Friday, March 28, 2008
February Bead Journal Project (BJP)
Flowers for me (click on the photo to enlarge)
I have never been one that has my heart set on flowers for Valentine's Day, it seems too predictable and anymore - terribly expensive. I would much prefer a handmade card, a handwritten note or poem. I do love flowers though and appreciate them so much more when I am surprised with them on some random day that is not marked by a particular occasion.
Now glass flowers are a whole different story! I would love to receive them any day or for any occasion! So I thought I would make an arrangement for myself for February. I found this pattern in the book "Designer Bead Embroidery" by Kenneth King. I am not one to usually follow a pattern and it proved to be a bit more challenging than the other months where there was no pattern to follow.
With the exception of just a few beads - the flowers are all vintage glass buttons or sew-ons. The lip at the top of the vase/urn is cobalt blue vintage nailheads; the beads that make up the body of the vase are blue size 11/0 true cuts as well as copper lined seed beads. At the bottom of the vase are dark blue montees and the base is made up of more seed beads as well as sequins. The very bottom of the base is another row of cobalt blue nailheads. I finished the page as I have all the others with an ultrasuede backing and a pointed edge stitch.
I admit I have fallen a bit behind with my monthly pages, but not so far behind that I feel any pressure to hurry. I actually finished up this page about a week and a half ago, but it took me some time to get the photos blog ready. Generally I will take approximately 10-20 photos of a piece, load them up to my computer, immediately delete the photos I know I don't like (bad lighting, out of focus, etc.) and hope there are at least 3 left that I think are good enough to post. Then I crop the photos and re-size them. There are only rare occasions in which I use any type of photo manipulation software (like Photoshop) to change color or lighting.
I have begun to pull together a couple of ideas for March, but have 2 other projects I am working on right now. My plan is to start the March page in the next week or so.
Thank goodness for beads!
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman