Tuesday, March 26, 2013

BJP 2013, January and February

I am still beading but really slow at getting anything posted.  For one thing, I can't decide if I should be working on a 3" square or 3" circle, so for now I am doing both.  Perhaps the "three inches" will be my unifying theme rather than the shape.

This piece will become part of my "Lest We Forget" series and is entitled "I'm Fading Away" which was pretty much the last coherent sentence spoken to me by my mother who suffered from Alzheimer's.  It is a tribute to all who suffer from dementia.

This piece is also a part of the "Lest We Forget" series and is entitled "I Spy".    My cat, Maggie, follows me around always keeping an eye on me.  This is to honor all the wonderful pets that enrich our lives.

Hopefully I will have a third piece up in the very near future.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

May through August

 In just a few weeks we will be leaving for the summer and not returning to our home (my beads) until sometime mid to late September.  I've been a beading maniac trying to get a bit ahead so that I don't have to play too much catch up when we return.

May - the inspiration for this piece was azalea blooms.  My little neighborhood was ablaze in fuchsia, pink and whites.  It was so pretty.

June - the below photograph provided the inspiration for the June bracelet.  As you can see by the photo the view was shades of grey and then there was a break in the clouds illuminating the marsh on the far shore.

 July - just had to make another piece of patriotic jewelry to go with my ever-growing collection.  With Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th and Veteran's Day there are many times throughout the year to celebrate with our national colors.

August - the beach!  This bracelet is an adaptation of the May bracelet.  I added more "waves" for this one and kept them all the same size unlike the original one which varied in height.

Monday, April 16, 2012


This bracelet pays tribute to those who serve our country on board submarines.

130 men
90 days

no sun
no wind
no rain

running silent, running deep

I beaded this in such a way that one upper section can roll back revealing the steel grey "hull" of the "submarine". When all smoothed into place, the "submarine" is then fully surrounded by "water" as represented by the blue and green beads.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March BJP 2012

The title of this bracelet is Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces is about love and the sacrifices parents make for their children. I was thinking about the Mom in Indiana protecting her children during the recent tornado.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

February BJP

The Fire Within - along the river series

Drawing on inspiration from the area in which I live, one recent morning the sky was full of dark grey storm clouds. There was a very narrow horizontal opening allowing the merest glimpse of the rising sun which shown through as a blazing orange.

The Fire Within
is about
the need to create
whether burning brightly
a smolder covered in ash.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Starting Over

Before we get too far into 2012 BJP, I am changing my plan for the year. These photos show my new bracelet design. There is no significance to the colors - simply matches a shirt I own. Inasmuch as this is my initial design I feel I should use it for January, 2012. This is one of the most comfortable bracelets I've ever worn - some flexibility but rigid enough to hold its shape.

Friday, February 10, 2012

February BJP

In an effort to better understand the decrease/step-up sequence, I worked this ornament in alternating panels of red and green. 3mm crystals encircle the bottom section.