Wednesday, September 30, 2009

March BJP finished!

Still catching up on my Bead Journal Project! I just finished my March page and it's posted on my blog:

Only June and July to go!


Bead Pals >>>> BJP 2010!!!

Tomorrow is the official FIRST DAY of registration for the 2010 BJP!!! Hope to see many of you returning for another year. Even if you didn't finish this year, we'd love for you to start again.

I've spent the past two days with Elaine Hartley, a bead pal from Ohio!!! Below is one of her pieces...

Tide Pool - pin/brooch by Elaine Hartley
Check out more of her work on my current blog post, here. After seeing my work and hearing about the BJP, Elaine decided to join us in 2010! She'll be so much fun to have aboard!

I'll be in Phoenix teaching all next week. When I return, I'll be checking with Pam T., our registration angel, and hope to hear lot's of you are on the list for 2010!

Beady blessings, Robin A.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

July finished!

July is done and you can view it here. Now just August left and I'm finished!

Registration for next year

The correct date for registration for next year is:

October 1, 2009

Thanks, Susan

Sunday, September 20, 2009

August Complete But Miles to go Before I Sleep...

Hello beautiful BJPers,
I have really enjoyed watching so many of you complete the bead journal project for the year!

I have completed August. But, don't celebrate with me too early! I am still not finished since I skipped three months --- November, June and July.

Until I get those done, take a moment to check out August and the piece that is most special to me so far this year.

June Magpie takes flight

Although I have just finished my last block for this years BJP I am a bit behind in blogging about them. I will try to catch up in the next week or so. If you want to read about my magpie for June you can see her here and here. I want to thank those who have been following my Sacred Tree for their patience. This year has been any thing but boring and predictable. Angie

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Promoting the BJP for year 3

Last year we found that the best way to get the word out about the bjp was to mention it on your blog. Whether you're continuing or not, if you can let readers of your blog know that the project is continuing, it will be greatly appreciated.

Important info:

The Bead Journal Project starts in January, 2010.

Registration starts October 15, 2009 at

No experience is necessary! The goal is to create one visual journal piece a month for a year that includes beads.

Participants work can be seen at

Thanks for all your support!!!


Monday, September 14, 2009

August Finished! BJP Presentation in Portland! Teaching in Phoenix!

bead journal project, robin atkins, august, detail
Here's a peek at my August piece. You can see it on my blog, here.

I'm giving a presentation and show'n'tell about the BJP in Portland this week on Wednesday, September 16. Details here.

I'm teaching a two-day Improvisational Bead Embroidery workshop, possibly for the final time, in Phoenix on Oct. 3 and 4. Details here.

Thanks to everyone who wrote comments (or sent an email) on my post about having a BJP Retreat! You gave me some really great ideas! When I get back from teaching and a trip to visit my Mom in MN, I'm going to jump into more research. I'll get back to you about it.

In the meantime, BRAVO to all of you for the incredible work you've been doing this year. I am continually blown away by the importance and beauty of it!

Robin A.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

June BJP Finished

Finished June and just two more left!

Monday, September 7, 2009

BJP Retreat?????

For months now I've been thinking about a BJP Retreat... a time and place where we can get together to meet and see each other's pieces in person. A place where we can brainstorm and bead and have fun together!

main lodge at Camp Orkila, Orcas Island, WA
I've looked into several nearby locations, the most likely being Camp Orkila on Orcas Island, WA... locations that would be physically easy for me to deal with the business end of organizing. However, it turns out that Camp Orkila would be costly... about $110/day per person for the location (cabins with cooking and living room; meals and a hall where we could meet/bead together). For distant members, it would require flying to Seattle and then taking a small plane to Orcas Island (or renting a car, driving and taking the ferry to Orcas). The local part of the trip, flying from Seattle to Orcas, is about $200 round trip.

Camp Orkila, Orcas Island, WA, view from small airplane
Even though Orcas Island is totally beautiful at any time of year and the facility (it's where we have our annual quilt retreat) is lovely, I'm concerned that the expense may be a deterrent to some of you being able to come.

I'd love (and appreciate) your feedback on this and any suggestions you may have about a retreat. You can either comment below or email me directly (here).

Robin A.

I finished on time...

...but I forgot to post about it until now!

This was a great year. I did very simple pieces each month, and it was pure pleasure. My plan for next year is more elaborate, but that's for a later discussion lol!!

My entire collection from the year can be seen at this link.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Finished my last page last night, just in the nick of time. You can see it on my blog along with July's page. I hate to see the year end, but look forward to January and starting all over again. I can't decide what format I will use for next year. You can see my pages at:

Everyone's pages look so good. Now I just have to send my pages in for the BJP website.