Saturday, July 23, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I am happy to announce the winners of my Numbers Contest. 
First place Stacy Cymblsity, second place Sandy Weppner and third place Carol  DeLater Congratulations, your prizes will be sent out this week. YAY! I love giving things away.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted my art and beading friends to know that I just listed white leather in my store. This is US cow hide smooth surface and very clean. Perfect for finished beadwork, leather crafts and multimedia art projects.  

 Larger pieces 15x11"

Smaller 1ox7" and you get a free piece of Snow White NBB

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Hi Everyone!

If you don't receive my Beadwright NewsLetter or follow me on FB you may have missed that my partner Mike had a small stroke on the side of his head and now has double vision.  This has led us to make some changes in our life. One, Mike will not be able to make our "Looms by Mike" so if you had thoughts of getting one now would be the time. 

There are only a few left in my Beadwright Etsy Store.  
The other huge change is that after 22 years of running a website I will be closing my  This one really hurts me, however,  my time is spread pretty thin right now.  
I have transferred most of the website items over to etsy. Remember if you don't shop etsy you can always email me with your order. 

With all the sadness and stress here I thought a happy thing would be to have a
number giveaway contest.   

Send me a number between
500 and 5000
The winning numbers or the numbers that are closest and sent in first will win

#1 a small painting created by me.

#2 a package of beads

#3 Nicole's BeadBacking set

Send me your number with your mailing address by Saturday July 23

Wishing all of you a very happy Sunday

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I know it has been awhile since I have posted. Eeehhhh, ya know life and taking care of DH. He still has double vision and that makes life more adventuresome than EVER. LOL!!!!  So I received an email for the Dick Blick Go Big art competition. I though why not? It is a voting competition that begins on August 1. However, you can go right now and "LIKE" my painting. 
It is the only larger format I had on hand so you may have seen it before. 

Send a Raven  
18x24" Acrylic with molding paste texture.
Leave a comment too!

Thanks so much!
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, July 1, 2016

4th of July Sale

Hi Everyone!!

Since I had to cancel my vacation to be with my kids due to DH having double vision...... I have decided to celebrate with a 4th of July Sale!!!! Yayyyyyy!!!!! Use this coupon code in either of our or Beadwright.etsy stores and you will receive a 20% discount  on your total order. Simply paste this code in at check out JULY4THSALE. It is the only way to receive the discount.   Happy and safe weekend to all of you.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I guess I will go with bad news, good news. LOL The bad news is that with this most recent medical episode with my DH we have had to cancel our vacation to go see our kids.  It truly is a boo hoo moment for me.  The good news is that since I am not going anywhere I am reopening my Beadwright.Etsy store and  My etsy store is already open I will have open by tomorrow. Soooo if you have been worried that you couldn't get Nicole's BeadBacking or other supplies NOW you can!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Not much art this week. Lots of medical going on with my DH. I swear the gods just want to see how much they can pile on top of us. Mike woke up two weeks ago with double vision. RYKM???? So our lives have been full of all kinds of tests, scans, blood work, and what ever else can be as expensive as possible. Our vacation has also been put on hold. Ohhh, have you ever had a double vision husband tell you how to drive? It is hilarious!!!!  Mike and I are trying to keep a positive attitude and joking as much as we can, but this is not good.  Soooooo art this week has been hit and miss and nothing is really turning out very well. 
Here are a few sketches and just messing around. 
 A  huge thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday.
Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend.

OK she looks a little scary. LOL

Just messing around. Have not drawn an apple since I was a kid. Need more practice. 

Hmmm who knows what this girl is thinking. Maybe she needs a hair dresser. LOL

in conclusion

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Hi Everyone!

A friend of mine on Facebook posted this and I thought it was worth posting here. Wishing all of you a very nice day.

 Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hi Everyone.
This last week on Paint Party Friday Christine from Christine's Blog  shared that she had entered a piece of art in the Michael's Art Competition. Well it gave me a bit of courage to enter myself. There are some pretty impressive art pieces. Now like so many of us I just skimmed the rules. There are 6 judges to jury in 10 finalists. Then it is up to public vote. I really don't like this type of competition. You win on how many friends you have that will take the time to vote. LOL OH well it for fun and seeing all the art that has been entered is very inspiring. I haven't found mine or Christine's pieces so if you do let us know.
This is mine.


