Mandala Monday ~ Memorial

It was at this time of year that my dad went into hospice care here at home, and whenever I came over to visit him I would always stop in the garden first to pick him some lily of the valley.

I remember him holding them up to his nose and closing his eyes and smiling as he breathed in their delightful scent.  I love seeing that memory in my mind’s eye.  It was only a small, simple gesture, on my part, but I think he liked it and that it helped to brighten up his last days.  ❤

So each spring when the lily of the valley are in bloom, I will go out into the garden to collect some to set in a vase next to his urn.

While I was out there gathering them yesterday, I decided to pick a few other things too and then play around with them a bit.  I created this little memorial mandala…

I could not bend those lily of the valley to my will, and I had to leave the stems on them because I planned to put them in a vase when I was done, so the circle got a bit choppy.  Also, it was only after I had already snapped these pictures and then had my batteries die that I realized I should have arranged them so that none of them would have been upside down.  I was just spiraling them around and not thinking.  So all the little bells on the right are upside down.  Oops! 🙃

Oh well, it’s still pretty, and I still very much enjoyed myself.  Sometimes it’s hard when you’re creating something and want it to be just right, but it doesn’t have to be perfect, and I think my Papa would have liked it too!  🌸

With the lily of the valley and the addition of lilacs, this was definitely the most fragrant nature mandala I’ve made thus far.

Mmm… delicious!  😍

My little gatherings… Such pretty colors and textures – they’re even lovely just lying in the box…

I adore every one of these blossoms – yes, even the dandelions!  😉

I’m enjoying experimenting with flowers to create my nature mandalas. 🌸 And making one in memory of my Papa made this one meaningful as well.  ❤

 

Wishing all of you a meaningful Monday and a beautiful week ahead…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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23 responses to “Mandala Monday ~ Memorial

  1. This is the most beautiful post. 🙂 A remembrance and pure beauty. Thank you 🙂

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  2. I think it’s grand, upside down or not! I’m sure your papa is smiling from above, inhaling the scent of those beautiful flowers. Have a peaceful day and a blessed week, my friend. ❤

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  3. The mix of colors and mandala are delicious Julie! A lovely tribute to your dad. Happy memorial day.

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  4. Beautiful. Just as it is. And as that memory in your mind’s eye.

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  5. Love the colour mix Jewels it must be so Much more when it is fragrant scented. Blessings 😊

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    • Thanks, Ashley. Yes, enjoying a fragrance will be an added pleasure if I continue creating nature mandalas with flowers this summer. Although, I don’t know that there are many flowers quite as fragrant as lily of the valley and lilacs. 🌸 Blessings to you too! 🙂

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  6. So beautiful, Julie, and all the more meaningful for the memories you shared. A loving memorial to your dad. ❤

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  7. Still pretty, indeed

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  8. This is a lovely post. I am sure the flowers (and you) helped brighten his days.

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  9. So beautiful, Julie…I just love what you are doing!

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