Saturday, August 1, 2009

July's BJP

OH NO...I'm a day late, but at least I got it done. I've got so many deadlines coming up for this month. I'm STILL working on the Land of ODDs "All dolled Up" competition. I'm in a stall space because I can't decide wether to put a butterfly on Rachel's foot or not & I can't share with anyone pictures or I violate the contest rules. So I'm putting it on, taking it off, putting it on, taking it off. I think I'm probably going to go with a naked foot & put the butterfly on the base of the piece. I've also got a lady bug to finish for the base. AND THEN THAT STORY! I wrote one draft of it, but it sounds too preachy about the environment. I can't write something sweet & sappy because my piece really is about the environment. I don't want to sound trite, but then I don't want to turn people off by getting on a soap box. I'll have to find a compromise, but I want to do it by the 15th & get the CD & photos out to LOD. Also, doing a piece with Chris to send to the San Diego Quilt/Doll making conference. I'm sending the two Bra Doll from Barb Keeling's challenge & probably Sprout will go too, but the piece we are making is going to be hilarious. I'm almost done with my part & Chris has his complete. Hopefully by next week we'll get pictures, post, and put it all in the mailbox to wing its way to Lois.

Now for July's BJP. Yes, it is a penguin. WHY? Well, it is official but this July 2009 was the coolest July on record here in Ohio. We didn't have one day where it got to 90 which at this time of they year is totally amazing. We bet the record for the coolest July set back in "1878". Yep...1878. It is in the high 50s at night & sometimes I wear a jacket to go to work. The dew in the morning is really heavy which reminds me more of September, and did I say we aren't using our A/C that much so the electric bill is going to be nice. Dogs love the cooler weather & are happy to stay outside & bark, bark, bark. So here's something to remind of the cool Summer. I did start this piece back in May when someone at work wanted me to do it for her daughter's graduation. I got 1/4 of it done & then she quit & I lost track of her. So I put it in the UFO basket. Then a couple weeks ago, I was looking for something to do for July & it was so cool that night that I wore woolen slippers to bed. So penguin came out & got finished.

I'm also sharing Gilbert. Gilbert is my consolation prize for letting Gertrude go for the Beading For a Cure charity. She won't be auctioned off until 2010. That was a hard piece to let go, but I made a commitment. I'm pretty good about doing as I say...most of the time. I had the left over beads, and a little beanie hippo, so I made Gilbert for me. Speaking of beaded Beanies, I'm going to be a moderator over at Beaded Art Dolls on Yahoo this Fall for the Beaded stuff animal challenge. Everyone is already talking about it as Mc Donald's is having mini beanie babies in their Happy Meals for two more weeks. I'm excited to see what people come up with. I actually have a few that asked me about a normal size Beanie! I told them that it is okay, but it is going to suck up lots of beads & time. Heck, I'm called SpeedieBeadie & I have to actually think if I'm crazy enough to do a full size beanie. Oh well...

11 comments:

Robin said...

SpeedieBeadie is right! OMG, Dot, you just amaze me with all the beading you do... and charm me as well! The way you do the BBs and name them and give them so much personality is fabulous. Yes, we here in WA got your hot weather this summer... you had record lows while we had record highs. If I were doing BBs, I'd have had to pick a manatee or parrot. I'm very pleased to hear you made Gilbert for YOU. I'm sure Gertrude has a good home, but you needed one for yourself. I look forward to seeing your LOD piece!!!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

I just love your penguin. Heck, I love all of your beaded creatures. I just may need to take a trip to McD's to see if there are any teeny beanies left. Who know's, I may even join in on the BAD fun.

KV said...

Your beanies are the greatest, Dot!!! Best wishes for the LOD doll competition -- you can be sure I will be cheering for you . . .


Kathy V in NM

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I thought your beanies WERE full size and I was amazed. Now I'm even more blown away with the fact that they're minis (and therefore much harder to detail). Wow!!!!

Marty S said...

This penguin is my favorite. And I love the new blog header.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Carol said...

Well, the penguin was a perfect choice for July. I have been telling my husband all summer (it is summer isn't it?) that the sky doesn't look like summer sky at all. The clouds are that fall king of fluffy gray.

OMGosh, I love Gilbert. He is a perfect consolation gift to yourself.

As Alway, wonderful beading.

Carol

pam T said...

o your penguin is ADORABLE! Amen to the cold weather, I've never worn so many sweatshirts in July (and August so far!) LOVE LOVE LOVE the troll headed doll in your previous post - that brought back memories of collecting those little guys....

Plays with Needles said...

Oh, they're both beautiful!! But the penguin steals my heart! Just lovely -- and I"m glad for you you've had such a cool July!

DianneSahakian Dolls, Minidolls, Crafts said...

Hi SpeedieBeadie You do the most fabulous beading projects I ever saw. I love your, penguin, lizard and the chicken on a rocket ship. Love and hugs Dianne

Lisa said...

I truly don't know how you do such great and intricate work! You must have so much patience! These are just great!

freebird said...

I love both of these. The penquin sparkles the coolness off his tummy. What a way to remember a cooler than normal summer. The hippo is darling. You outdid yourself.