Thursday, January 15, 2015

TIME

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe how fast time and this month has gone by.   Time..... If I had some I would look up the meaning of it. How it really works and why we are so dictated by it. 
Time is often referred to as the fourth dimension, the first three being the spatial dimensions. When you think about it, it is "man" who puts restraints on time. I would love to live in my old world, in the remote, where time doesn't matter and my days simply float by 
with no schedules or appointments. 



  
Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

HAPPY SUNDAY

Hi Everyone!

Wishing all of you a very happy Sunday


photo from google

Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, January 9, 2015

THANK YOU WITH LOVE

Hi Everyone!

First I would like to thank all of you for the most amazing love and caring comments, emails, post cards and letters. I may not be getting to all of your blogs right now but I want all of you to know how much it means to me and how much it is helping me get through this time. So Thank you with Love

 Photo by my daughter April


                              On a happy note all of the clay has been sold. Thanks Sue!

Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

FINDING MY WAY

Hi Everyone!

I am finding my way in this life with out my mom. I can't tell you how difficult it really is. But I do know she would not want me sad or crying all the time. So I have started to "get on with it" Haaa the work never stopped LOL.  Part of getting on with it is getting my new web site up and going. I worked on it most of today. Got a new page up and hopefully tonight will have another page up. Yummy Ultrasuede. So be sure to check in at Beadwright.  Also mom's died quills are going fast so if you are interested please email me




The next big push is selling mom's polymer clays. Mom was a clay artist. She left a nice supply and I would love to sell it off in one fell swoop. Anyone interested I will price this sooo right!
Here are a few photos.






Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

INTRODUCING LILLIAN ARENA TRULY BEAUTIFUL

Hi Everyone!

Last year a very nice lady, Priscilla, wrote to me about NBB and how she wanted some for her mom. No problem but when I found out "mom" was 95 years young I had to know what she was creating.  So Priscilla wrote a short bio and sent the most amazing photos. I am honored to introduce to you 
Lillian Arena and in Priscilla's words



You sent me an email about craft pictures that my 95 year old mother has been working on using your fine quality Nicole's BeadBacking.  Here are some of the pictures from the project.  My mother Lillian Arena was sitting in a bead store and Robin Atkin's book caught her interest and her wanting to start this craft project.  She purchased the book and started on the project.  She has been crafting all of her life being a doll collector and also making cloth dolls and their clothes.  Besides dolls her interests have been China painting, working with clay, sewing and participating in several
San Francisco area doll and teddy bear clubs.  She is a voracious reader too.  She is probably happiest when she is working on crafts.  She started her journey with crafting after she retired in her 60's.  She finds great pleasure in learning new crafts all the time.  When she learned how to
make Kumihimo braids several years ago she and I held a craft day for a small group of crafters near our home.  We had a blast.  I now have a large box of completed Kumihimo's waiting for me to bead embroider some cabochons to hang on them.  Shibori ribbon caught her eye and as
you will see she has incorporated the shibori ribbon in her small doll projects.  I fully think she will continue to craft and enjoy all things handmade for many years to come.  I am attaching several pictures of her latest project.  Thank you for your interest in my mother. 
 She truly is an amazing person.

 I agree Lillian is amazing
 Her easy elegance is in her natural beauty
 Using NBB for her dolls makes me proud
 Again elegance
 I really do love each and every one of these dolls.

 Thank you Priscilla and Lillian for sharing with us.

Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

IT'S AMOST HERE 2015

Hi Everyone!

I am so glad this year is just about over. LOL
I am looking forward and wishing all of us the very best 2015. 


Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

REOPENING MY BEADWRIGHT ETSY STORE

Hi Everyone!

My days are getting better..... well not really.... just keeping busy so I don't think too much. Part of being busy is getting my Beadwright store and website up. The site will be up and running by Jan. 1, 2015 but I think today I will reopen my Beadwright Etsy store. I am announcing that I will only be taking credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, personal and business checks and US postal money orders through my Beadwright Etsy store. Just a few of the changes I am making for 2015. 

I don't actually make New Years resolution, I do reflect on the previous year and wonder how I could make the next year better. For me being more tolerant with family members and not being so hard on myself. That sounds good for now.

Going through boxes of photos my mom had,  I found this one of me with my babies.I was 20 years.
It is an old Polaroid


And 42 years later is my Granddaughter and her baby girl.
Born this year.

It 's a beautiful circle isn't it?


Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hello Everyone!

