Monday, December 27, 2010

"Words" - December BJP

For the past eleven months I have reached into my word jar and pulled out a word from which I've created my BJP.  During this past year I have learned the meaning of words to which I've never given much thought.  I've tried to match beads and fibers and fabric to reflect the word that I was creating.

This month of December brought the end of the 2010 BJP and rather than choose one word, I decided to honor all words.  A word can mean many things to many people, it can bring sadness and happiness, confusion and enlightenment even war and peace.  I've realized over this past year that for the most part I don't even think about the words I'm using -- they just roll out of my mouth (hopefully after having passed through a thought process - but sadly not always) and end up floating around the room.  Do you ever sit in a room with a lot of people and imagine each word spoken to be a balloon which rises from the speaker and hovers over the room?  It gives a whole new image to the words we use, the words we hear and the words we write.

I'm thankful for this past year of beading.  I was inspired by the many other BJP beaders and their lovely creations.  My heart sung when I saw the intricate work and the amount of time that went into each and every piece. Thanks to all of you who shared your work this past year (and the years before) and now we'll look forward to seeing a whole new year of beautiful beadery.

"I was reading the dictionary.  I thought it was a poem about everything". - Steven Wright


  1. Beautiful work, as usual!! Have you decided how you're going to display your journals? I'm stuck on 6, but do expect to finish mine in 2011. BTW, your link on the BJP site is not working.

  2. Thanks Anne Marie - I think I've fixed the link. My plan (such as it is) is to frame each 'bookmark' but I have yet to buy the frames or figure out what type of fabric or paper I'll mount them on. Looks like something that will be done in 2011!

  3. As always, Penny, I really have to hand it to you. This is not only a beautifully written post (so thought-felt) but your bookmark is, once again, gorgeous! I know that feeling of being thankful for beading and also for the mental process that beading to a purpose provides. I loved reading that you've been swept up in that as well. Those little beadies have a way of doing that to us!

    Great to get to know your work via blogland. I hope you'll keep beading, as I don't think the world should stop hearing your bead words :>]]

  4. lovely work and great quote (I must send it to my son who used to read the dictionary as a child.)

  5. Ditto all the above comments, and thank YOU, Penny, not only for your beautiful beadwork but also for being a bloggy (is that a word? ;) friend.

  6. I like that title 'a bloggy friend'! I'll take that any day!!

  7. Ooooooh! I love that you honored words this way and am intrigues by the image of words as balloons. Your BJP pieces this year please me beyond words. I wish I could see them all in person, fondle them, pet the fibers, touch the beads, take in the richness of the colors. I guess next best would be to see photos of them all together in one place (hint, hint). Thanks for adding your talents and grace to the BJP this year!

    Robin A.

  8. Robin - thank you so very much for your kind words and also for your artistry, creativity and leadership of the BJP thru the years.

  9. It has been a treat to see all your bookmarks this year and to read about your chosen words. Your beading is lovely.I look forward to seeing what you do next year.
    Marty S
    Crackpot Beader



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