Sunday, March 28, 2010

Finally finished my Feb. piece!

This one was quite the project! Allot of blood and sweat went into this one. It was hard on the eyes and fingers but I hope it was all worth the effort. I think I will simplify my March project! You can see my piece here.... Thank you for your patience!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

January finishings

I have a picture of my January beaded piece sitting on the front of the journal cover. I have a question of how to attach it to the cover so I would appreciate any comments or advice. You can find my blog here.

Thanks. Happy Beading!

I Thought I Was Done With February...

But now I have a problem.  Silly me, I should have known that I couldn't get away with beading only one side of the vessel.  Well, at least side 1 is finished!  To hear more about my dilemma and see the finished first side, you can go to my blog.

February Side 1

Methinks I've made my bead journal pages a bit too ambitious - but that seems to be the way I've approached projects most of my life.  I'm finding that now that I'm back in high tech, I'm doing the same thing with software.  Somebody, please... kick my butt and remind me that I don't have to build the biggest bestest strongest all-encompassing does-everything-for-everyone whatever-it-is-that-I'm-building in the world!  :-D

And after writing that crazy last sentence, I've decided to keep my March vessel fairly simple.  It'll be a challenge sticking to that decision, yep.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


A friend sent me Karens Whimsy website today, and on it I found this tribute Karen made to her mother, who died of Alzheimer's. Karen noticed that her mom arranged little artistic arrangements of seeds, flowers and stems in the garden. Karen photographed them and made a video that you can read about here and see here. You may need Firefox instead of Internet Explorer to view the video. This is so moving, and offers a touching and thought-provoking reflection on the meaning of art.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Happy Spring....

Just posted my March BJP

We're have a perfect spring day in the desert...sunny, light breeze, mid-70's.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March Goddess = Beading Challenge

 My friend Kat & I belong to the local "Beadaholiques" group, anyone who wanted could join in on the bead challenge with offerings of 3 beads a piece.  At the time I didn't have a clue what I wanted to make, so I decided to incorporate it into my March Goddess BJP 

You can see the beginning process at
Have a beautiful day!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

bead journal for February

I have finished my journal for February. This is the base of my journal. To see the finished journal see my blog.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Birthday Party Post

Didn't meet my goal this month of posting my project on the 10th...oh well, have been busy with other projects as well as celebrating my cat's 10th birthday today...did a blog birthday party which you are welcome to view at: Hope you enjoy the party/post.

I'll be posting March soon...since it's a Spring project, I'll post it on March 20, the first day of Spring...

A Tiny Bit More Progress...

In the midst of my chaotic (right now) life, I've done another bit of beading on my 2 vessels.  I am SO enjoying this process.  Thank you Robin for starting this project!  It was the impetus I needed to put to use those books that have been in my library for some time now.  And it seems that new ideas keep flying into my brain - how cool is that?!

Happy beading, everyone!

january is half done

I have half completed my january piece which has become much more simple than first planned. I will post a picture on my blog this week but you can see that I have been busy with other things in the last fortnight.
Also completed a bead dream catcher for the Art Society show.
Diane, New Zealand

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March beaded knob.

March - it's a blustery day in Detroit, but I'm warm and toasty in my bead zone - the beaded knob for March is complete! Feel free to check it out.


I have posted a picture of Snowy Spring on my blog.

Happy Beading! Ann

January & February

It's been a struggle for me to get to this point on the Bead Journal Project. Not the beading mind you, but figuring out how to blog and post. All new to me, but I'm here at last.

Since this is the first time I've participated in the BJP, I decided to start small. I'm using paper clay faces for the basis of the pieces. They are glued onto ultra suede and then beaded.

January and February pieces are on my blog and March is almost finished.

Friday, March 12, 2010

February Winter Whites Page Complete!!!

Here it is the middle of March and I have just finished February!!! I worked all in various shades of white and included a silk puffed heart. The heart is one of my favorite symbols as well as being a major event in the month of February!!!
I have just posted a lengthy discussion about my process here.
For March I want to incorporate some Green leaves and I am looking for a pattern for Russian Beaded Leaves. If anyone has any advice or hints about where to find a good pattern I would really appreciate the advice!!
Happy Beading All!!