Well yesterday was full of tears and on the phone ALLLLLLL day. As a lot of families mine is scattered all over the country. Thank goodness for unlimited talk and text. LOL 
I did make turkey dinner yesterday and ate way too much. Trying to find my humor. That is what my mom would want. She laughed every day and made me laugh too.
Why is it that the day after Christmas


 I feel like this.
 When I would really like to be doing this
 Actually in my mind I see me doing this

All images taken from Google search.

Wishing all of you a great day!

Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I AM HOME

Hi Everyone!

It has been a long month for me but I am finally home. It feels strange and I am still a bit off center but with time and keeping busy I will get back in the swing of things. I will be taking care of mom's house and other things from here. My nephew is staying at mom's house until we sell it. Hey anyone want to buy a house in OR? LOL 
So today I am thank you all of you again for the warmth and caring emails, comments and cyber hugs.
From Mike and I we wish you all the very nicest Christmas and the best ever 2015.

 
Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

JUST A NOTE

Hi Everyone!
 
Just a note to say thank you again for all the kindness shown to me and my family with the passing of my mom. Closing one's life is a heart sick ordeal, especially when it is your mom. I am keeping strong with the help of my brother who is here with me. Packing up the little things of her life tears at me and then I cry. She was my best friend, my everyday world, and she will be in my heart for ever.
If you can hug your mom today.
 
Me and Mom


Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, December 5, 2014

MIRACLE OF A MOTHER'S LOVE

Hi Everyone!
 
Ohhhh thank you, thank you, thank you. I can not tell you how comforting all of your comments and emails are this morning. For my long time readers you know how close my mom and I were. So as horrible as it was yesterday I am honored to have been able to make sure my mom's wishes were carried out. Mom knew my brothers and I were there. We all made sure she heard our loving words and just before her last few breaths, with the strength of a mother's love she said, "I love you"  Very shortly after that she was on the other side dancing with my brother and sister.  I am not quite sure how to conduct my life right now. 9 AM was the first phone call of the day between mom and I and I am wondering how that is really going to effect me when I return home.
I tell my friends this a lot, having lost so many family members in the last 5 years, to be sure to tell the people around that you love them, how they matter in your life. It is important.  So to all my cyber friends near and far and to those who I see in real time. Thank you for your thoughtful and loving concern for me and my family. Thank you for the humor, and sharing, and the joy of knowing you. Our world has changed so much to this screen and key board before me, but with out it I would not have the pleasure to meet and on a limited basis know all of you. I send my love to all of you!
 
Sarah Tronti
April 24.1930-December 4, 2014
She was the best part of me, my best friend, my loving mentor
My MOM
 
Life is a rainbow of color that sees us to the other side.

Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

END OF LIFE

Hi Everyone!
 
I am sorry I have not been able to keep you updated on my mom or to answer your wonderful emails. Several days ago my mom took a turn for the worse. It has been an emotional....hhhmmmm let's be honest here, It has been the worst week of my life. My brothers are here now and today we are ending mom's life. Meaning we are taking her off of life support. Those words seem so unreal to me.
I have whispered in mom's ear of all the lovely things you have written to us. The words of encouragement, the prayers, the funny get well cards that mom likes so much. Thank you to every one for just being here for me and my mom. This will be the worse day.

My mom loves this painting.
 
I will write soon
 
Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

UDATE ON MOM THANK YOU

Hi Everyone!
 
I can't get to my FB on mom's PC so I am glad my blog posts are linked there.
First I am overwhelmed at the emails, comments, and posts for my mom. Thank you from the top and the bottom of my heart. All of the prayers and healing energy is working so far.
 
Mom went directly into surgery from the ER. I spoke to the surgeon before and after the surgery. There is a wonderful team of people at the Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass, OR. 
The surgery went well. Mom had significant infection and fluids in her stomach from a ruptured bowel. The lining of the bowel was dead due to lack of blood flow at one time.  Dr. Frost, the surgeon, a wonderful lady, took her time and expertise to take care of all the problems. Because of mom's terrible lungs she was on a respirator but was taken off yesterday. When I saw mom I was so happy that she actually looked pretty good. Ya  know for being drugged up and 4 IV's coming out of her arm. I was actually able to speak to mom on the phone last night for just a few minutes. We are not out of the woods yet but she is doing better than any one thought she would. Again thank you so much for all the warmth and love sent our way.


Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

MY MOM IS IN HOSPITAL

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to tell you that I will be away from home. My mom is in hospital. Not sure what is wrong. She is 84 and most of you know how close we are and how much time we spend together. 
Please send healing energy and prayers. 

My Beadwright etsy store and website will be closed until further notice.




Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

WISHING ALL OF YOU A HAPPY DAY

Hi Everyone!

