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Welcome to Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I'm a yoga teacher, and these are my creations. On this blog you can read the story behind the jewelry. You'll also get to meet other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire. Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Moondog Now Selling in California

A dream come true!!  California is one of my favorite places on earth.  Last month I was contacted by Asha Yoga Studio in Sacramento to work on a custom order for their studio.  It has been a true pleasure.  I only wish I could fit into the box with the jewelry and make my way to Cali right now!
 
From their web-site:  "At Asha Yoga we value authenticity, connection, kindness, quality over quantity, a mindful physical practice, intelligent sequencing, Spirit, breath and a lot of LOVE. Our mission is to teach, practice and live in alignment with our values and help a lot of people along the way. "
−Cori Martinez


Sari Wrap Bracelets from Moondog Treasures
 
 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

September is National Yoga Month

Buy a Mala, Help a Cause

Every September since 2008, Moondog Treasures has been donating 54% of the sales of all mala bracelets to charity in honor of The Global Mala, a world-wide yoga event that goes on across the world in late September and raises money for charity
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Where the money has gone

2008 Trees for the Future
2009 Yoga-Recess in Schools 
2010 Gayla's favorite charity to help kids in Peru
2011 American Brain Tumor Association 
2012 Yoga Bridge
2013 Yoga Bridge

The first couple of years, I donated to the charities that www.globalmala.org supported.  The next couple of years, it got personal.

In 2010, my dear friend/co-worker/pregnant-at-the-same-time-as-me sister, Gayla, lost her battle with liposarcoma, a very rare form of cancer.  She spent her last year volunteering in Peru.  My money went there.

Last year my sister's husband was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He lost his battle 8 months later.  My money went to fund research for brain tumors.

Where the money goes now


This year is full of hope. 54% of the sales of all mala bracelets from my shop will be donated to an effort that I am personally involved in - Yoga Bridge.  Yoga Bridge offers free support for cancer survivors through the practice of yoga, breathwork and meditation. 

Yoga Bridge Cancer Class in Denton, Texas



A colleague and I co-founded this organization last August and have been working at it ever since.  We co-teach a free Breast Cancer Yoga class weekly at a local hospital, thanks to the support of Foundation 56.  We also run a program of classes and workshops where part of the money collected goes back into a fund to keep the cancer yoga classes free.

54% of all mala bracelets purchased during the week of September 7-14 this year will help pay for free yoga classes for cancer survivors and buy props that we will use in class.


How did this all begin?


I donate in honor of my friends, and in honor of the Global Mala.  My yoga teacher, Shiva Rea, is the original coordinator of this event.   I've gone to California many times to study yoga with her, so this event is very close to my heart.


Click on the pictures below to see more malas (for women and men) from my store or to purchase a mala bracelet.



Malas for Women


Malas for Men

Thank you

A sincere thank you to all who have purchased malas throughout the years and have helped all of these wonderful causes.

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I'm the creator behind this blog and Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I use this blog to share what I do and to feature other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire.
 
Click here if you'd like to be added to my monthly newsletter. I send out special discounts in my shop to my newsletter subscribers!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Summer Trunk Show at Gratitude Yoga

Moondog Treasures will be at Gratitude Yoga in Mansfield on Saturday, June 22nd with The Blue and White Collection.  I've added lots of new pieces that I will be showcasing on that day, including my new Vayu bracelets and necklaces.
Lapis Lazuli on Waxed Linen

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Trunk Show

Trunk Show

The Turquoise and White Collection by Moondog Treasures

I'll be returning to Move Studio in Dallas on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00am-12:30pm for my 2nd Annual Trunk Show there.  Moondog Treasures shares its treasure chest of sea-inspired pieces with the new Turquoise and White Collection.  This selection brings to mind the brilliant blue and turquoise waters and the striking sun-washed buildings of Greece. 
I'll have on-hand my mala bracelets, precious silver pendants and necklaces, and my new wrap bracelets. Last year's trunk show there was a great success.  Read more about it here.  I'm so glad to be returning.  Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Moondog's Customers Say...

I'm so grateful that I do what I do, and that people appreciate it!!  Here is some recent feedback for Moondog Treasures:
From Moondog's Sanskrit Collection
"Absolutely wonderful and beautiful piece which I get so many compliments on !!! I just love it !!! Seller is GREAT and WONDERFUL TOO !!! THANK YOU !!!" ~ Scott

"I adore it. I wear it every day."  ~Lori


"The necklace is gorgeous! I can't wait to wear it!!!"  ~Elizabeth


"The bracelet got to me super quick! The quality is top notch, and it's super comfortable on the wrist. Bully!" ~Joshua  (I like the "bully" comment.  hehe)


"Awesome necklace! Absolutely beautiful! Excellent craftsmanship! Thank you!"  ~Cyndy


"Incredible work, simply put."  ~Cody


"Just wanted to let you know that I received the necklace today.  It is so gorgeous!  Thank you"  ~Lisa

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Featured Etsy Artist

I love to show off the work of the artists on Etsy.  Here is a shop from Portland, Oregon, called Anna Joyce.  I love her creative prints and fabrics.  My favorite is this upcycled hooded jacket.  An early Christmas present?  Hint, hint.
 
