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Friday, December 9, 2016

Willow Tree


I have always loved the Willow Tree Figurines. Ever since I spied them in a boutique window several years ago I became enchanted by these simple figurines of angels and people, seemingly carved out of wood, left with blank faces that the mind tends to fill in with
those you know and love.  I bought a few of these delightful angels on Ebay. I bought a few straight from the boutique. I always swore that I would start building my own Willow Tree Natavity scene that is, what for me, was an unreacheable choice. So I would have to settle for part by part aquisition of my manger scene. This might be the time to start,

Today Amazon is posting the main part of the #Willow Tree Nativity Scene on sale for half price! Perfect! Just before Christmas!!!

These figurines may have started out by being carved by hand out of willow tree wood, I'm guessing here, and felt compelled to go find it online.  Here it is, straight from the Willow Tree website:
"The Willow Tree® Story
Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each Willow Tree® sculpture. Using family and
friends as models, Susan tries to capture a moment in time, or express a feeling. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and then individually painted by hand. Softly washed colors, carved and metal accents, and representative icons of nature mark Susan's work.
"I try to keep the interpretation of Willow Tree open. I hope this makes it more personal, and allows the viewer to decide its meaning."
Willow Tree was introduced in January 2000. The line has grown to encompass those sentiments that we most want to express. To our friends, to our family, to our teachers; to those near and dear, to those far away.
The original inspiration for Willow Tree still holds true today: Willow Tree is an intimate, personal line of figurative sculptures representing qualities and sentiments that help us feel close to others, heal wounds, or treasure relationships. Susan Lordi carves each original piece with this thought in mind. Her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey, and renders them in simple, pure gestures. These art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope... all the emotions of a life well lived.
The name Willow Tree was chosen to symbolize that which is gestural and beckoning. The figures are columnar in design, like a tree, and often carry natural objects or animals as metaphors for human virtues or qualities... rosemary for remembrance, a bird for healing, flowers for beauty.
The sculptures are rendered so as to suggest elegance, simplicity, peace and serenity. Forms reveal their expressions through body gestures only... a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. Emotions are left to the viewer to discern, which makes them personal and powerful. Willow Tree is an understated line that speaks in a compelling way"

Wow, okay. So now you know a little bit more about the creativity of Susan Lord.  We all find out inspiration in different ways and even more multiplex are the ways we express it in our creativity!

                                  HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND
                                  HAPPY CREATING!


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Groupon Goods

Money Saving Deals on Groupon Goods

                                                           This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed
                                                                           in this post are completely mine.

I love the holidays!  The decorations, lights, trees, food, parties and the gift giving and receiving. I love it even though it can get hectic and expensive. I try to keep everything in perspective by planning ahead of time, and keeping the gifts personal, sweet, simple while watching the budget. Sounds like quite a balancing act? It really is not with  Groupon Goods. Groupon is my go-to-helper when looking
for quality gifts that aren't priced out of this world.

I used to turn to Groupon just for getaways and entertainment.  But did you know that Groupon offers many discounts on goods as well?! When I discovered the many deals and coupons that Groupon offers on products, I realized I could have a wonderful Holiday that would not haunt my credit cards for the coming new year!  I could cut down on the hustle bustle and hectic speed of these days by shopping Groupon Goods, online!

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Thursday, November 10, 2016


                     THE TRAKTOR KONTROL


The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol x1 Mk2 with Lighting is the focus of this blog.  THE SELLER says: This Traktor Kontrol has the next-generation decks and effects controller for use with Native Instrument's TRAKTOR DJ software. This compact controller is the perfect add-on, engineered for seamless integration with TRAKTOR. Control two decks and two TRAKTOR FX units from a single X1 controller and with the added touchstrip feature in version MK2, you can have instant touch control of filters, fx, track position and more. The RBG backlit touch button triggers allow for a quick and easy identification between cue point loops and markers.

The Traktor Kontrol Xl MK2 looks very much like the D2...

Traktor Kontrol D2

except the Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 has a sleeker look and MORE
control buttons.  It is also STEMS ready which means it can split:
A Stem file is an open, multi-channel audio file that contains a track split into four musical elements – bass, drums, vocals, and melody. With each element available independently, you can mix in ways that were not possible in the past.

The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 is the next-generation decks and effects controller for use with Native Instrument's TRAKTOR DJ software. This compact controller is the perfect add-on, engineered for seamless integration with TRAKTOR. Control two decks and two TRAKTOR FX units from a single X1 controller and with the added touchstrip feature in version MK2, you can have instant touch control of filters, fx, track position and more. The RBG backlit touch button triggers allow for a quick and easy identification between cue point loops and markers.

Already the standard for performance DJ controllers, the mighty TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 delivers as much power as portability controlling TRAKTOR decks and effects. Whether DJing all-digital, or using timecode control, the new X1 now delivers added instant control over all essential DJ functions on 2-track decks for seamless command of TRAKTOR software and a design that feels instantly familiar.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1's eight knobs and buttons control up to three effects on two of the four effect units. An ultra-intuitive layout puts browse, cue, sync, and loop controls right where you need them while touch-sensitive browser and loop controls provide smart software navigation. Pro-grade, RGB backlit buttons and displays give instant visual feedback during your set - direct, fluid communication with TRAKTOR PRO or TRAKTOR SCRATCH.

On the fly remixing has also never been easier as direct access to TRAKTOR's Flux mode now allows you to juggle cue points and loop effects without missing a beat.

SMOOTH SWIPINGTake physical control of your music with or without turntables or CDJs. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 now includes a multi-purpose touch strip that delivers ultra-precise command over track position, pitch bend, and even FX at the swipe of a finger. Digital displays and LED indicators provide visual feedback so you know where you stand when the night is in full swing.

Control one or both decks simultaneously. From nudging or needle dropping, to quick access playback functions like track seeking or loop length, the touch strip's default settings instantly adapt to match your needs - your fingers do the rest.

Boasting reactive performance behaviors, TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 takes care of the details behind the scenes. The advanced Browse and Loop encoders respond to touch and command TRAKTOR to access different views or functions - just touch the Browse encoder to see the full-sized Browser list. Touching the Loop encoder while holding SHIFT+PLAY lets you see the key of your track. Touching the Loop encoder while holding SYNC lets you see the tempo.

The touch strip also interprets functions based on deck status - when stopped, it's assigned to track seeking or needle dropping. When playing, pitchbend is activated. For your own trademark sound, assign the touch strip to control any effect parameter in seconds.

Whether you're looking for a effective tool to boost your creativity or a stylish one-stop solution for maximum portability and power, the next-generation X1 ticks all the boxes.

Designed for Traktor Pro with STEMSThe latest version of Traktor Pro Software is STEMS ready. A Stem file is an open, multi-channel audio file that contains a track split into four musical elements – bass, drums, vocals, and melody for example. With each element available independently, you can mix in ways that just weren’t possible until now. With Stems fully supported by the included flagship TRAKTOR software, each of these TRAKTOR controllers are pre-mapped and designed for playing with Stems right out of the box. You can get mixing with Stems right away with a 1.5 GB package of free Stems tracks. Derived from selected MASCHINE expansions, these 65 Stems tracks cover a wide range of tempos and genres ranging from techno, house, and funk, to trap, drum and bass, dubstep and more.

CARPE DIEM: SEIZE THE DAY TO BE CREATIVE. Go to the Guitar Store Website NOW!  Get the Traktor Kontrol K1 Mk2 and create your best music yet! Holiday Sales are starting!

traktor kontrol




The Musicians Friend is a great website that sells anything that is "music". That means it sells things like keyboards, instruments, amplifiers, stands, microphones, accessories, guitars, drums, and so much more.The Musicians Friend is promoting the Yamaha P115 which is the latest in Yamaha's popular P series pianos.

The Musician's Friend says of the Yamaha P115:
The P-115 digital piano carries on the tradition of the best-selling P-Series, with even more user-friendly features and improved sound quality.  The Yamaha P115 is available in black or white finishes. The P-115 delivers Yamaha piano touch and tone in a compact design and is ideal for home, home-studio, stage and even classroom use.
: The P-115 is an 88-key graded hammer action piano with a complement of common sounds including different grand piano voicings, electric pianos from an authentic Rhodes to an FM-style piano, clavinet, strings, vibes and more. You can split and layer sounds, and enjoy the output from its high-quality built-in speakers or patch the output into a larger amplification system. Available in black or white finish.
The Pure CF Sound Engine is the result of years of piano-making history combined with state-of-the-art sampling technology and expertise. Yamaha is the industry leader in digital piano technology, and you can hear this in the sound of digital pianos that utilize the Pure CF piano sample. The P-115 includes the sound of Yamaha's renowned CFIIIS 9' concert grand piano and is faithfully reproduced, allowing for incredible dynamics and expressiveness making Pure CF-equipped digital pianos worthy of the Yamaha name.
Authentic to the touch
Yamaha's GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action has heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, just like the hammers inside an acoustic piano. Great for the aspiring pianist, practicing on the GHS action builds the proper finger technique for when the time comes to perform on an acoustic piano. Plus, the matte finish makes the black keys less slippery when playing for extended periods of time.

