Thursday, April 29, 2010

Joan's Feb and March buttons

For those of you that took a look (thank you for that!) and wanted a closer look, I've added another post (here) with pictures that should enlarge this time!

My February piece!

Hi everyone!

My February piece is finished!

Snowdrops 3

Pictures of my full piece are here (link)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

March Bead Journal Project - finished

Hi everyone - I have finally finished my March Bead Journal piece. Here is a little teaser. You can click on it to get to the full image on my blog.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Double Infinity - Aprils up - and then there were 4!

For those of you who haven't looked at the BJP FLICKR page where i post my pieces, here are the first 3 buttons from this year. SOrry it's so big (that's my wheatgrass wallpaper!) but i couldn't figure out how to cut off the background.

My 4th size 100 button for April was so much fun to make! My youngest (age 8) suggested I used 'red'. So i started looking through my beads and found a long string of red/orange/yellow strung bead soup i bought awhile back. (yep - i'm a collector!) It looked good, so i started looking for focal points. I found a delightful glass demi-button in yellow with a red circle/pizza slice lines on it. The i found some more loarger beads. Uummm....perhaps i can use those too i thought!

My 'journal' entry was a silver beads saying "do what you love". It has some brass hearts attached, but i took them off and put them aside for later...

The glass demi-button started out in the center, but i didn't like my 'slice' of seeds so i moved it, and went on. It was so much fun to do! The button was moved another time - just slightly to the right, but now it's just right!

I've been putting hanging charms on my pieces, but there are fringe dangles on this one instead.

Hope you like it - Oops - you gotta go the the FLICRK page (link is on the left on this blog).

Monday, April 26, 2010

Feb, March posted

I've finally managed to post my Feb and March buttons, here. They really were done within those months, honest (grin)! -Joan Cromley

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April journal page

Hi All
I have my April bead journal page done.  It was fun to create and I am happy with the way it turned out.  I don't do nearly as much beading as you all do.  It feels a little like I am cheating, I hope you don't mind.  I really do intend to do more beading on my pages.  Hopefully, when my life slows down in the summer I will feel like I have the time to do more beading.
warm regards

Friday, April 16, 2010

Finally Finished FEBRUARY! Yes, it's Done!

I have finally finished my February Bead Journal...
Whew!  I have posted pictures and impressions on my  BLOG.

I realize I am behind, but I AM beading, and that is what counts.
This is a wonderful experience that is helping me grow as an artist
with some bonuses of special contacts I've met along the way, not to
mention all the absolutely fantastic talented women!  Just such a
special place, I thank you all for the opportunity and experience.
Debi W.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hi Everybody!

I've been gone 6 weeks (pre-vacation, 2 wks in AZ, post-vacation and then the coughing virus... now finally, I'm back! I'm also seriously a behinder.... Today is set aside for catching up on BJP blogs. Tomorrow I promise you, I'll get to work on my March BJP... that's a PROMISE!

Now, the invitation...

I am a contributing writer for Creative Beading magazine
(Woodlands Publishing, Australia) and would like to mention the bead journal
project in my news column if this is ok with you. If so I would love some images
jpeg 2mb in size if possible. Many thanks
Sue Cordes

I replied to Sue that she's welcome to write about the BJP for her magazine. However, I have no control over the images posted by our members. I suggested to her that I would post her invitation on our blog and anybody who is interested can send her an image or two directly. So there you have it... I hope some of you will respond!

Pictures on our three BJP blogs ~ Just a reminder that you can now post pictures of your BJP pieces on our three BJP blogs! If you have a personal blog, it's really fun to post a teaser, an image that shows only a small detail of your piece, here and a link to a post on your own blog where we can see the pictures of your full piece.

I'm so impressed with all the BJP work I'm seeing this year. Everyone is stretching, getting out of the box, learning... It's amazing, beautiful and creative!!!!

Robin A.

Monday, April 12, 2010

from Dees

Dear all,

I have nominated each and every one of you for the Kreative Blogger award. It was given to me by one of us, Lisa Criswell from Indigo’s beads. If you want to take this further, please visit my blog at and read all about it. I thought it would be fun to share this joy with all of you who love beading and the BJP as much as I do. You all deserve it!

Beady Greetings

March Bead Journal Project - in progress

Hi - my March bead journal is still in progress, but if you are interested in taking a look at it so far, I've posted a picture on my blog.

Have a great day!


When I started this project, I thought I would choose a theme at the beginning of each month with the idea that my theme word (like "dream") would become a kind of mantra for the month. However, things have been so busy that I end up working on my pieces when the month is over, so it's becoming more like a record of what the month was, rather than what I'd hoped it would be. I'm finding that it really is becoming a "bead journal" in that way.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

At Last!!

At last!! I finished March's piece and started April's. If you wish to see my BJP for March, it is HERE. You are invited to take a look.

Monday, April 5, 2010

March and April

I have completed my pieces for March and April. You can see them on my blog.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April Finally!

These were my Jan., Feb., Mar., and Apr. pieces. They all open (except for April) and each can be worn as a pendant. My blog is "It's All About Creating" where you can see more. - Marlene Brady
January: "I always try to balance the heavy with the light-a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and fringes."-Bette Midler

February: "You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair"-Chinese Proverb

March: "If malice and envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang"-Charley Reese
April: "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly"-R. Bucminster Fuller

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Double Infinity - Here's March's button

Okay - i just typed this and hit some errant key and lost it in cyberspace - UGH!

Basically, i had said that this has been done for a few weeks, but that my time to post has been limited - and even further limited now by my computer mistakes~~~

Anyway, here is my 3rd button (size 100, about 2 1/2") for this year, by far my FAVORITE!!! I just love how calming the colors are and how the border seemed to evolve into a flower.

The starting point was the silver charm that says 'LAUGH' in it. It also has a blue topaz which is my youngests birthstone, so this one is for her. Boy deos she love to laugh so it's quite fitting.

Since i actually glued down the charm(yep - it just would not lay right with the curve) i thought i should add another charm since that is my 'thing' this year :)
I didn't want it to compete, so i choose a tiny silver oval that says "Made By Me".

Hope you enjoy viewing it. No blog, so you must go to the BJP FLICKR page which is linked on the left of this page or try this: