Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Dear Friend - June 27th - recognizing and honoring Kathleen's birthday.  This card is for you, sweetie.  I miss you lady!  I'm sure you are keeping the angels busy with all kinds of heartfelt projects!
Love,  Nadine

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Glimpse of our living room,,,

This is a picture of a room but it is a story about friends.  Kathleen was my friend in art, and friend of my heart.  When she died suddenly and so unexpectedly, my heart broke and nothing seemed important.  With the help and support and prayers of friends,  I was able to move and get through daily routine until enough strength was garnered to look past myself and past my grievous loss.   Another friend, Sue, stepped in and we started a project together of organizing my home.  We worked hours and she was so good about not throwing anything away, yet letting me know that if I was going to keep things, I needed to have a place for them, an accessible place.  Kathleen and I had worked on several large fun art projects together and with Sue's help I incorporated them onto the walls of my home.  Truly my home is not a house staged properly for selling; it is more a comfort zone, with work/play areas throughout.  Again, this is a picture of a room, but it is a story about friends.  I miss Kathlleen every day, and I am so thankful for Sue.  I am so thankful to God for friends!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Still remembering...

Several times a week my husband and I walk on the boardwalk, downtown Coos Bay.  He was in the Coast Guard when he was a young man long before he became a teacher.  When he signed up, he was a boy who had never been far from home, a small town near Oregon's capital.  He served, came home, married the mother of his four children and graduated from college, becoming a history and English teacher to junior high youth.  I didn't meet him until after he retired, having raised two children myself.  I never served in the military, but I have great respect for those who have and who are currently serving our country.  In a world full of uncertainties, I am thankful for all the servicewomen and men who are faithful to the positive foundation of our country and I am thankful for God's mercy and grace for those servicewomen and men who did not return home to their families and loved ones.  I salute in admiration.  (Flag photo was taken this week on our traditional boardwalk walk.)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, PATTI

Patti, I'm a few hours early, just couldn't wait to wish you a happy birthday.  This card was made for you!
Hope you have a wonderful day, every minute of it!  I have enjoyed your friendship very much!  Your support and encouragement gives me strength.  Thank you, Sweetie, God Bless!

(the quote (in case you can't read my handwriting) is "Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year:  The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. " ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Etsy street team OCEAN (Oregon Coast Etsy Artists Network)

This photo was taken when we met for coffee recently at Kaffe 101, downtown Coos Bay.  From left to right, Lynn, me, Brenda, Sue (with dragon), Pam, Patti, and Jan (embroidered red work by Jan).

Lots of conversation, laughter and ideas jumping across the table as strong as the scent of fresh brewed coffee permeating the air around us.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Gathering

Our family has an old cemetery plot right smack dab on private land (not owned by us).  The people who own the land graciously allow us to trek across their property and climb over the fence to open the gate to where our ancestors are buried.  Once there, we clean up the site, have prayers of thanksgiving and those who are older, tell stories of what is still known and remembered about our departed relatives.  These are the family members who were there Memorial Day Eve.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Boardwalk, downtown Coos Bay

downtown Coos Bay ART

Commercialism and true ART greet visitors in downtown Coos Bay, Oregon

3 Grandkids

Kay-Lee, Conner and Michael - all together now - CHEESE

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kathleen's Tussie Mussie

At our OCEAN etsy street team meeting tomorrow,  each of will bring a tussie mussie we've made to honor our dear friend, Kathleen.  Kathleen was the Tussie Mussie Queen, introducing us to the art.  I know none of us will match her exquisite masterpieces, but we will do our best!  This is one of Kathleen's creations.

Sea Nettles (jellyfish)

Stood for a long time watching the fluid movement of these finely detailed creatures...

Seahorse at Newport Aquarium

The children AND the adults enjoyed visiting the aquarium...

My Last Birthday

Was the best birthday ever.   We celebrated at the beach and aquarium in Newport, Oregon.  Here are grandkids Conner, Mallory, Tanner, Lane, and Max playing in the surf.

McCullough Bridge

This was where our Wednesday walk started and ended today.


Conner and Morgan on the nature walk.  He is holding his favorite toy of the day, a stack of little drinking cups.  She is holding him.  They were delightful in their search for bears and snakes and "wolfs."


I think Conner found the culprit that likes to nibble on foliage...

Wild Strawberry Plant

Little plant we found along the way.  Looks like some animal has been munching on the petals...

A Walk on the Wild Side

Today my grandson and BFF walked with me through the woods.  They were looking for bears and snakes while I enjoyed the  peace and beauty of the Spring greens.
Thank you, Patti of  She took one of my photos of wild blackberry leaves and turned it into a banner and background for my blog.  I am really pleased with how it looks when she used her creative juice to personalize it for me.  KUDOS, Patti!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

AZALEA Opening

8x10 photo of AZALEA Opening sold yesterday to AMALIE'S ARMFULS.  It has been slow on etsy lately so this transaction was encouraging.

Newest member of our Family

Sweet Bessie and her 3 week old calf, Cocoa.

ART COLLAGE bt Patti Koosed

OCEAN team member and friend, Patti Koosed makes personalized collages for people. 
Find her work at

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sweet children who make my heart art-happy...

This is Morgan and Conner, my every Wednesday pre-schooler groupies.  We have a standing date to walk in the park - when it's not pouring down rain- and visit both the Coos Bay and North Bend Libraries.  The two of them really enjoy the story hour lady, Sally Simpkins, and her theme today was about SMILES.  After the songs and wiggles and stories, Morgan and Conner cut out pictures of people and animals with SMILES and glued them to a white paper blank canvas, their first 11"x14" collage!  Certainly worthy of a public display on the fridge!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I'm glad you dropped by to say hello!  This is Day 1 of my first blog, and I'd like to thank Patti Koosed and Brenda Salzano for their help and encouragement in getting me started.  Coos River Dancing is about Art, Friends, Family and Appreciating Life.  Coos River Dancing is a whispered thank you to God for the small and the great blessings.

Welcome to Coos River Dancing

Welcome to Coos River Dancing!