Thursday, June 30, 2011


Using matte finish, opaque beads sure makes taking a photograph so much easier! But, for the tree, it has to be silver lined beads. This panel isn't quite finished in that it needs decorative edges, but for now it will have to wait.

Friday, June 17, 2011

April and May BJP

Raspberry Fizz with a Slice of Lime -

For this piece I experimented with standing columns of beads ranging in height from 3 to 7 beads tall.


Lest we forget, this piece was done with thoughts of New Zealand and Japan. The reddish beads are actually a deep brown but I couldn't get the color to photograph properly. My experiment on this one is the different heights. The "blue water" is at a lower level than the "earth". For the earth, I beaded the two sections separately and then mounted them with some extra material to build up the original surface.

Not sure when I will be adding (or beading) any more pages. Since last I wrote we unexpectedly moved. We had been casually looking around for a piece of waterfront property with the idea that at some time in the future we would once again build a new home. But then ..... we found the perfect place. We are now in our new home and all the boxes are unpacked, but one of these days we will be heading back to New England for the summer.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Not Good (the beading-not the day :))

March - bead journal project page.Not good ----- I like the colors and I like the design but, I sure don't like them together. Seems with such a severe design the colors should not be so playful and, conversely, with playful colors it should not be such a severe design. Of course I didn't realize this until I was finished and I had it mounted on its square. For me, these colors need polka dots, ruffles, spirals, etc.; the design worked with a very deep colored circle against a mid toned ground, with a bundle of gold bars banded in red could be very dramatic. Oh well.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

February BJP

For February I did two sections of flat peyote and then they were attached to the backing before adding the surrounding beads. When it came time to do the edge stitches for the peyote sections, I just wove a couple more rows in turquoise so those areas wrapped over the edge.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


The throw is finished.

My sister, Shel, wanted a throw with a beach feel to it. Approximately 50 different shades of whites, ivories, tans and aquas were used - mostly all wool, including merino, alpaca, cashmere and a bit of acrylic.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Here is a close up of the throw I am knitting for my sister.

As a respite from working on the throw, I've managed to knit a couple of scarves. The fibers in the green scarf are merino wool, alpaca, acrylic, rayon and cotton.

This pink scarf is all merino wool.

Monday, January 10, 2011


This is a test photo to see if in fact my new MacBook/blogspot will resize photos without my having to do it. My younger sister informs me that it is not necessary for me resize the photos because blogspot will do it automatically. Hooray for blogspot as I am having trouble resizing in iPhoto.
Thanks sis.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New Year

2011 starts a new year in the bead journal project, this being my 4th. I've decided to continue on with the Circle and Line Series but plan to add dimensional elements or bead off the edge. The format is 3"x3" and the beads are delica.