If you have entered Michael's Art Competition leave a comment and a link so I can share it.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Pretty hectic here. Life sometimes just doesn't go the way you expect it to. The one great thing is that every day is a new beginning and  we can carry on. I do have art this week. Yay.... First a big thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday.  

I got some new colored pencils a few months ago and this is the first I have tried them. Found this face on google, drew it out, and colored in my own design in it. The pencils are a bit light.

Playing around with some abstract

and using up some paint on my palate. You can't see it in this photo
but there are limbs showing through the leaves.

Going through some old art boxes and found this drawing I did back in the 1990s.
 I used this on greeting cards I made.  

Be sure to visit the other artists who participate.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I was looking for something on line and came across hats. Now I love hats, I own many and wear them. However, I am not sure I would wear any of these. Well maybe....LOL
I do realize that some of these are for the runway and others for parades but all of them are pretty awesome. Enjoy the hats.

Now this is a matching outfit.

 I don't understand wear food on your head

You know I love this one and I might wear it. Ya know to an art show.

You are probably hungry now with all the food hats. LOL

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, June 6, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I have not done a Bizarre Shoe post in a very long time. Well sit back and take them all in.  

Hope you enjoyed the show.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I know I am posting this on Thursday but I won't have time later tonight.
While going through a box of old art I found some "Car Art" that I did back in 2013,
Car Art is me sketching while on a road trip. It is NOT always pretty with the horrible roads we have here but it is something to do on a long trip. Anyway, just for fun I thought I would try to paint one of the sketches. I found that painting it was not as easy as sketching it. A bit more practice..... I also finished the leather sculpt. I really like these self canvases. I got a few on clearance, they are really expensive.  
A big thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. 

This is the Car Art in pencil.

This is the Car Art in Acrylics

Leather sculpt in shelf canvas

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I am so fortunate to know some extraordinary people who create from their hearts. Pat Herkal is one of these artists.  Of course I am thrilled she created this amazing creature with Nicole's BeadBacking.
So In Pat's words here is what she did.

I started with a rabbit pattern I purchased from Cynthia Treen on Etsy. Her bunny is about 7” tall. I enlarged the pattern then changed or tweaked it to add detail. Beatrix is 17 1/2” tall.
I traced then cut my patterns out of Nicole's BeadBacking adding seam allowances where needed. Much of the head and outer ears were covered with buttons from my mother and grandmother’s button boxes. The inner ears, cheeks and soles of the feet are sequins that my mother used to make Christmas stockings. Ultrasuede is between the ears and down the nose and on the front of the ears. I used silk bits mostly hand dyed by a local fiber artist, some upholstery fabric and velvet bits for the arms, legs and body. I randomly machine stitched the fabric onto the pattern pieces drawn onto the Nicole' s BeadBacking and embellished them with crazy quilt embroidery, beads, a few charms and a broken rhinestone pin and buttons. A friend made me a felted ball and I beaded it for the tail. I used copper wire in the ears, through the head and into the body to add stability and to allow me to move the ears and head as desired. It is put together with a combination of hand and machine stitching. There are 70 pennies in the base to add stability and it is tightly stuffed with fiber fill. Voila! She is quite stable and heavier than anticipated. 
I love this!!!

Here is the beautiful Pat Herkal. 

Artist Statement

Beads, thread and fabric occupy my head and hands every day. Whimsy and color inspire my work. Mixing beads, shells, stones, and found objects – man made and natural – I create wearables, sculptures and dolls. All are hand sewn one bead at a time. Backing is applied with a beaded edge. The smaller the bead the better. I have fun creating, so when people see my work, I hope it makes them smile. I spend my time creating, traveling, gardening and living an artful life.


Pat Herkal had a career military father and moved frequently, living on the east coast and in France. She has a BS Nursing degree from the University of South Carolina, and retired from nursing in 2012. Pat lived, worked and created in Riverton, Wyoming from 1975 to 2004, and moved to Port Townsend, Washington in March 2004. With her grandmother’s influence she started creating in fiber when she was 5 years old, embroidering towels, pillowcases and clothing, crocheting rag rugs, and progressed to macrame, weaving, quilting, doll making, pieced clothing, knitting and beading. Pat’s beaded jewelry can be seen in the Artist Showcase at Northwind Art Center in downtown Port Townsend.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.