Monday, August 31, 2009

Celebration! Finished On Time!

I finished my August BJP on time. Please come over to my blog to join in the Celebration!

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

August and DONE!

This is my last entry for the BJP. It took me a whole month to complete. If you wish to see other pictures click onto my blog and see the other images. It started with a class the first weekend with Sherry Serafini. I've had a blast working on this funky fun piece.

August Finished

12 months...I didn't think I could do it, but I did. I've finished all 12 pieces for 2008-2009 and almost finished the final finishing touches and joining. This has been such a wonderful experience and I'm encouraging others to try it in 2010 with me. Thank you Robin and all the volunteer organizers.
And it has been an eventful 12 months...the election of Obama, the pleasure watching my now 22 year old son mature into a nice adult, the natural beauty of where we live, the happy times spent with family and friends, the challenge but reward of starting a new career, and sadly the loss of friends and the ugliness of the (supposed) debate over health care reform.
I'm looking forward to the next BJP project. You can check my blog for pictures of August and the semi-finshed project.

Double Inifinity - JULY page finally done!

Okay, i admit - it's been awhile since i visited this blog. I've got a 7 and 9 year old and kind of got distracted with amassing a stash of Victorian celluloid buttons this summer. Now that they are back in school (yipee!) and i've got an amazing collection (!) I finished July's page in only a day! It is on a blue batik-like cotton which had swirls and dots all over. I used this really cool clear triangular beads lined in blue and a red hex bead to outline the swirls. The border is a row of crystal triangles topped with the red hex and white and blue 15's.

Since my father was in the navy, i though i should pay tribute to his service, so i went through all my buttons (!) and found 3 with anchors. Note i painted the blue last night - that one was all gold, but didn't seem to quite work.

I like this page alot and find it ironic that it looks so much like my September page which honored my mother. Seems i'm just a swirly gal!

BTW: My oldest was born in August so she told me it has to be the BEST one. I've already got an idea, and will get to work this afternoon. Hope to have it done soon.

Question: how long does this blog stay 'open' to readers since August was oficially the last month? I'm glad to be back but sad it's now ending.

Oh - here is a link to the Flicker site to see my page up close:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Two for the price of one

I can't believe that I've finished this round. Here is the link to both July and August. Be sure to click on the individual photo in order to read about each piece. I'm complete but this is only the beginning, as I'm looking forward to the next one.

Seriously Slacking

I'm sure you've all experienced the 'spurts'. Beadwork and inspiration comes in spurts. Life comes in spurts.... it's just how things go.

...So, after my last late spring spurt, I laid low all summer. It's not that I wasn't creating, it's just I had a lot going on. So I finally finished my July Bead Journal Page. You can check it by clicking the 'peek' or clicking here. I hope to have August done within September - I have ideas!!

-That Celticat Chick

Thursday, August 20, 2009

At long last . . . .

Since our computer and camera woes are finally over, I have just posted five months' worth of BJP pieces (December, January, February, March and April) on my blog at . All of which means I am up to working on May at the moment. Obviously, I won't be finished by August 31st . . . .

Must say that I am loving this new computer!!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Behind... and a change

I am waaaaay behind. I have only completed 2 months so far. So, what I have decided to do is completely change what I am doing. The cuff bracelets have turned out to be too much work for one month in my busy life, so I am now going to do smaller squares (2" x 2" or even 1" x 1" if I can't get my act together) with the goal of completing 12 of them by the end of 2009. I think I even know what I am going to do to display them when I'm done.

aka The Beading Butterfly

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August and Last Piece done!

Hey all - I'm done early this month. And now they are all done so I can start thinking about the 2010 BJP! See my last Mirror Mirror on The Wall, with a double dragon machine embroidery.

June's piece, Finally

HI All -
I recently returned from a several week road trip to the SW: AZ, NM, and CA. It was unbelievably wonderful; lots of firsts. I didn't work on any BJP pieces while we were away, so I'm a bit behind, but catching up fast. Here's June's entry. Click on JUNE BJP to see it. Click on the photo itself to get the description. I'm so enjoying this.

While away, I did work on a wall hanging, as a gift for my Chi Gung teacher's 60th birthday; we did a week's workshop with him while in CA and they had a party to celebrate his birthday. I created this piece, as I was so inspired by all of you and this whole journey; I hope this isn't inappropriate, as I would like to share it with you. Here the link in order to see the finished piece. Bruce's Gift Again, click on the photo to be able to read the description of the elements I used. This was the first time that I've left so much of the material showing. It's a 7" circle.


Monday, August 3, 2009

July BJP: The Joy of Joy

I finished my July page "The Joy of Joy" last week. Please come over to my blog to see it.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day late

I'm a Day late, but DONE! And only one more to go. I was telling Robin that I was thinking of making something with these really neat face cream jars, but I just couldn't get my mind wrapped around that project. I'm still so obsessed with these beanie babies. Okay check out my blog to see what I'm talking about. Chris made me a new blog header with some of the beadie beanies I've done. For July I picked a PENGUIN! WHY? Because July 2009 if officially the coolest July ever in Ohio. This year bet out the record set in 1878. It has been cool. I think we swapped weather with Seattle. My friend out there told me it was hot & got up to 95. We didn't even hit 89 one day. So for the cool chilly a PENGUIN!