From her site:
This is the perfect thing to wear all fall, winter and into spring. These sweatshirts are warm, SOFT, comfortable and most of all flattering. All of my designs are hand cut, hand sewn and made with love just for you in Portland, OR...and we know a good hoodie around these parts. This sweatshirt is a bold and stylish way to be comfortable all season long. Makes a wonderful gift!
 
More about the artist:
Anna Joyce is the owner and designer behind everything in the shop. She is inspired by vintage textiles,playing with pattern, Scandinavian folk art and her two young daughters.

Anna Joyce: Simply Splendid Goods from Portland, OR.

All of our pieces are lovingly handmade from start to finish here in Portland, Oregon.

Designed by Anna Joyce to bring a splash of joy to everyday life, our collections offer fresh pops of color in sweet shapes and exuberant mixes of vintage patterns.

Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces for your home, thoughtful items for the children in your life and appliqu├ęd apparel for you. And because we believe in high-quality craft for every stich and seam, our goods will last through time like a loyal friend.

Because special shouldn’t just be for special occasions.

It’s how life should be all the time: simply splendid.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gift Wrap with Moondog Treasures

My shop is now offering gift wrap, just in time for the holiday season!  Gift wrap is available for non-beaded necklaces and earrings. Included is a tiny card with a quote from Gandhi, Rumi, or Hafiz. The top lid of the box will have a tulle bow tied around it, so that your jewelry is ready to present as a gift. If you would like a specific quote pictured, please let me know.  Click here for the link to this item in my shop.

Recent feedback for Moondog Treasures:
"As with everything from moondogtreasures, special and beautiful."
 
 


 
I'm the creator behind Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I use this blog to share what I do and to feature other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire. Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Click here to be added to my monthly newsletter. I send out free stuff and special discounts in my shop to my newsletter subscribers!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Moondog Treasures Now Selling at Yoga Tree Plano

I recently visited with Toni Farris, owner of Yoga Tree in Plano, Texas.  Yoga Tree is the latest yoga studio to be selling my line of yoga jewelry from Moondog Treasures.

 
 
Photo courtesy Virtual Tourist

 Yoga Tree is right in the heart of old town Plano, a sweet area of town with red brick-lined streets and fun locally-owned shops.

Mala Bracelets


Toni welcomed me into her zen-like yoga space.  The yoga room has beautiful aged wood floors and a soft glow from the natural light outside.The boutique has a selection of fun yoga tops, props for your practice and even more unique yoga jewelry.  I'm so glad to be the latest addition to this serene space.

 
 
I'm the creator behind Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I use this blog to share what I do and to feature other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire. Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.
 
Click here to be added to my monthly newsletter. I send out free stuff and special discounts in my shop to my newsletter subscribers!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Malas for Charity in September - Where the Money Goes

Buy a Mala, Help a Cause


Every September since 2008, Moondog Treasures has been donating 54% of the sales of all mala bracelets to charity in honor of The Global Mala, a world-wide yoga event that goes on across the world in late September and raises money for charity
.

 

Where the money has gone


2008 Trees for the Future
2009 Yoga-Recess in Schools 
2010 Gayla's favorite charity to help kids in Peru
2011 American Brain Tumor Association 

The first couple of years, I donated to the charities that www.globalmala.org supported.  The next couple of years, it got personal.

In 2010, my dear friend/co-worker/pregnant-at-the-same-time-as-me sister, Gayla, lost her battle with liposarcoma, a very rare form of cancer.  She spent her last year volunteering in Peru.  My money went there.

Last year my sister's husband was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He lost his battle 8 months later.  My money went to fund research for brain tumors.

Where the money goes this year


This year is full of hope. 54% of the sales of all mala bracelets from my shop will be donated to an effort that I am personally involved in - Yoga Bridge.  Yoga Bridge offers free support for cancer survivors through the practice of yoga, breathwork and meditation. 



A colleague and I co-founded this organization last August and have been working at it ever since.  We co-teach a free Breast Cancer Yoga class weekly at a local hospital, thanks to the support of Foundation 56.  We also run a program of classes and workshops where part of the money collected goes back into a fund to keep the cancer yoga classes free.

54% of all mala bracelets purchased during the week of September 7-14 this year will help pay for free yoga classes for cancer survivors and buy props that we will use in class.


How did this all begin?


