Bead Soup Blog Party #7 Reveal

Time for the first reveal at the Bead Soup Blog Party # 7.

First off, I was thrilled with all the beads, charms and bits that my partner Debra Behrends (Hopeful Journeys) shared with me.

So much good stuff that I could not fit everything into my limited design time.

BSBP 2013 D

BSBP 2013 C

BSBP 2013B

(The raw materials.)

Next up, I’d like to thank Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) for hosting this event and at the same time, to thank all the party goers who make this such a blog blast. Reserve some time for blog hopping. It’s a treat. Participants links are here.

A few words about my design process. Mostly I just sit down and make stuff. Not much for sketching, or grand design planning. I trust that the piece will come into being and to be what it needs to be. And, that it will appeal to someone, somewhere.

BSBP7 Blue Lucite Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Etched Flower Bead Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Butterfly Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Hummer Necklace by The Beading Yogini

(The finished goods.)

Thanks for taking a peek.

 

Inspire Change Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge

Inspire change wellness words jewelry challenge…yup that’s quite a mouthful. The hostess, Tracy Statler (makebraceletsblog.com) proposed this challenge and I enjoy a good challenge. Especially a challenge that does not have too many rules or regulations.

 I am never certain what will inspire me or where my creativity and imagination may go.

Tracy’s suggested guideline:

“Choose an inspirational word or phrase in an area of your life where you want to make positive change.

Make sure your words truly represent something you want to work on.

Don’t choose a word because it looks good, is popular right now or someone else thinks you should choose it.

These are the six categories of wellness that people generally want to make changes in:

Physical, Emotional, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual and Social.  

Your words can represent any of these areas.”

I thought long and hard about selecting a word for myself . It fits all categories.

My word: ease…(It’s both a noun and a verb.)

Ease 003 by The Beading Yogini

Well, my goodness, who wouldn’t want all of the nice effects associated with this word?  See definitions below:

ease [eez]

freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort:

freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind:

freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility:

freedom from financial need; plenty:

freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness:

to free from anxiety or care:

to mitigate, lighten, or lessen:

to release from pressure, tension, or the like.

to move or shift with great care:

to render less difficult; facilitate:

Ease 002 by The Beading Yogini

Synonyms:

affluence, ataraxia, bed of roses, calm, calmness, comfort, content, contentment, easiness, enjoyment, gratification, happiness, idleness, inactivity, inertia, inertness, leisure, luxury, passivity, peace of mind, prosperity, quietness, quietude, relaxation, repose, requiescence, rest, restfulness, satisfaction, security, serenity, supinity, tranquility

abate, aid, allay, ameliorate, anesthetize, appease, assist, assuage, attend to, calm, cheer, clear the way, comfort, cure, disburden, disengage, doctor, expedite, facilitate, forward, free, further, improve, lessen, let up on, lift, lighten, make easier, meliorate, mitigate, moderate, mollify, nurse, open the door, pacify, palliate, promote, quiet, relax, release, relent, relieve, run interference for, simplify, slacken, smooth, soften, soothe, speed, speed up, still, tranquilize,disentangle, edge, extricate, facilitate, handle, inch, induce, insert, join, loose, loosen, maneuver, relax, remove, right, set right, slack, slacken, slide, slip, squeeze, steer, untighten.

EASE001by The Beading Yogini

At ease and enjoy the blog hop:

