Sunday, September 30, 2012

September on Time

So, my goal was to complete my September piece on time. It's now September 30 at 9:30pm. So glad I did it.

Here is the piece, and this one is also about my almost 6 month old grandson, who we visited this month again in LA. Ethan is the joy in my heart, and I used a beautiful glass heart bead and a charm of "JOY." I was able to find a charm picture frame and reduced a photo to put in it.  Also used on this month's piece are pearls, lemon jade, green jade, malachite, peridot, amethyst, Swarovski crystals, and glass beads.

I really love creating bead embroidery pieces. Thank you all for providing this platform where I can. See you next month.

May journal cover completed!

Whee, I've finished with May!  I'm happy with it and have actually created collaged innerds as well.  I love seeing what everyone is doing.  This cover is another  losely constructd one.
See my May project on my blog  Beth

Friday, September 28, 2012

September is Done!

And on time too!  :o)

Please drop by my blog to see the whole piece as well as the year to date spiral progression.  Thanks.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sneak peek of Sept. BJP piece...

I'm almost done and this month I will finally finish on time again!  Check out what it's looking like so far...

Connie's BJP for September

I switched to black for this month of September.  Please visit my blog where I share my thoughts as I worked on this fairly simple lace piece. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

My September piece...

I struggled with this one --- somehow, the color choices didn't resonate with me, even though MOST of them were used in other blocks. I suspect the black and gray are the culprits, although I am getting a tad tired of blue and orange! LOL

The color challenge was posed by Judy Laquidara and VIcki Welsh back in the beginning of Septemebr and is based on a photo of a mineral spring at Yellowstone National Park. All fabrics, beads, threads and laces are from my stash. The block grid was a slightly modified block six from the "I Dropped the Button Box" over at PinTangle. AS usually, I added a strip of lace, some crystal beads and my "signature" chains stitch to tie the series of blocks together.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Double Infinity - Jan thru Sept pie slices

I had mentioned I would post a group photo again once we had 9 months done. Here it is. As you can see, I'm going to have to rehang most of them by the year's end. I used a 12" frying pan for my template (!) so they ought to fit back together!!

Double Infinity's SEPTEMBER pie slice in Topaz

This month's pie slice came to be a little differently than the others. It seems like my September pieces always have a twist to them, perhaps because I started beading with my mom and she died in September five years ago. For my other 2 BJP entries for September, the difference is really obvious. For this entry, it is not. Basically, I did not feel up to looking through my bead stash, although I'm sure I would have found lots of topaz beads to work with. So I actually purchased a 'topaz bead mix' and am quite pleased with what I got. The design you finally see is the 3rd one I set up on the pie slice. The other 2 were very linear, and that might have been my attempt to but some routine back in my life with the end of summer and the kids back to school! As always, you will find the pearl at the small end representing the gates into the New Jeruselem as depicted in the Book of Revelation. Vintage tatting runs across the wide end to tie the pieces together. For those of you interested, the desciptions I have been giving for the stones have come from Rabanus Maurus, Archbispho of Mainz (786-856). Topaz, it seems, represents' the ardent contemplation of the prophecies". Anyway, you can see the piece below. Hope you like it.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

bjp 0812 - a measure of citrus

My August BJP is a celebration of the long, hot days of summer.  If you'd like to quench your 'thirst' with more photos,  please click on the following link:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

July catch up

I am starting to catch up, here is part of July's BJP I will have augusts underway as soon as I can find stiffened felt in the right color orange.    you can see the rest of the piece here and the story to go with it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hands! August Finished

A blessing at the top of my list (along with vision) is my hands, the subject of August's BJP. Do we take our hands for granted? It's so totally normal to be able to bead, sew, knit, cut, garden, cook, pet the cat... It felt really good and important to spend the month of August noticing and thanking my hands for all they do.  You can see more on my blog, here.

I've started working on September's piece and hope to have time to finish it while we are on a cart trip to Yellowstone.

Beady blessings to everyone!
Robin A.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Watch out, Cyril the Squirrel's about!

We get a couple of litters of squirrel kits in our chimney pots each year - they use the TV aerials as a gym! Cyril is beaded entirely in 15s, mostly backstitch but his tail and tummy are fringed. His eye is an antique button with a highlight stuck on. The leaves are cut from leather scraps. More details on my blog.

Monday, September 3, 2012

bjp0712 - raspberry and lime

The latest in my 2012 series.  I had a good excuse to be late, but judge for yourself!!  The story and more photos can be found here - .  I'll put the kettle on!!

The background is already painted for my August piece!  I'll probably start working on it this week and I'm predicting that it will work up quickly.  Then on to September!!   It's hard to believe as we're still having warm, sunny days up here in Toronto.  Perhaps if I wish upon a bead, we'll be able to ignore the cooler weather for the next month or so.  LOL!

BTW, did you spot the paper clip and the little bit of sequin waste?

I posted September's Bead Journal Project on my BLOG. Just click "Karen J" to see. :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Update of Progress so far...

I've just posted an update on my blog, showing the update of all eight of my finished pieces so far.  I can't believe the spiral is almost done!  If you'd like to see it, please pop by my blog:

Double Infinity - August Pie Slice in BERYL

I wanted to get this posted yesterday, but time slipped away. So even though it is now September, this is my August piece. Using the 12 Foundation Stones of the New Jeruselm as found in the Book of Revelations, this month's inspiration is the stone BERYL. Now being familar with this stone,I had a hard time getting motivated to begin the piece. I did a search and found that BERYL is most commonly associated with the color aqua-marine. Ah- now tha's something I can relate to! Still, summer got in the way and I did not begin. Then one day, I walked into my craft room and spied a pretty blue aqua-marine-ish bead mix through one of my storage drawers. That was all I needed, and the piece worked itself up in a few days. Again you will find the pearl at the short end representing the gates into the city, and the tatting at the top (used to tie the pieces together when completed), and my vintage lochrosen in the piece. I really like the way it came together. THe stone BERYL represents 'the perfect operation of prophecy' and it is eerie how I can see that in my piece, although I do not read their stones' meaning until AFTER I bead the piece. Next month I'll include a photo of the grouping since the pie with be 3/4th done!

August is Done!

And yes, that means I'm all caught up!  Yah!!!  Here's a little sneak peak.  Please visit my blog to see the whole piece.