Friday, November 30, 2012

I Hang My Head in Shame...

:-}  I've been so busy setting up the blog for BJP 2013 and playing with other art and photography that I haven't even started November's BJP piece...probably not going to get it done on time...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Home - October Finished!

I've finished my piece for October... There are a lot of symbols in it, and the subject itself  (home) is a symbol. I loved working on it... didn't want it to be finished... Come see it here.

Home - detail
But, moving on, now I've got to hustle to finish Nov. and Dec. in one month... The two blessings for these months are Family and Health. Next will be a fresh start... the 2013 BJP! I still want to do the first 5 blessing pieces for 2012, so will try to squeeze them in too.

I love seeing your work... congratulations to the many who are on schedule and finishing up their final piece for the year!

Beady hugs,
Robin A.

A Multitude - November Rune

November brings a new rune stone and a bit of a twist on the found object, more details here!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Double Infinity November Slice in Jacinth

This month's piece has been done for awhile, but with the holiday and painting my youngest daughter's bedroom, I'm finally getting around to posting it now.
This month's color inspiration is Jacinith which is like hyacinth or a burnt orange-ish. I got a lovely vintage cab and some fire polish beads from A Grain of Sand, and finished the piece off with a few beads from my stash and some tiny white mags. As always - there is a pearl at the end representing the gates into the New Jerusalem, and a few scattered vintage lochrosen for sparkle (!) and the tatted edge. Seems I bought a lot of the tatting last December, and will have about a yard left after next month. Into the drawer it will go until I need it again... I think this piece has a very feminine feel to it, especially when it is hung at the 11 o'clock spot with the others. You've got to wait until next month to see them all together though! Now you know I've been giving the meanings of the stones as described by the Archbishop on Manze, Rabanus Maurus, and have been putting them on the back of my piece. This month's is so long, I don't think it will fit! Here it is: 'in the hyacinth, the celestial rapture of the learned in their high thoughts and humble descent to human things out of regard for the weak'. Wow. FYI: I put the word out to the Houston Bead Society about the 2013 BJP and got one new member. I Can't believe we are already planning for another round!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Invitations sent

for all registered so far to become "authors" on the 2013 page. This means you can post to the blog as if it were your own.

Please, if you are registered and have not received an invitation, let me know via the link on the blog page here:

And welcome to BJP 2013! It will be a pleasure to see your beadwork!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Registration for 2013 BJP Ends Tomorrow

If you want to join the 2013 BJP, but haven't sent your registration yet, please do so asap!

Registration ends Nov. 26th. Here's the link to registration information.

Hope to bead with you next year ;>}
Robin A.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Oct beaded rock

Here is my beaded rock for Oct...... Only 2 more rocks to go...where did this year go?

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving:)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November BEADazzeled Button done

Hi all - got November's BJP done with a celebration of Thanksgiving. Boy did it take me a long time to find the "stuff" to put inside my cornucopia - only one place near me (that's 1 hr away) had doll house stuff and it was hard finding what I wanted on the net. You can see the full piece and description but will have to scroll to the bottom of the page for November. So, next month my 1st grandbaby will be born and my BJP is all about him. Have a BEADy Great Day. Karen

Happy Holiday

November is about Thanksgiving and traveling to the cold north for my niece's baby shower, which was wonderful!

I choose to use the season's colors, and added the fiber for depth and to represent a turkey. Envision the bronze stick pearl as the turkey's neck and head. The glass bead leaves are the turkey's body, with the golden fiber strands as its tail. I used three charms: the wishbone for Thanksgiving, the "niece" disk to honor my niece, Judith, and the "baby on board" one for her shower. I also used peridot chips and other glass beads.

Happy Gobble Gobble and til next month.

Friday, November 16, 2012

November bead journal

Here we see the November journal.  I used Swarovski crystals for this piece.  I wish I could have captured their sparkle!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Connie's November BJP - embroidered lace

My November beaded lace is done.  Hope you will visit my blog (found on the sidebar...Connie E in Iowa) to see my inspiration piece.  I can't believe only one more to go!  This really has been fun and a learning experience for me. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Finish 2012 BJP > Start 2013 BJP!

Hi BJPers!

Have you registered for 2013 yet? Here's the link. Please share this link on FB and/or your personal blog. It's great to have a mix of returning members and some who are new!

