Friday, April 30, 2010

April 2010

My master plan for the 2010 Bead Journal Project was to match each month's needleweaving to the seasons here in Santa Fe.

April was a bit of an odd month. Winter one moment with grey skies & snow falling then the sun shining & birds singing 15 minutes later. But, in spite of the fact that winter doesn't really seem to want to let go this year, the trees are budding, the flowers are starting to bloom & the birds are building their nests.

BJP for March

I have just posted on my blog on my March piece. April is already over (almost) but it took quite a while to grow a tree! Hope you hop over and leave a comment.

beady greatings,

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just Checkin' In

Magpie Sue here. Some of you may recall that in January and February I made two ornaments each (a diamond shaped ornament being my form of choice for this year's BJP). Well, since then I've come to a screeching halt. I have plans for both my March and April ornaments but haven't done more than create the foundations for them. I've been busy with other creative endeavors (I'm a quilter first and foremost I guess) and haven't been able to make time or room to play with beads. I'll get back on track eventually. I'll also be around someday to see and comment on the wonderful things I know the rest of you are making. Right now my mind is elsewhere. I'm just grateful that I have the maturity now to know that this is a phase and that I will get back to beading and reading the beader's blogs in time. There are a few perks to getting older after all! ;- )

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


i need to pay more attention to which blog i'm posting to.  sorry about my bracelet post.  i deleted it, so if it shows up on your reader's list, it was a big mistake.  sorry!
~lisa c.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Doing the Happy Dance!

I am finished with February's piece and I am so excited! I just updated my blog and would love it if you would take a look and see how it turned out! You can see my progress here. Thank you!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I finished April's BJP. And I even managed to do that in April. Surprise, surprise. You can find it on my BLOG. Just go to the link to the left, Karen J.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

April pages

Hi -

I've posted photos of my April pages at


still here...

Yes, I am still here, productive? not so much.  but I have finally posted a completed January, February, March and April pages to my blog, feel free to drop by!

Friday, April 23, 2010

April BJP - "Converge"

Hi everyone -- My April BJP is finished.  It turned out to be one of the most interesting (to me) pieces that I've done so far.  Both the word and the beading were challenges but I love a challenge (especially when beading) so it was fun.  You may check it out here artjourney.

April is finished

My fourth bracelet is finished...this one is an homage to growing things :-)  You can see it on Beading Arts if you'd like. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April's Posting

I managed to finish my new angel before the end of the month. The coloring isn't right in the picture. I find that red is really hard to capture. Think red not fushia! I've been exploring everyone's pieces and I am amazed at the creativity that this group has. Thank you for inspiring me every time I look. Beautiful. I've update my blog if you want to check it out it's

Monday, April 19, 2010

March 2010 BJP AMD

A little teaser to let you know that "Grape Expectations" has been posted on my blog. I think that it's an interesting piece, but it's too bad the dark colours were so difficult to photograph. Tell me what you think! - Anne Marie - Toronto

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Blending Colors

bead embroidery by Robin Atkins showing blended colors
I posted some tips about how to blend bead colors here on my blog.

You're right... I SHOULD be working on my BJP for March and April. OK, ok... I'm headed to the studio now...

Robin A.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April Finished

My April piece is now posted on my Pinelands Patches and Beadscapes blog. I hope you can find a minute to visit. Thanks!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hi Everybody!

I've been gone 6 weeks (pre-vacation, 2 wks in AZ, post-vacation and then the coughing virus... now finally, I'm back! I'm also seriously a behinder.... Today is set aside for catching up on BJP blogs. Tomorrow I promise you, I'll get to work on my March BJP... that's a PROMISE!

Now, the invitation...

I am a contributing writer for Creative Beading magazine
(Woodlands Publishing, Australia) and would like to mention the bead journal
project in my news column if this is ok with you. If so I would love some images
jpeg 2mb in size if possible. Many thanks
Sue Cordes

I replied to Sue that she's welcome to write about the BJP for her magazine. However, I have no control over the images posted by our members. I suggested to her that I would post her invitation on our blog and anybody who is interested can send her an image or two directly. So there you have it... I hope some of you will respond!

Pictures on our three BJP blogs ~ Just a reminder that you can now post pictures of your BJP pieces on our three BJP blogs! If you have a personal blog, it's really fun to post a teaser, an image that shows only a small detail of your piece, here and a link to a post on your own blog where we can see the pictures of your full piece.

