Sunday, March 30, 2008

Finished Hand

Whoo Hoo! Finished it. I'm happy with the way it turned out. I'm going to make one on a cobalt backround that will be less encrusted. It will have Boy-type charms and be done in primary colors. I just want students to be able to picture several different types of beading for this project.
Now back to my April page for BJP.
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Beady Family

As I have been brousing through different blogs these past weeks, I have seen a phenomenon that I just had to write about. Over the past 10 months I have been associated with the Bead Journal Project. Staying active both in beading and blogging, I have met so many wonderful people throughout the world. For a woman who was raised in a small town in Central California, it tickles me no end to mention communicating with someone in Scotland or Italy or New Zealand . More than that, however, it pleases me to know I have friends in those far reaching places.

It reminded me of a poem I wrote:


Reach out to people.
Touch their minds quietly.
Reach out and perhaps, one day
They will reach out to you.
There is no better feeling than to have someone
Return your gesture of friendship.
To know that your thoughts and feelings are returned
Brings a sense of well being and satisfaction.
Always reach out.
The rewards are worth it.
A. Lewis 1989

The cameradery of beaders is like that of no other group with whom I have had contact. There is sharing of not only beady things, but personal things as well. There is support when one is ill, or in need. There is celebration when joyful things happen. What more could you ask of a group of friends?

Thank you all for sharing part of your life with me and allowing me to share mine with you.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Project

This is the latest project I've started. I want to do a bead embroidery class using a child's handprint. I think it would make a great birthday or Mother's Day gift for Mom or Grandma. What do you think? It's a way of learning basic bead embroidery stitches and having fun too. You can add charms or any kind of special beads to make it appropriate for a specific person. I'm going to recommend students bring in their own hand outline, but will have some available to use. Can you imagine doing a newborn's hand for Mom? Or you could even use a footprint. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008


Here is an in-progress photo of my BFAC entry for this year. She is no where near finished, of course, but her name is Fire Dancer. She is going to be auctioned eventually to benefit Colorectal Cancer Research. I bought a kit, sight unseen, to do my project. I must use at least one of every kind of bead in the kit. I may add one kind of bead. I chose to add a silverlined orange to my kit. I made her face from a mold I had made from a doll. Her body style is similar to a doll I received in a swap with Speediebeadie a year or so ago. Dot's doll was about 4" tall. Fire Dancer is about 10" tall. I haven't done a doll for over a year so she is a real challenge for me. However, I did discover the joy of curved needles and they really help get into those tight places.

I'll keep you posted on her progress. I can't seem to put her down for very long. That doesn't help get my other projects done any faster. I'm finished through March with my BJP pages and am working on April.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Old and New

This is the first doll I ever made. It was great fun to work on her. I did most of the beading at Barnes & Noble and Border's bookstores. She is called Bookstore Browser. Prior to this I had never done any bead embroidery. I made her several years ago.

I have decided to do a doll for my BFAC project this year. Found some great fabric in my stash. Now to find the right face for her. I may have to make one to get the right color combo. I don't mind though. I love to play with clay.

I am
jazzed that BJP will continue for another year. This has been a very positive experience for me. I am working to finish my last couple of month's pages and will then decide how to finish the whole project. I think I will have them framed, but don't know exactly how yet.

I am starting a new project that I hope to teach at my LBS soon. I'm going to be embroidering children's handprints. These will make great gifts for Mom or Grandma for birthdays and Mother's Day. I have sort of adopted my girlfriend's daughters so I have one surrogate great grandson here and a great granddaughter on the way. Can you imagine a tiny newborn handprint embroidered?

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Friday, March 07, 2008

January BJP page

I finally finished this page. It was a bit labor intensive, but worth it in the long run. For me, this represents the start of a new year. There will be highs and lows and a few flashes of high intensity to live through. I have to finish some work on an older page and then I will be caught up through March.

I'm so glad Robin is considering continuing the BJP for another year. Even if that doesn't happen, I will continue to try to stretch myself and try new things. Learning more about myself and my skills this year has been good for me. Why mess with a good thing? Growth, in most forms, is a positive thing.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Pay It Forward

Thanks to KiwiEllen, I have joined in the Pay It Forward project.

The first three people who comment on my blog will receive something handmade from me, if they in turn will do the same thing... See the rules below:

Pay It forward rules: I will send a handmade gift (something beaded) to the first 3 people who leave a Comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange (and email me their mailing address), and who make the same pledge on their own blogs. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward meaning you will do the same for three people who comment on your blog.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Beading For A Cure

The auctions for Beading for a Cure started yesterday. Each year, beaders buy a kit, sight unseen, to bead a project of their choosing to be auctioned for the benefit of Colorectal Cancer research. This project was begun in memory of another beader, Layne, who was struck by this terrible disease.

To find out more about this organization go to At this site you will find out about this year's auction and be able to see all the incredible work done by beaders in past years as well. Open your hearts and pocketbooks. Bid on these wonderful artworks and help raise money for research for Colorectal Cancer.