Monday, December 31, 2012

Almost Finished For The Year!

I'm not quite finished for 2012 yet, but I finally posted my bead journal pages for June, July, September, and November.  Come on over to Crackpot Beader to see what I've done.

December will be finished later today, but August is lagging far, far behind.  It will happen.  I promise!

Happy New Year!

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Best Wishes for 2013...

...both the New Year and the new year of BJP2013!

My 2012 spiral is finish, just under the wire!  I can't believe a year has passed since I started this project.  On the other hand, it certainly was a lot of beading...I'd love to know how many beads I used in this projects! (No, I'm not going to count them!) :P

Here's a little teaser of the December piece. Please drop by my blog to see the finished spiral.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

bjp 1112 - time flies

I finished this piece early in December, but the holiday rush and work events conspired to keep me away from the computer.  As I said, "time flies", but I'm happy that I've finally posted.  Anyway, I needed calming, so the colour for November is soft and restful.   Come read all about it by clicking on the following link -

By the way, December is also finished, so I've completed my BJP obligations for 2012.  Oh, I still need to post, but first I need to take some photographs.   LOL! I'll try to do that next weekend!

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas or whatever other holiday you celebrate at this time of the year.  Mine was quiet but good!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Finished Nov & Dec - 7 Blessings Complete!

Hi dear BJPers!

Here they are... 7 completed blessings (June through Dec). Now I have to backtrack and do the first 5 months. I plan to double up with next years BJP pieces, doing 2 per month through May. That will be a challenge!

You can see the details of Family (Nov) and Health (Dec) on this post.

Wishing everyone a joyful, magical, peaceful Christmas, and a very BEADIFUL new year!

Hugs and cheers,
Robin A

December 2012 done!

Hi all - My December piece was about my new, 1st, grand baby - Liam Jacob, born 12/20/12 at 7 lbs 14.4 oz, 19.5". He is such a cutie and my BJP is about him at the base of the Tree of Life.

So this is the end of another year. I have been very happy with the last 5 years of BJP and am looking forward to next year's where I'll be journaling a holiday every month. I was so excited about my January holiday design - Inauguration Day, that I already finished most of it. But I'm not "finishing" it until January so I can say it was made in 2013! See it early next month

Here's wishing everyone a very terrific holidays and Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

November Finished...One to Go!...

I've finished my November piece and the spiral continues to grow...!

Please drop by my blog to see it.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Connie - December's (Final) BJP 2012

Wow, is this really the end of the year!  It has gone quickly.  I decided to finish off the year with a lacy snowflake.  We have had a draught here in the Midwest for several months and I am hoping for some moisture in the ground and a beautiful white Christmas.  I thought maybe one snowflake would get things moving.  I made this one up as I went along and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

This year of beading has been such a positive experience for me and you have all inspired me with your creative work.  You have set the bar high.  I have a ways to go, but feel I have learned so much just by observing, asking questions and practice...along with lots of patience.  I have especially learned that nothing is gained by rushing through the process, but rather to slow down, do the best I can and enjoy the experience in order to get the best results.  Thanks so much to all those instrumental in forming this group and in keeping it operating.  I won't be participating in 2013 other than following your creations, but I am sure I will be doing some beading periodically throughout the year.  Hopefully I can join up with the group again in 2014.  I look forward to seeing what you all come up with in 2013!
I have decided to turn my BJP2012 into a banner and will share that on my blog when I complete it, so I hope you will check back.  I am working on my CQJP 2012 wall hanging currently, but my hope is to complete the banner for this before the end of 2012 or in January at the latest. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My December entry...

Well, entries, really. As you may remember, I'm combining the BJP with the color palette challenge being posed by Patchwork Times as well as a Crazy Quilt Journal Project challenge, but this month, the color palette challenge threw a curve ball at me with a monochromatic color palette! It was fun to do and I enjoyed the final look --- you can see it here --- but it didn't fit in with the scrappy look of the other eleven months in the challenge.

Sooooo... I did an alternate block --- I picked 6 fabrics that had been used at least twice in the other eleven pieces and made this...

Now I have a monochromatic orphan block! What to do?

Friday, December 7, 2012

2012 is the Year of the Dragon so here's Rhodri Y Ddraig Goch
(Roderick the Red Welsh Dragon)

Earlier this year we spent 2 weeks in Wales and there were red dragons everywhere so, when a friend gave me this little one, he had to be a Welsh dragon. She'd bought him at a car boot sale (like a garage sale) for 20p (very cheap) and she challenged me to bead him. I think he makes a fitting finale for 2012.  Again, mostly 15s, plus a few 10s, crystal toenails and fiery eyes. I left most of his wings unbeaded as it would have made them droop too much and I like the original material anyway. I had to give him a couple of horns on his head and one on the end of his nose - the little white fangs make him look cute.  More pix on my blog.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Double Infinity December pie slice in Amethyst

Well, I can't believe I have finally finished the 2012 BJP. I just took the other slices off the wall and put them all in a circle and, I must say - I really like it!! But more on that later... This month's stone, form the Book of Revelation, is AMETHYST, a color and stone most everyone knows. For my beads, I used some vintage Swarovski amethyst connectors and a czech glass bead mix from Bead Treasures which I saw calling me from one of my storage drawers :) There is the pearl at the small end representing the gate, and a few sparkly lochrosen throughout and that tatted edge which can be found in all the pieces. It felt really good to finally put the remainder of that tatted lace away after having in out for an entire year. I wonder if I'll ever use the rest??? The significance of the amethyst can be found in "the constant thought of the heavenly kingdom in humble souls". Hope you like it...
As you may know, in Revelation, there is an interesting reference to 'foundation stones', so called because the book lists these precious stones as decorating the foundations of the walls of the city in the vision of 'that great city, the holy Jerusalem, decending out of the heaven from God.' The foundation stones served as my color inspiration for this years BJP, and now, you can see the 12 slices all together, clockwise from 12 o'clock are: Jasper, Sapphire, Chalcedony, Emerald, Sardonyx, Sardius, Chrysolite, Beryl, Topaz, Chrysoprase, Jacinth, and Amethyst.
I'll see you guys next year....

Monday, December 3, 2012


My cuff is on my blog
Another year of BJP over. You can see this month's necklace on my BLOG. Just click on "Karen J". Now, I need to think about next year's projects...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

bjp 1012 - turning on a dime

Did you know that Canadians call our 10 cent piece a "dime"?  Well now you do!  October has been finished since the middle of November, but I just didn't get around to posting.  If you're interested in seeing a little more, you can find details and more photos if you click on the following link:

I'm thankful that I've finished my October and November pieces.  I'll post about November next weekend as it's pouring out and I like to take my beady photos outside.

BTW - our Canadian Thanksgiving holday is in October!