acreativeforce.blogspot.com

alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

allprettythings.ca

anniamaebisuteria.blogspot.com.es/

apolymerpenchant.com

beadlolabead.blogspot.com/

beadrecipes.wordpress.com

centsations.wordpress.com

clay-space.com/

creativeatelier.net

elliesbijoux.com

emakdesigns.com

erinsiegel.com

etsy.com/shop/shamaen

facebook.com/hotsouthernmessdesigns

facebook.com/soquilidesigns

fairiesmarket.blogspot.com

firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com

gemsbyjudy.com

glasstastreasures.blogspot.com

handcraftedserenity.blogspot.com

facebook.com/azuresunshines

facebook.com/whdalaska

jeanetteblix.com

kimmykats.com

kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com

lisayangjewelry.com

macmillanmarie.blogspot.com

makebraceletsblog.com

miabellasoul.com

misheldesigns.com

mycreativechallenge.blogspot.com

noseycritters.blogspot.com

pixiloo.blogspot.com

sandivolpe.com

sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

shaterra.etsy.com

shinylittlethings.blogspot.com

shymedesign.se

shymessmycken.blogspot.se

simpleearthcreations.com

soultosubstance.com

suebeads.com

sunshinebliss.com

sweetbeadstudio.com

sweetwillowdesigns.blogspot.com

thebeadingyogini.com

thestudiosublime.com

treasures-found.blogspot.com

twitter.com/ldymlivelystone

vault31.blogspot.com

veradesigns.blogspot.com

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.

TWpromo

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:

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Three Worlds, 1955 by M C Escher

Lithograph

 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.

Vintaj Harvest Moon Challenge

Under the Harvest Moon

Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.

Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.

Carl Sandburg

Earrings Vintaj Harvest Moon Challenge by The Beading Yogini

 Vintaj materials used: 24mm Button Blank, 27mm Round Loop Ear Wire, flat chain and patinas. Other materials: recycled metal tin, copper charms, and S-Lon Cord.

November 2012 Challenge: “Harvest Moon”
Take your interpretation of “Harvest Moon” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, October 26. Voting will be open from October 29 – midnight November 2, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, November 5. Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.

Check it out and vote for your favorite at the Vintaj Blog.

Hooters Challenge

The folks over at Artisan Whimsy are having a little design challenge this month…

HootersChallenge

So many owl fans out there that I just had to join in on this challenge.

HootersChallengebyTheBeadingYogini

HootersChallenge2byThebeadingyogini

Mainly metal components with a row of my tiny lampwork ivory colored beads and connectors.

Check out the entires at Artisan Whimsey, join up and vote for your favorite design.

 

1KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

It’s always fun to participate in the Bead Soup Party Blog Hops hosted by Lori Anderson and I decided that it would be fun to participate in the Kalmbach Bead Soup Party as well. This party is timed to coincide with the release of Lori’s Bead Soup Book. I’m pretty excited about this because it is the first time one of my designs has been published. (Peek in the gallery section of this book. )

Bead Soup Book

Kalmbach Publishing is the organizer and sponsor of this event, and many beading retailers provided the bead soups for the party. Thank you all for your generosity.

My retail sponsor is Bead Jungle (owned by Sandra Murphy) located in Henderson, Nevada. Admittedly, I don’t get over to Henderson very often since the valley has expanded, but I will try to make it a point to drop by the shop if I find myself over in that part of town.

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Soup from Bead Jungle by The Beading Yogini

When I got my package of bead soup, I thought “whoa, kinda bling” as I rarely use crystals and super sparkly beads. But, for me, the essence of these Bead Soup events are to spread your wings, design with what you have, and also to work out of your comfort zone. Here’s what I came up with for the necklace design:

PROSPERITY

2KBS Prosperity NEcklace by The Beading Yogini

As I mentioned earlier, not really into”bling”, so I decided to alter the focal bead using a bit of Objects and Elements printed papers. Burn the edges with some Nag Champa incense. Of course, old hippie would have a stash of this in her studio. I was thrilled with how this turned out and decided to do the flip side of the focal bead too. I couldn’t resist as the little bit of paper had the words “Lady Luck” printed on it. After all, this is Las Vegas. (And, you know how I like that dual purpose, two sided design thing.)

1KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

4KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Next came a bit of assembly with the bar connectors and turquoise discs, and some thin bailing wire. All is good so far. Then the C-Lon cord, more beads from my stash. I wanted a bit more “texture” so, I decided to sand paper the crystals to create a see thru effect. Lets a little more light and variety into the design. Even though it is shiny, I like the final product.

5KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

3KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

A little pair of earrings for dessert.

Prosperity Earrings by The Beading Yogini