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Kay Mallery

I'm happy to see that you've recognized how easily it is to unconsciously incorporate pieces of work that have inspired you into one of your own. Humbling as it is, I'm certain it will temper your future unhappiness with what you see as derivitive works.

I know how you feel about imitation but then what is really NEW in the world? A ring is a ring, text on jewelry is nothing new, etc. It is in your personal style, the way components come together, the energy of your spirit that is worked into a piece, that makes it a "Nina Bagley." Is it any wonder others want to incorporate your ideas and techniques into our own? It is like being a child and learning words and then incorporatiing them into our individual language.

I have had some of my glass art copied and put out there for sale in years past. I know the feeling of irritation that can cause. It has to be enough to know in your own heart what your intentions have been and what your legacy is. You continue to create and inspire. There is no one like you! Thanks for being the one and only Nina Bagley!

Lorraine W.

Hi Nina,
I have found your post very interesting , i do so love how you word everything .
I think i live for the moment , i try not to plan and just let things happen , that way it's always a suprise , and a nice one at that i hope ......
I do love your new necklace that you made , and i have looked at Keli Hansen's as well both are beautiful.Such talent and a lot of hard work .
Love Lorraine x


I was smitten with the piece Keli made the minute I saw a picture of it back when it was "fresh". I begged her to will it to me and she complied. :) Now, my goal in life is simply to out live her. :) She is gracious, kind, and a dear, dear soul. A friend I, too, am grateful for.
What resonating sentiments you share this morning and I am blessed to be privy to the stretching of you heart.

Lorraine W.

P.S Here , here , i agree with what Kay has written , however someone may try to copy it will never be a Nina Bagley , your work is unique, beautful and very inspirational.
Love Lorraine x


stunning..i do not know how you part with it...


those sound like lessons many of us might need to learn... i can say that for me personally, at times it is inspiring and intimidating all at once to see the wonderful designs that you and so many others create... knowing that such wonderful talent is out there, it makes it hard for me to know what i would be copying or creating in my own work... i have so many ideas... but when i look back on them i wonder if it was my idea or something i saw...
still... i will come here, to read your beautiful thoughts and see your wonderful creations and lovely photos and i will know that there is beauty out there in the world, even if i didn't help to create any of it...


Cindy Ericsson

I don't know how you can bear to let it go, except that maybe it then truly becomes a symbol of letting go of the past and a monument to choosing the now and the future. I think of these pieces you create like cherished family heirlooms that come to us with stories of their own and then become part of a new story, so I will wish the new owner much joy as the story continues to unfold...

Tina in McLeansville

what beautiful things!...your thoughts, tidbits from the book, and the necklaces. it never ceases to amaze me, what we learn and what motivates us... from the most unexpected sources....and how we apply that....and how we pass it on....just like you do, every day. xo

judy wise

What a gracious post. If I were a jeweler instead of a painter I would find it impossible not to be influenced by your work. It is so inspiring, just like your writing. xo


i loved The Alchemist too and am now well into reading The Witch of Portobello, another great read.

beautiful piece...


liz elayne

i read this book so long ago (someone gave it to me for my high school graduation) and i have given it many times over...but it has been so long since i have read it.

i think i will read it again this winter.

beautiful truth here...



I, too, love The Alchemist. It is such a profound book. Your post reminds me that I need to re-read it since it's been awhile since my last reading.

Love the necklace. The matchbox reminded me of my grandpa's lighter he used to use. That brought back a lot of happy memories.


A moment of metamorphosis, as if brought to you on the wings of all the beautiful moths that have come to you over the summer months. I have been going through a period of "mulling" as well and am eager to discover the treasures of The Alchemist.

Thank you for sharing in all your ways, Nina.

lynn davis

Love the pieces, the thoughts and the sharing. Here are some quotations I enjoy, I hope they might speak to you also.

"The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize." - Robert Hughes

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the succesful one is a lot of hard work." -Stephen King

"Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you." Henri-Frédéric Amiel

You are talented, yet humble. You work hard, and maximize the qualities of your gift. I admire you, and it's easy to see why others emulate you. Congratulations for the impact you have on so many.


The secret to 'original' work is in the heart. No one who knows you could mistake any other work for yours because you put a bit of your soul into your work. I would say from looking at these beautiful and poignant pieces that you and Keli must be soul mates.


Nina, this pieces is so interesting and so meaningful. I would have to think very carefully what I wanted to put in it, for I would probably include things of negativity as I tend to live in a very messy past for which I have not entirely forgiven myself. I shall have to try harder to live only in the present. It sounds a much nicer place to be!


I love the newest piece Nina. I'm sure I had a similar matchbox somewhere?? Unlike you I haven't the skill to work my own Alchemy on it!!
I greatly admire you for all your soul searching. I've been there too.
I don't remember where I read this following thought but I've repeated it often to others beating themselves up about a failure or other upset in their lives.
"Our past life is passed. We many not pass it with an A+ each time, we may only manage a D-, but it is passed none the less."
I look at each day as an opportunity to do better than the day before, but don't beat myself up if I don't. I started to live from day to day many years ago. Yes I have a diary and commitments, but the days in between are my own to do as I please.
I've been happily married for nearly 32 and still have a 19 year old daughter at home, but they fit in with me & I with them. We all respect each others space and allow each other to be who we are without expectations.
Sometimes we may run out of clothes if no one loads the machine, likewise the dishwasher but who cares??
We are all happy healthy and living true authentic lives.
Please be kind to yourself. We are all here to learn and create and bring love and light to each other.