Accompaniment with styleThe P-115 has on-board drum rhythms for practice or performance. There's a variety of rhythm patterns to choose, from basic rock to shuffle and swing beats. Use the rhythms to add an element of fun to your practicing, or simply use them as a virtual drummer for your performances.
Free Digital Piano Controller app
Yamaha's free app, "Digital Piano Controller," allows you to control the many functions included in Yamaha digital pianos with your iPhone or iPad, for even easier operation. Voices, rhythms and other settings can be selected while looking at the screen, making it easy to enjoy new functions with ease. You can also save your favorite settings for quick recall at any time. Find new ways to enjoy your P-115, using iPad functions that only a modern digital instrument can provide. 
So imagine this, you with a Yahama Keyboard that you can connect to your computer, and find apps and programs that can help you sound amazing.!!! CARPE DIEM! SEIZE THE DAY TO CREATE YOUR OWN MUSIC, BEAT YOUR OWN DRUM, Visit the Musician's Friend, and start making your music! http://www.musiciansfriend.com/home-digital-pianos/yamaha-p-115-88-key-weighted-action-digital-piano-with-ghs-action.


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Friday, November 6, 2015


This is an amazing ring!  The setting is gorgeous.  It is a simple solid circle meeting at a few milligrams apart where a glorious diamond fills that whole.  It is elegant. It is simple. It is gorgeous.  I got this ring at a reduced cost in exchange for this honest review.  Beverly  Jewelers design all sorts ring settings and other jewelry.          


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Singing Bowls and Tingsha Bells



  To Listen to Singing Bowls Click PlayAbove

 The above recording came from an anonymous donator to YouTube.

Singing Bowl and Tingsha Bells


Singing bowls (also known as Tibetan Singing Bowls or Himalayan singing bowls, rin gongs, Himalayan bowls or suzu gongs) are a type of bell, specifically classified as a standing bell. Rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, singing bowls sit with the bottom surface resting. and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce sound. "The sounds are characterized by a fundamental frequency (first harmonic) and usually two audible harmonic overtones (second and third harmonic)" Wikipedia


 Singing bowls are used worldwide for meditation, music, relaxation, and personal well-being and healing. Singing bowls were made throughout Asia, especially Nepal, China and Japan. They are closely related to decorative bells made along the silk road from the Near East to Western Asia. Today they are made in Nepal, India, Japan, China and Korea.



 Listening to singing bowls is a form of meditation. You will listen piano music, classical music, nature and ocean sounds, birds singing, rain sound and all the universal ways to relax, meditate and clean the mind.  

The singing bowl that I received came from Nepal and is made of a mixture of copper and brass and delicately decorated around the rim. It has beautiful, intricate cutting and imprints in and outside of the bowl. It comes with a soft donut, silk cushion on which it rests.  You can get this marvelous bowl at http://www.amazon.com/Tibetan-Singing-Bowl-Set-Meditation/dp/B00XEV4WYM/ref=pd_sim_267_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0SRZF0P16C54DG2BNQN6


                               Singing Bowl Rest



The mallet is used to raise the sound of the bowl by running the mallet around on the rim of the bowl, firmly, but gently. The mallet is made of wood. The singing bowl is a rendition of the bowls made long ago. It is one of the finest singing bowls that I have seen, felt and played and listened to.  As I listened to the tones of the bowl, I found my muscles give a relaxing quiver in the areas of my arthritis.  It was as if they responded to the sounds on their own.  I became very relaxed and comfortable and sleepy.  I am amazed, and can see this becoming part of my meditation.

TheTingsha Bells


 The Tingsha Bells or Tibetan Bells are also made of copper and brass. They are held by the cord and the metal allowed to touch each other which makes a light ringing sound. The Bells, like the bowls are used for healing, meditation, and restorative well being. They are decorative embellishments on the tops of the bell. 

 The bells are a rendition of the ancient Tingsha bells of the past. They are some of the finest bells I have ever seen. The sounds are clear, crisp and haunting. They are used to help relax the listener and indeed they do. I found myself extremely relaxed and in half sleep listening to them gently ring. You can get a set of these marvelous bells at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Y81POIK?redirect=true&ref_=cfb_at_prodpg

Having the bowl and the bells are a dream come true. My son and I used to go to a store that sold items from artisans all over the world. The storekeeper showed us how to play the singing bowls and the bells. I knew then there was something very intriguing about the bells.

  I received my Singing Bowls and Tingsha Bells for free or a reduced price in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

Video from You Tube: Meditation Singing Bowls