A beading pal of mine was over a few days ago. She was looking at ALLLLL the beads I am selling. Ya know 45 plus years of beads. We were talking and laughing and then she stopped, looked me in the eyes and with such a sad emotion said, "Won't you miss beading?" OMG!!! I already do miss beading. It has been the main part of my existence since I was 14 years old. No one knows how difficult it is to sell off part of my life. I have made a living with beads in one way or another most of my life. When she left I was sad to see beads all bagged up with prices on them. But then I thought.... I have had the BEST time in the beading world. I have sold literally thousands of pieces of jewelry and bead art all around the world. I have been featured in museums and galleries. I have been published well over 400 times, I have taught beading all over the country and a lot of those people now have thriving bead businesses. I am soooo fortunate to have met so many wonderful people who share the love of beads and well just because I can't bead like I once did doesn't mean I am completely out of the loop. I still make Nicole's BeadBacking, and Mike still hand crafts looms, I still teach and at night I still dream of those beading ideas.
Here are a few items made by me over the year. If you want to see more go to my
Treasure Necklace published in Lapidary Journal Magazine 1998
Garden Heart 2009 Now lives with the Toho family in Japan
5x3 foot Huichol beaded dragon 1996 Millions of 11/0 seed beads
Snow White Nicole's BeadBacking run through an ink jet printer
Then beaded and embellished
Very cool skull and dragon necklace 2012
Split loom beading
Attached to Tropical Berry Nicole's BeadBacking and the bead sculpting begins
To look like this at the finish
Beaded pictures are some of my favorite pieces to create
Beads and leather from my roots
Hope you enjoyed some of my beading life.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.