Sunday, January 24, 2010

Starry, Starry Night- March

This is my March page for the Bead Journal Project. I know, I know. I've been a little obsessive since I started the first of the month. I freely admit it. I figure I might as well bead while I can. Who knows what will happen later. I might lose my muse again. I sure hope not. That is not fun!

I bought the gemstone bead while I was in Tahoe last October. Beki had way too good a selection so I indulged myself. This stone reminded me of the night sky. As I was working on it, I kept thinking of Van Gogh"s painting "Starry, Starry Night". I realized I was beading in circles just like the painting. I remember now why I don't usually bead in all dark beads. Even with good light, it can be difficult. I'm not sure if I will continue to encrust my pages for the whole year, but it has been intensely satisfying to work on these first three pages.

California has been inundated with rain and snow this past week. I don't want to complain as we need it so desperately. We've had some real gully washers, tornado warnings, hail, landslides, etc for a week now. Yesterday was bright and sunny and today started out that way too. However, we are supposed to get more rain tonite and several days this week. I just hope it can soak in so it doesn't cause more damage. Of course the ski parks are loving it. One of them got 9 feet of snow this week. Brrr!
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pathway To My Heart

I seem to be on a roll. This is my February BJP page. I call it "Pathway to My Heart." The heart in the center is a button. I fell in love with it and just had to use it for this page. These are some of my favorite colors to work with. They just seem to speak to me. I have selected my colors for the March page already. Won't tell what they are yet. A girl has to have some secrets. LOL.

Took a class yesterday from Leslie Frazier. It was great fun. The necklace has a focal of three oak leaves with acorns on a herringbone spiral cord. Very yummy! I feel so fortunate to be able to bead with such a great group of friends. We know each other very well and have lots of fun together.
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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Winter Storm

Well, I finished it. These are not my favorite colors to work with, but our recent weather seemed to call for it. Makes me cold just looking at it. Brrrr! I promise the rest of my pages will be more cheerful. I already have ideas for next month, but I have a few special projects to do before I can start it.

We are doing inventory at our LBS where I volunteer. Not sure I would do it if it weren't beads. LOL. I remember when we moved the shop to its present location, about five years ago. Trust me, you don't ever want to do that. We only moved diagonally across an intersection. My fellow teachers threatened to put me in a shopping cart with my arms out to hold bead strands. The mental picture is hilarious! I told them they would have to get the fire department to use the jaws of life to get me out. Needless to say, we found another way.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Just a Tease

Thought I would blog just a teaser of my January BJP page. I really like the 3x5 size I chose for this year. It's easier to hold in my hand to work on, and still gives me room to play with different ideas. My focus this year is on color. I want to climb out of my box a bit and try some new color combinations. In deference to the cold, windy weather much of the country is experiencing right now, I chose to start the year with white and silver. Hopefully, I will become a little more imaginative as the months go by. I am so pleased that two of my best friends from here are joining me in the adventure this year. I know it will make it even more fun.
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