A Taste of Tika

Welcome to our blog, A Taste of Tika! The blog documents day to day activities, trade shows, products and a taste of life here in Northern California! 

These sweet, small African Trade Bead strands are definitely a Tika Girl favorite. Apparently we are not alone because these rare old beads are getting harder and harder to find. The good news is, we just expanded the selection we offer online! You’ll find these strands, along with many other unique treasures in our Antique Collection.

Ready for the weekend?

~ Rudraksha Seed Mala ~

These uniquely textured seeds have traditionally been used as prayer beads in Hinduism but are also common in Buddhist Prayer Mala. They are considered a sacred material, and it is believed they hold the energy of a recited mantra, helping to support the worshiper in their spiritual development.

In Sanskrit, “Rudra” is one of Lord Shiva’s Vedic names and “Aksa” means teardrops. The Rudraksha seed earned this name from the belief that Lord Shiva shed a single tear after a period of deep meditation and from that tear a Rudraksha tree grew. Because of this, the seeds are commonly worn for Shiva’s protection and often accompanied by the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”.

We’re excited to share a little magic with you for today’s Mandala Monday.
Our popular Unicorn Ceramic Critter Bead now comes in assorted colors as well as the usual white!

Warming up for the weekend

~Antique African Trade Beads~
These one of a kind strands include assorted glass beads made in Venice, Italy and traded throughout the world, especially in Africa during the 1900’s and earlier.
A great addition to any bead collection or unique components for new creations.

New styles of Odyssia Brass Earrings, now available on our website.
We think you might just love them as much as we do!

Today’s Mandala Monday features one of the newest additions to our Odyssia Brass Earring line.
These Solei studs are available in brass and sterling silver plated brass (pictured here).
Stay tuned for more new styles still to come!

Did you notice that our Knotted Haldi Mala have been restocked on the website?
These unique beads are handcarved from naturally aromatic turmeric root, a highly revered herb in Ayurvedic medicine and popular cooking spice around the world.

The two love bugs in this photo took a moment out of their day to appreciate these colorful strands.

Have you visited The Sunday Souq recently? If not, you may have missed this stunner.

The fog is creeping in this evening, but here’s a flashback to one of many amazing sunsets last year

Bodhi loves antique beads almost as much as we do

Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July!
We spent the day enjoying a picnic on the beach and celebrating this magical place we call home.

We are pleased to introduce the newest addition to our Purchase For Peace line ~ the Dalai Lama enameled pendant. These pendants feature His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Tika now donates the profits from the sale of our Dalai Lama pendants to the International Campaign for Tibet. This organization works to keep governments and the public informed, advocates for Tibetans imprisoned for their religious or political beliefs and promotes peaceful solutions, human rights and self-determination for Tibetan people.

Tashi Delek!
Thank you for your support.

Here’s a little shimmer to help get you through the week.