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Dis Is Not Yogical*

I'm a big fan of Yoga.  I think it's good for the mind, body and soul.  At the end of a Yoga class, the instructor always bows to us (and us to her) and says, "Namaste."  The meaning of that isn't lost on me, but in case you don't know what it means, here's the short version:
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.  "Nama" means bow, "as" means I, and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you." It's such a nice gesture, and you feel so incredibly peaceful afterwards.
Which is why I have no idea why this crafter called her creation the Namaste Necklace.  To me, that looks more like my kids Magnetix set exploded in glue and set into a choke hold I would never ever pay $2500 for.  Can imagine wearing this monstrosity to Yoga class?  It's like cowboy belt buckle meets gloworm!  You'd never get out of downward facing dog! namaste-necklace *Thanks Haley for the invention of the word Yogical! {source of Namaste definition} {necklace source}
Posted by Karen Sugarpants on June 26, 2009 @ 3:44 pm  

48 Responses to “Dis Is Not Yogical*”

  1. Lisa (17 comments.) Says:

    Twenty. Five. Hundred. Dollars. I don’t care if the beads are freaking diamonds, I wouldn’t be caught dead in that thing.
    .-= Lisa´s last post ..Sky Bun =-.

    Larissa Spafford (7 comments.) Reply:

    I truly poured myself into creating this piece of jewelry. It took a lot of time and skill. I have been making my own glass beads for 11 years now and am very good at what I do. Handcrafted work made by an actual person who creates as a career, like myself, is expensive. This is how I make my living, how do you make yours?
    .-= Larissa Spafford´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

  2. Lisa (17 comments.) Says:

    Oh, I have to add another comment on her serenity zipper pull > http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=11445336

    “A handmade lampwork glass bead made into a zipper pull. These make great little gifts. People LOVE them!”

    A zipper pull is just about the worst, least personable gift you could get someone, next to a candle. I HATE them. And it’s also $18 for an ugly bead.
    .-= Lisa´s last post ..Sky Bun =-.

    Larissa Spafford (7 comments.) Reply:

    It’s not good to hate :)
    .-= Larissa Spafford´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

    Larissa Spafford (7 comments.) Reply:

    Luckily for me there are many people who disagree with you and support me by buying and loving these. Serenity is actually my all time most popular color combination.
    .-= Larissa Spafford´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

  3. Haley-O (4 comments.) Says:

    Yeah, it wouldn’t be SUCH a craftastrophe if it didn’t cost $2500. Like, say, if it cost 25cents, we’d be aiight…..
    .-= Haley-O´s last post ..“They’re Real…, and They’re Fabulous”: The Story of Cheaty’s Bewbs =-.

  4. Haley-O (4 comments.) Says:

    Oh! And I think YOU came up with yogical. But, I’ll take credit for HELPING you come up with it! I think I said “yogic.” Which I don’t think I invented either. But you never know. MWAH!
    .-= Haley-O´s last post ..“They’re Real…, and They’re Fabulous”: The Story of Cheaty’s Bewbs =-.

  5. followthatdog (54 comments.) Says:

    For $2500 it had better do the poses for me and have the sore quads for days afterward. That thing is freakin’ ugly.
    .-= followthatdog´s last post ..An unclear concept =-.

  6. Larissa Spafford (7 comments.) Says:

    I am the artist who created this necklace. I have never heard such heartless cruel comments about my work. Usually the things I hear are more like, wow these are the most beautiful beads I have ever seen. I created this necklace truly from my heart. If you don’t like it it’s fine with me but do you really have to trash it in a public forum? I guess so, that’s pretty low.
    .-= Larissa Spafford´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

    Karen Sugarpants Reply:

    Larrissa – please read this: http://craftastrophe.net/about/

    We have been doing this site since last November and I will say, it often results in more traffic and more sales for the crafter, including one lady who makes t-shirts that have poop all over them – not kidding. Your creations look very well made, and the beads are very pretty. This is all in fun and I hope you see the humour.
    :)

  7. Larissa Spafford (7 comments.) Says:

    One more thing, this necklace is not intended to be worn to yoga class. I was thinking more like red carpet!
    .-= Larissa Spafford´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

    Karen Sugarpants Reply:

    Larrissa – please read this: http://craftastrophe.net/about/

    We have been doing this site since last November and I will say, it often results in more traffic and more sales for the crafter, including one lady who makes t-shirts that have poop all over them – not kidding. Your creations look very well made, and the beads are very pretty. This is all in fun and I hope you see the humour.

  8. sam {temptingmama} (164 comments.) Says:

    To me, that looks more like my kids Magnetix set exploded in glue

    Bwahahahaha. That’s exactly what I was thinking but I just couldn’t place it.

