Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Bead Journal Puzzle is 2 pieces bigger

I am caught up for now on my Bead Journal Puzzle. September and October pieces have been completed and can be viewed on my blog. I am really enjoying this project and watch the progress of others as well. Your beading is very inspiring!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Moving right along, I've finished July . . .

I hope to catch up now that the weather's cooler and I'll be inside more. But I'm enjoying myself, even though I'm slow.

Here's a glimpse:

See more, if you wish, on my blog here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Registration for 2011 BJP begins November 8th

It’s wonderful that everyone is eager to join the BJP for another year! However, to ensure we are all set-up and ready to operate smoothly, please wait until the official registration date of November 8th to send in your registration request!  Beginning Monday, November 8th, you can send a request to for registration.

In order to be sure your registration is processed, when you send your request, please include answers to the following questions:
  1. Your full name, first and last.
  2. Your web name or alias, if you have one.
  3. Your email address. Please give us your “best” email address, one that is not likely to change during the year and one that you check frequently. (Note: we don’t contact you very often.)
  4. Your home address.
  5. Your telephone number.
  6. Do you have a website? Y/N – If yes, what is the URL?
  7. Do you have a blog? Y/N – If yes, what is the URL?
  8. Were you a registered participant in any other Bead Journal Project? Y/N - If yes did you complete the project for the year? Y/N
  9. If you are a new participant, where did you hear about the 2011 BJP?
Thank you for honoring the process. We're all excited to be able to participate another year and want to ensure the process is efficient and smooth for everyone!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Still Here...

Sorry I've dropped off the face of the BJP lately. Health issues and other things have had me being non-productive for awhile. But I'm still here and working ... slowly.


BJP 2011!

It's time to make your plans to join the 4th annual Bead Journal Project! The 2011 BJP will run from January 2011 through December 2011. Registration will begin November 8, 2010 and close on December 8, 2010. General registration information is available at the BJP website. If you’d like to register, please send a request to our registration angel at

The brain child of internationally known bead artist Robin Atkins, the first Bead Journal Project, which began in June of 2007, included 241 women and 1 man from 13 different countries, who were dedicated and committed to creating 12 bead journal "pages", one per month, for a year.

The BJP is about your personal development through visual journaling using any media and techniques you desire, providing each journal piece includes some beading (usually bead embroidery) and all 12 pieces are the same size. Rules are minimal: the commitment you are making is to yourself and your personal growth through art.

Special BJP blogs are used as a means for members to support each other throughout the process. They are used to post pictures of completed pieces, technical questions, or links to participant blogs. Each BJP member will be invited to be a participant on the group blog, but it is not required to read or post to the BJP blog or to have your own blog or website. All are welcome no matter what your level of bead embroidery experience! Please register early!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Adding Your Page to 2010 Gallery

Now that we are in October if you have 8 pages done you can send your images to me to start your 2010 Member's Gallery page. Click on this link to find the instructions, Adding A Member Page.

Donations have fallen short of what it cost to keep the website running. I have covered those costs, and put in the time to make the website. If we all gave just a dollar it would be covered, we all spend way more than that on beads.

If you have any questions, there is a link to my email on the Add A Member Page.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

oh boy....

It's been awhile since I posted, for that I am sorry. I have been busy helping my mom and I don't have good internet here so I am just happy to get on and check messages. I finished August's pocket, using up almost all my flower shaped beads. If anyone has any links to good glass flower shaped beads please post! All I could find were resin, which is what I have been using for lack of glass flowers.

My mom had a mild stroke the end of August. I packed up and drove down to WY and I will be here till mom doesn't need me anymore. She has improved a lot but still has weakness on her right side and can't drive. It's getting cold here and I'm not ready for cold! We have been preparing for the cold weather though, with gutter cleaning and getting the hoses put away, etc.

I hope you all are happily beading away!
lots of love

October bead journal project completed

Hi All
It is hard to believe that there is only two months left for this year.  I have so enjoyed this project!  I have posted my October bead journal page on my blog if you would care to take a look!  As always I appreciate your comments.
warm regards

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tiptoe Thru My Flower Garden

Here is my August BJP piece. I was inspired by this summer's abundant flowers and some flower beads I found at a garage sale.
The puzzle is beginning to come together. I can hardly wait to post it all when Dec. is finished. The other pieces can be seen individually on my blog.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

BJP Publicity

For the last 2 years I did the publicity for the BJP. In case this angel job appeals to someone or you are thinking about it, let me describe what I did. It may seem like a lot, but it really was pretty straightforward and only took a few hours.

All the angels wrote a blurb together that could be used to describe the project. It's pretty much the description of the project that is on the left column of the blogs, but also included all the information about start-up dates and how to register.

I contacted all the major bead magazines worldwide and sent the blurb to them. Two years ago Beadwork had a half-page article about the BJP, which featured an article with Robin. I also posted on several Internet bead forums. (Since I am mainly a beader, I contacted bead forums, but I am sure there are many fiber, quilt, and needle forums out there as well). As Robin mentioned, I posted on the BJP blogs and encouraged everyone to write about the project on their blogs.

Word of mouth through individual blogs is the best advertising of all the different things we did. Most of us love to blog and to read blogs, and that brought in the most participants.

So, a little time organizing contacts for the magazines and forums, using a description that is already written and just needs to be updated, and then some time on the computer sending everything out.

I really enjoyed being part of the project. After 2 years, I feel someone else should have the opportunity to enjoy it too!