Beautiful work as ever.
I now that as an artist you make your living from you work. But how, how do you create something as personal and I suspect cathartic as this and then sell it? Do you set out to make pieces for yourself and think you will keep them? Or like all of us the bills have to be paid ,so you sell instead? Or is the process of creativity and the selling cathartic in itself?
I've recently exhibited 3 mosaic pieces( for the first time). I don't think they will sell ( I miscalculated the total sale price with the gallery commission and I think they are a little to high in price). However, there is one piece that( to use Nina word) 'woos' me. I hope it doesn't sell. I want to hang my own work on my own wall! Like you, working on it has helped me in someway.
So Lady Nina, I'll stop now. But I am curious to know your thoughts:)


I might be wrong, but I think that all this soul searching is what occurs naturally right before & after the 52nd birthday.

Sure has been happening to me...

Has anyone else noticed this??!!??

red tin heart

I have been deeply hurt by close friends. I have very seldom walked away from a friendship, maybe two, in my whole life time. But always remember that even when we get hurt by someone we love, we have learned from that person as well. Every single relationship we have in life we take something away from it.
I am getting ready to write a post about that tommorow. It has been mulling around in my heart for awhile.
And one thing I have learned is that we are not made up of ourselves entirely, but of all those relationships in our lives. Those who have encouraged and eased us forward in our ventures. The ones who have been with us in our deepest darkest days help mold us as well.
Sending you love Nina,

Eileen Weigand

Hi Nina,
I loved The Alchemist so much I shared it with my Dad and his wife. I also recommend it regularly to friends- he packs his work with meaning and that is a rare find. I've tried his other works, but this one is by far my favorite.

I am awestruck by the openness and beauty of your work, always, but this piece has such meaning knowing the path you've taken to create it! Lovely!

I'm halfway through exams, I'll be done by T- day, yay! xoxo


Hi Nina,

You know I'm a big fan of yours, but I don't know if you would like to join in these festivities. It may not be quite your style. Anyway, I thought of you and wanted you to know. If you want to join the game, the rules are below.

I have been "tagged" by another blogger---Aurora at for the Six Random Things game.

Here are the rules:
Link to the person or persons who tagged you.
Post the rules on your blog.
Write six random things about yourself.
Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Shelly S.

Your necklace is breathtaking. . . a soulful piece if ever there was one.
"The Alchemist" is indeed profound. Must reread it now.

Wanted to share something with you. It was sent to me many months ago. It is a bit long and I apologize, but there is great truth in its words:

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do with that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson,
love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The hard part is not mistaking a REASON or a SEASON for a LIFETIME person. That is where the heartache occurs. But the healing is in the realization, and it seems you are there.

Best regards,


I'm just glad that after a post like this, I feel blessed that our paths have crossed.

and your newest pieces...GONE....just like that !!just like unexpected love that fills your heart....but beautiful none the less !!!


Jen Crossley

Beautiful piece


I loved The Alchemist! I'm glad you found it.

Beautiful post, beautiful jewellery, as always. xo

inge Bekaert

Hello Nina,

about your latest two posts :
* I don't know "the alchemist", don't know if it is translated in Dutch, but maybe one day it crosses my path and then I will read it.
I'm forty-two and experienced a lot of sad things in my life, but it only made my stronger, more with my feet on the ground and living my life "now", enjoying it every day and this really is my motto " live NOW"...
So, if I understand it right, that's what's been said in the Alchemist too... so , yes I agree with these words !

* about your post about the necklace, about copying and being inspired by others.... I have my own little story about it since yesterday ...
I posted two weeks ago a photo of an example of what students of the previous course of bookbinding had made. Yesterday I met one of these students and she wasn't happy about this posting and wanted me to remove the photos immediately.
I know she was right, I should have asked her permission to publish it, but as one of her works was already a copy of the one of the teachers, I totally didn't thought about it.

I just wanted to show the readers of my blog how creative the other students have been with the instruction and gave credit to the creators, told them it wasn't my idea but of the students.

She was right about asking permission to publish, but it's hard for me to understand why she didn't want anyone to see her creation.

I'm a giver : I want to share my experiences in my blog and hope people like it, learn from my experiences and use what they learn in their own creations without copying it exactly.

I agree with one of the other commenters : we ALL learn from each other, nothing is really new. We just try to find an own style and hope people recognize this as "our" style.

I learned SO much the past four years through all the artists who shared their experiences, techniques, photos and works in magazines and blogs.

Without them I wouldn't create what I create now.
I' m really thankful for all those sharing people and feel sad if someone like that student, learns herself from others, but don't want to share herself...

I removed the photo and feel sorry for her...

I'm glad I am in a sharing creative community...



oh yes i do know the feeling of the broken heart and betrayal. when i am in pain i turn to books to try and make sense of it all.
i try to believe all that is told to me but i still feel pain. it's getting better and someday i will be bulletproof(so to speak).
i really believe that all your experiences and the subsequent reflection are essential for your existence as an artist. i guess that's why it is said that artists are the shamans of todays culture. food for thought and so to ponder some more.

be good and talk to you soon.
keep your heart wide open(i know it is tempting to close down). don't let the haters get you down. love rules baby.


I love this piece Nina!!! And I love your process!!!!



I adore your work!
the Alchemist is such an incredible book and I feel such an affinity for others whom it inspires.

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