    It looks like it weighs more than all of Mr. T’s jewelry combined.

  9. Ellen (1 comments.) Says:

    Your necklace maker is defensive, whiny, and humorless — just what you want on a Craftastrophe thread to make it as funny as possible. The other comments are, on the other hand, hilarious!
    The maker could have waited a day or two, then posted something self-depreciating or ironic in return, and she would have been a celebrity guest star. Instead, she’s the wah-wah “why don’t you like me?” wet blanket.
    How Not To Respond To Criticism — ReplyFail !

  10. Loralee (13 comments.) Says:

    I’m sorry, but I laughed my ass off at this one.

    To the creator of that thing: Um. I am the queen of things that pay little that I pour my heart and soul into. I write and I am a classically trained singer. Lots of people don’t care for my writing or the classical tone to my voice.

    You made a VERY bold piece and charged a VERY large price for it. It will seem butt ugly and overpriced to some people and you just have to find a way to cope with that.

    You can’t please everyone.

    THAT SAID.

    Frankly, it’s often the comments that are not tied directly to me that I end up learning the most from . Yes, I have “Fans” of what I do, but when I hear reviews that are not meant for my ears are usually what stings AND ends up helping me the most.

    SO? You may want to take some of this and use it analyze your product . Just sayin’.
    .-= Loralee´s last post ..In which my husband gets the last word. Dammit. =-.

  11. Tiph (18 comments.) Says:

    Cream of the Etsy crop right there, complete with lame, whiny, rich-girl comments. This is why trolls exist. I’m glad you have your peers of whiny divas to buy your stuff for you, as otherwise we might be faced with a sudden shortage of depression medication. On the other hand, I greatly admire you and your ability to sell these otherwise unsellable items at such an amazingly ridiculous price.

  12. larissa (7 comments.) Says:

    Ok now that I have had my morning coffee, I can see the humor. Ha Ha :) I’ve never seen this site before and it was an odd thing to wake up too!
    .-= larissa´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

    sam {temptingmama} (164 comments.) Reply:

    Glad you’ve found the humour Larissa! Just because this particular item is well – interesting, does NOT mean that other items are not.

    Because this one? http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18393106 I’d wear that in a HEART BEAT.

    sam {temptingmama} (164 comments.) Reply:

    Wait. What I meant was that some of your other items are interesting – in a pretty way.

  13. Andie (11 comments.) Says:

    Hi!
    Larissa – Glad you can see the humour, now. I would take everything with a grain of salt, seriously. One of the things that makes this site completely fun, are the acerbic comments of the viewers. (I laugh on a regular basis to the things these folks write!) Think of all the hits to your Etsy site that this has garnered!! I think quite a few of your beaded items are beautiful, though I do not think I could wear this specific item, as it is a bit “over the top” for me….I’m more of an understated girl, myself!
    .-= Andie´s last post ..Sunny days =-.

  14. Nat (44 comments.) Says:

    You’d give yourself a black eye doing downward dog with that on.

    Ugly and expensive … good combo.
    .-= Nat´s last post ..Do you need help crossing the street? =-.

  15. Karolina Says:

    Wow – what an utterly depressing site!!! Great forum for school yard bullies (or those that would have liked to have been but were afraid to). No humor in cruelty (except perhaps for those that get a “high” from judging – feeling better than). Larissa – your art is magnificent. I have never seen glass work as intricate and detailed as yours on such a small scale. Whoever buys this necklace will have the honor of wearing several “paintings” around their neck – each one made with love and the spirit of “Namaste”. No mountaintop removal or debt slavery required. It is however true that it would be uncomfortable to wear it while doing yoga! Wish this site had a little more of that “honoring that divinity within” each of us. Cause I sure as hell know that’s what you do Larissa!!! Your art is a product of that spirit!

    candace trew camling (134 comments.) Reply:

    “school yard bullies?” who’s judging now. As an artist, I find this site very fun, and I think its safe to say that not everything I make or anyone else makes is going to be received well. Critique is a VERY important aspect of being a creative, and even if the comments aren’t always constructive, I think its a unique experience to really see what people think about your work. Lighten up!
    .-= candace trew camling´s last post .."Worn" Sketch and Garden Updates! =-.

  16. pilar johnson (1 comments.) Says:

    when practicing yoga is your mind cleared of all the negative hateful energy your website vomits into the universe. maybe you would not need to practice yoga to find peace if you found a positive contribution to the universe. are you aware that larissa spafford is a highly respected artisan who gives nothing to the world except love and beautiful colorful unique jewelry? do you know that people only wear her jewelry and are willing to pay a premium for it? your poison and bad ju ju has caused her alot of pain and you should be ashamed of yourself. why dont you point those wicked poison arrows at the things in the world that are worthy of them. shame shame shame…. good luck with your yoga hopefully thats working for you.
    .-= pilar johnson´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

  17. pilar johnson Says:

    oh yeah i forgot to say….. FUCK YOU
    .-= pilar johnson´s last post ..LOVELY BLOOM NECKLACE in WOODLAND, a glass flower on a beautiful silk ribbon =-.

