Saturday, April 23, 2011

April BJP 2011

AS IF I haven't already spent way too much of my days soul searching, contemplating the twists and turns my life has taken to lead me to where I am now.  And then I pull Arizona from my BJP coin jar.  The first thought that came to me was Missed Opportunity. 

When I was 19 I flew out to Phoenix to spend some time with my Aunt Patsy and Uncle Dave and my cousins.  What a blast we had.  Two of my cousins (Patrick just a few years younger than me and Joanne a few years older than me) and I took a trek up to the Grand Canyon and stopped at various places along the way.  Patrick is the brother that I never had and Joanne is just an awesome soul.    I won't bore you with the details, but that trip (including riding the mules down the Grand Canyon) was beyond spectacular.  If I should ever come in to money, the first thing I would do -- do that trip again with my cousins.   

Missed Opportunity?  Yeah.  Why in world did I not pack up my bags and start my life out there while I was young??!  Not only was a part of my family that I just adore out there, I loved those rocks, canyons, wide open skies.  Patrick lives in Flagstaff now and Joanne is out in California, my Aunt and Uncle have since  passed on.  I made my choice to return to New York.   And here I am.  But my heart is still with them out West. 

I had no plan in mind when I started.  And it felt so good to just bead.  No rhyme or reason to placement.  Just bead.  Sigh. 

April 2011 BJP

Luckily Patrick and Joanne have both made it back 'home' in the past few years.  They are just the most comfortable people to be around.  True Treasures.
Patrick and Me

Kathy, Joanne and Me
March BJP 2011

February BJP 2011

January BJP 2011
~ Bead Happy and Often ~


Szikati said...

Wonderful pendants, I love all of them!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Stunning. As are all your BJP quarter projects! Great story also. I often just bead and sigh.

flyingbeader said...

They are All looking GREAT! I too sometimes wonder about the missed opportunities...but then I wouldn't be where I am now & I kinda like myself this way.

Robbie said...

love each of your BJP's for this year but guess Arizona is my favorite. I love the state, the desert, the's a BEAUTIFUL state. my friend still lives there and I think she's so lucky!! Beautiful job, Lynn!! As usual...

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

if you had stayed in phoenix, we could be beading together! things happen for a reason and we are meant to be where we are. i would rather be places OTHER than phoenix, but this is where i'm meant to be for now. love your beading on your magnet this usual! :) hugs

LissC said...

The arizona is beautiful!!!! You can always come visit and stay with me :) I wouldn't be taking the donkey's down the canyon, my family has done it but I'm not one for heights. The one and only time I went to the G.Canyon I had nightmares the whole night. Every time I closed my eyes I got the sensation of falling. I love your quarter projects. I think I told you I pulled my quarters a year or so ago thinking I would make custom necklaces because the scenes were so beautiful on them. Obviously I never got around to it, so it's extra fun seeing what you make with them. They are just amazing. And I love the way you take pictures along the way. very clever.

I hope you are having a wonderful easter!!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lynn, we are such kindred souls...I have visited the southwest several times and my heart lies there even if I was never brave enough to move there on my own.

I love how "Arizona" came out--just total freedom!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Its beautiful as ever! wWell done!

Barbara said...

I absolutely love all of these! I sometimes have pangs about being in the NE because I know there are many other lovely places in our wide country, but I'm a Jersey girl at heart and don't really want to live anywhere else. That makes it more fun to visit those lovely places!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

i was just curious as to how you and your daughter are doing these days? I hope all is well and on the mend. xx

Free Precious Style said...

I really like your original ideas to make jewels!Congrats with heart!Natasha

Tracey N. said...

I dont know how you put so much detail and thought into such a small area! I love these. Maybe i should jump in my car and drive to you so I can see them for myself!! I hope all is well with you and the rest of your family. Hugs! Cant wait to see May.