Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Hi Everyone!
A week or more ago I posted that I got some paints and brushes for my birthday. I neglected to say that it was an EARLY birthday gift. I got lots of comments and emails and birthday cards in regular mail. Thank you, thank you, thank you all. 
However, my real birthday is April 27. :)  I do love all the attention though. Yesterday I had coffee with a very dear friend of mine, this is what she brought me for my birthday. I am a candle woman. I have them all over my  house and I use them everyday.
So how nice is this gift?  mmmm and they smell so good.
I can't remember when Gloria, from Loving Frida, shining Star, and I first met. I think it was from the blog one world one heart in 2010. When ever it was I have always loved Gloria's blog and her art. She is a lovely person with a heart of gold.
I am so honored to receive this book with some of Gloria's art
along with an abstract bangle she made.
Another wonderfully thoughtful gift.
My mom gave me two of her sculpey pieces. Thanks mom I love you

Wow turning 62 has been pretty nice so far and again I thank all of you for the birthday wishes and the gifts.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I hope all of you had a very nice weekend and a nice Easter if you celebrate.
I waited all day for Game of Thrones and again this third episode was NOT a disappointed at all..... And so the plot thickens with Little Finger, Lord Peter Baelish. 
He is wicked to the core in his easy going way.
I am hoping that Sansa and Arya meet up at the Vale.
Mike asked,  "Who is your favorite this season?"
Truly this season every character is my favorite. Each one is so complex and the sophistication of the show has stepped up from season three.
If you GOT what are your thoughts?
Aidan Gillen
Lord Peter Baelish

All photos found on Google images
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I am home for now. My mom is OK but NOT. She can still do little things but because of a life time of asthma that is now emphysema and the overall name COPD the big things she needs help with. I will be spending more time with her and leaving Mike at home. Thank you for all of the wonderful emails and well wishes. Making these memories with my mom are something that my brother's, who don't help me, will be sorry for later. 
Ahhh watching Game of Thrones last week with mom was awesome!!! Seeing that wicked little king get poisoned. Yeahhhh finally. Hee hee heee
So on to art. Before I left for mom's I did a few paintings. Just playing around nothing too serious.
Sharing this with Paint Party Friday. Thanks to Eva and Kristen and to all of the truly wonderful artists who participate. Stop by to say hello or maybe you would like to join in.
Acrylic on canvas
The Eye of the Peacock
Another piece for my daughter's new house.

Acrylic on canvas
Just playing with an abstract face

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Hi Everyone!

I will be on the road tomorrow to my mom's to care for her. 
I wanted to get my PPF post up before I left.
This is an abstract painting acrylic on 16x20 canvas.
 It is perfect for the wall space between the book shelf and the window. 
A big thanks to Eva and Kristen who host PPF. Be sure to click on the link to see all of the other fabulous artists who participate.


I will be back by Saturday the 19th. Mike will just have to fend for himself  LOL!!!!
I did get my birthday gift today. Yeahhhh paints and brushes

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to let all of you know I will be gone for a week or so. My mom is not doing very well. I will be leaving on Early Friday. I will be internet -less. LOL So I will answer all emails when I return. I am closing my Beadwright Store and Beadwright Etsy starting on Friday April 11. If you need Nicole's BeadBacking please order before Friday. I am hoping to be home by April 19th.
My mom is a tough cookie so I am sure she will be fine. Her birthday is April 24, she will be 84.
This is my mom Sarah and my brother Steve

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Hi Everyone!!!
Hope all of you enjoyed Game of Thrones as much as I did. A great start up for season 4.
The only think that seemed out of place was Jamie Lannister's hair cut. Hmmm
Wishing all of you a happy day

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Hi Everyone!
For me in the Pacific coast it is almost time for Game of Thrones. I have watched and re watched seasons 1,2 and 3. Just can't get enough of it. LOL I told Mike a year or so ago that I would like to live there. (In GOT) he replied, "You already do" LOL Hey I admit it I WOULD go live there if I could. Butttttt siggghhhhh I live in the hear and now. So what did you do today while waiting for Season 4 of GOT?
I painted most of the day. Mike came into my studio and asked what I wanted for my birthday. AAAhh daauuuhhhh..... I had forgotten about that... without a thought or a blink of an eye I said, " A set of nice paint brushes and some good acrylic paints" So we will see what happens.
Let me know what you did today and what you think of Season 4 GOT.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Hi Everyone!
It is Saturday and the day is dark and gloomy here in Florence, OR. Just a good day to stay in and clean house while I watch/listen to The Game of Thrones. I don't really need to "watch" it I know it almost my heart. LOL
Yesterday we had to drive South to the Reedsport. We decided to take a walk on the docks just to get a few photos.
Hope you enjoy them
Wishing everyone a happy Saturday


Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Hi Everyone!
OK so my title may not make any sense to some of you. Thursday and Paint Party Friday PPF?
Well PPF comes from the wonderful Eva and Kristen who live in the east. I live in the west. So at midnight eastern time it is Friday. It is 9PM here in the west. So again Yeaahhhh it's Thursday and PPF! Visit all the wonderful artists who participate.
I have been away for a few weeks but I am back and full of art energy so get ready. Tonight I am showing a painting that is for my beautiful daughter April and her husband Dax. They are buying a new home and wanted some art. This is not finished but I am liking it so far. Hope you do to.
20x16 acrylics on canvas

It is dark and stormy here so the lighting is not great for photos.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Hi Everyone!
Today already seem like I am running on empty. I will take some herbs and get myself going here. I wanted to show you some art that just fascinates me. You all know that if it has a futuristic theme or any kind of skulls or skeletons I am all in, but give me futuristic skeletons and I am doing the skeleton happy dance!  OK all of you know I am a bit out there. Well maybe a lot out there. LOL
Here are few that I really like hope you do to.


Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I have truly had an amazing career in Beading. Fifty years is creeping up on it and it has been amazing. Part of this life in bead and art is the incredible people I have met. Beading brings together like minds but from all walks of life, ages, backgrounds, cultures and then connects us in a way that nothing else has over the centuries. Yes, the computer age allows us to do this. But even before the PC I crossed paths with beaders from all over the world. One of these very talented people is 
Diana Grygo also know as "The Lone Beader"  
Diana captures the sights and pure essence of the scenes she beads. Her doggie broches are so much fun and a delight to all of those who make and wear them.
If you don't know this very nice lady, then allow me to introduce
Diana Gyrgo "The Lone Beader"

"The Lone Beader (aka. Diana L. Grygo) is  a self-taught bead embroidery artist currently working in Boston, MA. She loves to create extremely dimensional beaded paintings by stitching glass seed beads to felt. Her beadwork is inspired by dogs, classic cars, city scenes, and pop culture. Her pieces are a labour of love, requiring patience and perseverance. 
The Lone Beader's work has been published in both Beadwork and Bead & Button Magazines, the Bead International 2008 book, Australia's Creative Beading Magazine, Russia's Handmade Magazine, and most recently, a book called 
Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long. Her work has been shown in juried exhibits & galleries across the country. The Lone Beader is also a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge, MA."
Just a few of the beautiful pieces of Diana Grygo

These are some of Diana's paintings

 Be sure to stop by to say hello to Diana and tell her Nicole sent you

More links
You must see this so click on the link
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I couldn't wait to publish these photos. On Thursday Mike and I had to drive to Coos Bay, OR. to have our car serviced. Yah know the big 5 year car service. For us it is a 70 mile drive to get there. We asked for a loaner car so we didn't have to sit at the dealership all day.  We got a mini van. First time I have ever been in one. Comfy and lots of room but what a gas hog. Anyway we drove another 30 miles to our favorite place on the OR coast, a town named Bandon. The weather, as you can see sucks just as much as it does in Florence, but the town is nicer. As we drove in we noticed some art that was in the form of a huge seal and a fish on an empty lot. We found out that a group of artists in Bandon have rallied together to try and clean up the tons of garbage that floats in on the beach. This is garbage that tourists, boater, fisherman and well you get it, PEOPLE just throw into the ocean. These sea creatures were made mostly of plastics but there were other pieces of garbage that the sea vomited up onto the beach. It is a sad situation when going to the beach, any beach is littered with the waste that humans just toss overboard. Is my tone a bit on the angry side? Yeah I guess it is. It just seems SOME people have no pride in where we live. But before I go off on a tangent LOL I want to applaud the good people of Bandon for taking a step. Cleaning the beach and doing something to show people just how much garbage they collected.  
Do you have a group, or do you belong to a group of people that have taken steps to clean up your area. Tell me about them.
Henry the Fish

How cut is the Seal?

Honor and integrity in art, in life.