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

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.


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”.

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

I do admit that I hoard beads.

Actually, not so much on the beads, but more so with pendants and charms.

As a lampwork glass worker, I can always make beads, but ceramic pendants are a different story.

Love these moon faces by Birgitta Lejonklou.

Of course Buddha’s are another favorite.

And, micro macrame necklaces are my favorite pieces to create.

Thanks for stopping by and see what others have created by hopping on over to Lori Anderson’s blog for the complete line up of participants.

p.s. thank you Lori for hosting yet another fun blog hop.

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 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


January 2013 ABS Challenge

JAN ABS 2013 Toggle by The Beading Yogini

Peacocks…beautiful and captivating in all their splendor.

Highly symbolic in many spiritual traditions (read more about that here.)

Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons

Jessie Arms Botke, 1940

Oil and Gold Leaf on Panel

I really like the texture in the tail feathers in this piece of artwork.

For the January 2013 Art Bead Scene Challenge, I wanted to try to capture the texture and also the colors and the shape of the “eye”.

Jan 2013 ABS by The Beading Yogini

I gave it a try using micro macrame knotting, seed beads and a few feather charm beads .

I pulled out my wig jig and some wire to make part of the bracelet clasp and to get this project started.

The end result is very light weight and colorful. What do you think?

JAN ABS 2013-4 by The Beading Yogini

Thanks for stopping by and do take a peek at what other participants have created this month on the ABS flickr site.

Vintaj “Asian Lantern” September 2012 Challenge

Take a few Vintaj jewelry components and piece them together and this is what I end up with…


It’s my entry for the Vintaj ‘Asian Lantern” September 2012 Design Challenge.

September 2012 Challenge: “Asian Lantern”
Take your interpretation of “Asian Lantern” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, August 31. Voting will be open from September 3 – midnight September 7, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, September 10. Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day. Hop on over to the Vintaj Blog between September 3- midnight September 7 to cast your vote.

Asian Lantern Beads by The Beading Yogini

Vintaj Asian Frame photo from Vintaj


I wanted to use the Vintaj brass pieces along with (four) two holed wooden beads and design the lantern in 3-D. It took a little fiddling around to figure out how to make it work without using a drop of glue. Held together by double half hitch knots. Sort of like one of those turkish puzzle rings, but (knot) exactly.


Materials used:

Vintaj materials used: brass flower links, brass chain, asian frames, window frame, Vintaj Patinas.

Also, S-Lon cord, cinnabar beads, wooden bead, seed beads, brass jumprings, brass coin, brass tassle and brass toggle.

Bead Table Wednesday August 15, 2012

It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared a Bead Table Wednesday post.

So here it is.

cactus garden series 1 by The Beading Yogini

I’m calling this one the Cactus Garden Series. I get lots of color inspiration from the cactus and succulents at the nursery.

cactus garden series 2 by The Beading Yogini

The colors fit so well with the southwestern palette. I’ve really been liking the matte seed beads lately.

Other than trying to stay cool, I’ve been attempting  to finish up one more piece for the

Bead Soup Blog Party 3rd Reveal on August 25th.  And kicking around some ideas for the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop.

Stay tuned to see what creations are forthcoming for both of those events.