Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tree of Life - Autumn

Hi, this has been my weekend. Not only did I finally get my pictures on my computer and then post them on the blog, but I finished my October page. This is called Tree of Life - Autumn. Wikipedia says the tree of life has to do with immortality. I am not going for immortality, although we all do that through our art, I just liked the concept and it seemed to fit this month. The tree of life is another symbol I have always liked. When I doodle trees are one of the things I always doodle (along with flowers.) Wikipedia also mentions the tree of life in science as describing the relationships on earth from an evolution standpoint. It is a very old symbol. I am just going to think of it as meaning we are all interrelated. I think our work on the Bead Journal shows us that.

I used another technique from Robin Atkins book, Heart to Hands, Bead Embroidery. That was the tree trunks on page 8. I almost used the twisted lines as a border but decided to go with the beads the way I did. I had the bead soup beads from a leaf necklace I made a year or so ago. I kept them together just in case as I liked the colors all together. There are at least 10 different colors of beads in there.

I neglected to mention for my September page that I used Robin's bezeling technique from the same book on pages 52 and 53. I have seen similar techniques in other books. The thing that Robin talks about that worked for my page was the advantage of this technique on cabs (or items to bezel) that are not uniform. You probably can't tell from the picture but the bezels are ammonites (nature's spiral.)

Have a good night everyone, happy beading and in case I do not post for awhile please vote on November 4! Nancy

Here are my pictures, one with flash and one without:

Saturday, October 25, 2008

BJP and other updates

Hello everyone, the computer is cooperating so I can get pictures up. I have pictures from 2007 BJP (March - I have written about this before, but this is my CA page.) I now have 8 pages so I can get them on the 2007 Website. I also have my September page for 2008. It is titled New Beginnings. It refers to the new BJP year and also spirals that mean rebirth.

This page was to be oriented another way. When I finished it, the way it is in the picture was what spoke to me. In fact this picture was taken another way and I turned it to get it to look like it does.

Some information on spirals from the website

In terms of astrology, mysticism and myth the spiral translates into meanings of spirituality and rebirth.

In terms of spirituality, the spiral symbol represents the path leading from outer consciousness (materialism, external awareness, ego, outward perception) to the inner soul (enlightenment, unseen essence, nirvana, cosmic awareness).

In terms of rebirth or growth, the spiral symbol represents the consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and thus expanding outwardly. This is the way of all things, as recognized by most mystics.

I have been questioning the meaning of a few things the past few months and also trying to get into yoga and healthier eating, so the spiral and its meaning is very appropriate for me right now. It is also a symbol I have always been attracted to.

I am also posting several pictures of Juno. She will be one on November 3. These were taken in September and October.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Been a long time again...

I have been beading and finally have 8 pages for the 2007 BJP so I can post on the web site! I also completed my September page for the 2008 BJP. However, we have had computer problems so I can not post my pictures just yet. I will keep at it though! Check back in a few weeks.

Happy beading everyone, Nancy

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Forgot to add one very important thing, I used Robin Atkins' new book Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery in my current page in particular the part about running water and the bumps on page 65.

Been a long time - new page

Wow, it has been a long time. I have been checking everyone's pages for the 2007 Bead Journal Blog and on the Internet site. A few weeks ago I was inspired and started my newest page. Of course I thought it was for November, it had been that long that I forgot I had November. So this is either January or March. Unfortunately I am sort of stumped, or blocked as the saying goes and want to move onto other projects. I am also putting in my most recent project. From a class with Rachel Nelson-Smith. It is a bracelet called Rachel's Bead Nouveau.

And a new Juno picture. She has really grown, about 60 #'s now.

Anyway, back to my page. This page has been in the back of my mind since I moved to CA, before I had done much of any bead embroidery. I was coming back from my first bead retreat (the first Beads on the Vine) and looked at all the lovely gold hills in central CA and told myself, I need to try to bead them. That was 7 years ago. And I was going to do it on leather. Well life intervened along with many other beading projects, knitting, etc., etc. I determined to bead it for this project however. I even drew a picture of it last year thinking it would be November.

That is inspiration #1, #2 is a picture from a stitching magazine that was almost exactly like what I envisioned. (Stitch from the UK) and #3 is pictures I have taken from flying in a small plane. I am trying to capture how the hills look from the air. Finally #4, since receiving Margie Deeb's new color book I have been trying to pay attention to color and how a picture can be represented in beading.

Here are a few pictures.

First time at the beach, she really loved it! I will post more on my photobucket page too. Juno is 7 1/2 months old in this picture.

And my bracelet. This took me about a month and I just kept at it. The base is peyote and the rest are different components. There are a couple of buttons with beading around them. I had a lot of fun with this project.

Happy beading everyone, Nancy

Saturday, March 22, 2008

What's new

Not too much new. I have worked off and on on a bracelet. Almost done. I am catching up today on downloading pictures from the camera to the computer and then the web site with Juno pictures, so I thought I would post a few here.
Disco has the eyes!
Play time for all.
Juno sure loves to pose!

And gee, what a surprise for me, pink and purple flowers.
Have a great holiday everyone.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

February page

I also want to mention that I have three brothers too, but for this page for February it fit more with what I was thinking to represent my two sisters and myself. One of my sisters also celebrates a February birthday.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

February, dogs

I neglected to mention one important thing about my page (see below) and that was I also included a dog charm to represent all the dogs I have loved and have shared my life. Nancy


Wow, it has been so long! I now officially consider myself a behinder. I did not think it would happen, but work, a puppy and time will do that I guess.

I have not even been looking at the rest of the groups pages that much, so I know many nice surprises await me.

I am done with February finally. I finished most of it February, so that was good. It is personal for me as February is my birth month, the faces represent me and my two sisters. I am a Pisces, hence the fish (as is my boyfriend,) purple is my color, I love pearls, crystals and buttons. The buttons (there are two) are both antiques. I really love the material, I had other material planned, but when I saw this material, that was it.
Some pictures are of the page in progress and the final one is the page completed. I also discovered the color of the material looks more like it does in person when taken using the flash.
I also include a picture of Juno taken on the day I am posting. She has grown, about 40 pounds now of pure puppy! Enjoy everyone. Nancy

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Hi everyone, no bead pages for awhile now. I hope to start in February. I am posting pictures of what has been occupying a lot of my time. Juno our Shiloh Shepherd puppy. She has been with us three weeks now and is 11 weeks old. The pictures are from today and when she first came home with us. I am also adding the link to other pictures I have posted online. See below. Juno really likes to pose too.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bead it Forward - Pay it Forward

It's been a busy month so far, with lots of extra work, and a new puppy (pictures to come) and hardly any beading. So no December page started, nor January. I have a feeling February and March will be very busy for me.

I also want to mention (better late than never) that I was introduced to the Pay it Forward idea by Bobbi of Beading at the Beach who saw it from Jacki of Beading Gram. I am offering three pins (face or sayings) to the first three people that respond and commit to sending three pieces of their handmade work to another three people. There is no timeframe, you just make the commitment and let your three people know your time frame. So the challenge is on, respond to this post. Good luck!