Friday, May 22, 2009

April BJP and Extras

One more page done! This is my April page and it's called "Awakening" The inspiration for this page is a raku bead by RAMA. With her soft leaves just unfurling, it seemed the perfect focal for April. Of course, here in the West, the heat has come on with a bang this year, while other parts of the country are still almost in winter. My background fabric is a batik of frangiapani. I have been trying to do some new (to me) techniques this year instead of covering every inch of fabric with beads. Sometimes, it's harder this way.

Since I blogged last, I've been staying busy. Had a ball doing a Car Show here in Clovis. Sold a little bit, but was able to advertise for our LBS classes, so it was a good day. The best part, is that it was a benefit for the Shriner's. These folks do so much good for children who are ill. I hope I can always lend my time to projects like this.

I fell in love with these heart beads by Grace Ma . They lend themselves to being used as charms on a simple spiral bracelet. Grace's lampwork beads work well in bead embroidery projects as well as focals in other jewelry projects.
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12 comments:

Henrysmomsmusings said...

Oh Arline, Your April page is beautiful. I love the focus cab and the fact that you didn't fill in the whole background. I am beginning to understand that that really is harder. Very pretty bracelets, too. Those hearts are just perfect.

Mary Timme said...

I really like the necklaces. Beautiful work on all of them.

robin michelle said...

This is beautiful! The face is so soft looking and so expressive. Just gorgeous! As are the necklaces - the heart beads are lovely. I collect heart beads so I'm going to have to look for those!

beadbabe49 said...

Oh yes....the focal piece is eye catching and I love the colors you have used here!

Marty S said...

Your beading, the fabric, and the beautiful face cab really compliment each other. Gorgeous!
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

gaffergirls.com said...

Arline..
we love your stunning work
mona & the girls

Robin said...

Beautiful, serene, contemplative... a wonderful page for April! I just finished my April page last week and am now getting started on May. Hope to get some time this week to at least get a good start on it. I like being up to date, because my work is more spontaneous and relevant when I am. Yes, I'm sure we'll do the BJP again... Not sure when to start though. Guess I'll put a poll on the blog soon. Thanks for asking... Robin A.

Sandy said...

It's a wonderful page. You did great without covering it all with beads. You're right, it is harder.

Mountain Salt Studio said...

so beautiful - i love that focus cab as well.

pam T said...

Wow, great cab! Very, very lovely piece. It seems very calm to me.

KV said...

Gosh, this is so beautiful, Arline! Been so darn busy that I have not had time to make the rounds and check out anyone's work lately.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog tonight . . .

Kathy V in NM

Gammie said...

What lovelies!!!!