Friday, May 1, 2009
Choosing To Grow--April BJP
"Grandma Marty, you're not growing any more," he said.
I replied with the usual evidence of grown-ups growing one gives to a five-year-old. Fingernails, toenails, and hair.
He thought. "But your hair isn't really growing because it's curly," he asserted.
I'm sure there's some logic there, but I'm equally sure that my hairdresser (the person responsible for the curls) and I do not share that logic.
I may have missed a teachable moment here, but I decided against a discussion of neuroplasticity in older adults.
He got me thinking, and so my April Bead Journal is "Choosing to Grow."
I used Lacy's Stiff Stuff as the foundation, sprayed with green and yellow Memories Mist.
The beads are 11/0s, 8/0s, 6/0s, cubes, bugles, triangles, and a few special shapes. All the beads are green. The ones that look silver are a greenish silver.
The backstitch again dominates.
The page is 2.75 inches by 2.75 inches.
I used taupe C-lon thread.
What I Was Thinking:
With "Choosing to Grow," I focused on how we can choose to grow in our responses to difficult situations. For me, the difficult situation is the Scary Medical Tests. This year they were scheduled for late April. (Note: I passed the tests.) As I worked on this page, I repeated to myself, "I'm choosing to grow." My idea was to train my mind, change my brain and transform myself, as stated on the cover of Sharon Begley's book. Did my strategy work? Sort of. I made it through the time before the tests, the tests, and the waiting for the results without turning into a mass of quivering gelatin dessert. OK, so I may have been gelatin dessert, but at least I didn't quiver! I'll keep trying the "I'm choosing to grow" mantra. This page is a partner with "Not Quite Pink."
I selected a new green color to represent new growth. The vertical columns of beads are growing from the horizontal foundation. While they look like new plants growing, they are intended to represent personal growth.
Issues that Came Up:
I still like Nymo better than C-lon, but I wanted to use up the C-lon I had. Of course, all the time I was using it I was wondering why I didn't at least buy some in chartreuse.
The first background for the vertical columns didn't work at all. It offended my artistic sensibilities, such as they are. So I ripped it out yesterday. That was April 30. The plain background worked for this page, but it isn't my favorite technique.
This is the most representational page I have made, except for maybe the September page. I prefer making more abstract pages.
Now on to May. I'm thinking flowers. Oops! That's representational.