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ninabagley
the middle of beautiful everything (western north carolina mountains)
jewelry designer and mixed media instructor
Interests: I'm Nina with a long "i". nature lover, river walker, treasure collector. voracious reader, poetry lover, passionate about the mountains and rivers and streams that surround me here in beloved western North Carolina.
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i've spent all of today trying to remedy an online connection with my little iphone, having been away from home for five weeks and only walking back through my own front door last evening. i realize now how dependent i... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Ornamental
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i'm really pleased and excited to announce that i will once again be teaching a jewelry workshop in the lovely NC coastal town of Wilmington, May 2-3. the class will be held in the sweet studio of my artist friend,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Ornamental
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(how did it suddenly begin to look the slightest bit like spring?!) i've been gone, again, forever. i've not written a post here since the middle of december, and here it is getting ready to burst into spring, at least... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Ornamental
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when last i posted here, or so i hear, it was all the way back in august, when summer was still hovering around the cabin heavy and wistful, full of memory and longing for much more of the same. somehow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Ornamental
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well, it happened: we all blinked, and august arrived. just like that, quietly, it came and it is here and soon it will be gone. i made that wonderful list of things back in the first of june - the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Ornamental
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when i look back on all of the many pieces of jewelry that i've designed in the past 29 years, i think that the design i like most of all is my multi-faceted, layered bracelet/necklace wrap. i love that it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Ornamental
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when i signed in this morning to write a blog post, i was alarmed - as usual, these days - to see that the last time i was here, the date was may. poof! there went june. poof! july is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Ornamental
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i've spent nearly four hours online today, listing the pieces that have been so patiently waiting to be tended. Many of the finer details - the wiring of teeny seed pearls into a sterling chain, the wrapping of briolettes, the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Ornamental
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well, yes i am. home. where is home, but there and here? i spent three months with my mother in montgomery, and with my sister; and honestly, beyond that, i spent it with not another soul, outside of the immediate... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Ornamental
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boat gift x 2, from a dear Instagram friend, Holly Abston where is the time going? where has it been? where will i be two months from now, three minutes, five years? i've spent random snippets of time here at... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Ornamental
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Lesley, I had no idea about your dad. Im so sorry! my own Daddy passed away three years ago in May. I cant believe its been eight years since your bright light of a mama passed on to another place. time is ever mercurial. your words mean the world to me, sweet friend xoxo Sent from my little phone
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2014 on catching up at Ornamental
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this is the first moment, quite literally, that i've had enough time to sit down, catch my weary breath, and tap out a catch up post in well over a month. on march 1, i loaded my suitcase, walter, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Ornamental
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the last batch of jewelry trinkets i created was a soothing blend of white and pearly, silvery grey. like winter. like snow, and frost, and fog. i'm still mesmerized by all that blanket of white, by the tones that fade... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Ornamental
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sticks and stones thanks to all of you who have written comments for the last post. i'm always glad to hear from you, always glad to know that you are out there, nodding your head, saying yes. yes, yes, yes.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Ornamental
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a study i've been at this computer since 10am, after spending two hours taking photographs of jewelry. i'm not used to doing that. how do those of you manage, who sit at a computer all day for your job? i... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Ornamental
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...but at this moment, no immediate time to write. i'll be back, over the weekend. i'm working on new jewelry as well - have featured photos of it over on Instagram, for those of you who would like a preview.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Ornamental
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quite a few of you last week wrote to ask for more details on the red work embroidery that has held my attention through the short days and long nights of this cold winter. i thought i'd share with all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Ornamental
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i'm beginning, finally, to realize a few things about myself, about the way that my mind and heart and soul operate now that i am in the older, more "mature" years of life. i mentioned yesterday that i've begun to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Ornamental
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i'm sorry i've been away. i can't even really say what, if anything at all, has held me back from posting here, a place i used to visit with dependable frequency. i remember writing three and four times a week,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Ornamental
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for years now, i've had students, blog readers, customers and friends asking when i would be teaching a workshop on the east coast. i always seemed to be flying out west for the large art retreats, and even now i'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Ornamental
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buckeye hull basket, tiny! here i am again, playing catch up as i try to take a deep breath. summer is gone. autumn is here. i've had a cold, unusual for me, that turned into bronchitis. this makes twice in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Ornamental
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so here, without much fanfare, is - the studio. The Studio - a new, greatly expanded spot where i'll be spinning mysteries and memories into tangible bits and pieces of ornaments with which to connect, to wear and hopefully to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Ornamental
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Laura, Im looking forward to you being here! xxx Sent from my little phone
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i'm thrilled and honored to announce that i've been invited to teach a couple of workshops this fall at the splendid French General of los angeles. kaari meng, who owns the business, and i have been connecting and reconnecting through,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Ornamental
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it's done: i have the move more behind me now, rather than looming ever large in front. i couldn't have done it this time around, after living in one house out in the country for over eight years, without the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Ornamental
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