Sunday, May 30, 2010

May Page Finished

Here's the preview. The page can be seen on my blog.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

May's BJP

I just finished May's BJP, a new sleeveless blouse for Samantha. To make the blouse special, I beaded a pansy on the center front. Come to my blog and take a peak.

My March piece!

Hi everyone!

My March piece is finished!

March BJP 2010 - 2 copy

Pictures of my full piece are here (link)

Friday, May 28, 2010

finally - April's pocket

Is up on my blog. I have been on the road and on the run most of April and May so now I am behind. I have in mind what I want to do, just need to get the beads together and start. Today was armloads of laundry... tomorrow is the first farmers market and I don't have anything to sell :( ah well, I will go and keep Jody and Holly company. If you are interested in seeing my new pocket click on Kat on the sidebar. It should take you there. I haven't seen everyone's work yet but what I have seen is lovely, gorgeous and beautiful!

May's BJP - Risk

May's Bead Journal Project was about "Risk" for me. May 28, 29 and 30th on my blog, It's All About Creating will feature May's piece. Come visit and let me know what you think. - Marlene

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May is finished!

Something different from last month's piece—pictured on my blog. It was nice to do something lighter this month! Here's a teaser:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summit of Awesome!

Anyone interested in making and selling their crafts, check this out. The Summit of Awesome will be held on June 16th - 18th right here in Portland, OR, followed by a huge crafts show on Saturday, the 19th. At $180, it's a little spendy, but not bad for three days of speakers and workshops. My husband insisted I go (didn't take much persuading...), so I signed up today. Maybe I'll see some of you there... ?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

April's BJP is finished

Come to my blog, and check out April's project. It was lots of fun to create. Now I have to start May's project. Gita

April and May BJP done!!

I have finished May and took a good picture of Aprils.  You can see the post here. Also check out my previous post about a great give a way at the Lone Beaders Blog.  I welcome any new followers and comments. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

May card journal done

Finished up my May BJP and got it posted on my blog. I'm thinking I need to find a size or two smaller of the shisha mirrors as I really enjoyed adding that as an element.

Here's a peek...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

April & May done

Inspired by iris in my garden - you can see my April and May pieces on my blog at FibreFan - enjoy.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May is done - Double Infinity

Okay. With 2 weeks left of school i realized yesterday i had better get started on MAy. I did, and today i finished it :) I knew there was a reason i wanted to do something smaller this year! BUt the whole intuitive encrusting process is so much easier than it looks. The beads really do tell you what to do! The "Third Eye" hand with rhinestone was my starting point. I bought it a few months ago - regular price - ugh! - at Michaels and it had been in my car ever since. When i decided the time was right to use it, i brought it inside and went through my bead stash. Used another string of 'bead soup' - this time in shades of pink. The large round bead had been setting out since my Febraury button (!) and it was just screaming to be added. I think i moved the hand 3 times and had a large silver charm, but didn't like the spacing so i took it off and added the small Joy and Peace. IT looks like a solar system of hope to me. Don't forget to visit the FLICKR page and see all the posted BJP's. Simply click on one to take you to that artist's page. Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

A time for change

May has been full of time for change. A lot of the change has been in me. I've been on the road so much the last month and I have had lots of time for reflection. I have not had much time for beading... you can read more on my blog if you wish... blessings to everyone no matter where they are in their life's journey....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

February's Project completed!

Slow going in late winter and spring for me, but I did post my February project on my blog. It was actually (full disclosure) a project that was begging to be completed from the past, and I'm so happy that it is completed as it deserves.

I'm going to break for some pin-making while I ponder my next piece (which I will create from beginning to end this time. I'm thinking of a simple composition but something a little more representational, I'll let that percolate and get it started very soon. I so appreciate this group and all the flexibility and understanding, all the inspiration and great support.


Starting May? March? One of Those "M" Months...

I'm just starting my next BJP page, though I'm not sure right now if it will be May, or the long-delayed March. It's always an interesting place for me when I'm revving up to begin a new project. I've put some thoughts about that on my blog, for anyone who is interested.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

April BJP—Nefer Dreamed

My April piece (I'm still working on the March one, but I'm temporarily at a standstill, so I've left it to simmer for a while) is posted on my blog. Here's a bit of one corner . . .

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Questions about framing/mounting?

I've been scarce but I'm still in the game! After a couple of interruptions I will soon have more to post on my blog.

Today I want to ask you all if you can share your thoughts on displaying flat beaded pieces. My "Wizard of Bras" piece was sewn to fabric and then the fabric was wrapped around an art canvas. I am not totally happy with the presntation adn want to take it apart and re-mount it. My January piece and the February piece (which will be revealed SOON) are also flat pieces, and I would like to arrive at a consistent presentation size and frame them somehow. I learned about sewing the workls onto foamcore then framing that. I guess my big questinon is: Glass or no glass? I can see the point of protecting with glass, but it seems to me that the texture and colors would be best seen without a glass layer. I really want to reach the point where I am entering my beaded works for shows and even having my own show. I am so interested in your thoughts and am grateful to hear your ideas.


