12 months of beading

I am happy to present a year’s worth of beaded journal pages!

The first row (at the top, l to r) is June – September 2007, the second row October 2007- January 2008 and the third row February – May 2008.

When I finished my last page, I was so excited. When I look at this group shot, I am beyond excited and into jumping up and down ecstatic and really amazed that I actually did this.

I want to send a huge thank you and hug to my beady hero and mentor, the creator of the Beaded Journal Project, Robin Atkins. Her vision and inspiration has changed the lives of many artists through this amazing and wonderful project. I feel like my life has changed in an enormous way as I have learned much about myself through my beadwork and also to my commitment to stick with this project.

To all of my fellow BJP participants, bravo to one and all!

20 comments on “12 months of beading

  1. Jacqui says:

    They look fanastic all together. Have you figured how you are going to display them in future?

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Jacqui! I want to create a wall hanging with them. 🙂

  3. craftymoose says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Judy says:

    Karen.. everytime I comment, I seem to start the same feelings for your work and this is no different. I love each and everyone of your pages and they are beautiful together. You amaze me. What an accomplishment and you should be proud.

  5. Summer says:

    Each piece is lovely, and somehow absolutely you, despite the differences in approaches each month. I love that you’re making a wall hanging. I’ve decided what I’m going to focus on this year, but I haven’t decided how to integrate them. Maybe a shawl? We’ll see if I’m as tough as you and able to finish the year:)

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks Judy for your kind words and support!

    Thanks Summer, for your kind words and also for seeing how my pieces are all connected despite the fact that I never set a theme for my year as some artists have done. Good luck with creating your pieces and the year of beading!

  7. bonnie says:

    So amazing! Really love your buddy memorial…so sweet.

  8. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Bonnie!

  9. Steph W says:

    Wow – that is just amazingly beautiful!

  10. artandtea says:

    Thanks Steph, I’m glad you like my journal pages!

  11. doras_explorations says:

    Your individual beaded journal pages are beautiful, Karen, but as a group they are absolutely stunning ! Will you be making a wall piece with them? They deserve a very prominent display !

  12. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Dora! Yes, I plan on making a wall hanging with these pages.

  13. LB says:

    wow! They look fabulous! What an accomplishment!

  14. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, LB! You are an inspiration to me!

  15. Lisa Clarke says:

    Such an impressive project! I doubt I’d have the follow-through to do something like that myself. You *should* be giddy!

  16. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Lisa!

  17. Aimee says:

    Wow. I have such a creative mother! 😀 ..if only those genes passed along to me. haha 😛

  18. artandtea says:

    Thanks my dear Aim! And I think you are very creative. With your home, with your life. There are many ways in which we are creative. We just have to get out of our own way and not be afraid to play! 🙂

  19. acrawley63 says:

    Congratulations Karen! What an amazing project. I admire your perseverance in both taking on this challenge and seeing it through to completion. You’re my hero here!


  20. artandtea says:

    Thanks Amy! It felt really good to stay with it and finish no matter how long it took! 🙂

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