Sunday, January 14, 2018

Wow! it's been 5 years since I've added anything to this post. So many changes since then. I've gotten into weaving, bookbinding and changed my career. What brought me back was thinking about getting back into beading - back into creating - so I was checking out the Bead Journal Project to see if it was still running. I can't find anything current so I think perhaps I'll just set up to do my own thing for the time being. I like the idea of trying to accomplish one piece a month so I think I'll go ahead and do that. I'm also playing with the idea of Spirit Dolls as per Robin Atkins bood of the same name.

So since I woke up this morning thinking about fear and what it does and doesn't do in my life perhaps that will be the start. I'm going to pull out some beads and some fabric and see what I can come up with. I'll post later when I get it figured out. Or maybe when I finish it - this feels like something that you just do rather than something you map out meticulously beforehand.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Betty Fikes Pillsbury Textile Artist

Sunday, November 17, 2013

How to Join the BJP for 2014 & Beyond

If you'd like to participate in the Bead Journal Project during 2014, please check this page for information about how to join.

We hope to have a comfortable sized group of participant from around the world to start in January of 2014.

Beady blessings,

Robin Atkins, BJP founder

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Beaded butterfly - 1 more down and more to do!

Five to go, right! I will finish this year's BJP but it might take me into 2012! I've finished four beaded birds and one butterfly so far. Each piece is 8 1/2" x 11". You can read more about my project and how I'll be finishing each piece.
Robbie's Paw Prints May's BJP

Robbie from Michigan

Monday, August 29, 2011

I picked a Disney theme

Whenever there is turmoil in my life, I reach for happy colors...
My August piece is posted on Beading Arts today :-)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

July 2010 BJP

July's paisley is done! Check out my blog to see the finished piece. I'm slowly but surely working through these. I have started August, and have four more after that to finish. I've got my mounting all decided, and that will be a whole other project in and of itself! LOL!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

December BJP Finished!

Better late then never, right! I've finally finished my last BJP for 2010!! The full picture is on my blog here.

Thanks so much for looking and inspiring me in 2010! You can see my other 11 journal pieces here. All my pieces are 8 1/2" x 11". Now on to BJP's for 2011!
Last week I posted my Feb BJP on my BLOG and forget to post here. Oops. You can find it by clicking on the link for Karen J to the left.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

July, 2010 BJP AMD

I finally finished off my July, 2010 BJP. If you're interested in seeing more, come on over to my blog.
Here's a little teaser:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

February and June 2010 completed!

I'm still working on these. I've finished February and June, have start beading July, and have all my beads ready for August. Check my blog to view where I am.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I finally finished my 2010 BJP. If you'd like to visit - I'm here: HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! Thanks for a great year of inspiration.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Just a quick note....the designer who put together the BJP website 4 years ago needs donations to keep it going. If you're interested in keeping it up and running just click the donation button and donate what you can.
We will still have the blogs and the flickr sites...they are all free and require no donations.
It's great to see what you're all doing so far!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Continuing on with 2010...

If you would like to see my latest BJP, it is HERE on my blog. I am still only on the month of September, but I am determined to get my entire 12 BJP's for 2010 finished as I begin work on 2011's BJP. Please take a peek!

Finally finished 2010

Here is my 3" x 4" piece for December, titled "Icy Bones". I was inspired by leaves under the surface of a frozen puddle and reminded of an Andrew Wyeth quote: "I prefer winter and fall, when you can feel the bone structure in the landscape---the loneliness of it---the dead feeling of winter." Now onto 2011, I'm looking forward to everyone's beautiful work this new year!
Pinelands Patches, Beadscapes and Spirit Dolls

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Looking for Swapping ATCs

Hi all - in 2011 I decided for my BJP to do Artist Trading Cards. I have not found 11 other BJP 2011ers who want to swap so I'm posting this to see if any of you from 2010 want to make an ATC and swap with me. The only requirements are that it's 2.5" x 3.5" and swapped, not sold. I plan to make 12 anyway and am looking for other artists to swap with. If you are interested, please email me directly at .

Have a beady great day,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In The Garden At Midnight - December 2010 BJP

I finished my December 2010 BJP on January 1, 2011. I could have finished it last year, but I just couldn't make it till (yawn!) midnight.

Come on over to Crackpot Beader to see the whole piece.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Sunday, January 2, 2011

All in one place - part 2

Magpie Sue and I must be on the same page, as I also managed to get my 2010 BJP in shape over the weekend. Here are all 12 buttons:

All In One Place

I have created a separate page on my blog just for the ornaments I've made for this year's BJP. If you go to my blog and look at the top of the current post you'll see a series of tabs. The right-most one is labelled 2010 Bead Journal Project. Click on the tab and that page will come up. Or you can just click here.

I still have two more ornaments to make to complete the set. I have a plan for December but June still eludes me. I know the problem stems from the fact that I had a significant birthday and I want the ornament to be "just right." Hopefully I'll get over that soon!

It was a bit of work but I'm seriously considering making another page just for the little quilts I did in the first year of the Bead Journal Project...

Magpie Sue

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?