I donate in honor of my friends, and in honor of the Global Mala.  My yoga teacher, Shiva Rea, is the original coordinator of this event.   I've gone to California many times to study yoga with her, so this event is very close to my heart.

Click on the pictures below to see more malas (for women and men) from my store or to purchase a mala bracelet.


Malas for Women
Malas for Men


Thank you

A sincere thank you to all who have purchased malas throughout the years and have helped all of these wonderful causes.

------------------------------- 

I'm the creator behind this blog and Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I use this blog to share what I do and to feature other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire.
 
Click here if you'd like to be added to my monthly newsletter. I send out special discounts in my shop to my newsletter subscribers!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Meanings of My 4 Favorite Gemstones

What are your favorite colors?  I love anything blue.  Can colors bring about a certain state of mind?  I believe they can. 

Recently, I've been reading a lot about the properties of gemstones. I use lots of beautiful gemstones when creating the malas and mala bracelets for my shop.  Here are some of my favorites: turquoise, lucky jasper, fossil jasper, quartz, lapis lazuli, and sodalite. 

I've found lots of information online about the meanings of various gemstones.  I'll share here some information from www.yogabasics.com.
  1. Jasper is said to bring stabilization and balance, to bring about feelings of joy and to provide sound sleep.  Turquoise Jasper is a protecting and nurturing stone that is said to promote gentleness, tranquility, and healing.
  2. Quartz is said to be the universal healing stone, promoting hope, happiness and optimism.  Rose quartz in particular can open the heart chakra to all forms of love and remove fear. 
  3. Lapis lazuli is believed to bring about harmony in relationships and release old karmic patterns.
  4. Sodalite: Sodalite is known to balance emotional and mental states and to promote intuition and harmony.


Do they work? Here's a comment from one of my customers:  "I love this piece Susan. The earthy Jasper and the fact that it's a mala bracelet make it extra special. I see more purchases in the near future. Thank you!"

Wrist malas, or mala bracelets are a best-seller in my shop. To see my mala collections, click on the following links:
 
Every year during the month of September, Moondog donates 54% of all sales of mala bracelets to charity. I do this in honor of the Global Mala, an incredible annual yoga event that was set into motion in 2007 by Shiva Rea to raise awareness and funds for causes that affect our planet. See www.globalmala.org or www.yogamonth.org for more information.


Shop now at Moondog Treasures Click here if you'd like to be added to my monthly newsletter. I send out special discounts in my shop to my newsletter subscribers! 
I'm the creator behind this blog and Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I use this blog to share what I do and to feature other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Featured Etsy Artist - Captured Moments

I'm featuring an artist from Texas (my home-state) on my blog today. Her shop is called Captured Moments. I love the shades and textures of the clay she uses. I love even more that her clay comes straight from Texas.  I might have to visit her shop for some new supplies!!

2 Curved bead for bracelets in deep turquoise with a leaf design
From the artist:
I have had my hands in mud since I was a little girl. I can remember as a child digging red clay from the pasture of our country home and making mud pots. I feel blessed to be able to have a small studio space and create beautiful beads and pendants for other creative people to add their own special touches. I love it when a customer sends me a photo of what they did with my work. The neat thing about pottery is that I am in control of the whole process from designing, making, and firing the pieces. I strive to make quality pieces at an affordable price. All my pieces start out as clay that is dug from Texas soil
3 Elongated Oval Beads in Warm Copper Brown
You can check out her blog here:  http://blogforbeads.blogspot.com/

I'm the owner/designer of Moondog Treasures, hand-made jewelry with a prayerful purpose.  Visit my shop at www.moondogtreasures.etsy.com, or contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

You are not Alone - Jewelry that Gives you Strength

Sometimes you need a reminder that things are going to be ok. 

We all have those days when we see a challenge coming. For some people, they are able to find strength or solace in wearing a piece of jewelry that has meaning to them.  For me, it's a necklace.  This necklace contains a tiny blue charm of the Virgin Mary.
For her, there was no choice
When my mother was pregnant with me, there were some difficulties.  A tumor was discovered alongside the baby.  The doctor offered to operate, but my mother didn't want to put the baby at risk.  She decided to carry both the baby and the tumor to term. 

This could not have been an easy pregnancy.  I'm sure that there was a lot of fear and physical discomfort.  Fortunately, it all turned out fine.

My mother tells me that during the pregnancy, a nun that she knew was a great support to her.  When my mom was about to deliver, this nun, Sister Walter Marie, gave her a little blue charm.  She told her that God was looking out for her and the baby.

Mom and me, circa 1965
My mother kept the charm all these years.  When I was older, she gave it to me.  Then I held onto it for many years. 