    Karen Sugarpants Reply:

    that’s bad juju pilar.

    p.s., did you not read this: http://craftastrophe.net/2009/06/dis-yogical/comment-page-1/#comment-4058

    or this: http://craftastrophe.net/about/

    Apparently not. Relax. Everything is all good here. Maybe you should do a few Child Poses, you’re certainly acting like one. Then you can focus and read all the comments.

    Karen Sugarpants Reply:

    That’s funny – your link is the same as Larissa’s. Does she know you’re representing her here with such language?

  18. moosh in indy. (16 comments.) Says:

    Did anyone else notice that Larissa and Pilar’s last posts on commentluv were the same?
    Is the artist leaving trollish comments under different names?
    IP CHECK PLEASE ON AISLE FOUR? IP CHECK PLEASE.
    I personally thing the necklace is pretty. My mom would wear it, and love it, so would her sister.
    BUT, the price is a little too high for me.
    But you know she’d only ask that much because there are people willing to pay it.
    (Sorry to be all not funny and stuff.)
    .-= moosh in indy.´s last post ..Oldfields-Lilly Gardens Indianapolis, Indiana =-.

    Karen Sugarpants Reply:

    3 IPs now….weird. Perhaps not the same person, but definitely the same brand of crazy!

    I do like some of the artist’s other stuff.

  19. pilar johnson Says:

    this is the last speck of thought I am giving you. valid you think you are but you are for a fact spreading hate, pain and negativity to the undeserving so shame on you.

    Karen Sugarpants Reply:

    aside from the ‘f*ck you,” you kind of talk like yoda. or jar jar binks. totally cracks me up.
    take care now!

  20. Shinsei Designs Says:

    No matter how much experience or talent you have, it’s important to always, always remember that you’re never too good for a little pedestal-kicking from a subjective party.

    Shinsei Designs Reply:

    Objective! I meant objective!

  21. Larissa Says:

    No, I’m not commenting under a different name, I am way braver than that. Pilar is my sister.

    Karen Sugarpants Reply:

    aaaand now we have an IP match. Very curious!

  22. Larissa Says:

    I’m not claiming to be on any pedestal, so there is no pedestal- kicking to do.

  23. pilar johnson Says:

    look, hundreds of people have seen this necklace and if they hate it they just keep it to themselves like any civilized human would. this is disgusting because you are just talking shit behind the shield of your computer. talk about it all you want but larissa sure as shit does not need to wake up to your vomit all over her computer. the necklace is actually not my style either but is a work of art through her eyes, one of a kind and thats all she needs, one person to love it also. all the talk about pedestals and larissa posting comments under an alias is just more blah blah blah blah blah blah and that really is the last speck of energy you cockroaches are going to get out of me.

  24. IzzyMom (1 comments.) Says:

    With a couple minor modifications, I’d definitely wear it as a bracelet but $2500 is WAY out of my price range…
    .-= IzzyMom´s last post ..Sixfinger! =-.

  25. RM Says:

    This whole thread is simply hilarious to me, for no other reason than the artist RAGE it’s inciting. Calm down lady and “lady’s sister,” and take your woe is me tortured “artisan” rubbish elsewhere. Maybe channel it into some new beads there, champ?

  26. Karolina Says:

    Larissa was hurt but never expressed rage – her sister rose to her defense like most good siblings would when their sister was being attacked (by bullies or otherwise) – and in the process was fiercely protective – even harsh & definitely uncensored. Talking down about others is a game – in much the same way as some girls spread rumors, get pleasure out of putting others down. Usually this stems from a deep sense of inadequacy – a need to push others down to feel greater than. Really harmful behavior – whatever stories we tell ourselves. I’m sure that Larissa would be completely open to constructive criticism – but I guess that wouldn’t be as much “fun”. “Art saves lives” – I’m sure that Larissa is a solid human being but not all people you trash might be. Careful lest you do more harm than you will ever know.

  27. pgoodness (5 comments.) Says:

    Wow. Karolina, there are a few things to remember here – if you don’t like it, there is a little red X in the corner of your screen – use it. Also, Larissa found the humor while you, apparently, have not. And this site? FOR FUN, dammit! So freaking relax, take a pill and find your sense of humor. Or just go away.

    SIGH. That said…

    Her work is very impressive, as an artisan. Definitely not my style…looks like it weighs more than my head!! I love glass beads to look at, but the center bead kinda hurts my eyeballs.

