Saturday, December 31, 2011


Hi Everyone!
This is it! The last day of the year. I know for me it seems to have gone buy so quickly and there were some difficult times. I am looking for 2012 to be better, be more...... I know to have those two things there must be change. Some things are changing in my life that I have no control of and there are some choices that I am making for change. I like the choices I am in control of  LOL.  I have read on a lot of blogs that people are selecting a word for the year instead of a resolution. I never make a New Years resolution so I like this idea of a word and making it real in my life for 2012.  My word is "Change" When I think of how powerful that word is, it is a bit daunting but I am up for it.
Leave a comment and tell me what your word would be.
To all of you, who come by to visit, who send me love and joy, who keep me laughing, and those who have allowed me to engage in your lives, the very best of life for 2012

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Friday, December 30, 2011

Paint Party Friday

Hi Everyone!
After so many weeks of beautiful sunny weather here on the Oregon Coast, Mother Nature decided to make up for it in the last few days. Howling wind and torrents of rain. This week I have been incredibly busy so my Paint Party Friday piece is a work in progress. This one doesn't have a title yet although several are swimming in my head. This is a 12x12 inch box canvas, acrylic paints, plaster molded face with variegated metal green Leaf. When she is finished there will be layers of textual dimensions created with beads and textiles. Hopefully she will be finished this weekend. Be sure to visit all of the other artists that have joined in for Paint Party Friday.

Basic painting and face placement

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Hi Everyone!
Today is another day of intense art and all that it entails. :) I was planning on revamping my Beadwright Etsty store and my website, however, that will have to wait for another day.
If you have been with me awhile you know that I have been beading gourds since the mid 1990s and in 2005 wrote an instructional book on beading gourds. Gourds and art is not a new theme at all and there is a good reason for that. Gourds make an incredible canvas, You can create almost any type of art in any medium on a gourd. Here is my latest piece. Cut, cleaned, shaped, texture painted, beaded and embellished.

Gourd Queen has a bit of texture on her face as well.

I love it when the beads know to lay perfectly on the gourd.

It is so important when working with gourds to clean and scrape the inside as well as cleaning the outside.

The natural cracks and imprints of the gourd creates it's own art.

and here is my gourd book

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Monday, December 26, 2011


Hi Everyone!
I hope all of you had a wonderful day yesterday. I don't celebrate Christmas but it seems to be a time where I am on the phone with every family member I have. It was nice.
To start this week off I want to share with you a book entitled "Chains Chains Chains". Now for all of you "oldies" every time I see this book all that goes through my head is Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin. Now those were the days of great music. LOL Anyway when I first saw this book my thought was, "ooh another book on buying chain and making jewelry." sigghhhhh.... However once I opened the book and saw exactly what it was, I could not have been happier.
Chains Chains Chains 25 necklaces bracelets & earrings takes you to the very beginnings of chain jewelry. Yes this magnificent book shows you how to make the chains first. I love this!!!! Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu have taken away the mystery of creating chain. Each project is complete with description and what you will need to accomplish the task. There is texture and depth to the chains that are in this book. There is life in the metal when it is all done properly and then designed into a wearable piece. If  making your own components for jewelry is what you enjoy the you will want this book.
A great book for metal and jewelry artists.
Chains Chains Chains
25 necklaces bracelets & earrings
By Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu
Lark Crafts An Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc New York
ISBN 978-1-60059-598-1

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Friday, December 23, 2011


Hi Everyone!
It is Friday.... again.... I have been trying to get things finished up this week and I did pretty well. Clothing beaded, gourds beaded, ohhh and I made some Mexican Brownies. OMG.....good thing they are being sent to my kids. LOL But today is Paint Party Friday and I want to share another of my sculpture paintings. This one is on a 12 x12 inch canvas painted with acrylics, an epoxy clay face surrounded by very old African striped seed beads and long Howlite points. I hope the photos show the depth of this piece. 

Have a great Friday and be sure to stop by PPF blog to see who else has joined in to show their art.

