3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop 2012

This is the second Challenge of Color Blog Hop that I have participated in. I find it’s always fun to have someone else choose a color palette for me to play with. This time the lovely Miss Erin and Miss Brandi gave us a selection of two palettes to choose from. (Thank you Erin and Brandi.) Each palette was specially selected for the participants. The option was to work with one or the other, or even both palettes. Both of my palettes very much remind me of my home turf and the colors of the Mojave desert.

The first palette is from Lake Amadeus in the Australian Outback. Looks very much like Badwater Basin in Death Valley. True story; I have both hiked and kayaked across Badwater. I’m pretty certain not many can claim that accomplishment. We had epic rainfall one year and out came the paddles and kayak. Otherwise, it’s just mud flats and salt heaves. I don’t even know if they still let people hike out on the basin anymore. Probably not too many ambitious enough to do that anyway.

Here’s my version Lake Amadeus:

Lake Amadeus 1 COC by the beading yogini

Lake Amadeus Challenge of Color

COC Lake Amadeus 2 by The Beading Yogini

The next palette up is Desert Patterns. I believe this is Saharan sand dunes in Algeria, Africa. We don’t have sand dunes quite that impressive here in the Mojave. In fact, when I first moved here, I was very disappointed because I had been expecting more sand dunes.  I am over that now, because it would just mean more grit, dust and dirt to contend with and we have plenty already. The thing we do have in common … wind, wind and more wind.

Check out these desert colors…

Desert Sands COC by The Beading Yogini

desert patterns Challenge of Color

Desert Sands 2 COC by The Beading Yogini

challenge of color banner 2012

Thanks for stopping in and do hop around and see what others did with this challenge.

Erin Prais-Hintz    http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Rebecca Anderson    http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Kris Auderer    http://strandedinthecity.wordpress.com
Chrizette Bayman    http://beadsoupmix.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud    http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul    http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com/
Lynsey Brooks    http://yellowunicorncreations.blogspot.co.uk
Stephanie Buss    http://maxandlucie.blogspot.com
Iveth Caruso    http://www.creativeatelier.net/
Shannon Chomanczuk    http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone    http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier    http://thebeadingyogini.com
Lori Dorrington    http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com
Dawn Doucette    http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Jeannie Dukic    http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/
Kim Dworak    http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Beth Emery    http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Janice Everett    http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.com
Pam Farren    http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington    http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Gloria Ferrer    http://judetaama.blogspot.com.es/
Cherrie Fick    http://designsinthelight.co
Therese Frank    http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Patty Gasparino    http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com
Tanya Goodwin    http://pixiloo.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Ambra Gostoli    http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/3rd-challenge-of-color
Jess Green    http://tabbiekoshka.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle Hagerman    http://somebeadsandotherthings.com
Mary Harding    www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Karla Hartzog    http://www.karlakrafts.com
Kim Hora    http://www.kimmykats.com
Brandi Hussey    http://brandigirlblog.com
Emanda Johnson    http://ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com
Jennifer Justman    http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy    http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Ema Kilroy    http://emakaye.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman    http://Stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Linda Landig    http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Kirsi Luostarinen    http://kirsiluokorut.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata    http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache    http://www.allprettythings.ca
Beth McCord    http://www.ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com
Mary K McGraw    http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Karen Mitchell    http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Cheri Mitchell-Reed    http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Aimee Moisa    http://threecatsdancing.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan    http://www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Penny Neville    http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake    http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel    http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson    http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Kayla Potega    http://www.teejewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Price    http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk
Bobbie Rafferty    http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Caron Reid    http://caronmichelle.blogspot.com.au/
Nicole Rennell    http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Cynthia Riggs    http://cynthsblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Andrea Ross    http://silvermapledesigns.blogspot.com/
Sally Russick    http://thestudiosublime.com
Annie Scherz    http://www.studioluma.ca
Pam Sears    http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Sandra Stein    http://sannipanni.wordpress.com
Kristen Stevens    http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman    http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Sherri Stokey    http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2012/11/challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Lola Survillo    http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Jo Tinley    http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Emma Todd    http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Cory Tompkins    http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Pam Traub    http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger    http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Michelle Tucker    http://michellescreativemusings.blogspot.com/
Shelley Graham Turner    http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Rachel Van-Walsk    http://balancedcrafts.com/blog
Patti Vanderbloemen    http://www.myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Lynn White    http://lynnwhitejewelry.com/Lynn_White_Jewelry/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog.html
Joan Williams    http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com

Vintaj “Twinkling Lights” December 2012 Challenge

“The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends.
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die…”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Vintaj December Challnge Twinkle Lights by The Beading Yogini

I’m calling this one “Midnight Navigation”
Vintaj Twinkle Lights Dec Challenge by The Beading Yogini

I used a Vintaj Natural Brass Co. Deco Vines piece for the focal, Vintaj Aged Broze Patina, nylon cord, glass, wood, metal and dyed bone beads, metal findings and dark annealed bailing wire.