A meaningful reminder
When I began creating my own jewelry, I decided to make something using this little "good luck" charm.  Now, whenever I need a little boost, whenever I need to feel as if I'm being watched over, I'll wear it.  It's not even my best work, but reminds me not to take anything for granted.  It reminds me that I'm blessed.




How about you? 
Do you have a "good luck" charm? Please comment below if you'd like to share.
  • Is it an heirloom? 
  • A gift? 
  • Something expensive?  Or inexpensive, yet worth its weight in gold?
  • Does it contain a specific gemstone? Or an image that serves to remind you of something?
One of my goals with Moondog Treasures is to create meaningful jewelry.  In my next post, I'll share some of the stories my customers have shared with me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Making my own tools for PMC

"Necessity is the mother of invention", right?  I've been wanting to create pmc (precious metal clay) pendants with Sanskrit symbols on them for my jewelry shop.  Tough to find!  So, I'm making my own stamp.

Here's the first one.  The Sanskrit symbol for karma.  I carved it from an eraser.

Check out the tools in this pic.  Looks like I'm getting ready to operate!
For information on PMC, click on this link.

View some items from Moondog Treasures' Sanskrit Collection here.

See something you like? Shop online now at Moondog Treasures. Questions? Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Right Place at the Right Time



Success at the Jewelry Trunk Show last Saturday! Moondog Treasures has definitely found its niche - yoga studios. At Move Studio in North Dallas, the customers kept coming. In between classes, they would stop by my table and pick out a little something for a friend, or for themselves! 






These items were the best-sellers:

PMC precious silver necklaces from The Sanskrit Collection:

Yoga Wrap Bracelets:

Womens Mala Bracelets:


See something you like? Shop online now at Moondog Treasures. Questions? Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Preparing for a Trunk Show

Moondog's Yoga Jewelry Trunk Show
Move Studio in North Dallas
Saturday, April 28  1:00-4:00

I've been setting things up in my living room for a trial run. 
Here is a sneak preview...

Yoga Wrap Bracelets/Necklaces
Precious silver pendants from The Sanskrit Collection

Options for custom pendants

Full Malas

Wrist malas for Women and Men

See you there!!

See something you like?  Shop online now at Moondog Treasures. Questions? Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to Use a Mala

Full 108 mala with white jasper gemstone and sterling om drop
      Malas are beautiful.  A strand of beads, all the same size, and one larger bead, or tassle, at the end.  The word mala in Sanskrit means "garland".  A mala is a set of beads often used by Hindus and Buddhists during prayer.  Malas are usually made from 108 beads or some smaller number, usually divisible by 9.  Malas are used for keeping count while praying, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.


     In the Hindu tradition, the mala is held with the right hand, using the thumb to move from one bead to the next, with the mala resting on the third finger. The larger bead on a mala is called the guru bead.  Counting begins with the bead next to it.  If more than one round of japa is practiced, the person stops at the guru bead and goes back in the other direction.  This way the guru bead is not skipped over by the hand.


     Wrist malas, or mala bracelets are a best-seller in my shop.  To see my mala collections, click on the following links:


   Every year during the month of September, Moondog donates 54% of all sales of mala bracelets to charity. She does this in honor of the Global Mala, an incredible annual yoga event that was set into motion in 2007 by Shiva Rea to raise awareness and funds for causes that affect our planet. See www.globalmala.org or www.yogamonth.org for more information.

    Shop now at Moondog Treasures.  Questions?  Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

What is a mala?

I sell malas and mala bracelets in my shop and I often get asked the questions, "What is a mala?" and "How do I use a mala?" Full malas remind me of the rosaries that I use as part of my Catholic faith. For each bead, a prayer is said. A mala is a set of 108 beads. Each bead stands for a mantra, a word, or a prayer.  Repeating prayers on a rosary can be very meditative.  The repetition of mantras on the beads of a mala is a form of meditation as well.
Full 108 mala with jasper gemstone and rudraksha bead
 
Mens' mala bracelet with earth jasper and wood
It is traditional of Tibetan Buddhism to recite mantras 108 times. Many malas have 108 beads, or are also made smaller but are divided into 108 to come up with 27 and 54 bead malas. The mens' mala bracelet above contains 27 beads. 
 
Mala gift box with scroll

Each mala from Moondog Treasures comes in a gift box with an explanation of a mala rolled into a tiny scroll.

To see my mala collections, click on the following links:

Every year during the month of September, Moondog donates 54% of all sales of mala bracelets to charity. She does this in honor of the Global Mala, an incredible annual yoga event that was set into motion in 2007 by Shiva Rea to raise awareness and funds for causes that affect our planet. See www.globalmala.org or www.yogamonth.org for more information. 

I'm the creator behind this blog and Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I use this blog to share what I do and to feature other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire. Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.
Coming soon:  What do the different gemstones represent on a mala?  Why the number 108?