Tuesday, December 7, 2021

T stands for new/old direction

Hi Everyone 
Note I had to go out of town unexpectedly so that is why I am late on this post.
Welcome to T day over at Elizabeth's 
This week my T stands for returning to my roots.
I won't lie, it's been a struggle since I had to close down my business. Not only financially but what to do next to earn an income. My mom and Nan use to tell me, "When in doubt return to your roots." OK, good advice. I started making Spirit dolls again for part of an art show for next spring, and as I showed them they sold. I also made dried kelp rattles this week and one has sold already. "When in doubt return to your roots." I feel like I am on the right path. 
Some years ago I gathered kelp 
cleaned and dried it in my yard.
 
From the sea, to my house to spirit dolls and now rattles.
 
The bottom one has been sold and is on it's way to live in N.Y.
 
I am not a chocolate person, I would rather have spices. However, I made Chocolate chocolate chip cookies with dark and white chips. OMG!!!!
These are so good that I didn't share them with the neighbors. I will next time. LOL
Use your basic chocolate chip recipe. Add 1/3 cup Hershey's coco, and add both white and chocolate chips.
Just out of the oven.

Coffee and cookies get me into the T-party.
Have a great day everyone.
 
If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Monday, December 6, 2021

Monday Movie

Happy Monday To you!
 
I hope everyone had a great weekend.  
As you know I am NOT a Christmas person, however, I do like the movie, "Krampus"
Now, there are more than several Krampus movies out there. 
Such as Krampus: The Reckoning (2015) Krampus: Unleashed (2016) Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013) Krampus: The Devil Returns (2016) and Mother Krampus (2017) to name a few. In my opinion they all fall short for one reason or another. LOL Come on, these are comedy, fantasy, horror, movies. The only one that is truly any good is "Krampus" made by Universal films in 2015. There is an all star cast and great monsters.
Featuring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman and David Koechner  
This is a fun, movie for this time of year.
 
Look for this on local channels and cable.
 
Enjoy your day! 
 
Another way to fight covid 
is to shop with local and on line artist. 
Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Thursday, December 2, 2021

TAD Ginger Bread

Hi Everyone!
 
Today is TAD with Rain. She has made this month's themes a bit difficult for me. I am NOT a Christmas person at all. I don't celebrate and I don't shop in Dec. I haven't for 45 years. So I will do my best this month. For this week Rain has chosen finger bread. I began with looking up ginger bread houses. All I can say is WOW! Some of these constructions are elegant and a delight to the eyes. 
I found all of these on google.
 





And here is my ginger cake recipe. I have shared this before and believe me it is worth  it
 

 Cake recipe
4oz fresh ginger, grated or chopped.
1 C molasses any kind
1 C sugar
1 C vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 t cinnamon, 1/2 t cloves 1/2 t pepper all ground
1 C water
2 t baking soda
2 eggs at room temperature.
peal and grate the ginger. Mix together the molasses, sugar and oil, In another bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, cloves and pepper.
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, stir in the baking soda and then mix hot water into the molasses mixture. Stir in ginger. 
Gradually whisk the dry ingredients into the batter. Add the eggs and continue mixing until everything is thoroughly combined. Pour the batter in to a prepared cake pan and bake for about 1 hour at 350°F
I used a spring form pan with parchment on the bottom. 
Place the cake on the center rack of your oven. 
In my oven the cake took only about 45 minutes so keep an eye on it.
Hope you try this one.
 
Be sure to stop by Rain's and join in on the weekly fun.

 
 Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life.
https://beadwright.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

T Stands for Happy Dance 2

Hi Everyone!
 
Today is T Stands for.... Happy Dance 2. Yes I sold another one of my spirit dolls!
These 2 have been sold and sent to their new homes.
This one is on her way to Hawaii.

 
and this one is sold and now lives in CA.
 
It's a good feeling to have grocery money.
I am joining in with the T-Gang over at Elizabeth's Altered Book Lovers.
My ticket to get into the party is my drink of
Hot chocolate coffee.
I wish I had some marshmallows or whipped cream. LOL
Have a great day today!
 

Please protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
 Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
http://beadwright.com

Monday, November 29, 2021

Movie Monday

Good Monday Morning 
 
We had a very nice Sunday. The rain had stopped and the sun came out. It warmed up a bit too.
 
