Mandala Monday ~ Spring Bouquet

Finally, a bit of creative inspiration!  Leave it to the blooming things to help that arise within me.

My soul has been craving fresh flowers for months and nothing is blooming here yet.  With everything shut down since mid-March, I haven’t been able to go to the usual places to get my flower-fix this spring, so it’s been a bit of a struggle for me.  Winters here are LONG and things are only just now starting to green up a little.  My brother came to my rescue when he sent my mom and I a lovely spring bouquet for Easter.  And I don’t use the word ‘rescue’ lightly.  Oh, I tell ya… much, much needed.  Especially with everything else going on in the world right now.  I was so grateful to have something blooming and full of life!

The bouquet lasted a nice long time and we’ve enjoyed it immensely.  When I noticed the flowers fading, I decided to take them outside to try to extend that enjoyment a bit further by creating a mandala with them.  I can’t even tell you how good it felt to sit out on the ground and play with flowers, making them into a whole new type of arrangement. 🌸

Here is another variation of the mandala I made…

After playing around with them for a while, their petals began dropping fast, so I plucked off the rest of them and am in the process of drying them out for some future possible use.

My daughter creates stunning jewelry and has a few designs where she makes cabachons, encasing various plants, pieces of nature, and other things in resin, and then wire wraps around them.  So maybe she can use some of the petals to extend the beauty of the bouquet even longer.  Here is a pendant she created for me for my birthday last year using a butterfly wing I found while out on a nature walk with my granddaughter, some Hawthorn blossoms we picked together, and a lock of my granddaughter’s hair. These photos are used with permission and taken from her Instagram account…

How meaningful (and beautiful) is that?! 💕

While I’m at it, I think I’ll just post the link to her Etsy shop too.  She does beautiful work and takes custom orders.  Now, more than ever is the perfect time to support artists and small businesses.  😉

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RachaelsWireGarden

 

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I hope you are all doing okay and staying well.  May you have a beautiful and blessed week.  Wishing you joy and inspiration, and as always…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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27 responses to “Mandala Monday ~ Spring Bouquet

  1. Good morning, Julie! Thanks for brightening my day! I just popped over to check out your daughter’s shop. I will be back when I have more time. Simply stunning pieces!!! ❤

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  2. Thanks for the splash of color and beauty Julie! I love your mandalas and am glad you received flowers and inspiration to make another mandala. Take care….🌺

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  3. Wow! Creativity at its best. 😊

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  4. Flowers sure do lift the spirit – beautiful mandalas, Julie. I was given a bouquet with Canterbury bells in Feb. and I was surprised that they lasted nearly a month (with frequent trimming).
    Your daughters jewelry is lovely. I’m heading over there next!

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    • Yes, the certainly do, I can’t wait til things start blooming here. Thanks, Eliza. I’ve never had Canterbury bells before, they really do last a long time – they’re actually still alive in my refrigerator. After I created my mandala with them, they were still looking pretty fresh, so I thought I’d refrigerate them and see about using them again on another day. 🙂

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  5. So happy you got your fix and shared here 💛💕💛

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  6. So beautiful…all of it!!
    Hope the weather changes for you soon and you reap the benefits of spring and her lovely gifts ❤

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  7. How lovely to be able to get such lasting pleasure out of these blooms!

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    • Thanks Andrea. The longer we can extend beauty, the better! I’ll bet those lovely blossoms in your last post have already fallen, such a fleeting beauty, we must savor them while they last.

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  8. Beautiful! I love the idea of extending the pleasure of flowers by making the mandala. Your daughter’s jewelry is indeed lovely.

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    • Somehow I missed this comment from you Joey! Sorry for the late reply, thank you! 🙂 Hope you’re back to feeling 100% now and that you and yours are all well and good! ❤

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