Thursday, August 30, 2007

June and July Bead Journal project

Boy, I'm really slow at getting my two bead journal projects up on this blog. I've been busy trying to get my Bead International pieces done before the deadline & YIPEEEE...they are done. Also working on other projects. I feel like I'm an acrobat juggling all these different projects while working a full time job. But I am WOMAN...I am TIRED. LOL!

Okay, I came up with my big game plan for the year. What I am going to do is to make each month of the Bead Journal project s leaf using the same leaf shape but they will be in different positions as I'm going to mount each of the leaves on a tree wall hanging with three months being on each branch. June/July/August are green leaves. September/October/November will be brown leaves. December/January/February will be white leaves. And March/April/May will be probably pink leaves. I want to follow the change of seasons here in Ohio. Each individual leaf will be something important that has happened to me in that month.

As you see in June, it was my vacation. We went out to South Dakota & Wyoming. The plains were in bloom and so green. Their drought was broken & I got to witness the plains green and vibrant with flowers. I fell in love with the swaying grasses and the blue straw type flowers growing everywhere. July is Ohio State Fair time! Wheeeeee...nothing like a big corn dog/elephant ear & lemon shake to go with the hubbub of the Fair. But I digressed a little here, because what July means to me is the memory of going to see the circus on July 4th at the Rose Bowl when growing up in Los Angeles. After the circus, they would have such a display of fireworks that to this day I can still see the colors. So I chose a Clown's face that I got from a friend, Emily Eckel & surrounded him with blooming colors of red white & blue to celebrate our country's birthday.


KV said...

Hi, Dot --

These leaf designs are terrific! And that sculpt project is awesome, too.

Kathy V in NM

abeadlady said...

Your idea for the tree is great. I love the leaf shapes and of course the beading is devine, Dot. You've been a busy girl.

Ellen said...

Brilliant stuff Dot but then all of your pieces are - gee now I can say, 'I knew her when.' LOL

Timaree said...

Great idea for your pages. They turned out very nice too. What are you using for backing? It looks like something that doesn't need hemming but I can't tell in the photos. I am using wool felt and loving it.

Robin said...

What a great idea... using a leaf shape and making a tree for the year... Love it!!!! How large are the leaves? Aren't all the BJP pages just wonderfully unique?!!!! If you get a chance, please post your pictures to Flickr.... they'll look so nice with the others! Robin

CC said...

Wow! What a great idea! Leaves & a tree! I really love your vacation piece. It's really beautiful! Did you make the face for that one?
Great work you're doing!
With aloha,

Magpie Sue said...

What a cool plan for your BJP pages!

Judi D said...

Great page idea and great pages so far.

flyingbeader said...

To answer a few questions, the base material is boiled wool felt. I buy it at a shop in Berlin Ohio which is the heart of Amish country. I just love how this better quality felt doesn't stretch so much & the ends don't fray alot. Because of the quality of the felt, I don't need any backing on it. The size of my leaves is @ 4 by 6 inches. I'm going to have a pocket on the back of each leaf to write down what that month meant to me. I'll attach it to the trees with velcro so I'll be able to pull the leaves off.