Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another October BJP

My October BJP is finished. You can see more here on my blog.

Robbie from Michigan

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Registration for 2011 BJP begins November 8th

It’s wonderful that everyone is eager to join the BJP for another year! However, to ensure we are all set-up and ready to operate smoothly, please wait until the official registration date of November 8th to send in your registration request!  Beginning Monday, November 8th, you can send a request to for registration.

In order to be sure your registration is processed, when you send your request, please include answers to the following questions:
  1. Your full name, first and last.
  2. Your web name or alias, if you have one.
  3. Your email address. Please give us your “best” email address, one that is not likely to change during the year and one that you check frequently. (Note: we don’t contact you very often.)
  4. Your home address.
  5. Your telephone number.
  6. Do you have a website? Y/N – If yes, what is the URL?
  7. Do you have a blog? Y/N – If yes, what is the URL?
  8. Were you a registered participant in any other Bead Journal Project? Y/N - If yes did you complete the project for the year? Y/N
  9. If you are a new participant, where did you hear about the 2011 BJP?
Thank you for honoring the process. We're all excited to be able to participate another year and want to ensure the process is efficient and smooth for everyone!

Full Moon Rising - Oct BJP

This month I was thinking about how we had a Harvest Moon. The light from the moon is so brilliant. As I started my October project, we were enjoying yet another full moon. It seemed as if daylight had occurred and all the energies were being released to shine upon us. My piece this month celebrates our full moons.

View the entire piece at or click on Victoria P. on this site (left hand side). Bead on!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October Finished

My piece for October is now posted on my Pinelands Patches and Beadscapes blog. It's sad, but it helps to have beaded about it. More than ever, I believe this is the month that I used BJP as it was intended -- as a journal. - Barbara

Monday, October 25, 2010

October is finished...just two more to go :-)

If you'd like to take a look, I've got my October piece posted today on Beading Arts.  Here's a sneak peek:

BJP 2011!

It's time to make your plans to join the 4th annual Bead Journal Project! The 2011 BJP will run from January 2011 through December 2011. Registration will begin November 8, 2010 and close on December 8, 2010. General registration information is available at the BJP website. If you’d like to register, please send a request to our registration angel at

The brain child of internationally known bead artist Robin Atkins, the first Bead Journal Project, which began in June of 2007, included 241 women and 1 man from 13 different countries, who were dedicated and committed to creating 12 bead journal "pages", one per month, for a year.

The BJP is about your personal development through visual journaling using any media and techniques you desire, providing each journal piece includes some beading (usually bead embroidery) and all 12 pieces are the same size. Rules are minimal: the commitment you are making is to yourself and your personal growth through art.

Special BJP blogs are used as a means for members to support each other throughout the process. They are used to post pictures of completed pieces, technical questions, or links to participant blogs. Each BJP member will be invited to be a participant on the group blog, but it is not required to read or post to the BJP blog or to have your own blog or website. All are welcome no matter what your level of bead embroidery experience! Please register early!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

July - Finally!

Have finally finished July and  August will be there in a few days . See it on my blog

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Blog updated!

I have added my finished June Bead Journal piece to my blog. If you would like to see it, go HERE!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Finished

My finished piece is here. Hard to believe only 2 more months until this year is over!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Adding Your Page to 2010 Gallery

Now that we are in October if you have 8 pages done you can send your images to me to start your 2010 Member's Gallery page. Click on this link to find the instructions, Adding A Member Page.

Donations have fallen short of what it cost to keep the website running. I have covered those costs, and put in the time to make the website. If we all gave just a dollar it would be covered, we all spend way more than that on beads.

If you have any questions, there is a link to my email on the Add A Member Page.


October beaded bead

You will find my October beaded bead on my blog.