February journal

I've finally started working on my February piece. I've cut a stencil of a bird and stenciled it onto snowdyed cotton. I want to surround it with blossoms. You can see progress pictures here.
Today I've updated my blog with lots of stuff. Japanese themed quilties, cq blocks returned home, fiber pages, textile PCs and ATCs received. for a beaded seam treatment see this message.


I've posted a photo of my March piece on my blog

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Started Beading February AND March

I'm rather enjoying having 2 projects going at the same time.  This is the first time I've done this sort of bead embroidery, so I ended up ripping out a bit of it on the February vessel.  And I've learned yet another thing - if I'm going to be beading the bottom part of a vessel, I'd darn well better make the vessel opening big enough to put a good part of my hand into the vessel.  I didn't do that for February, and I've had to scrunch and crunch the vessel to get to the bottom.  I might have to wet and re-shape it later.

Here's a peek at where I'm at with both vessels.

A Bit of February, a Bit of March

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bird for April

While I was waiting for CQ RR blocks to arrive I was able to get a good start on my bird for the Bead Journal Project for April. All I have left to do is the background and I have some really odd, but nice, peachy matte beads for that. I have no idea where I got some grab bag or whatever but they will work great on this block... It's posted on my blog.

Gerry K

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Just Couldn't Stay Out Of the Wet Lab...

Well, after finishing my February vessel yesterday (the felting part, not the beading part) I just couldn't get enough of playing with fiber.  So today, I started my March vessel.  I'll be beading on February this evening.  Holy smokes, that February vessel sure did change its look after I fulled it.  I wonder what interesting transformation March will go through when I finish with the wet activities?  Guess I'll find out tomorrow.  If you'd like to see more progress pix, you can look here.

More February and the Beginning of March

January BJP Completed

Hi everyone,

I'm back from a month in Florida and happily got to work beading my January piece.  You can read about it on my blog

February's piece will incorporate some shells I picked up on Captiva Island and along the Atlantic Ocean beaches near St. Augustine.


Diane - who will now catch up on all the wonderful posts from February

Saturday, March 6, 2010

February Is Wet And Soapy

Huh?  Cold tonight, with a chance of rain and soap tomorrow... actually, I've finished laying out all the fibers for my February vessel.  They're on my table, all wet and soapy and ready to be felted.  You can check it out if you'd like...

Progress On February

Friday, March 5, 2010

Let the mulching begin.....

My March bead journal project is the Red-breasted Nuthatch. It's a spritely little bird and one of my favorites to watch at the feeder. Also this is the third installment of the saga of my garden for the birds..
Gerry Krueger

Three For a Girl/Red Riding Hood-March Finished

You can see it on my blog---

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Got some quick snapshots of January

I finished up January last night, and today I snapped a few pix of the vessel.  The pix aren't great, but they'll give you an idea of what I did.  A lot of work went into this piece, and some of it looks rather "not good".  But wow, I learned so much!  The next time I do a tubular peyote collar on a vessel, I'll actually do tubular peyote stitch rather than what I did.  Grrrrr!  ;-)

Here's my post, if anyone cares to take a look.

My Finished January Journal Page

Color Sketch for March Project

Just finished the final color sketch for my March project. Tomorrow I start embroidering. It's an ambitious image, so wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

No Pix Yet But...

I'm doing the happy dance.  I finally finished my January page!!  Will have hubby take some photos as soon as he is able.  I haven't felted February yet but since I already know what I want it to look like, I started thinking about March.  And absolutely nothing is coming to me.  Guess I'd better let March progress a bit to see what I'm feeling like later in the month.

Checking In

Starting on March

My March doll is underway. Although I'm not sure she's really a doll this time around -- she may be more of a bead painting. (I blame Robin for the inspiration. :)

For those who like to peek during the drawing board stage, I've put up my first sketch and my color palette.

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Few Days Late But.....

There is a very good reason that Febuary's piece is late. If you have a look at my blog you well see why.
I would also like to say how much I am enjoying everyone's beading projects and the stories that go with them.

BJP February 2010 - Change

I created February's piece with passion,tranquility, and change. My colors are for spring and my design includes hearts and flowers. February was a transition month for me. I am spreading my wings farther then I thought possible, experimenting with self created techniques and designs. What I find amazing about all our work is that we keep creating with the same guidelines but the though process for completion of our BJP of the month is so different. I am always amazed by our designs and how far each and everyone takes them.