I'm so impressed with all the BJP work I'm seeing this year. Everyone is stretching, getting out of the box, learning... It's amazing, beautiful and creative!!!!

Robin A.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April done with crackle enamel

Hi all - just finished April's piece using a special liquid enamel called crackle enamel. This jewel also has a gold leaf design on it. The fabric for this piece was so pretty that I followed some of it's lines and swirls for my beading - most of the black beading was design of the fabric. That was fun. Now I have to work on making more enamels for my next few BJP pieces. Time to stop beading and enamel! Have a beady good day.

Green Line No. 2

I've added a new page to my blog -

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dot's March Secret Treasure

I know I'm late posting about my March BJP, but it has been just tough to blog anywhere about anything recently. I was done with this way back around the first of March but had to find the strength in my soul to write.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

And the nominees are.....

Dear all,

I have nominated each and every one of you for the Kreative Blogger award. It was given to me by one of us, Lisa Criswell from Indigo’s beads. If you want to take this further, please visit my blog at and read all about it. I thought it would be fun to share this joy with all of you who love beading and the BJP as much as I do. You all deserve it!

Beady Greetings

April, Part 2

I couldn't fit all of the things important to me for April in one piece, so I did a second.  If you'd like to see, you can visit my blog, Indigo's Beads.  Thanks and have a beady happy day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Meditations In Shades Of Gray

I finished my March BJP in March, but I am tardy in getting it posted. Come on over to my blog to see how it turned out.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sorry I haven't commented on all the recent posts

I've had a nasty cold which has fogged my brain and prevented me from doing anything creative. I want to thank everyone for allowing me to look at their beautiful work. It is such an inspiration!

The cold is clearing, the hacking couch is nearly gone, and today I finally finished my March page..

I'm not 100% happy with it but I'm learning, slowly but surely! And that is why I joined the BJP this year.


...for the post mistakenly put in the wrong place. I think I better get busy beading instead of on the computer. ;)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April BJP is finished

My BJP for April is finished! It's called 'April Showers Bring....' and you can see it on my blog here.

Robbie P. from sunny Florida but soon to be back home in (let's hope!) sunny Michigan!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Starting April BJP

If you'd like you may take a peek at the beginning of my April BJP.  The word for this month is 'converge' - the challenge this month is the word 'converge'!! Come see what I'm doing at Art Journey.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Blog updated!

I hope you take a peek! I am still behind, but still working to catch up! You can see my progress on my blog A Beadiful Mess I hope everyone had a nice Easter. Hugs!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I'm Really Here!

Hi All,

Yes, I'm really here. Seems I posted my introduction and left into the wild blue yonder of computer hospital land or something like that. I have on my website presented my January, February and March BJP. Stop by and let me know what you think. Happy Easter everyone!

Hugs to all - Heidibeads at

March Finished

I'm so pleased to see everyone's progress this far into the year, even if it does mean the year's a quarter over. Thanks to everyone for providing such great eye candy (and inspiration). My March piece can be seen here.
I finally finished the March BJP. Just go to my link to see it.
 Karen J

January Done! February Started.....

Yes, I've finally finished January, and started on February. March and April colors are picked out. You can check it all out on my blog.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Another teaser to tempt you to visit my new blog
My February BJP has now been posted (in four parts). It seems that now that I'm blogging, I just can't shut up! Well, you won't hear from me for a while now as I haven't even started my March piece yet. Do you suppose I need to buy more beads to inspire me? Good idea!

Friday, April 2, 2010

January 2010 BJP - AMD

So, my friends, have you wondering what I've been up to? My January BJP has been finished for a while, but I was having computer issues so couldn't post. The purpose of this little teaser is to invite you to visit me on my new blog at . As you can see, I've finally bitten the bullet and done the deed. I'm now a card carrying member of the personal blogging world. LOL! I still have a way to go with the formatting, but at least it's a start! By the way, it's now April, so it's officially okay to introduce a little colour to the BJP blogs.
I haven't started March yet, but I stitched the last bead onto February this morning. I'll post again tomorrow. - Anne Marie - Toronto


I totally forgot I posted my story about february on my blog a little while ago! Pleas forgive me and please do visit.

Beady spring!