Have you decided if you want to combine and/or finish your 2012 BJP pieces in some way? If so, please share your idea/plan in a post. Here are a few that might interest you from past years in the BJP:

Hope you'll be in the BJP community for 2013!

Robin A.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sept BJP

I know I'm a little behind but I'm hoping to catch up this month. For September I decided to do a honey bee on a sunflower. See more photos at and the little explaination behind the bee...  :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012


This little fellow should be tucked up warm for the winter by now. He's mostly 15 seed beads with small daggers for his front paws. The tummy button star is pure whimsy, but I liked it. I think he will eventually join Cyril the Squirrel on a woodland wallhanging. He was inspired by a photo I took in the garden. Please see my blog for more wildlife photos.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Hi everyone! I just sent my registration in for 2013. I am hoping to be a much more involved member next year. 2012 was a horrible year for me, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am hoping all of that is behind me now, with no where to go but forward from here. I have so missed the support and encouragement that past years have provided for me with being a part of this wonderful community. I am busy thinking about what my plans will be for 2013. Tracey
PS. Robin, is there anything I can help with? Let me know!!

November is done...

It's hard to believe that the year is almost over. Now I'm trying to think of what to do for 2013!

Anyway, here is my beaded crazy quilt block for November:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Catching up...

My word, doesn't time fly? It's not that I haven't been busy- or perhaps that's the problem.
I've not been lazy, honest, I've done my blocks, but never seemed to have time to sit and get to everything I need to online.

So, here's October's block, Scorpio

and here's the other couple that I've not posted on time... plus an update of how the whole hanging is coming along...


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Registration for 2013 BJP is now open!

Hi Everybody,

Register now until November 25th for the 2013 BJP!!! We hope you'll join us for another great year of beading, visual journaling, and friendship.

Please click on the link in the banner at the top of the page for registration information. It's the one that says Register 2013 BJP.

It's also a good time for you to invite your friends to join us. New members are very welcome! Please feel free to post a link to the registration information page. Just go to it, copy the URL and paste it on your blog.

One question that gets asked every year is this, "If I didn't finish this year's pieces, can I still join next year?"  The answer is "YES!"

BJP 2013 will begin in January, 2013 and continue for the entire year. The idea is the same as this year: make one piece per month; use some beads on each piece; make each month's piece roughly the same size and shape; and, in whatever way you can, visually describe what's important to you during each of the months. That's it. Participation on the BJP blog and/or your own blog is optional.

If you have other questions, please email me: robin[at]robinatkins[dot] com.

Hope to see you again in 2013!

Robin A.

BJP 2013...

Bead Journal Project 2013is fast approaching!  

Here's the link to the new blog.  

Registration information will be following soon...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Posted November's BJP on my BLOG. Just go to "Karen J" to find it.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Good News for 2013!

For reasons I do not understand, the polls on the side bar were not working. So I deleted them.

The good news is this... apparently there are some of you who want to have another go at this in 2013. Even better news... three of you have volunteered to be helpers!

Linda K. is already designing the 2013 blog... a super beautiful place to keep in touch and post our pictures! I'll post a link to it as soon as it is complete. Thank you, Linda!

We are in the process of getting the registration system going. We hope to do registrations during the first two weeks in December. Please keep an eye on this blog for the registration information.

I'm counting on many of you to join again, as the quality and variety of your BJP pieces this year is fantastic! If you have friends who might like to join, please alert them that registration opens soon.


Robin A.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Please Vote!

Please go to the polls... to your right...

and let me know if you would like to continue in the BJP next year. I'm also curious how folks are doing with this year's BJP, so there are two polls for you click.

Here's the sticky question. Who of you is available to help organize the BJP for 2013 (if we have one)?  We need:
  1. A Blog Angel - somebody to design and set up the blog, and to design the logo (badge) for members to use as a visual link on their own blogs.
  2. A Membership Angel - somebody to be very active in the next few weeks accepting "applications" for membership on email and preparing the list of members. This is the most time-consuming of the jobs.
  3. A Detail Angel - somebody to add all of the new members to the blog and make sure they know they can post.
If you can take on one of these jobs (or might be able to and have questions), please contact me at this email: robin[at]robinatkins[dot]com.  Thanks for voting! Thanks for giving this some thought! Thanks for being a member this year!

Beady blessings,
Robin A.