Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Hi Everyone!

If you have been with me on this blog you know that lupus took a lot away  from me. The most it took was my ability to bead. I made my living creating in beads for most of my life. It has been a difficult loss on so many levels. This last month though something in me wanted to bead, needed to bead.  I finished two pieces. It was beyond frustrating. I have no feeling in my hands and they shake. I drop things a 100 times a day. So I rubbed my fingers with bees wax so I could at least know where the beading needle is. In my day of beading I was an extremely fast beader so to have to take all this time to create just two pieces was also part of the frustration. However, I still have the magic. I would say I still have the touch but that won't work will it. 😁  I am happy to show you these two pieces.
These also make numbers 132 for the bolo and 134 for the necklace of  my Arty Everyday  I have other art to make up the numbers in between that I will show on another post.

 My piece began like this. However as I started to bead I knew the small cab was not going to work.

DH loves to wear bolos I have made them all so he asked if I could make a new one for him.
So the small cab became this.

Then is was time to finish my new necklace. 

The photos don't show it but both pieces are very shinny with dicro glass, and Swarovski crystals.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.


  1. Beautiful work. I know how hard it is with lupus and fingers and other body bit that don't work as they should any more. Hugs, Valerie

  2. I am so sorry that you suffer from Lupus Nicole.
    You may have to take more time when you head but they are gorgeous just the same!!!
    Wishing you the very best and as you said you still have your other creative art when you unable to bead~

    Big Hugs 💕

  3. The beadwork is so beautiful. I love the turquoise necklace. But it must be terribly frustrating to have to go so slow due to illness.

  4. very pretty :) and you should be proud you managed to get back and do something you love. I know how frustrating it can be with numb hands, i hate when I can't feel anything and always drop things

  5. Sorry for your Lupus, but it's so beautifull what you did. Even if it goes slower, enjoy the process and create more. Wishing you all the best, Zsuzsa

  6. Oh my gosh - I can understand your frustration Nicole - but I am absolutely amazed with this wonderful pieces - and maybe a little consolation for you - I have no disabling disease yet but was and will never be able to bead ...I miss fine motor skills and I am an impatient temperament.
    Be kind with yourself - if it needs more time than spend more time... your pieces are UNIQUE!
    oxo Susi

  7. You definitely have magic in your beadworks. I love your other art very much as well. I'm sorry the challenge is so great for beading, what you create in this medium and other mediums are so beautiful.

  8. Oh, you definitely still have the magic. These are wonderful, but I can understand your frustration.

  9. Lovely pieces. I'm sure you have mixed feelings about completing these pieces. But gratification that you completed such beautiful pieces through all the pain. Terry has become so limited in his ability to do just about anything he used to has caused him a great deal of depression, so I understand your need to bead. Much love Nicole and sincere admiration for you.
    xx, Carol

  10. Nicole, I am so sorry you suffer with lupus!! But, I have to say, you ROCKED, these two pieces! WOW! They are beautiful! You sure do still have it!! Big Hugs!


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