Challenge of Music Blog Hop

I was really hard pressed to choose a favorite song, a favorite artist, or even a favorite music genre for this design challenge. I’m one of those types who like almost every type of music; with the exception of hard core rap. I enjoy listening to alternative, blue grass, folk, classical, R & B, and on and on.

I do have a favorite live music genre and that is kirtan. Some folks know this as “yogi” music. It is a “devotional” caller/response style of music and I love it because of the joyous audience participation and trance like quality that can often times be slipped into when attending a kirtan. It is also said that the Sanskrit language and musical style of the ancient yogis affects the energy centers of the body, both the physical and the subtle body. The name for this is Nada Yoga, or the yoga of sound. It is thought that sound can carry divine vibrations and is used to reach a state of peace and silence.

But surprise, Nada Yoga is not what inspired my design for this Challenge of Music Blog Hop. As I said earlier, I do have varied music tastes. My felted, micro macrame, turquoise necklace was inspired by the tune “Throw Me A Rope” by KT Tunstall. A melancholy tune, evoking very strong emotions for me. Emotions of loss, feelings of emptiness and sorrow, but perhaps also of hope. This song is a bit on the dark side, but also hauntingly beautiful and tender. “”’Throw Me a Rope”'” was the first single released by KT Tunstall. It was released as a  single in 2004 and was limited to 300 copies. It is on her 2006 acoustic album, KT Tunstall’s Acoustic Extravaganza.

Music Challenge Side 2 by The Beading Yogini

I want you between me and the feeling I get when I miss you

But everything here’s telling me I should be fine

So why is it so, above as below

When I’m missing you every time

 Music Challenge Side 1 by The Beading Yogini

I got used to you whispering things to me into the evening

We followed the sun and its colors and left this world

It seems to me that I’m definitely hearing the best that I’ve heard


So throw me a rope to hold me in place

Show me a clock for counting my days down

‘Cause everything’s easier when you’re beside me

Come back and find me, ’cause I feel alone

Music Challenge Side 5 by The Beading Yogini

And whenever you go, it’s like holding my breath under water

I have to admit that I kinda like it when I do

Oh, but I’ve gotta be unconditionally unafraid

Of my days without you

So throw me a rope to hold me in place

Show me a clock, for counting my days…down.

‘Cause everything’s easier when you’re beside me

Come back and find me

Whenever I’m falling, you’re always beside me

Come back and find me

‘Cause everything’s easier when you’re beside me

Come back and find me, ’cause I feel alone

“Throw Me a Rope” as written by Katie Tunstall

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Thanks to Erin Prais Hintz ( Treasures-Found Blog) for hosting this design challenge.

See more Challenge of Music designs here at this link.

hEart bEaTs

A follow up post to show what became of those bits of recycled metal tins. A bit of sanding, filing, hammering, add a little patina, a few choice sentiments, punch a hole,  a jump ring, and a bail. Instant pendant.

Page of Hearts by The Beading Yogini







Wednesday, February 8, 2012 – BTW

It’s Bead Table Wednesday again and here’s what is on my table this morning…

Heart Beats by The Beading YoginiHEART BEATS

Lying low this past week, trying to shake off a down right nasty cold. Thank goodness this type of thing trips me up and slows me down enough to explore playing around with some of my toys and stash. These were made from old food tin containers using the  Vintaj Big Kick. I love to be able to recycle material. Now I think I’m just under the weather enough to stay in one more day and explore some patina options…

February 2012 Art Bead Scene Challenge

I almost opted to take a nap yesterday afternoon. It was one of those blustery, crazy wind days in the Mojave and as luck would have it, I’m fending off a head cold, hopped out on Zicam. After dropping off plants at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, I decided to take the afternoon off and head home. Had a warm beverage and hunkered down to troll Etsy, just window shopping (you know.) Instead of napping, like a sensible person might choose to do, I pulled out some wool roving to play with and made some cords. Then I wandered into my “bead cave” and started flipping through my stash looking for some bone beads that I swore I had in a box somewhere (again, you know.) Never did find those beads, but I found some other interesting stuff that I thought might work for the February Art Bead Scene challenge this month.

The Conference Of Birds

The Conference of the Birds by Habiballah

I love it when a design magically falls into place, and fast. This only happens every so often, where the combination of beads and materials seem to effortlessly blend together in a split second and I know something bigger than myself is guiding my hands. That’s what happened in a very short time frame during the creation of this necklace. It’s a very simple design, but I like it. Thinking I may need to hold on to this one for a spell.

FEB ABS Necklace Close Up by The Beading YoginiFEB ABS Necklace by The Beading YoginiFEB ABS Necklace Full Shot by The Beading Yogini

Materials used:  waxed cotton cord, antique lampwork key bead, lampwork glass beads, wooden beads, ceramic beads, clay bird beads, wooden bird focal and some wire wrapping.   See what others have created this month on the flickr group.


5th Bead Soup Blog Party Partner

The current Bead Soup Blog Party  is now in full swing and I’ve had the luck of the draw to be partnered up for the swap with the talented Morwyn Mullins (Another Country Bead Works). Morwyn does some fancy seed beading and and her work has loads of creative energy. So without further delay, I’m spilling the beads… here’s a sample of what I sent to Morwyn … because a woman needs options, there’s a real assortment of materials. You can check out her blog post for better photos of the loot.

And here is what I received from Morwyn…

Seed Bead Soup from Morwyn MullinsSeeds beads … I’ve been wanting to work some neutrals, but color always seem to win out with me.

Bead Soup Terra CottaI’m really liking those little tiny bone skull beads and those terra cotta figure beads.

Picture Jasper from MorwynAnd, these great picture jasper pieces. They remind me so much of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which happens to be about four miles from my home. It’s a shame that I so rarely get to enjoy hiking the canyon these days. Perfect days for it lately.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Thanks for the materials Morwyn. And, thanks Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) for once again hosting this creative challenge.