Friday, December 31, 2010

Yay! Done (under the wire!) BJP 2010

I'm done! For those of you who haven't followed me, I've been trying to do one a month - no matter what. I fell short in November, but here - under the wire, are November and December:

Visit my blog to see the final two! I have had a wonderful time doing this and will be skipping next year, but I'm hoping to do the year after! (I'll be watching everyone next year!)

December done, farewell 2010!

I finished December's piece, so I achieved my goal of finished all 12 pieces for 2010 in 2010. (Of course the kitchen is a mess and the laundry needs folded, but they can wait! )

You can see the piece on my blog. I really enjoy seeing everyone else's pieces and the great comments people make.

So, getting ready for BJP 2011. My goal is to clean up my workspace tomorrow to get ready. Do you think it needs it?


Been a Long Time

It's been a long time since I've been here. I can't believe it's the last day of the year already. A lot has been going on in my personal life, and I haven't been doing a lot of art work. I have been working on my Bead Journal, though I am way behind. January was done a while ago, and you've seen that. February is still in progress, but March, April and May are done. June is also in the works, and I hope to have it done next week. Then I'll get back to finishing February. I have the colors planned for July through December, though I don't have all the beads yet. Check out my blog to see where I am. I'm sorry I missed the registration for 2011, but it's probably for the best. I need to finish 2010.

Thanks for the encouragement, and the chance to be a part of the Bead Journal Project. Though I'm not part of 2011, I will be sure to check out all the beautiful pieces I know you'll be creating. Look for me again in 2012!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sometimes It's Just Too Much! November BJP

I finally finished my November BJP. I hope you'll come over to my blog Crackpot Beader to find out how it was Just Too Much.

Happy New Year!

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December BJP

I close our 2010 Beaded Journal Project with this piece titled Yearning for Beauty. My inspiration for the pendant was based on my readings by Lisa See. The books, Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, both novels, describe two girls growing up in Shanghai and the trials and tribulations they went through immigrating to America.
The second book discusses the custom of foot binding as a practice towards beauty. I thanked my lucky stars that I was not born in that time period.
This piece uses Chinese coins and jade to symbolize the Asian heritage. Everything is beaded symmetrically to show balance and harmony. The gold beads are a sign of wealth.

To view the entire piece, go to my name on this site, Victoria P. or

It has been a fabulous year of the BJP challenge. Best wishes to all for happy beading times in 2011.

Bead on! Victoria P.

Monday, December 27, 2010

November & December done!

November and December are finished. You can take a look at them here!

December BJP - "Words"

I have completed and posted my December BJP here.  I hope you will be able to stop by and look at it.  This month's BJP was sort of bittersweet since it ended a whole year of beads and words. I have enjoyed all of your entries into this project - thanks for sharing your marvelous imaginations and talent.

Friday, December 24, 2010

November BJP

I had 3 months of BJP to finish in December, and I just finished the second piece yesterday. Thank you for looking at the entire piece on my blog. I decided I needed something crystal and pretty to make up for November's dreariness!

I started on December's piece today, and it is bright yellow!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Traditional Christmas

You can se my December piece, "Traditional Christmas", here.

Now to come up with some inspiration for 2011!

It's been a great year, ladies, and I learned a lot --- what I can do and what I haven't learned yet; what I like and what I don't like. Thanks to you all! See you in 2011!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

When this year began I made six of my diamond shape "ornaments" in rather quick succession. Then my attention turned to other things. Recently I got back into my beads and have been working to complete my set for this year. Over on my blog today I've written about the ornament I made for May (although you have to get past some whining first - sorry).

Magpie Sue

Monday, December 13, 2010

December's Finished!

It's been a great year, and I'm looking forward to more inspiration and gorgeous beading from everyone in 2011!

The full piece can be seen on my blog.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

November BJP from snowy Michigan!

I think the snowflakes on my November BJP are appropriate for today! We're getting lots of snow from that major snow storm! I'll most likely not start on my December BJP until we get to Florida! You can see my full November BJP on my blog here.

So here's hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year! You can see my full BJP on my blog here.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

And I got so excited, I forgot to let you know that you can find it at my BLOG, by clicking on Karen J to the left.
Woo hoo! I finished the year! Just posted December. Now, I'm already thinking about next year...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

One More

The beads made me do it. Merry Christmas from the Circle and Line Series.

Monday, December 6, 2010

November Finished

My piece for November is now posted on my Pinelands Patches and Beadscapes blog. It's completely improvisational. I don't know what it means or have a title. I need your help with that. - Barbara

November's done

I feel like I'm mostly catching up on my BJP - I am glad that I decided to work small so that each month didn't feel like a chore. More can be seen on my blog.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

October, what happened?

I feel like I somehow fell asleep at the beginning of October and am just now waking up. I can't really understand why I didn't do more on my BJP pieces until this week. So I'm behind but I will cath up. Take a look at my blog to see October's piece. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Finished my November project. You can see it on my BLOG, found under Karen J.

December BJP 2010

I've posted my December projects at

Another year finished and I can't wait to start 2011 and see what wonderful things everyone creates.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Heather on the Hill

When I selected this fabric, and the beads, it was because I LIKED it, not because it reminded me of November in any way. For some reason, when I am at a loss for a theme, I seem to be drawn to this ferny batik fabric.... But as I stitched away, I was thinking of a specific song from one of my favorite musicals --- and then yesterday I found out that it was St. Andrew's Day! Now I'm 25% Scottish and I love the Highlands and the only time I was ever able to visit them, it was in late October/early November back in the mid 1990's, when a frost had turned the bracken brown-gold. There was still a touch of purple of heather on the hills... (the song with that title was from Brigadoon...)

"The Heather on the Hill" can be sen here.

Now I only have to get December's page under way! But I KNOW what I want to do --- here's hoping it works out how my mind's eye sees it!

One Week Left!

You only have one week left to sign-up for the 2011 BJP! Don't wait, all the information you'll need is available here. After December 8th it will be too late for 2011. Send in your registration today and join us!