Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Piece Finished...

...with a day to spare.  I guess I'll have time to carve our pumpkins and get ready for Halloween visitors this evening.  Here's the teaser.  Please drop by my blog to see the October piece and the continuing progress of the year's spiral.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Connie: October Bead Embroidery Design

Here is my October BJP.  I created this design and thought it rather appropriate for October.  Please visit my blog to see some of the jewelry I have also been redesigning.

I can't believe there are only two months left!  It has been fun seeing everyones creations.

Friday, October 26, 2012

bead journal for October

First I want to say thank to the lovely ladies who commented on my last piece.  You are all so kind and I really appreciate your encouragement.

This piece is not typical of the colors I like to use but I love it.  The texture is really great!  I was showing a friend all the bead journals I have done this year and she was totally amazed and enthralled.  She raved that they should all be seen together in a show!  I have to say that encouraged me.  Plus there are only two more to do to finish this year.  I will persist and enjoy the process.

warm regards

Thursday, October 25, 2012

September Finished & Posted on Beadlust!

Here's a little peek at my piece for September.

Remember, I'm doing "blessings" this year. Can you guess what blessing this is? The answer is here.

Anybody thinking about next year yet?

Robin A.

Monday, October 22, 2012

October on TIME

Well, I've finally finished a piece way before the end of the month or the following month. This month is my birthday and also my sister's, Karen's, birthday. So, I've included her on my piece with a charm of her own. Each month I'm creating a 2" Pendant/Brooch.

In this month, my colors are purples, golds, and silvers; the royal purple seemed appropriate, ha ha. I've used pearls, Swarovski crystals, charms, and glass beads. One of these days, I'll get back to making more bead embroidery jewelry using all semi-precious stones and crystals. I haven't written on my blog in a while, which is why I've been writing and showing my whole piece here. Soon, back to that too!

I'm so excited!  My birthday is Wednesday and although my sister and I live at either end of the East Coast, we'll be together on my birthday.

See you next month.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Caught Up At Last

Sorry I have not kept up with my Journal Posts, but I finally have the pictures ready to post. July is titled Raven Brings The Sun..a little tongue in cheek, since he didn't bring much sun this "Summer",however we did have some beautiful Fireweed, that also bloomed and went to seed in record time. August is all about the beautiful Dragonfly that stayed around for the month, landing almost on my hand one day when I was sitting outside beading. I guess he just wanted a closer look at the beadwork. September is all about the beautiful Swans that nested in the Lake behind our house. They had 7 Signet this year. I tried to get some pictures of all of them together, but never was able to. For some reason they just don't co-operate when you want them too. Hope everyone had a great "Summer", we are in to Winter already, had some snow already and the temperature is a balmy 27 at the moment. See you with my October contribution next week I hope. Happy Beading all. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Rowan, the witch's kitten, is waiting to cast a spell on you. Please go and meet her on my blog.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

bjp 0912 - day and night

I've been working with so much colour lately, that I decided to work with a simple pallette of black, white and grey for September.  If you're interested in seeing the slightly wacky things I've included this month, please wander on over to my blog.  I'll meet you there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Double Infinity's October piece in Chrysoprase

When I started this project, I looked over the 'inspiration stone/colors' I would be using as found in the Book of Revelations. As you may recall, I am using the 12 stones of the New Jeruselem. The book lists these stones as decorating the foundations of the walls of the city. For October, the stone is CHRYSOPRASE and I had no idea what color it was. So I searched online and found a sample at A Grain of Sand (what a neat store that is!). It was a little pricey for me, but I went ahead and purchased the strand of rice shaped chrysoprase beads. That means for 9 long months I knew what my focal beads were going to be in October. THey are quite large and I toyed with lining them up both horizontally and vertically, when it hit me to mkae them into 5 pointed stars. THey look kind of like flowers, so that is the direction the piece took. Again there is the tatted edge and the pearl "gate", as well as the sparkly vintage swarovski lochrosen in the piece; items repeated each month. I have not encrusted a piece this year, and really didn't want to do one, but this piece is about half done. I really love the way the empty spaces play off the clusters of yellow. This month's stone "demonstrates the work of the blessed martyrs and their rewards". I think a bouquet of flowers worked out just perfect for this month! The stones for November and December are two of my favorites, so I can't wait to see how they evolve. Thanks for looking...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October Xtra Large button done

Hi all - so now I'm head and finished Oct before the end of the month. This month is my birthday and I can still say (until the 15th) - "when I'm 64"! Boy, I don't feel that old. Anyway, here is my Oct BJP - you'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see it.

Have a BEADy Great Day. Karen

Sunday, October 7, 2012

August BJP

so I'm only 2 months behind now!)

I did a little goldwork on this one too.
it's in celebration of the sun which has graced us with 50+ continual days of shiny.

No I;m not crazy, I live in Seattle it's usual around here.

there are more pictures on my blog if you want to see them.

It will be raining and gloomy around here soon enough.

so happy Sun!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My October BJP

is also my October Color Palette Challenge and my Crazy Quilt Journal Project Challenge. You can see it here:

Carol H in NW Ohio

Thursday, October 4, 2012

September Extra Large Button done

Hi all - a bit late this month, but that's okay. September was a busy month for me - it was my 30/35th anniversary with Stephen - that's 30 years married, 35 living together. And later in the month I went to England on vacation. Then I taught enameling at the John C Campbell Folk School - this was not in my journal, but I mention it as it's a terrific place to take classes and have a family vacation or reunion! See for details. So here is my Sept piece (you will have to scroll down the page to see it). Already started October which is my birthday - can't believe I'm 64 and one year away from Medicare! Have a BEADy Great Day, Karen

Monday, October 1, 2012

I posted my October BJP on my BLOG this morning and forgot to let you all know. Oops. Just click on the "Karen J". :)

September bead journal

Here it is.  I actually did have it finished in September I just didn't get around to posting it.  I have to say that I am not thrilled with this piece.  I am not feeling very inspired about stitching onto my photos.  I thought it was a good idea when I started.  Angela