  28. Ellen Says:

    I for one get the message. From now on should I spread hate, pain, negativity, and shame only to the DESERVING, as the yoginis here have taught me?
    Reminds me of a Hot Yoga teacher named Mark I tried who reneged on his sign-up deal. He told me it was allowed by the “fine print” (which he then conceded wasn’t actually written down anywhere). After I suggested I would go to Small Claims court, he caved in and gave me a refund, but spitefully told me he hoped I would continue doing yoga “somewhere” because I “sure needed it.” I just kept saying, “Thank you, Mark.”
    If I do yoga maybe I could learn to swear like some of the practitioners here, but I think I’ll stick with Buddhist meditation instead. It helps me see the humor in other people’s actions.
    Girls, anybody can be “spiritual” when people adore you; the test is how you react when you and others are suffering.

  29. Jillian Says:

    Hey Larissa and “sister” and other guy,
    I just took a look through your other pieces and it seems to me like they’ve found the most gaudy and heavy of them all. The rest of the pieces are gorgeous (especially the matte beads). Considering the price of your individual beads, the cost of this necklace as a whole kind of makes sense.
    That said, I’m really glad you were able to find the humor in the situation (although it seems like your sister and friend didn’t…). This site isn’t about the writer’s self esteem issues or “knocking people off their pedestals.” It’s about fun. I even think there can be value in the off-beat, sometimes horrifying crafts that are featured here- they show innovation and TRUE creativity.

  30. Mae Says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I have never liked lamp work. I’ve done it myself, and you know who the biggest buyer of it is? Old ladies. It all looks like old lady jewelry to me. I’m sure she puts a lot of work into it, and I’m glad someone does it, but deffo not for me.

  31. candace trew camling (134 comments.) Says:

    oh my gah… deal with it. seriously. i’m so tired of this whole “feel good about yourself and pretend like everyone LOVES you” society. I don’t feel bad for this girl, and I wouldnt expect anyone to feel bad for me in this situation. She has probably had more hits on her etsy site than she EVER has. I would wear craftastrophe as badge of honor.
    .-= candace trew camling´s last post .."Worn" Sketch and Garden Updates! =-.

  32. Larissa Spafford (7 comments.) Says:

    I feel like there are a couple of more things I need to write here.

    To me namaste is the kindest word a human can say to another. I thought this was a fitting name for this piece of jewelry. This is the most elaborate piece I have ever made. I reached deep into my soul to create something that was very technically challenging. I wanted to make something that was over the top and I believe I succeeded in that. I originally made it specifically for a jewelry competition, so I have taken constructive criticism about this piece, twice. No big deal.

    I put many hours into this necklace. Hence the, TWENTY.FIVE.HUNDRED.DOLLAR price tag. Actually it should cost more. I just recently adjusted all my prices so if I work as much as I have been on my art for the last 11 years I will be able to support my family, husband, two kids and all, by doing what I love. I didn’t adjust the price of this necklace, so it should be more.

    This necklace is an example of the whole being more than just the sum of it’s parts. Once it was all put together it had it’s own energy. It’s a powerful necklace and it has touched people. I let one young woman with cancer wear it around a craft fair for a while, when she returned it she was nearly in tears and so grateful.

    I am not considering being featured on craftastrophe as a badge of honor. I don’t consider someone taking my images without my permission and writing negative things about them an honor, but hey America is a free country and we have the beauty of free speech.

    I’m happy to hear that some of you actually think some of my other work is pretty. Thanks. I think it’s important to remember that there is a big difference between constructive criticism and talking trash. I welcome constructive criticism, not talking trash. If you want to give me constructive criticism, feel free to convo me on etsy.

    Have a lovely Sunday :) Larissa
    .-= Larissa Spafford´s last post ..NAMASTE EARRINGS, lampwork glass beads,recycled silver and pmc silver caps,vibrant GREEN color and sparkle from within =-.

  33. Gary Nelson Says:

    Why am I not surprised at the negitive comments. I studied and practised Yoga for many years and found so many of the so called devotees were shallow, negative hypocrites. If you can’t say something nice about something or someone, just ask one of the bogey yogies, they always have something bad to say. As for not paying $2500.00 for a work of art most of the “enlightend ones” don’t like to pay for anything.

  34. Annie Says:

    Larissa-
    Your stuff is outrageously expensive and your “sales” don’t look good, do they? Maybe you get lucky and sell a few at art shows, I don’t know.

    Either way, it’s an insult to artists, especially those that make wearable are that is to, well, WEAR. It’s meant to be worn and seen and I know many artists who pour their heart and soul into their work and take a lesser price to see their pieces go to someone who will love it and show it off in the world. At least, that’s my philosophy.






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