Monday, June 28, 2010

I'm Still Here

Yes, I'm still here. I just posted my May page here I've been lurking in the background everyonce in awhile and I love what I'm seeing. Thanks everyone for inspiring me to continue.

July beaded bead

I'm a few days early by posting my July beaded bead in June. You may see it on my blog.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

KaiteM. - June BJP

I've finished and posted the June BJP on my blog this morning and it has a political theme this month "Julia in June". you can find it here
on kaite yarngarden
i'll see you over there, cheers...kaite

Key to Enlightenment - June's BJP

I walked past a Buddha everyday in my childhood home. I never realized how the image stayed with me until I looked at my artwork. Crystals circle Buddha's head. The Buddha image reminds me to look within for answers. Deep breathing has helped me during this month of turmoil. The orange agate at the bottom of Buddha represents our 100 degree weather in which this piece was created. Peace.

Check out the whole thing on

Saturday, June 26, 2010

June is hot, hot hot

and I managed to squeak this month's page in just under the wire!

Just played with beads this time --- given that I wanted to portray our 46th anniversary and couldn't come up with an appropriate theme (poetry is the anniversarys symbol...), I went with the weather instead!

It's posted at

Sorry for the over-shiny photo.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Making progress amidst a really busy month

Well, as some of you may remember, my goal is to make myself finish one doll a month - no matter what! So far I'm doing well and I'm particularly proud of myself this month. We decided to put our house up for sale and had 2 weeks of chaotic preparation to put it on the market. That, plus some family issues, it was a crazy month. Luckily, right before the chaos set in, I had pieced my doll...and now she's coming along beautifully!

However, this month, I'm doing all the embellishment first and then putting her together and am finding some challenges. First, I'm going to want to do "some" embellishment after (so I can cover seams etc). Second, the head is going to be problematic. I guess I'll have to stuff from there and then hand stitch it when I've turned it inside out (if that makes sense). Anyone else have any more suggestions?

June Finished

My piece for June is now posted on my Pinelands Patches and Beadscapes blog. This one was fun!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June Complete

I finished June's BJP with some time to spare. I'm happy with this months page and am off to get a good head sart on July's. You can view my page here. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June is busting out all over!

I'm so happy to have my June piece done!  It gave me a chance to experiment with making some more faux leather from craft felt.  You can see the full piece and the details about it at Beading Arts :-) 

Monday, June 21, 2010

April posted on my blog.

My April Bead Journal Page is finished! Take a look if you like! I appreciate any comments, either complimentary or kind criticisms. Thanks! You can see my work HERE.

June Finished

So now we're half way through...what an amazing six months it's been! Here's my june page along with some interpretation of the pieces I used on it. And the detail just to whet your appetite, lol!

A Fish Story

My June BJP is finished. You can read about my 'adventure' here. Hope you enjoy my story and my piece.

Robbie P. from Michigan

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Remembering Morocco--May BJP

My May BJP is finished. Come on over to my blog Crackpot Beader to see the rest of it.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

april BJP finished

Well, it's about time you would say (but I am glad to know I am in good company) that my april piece got finished. I just posted on my blog, hope you visit and honour me with your comment.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

KaiteM. - May bjp

a minimalist approach, but also something unexpected... you'll find it here on my YarnGarden blog. cheers, kaite

I finally finished May

Finally I "found" the story to go with my Secret Treasure theme for the year BJP. I knew i wanted to tell a story about my first Scottie, FalaPink, but didn't know what it was going to be. I couldn't write about his death as it is still after 10 years too hard to even think about that day. But today when I woke up, I knew this was the day. I sat here in front of the computer, told myself "this is the day! This is the day!" and just began to let the story tell itself. I didn't realize what it was going to be about, until I typed the last word, sat back and was amazed. It didn't even know I was going to write about community instead of about my wacky dog. So here is my May entry on my Blog.

dot favorite local bead store is closing...I'm sad...the owner is retiring. So tomorrow, I go to say goodbye to old friends and memories.

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Enchantment in June"

My 'word' for June's BJP is 'enchantment'.  I'd like to invite you over to my blog to take a peek at the final product, plus some of the inspiration for the piece.  Artjourney

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Merry Month of May

Just a little bit of May's piece to catch your eye. Blue and driftwood..but you get the drift! See the whole piece on my blog.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June piece done early with Reticulated Foils technique

Hi all - just finished my June piece, right in time for me to leave for summer camp (where I teach enameling and beading). This month my piece includes an enamel using the reticulated foils technique where gold and silver foils are layered and fused together. Read more about it and see the enamel in it bigger on my website.

I'll be making my next enamel at camp. BTW - any of you with 8-16 year olds, this camp is an art camp (both visual and performing) and really great. And for those of you with college age kids, we take counselors from all over the world. Really fun! Check out Camp Med-O-Lark.

Have a beady good day. Karen

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The slacker report

Hi all,

My deep apologies for not having kept up with my commitment to this group. My mom died at the end of March and I find that it totally knocked the wind out of me. I knew it was coming, and I'd been making the 120 mile trip to see her every three weeks, until her assisted living facility called me and told me it was time to come right away. I was there for a week and a half while she slept and finally passed away. She was a creative, intelligent, funny lady and I miss her all the time. It's funny how sometimes the most complicated relationships are the best.

Anyway, I've been trying to get my creativity back to the surface but it's just out to lunch right now. I have another family crisis brewing, my son coming home from college for the summer, and I just can't catch up or keep up. I'd love to participate next year, but for now I'm going to take care of myself and my family and let myself heal. I still look at your work with admiration and awe. Stay well and happy, everyone, and even though it's cliche, hug everybody you love now, while you still can. I'll see you all next year.


Friday, June 11, 2010

June bjp beaded bead

Please check out my blog to see my June beaded bead.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 2010

June is finished & can be seen here.  The focal stone (picture jasper) for this piece, as well as the rest of the beads (brecciated jasper, dyed mother-of-pearl), came from Fire Mountain.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My March page is done... and it's only June! :-(

Well, it's been a long process, but it's finally done.

For the results, have a look here!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

May is finished!

I've finished my May project not all that late! You can look at it on my blog. And here's a close-up of the center!

Monday, June 7, 2010

June spiral

I've posted a couple photos of my June spiral at

Sunday, June 6, 2010

April 2010 BJP AMD

I'm a little blue about the fact that I finished this piece a couple of weeks ago, but didn't have time to take photos. You can read all about it and see the finished piece on my blog

I hope that you like it. Now on to May......

Friday, June 4, 2010

May BJP is Finished!!!

Robin Atkins, bead journal project, May piece, detail
What do butterflies symbolize??? Find out more and see my finished May BJP piece, Change, on my blog... here.

I'm excited about this one and what it represents for me!!! Hope you're all having a fun summer so far...

Robin A.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

April 2010

Well as time goes on, so the work becomes slower and suddenly you are a month behind.  However, April is now finished and May is getting there.  June might be nearer August :)  So here is April

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May Leaf

See my May Leaf at

Summer project done

I found one redeeming quality about summer in Arizona.  :)  You can go to my blog to see more. 
Indigo's Beads  Thanks, and have a fantabulous day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I finished June's project. It is posted on my BLOG, found by going to the Karen J link.

May done with Scrolling technique of enameling

Hi all - I finished yesterday, just under the wire. I know it's not necessary to finish within the month, but I do try to. Anyway, this month my enamel uses the Scrolling Technique and the fringe is zig-zag fringe. I don't consider this a high end form of enameling, but it is fun to do and the results are not totally predictable. Read more about it and see my piece on my site. I'm not thrilled with this one, but c'est la vie. On to the next one...

Oh, my January piece was accepted into a bead exhibition at the 18 Hands Gallery in Texas. I'm psyched. I really love this one so I want it to sell, but...

Have a beady good day. Karen