I am sure that most of you are busy today cooking, being with family and friends. I am making Mike turkey and some ambrosia salad that he has been drooling after for the last few days. LOL Other than that phone calls to the kids and grand kids. 
What ever you day is we wish you happiness and love.


Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BEYOND THRILLING ART

Hi Everyone!

Hope your weekend is exactly what you want it to be. I have a few things planned today including cleaning. You know I clean all the time but I hate clutter so the pantry is getting a work over today. LOL
So put all that aside I discovered a great video this morning. It is an OMG moment. Looks just like regular paper sculpture right? Haaa watch the video you will be astonished.

This first video click on the little cog to settings for English. It will give you subtitles.


This video shows an even better example of just how much movement is in a sculpt. It is only a minute or so long. You will NOT want to miss this.


I would love to see this in real time or actually I would love to own one of these sculpts.

Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A GREAT PLACE TO EAT IN EUGENE OREGON

Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago Mike and I had to go to town. Ya know Eugene, Oregon because Florence simply sucks for shopping. Anyway we don't usually eat out when we go to town but this day we decided to try a place in the River Valley Mall. It is upstairs away from the food court. The place is open with a very nice atmosphere. It is so open that you can watch the cooks preparing the food. Mike turned to me and said, " I just watched the cook make my burger patty" I could hear it sizzling on the grill, I said, "Yes I can hear it." Mike says, "No I watched her form the patty it is not a premade frozen piece of meat" When our food arrived it was beautifully prepared. The we learned that all the meats and produce are organic, grass fed and grown in Oregon. All the breads and  pies are made from scratch including the burger buns. I had a veggie sandwich that was perfect. You would think that with everything so fresh and hand made the prices would be sky high. NOT AT ALL in fact less expensive that other places. I was so pleased with the experience I asked for some business cards to pass out. If you live in or are going to Eugene, Oregon stop in at the Valley River Mall and head upstairs to the Terrace Cafe. You will be so glad you did.

Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

CHRISTMASS STOCKING

Hi Everyone!

You know I am a huge supporter of supporting others. When I find something or someone that I think others would be interested in I try to get the word out. Yesterday I met a very nice lady who lives not to far from me in Myrtle Point, OR. Her web site is perfect for this time of year.
It is The Holiday Stocking Co.! How perfect is that? We all know how busy this time of year is and making those stockings can get a way from us. Why not have them made by Charlene Faulkner? You can add any personal touch that you like and the price is so reasonable.
She even has them for Hanukkah.
 


 


But that is not all! She has jewelry pieces and fine art by  Richard Faulkner. His art is just stunning!



Stop by to say hello to Charlene. You can also reach her at these sites.

 
 
Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

PAINT PARTY FRIDAY NOV 14

Hi Everyone!

Happy Paint Party Friday. Thanks to Eva and Kristen we have a party every week. Come join us by stopping in to see what artists from all over the world are creating. Or maybe you have some art you would like to share. Either way it is so mush fun and the 
artists are some of the nicest people you will meet.
So the last few weeks I have been MIA with my blog but I have been busy in the art studio. First I needed some warmer/winter curtains. I had some old floor length insulated curtains that were white. No that won't for for me especially for the art studio. So on a sunny day I took the curtains out to the yard. Grabed a box of old craft acrylics and just had fun.
 I loved painting these curtains and they are perfect in the studio.

 I have several other paintings and some leather work finished but it has been so dark from the stormy weather I can't get good photos. So next week.
Have a great weekend!

Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

I'M STILL HERE LOL

Hi Everyone!!

I know it has been a few weeks since I blogged. I have been busy getting our home winterized and just in the nick of time. It has turned cold, windy and rainy. After such a beautiful summer here in Florence I guess it is time for our normal weather. LOL 
Yesterday we had to go to town. Ya know Eugene, for some shopping and for a special item I must wear  now when I go out. lupus... reallyyyy can you just leave me alone. LOL (That is said in my sarcastic voice LOL)  So all summer I have been feeling pretty good with the exception of lupus rash from the sun. The one thing I crave, sun, and now I can't go out in it unless I have a covering over my face. Sooooooo I have found some pretty nice ones online but wanted to see and feel them. I was lucky to find a 50+ FPS covering that is a tube of fabric that goes over your head. It looks like a scarf, then all I have to do is pull up the edge and cover my face. It is pretty comfortable too.
I am looking for one that has a skeleton on it. LOL I think that would be pretty cool. I've seen them just want one that has a bit of color. 

Other than that life is good and looking forward to 2015.
Wow when you were a kid did you ever say to yourself. "hmmm wonder what I will be doing in 2015?" Ha bet not. Have a great day!


Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

LAST SALE OF THE YEAR

Hi Everyone!

Well we are winding down on this year and this will be my last sale for 2014. Everything is already marked down. NBB 12x9" just $1.80 a sheet any color. NBB 9x6" just $1.00 a sheet any color. Bead sets still available at low low prices. Ultrasuede is in and of course you get a free sheet of NBB. Nature craft supplies gourds and pine needles. Loom by Mike, beading patterns and much more so head over to our Beadwright etsy store and our Beadwright website.  In addition to the sale if you shop in our Beadwright etsy store and  use your credit or debit card you will also receive 5% cash back.
This sale ends Nov. 13, 2014. Stock up on NBB now because we will be closed for most of December. We will try to stay open the first week of Dec but no promises. We will be back Jan. 1 2015 with a new website and some other new surprises. So like I said if you need NBB, or other supplies now is the time to get them. 






Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, October 31, 2014

AN ART FILLED STORY MUST SEE THIS VIDEO

Hi Everyone!

For the historian the artist or just wanting to see something beautiful. Please watch this video. You will be amazed and a tear to the eye.

Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PAINT PARTY FRIDAY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND

Hi Everyone!!

Did you think I fell of the side of the planet? I know it has been a while but I have been busy and also spent some time with my mom. All things are good there. We were able to visit friends and just had a great time. 
I am linking up with Paint Party Friday. Giving Eva and Kristin a big thank you for hosting such a nice event. There are so many nice people who participate not to mention that the art if fantastic. So stop by to see who is creating what. For me I have a few pieces to show you. 

This is a desert scene that I am happy to announce sold almost as soon as I finish it. Hurraaayy!!!!
All the stickers I did with the tip of an African Porcupine quill.

This is a 20x16 canvas with a pastel background. Then Nicole's BeadBacking makes up the colorful stained glass look. I really like this piece.
  This is an abstract forest with lots of color pastels and acrylics.
 Have a happy Halloween (Samhain) and a great weekend

Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity 
in art, in life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PAINT PARTY FRIDAY

Hi Everyone!

Happy Paint Party Friday! I do not have anything new to show right now,  but I do have a piece that Mike made this week. Mike takes great photos and has an in house digital photo studio and developer. A few weeks ago on  our way to Eugene we stopped at the Mapleton post office. While I was inside Mike was taking photos of  a rose. Later when he developed and printed it off, I told him this one needs to be framed. So he made a frame and here is how it came out. The photo is exquisite with a pretty cool detail. 

So pretty
 A little closer please
 Cllooooossseeerrrr
Is this the coolest spider?  I love the dew drops too.

 Now for something you should all know. I posted this on my blog the other day and if you want to see the complete post click here. I just thought it was worth posting for PPF

Please take a minute to watch the video then write to any on line sites that you belong to that does not support "No Right Click"

Art Stolen being sold on Walmart on line
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10612434



Thanks to Eva and Kristen for hosting Paint Party Friday. 
Please stop by to see all of the amazing art work this week.

Nicole/Beadwright Honor
and integrity in art, in life.
Hi Everyone!

Last Halloween I made about 50 of these flying bats and placed them on my front window as if they were swarming. I hung some from the wings and they bobbed up and down when touched. I made these with Midnight Black Nicole's BeadBacking. As I was pulling out my Halloween decorations I thought I would share this pattern and how to make them with you.
If you want a free bat pattern just email me here EMAIL
Get Nicole's BeadBacking in our Beadwright Etsy store or our Beadwright website
This is the finished product go to NBB tutorials for the step by step. 
Click here or scroll to the top of the page.



Nicole/Beadwright 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ART STOLEN SOLD ON WALMART SITE

Hi Everyone!

Most of you know that I have had articles and other copyrighted items stolen from magazine editors and other artists. Dose it anger me? Beyond what you could imagine. For many years I have asked Etsy to please set in place a "no right click" on photos that are displayed by sellers. To date they have refused to accommodate sellers. I am not the only one asking for this. So when I read this article and saw the video I had to share with all of you. The person from Canada who has stolen art work to make a profit from it should be shot. Yes I said shot! It amazes me when people from other countries tell me that copyright doesn't pertain to them because they don't live in the US. That is so far from the truth. Anyway before I go on a tangent please take a few minutes to watch this video. If you are a seller on Etsy, Ebay, Dwanda, Artfire or any other on line site that doesn't support "no right click". Then WRITE to them and ask for it!
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10612434



Nicole/Beadwright
Honor and integrity in art, in life.