Sunday, December 27, 2009

BJP 03

This is the last page I completed last year and it is my favorite. Nope, the beading is not that great. But it has color and its fun and it has wild hair. I was new to bead embroidery last year and I am not sure that my skills improved very much. But it doesn't matter. Even though I joined to practice and improve my skills, what I came away with was much more important than that.

I have always been a person to keep my secrets and not let anyone in to my inner thoughts. Oh, I have always been outspoken and usually will share my opinion, but never about personal matters. This past year I met a lot of friends and have felt a freedom that I never had before to share my views of spirituality, my inner turmoils and the joy I find in nature and wildlife and my family. I came a long way.

This year, there is such a diverse group its amazing. I know many of you already because I follow your blog or have met you on Facebook. I am so anxious to see what the fiber artists will create in their pages.

We are all asking each other what will our theme be this year. Besides being a wife, mother, grandmother and all the other relative identities that describe me, there are things that I love that contribute to who I am.

I have decided that this year, my pages will be about those things that are special to me and that I will incorporate the pages into a piece of wearable art. I haven’t decided yet what I will make, but it probably will be a handbag. I got a lot of encouragement last year to begin making them again. If you follow my blog, you will hear more about that in the future.
Unless I change my mind again, the shapes will be 3-1/2” octagons.

So, I have compiled a list and each month I will select something from the list to create a page around. Or, perhaps it will be about a recent occurrence that had a profound effect on me. I intend to keep it light and fun and colorful.

These are my forever favorite things.
Violets, and other purple flowers
Hawks, Cardinals and other birds
Squirrels, Leopards, Tigers, Moose
American Indian Beliefs and Folklore
Frogs and our frog pond
Beaches, sand dunes
Pussy Willow
Queen of Hearts
Leopard Print
Opals, not diamonds
Turquoise- the stones
Any shade of off-orange
Teal, aqua, turquoise
Purple- blue shades
Jeans and T-shirts, denim jackets, flip flops
Wild Hair
Sun art, as seen on CBS Sunday Morning Logos
Handbags - with lots of pockets
Crochet, Sewing, Beading
Music, listening not making
The Blues
The night sky
Storms, Sunsets, Clouds
Chunky Candy Bars
Hot Fudge Sundaes
Oriental motif
Crazy Quilt
Books and the library
Tabu, Vanilla
Tia Maria
Christmas lights
Day of the Dead art
Chicago, the city not the band


Timaree said...

Sounds like a great plan. You have a great list of things you like that you can use for the year also! I've been trying to think of what I will use for my platform. The idea of a purse is a good one but I'm not sure I could make one the way I'd like it to be but now you have me thinking of adding beading to something in a different way than my mind was going.
I still haven't finished last years pieces. Each is a stand alone piece with no purpose. I like the idea of doing the beadwork on something I would use a lot.

Crystal said...

This piece of beadwork made me smile the very first time I saw it - and still does! It's so full of color and whimsy. I especially love the eyelashes.

You've made a great plan for this year! And the octagon shapes would be unique and very beautiful.

What a fascinating list you have written here - I love many of those things, as well.

Here's to a fun and very creative winter for us all!

Crystal :-)

flyingbeader said...

Okay i think a purse is a great idea. If you want, have me come & help you put it together next year! We could have so much fun!!!!!

Pursuing Art... said...

I absolutely love that face! It is so colorful and YOU! I think you did a beautiful job on the beading BTW!!

I adore your idea this year and I love your list to choose from! 3-1/2" octagon is a great shape and nice size. You've mentioned the handbag before and I think that would be very cool!

Looking forward to seeing your pieces! XO ~me

Lynn said...


Love the face!

Your random list of favorites was quite fun to read. Made me think what my list would read. . . .

Looking forward to your journey through the BJP!