Joshua Tree Inspiration

One of my favorite plants in the Mojave Desert is the Joshua Tree.

I was playing with polymer clay and was inspired to make a few pendants.

This one has the “ghost” of a Joshua Tree design.

Matches up well with this macrame necklace I knotted.

I’m liking this new-to-me design for the necklace.

Enjoy the spring sunshine.

Green Joshua Tree Macrame Necklace The Beading Yogini

Spirit Trinity Necklaces by The Beading Yogini

Bead Soup Blog Party #8

Thanks for stopping by for the big reveal day of the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party.

So glad that I am able to participate in this epic blog party again.

As always, a shout out to Lori Anderson for organizing and hosting the party, and applause to all of the creative participants who provide endless hours of blog hopping entertainment.

I’ve been needing some design inspiration and I had a fabulous bead soup to work with courtesy of my partner, the talented Crystal Rector(Autumn Sky Adornments on Etsy)

This is what was sent to Crystal…

Bead Soup 2014 to Crystal

This is the loot I received to work with  …

The Goods Received BSBP8

First off, I was all over those little jade tube beads (yup, I have an eye for vintage beads.) I decided to pair them with those little yogi components because I can’t resist the chance to fiddle and put the jewel puzzle together. What do you think? A spirit trio of necklaces. They can be worn individually or one at a time. Decided to make a few earrings to go along for the ride.

 Spirit Trinity Necklaces by The Beading Yogini

spirit earrings trio bead BSBP8 by The Beading Yogini

The second design round produced a little necklace using that leopard jasper donut bead. I’d been wanting to try knotting this “Joan Babcock style” macrame necklace for some time. No time like the present. I used the color palette from the threads that my partner sent, but substituted waxed polyester cord. Love my waxed cord, it burns nice.

Leopard Jasper Micro Macrame Donut by The Beading Yogini

Leopard Jasper Micro Macrame Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Third Round produced a multi strand necklace using lots of those tiny little beads with the tiny little macrame cord and thousands of knots. It was a bugger to make, but came out well. I had fun making the little goddess pendant out of clay.

Goddess Necklace and Earrings by The Beading Yogini

Goddess1BSBP2014 by The Beading yogini

Perhaps my favorite creation is the fourth piece. A micro macrame bracelet utilizing that oh -so- cool bone peacock pendant. Really loving how this turned out.

Bone Peacock Micro Macrame Bracelet by The Beading Yogini

Peacock bracelet 1 by The Beading Yogini

And I could not resist a little knotted necklace with the stone Buddha pendant from the soup.

Happy Buddha Knoted Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Last but not least, another necklace using one of the cut quartz stones and the little buddha heads (these are a favorite of mine too!)  from the soup mix. 

Union Necklace by The Beading Yogini Union Necklace Close Up By The Beading Yogini

 

Hop on over to Lori’s Bead Soup blog for the complete list of participants. Happy hopping.

Micro macrame cholla crystal close up by the Beading Yogini

2nd Annual Challenge of Travel

Here we are for the 2nd Annual Challenge of Travel. This challenge is all about the “Staycation” . In reality, the “staycation” concept actually motivated us to take a real vacation this summer in order to escape the never ending heat at home. Haven’t been able to take a real vacation in like 10 years. We ended up hitting the road in the camper and relaxing on the beach with family in the Pacific Northwest.

Here I am enjoying nature’s sandbox.

Dunes

The actual “staycation” would involve disguising myself as a “tourist” and heading to “The Strip”.

I live just on the outskirts of fabulous Las Vegas. Yup, Cha Ching!

But, that’s not the Las Vegas I know and love. I prefer the outdoors and the wonderful Spring Mountain Range. Fortunately, I can see the mountains from my yard and live about 5 miles from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Furthermore, my yard of sorts is a little known tourist destination “Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery”.

So my inspiration for this challenge and many of my creations…literally right outside my door.

I love the colors of the desert, the turquoise blue skies, the rusty and brown colors of the earth and mountains.

The green shades of the native desert plants. I chose a piece of turquoise for the focal on one necklace.

The other necklace incorporates a piece of cholla wood skeleton with a crystal point.

So hop on over to our wonderful blog host site (Erin Praise-Hintz)  for this challenge – Treasures-Found/Tesori Trovatti
and see what Erin and others have done on their “staycation”.

More Knots

“And it stoned me to my soul

Stoned me just like Jelly Roll

And it stoned me

And it stoned me to my soul

Stoned me just like goin’ home

And it stoned me”

(Van Morrison)

 TriPurpleFlatWrapRock by The Beading Yogini

To The Point

Recently ordered some Linhas Setta cord from Knotmore.com and tried it out on a quartz point.

This cord is great for working with stones.

It is waxed, so it’s a little thicker and more substantial than C-Lon cord.

That wax gives it some gripping power. I’m liking it very much.

KG1 Crystal Wrap by The Beading Yogini

KG2 Crystal Wrap by The Beading Yogini

 

Scored a Serger

Little teaser. A while back I scored this Juki serger for $ 35 at a local thrift store. It was missing the foot pedal.

I finally found a foot pedal, figured out how to thread the machine and it works!

It looks like it could use a new upper blade, but so far it’s doing the job.

Stay tuned to see what I’ve been up to with this piece of equipment. I’ve been having fun.

Juki Serger