Monday, May 31, 2010

May done - by the skin of my teeth

My goal is to finish - so although this was rush (hubby says I should name her Hasty) - she had some experimentation in her and some other issues I think I learned from. And a few things I liked.

You can see the rest of her at

Saguaro Symphony - May BJP

May is a special time in the Sonoran Desert when the giant sentinels, the saguaro cacti, bloom. Around mid-May, you may view the small "nubs" officially known as inflourescents, on the heads and arms of the saguaro. Shortly thereafter, each saguaro seems to receive the memo to begin their journey of bloom. Before too long, small white flowers can be seen throughout the Arizona desert. The bats, birds and bees love it. I have used my beads to imitate the saguaro in their finest.

Here's a little temptation photo. For full viewing, visit

Thanks for checking! Bead on! Victoria P.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

April Finished

I've finished April so despite dropping behind I think I'm going to get caught up fast! You can see April here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

May's Finished!

I managed to finish the May piece this morning - details are posted here.

May flowers in my garden

My BJP piece for May is finished, and here's a peek:

You can see the full piece, which is a bracelet, on Beading Arts :-)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

My May page

I think I'm back on schedule...

Presenting "Severe Storm Warning"!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

April's finished!

I'm finished with April, and the full post can be found here. I didn't think I'd get quite so into "journalling" what is (or was) going on in my life, but I'm enjoying thinking about how to reflect the going's on in my life in a small (1 3/4") circle of beads.

May BJP Complete

May is done! It's a light and happy place to be this month. I'm pretty happy with it and it's simplicity. You can view it here.

Thinking about June already, but have not come up with anything just yet.

Friday, May 21, 2010

April BJP Finished!

improvisational bead embroidery by Robin Atkins, Forgive, detail
Forgive is the name of my April BJP piece... I hope you'll stop by my blog to see where these birds belong.

If you haven't already, you might also want to take a look at two Giveaways on my blog...

Four specially signed copies of my first book, One Bead at a Time, a retirement giveaway here and

an autographed copy of Metalsmithing 101 for Beaders, a book review giveaway here. The drawings will be on June 1.

I'm a tad behind in reading your blogs, but will make time for it this weekend. I'm lovin' all the BJP work being done this year... It's AMAZING!!!!

Robin A.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

March BJP is finished!

It makes me happy to be making some progress on my BJP. My March piece is done, on to April! If you want to see the completed section of my Birthstone Circle, take a look at my blog HERE.

May beaded bead

To see my May beaded bead, please visit my blog.


March BJP - No Crown

Hello All,

Magpie Sue here. Just wanted to let you know I've finished my ornament for the month of March. You can see the whole thing and read about it here, on my blog.

I have begun work on my ornament for April, and just this morning came up with what I think will be a workable idea for the month of May. Woohoo!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

March is finished!

Well I'm a little behind but working fast to catch up. Here is March finished!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Remember this 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

Sue Cordes

I submitted and two of my pages have been accepted.  How cool is that!!

May BJP Finished

My May BJP is finished. You can see pics and post here.
Robbie from Michigan.

May Finished

May is done...if you'd like to see the whole piece it's here. Other than the flowers, nailheads and the focal pieces, it's all charlottes, for those of you who are interested.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 2010

Wow, I actually finished May's needleweaving for the Bead Journal Project early. You can see the entire piece here. I'm not sure what it is, but I love this focal stone. It was one of my finds at Ritual Adornments here in Santa Fe.

March BJP

Here is a link to my post for the March BJP  here

Saturday, May 15, 2010

May Finished

My piece for May is now posted on my Pinelands Patches and Beadscapes blog. I really enjoyed this one, and I hope you like it too.

Friday, May 14, 2010

May BJP - "Symphony"

The word for May snatched out of my 'word jar' was 'symphony'.  It is up on my blog here. Being an 'encrusted' beader I almost felt as if I were cheating because I included a relatively unbeaded section -- but then that's what 'creativity' is all about -- going with your artful spirit and not necessarily sticking to the rules. I've really enjoyed seeing all of your BJP pieces for the year and look forward to each and every post. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

March and April

Okay, two for the price of one. Two months that is. March and April, a little late but I won't worry if you don't. You can see the full pieces here. Thanks as always to Robin and everyone else who makes this project possible.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

April BJP completed AND posted finally

I finally got to photograph and post my April BJP. I've had it done for weeks now, just haven't had time to get it online until now...

I had such a great time doing April's page. To find out how much fun take a peek here.

Onward to get May going and done. Enjoy!

A crazy cool new material

Here's what's getting in the way of me being able to get any work done on my May bracelet!  I'm already giving you an excuse, just in case I'm still obsessed with this new product at the end of the month ;-)  You can see more pictures and learn more about it here if you want. 

Monday, May 10, 2010


Come on over to my blog to see what I spent the first part of April anticipating and why I didn't post my page earlier.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Sunday, May 9, 2010

April --- late!

I struggled with this as April showers really doesn't reflect April here this year. And we had May flowers well before May...

So "April Flowers" is posted on my blog but it needs some more work, I think...

Dot's April Secret Treasure

I had to wait for this story to come out. My Secret Treasure is a brooch my Great Grandmother use to wear to church. When she died, I picked this piece. I just couldn't find the story, but today when I woke up & realized it was Mother's Day, the story wrote itself about this wonderful woman who was my idol.

Dot's Blog


My May spiral can be found at Thanks for looking.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

April Framed

I finished my april bjp last month but couldn't find the right frame for it until last is the post on my blog and you can click on my flickr link there to see all 4 months or check out my blog for the beginning of my may journal.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Book Giveaway on my Blog

Hi Everyone... Thought you might like to know I'm giving away a copy of a new book, Metalworking 101 for Beaders on my blog. You can take a look here.

Robin A.

April BJP Done!

I just posted my leaf project for April on my blog! Please visit and take a look.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kaite's April bjp

my slightly weird April bjp is up on my blog (kaiteyarngarden) so come on downunder and check it out. love to see you, kaite

Monday, May 3, 2010

Yay! March is Finally Finished!!!!

Below is a little sneak peek of my finished March BJP piece... Take a trip to the SW with me and see it all here!!!

march bead journal project by Robin Atkins, detail
Although I struggled a lot with the words (again), I think I'm getting a bit better at the word-collage-bead challenge I've given myself this year. I hope you think so too ;>}

Robin A.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

La Printemps - April BJP

The April BJP serves multi-purposes. It is a celebration of Don's (hubby) 65th birthday; the mirror serves as a reflection of time; the coming of spring and a trip to Washington, DC. The doll has 3 floral gardens in her belly which are indicative of my visit to the DC Arboretum. The doll also incorporates a moss agate cabochon, a fitting stone for Spring. The fringe uses seed beads and small daggers. The doll hangs from a simple Ndebele embellished necklace. Happy Spring!

Check her out at
Miracles do happen! My project for May is done and posted. I wanted something fast. There are too many other things I want to do!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A very orange April

It was a crazy tumultuous month this month and my bead journal doll seems positively serene in comparison, but I still tried to incorporate feelings and emotions into her.
Oh, and orange is my favorite color!
Go check out more on my blog: "I am not a handbag"