I finished my bracelet box, too!

Welcome to Blog Post #300! It's a milestone for me and I'm celebrating with a drawing for a Fabulous Prize - leave a comment on this post and your name will go into my trusty pith helmet.


After ten days, I'll have a drawing (supervised closely by Montag and Carmen) and announce the winner here! There's a picture of the prize at the end of this post (CONGRATS TO ABEADLADY, WINNER OF THE DRAWING!), and now on to the regularly scheduled nonsense:

You've all probably heard about the movie, "Julie and Julia." Before it was a movie, it was a book - "Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen". Before it was a book, it was blog - The Julie/Julia Project. If you haven't heard about it, here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_and_Julia

Briefly, It's the story of a young woman attempting to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," in a year.  Me?  I hate to cook. It is absolutely not my thing. Which is not to say that I don't cook. I do, and I do it well. I just don't enjoy it. I think it's boring.

However, I DO love to bead interesting things. This IS my thing. On reflection, though, my repertoire of stitches is actually quite small. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just that I feel the need to grow my skills. I want – no, I need to learn every single seed bead and beadweaving technique that exists. And not just learn them - MASTER them. Sometimes when I'm designing a piece, I don't know exactly how I'm going to take it from sketch to three dimensional object and I end up making all sorts of compromises.

Well, no more. With Julie Powell inspiring me to be tenacious, having a library full of the best instructional and design books a beader could want, armed with the ability to learn just about anything from a book and possessing an ENORMOUS stock of beading supplies, I've decided I'm going to make almost* every project in the following books:

Creative Bead Weaving by Carol Wilcox Wells
The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells
Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone

And as if all that were not enough, I'll tackle the projects contained in four of the "Beadwork Creates" series: Necklaces, Bracelets, Rings and Beads.

That should fairly well stomp to death every seed bead technique that exists, but if I've missed any, I'll gladly take suggestions. I'm not saying I'll be entirely faithful to all the directions, and especially not to the suggested materials - to copy designs exactly would be far too boring, but more importantly my bead stash does have its limits! I'm determined to enjoy this, and if the going gets ho-hum, I'll do my damnedest to rev it up to where I need it to be. I plan to make each of the projects MINE. I'm not going to buy any more beads until this is through, so I'll most likely make a LOT of interesting substitutions.

My blog here is now the chronicle of this endeavor - and with luck my daily efforts, be they brilliant successes or abysmal failures, will provide entertainment for us all. All this will kick in as soon as I get back from vacation, in about 10 days – right around the time we have the drawing, so don't forget to leave your comment!

Next Episode: Morwyn vs. The Beaded Barrette (from Creative Bead Weaving)

Oh,and before I forget - here's the prize for the drawing -

The Beader's Guide To Color by Margie Deeb


* I say 'almost' because if its a stringing project, I'm skipping it. For me, stringing is - well, you know.


  1. Wow. Good luck! I would love to try something like that. Maybe someday in the future. Thanks for the giveaway and for throwing my name in the hat...um..helmet. (P.S. I totally agree with you about stringing, no offense to all my buddies who string, it just ain't my thing!)

  2. I really admire those beaders who can string so beautifully. However, I'm definitely not one of them either. Good luck on your quest. What a great prize you are offering.


  3. Wow...what a task ahead of you. And I wish you many beady successes.

    I must take issue with your comment "I hate to cook... Which is not to say that I don't cook. I do, and I do it well." I just wanted your readers to know this may be true now, but 20 years ago...your pork chops are the reason I gave up pig products :)

  4. Sounds like you have a mountainous task ahead of you. Much luck and I hope you post your projects regularly.

  5. I wish you the best of luck taking on all these projects. I'm eager to follow your progress.

    BTW, I love how the box turned out. I'm inspired by your use of the beach glass.


  6. Your bracelet box is [drool] beyond beautiful. Everything about it makes me happy!

    Congrats on 300 posts... I know how much time that represents... writing, commenting, taking pictures and working them... AKKK! However, I already have MD's color books, so you don't need to put me in the drawing... well, ok, unless you decided to give away your box [LOL]... well, then count me in!

    I love that Julia is an inspiration for you. Like you, I can cook, but don't enjoy it at all. I'd never thought about the inspirational aspect of Julia doing Julia! Thanks!

  7. Congratulations and good luck! I can't wait to see what you create!


  8. If anyone can do this -- ITS YOU! I'm looking forward to the journey. Enjoy your vacation!

    the box is stunning, by the way :0)

  9. This is a huge undertaking. I am going to follow along and see how it plays out.

  10. Me gotta have bracelet box, please, will take good care of it, have perfect place for it, gimme gimme NOW, k?!?!?!?!

    Ah hem. sorry. regressed there for one big moment.

    Morwyn, I'm with you about the whole cooking subject. I'd take beading over cooking any second in the universe! Cooking is not the least bit intuitive for me, whereas beading is another story.

    Your new goal is a WOWZER. Geesh, I thought you were a $%&@ fine beader already but now you are really scaring me with where you are going from here :>}} I look forward to all of your posts - struggles & triumphs - and thank you (ahead of time) for sharing them.

  11. My goodness! I salute you on your ambitious project(s)! It will be fascinating to see how it goes!

  12. I'm impressed and look forward to following your progress. Your bracelet box is gorgeous -- I'm a big fan!

  13. I love the bracelet box! Please enter me in the contest for Margie's book, one I've always admired. I'm impressed by your plan to try all those projects! I've been working through Robin Atkins' latest book, trying all the different stitch ideas.

  14. Happy vacation, Morwyn! We just returned from ours and it was wonderful.

    I simply cannot imagine any of your proposed projects being failures. The bracelet box is beyond gorgeous!

    Kathy V in NM

  15. Love the box!!! Oh it's rich colours are so enticing! I love the idea of all the projects and the work you are going to put in front of yourself. I look forward to watching you create new things with those books!
    As to the prize, I have that book and it is wonderful and the prize is to continue to watch your beadwork!
    Cheers, Denise

  16. I just found your blog via 'beadlust'! Love the beaded box! Just beautiful. I just signed up for the BJP2010..what inspiration you have on your blog. I'm now a 'follower'!! Thanks!

  17. This is my first visit to your Blog. I came by way of the Beadlust Blog where I saw your "Wheel of the Year" project. Beautiful! I'm bookmarking your blog, as I am bead-painter, too. - Karen

  18. Congratulations. I only hope to have the collection of beads that you ahve to create such subtle tone changes in your work. Beautiful!
    Alice Howe

  19. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work! I love everything about it! And...I would love to be the winner of the 'color' book. I do some beading (have taken lessons from your daughter who is an AWESOME teacher). I hope that when I retire in a few years I will be able to work at it more consistently! It's great! Pat Dunbar

  20. We have a winner! YAY for abeadlady, Arline!! Thanks to everyone who commented - this was so much fun I might have to do it again . . .


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