Friday, December 31, 2010

Year 4 - Here we go!

Hello Everyone! As you can tell from my title, this will be my 4th year with BJP. I'm excited to continue this coming year. Not sure what I'll be doing, I have one more to do for this year. Maybe I'll finish it today and slip under the wire. I don't know what shape or theme I'll do. My first year, I did 5X7, 2nd year were circles, 3rd year were angels what should the 4th year be? Maybe one big picture done in sections, maybe ornaments, maybe ATC size. Anyway, it will be fun to see all the newbies and be inspired by them and the past participants. I just love looking at all the pieces. They have been wonderful. I don't spend a lot of time on the computer, so I'll say up front, I might not leave a message but I will visit each of you as often as I can. I appreciate all the work everyone puts into their pieces. Thank you for a new advenutous year. I look forward to seeing everyone grow, including me!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


I'm participating in the Bead Journal Project for the first time.  I'm both intimidated and excited and have had ideas floating around in my mind for several weeks - even dreaming about them!  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates and beginning the creative challenge myself.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hello Again!

There was some confusion over which blog I would be posting to... Looks like I'm here for good now. :- )

I'm excited about starting the new year's worth of beading projects. I feel very good about the ten I've completed so far for 2010. It's going to spill over into the new year but I'm confident that I will complete the set of 12. While I found my diamond shape stimulating this year I want to try something different. I suspect I'll go with a simple circle within a square or possibly a square within a square. What I mean by that is that I'll start with a square piece of fabric, probably about 4", and then bead a shape within. I'm going to use color as my inspiration this year. I've learned that when everything else fails, color moves me. So there should be no excuses this year!


From the Magpie's Nest

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy to be back!

Carol, thank you for the invitation! I'm in BJP for my second year and will be ready to roll after the holidays. I'm very eager to start my first month's project, all kinds of ideas floating around in my head; but will try to keep the word "improvisation" at the top of my priorities.
Welcome, one and all, looking forward to seeing everyone's work!
Pinelands Patches, Beadscapes and Spirit Dolls

Monday, December 20, 2010

Excited and.... a bit overwhelmed?

Hi all,
This is my first time around committing to the bead journal project.  I have admired the efforts of participants in years past and have always wanted to do something like this.  I am a bit intimidated by the thought of doing twelve pieces, but the fact that I can control the size makes me feel like I can do this.

I do have a theme chosen and am looking forward to sharing this with my first month's entry.  It's something I hold close to my heart so I felt it was a perfect opportunity for me to combine my love of beadwork with something that inspires me a great deal.

Best of luck to everyone and happy holidays!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I'm Baaaaakk...!

Well, I could not resist the Clarion Call of the 2011 Bead Journal Project, so here I am again. Theme? Ehhh... never had one yet, why start now? Size? I liked last year's 3 x 3 squares, but maybe I'll try a different shape this time around. I still have a couple left to finish for 2010, but that won't stop me from moving ahead into 2011.

By way of introduction, my name is Lois, and I've been with BJP since the beginning, although I had to drop out around the middle in year 2. I believe that 2010 will be the first that I will actually complete all 12 pieces, but whether I have done all 12 or not, I've gained so much and learned so much by beading something each month if I possibly can.

I've always been inspired by everyone in the Bead Journal Project, and I can't wait to see what all of you wonderful artists, newcomers and old hands alike, will come up with. This is a wonderful community. I'm delighted to be a part of it once more.

-- Lois

Saturday, December 18, 2010


There are a couple of participants that are interested in their pages being ATC.
If you are interested, please visit this post on Blog 1 for more information.

Happy to be here!

I too have been following for a couple of years (from a safe distance LOL). I have done some beading although not as advanced as many I've seen here. I am looking forward to learning from all of you :-)
I also belong to a monthly quilt challenge group- FFFC (fast friday fabric challenge), just beginning the 5th year. And also belong to a new monthly challenge group- Haiku. I plan to merge the projects for this group and the Haiku blog. Something tells me I'd best get started 'stretching' the creative side of the old brain...!
Who knows, maybe this is the year I will bite the bullet and start my own blog...

Introducing myself....

Hi everyone,
I, too, am new to the Bead Journal Project. I have followed Robin Atkins' blog for a couple of years and finally got up the courage to join. I work primarily in the fiber arts world but am willing to try any craft at least once. The evidence of this is in my studio....affectionately called the TFZ (testosterone free zone) since my family is composed of males and me. I have done some bead embroidery and simple beaded jewelry and am looking forward to the discipline of a monthly deadline. I will be using crazy quilt squares as my starting point for my bead journal. For inspiration, I am hoping that the DH got me a couple of the beading books that were on my Christmas list!!!!

I am looking forward to "meeting" all of you.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Life is just better with beads...

they make me, I'm really looking forward to this adventure! I have not settled on a theme yet...but have many ideas. The trouble is just settling on only one!
This will be my first journal style project...and I'm a little nervous about that, which is probably the reason I'm "stalling" on making a decision in my design venue.
Kathy in Alabama

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I am new to the BJP project, I have been following it for about two years though through Susan Elliott's blog. so i am familiar with what goes on here.
I am primarily a crazy quilter but I tend to gather hobbies the way some people gather friends on facebook!
anyway I am excited to be here amongst such a talented group of people and I hope I can keep up.

i chose the E.E. Cummings poem; i carry your heart with me, as a thread to hang my project on. the poem has been one of my favorites and it really does tie together my life for the last year.

I carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
I am never with out it
(wherever you go, I go, my dear and whatever is done by only me, is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate( for you are my fate, my sweet)
I want no world ( for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has meant
and whatever a sun will allways sing is you.
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root
and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life.
which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and it is the wonder that is holding the stars apart.
I carry your heart
( i carry it in my heart)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Surge of Excitement!!!!!