I ran across an old movie that I really enjoy. 
It's called, "In Time" and starts Justin Timberlake and  
Amanda Seyfried
Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there's a catch: You're genetically-Engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich "Earn" decades at a time (Remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system.
I had the full movie linked here but it was taken down.  So here is a trailer. You can watch if for free here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-18tkr36TbY
 




Have a great day today! 

 
If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
 Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Happy Dancing

Happy Dancing Sunday!
 
I sold one of my spirit dolls and 
got a commission for another.
 You don't know what this means for the groceries. 
Loosing my business in this year was more 
devastating than anything. 
A little boost here with the dolls and I am feeling better. 
It takes a good 10 hours to make one doll. I make my own faces and then the doll. I am sure it takes others less time, but like all of my art I am meticulous with the details. 
I have another idea for them too. Hope you are not tired of seeing them yet.
 

 
 
Guess what I am doing today? Cleaning my art room. 
It is that kind of messy that I love working in but can't stand seeing it this way.
Hope you have a wonderful day 
 
 
If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Saturday Rain

Good Saturday to you all.
 
It's raining, well it's more like 150% humidity. Not drops of rain, the atmosphere is simply thick and wet. That's fine with me, it warms the air and feels amazing out.
Today I have 3 of my spirit dolls completely finished with doll stands.
Here is the 3rd doll I finished.

 


 


 

 There is a beaded piece at her back that the stands hides in this photo.


 

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well, I am off to make faces today and get a few more dolls started. I want to make sure 
I have a good selection for my show. 
 
 Have a great day today everyone. 

If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Thursday, November 25, 2021

TAD TG

Happy Thanks Giving!
 
I am thankful for all of you. My cyber friends and family that make my days a little brighter and happier for knowing just a bit about your lives. A bit of the joy you bring to mine. A bit of reality outside of my own. 
I thank you all for the good wishes, prayers, spells and charms you sent my way last week, it is not wasted. However, my hope did not come to being. It is an, "Oh Well" moment and in all of my being there has to be something better coming my way.
I have to be thankful for what we have, not what we need. 
It's part of life and life is ever changing.

This is TAD hosted by Rain. Now, even if you don't join in please stop by there to give Rain some love. She lost another beloved pet and her heart is heavy.
The theme this week is Stripes.
I simply found some things in my house. 
 
Some fabulous fabric.
Beaded spirit wolf
Crochet afghan
Couch pillow
And who can live without a stripped paper clip?
 
I don't have any foodie photos this week but I did create a new spirit doll. You can see the first one here.
She is made with seaweed bulb for the base of her head.
I left the seaweed bulb bare on the backside.
I love this face. I will have to make more.
One of my cabs on the backside.
I used to create these dolls a lot and forgotten how much fun they are to make. My focus is on the doll, when I look up many hours have gone by. Thus no time for cooking. LOL
 
Whishing all of you a very happy and blessed day.
 
 
If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
Nicole/DVArtist Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

T stands for anticipation

Hi Everyone! 
Today is the day that I find out the news. I am calling it good news. Thank you for all of the goodness, prayers, spells, charms and good thoughts you have sent my way.
In the mean time I am keeping busy with Spirit Dolls.
This one stands 16" and had 13" arms. She is made of seaweed that I collected quite a few years ago. 
Cleaned and dried it.
There are many layers of different colored fabrics, shells, beads, cabochons that I made, sticks, fibers, and more. The face I made with clay and painted it.
Click on photos to see more detail.

 
Here is the back side.
 
this is the front



I am joining in with the beautiful  
Stop by there to see what all of the 
T-gang lovelies are presenting. 
Now my ticket to get in is to show a drink. 
Here are mine for this week.



Have the best day today and then pass on the goodness.
 
If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
Nicole/DVArtist Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Monday, November 22, 2021

Movie Monday

Hi everyone!
 
Today and tomorrow something good is in line for me. 
I can't tell you exactly what it is but I do need all the goodness the universe has  for me at this time. If you could send a prayer, a spell, a charm, light a candle, beat a drum, or do a dance, for me I would so very much appreciate it. 
It will be a life changer for me.
 
