodlands Publishing, Australia) and would like to mention the bead journal
project in my news column if this is ok with you. If so I would love some images
jpeg 2mb in size if possible. Many thanks
Sue Cordes

I replied to Sue that she's welcome to write about the BJP for her magazine. However, I have no control over the images posted by our members. I suggested to her that I would post her invitation on our blog and anybody who is interested can send her an image or two directly. So there you have it... I hope some of you will respond!

Pictures on our three BJP blogs ~ Just a reminder that you can now post pictures of your BJP pieces on our three BJP blogs! If you have a personal blog, it's really fun to post a teaser, an image that shows only a small detail of your piece, here and a link to a post on your own blog where we can see the pictures of your full piece.

I'm so impressed with all the BJP work I'm seeing this year. Everyone is stretching, getting out of the box, learning... It's amazing, beautiful and creative!!!!

Robin A.


I've just completed my April BJP. I used green & yellow to signify the new leaves and flowers that are breaking forth this month. The yellow can also be for the pollen that is covering everything right now. ;-)
The cross is for Easter...The Celebration of My Risen Lord!
Happy Beading!

March piece done, finally!

I'm late, I'm late... but I finally finished my embroidered necklace yoke for March. You can find her dancing on my blog, Fresh Monsters. And now I have to think about what to do for April....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

BJP 2008 shaped

I am very late for the BJP 2010, January page is still waiting. I have too many works in progress and exhibitions to preparing. But I don't give up. I think I would present you my first work in some weeks. While waiting, I ended the shaping of the 12 works of the BJP 2008. You can see the painting here as well as some textile jewels made this winter.

Monday, April 12, 2010

from Dees

Dear all,

I have nominated each and every one of you for the Kreative Blogger award. It was given to me by one of us, Lisa Criswell from Indigo’s beads. If you want to take this further, please visit my blog at and read all about it. I thought it would be fun to share this joy with all of you who love beading and the BJP as much as I do. You all deserve it!

Beady Greetings

March Piece Completed

And now for something completely different. Please view my blog,sydsider, to see that I have no idea where I am going with my beading, but will continue to experiment.
I must abmit that I am finding this harder than I expected. It is very confronting and a challenge. I think that creating something from nothing but a bit of fabric, some thread and a limited variety of beads, with an infinite number of ways of putting them together, is a little over whelming.
But I will plug on.
PS. Love all your work....very inspiring.

Friday, April 9, 2010

April BJP - installment 4 - Hips! Hips! Hooray for Roses!

Since my bird garden is festooned with daffodils in April it's only fitting that my April BJP be a goldfinch. I know that without this project I would have NEVER gotten around to documenting the development of my garden for the birds and how it changed my life... My first plan was to use part of the story with each finished bird but now thinking I'm going to use the birds for a cover for a book about the garden... Go to my blog to see the goldfinch and installment 4 - Hips! Hips! Hooray for Roses!
Gerry K.


I've posted a photo of this month's piece on my blog Sandy

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Spring Everyone!

" O Creator of Being....grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives! " Jim Morrison

Wednesday, April 7, 2010