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Hi Everyone!
I can't believe this month is almost over and 2012 is upon us. Especially the last 4 or 5 days. I have been able to get a few things finished, articles sent off, and even some beading all of this in the midst of migraine. Some one told me once that when you get older the migraines subside. Haaaaa... THEY LIED.... :)
I am better today and even have some energy. My foot is healing too. Wowowow... one thing after another. Thank goodness for art.
Here is my latest texture painted gourd with a bit of beads.

The beads are sewn directly to the gourd

 Simple netting is all this gourd needed

Have a great day

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Hi Everyone!
I am keeping this post on top so scroll down for the new happenings.
This is a notice to let all of you know
that my Beadwright Etsy store will be close
Dec. 20, 2011 and reopen on Jan 5, 2012.
If you need Nicole's BeadBacking
during that time you can still purchase it from my website

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Hi Everyone!
Most everyone is so busy this time of year. Me included. I did want to share another Lark Book with you. Every time I pick this book up I am amazed at the ingenuity of techniques that Carles Codina shares in his book, Color, Texture & Casting for Jewelers.
Carles has taught at the Escolo Massana in Barcelona, Spain, for more than 20 years. I mention this because this book is as if you are in his class room. From cover to cover this is an incredibly appealing book. The raw materials changed into the beauty of jewelry pulls you in immediately. There are 128 pages of information that is precise with text and photography. Chapters begin with Metal Combinations and Applications, Textures and Patinas, and Practical Application. Then Carles continues with Microcasting and Modeling, Artisanal Casting, and Practical Application. This book is set up so you move smoothly through techniques and methods to create beauty.

The one thing that I loved about this book is the history that Carles lays out. As I mentioned before this book feels as if you are in the classroom so put on your apron, light up your torch and get ready to learn. This book will take you on an adventure of creativity.
Color, Texture & Casting for Jewelers
by Carles Codina
ISBN 978-1-4547-0017-3
Lark Books
An Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc
New York

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Hi Everyone!
After posting this earlier this evening Gloria commented and suggested I join in for Paint Party Friday. Sooo I did. Click on the link and check out all of the very talented artists
This has been a busy day full of accomplishments. One of the things I finished is my painting. I never have been a conventional painter, my Grandmother didn't care for that very much, but she liked that I was adventurous. So here is my painting with a molded and skived leather face on acrylic painted canvas. Seed beads edging, with African porcupine quills died orange. This is a box canvas that measures 12 squared.
Have a great evening!

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Hi Everyone!

If you have been with me awhile or have looked at older posts, then you know I love "eye art". While looking around etsy the other day I came across a woman who creates some amazing pieces. I contacted her and come to find out she is also from Oregon. One of my readers mentioned that there are a lot of very good artists here on the coast. Hmmm .... I must agree.
So I would like to introduce to you, Jill from Twisted Sister Arts.

In her own words,

My name is Jill Lawrence, I'm the owner and artist of Twisted Sister Arts, in Oregon City, Oregon. Long story short...I was born and raised in Milwaukee, about 10 miles from here. After a life of working in the Floral industry, I found my self with two flower shops and widowed at Christmas 1996. I remarried 10 months later, to a customer of mine, but he lived in Philadelphia. I sold my stores, and moved, and a year and a half later, a dream job was offered in Chicago, so I took them up on it. I started my wire work, making scarf rings, to go along with my scarves I sold at a local farmers market. The wire work evolved into higher quality work, as I taught myself technique and style, and I joined etsy 3 1/2 years ago. I found weaving eyes 2 years ago, and they sold well. So well, that this last March, when I came home to visit my mother, she offered me the family home, and her in it! We went back to Chicago to crunch numbers, and said it was time to move back home. I gave my bosses 7 weeks notice, worked like crazy, my husband was sweet, and packed the house. Come the first week of June, we packed the car in 95' and 95% humidity, and left Illinois. We have been home now 6 months, my etsy store continues to be my source of income and I love working on orders daily.