You can't imagine the surge of excitement I feel as I read through these posts and think about our beady journey ahead!!! I'm so looking forward to a fresh start, this time with no self-imposed rules, only the idea of journaling and knowing they'll all be the same size. What size? Not sure yet... thinking about three possibilities - a circle, postcard shape (as I did the first two years), or the doll shape I used for my Decade Dolls (see cover of my book, Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery).

For the first two years of the BJP, I kept faithfully to the one-a-month schedule and finished by the end of the year. Year three... well, I don't know if I'll finish the last three pieces for 2010 or not. At least I promise to give it a good try.

HUGE THANKS to the team of angels who have made the BJP happen this year! The blogs look fabulous and everything is working so smoothly. We are all grateful for your efforts on our behalf, none more than I!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone, present and past BJPers! May the year ahead be blessed with creative energy, artistic community and the ability to make time for our art.

Robin A.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

a Note of Introduction

Hello to every wonderful beader! I, too, have also been watching this site grow over the last few years. My participation began with the '08 BJP, a grand intent of an experiment, in way too big a format. Lots of fiber and beads plus a theme/journal twist... have yet to post pictures on a blog and will in the future as I get more comfortable with posting. There is so much to learn and be inspired by through this site, I am grateful to have found such a community! I have often shared the BJP site info with beaders who show an interst in bead embroidery and then they are thrilled...Surely the influence of this site is so much more far reaching than Robin could ever imagine, thank you for the opportunity of this artistic adventure.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Introducing myself...

Hi, my name is Laura or LauraJosie. I am a longtime beader. I stumbled upon Robin Atkins’ blog January of last year, just a bit too late to join in the BJP! So I’ve been planning on participating in BJP 2011 since then.  I am super excited, although I will be on vacation out of the country for the first three(!) weeks of January, so I most likely will not get anything done in January. I’m still excited about being part of this, and seeing all of your projects!
~Laura of Dreams of Dance

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hi Everyone!

Hello Everyone! This will be my first year involved in the Bead Journal Project. I have been a fan of Robin's work since I first started beading. I was so excited when I came across the BJP blog last year. I have followed it throughout the year and have been just amazed at the beautiful work I've seen. I am excited to take part of the project, and to be inspired by such amazing beaders. Although I am not as experienced as many of the beaders here I still feel this is going to be such a positive experience. For me, this is an opportunity to bead for myself. I've been beading for two years, and have yet to make and keep a piece for myself. They are either sold, or given as gifts, or claimed by family. So this project is going to be my selfish monthly treat. I still haven't decided on a concept. I have lots and lots of ideas I am tossing around. I don't want to pick something so complicated that I won't be able to keep the commitment; however I also don't want to choose something so simple that I will get bored with it. There is still time to figure all that out :)

Again. Hello to everyone! I am anxious and excited to get to know everyone! That is after all, the other great part of this experience :)

Happy Holidays!



Merry Christmas!!

I wanted to take a moment to welcome all that have accepted our invitation to participate on the blogs. As you probably know, there are a few of us that have taken certain responsibilities to help with the technicalities of setting up the 4th year.  It certainly has been a learning experience.  We are still working behind the scenes to set up and tweek the blogs.  I have corrected some errors on BLOG #2 that have been requested.  If you have a request, or, if you start a blog after the year progresses or need to make other changes, please send an e-mail to me  or post a comment.  The email is a better contact.  I may miss a comment.

I'll be working this weekend to add the last of the list that have registered so watch for an invitation in your email and follow the instructions so you'll be all set to post when you are ready.  To date, we have 13 that have not yet  responded to the email.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

blog invite error

I'm posting here because I don't know who I should contact.  I've received an email that I've been invited to join blog #1, but as you can see here I've already been on blog #2.  So, I'm just going to delete that request but wanted to let you know so it's not just hanging out there.

Can't wait to see everyone for 2011!!!


I am new to the BJP. I have followed this project and the BJP blogs from the very beginning but never dared to take part, mainly for two reasons. First, because I thought what I was able to do as a beginning bead embroiderer might not be good enough and, second, because I was not sure whether I would be able to finish the pieces in time. Over the years I have learned. I learned that this project is really not about competition but about individual developement, about improvement, taking one step at a time, baby steps. Making the commitment of doing a piece a month will keep me working and as long as I am working I will learn, even if I should not be satisfied with the finished pieces.
So I decided for a size and choose a theme. I am looking forward to this new experience.

Helga E.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hello All

Guess I'll be the first to introduce myself on this new BJP blog! I only quickly glanced at the list of participants so I don't know how many of us are returning BJPers. This will be my third year to participate. During the first year I made small wall quilts, about 8.5" x 11". While that was a lot of fun and very enlightening I found the format too large to be able to execute one a month along with all the other things I make regularly (quilts mostly). So last year I used a much smaller format, a diamond shape about 4" x 6". That worked much better in terms of getting the projects done quickly. An interesting thing happened though: at the beginning of the year I made six ornaments in about three months' time. Then I didn't touch my beads for a few months. Suddenly, in July, I was inspired to do another ornament (that's what I've been calling my diamond shapes). Then the beads sat again for several more months. Now, at the end of the year, I find I am motivated to complete my collection for the year. I only have two more to make and one of them is for this month, December.

My point is that, having read through the guidelines in Robin's very first post, I wanted to add that even though we're technically making one project a month sometimes we can end up making six all at once and then not doing any beading for what feels like a long time, and then we can come back to the project and add some more. When we bead is just as much a reflection of our lives as how or what we bead.

Magpie Sue
who blogs over at From the Magpie's Nest