What I did this year

I started out with great enthusiasm, but in the end only finished 4 bead journal pieces. To see them, go to my blog. I participated in the first 2 years of the project, and you can see those pieces at the Flickr link at the side of my blog. Participating one was one of the best things I have ever done! I want to thank Robin, the "angel" helpers I worked with, and every single participant. I learned so much and made great friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October Leaf

View my October Bay Leaf!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Its no joke!

I have updated my blog for the 2nd time this week! Its not too late to sign up for my halloween giveaway tomorrow! Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Look who's back!

No kidding, I am still here! I have been keeping up with your works that are awesome! I myself have not been a good sports in that I haven't been blogging let alone beading. Today I have posted on my blog for the first time since July and put up a pic of how far I got on my last project... Ahum... May (feel a little ashamed).

I hope this will be my first step of getting back on track again. Love to hear from you again!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Blog Giveaway

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know I am doing a giveaway on my blog! All you have to do is leave a comment HERE

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I've added spirals for August, September and October. Also Stone Pages No. 6 and 7.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Building Character in September

My September BJP page was about building character. I'm not sure if my character has improved, but the page is finished. Come on over to Crackpot Beader to see more.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

September finally done with Guilloche enamel

Hi all - seems like a lot is going on with the BJP. Hope someone can champion it for next year as I love doing this project. I did write that I can help with webwork, but hope we don't go to FaceBook as I am not part of that environment and don't want to be. So we will see what's up for next year.

I'm a bit behind, but finally finished my Sept piece - Round Peg in a Square Hole series. This month the enamel technique is Guilloche - an engine turned engraving in the background and what Faberge did on his eggs and frames. On to my October piece where I need to finish the enamel!

Have a Beady Good Day, Karen

Publicity for BJP

For the last 2 years I did the publicity for the BJP. In case this angel job appeals to someone or you are thinking about it, let me describe what I did. It may seem like a lot, but it really was pretty straightforward and only took a few hours.

All the angels wrote a blurb together that could be used to describe the project. It's pretty much the description of the project that is on the left column of the blogs, but also included all the information about start-up dates and how to register.

I contacted all the major bead magazines worldwide and sent the blurb to them. Two years ago Beadwork had a half-page article about the BJP, which featured an article with Robin. I also posted on several Internet bead forums. (Since I'm mainly a beader, I'm only familiar with bead forums, but I'm sure there is a whole world out there of fiber, quilt, and needle forums as well). As Robin mentioned, I posted on the BJP blogs and encouraged everyone to write about the project on their blogs.

Word of mouth through individual blogs is the best advertising of all the different things we did. Most of us love to blog and to read blogs, and that brought in the most participants.

So, a little time organizing contacts for the magazines and forums, using a description that is already written and just needs to be updated, and then some time on the computer sending everything out.

I really enjoyed being part of the project. After 2 years, I feel someone else should have the opportunity to enjoy it too!


Monday, October 4, 2010

October BJP 'Whimsy'

I was able to finish up my October BJP early - which pleased me since we are traveling out to the desert and will be gone for part of the month.  This was a fun, fun, fun piece based on the word 'whimsy'.  I've posted it here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Finished Sept. BJP

Where's the beef? I mean beads?? Honestly, they are there. You'll just have to check out my latest post here.
Robbie from Michigan

Who Will Help?

Not so many replies to my post of a few days ago about needing volunteers to continue running the BJP next year... Where is everybody???

HUGE thanks to Tracy N and to Bobbi K for being willing to take on some of the responsibility! Thanks also to Marty S, who says she'll help if there's something a techno-dud can do, and to all who took the time to reply, supporting me in my need for a break from the responsibility of running the program.

I'd very much like to see it continue. Are there two others who would have a little time and some computer skills willing to join Bobbi and Tracy to keep it going? Thanks for giving it some thought!

PS To those who are still posting their BJP pieces.... Splendid work!!!! I'm thrilled to see the talent and creativity in it!!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

September Piece

My September piece is finished, and the colors were interesting to play and brown. You can view the entire piece on my blog. Enjoy!