Monday, August 25, 2008

Progress BJP 2007 and 2008 Plan

I am posting my last page for 2007 BJP as it stands in progress. I got a bit stalled but I am moving forward albeit at a snail's pace! I think there will be some repeat patterns in these blocks; there isn't a lot of space for lots of patterns but I'm winging it so we'll see. Just letting you all know I am plugging along and not skipping the end of this past year to move on to next.
For this coming year I have finally decided on my few "rules" or guides. I seem to work better with some parameters which I feel quite free to break if they are inhibiting me.
1: I am using the 12 colors on the main colorwheel for my 12 months of pages.
2: I am putting a bead that has been given to me or one I have made on each page.
3: I am using Half ATC's for my page size. This is small but I love small. I can use some 13 and 15 oughts if I need to in order to have space for creativity. I fell in love with the little rectangles in Robin's new book but decided they were a little too small for 12 months of work. I might try something that small for a brooch or top of a bookmark but not my pages. So my size is 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches. I don't quite know what to call these little pieces. Any suggestions???
That's it. Oh, I am using Lacy's Stiff Stuff for my page backings although I am concerned with the white showing through the beads. You know what? I think I am too worried about it so I might just put a layer of fabric over the stiff stuff in the colorwheel color for the month. I want stiff pieces so still want to use the stiff stuff but now I don't have to worry. Problem solved before it became a problem! I think Grace's blog is what helped me solve my dilemma. I went there today and saw her explanation for her 2007 pieces in the comments section of this post. Thanks Grace.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Welcome to BJPers

Welcome to all the BJPers who are getting ready to start the new year. Taking on a year's commitment isn't easy - I know as I am still working on my last piece from last year. I really hope to do better this year. I hope you all have fun and find satisfaction and peace as you bead the year through.

I thought I'd start 08BJP with finding my bead name. I've even found some beads to match. What is your bead name?

My Your Beady Name is: is Chartruese Chevron Bead.
Take Your Beady Name Generator today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Inchies Galore

I am visiting again in California with my grandchildren. They wanted to make something and they saw some of my inchies. They thought it would be fun to make some and so we pulled out all kinds of supplies my daughter keeps on hand and these inchies are what they came up with. They are still making more and now my daughter is playing too. These were made by kids from 7 years to almost (tomorrow) 14 years of age. I just wanted to share what they can do as you know the old saying "Give a kid an inch..."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


This week's Inchy theme was circles so I used circles and circles and came up with circle guy!
I just played with this one and had a bit of fun. Now I am off to post this over at Inchy by Inch.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Handmade Book

I want to learn how to write poetry. I don't always understand a lot of poetry; I'm a pretty cut-to-the-chase kind of person. I have always liked Walt Whitman's poetry and I've just read a good book of poems by David Budbill called Moment to Moment. So, I decided I needed a book in which to practice. I didn't find what I wanted at the Office Depot here in town so I decided to make one of my own.

I have made a hard cover accordian book and a glued spine book but hadn't made one with stitched signatures (sets of folded pages stitched together). I wanted a hard cover but I wanted the book to open flat in case I wanted to work across two pages. I ended up with this. I used some white drawing paper by Dick Blick using the size of the sheets folded in half. I used some printed papers for the cover and end papers. The spine cover is some hand dyed fabric by K. Grace Howes of the blog Barnyard Chatter . I won a fat quarter of this green in a drawing on her blog. (I am using more of it in another project I'll post here when done). I ended up
varnishing the fabric spine to keep the edges from fraying. I think I need to figure out how to do a neater job if I want to use fabric again. The varnish made the colors darker on the fabric. It originally matched much more closely although I like this contrast too. The one orangy flower on the cover picks up the reddish orange color in the fabric nicely I thought.

Anyhow, I thought I would share this with all of you. Now to try some poems. Don't be looking too soon for me to be putting them out here. Maybe sometime, and maybe not. See how it goes.