Take your interpretation of “Twinkling Lights” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, November 30.

Voting will be open from December 3 – midnight December 7, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, December 10.

Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.

Art Bead Scene November 2012 Challenge

Here’s my entry for the November Art Bead Scene Challenge.

ABS NOV 2012 3 Worlds A by The Beading YoginiMostly metal with some Vintaj patina lucite leaves. Just love that Vintaj patina because it is so versatile.

Here’s the artwork that inspired the design:


Three Worlds, 1955 by M C Escher


 I’ve always admired the work of  Escher. It is fascinating.
Here’s one more view of the necklace.
NOV ABS 2012 3 Worlds B by The Beading Yogini
Thanks for stopping by. View all of the ABS November designs at the flickr group.

Lost In Space

Here I am again with yet another challenge entry. This is both one of the easiest and most difficult challenges to date. The Lost In Space Studio Challenge on Artisan Whimsy. Easy because all you need to do to enter is submit a few photos of your studio. The difficult part is creating the perfect studio environment for your type of work. Me, I have two studios.

My mixed media studio is a small spare bedroom (11′ x 12′). Truth be told, I like to dabble in every type of art and craft under the sun. Glass, fabric, beading, drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, clay, wire wrapping, etc. Of course all mediums require their own particular type of tools. I’m big into repurposing and this studio certainly is evidence of this fact. All of the furniture here is repurposed, second hand finds. Mostly yard sale items. Nothing matches, and I’ve just done my best to work with what I have the most of. Vertical space. Even the closet is stacked vertically with small shelving units.

My favorite part is the curtain rod on the closet that is loaded with tons of second hand necklaces and bead strands.

Studio 1

The second favorite item is my repurposed “desk”, an old door stacked on two old kitchen cabinets (found on Craigslist.)

studio 2

It gets real busy and messy in here sometimes, but I really enjoy myself in the process.

The second studio (click here for photos) is in an add on laundry room. It’s a great space with plenty of room for storage. I have excellent ventilation and lighting. The only drawback is that it’s not climate controlled. This does limit my torch time in both the summer and winter months. Not fun to be on a hot torch when it’s 105 degrees or 40 degrees outside.(We do get some extremes here in the Mojave Desert.) But, lucky for me, my schedule is somewhat flexible and I am able to utilize it in comfort fairly often.

Anyway, I feel very blessed to be able to have the time, and space to create in both studios.


Metal Prong Challenge

The Metal Team over at Artisan Whimsy is hosting this challenge and there is a great, free “how to” tutorial in the event that you have never tried the metal prong technique. The tutorial was put together by Staci Louise Smith. (Thanks Staci.)

I haven’t done any metal prong work in quite some time, so this was a good refresher for me.

3 AW Prong Challenge by The Beading Yogini

It always helps to start with a great focal piece. Hence, the ceramic pendant from Birgitta Lejonklou (Create with Spirit) is featured at the center piece. Then I repurposed a metal piece from a belt I found at the local thrift store. (I now have about thirty -six more of these metal pieces to play with.)

1AW Prong Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Throw in some chain, wire, seed beads, tiny lampwork beads and charms and it’s a done deal.

5AW Prong Challenge by The Beading Yogini

A tiny pair of lampwork earrings to match.