Friday, May 7, 2010

April BJP Little Hummer

April has come and gone but not the hummingbirds. They are here for the summer. Here's a teaser of my Little Hummer in honor of those beautiful little birds. See the bigger picture at For some reason the true colors didn't come through on the photo. It is done with turquoise, black and raspberry beads on lavendar print fabric. The head is a glazed clay triangle held on by beads.

Vickie A-Morgan

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Late getting April done, but it's posted finally!

Hi everyone!
I got started later than I expected on my April piece, but I finally finished it up today and posted it out on my blog.

Here's a teaser photo

My March and April pages

Hello! Me again.

As promised, here are my March and April pages


Title:" you are only coming through in waves"

From the lyrics of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" song

I decided to illustrate this part of the song with sin waves. They start like a murmur, and as they become louder, they become distinct from each other, each occupying its own space, therefore having a different sound and intensity.

My April page:

Title: Dehors, il pleut (Outside, it's raining)

First, I bought the focal rectangle bead. I really liked the transparency in it. It made me think of how we see things when we look outside through a wet window. I sewed together 3 different stripes of cotton and I covered the areas around the rectangle bead with transparent beads: size 10 beads over the white part, buggles over the yellow part and size 6 beads over the blue part. I used blue nymo thread for the blue area and white nymo thread for the white area. I could not find nymo thread that matched the yellow fabric, so I used twisted bead cord no.2 and if you look closely, you can see the twist in the buggles.

Now I have to decide on my May page: Is there such a thing as "beader's block"? Suggestions to overcome this block?

Thanks for suggestions :-)

Anne-Marie B., Val-des-Monts

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

bead journal project for May

I had a lot of fun making the May bead journal.  Actually, I'm really enjoying the whole project.  I have already started working on my June journal!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My January to April pages

I have completed my January to April pages - April was completed on the 29th!!!

I will start with my January page:

The title is: Pourquoi toi, pourquoi moi, pourquoi nous...
(in English: Why you, why me, why us...)

This one is very personal. The right portion is from Edward Munch painting called "The scream". Everything else is of my own creation(on the left, it is me..). It is actually about one of my son and myself. We were both born in January. Unfortunately, he has to live with paranoïd schizophrenia and I try to be an ally to him. So, this is us.

Now, February:

The title is: I'm a frog, you're a frog, kiss me!

Of course, February is about love... The story behind the title is: In Canada, we have two official languages: English and French. French speaking people are mostly concentrated in the Quebec province. I will not go in historical details, but lets say that there has been a long history of tension between Quebec and the rest of Canada. So, the English people call us, the french-canadians, "frogs". A Quebec artist called "Robert Charlebois" wrote a song called "I'm a frog, you're a frog, kiss me". I think frogs are cool and when I saw this picture, I thought of this song and how much me and my husband love each other.

I will stop here for this post. My next post will present my March and April pages.


Anne-Marie B., Val-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada

March BJP!!!

This piece is called Trinisunshine Reef and it was inspired by the picture of a fish that I drew from a colouring book years ago. I just loved that fish and later drew it on a canvas that remained there for approximately two years.

When the Toronto Bead Society's Bag of Bead Challenge came up this was my opportunity to make use of this neglected guy. For this challenge I didn't want to make jewellery and  the idea behind it is that I attempted to make a necklace and it fell to the bottom of the ocean. This necklace was then found by the fish who of course it's not letting me have it. That fish lives in Trinisunshine Reef and there you'll find all sort of strange creatures that you'll never ever ever ever find in another because there is "only one Trinisunshine Reef".
This is February's piece. It's dedicated to Trinidad and Tobago's carnival which is know as "The Greatest Show On Earth". The colours red, white and black are the national colours of Trinidad and Tobago. I just pulled out a few buttons from my stash for the eyes and nose and I really enjoyed doing this piece - yeah two eyes and a button nose. Or rather two button eyes and a button nose and the rest is history!!!!

Back Finally!!!

Haven't blogged for such a long time because it's been really hectic. But here I am and this is my first picture posting. It's dedicated to my two year old son who was born on January 3, 2008. Yeah January is for Joshua.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

March is done...

Well I finally finished March.  Only took me two months lol.  I also did April's but need to take a better picture.  You can see what I have been up to in my latest blog post.

April BJP Done

This is the preview. The whole piece can be seen on my blog. I'm still working on March, but here is April, all ready to go.