I know that some of you think all I watch are horror movies with zombies and vampires. Mostly I do but I do like a good comedy at times. This movie crackes me up. Plus I like all of the actors in this one. 
So let me tell you why I made this pick today.
 In the movie there is a part where Vince Vaughn gets a shark scare. He has a tiny mark on his leg and after some debate with his wife and friends he says, " I am a shark attack survivor". It is hilarious, only because of Vince.
Sooooo. Friday I was cleaning and dusting. One of my shelves has animal bones and skulls. I have a shark jaw.
I picked the jaw up at the bottom thinking it was teeth free.
UHHH it is NOT! There is a cluster of tiny teeth and one of them punctured my middle finger. I let go of the jaw and looked at my finger. I could see it turning purple and thought, "Well this isn't good" I then applied a bit of pressure under the puncture and felt a pop and the blood came gushing out. OMG! there was blood on the shelf, the jaw, the floor, and down my arm. I grabbed the cleaning rag and put pressure on my finger. BTW it hurt like a son-of-a-gun. 
As I was trying to stop the bleeding Mr. M. was cleaning the blood. This photo doesn't look like much but there was blood everywhere and my poor finger. It hurt for days. and oh, I told Mr. M. that I am a shark attack survivor. 
 

Now take some time to get even more laughs with this movie
Couples Retreat
 
With Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, and Kristin Davis,
You can watch this on CBS and TNT free.
 
Thanks for sending good energy today.
 
If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
 Nicole/DVArtist Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Saturday Pharmacy

Wishing everyone a happy Saturday 
and hope it is for us.
I might sound upset in the post, but I really am not. This all happened on the 4th of this month and I am going with the flow, but here is what is happening in my town. 

Today, I am praying that we get a pharmacists and Mr. M. and I get our meds. My town is falling apart faster than you can say falling apart. This time round it is our pharmacies. 
There are 4 pharmacies to take care of my town and the surrounding smaller towns.
 Walgreens merged with a huge pharma corporation and then bought out Bi-Mart pharmacies. Then of course, they closed all 56 of them across Oregon, Washington and Idaho. 
In my town a few thousand people had to scramble to one of the 3 pharmacies left.  While this was all going on, Fred Meyer pharmacy had their pharmacists quit! My pharmacy, Rite Aid had one gal quit and go to Fred Meyer and then the head pharmacists quit. WTF???? Sooooo it is a mess here. Fred Meyer is still having trouble, Safeway is trying to take up the slack and the one privately owned pharmacy is swamped too. There is a 10 to 15 day wait to get meds. 
For some reason Rite Aid can't get a pharmacists in. We have one today for one day. I am hoping we can get our meds. If not we will have to drive to North Bend, about 50 miles away and hope we can get them filled there. What a mess.
How are the pharmacies in your town?
 


 
If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
 Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
 https://beadwright.com

Thursday, November 18, 2021

TAD Wisps n Winds

 Hi Everyone!

Today is TAD, ya know Thursday Art Date. Rain hosts this challenge every week, and I have to tell you it is so much fun. When I first joined the TAD gang, I thought,  "I can't do these themes. It puts me in a box, I have no freedom". Boy was I wrong! Having a theme actually makes me think about what I will create. In fact it gives me freedom to take a subject and go with it. If you have been thinking the same thing and haven't tried TAD then change the wheel in your head and go for it. You will find it makes you a better artist. As does AEDM. Leah started this to give us all a little nudge to create. For both place any medium is accepted. So come have join in the fun. Geess sounds like I am running for office. ha ha ha.


 Here is my painting for the wisp.

 

I cleaned my art room. Last week I showed what a mess is was.

  I am so crammed pack into this space.


 But at least I have a space.


 


 


 

 

 I haven't made Japanese Milk Bread in awhile. So did the other day.

 Mr. M. at the middle out of the first one. He couldn't help himself.

Then soft Oatmeal cookies.

 
and here is the wind part of the theme. I wish I made a video of the other day when we had 50mph gust. 
This was last year.

 

 Have a great day everyone.

If you don't think the delta variant or covid 19 can hurt you, 
YOU ARE WRONG! Protect yourself and others. 
Get Vaccinated and Wear a MASK! 
 Nicole/DVArtist 
Honor and integrity in art, in life. 
https://beadwright.com