Nest Feathers and Twine - Formally Artist's Block Studio

The things that make a house a home and the stuff that holds is all together.

Years ago I started this blog with a mindset and goals that I have found have changed direction over time. I am excited to say that this blog has a new name.....Nest Feathers and Twine. I hope you come by and visit often. Feel free to get comfortable and kick off your shoes and join me on this journey of metamorphosis.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

2:34 am and still awake......

i am like a babe with its days and nights bassackwards......i stayed up too late the other night, and after the kids were off to school i crawled back in bed and snoozed until hubby was home, planning after a few minutes of snuggling and catching up with each others 'days' that i would get up and going with my normal routine......and several hours later, i am a bit red in the face to admit, i arose and could have kicked myself for sleeping so late and swore off late nights....well, i could not sleep again due to the fact i was so well rested from my extended nap and so goes the circle.....round and round the cycle. so in the wee early morning hours here i am blogging! i am so excited though....after at least a year of not arting for the stupid reason in my head that since i enjoy it so and the bliss i feel when creating seemed wrong because of all of the ick stuff going on in our life i just quit. i felt guilty for creating art because it brings me such joy and i felt selfish for doing just that, i then became stressed from falling behind on projects, dodging life as it was being hurdled at me, my studio became a disaster. well, i am almost done putting my studio back together and i can see light, a huge monsterous light at the end of the tunnel! i am almost there! i have even created some art and some new pieces of jewelry!
well, i really need to go to bed, have to get the daughter up in less than 3 hours, at which point i will crawl into bed and catnap until an hour and a half goes by and then wake the boys......and hopefully stay up, wear myself out during the day and then go to sleep at a normal decent hour!
before i go, guess i should explain the pics.......the first, 2 baubles soon up for sale on my other sight.....2nd, just some pretties and goodies hanging around, and 3rd, 2 new goodies i bought at a little mom and pop antique shop....we went there hoping the one vendor still had his vintage halloween post cards....they were not in his case, but the owner said she thinks he still has them and to check it would be a sin to leave an antique shop empty handed so i brought home the little spice holder...i thought it was a little purse at first, and will probably turn it in to one, and the necklace that i will take apart and use in either anther piece of jewelry or a decorative pillow that i will put of for to bed i go.....i sure hope the vw beetle size zit on my face has decreased in size by morning......this thing is right in my line of vision on my cheek and i keep trying to swat at it or wipe it off! if it gets any bigger it will look like i have got to heads! gotta love it...i use zit cream, and oil of old lady to maintain my youthful appearance....but when going for the upkeep of a youthful appearance i did not want the zits of my youthfulness

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

BEad gAsM

so i have never really shared much, if anything about my shopping trips, ohhhhh but today i must play show-n-tell! i went to the bead store to buy some faceted and teeney pieces of laboradite, i might have spelled that one wrong, but we will live for now, and some crimps. i bought them to go with the chunks 'o laboradite. i bought them to go with a gray cardigan and a dressy sweat shirty thingy. well laboradite looks gray, until you put it up to gray, they seem to take on a bit of a green hue, but i will find something for these beads to go with! water trapped in the beads while they were forming gives them shimmers and glimmers of color under the surface just like opals.
there is nothing like a bead gasm. everyone has their 'thing' that makes them feel like they have taken a bite out of heaven, this is my thing, well, there is a list of things, but this is at the top.....for now! so, now off to make one pretty for me, one for my daughter, and one to sell.....

it is amazing, i am sick as a dog still, but it is almost 1 am and i feel like i could art till dawn with all of my new goodies!

you will have to come back and see what these turn into!

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a healthy handful of these

white pearls
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peachy pinky whitish stick

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mother of adventurine

which is orange.....
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oh my.......

we will be eating dog food for the next week due to the cost of these........ooooooooohhhh but they are so worth it! this picture does not do the pearls justice. halo rose gold, or copper if you are the lady behind the counter that felt the need to say so.....
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halloween colored pearls

and i could kick myself in the butt, i bought 2 strands and left the last one behind.....might have to go back for that last strand....hmmmmm. don't these look almost yummy?
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bits of coral

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turquoise pearls

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and some cranberry pearls

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gray is the new black

that was the new pink.....anyway it is the 'it' color i was many shades of gray pearls and over to the right are some freaky expensive iridescent gray beads that just had to come home as well...
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and some rose quartz.....

faceted and not
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nifty drawstring bags

had to pick some of these up to bag up those beauties i have made and sold
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Friday, September 21, 2007

the bracelet, (the necklace is below)

guess you have figured out by now i am not a petite chain and single charm kinda gal, huh? i love being bejeweled and bold. must be myself getting in touch with my inner gypsy. so, this necklace literally scraped my brown bead collection almost down to the last bead, so tomorrow i am off for more brown/ tan beads. blue and brown are not colors i often have worn, and again going for a bit of change as i did with the red and black. there is a fly biting the bejeebers out of me and so help me i am going to squoosh this thing before i am done with this entry! so, i have been sick, sick, sick the last few days with the respiratory crud. my kids bring home papers with a's and b's, pretty pictures sometimes, great progress reports, and this stuff. so, about 3 or 4 weeks ago i bought a new shirt, a style i have never worn before.....yup another change, and did not have jewelry to wear with it so have not worn the shirt yet. yesterday i was feeling soooo sick all i wanted to do was crawl in a hole and not come out until i was all better. if i would have done that i would not have made it to the 2nd half of a glass fusing class. as long as i keep going and keep moving i forget how crappy i feel, so up until the last minute i worked on these pieces and then came home feeling worse than ever, and 3 sick kids to boot! today i got right up and worked nonstop until i was done, and as soon as i finish this and kill that &*^$#%#^% fly i am going to crawl in to bed and visualize myself feeling 100% better tomorrow for the trip to the bead store!
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the necklace

2 necklaces in a row with beaded tassels, not a hangup, the outfits demanded them!

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Monday, September 17, 2007

my altered book...memories of growing up on the farm

the cover of my book to be altered. i almost hated to have to give this up for the next 10 months or so! oh, but it is heaven to be making art again. i have missed connecting with my muse and that part of my soul that craves to create, and needs to create to feel alive. there are no words that can really be translated to any understandable language for those who do not posses the same need. art is more valuable to my soul than oxygen to my body.
this last year i did not realize how much of me withered away as a result of putting art and creating on a back burner. i did not realize until my soul was awakened from a coma this last week.

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the inside cover and pages of my book to be altered by the ladies at the inkspot.

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barb's book

pages i did for barb's book. the theme of her book was signs.

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Quote for the moment

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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