My routine is to get up around 6:30, and stumble out for breakfast. I pack orders with my shipping department (hubby), and then work on listings and fresh work. Commissions and one of a kind pieces take most of the day, with many emails and photographs that buzz around the world. I have customers in England, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and they want the unusual and custom eyes and colors. I have learned that customs in other countries have their limits of 5 items per box, and a small priority mail box can usually arrive for $13.75. I take the time to write each and every customer, to have them know that they are dealing with a real person, an artist that creates wild and beautiful art.

It begins like this

 and then this

to create beauty

Visit Jill and tell her Nicole sent you.

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Monday, December 12, 2011


Hi Everyone!!
I am home! Actually I returned home Sunday night. I had a wonderful visit with my mom. It is important to me to spend as much time as I can with her and we always have fun no matter what we do.
Soooooo as you might know I play the game of catch up for a few days and then settle into routine. I got my curtains made and hung. You never know how much a room can change until you put up new curtains. I have three pieces in the works. One beading, one gourd, and a new project that has been dancing in my head for awhile. It is a multi media piece worked on canvas. Of course I will show you when it is finished. In the mean time I want to tell you about my very good friend, Lori Cook. Some of you already know her so this will not come as a surprise. Lori is one of those people that can do just about anything. You know give her glass and she can make butter dishes to windows for a house. Giver her beads and she can make jewelry to full Native regalia. Give her leather and she can make pouches to clothing. Give her a computer and she can put her designs to patterns, make banners, and create awesome websites. Besides all of that she is a very nice person with a giving heart. So I told you all of that to invite you to her new website. She also has a blog, etsy store, two or three patterns stores and..... well you see what I am talking about, "Talent in Abundance."

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Thursday, December 8, 2011

MAN OF THE NORTH no not Santa

Hi Everyone!
It has been busy here plus I am having a pity party with my broken foot. I guess since it is the second time it has been broken in the last year and a half I can have a pity party. :)
I am off to my mom's today so I have some packing to do and then hit the road.
I did want to share my Man of the North with you. His name is Gus. His face is a cleaned, cut, and shaped gourd, clay face, acrylic eyes, and Fox fur.
Everyone have a great rest of the week.
Talk to ya when I return home.

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let all of you, who are not on my NewsLetter, that my 50% off sale in my Beadwright Etsy store will end Tomorrow night. So if you need beads, cabs, Nicole's BeadBacking, Kits, Patterns, Tutorials for gifts or for yourself then right now is the time to get them.
The prices are already marked so there is no coupon, or refunds to mess with.

Wishing all of you a happy Christmas in the manner that you celebrate.

Nicole's BeadBacking in  3 different sizes

 Patterns in Peyote and Loom Stitch

 Kits for Porcupine Quill Earrings, Glass Pin/Pendant, Anything goes Necklace

 Tutorials for Traditional drum making.
 My FlatWork Book. Learn the beading techniques to enhance your bead embroidery.

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Hi Everyone!!
I hope this Saturday is finding all of you happy and well. Today I drew the name of my monthly comment contest winner. And that winner is........ Dawn Douchette from  Designs by Dawn Marie
Congratulations Dawn. Stop by to say, "hi" to Dawn.

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Hi Everyone!
I am taking it real easy today. Yesterday was a full 18 hours of migraine. None of my meds worked. uuuhhhgggg... today I am trying to not even move my head if I don't have to. LOL
For those of you who suffer with migraine you know what I am talking about. I can hardly believe it is Dec. 1.
I truly do not know where this last year has gone. I try to think what I have done, who I have seen, how I have connected to this world. It is a blur. We were all told, when we were young, that the older we get the faster time goes by. Well that is one thing "they" didn't lie about LOL. This last weekend I did get two of my pieces done. Only got photos of the special order bolo and here it is. I used one of the cabs I bought from Lori Cook, Out of the Flames. I have these in some of my kits too.

For now here is the bolo. Men, women, and kids look great in these.

 Lori makes glass to match beads and I love that.

 You can learn my technique of layered flat work from my book FlatWork or my kits.

 With my Native tradition leather work you NEVER see my sewing stitches. Learn this technique too.

 Add some Peyote tip with dangles and you have a fantastic bolo for any occasion
Honor and Integrity in Life in Art