Thursday, April 22, 2010

Buddhas and Bhangra!

Two of my favorite things... I added a few awesome Buddha listings from Etsy to my favorites the other day, and later this weekend I'm going Bhangra dancing with some friends, so it's the perfect time to combine the two in a post.

First off, Buddhas... check out these fabulous finds from Etsy!

Okay, I know I make jewelry, and not only should I just get the items I need to make these myself, I should wear stuff I make, so when people compliment my jewelry, I can hand over a business card. But this Etsy artist just did such a wonderful job with these, I'm beyond tempted to just buy them. So awesome! Great work from Boots Raven Designs!

I also looked through quite a few Buddha photos, and trust me, there are a lot on Etsy, and found this black and white photograph to be one of my favorites. It's the "Sukothai Buddha" from Bomobob. From the listing: "In the ancient Thai capital of Sukohthai, one of the many magnificent statues of Buddha stands watch over the deserted ruins of the city." I want to visit Thailand so badly, and this is just one of the reasons why -- to see beautiful Buddhas like this one.

I've found some of the coolest soaps on Etsy, and this one from Windy's Creations is no exception. It's so beautiful... how could anyone dare use it?

I love jewelry that's created with help from nature -- unpolished gems and wood, especially, so, naturally, I love this bangle from Valle Girl Designs. On the outside it reads "namaste" and on the inside "I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me". How lovely!

I looked through Etsy at some of the malas that were listed, and I was really drawn to this one. It's made with 108 opalite rounds, tied together in a beautiful green thread, with a guru stone to match on the end. It's listed in Rebecca Moon's shop, and she gives a great description about the stone and the chakra it's linked to: the heart chakra: "This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words "Love Heals All" have great truth... Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra." Well said and beautiful work!

Finally, a little love for a local artist. This painting, "Blooming Meditation" is by EyeCon Artist of Portland. Such beautiful, vibrant colors in an awesome piece!

And from Buddhas, to Bhangra! I'm so excited to go out with friends Saturday night for the final Andaz night at the FEZ ballroom in downtown Portland. Although I'm sad to see the last Saturday of the month event move out, I'm sure it'll be quite the party, and I hope some of my friends who aren't familiar with Bhangra will be able to come. It's music I've LOVED for years and have soooo much fun dancing to!

This photo's from Bhangra at the FEZ more than a year ago.

Anjali is the fabulous DJ who'll be spinning Saturday night. Check her out

And perhaps the most well-known Bhangra-infused music around... M.I.A.! Awesome video...

Okay, that's it for tonight. I'm exhausted! Tomorrow Sarah and I are headed to the coast to hike up one of my favorite hikes... Saddle Mountain... then hit the beach with Kai


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