Thursday, June 4, 2009

November 2008 BJP

(My selected theme of memory books for this year's Bead Journal Project is based on the four elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire.)

The Great Lakes

This particular little book is destined to become a true memory book! I grew up on Lake Erie and lived there until I moved to New Mexico in 1979. When the History Channel ran a segment of How The Earth Was Made featuring the Great Lakes, so many memories surfaced for me.

The beadwork features antique crystal stones of various sizes, Swarovski crystals, cultured pearls, seaweed agate chips, and a large variety of seed beads.

The charms dangling from the center design are a dragonfly, a turtle, and fossilized fish.

Now all I have to do is find time to fill this book up with lots of little treasures . . . .


abeadlady said...

I love all three of these, Kathy. You definitely haven't lost your touch.


Robin said...

What an incredibly ambitious undertaking to make all these individual journals... and so very lovely, so beautifully made!!! Your bookmaking mastery seems in great harmony with your beading mastery. You also took very nice photos of them. I'm in lust for them, as I too love creating hand made books/journals!!!

Robin A.

beadbabe49 said...

Gorgeous work, kathy...and clearly all done with heart, head and hands!

KV said...

Thank you all -- you have truly made my day!!!

Kathy V in NM

a2susan said...

They are all wonderful pieces, and I love that you've based them on themes. I especially like the Great Lakes, as you know I am partial to water.

Marty S said...

These are gorgeous! I love the idea that you have made them into books. Wonderful!
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

WOW, that is gorgeous.. the colors are OUT OF THIS WORLD beautiful!!!

Thanks Kathy for reaching up to the stars and pulling back the pink ones.. pink sisters BACK on a mission (I had no idea we'd go for round two, but with so many squares leftover from proj #1.. how could we not?)..

You AMAZE me!

bead on, monica :)

Julie said...

Just breathtaking! Julie C

ACey said...

I am just sitting here staring with huge enjoyment. It's my favorite color scheme. love love LOVE

GraceBeading said...

Wonderful, BEAUTIFUL works of art KV. I'm so glad to see you posting, I love your bead work!

Pursuing Art... said...

Oh, Kathy...what a wonderful idea for the BJP and what a treasure they will become!

Your beading is SO BEAUTIFUL and I love the colors you chose and the pieces that you used for The Great Lakes...they are yummy!

I'm so glad to see you post again and thrilled that you are's such a treat for us all to see!

Thank you for sharing...~Lisa

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Lisa said...

Kathy, These journals are simply stunning! Thanks so much for your always kind words!

Bejeweled said...

Beautiful!!! That would definitely give me a bad case of the "so special syndrome" .. you know where something is so precious and beautiful and special that you are afraid to ever use it and mar it's perfection :)

Hélène H said...


TattingChic said...

This is an exquisite work of art! You are an amazing artist and I love your work!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to sa hello! :)

purplepaint said...

Oh this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love all your pieces, very cool, very beautiful!!! Marva