I am a little late in posting my 1st Bead Journal Project of 2013. Let me tell you about my theme this year. The official name I am using is Matters of my Heart. I am using a heart shape which I will do each month. I cut out my Nicoles BeadBack and Ultra suede with Amuse Studios heart trio die set using the largest heart in the set. Which measures about 1.484” x 1.289”. Using embroidery improvisationally beading because I really wanted to just bead what was in my heart for the month.
So, what was the matters of my heart for January…..mental illness is was at the for front of my heart. Yes, with the Sandy Hook tragedy so fresh in my mind but also my own childhood. Unless you have or do live with someone with a mental illness you can’t understand what a “typical” day is like.
As my main color, I used many shades of green. First reason, I used green is the color of the awareness ribbon for bipolar disorder. Also green is the color of balance and growth. I know what a struggle it is for everyone effect by this disease to find balance. I hope and prayer for more growth in understanding this disease. I used accents of gold (for success), white (for wholeness), and black (because it is the a hidden disease).
The little collage I made was to cover up a bead I cracked, but in hindsight I think it was to show how people and people living with people with a mental illness cover things up. Okay, on the collage I used, butterfly wings (fly free), the word me (I lived with a parent with mental illness), the number 1 for January, and stars (to show you can shine).
1 in 17 adults have a mental illness. Something they can’t control just like heart disease. You are born with it. Please show patience, mercy and love to these people and their families! I will get off my soap box now.
Thanks so much for stopping in check out my Bead Journal. I am hoping to be on top next month. SMILE!