Saturday, January 31, 2009

under construction

I was doing bead related construction and am really excited about my new shelves! I sort of didn't work on my latest cuff... I have a terrific excuse, see: My January cuff is under that red Hawaiian print fabric on my desk, honest! It's a couple of days from being finished, though.

I have one more set of these shelves to set up, I think the last of the 15's and the neutral colors will fit.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Another one done!

I have finished one more, now I need to get to work on my January one. Still behind but catching up slowly. I had so much fun with the face that I want to do all faces now.
Love, Kandra

January BJP!

I'm right under the wire for January. Take a peak if you'd like at: Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Forced Time Out

To Robin and all - I will be taking a break from the BJP08- hopefully a temporary one. Friday I had emergency retinal detachment surgery and am in quite a bit of discomfort. Since my vision is impaired I will not be able to bead for sometime. I will let everyone know when I am up to snuff. Please prayer for my complete recovery.
Brenda @

How do YOU use our BJP blogs?

Hi everyone!

I'm curious about how our members use the BJP Blogs. So I posted a poll on the side bar of Blog #1. Look for the second item down on the right. I hope you'll take a moment to respond.

Please check all of the items on the poll that apply to you. Also, if you have any suggestions, feel free to offer them as comments on this post or email our blog angel.

Thanks so much!
Robin A.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

December Page is Finished

Hi! My December page is finished and I really like it. I used techniques for Robin's book "Heart to Hands". Please come see here

Carol aka: Beads and Birds

Finished January's BJP!

Brrrr... nice cold days for staying inside and beading!!! Just finished January's page. Here's a peek.

bead embroidery by Robin Atkins, bead journal project for January
You can see the whole piece here.

Warm, beady hugs to all,
Robin A.

Friday, January 23, 2009

January BJP

Come see my January BJP piece - nothing like the abstract heavily encrusted piece I expected, but it is one of my favorites. I had several goals: use a single color group with one or more buttons, use items from my stash, and let the beads speak to me as I stitched one bead at a time. Come check it out!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

November page is up!

My page for November is up on my blog. I should have December up in a few days, and will re-post here again when I do.

I also have a question for those of you in the know about such things. How do you add a clickable link in a comment? I've tried and tried and have not been successful. Any light you can shed on how that's done would be much appreciated!

Thank you all for the continued inspiration!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

December Bead Project

Just wanted to post and let the blog know that my December project is finally completed. It was finished about a week ago, but as life flys by it is getting harder to find time to blog, bead and have fun with friends and other projects. Usually I try to blog at night, but lately have just been too tired to stay up blog or do anything else. You can see my Seahorse at . Leave comments good,or bad.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Because of the massive amount of memory it takes for Widgets, we strongly suggest you don't add them to our blog. Also we would like to keep the subject matter relevant to the Bead Journal Project. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

December Finished

I just finished my December BJP. Here's one pic but you can see more and read the poem I wrote on my blog here. Have a beautiful day! Susan

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm Blabb---, Er, Blogging Now

A good artist friend "encouraged" (read: "shoved") me to create a blog.  Here it is:
It's pretty simple now as I am learning my way around it.  I"ll happily link you (once I learn that too.)  
I'm off to draw my page for January's bead project.  
THAT I know I can do.--Theresa

Sunday, January 11, 2009

If you go to you will be able to see my finished piece for January.  I'm in a hurry as you may know as I want to put these in a show to see if they are accepted and I have to have it done by August.  

Saturday, January 10, 2009

First time posting

Hi everyone,

This is my first post this year. It seem like I'm always playing catch up and almost never get anything done early. I have finished Sept, Oct, and Nov but am still working on Dec and Jan. You can see them here .
I am working on a beach theme because I want to have warm thoughts this winter. It has been
-30 degrees here (Wasilla, Alaska) for almost two weeks now and they don't know when it's ever going to warm up. That just means we have more time inside beading. I sure wish we would get some of that snow you all are getting down there. Snow means warmer weather.
Well, I hope you like my squares. Thanks, Cheryl

Friday, January 9, 2009

December Done!

Wow! It's been a busy season for "make it handmade" folks! I did finally get my December rune done, and you can see it here! Ya have to scroll down a bit!
Everyone's work looks so great!!! I wish I could post to everyone's blog!
Keep up the good work!
Warmest aloha,

My December page is finished!

And on my blog:

Thanks for looking and your comments.

December's Page-Star of Wonder

I love Christmas music, the carol "We Three Kings" inspired this page.  Stars-the celestial kind, have always fascinated me.  
I started out this page enjoying the beading but disliking the plain white background.  So I painted it with watered down acrylic paints, stamped a texture with permanent ink and then rubbed some glitter glue onto the surface.  I've never painted my own fabric and used it in a project before.  I liked doing it!  And as for the glitter, I'm still wearing it on my fingers and clothes.  I plan to do more fabric painting and incorporating the results.
I don't have a current blog, so I'm sharing the picture here.  Best wishes--Theresa

November and December

I had been falling behind a bit but mostly with my blogs so I have finally caught up and updated both my blogs, my web gallery and my website.  I have both of my November and December blocks done and blogged about.  The photo gives you an idea of what my project looks like so far.


Web Gallery (includes all the photos of my BJP pieces)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

December done!

I finished my December cuff a little late after starting a lot late. I did the clasp with snaps instead of a button and loop closure. I think I like the tidy look of snaps instead of loops, but we'll see what January brings.

If you click on the word "December" in the first sentence you'll be swoooshed away to my blog where there's a picture of the latest cuff. Thanks for checking it out!

Link repaired, sorry for the confusion!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Thank You Arline

This is my first time blogging and I hope everyone is patient with me. I had to call Arline to find out how to do this. I love beading and beads with all of my heart. Just holding them or looking at them makes me feel good, I don't even have to be beading I can just be organizing them. When I found this site I thought it would be great to be doing the pages, thank you Robin for helping all of us grow and get out of our boxes. I have been beading for over 19 years now and I love to learn new techniques for beading. I am behind with my pages but I plan on getting my tush in gear and catching up. December was a hard month for me but it is over so I can now do my December and January pages. These are my first three pages. Love, Kandra

Greetings & Happy New Year!

Hello to all you wonderful BJP beaders,
Following all the gorgeous work of the artists from 2007 BJP and now the BJP08 has just been a tremendous colorful excursion! Thanks for sharing all of your talents. Now it's time for me to brave the new world of Blogging and introduce myself...I know, I know this was supposed to happen in September, mea culpa.
My name is Rose Mary from sunny La Quinta, CA. I've been involved with beads and fabric and fibers since my early years! First large beading project was my Ivory Rose wedding bouquet, some 32+ years ago! A varied career path through custom clothing design, then theatrical design has brought me full circle back to my love of beading.
I fell in love with all of you upon seeing last year's projects and was inspired to "journal" for my own discovery...Well, I began this journey with a simple set of guides and clever titles for my twelve months, then life decided to throw in some curves. So the first objectives didn't fit any longer and new ideas about the pages were found. This exercise in revealing more of myself and inner thoughts or moods will be quite interesting...especially if truth, or as much as I am willing to look at in the moment, will be unmasked. Each month's page will have a sense unveiling or un-wrapping of the darker mood, always showing some light guiding the way to hope or truth.
A heartfelt thanks for sharing all your gifts, talents and aspirations. I look forward to this adventure of discovery and expressions with new friends in the world of beading.
A special thanks to Pam T for all your help!
Rose Mary