Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Double Infinity's JULY pie slice in CHRYSOLITE

Okay - the top of this month's piece has been beaded since July 2nd, but I've gotten so busy making ornaments for the church craft show, I hadn't gotten around to adding the back and the picot edging until this morning! For the 7th month of this project, my color inspiration comes fom the next foundation stone of the New Jeruselem as described in the Book of Revelation : CHRYSOLITE. In the chrysolite is shown 'the true spiritual preaching accompanied by miracles'. When I found out the color for this month, I thought - Yippee - here is a color I know! I quickly found some lovely old german cabs and the coolest glass 'bridge' I just had to include. You'll see some 6 mm swarovski chrysolite rounds, as well as the locrochen, tatting, and pearl (representing the gate) found in all the pieces.
Thanks for looking. Gotta go search the stash for next month.....

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July Button done

So, now I'm caught up! Here is my July extra large button to celebrate July 4th (of course). Even though we need be always be on-time with our projects, I prefer to be current and so now I have a few days before starting my Aug button.

Hope you all have a BEADy Great Day, Karen

Spiral - July BJP

Here's a sneak peek at my July BJP rune stone - Spiral. More photos and details here.

June Button done

Hi all - I was ahead for most months and now behind for June. But July is almost done so I'm catching up! Anyway, here is my June extra-large button. I was in Maine teaching enameling at Camp Med-O-Lark so this month's journal has a lobster for ME, the ocean done in enamel and includes 10 peacock glass squares to represent my 10th Anniversary of the Enamel Studio at camp. Now on to finish July...

Have a Beady Great Day, Karen

Monday, July 23, 2012

July bead journal

Hi all
Here is a close up of the beading I did on my photo this month.  It has been a busy month and I wasn't sure if I could get this finished but I did it!


Here's July's felted cuff. The cuffs are backed with Ultrasuede, so they are comfortable to wear. The closure is snaps that can be moved to lengthen or shortened the cuff.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Connie - July's BJP

Here is my lace interpretation for July.  There errors are glaring at me especially when I see this on the computer monitor, but as an overall look I rather like it.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

July's Beaded Rock

Just finished this months rock. This month I decided to go with the same color scheme of my crazy quilt journal project blocks....hope you enjoy.  For more photos go to
http://thebeadedneedle.blogspot.com/ .  Have a wonderful day:)

Friday, July 13, 2012

June BJP

Amid the squirrely doings at home...there is a whole story there..anyway, I finished my June piece. The sandhill crane was the centerpiece for June. Now on to July.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I’m back and have posted my MARCH project.  (In Southeast Alaska it actually looks a little like March, so I’ll plead seasonal delusion syndrome.)  This is a small journal cover with a quilted background and an even more primitive vibe.  I’d love to hear what you think. 

Beth H.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A July finish

My July BJP piece  can be seen here: http://thatyankstitches.multiply.com/journal/item/335/Color-PaletteCrazy-Quilt-JournalBead-Journal-Project-for-July...

I was beginning to feel like I was skimping on the beading in this Crazy Quilt blocks so I upped the beading this month, replacing some floss seam treatments with beads instead.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Archie has a new friend - Sally Mander!

Sally is my July BJP piece. There are more photos of her on my blog. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dropping Back In

I had the best of intentions when I joined the BJP for the first time this year.  I was SO excited about developing and maintaining a new level of creativity.  And then BAM!  Work became ridiculously busy, with a new system being launched for our student information management (if any of you out there are affiliated with the largest public university in the largest city on the east coast you will know what I am talking about!).  I have been putting in massive overtime since the beginning of the year and it has finally let up.

I did finish a January piece and realized that the format I chose was probably too ambitious.  I decided to do two-month combo pieces.  So January became January/February.  I have some ideas for March/April and May/June and hope to start working again on them soon.

I read some sad news yesterday in the bead magazines and confirmed on her website:  Melanie Doerman passed away in May.  I never took a class with her, but my sister had and we both loved her designs. She was not quite 51--way too young.  According to her website, http://www.themagpie.com/  there will be a memorial on August 19th (details to follow on the website).

For now, I will end with the words of George Bernard Shaw:

Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.

Jean G.


I know I've missed some pieces in earlier collages so many apologies. For some reason the programme I use to create them sometimes rejects the format of certain pictures and I don't alway notice that something is missing. 

I think it's great when people blog the pieces they've done so far (eg little houses and spiral) so we can see how ideas are growing and taking shape. More please! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

June completed

Well, I'm just a few days late posting last month's journal piece. Here it is:

I started from the bottom of the brooch/pendant with dark colors of black and some browns. I completed my six rounds of chemo but wasn't sure if I needed more. All those dark thoughts going through one's head lead to darker colors. I had my scan and then doctor's appt, which was really positive, although I do need some more treatments. Some of the tumors are gone and all the others are smaller; this is a very good thing. I used shades of blue, turquoise mostly, and a charm of "laugh," as laughter is the best medicine! The feather was for whimsy.

The stones I used were: 
Turquoise which alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and has detoxifying properties
Aquamarine which has a beneficial effect on the thyroid gland
Pearls which promote wisdom and contentment well into old age (which I plan on attaining)
Onyx for inflammation, deflects negative energy, and increases stamina (I'm tired a lot)
Dalmation Jasper can help to purify the blood; it is also a stone of protection from negative thinking

All in all, I'm pleased with the way this one turned out.

Happy 4th of July!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Here is a preview of my June BJP.  The story is on my blog.  I think this is the best picture in terms of showing the colors and texture.  You can see it here.

bjp 2012 - 1st 6 months

My first 6 months of my numbered row houses.  I doubt that this is how I will configure them in the end, but I do like seeing them side by side.  Easier to pick up and fondle!

July's BJP is up, if you want to take a peak. Karen J, found on the right.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

June is posted

I have finally posted my June BJP on my blog. I think I put off posting because I get so lost looking at everyone's projects and before I know it three hours have gone by.Here is a part of my June BJP, the middle is another fused piece I made and is part of the complementary colors mini series.