2AW Prong Earrings by The Beading Yogini

See what other artisans were inspired to create using the following links:


The Beading Yogini, http://www.thebeadingyogini.com (you are here)

Carolyn Dewison, Blue Berri Beads, http://blueberribeads.co.uk/

Pam Farren, http://www.re-maker.blospot.com

Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments, http://northernadornments.blogspot.com/

Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements, http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy, http://mybeadtherapy.blogspot.com

Lisa Laffend, http://kokopelliegirl.blogspot.com/

Laura Medeiros. http://zoeowyn.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things, http://www.allprettythings.ca/

Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry, http://design.kcjewelbox.com/

Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs, http://orrtec.blogspot.com/

Julie Panusis, http://catsmeowco.blogspot.com

Mary Ellen Parker, http://beetreebyme.blogspot.com/

Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals, http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/

Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame, www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery, http://www.daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com

Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs, http://www.francescawatson.com

Jean Wells, http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs, http://lindysdesigns.blogspot.com/

(Thanks Metal Blog Team)





aw uk challenge dorset II by The Beading Yogini

UK Inspiration Challenge

The UK Group over at Artisan Whimsy decided to throw out a UK Inspiration Challenge. Sounded like a bit of fun, so here I am linked up to another design challenge. I decided to go with Dorset as I was attracted to that because of it’s button making history. I am paying homage to all the button making, cottage industry women from the past.

Dorset I

aw uk challenge dorset II by The Beading Yogini

Riveted Button Earrings

Dorset II

aw uk challenge dorset 1 by The Beading Yogini Shell and Metal Button Earrings with tiny lampwork bead charms

See what other designers were inspired to create (links below)


The Hosts
Lesley Watt Gossiping Goddess

Rebecca Anderson Songbeads

Pippa Chandler Pip’s Jewellery

Teresa Hulley Bo Hulley Beads

Natalie McKenna Grubbi

Jo Tinley Daisychain Designs


Gale White Bantering Bird on Flickr

Ginger Bishop Lilmummylikes

Cece Cormier The Beading Yogini (you are here)

Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures

Cilla Watkins Tell Your Girlfriends

Sherry Baun

Kay Toodles and Binks


Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures

Kashmira Patel Sadafulee

Caroline Dewison Blueberribeads

Pam Sears Crazy Creative Corner

Sherry Baun

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Lucy Haslam


Cynthia Machata  http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Pam Sears Crazy Creative Corner

Sherry Baun

Isle of Wight

Duane Clark Bizzy Bead

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Sharyl’s Jewelry

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Jean Wright Just Beadey

D Lynne Bowland Islandgirl’s Insights

Lisa Lodge Pine Ridge Treasures

Sherry Baun


Jean A. Wells  http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

Shalini Austin   Jewellery by Shalini

Doris Stumpf Glaszwerg

Sherry Baun

Lennis C Windbent


Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macramé

Sherry Baun

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Kathy Lindemer Bay Moon Design

Celebrating Mother Earth Challenge

When I saw Birgitta Lejonklou (Create With Spirit) was having a blog hop, I knew that I must participate. Thanks B!

 She creates the best ceramic pendants! We’ve done our own little swaps a few times, trading jewelry, beads and pendants. (One can never have too many beading buddies.)

The theme is Celebrating Mother Earth.  Nothing better than paying a bit of homage to Ma!

While designing, I listened to one of my favorite kirtan chants by Shantala.  Honoring Ma with a blissful heart.

 1MotherEarthBlogHop By The Beading Yogini

Amba Parameshwari Akhilandeshwari

Adi Parashakti Palayamam

Shri Bhuvaneshwari Raja Maheshwari

Ananda Rupini Palayamam

Sachidananda Rupini Palayamam

Ma Ma Ma Ma

Ananda Mayi Ma Palayamam

Sachidananda Mayi Ma Palayamam

2MotherEarthBlogHop by The Beading Yogini

Sweet Mother, You are the Supreme Divine,

Empowering All, you are the Whole, Everything!

Primordial One, Creativity Supreme, protect me!

Auspicious One, Goddess of the Earth, Great Goddess of the Sovereign

Whose Form is Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, protect me!

O Mother, O Ma! O Mother made of Bliss! O Mother, protect me!

4MotherEarthBlogHopby The Beading Yogini

(Thanks to Lesley over at The Gossiping Goddess for the wonderful jump ring and seed bead tutorial.)

Please hop on over to the following blogs and see their take on the challenge.

Emma Todd       apolymerpenchant.blogspot.se

Inge Traud      http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com 

Sandra Wollberg   city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.se

Cece Cormier   thebeadingyogini.com (you are here)

Jenny Davies-Reazor     jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Margareta Saari    magsinhelmet.blogspot.se

Toltec Jewels   www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Susan         http://libellulajewelry.com

Leena             vikkityyli.blogspot.se

Jean Wells   http://jeanawells.blogspot.se 

Kaushambi Shah  (on Birgitta’s Blog)

Julie Thelen (on Birgitta’s Blog)

Lynn Ferro (on Birgitta’s Blog)