Update. I will be closed the month of June. Things changed and so I have to go with the flow. WE WILL BE OPEN THE MONTH OF MAY!!!!!!
I hope this finds all of my blogging friends happy and doing well. All is well here. I will be gone for most of the month of June so my Beadwright Etsy and my Beadwright website will be closed during that time. If you need Nicole's BeadBacking or other supplies now would be the time to get them.
I hope all of you are having nice days and spending them they way you would like. I wanted to introduce you to Heather Bennett. I love the way she beads and creates each piece of her work. I am very happy to say that she does use Nicole's BeadBacking. Here in her own words is Heather Bennett.
I began beading when I was 12. I successfully copied a piece I bought in
Cherokee, NC. From that point on, beading was in my blood. I enjoy
weaving and loom work, but my heart is in embroidery. It combines my
love of beads and the skills my grandmothers taught me in sewing. I find
freedom in being able to create whatever my heart desires.
You can see that freedom in her pieces. You can contact Heather through her Etsy store LavishCultureJewelry
I know it has been awhile since I have blogged. Don't freak out I have been Face Booking. EEEKKKK. I have thought about all of my blogging friends and hope all of you are doing well. I will try to get to your blogs this weekend.
I know it has been some time since I posted here. Don't gasp but I have been playing on FB. EEEKKKK!!!! I have not forgotten all of my NON FB friends though. Keeping very busy with art and listing new items in our Beadwright etsy store. Lots of Ultrasuede sets, and if any of your are getting ready for Spring Pow Wow come check out the items for regalia.
I received a very nice gift from my Son, Troy. He is always thinking of his mama.
I truly am so fortunate to meet some of the worlds nicest people who share not only their talents but the goodness of their hearts with others. Lucia is one of these beautiful women who creates from her soul and blesses people she comes in contact with.
In her own words I introduce to you Lucia Ramos
is a breast cancer survivor and teaches beading to other cancer
survivors and those in treatment. Beading is a meditative and healing
art which has benefits to those suffering with this disease. She is a
member of the Los Angeles Bead Society which is one of the oldest groups
in the U.S www.beadsociety.la.org.
Her work can be purchased and viewed at the Pasadena Bead and Design
shows in Los Angeles, and other high-end shows in southern California.
She can be contacted at email@example.com for specific shows.
of her pieces are designed and embroidered on NBB, since the color
palettes, sizes and durability are PERFECT for this technique. She even
uses little scraps to fill in on smaller designs in her work and doesn't
waste any material!!!!!
NBB is her "go-to" beading foundation and she recommends it to all as a quality product!
STATEMENT by Licia
Licia Ramos has been a beader for over
30 years and owns
her own company
BEADED STATEMENTS by Licia. Her original and unique collections of bead
embroidered jewelry, using vintage and contemporary cabochons, focal beads, and
semi-precious gemstones are beautiful show stoppers, and stunning examples of
wearable bead art.
has an artistic flair for color, style, texture, pattern, and shape inspired by
family generations of Italian painters, sculptors, and crafters from the Art
Beaded Statements, (pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets) are miniature
works of art, using a combination of off-loom stitches and embroidery
has a private clientele, and her work has been displayed and sold at shows,
galleries and studios.
She is a member
of the Los Angeles Bead Society.
has also had a career as a professional speaker and facilitator and loves
teaching beading to
inspire others to create and enhance their artistry.
Guidance, Instruction and
Workshops are for both individuals and groups.
can be private, public or in-home parties.
include: Basics - Necklaces, Bracelets and/or Earrings, and
or Advanced - Cabochon Beading, Bead Embroidery, and Embellishment. She’s known
for sharing her knowledge and passion of beads so that everyone whether
beginner or advanced designs a piece uniquely their own, and absolutely loves
It is more difficult than I thought it would be to find my "normal" since my mom passed away. I am trying to keep very busy with my brother taking care of my mom's affairs and my own. Thank goodness my brother and I are doing this together. Anyway I am just trying to stay light and as stress free as possible. I have managed to sell another painting and started a new one the other day. This is not quite finished but you get the idea. Miss all of you fine people and your art. I look forward to seeing what you have been up to.
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
I really do love each and every one of these dolls.
Thank you Priscilla and Lillian for sharing with us.
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.
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.
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.
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!
April 24.1930-December 4, 2014
She was the best part of me, my best friend, my loving mentor
Life is a rainbow of color that sees us to the other side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.