Mandala Monday ~ Welcome Summer!

Warm, bright color

round like the sun

tangy citrus

creative fun


Welcome summer!  🌞


© Julie Rehnelt 2020

There’s something about citrus that speaks summer to me. It’s so bright and sunny!

The idea for this mandala sort of just fell into my lap. In looking for something creative to do for the summer solstice, I came across an idea for making suncatchers using dried orange and lemon slices and I thought it would be a fun activity for my mom and I to do together.  As luck would have it, a neighbor had stopped by with a huge sack of oranges a couple weeks ago and we needed to use them up. I had planned on juicing them, but dehydrated them instead.

We didn’t use them all for our suncatchers, so I went out to my potting bench the next day and made a mandala with them.  Just as I finished, it began to rain, so I snapped a quick photo, gathered up my dehydrated slices (before they rehydrated 😉) and ran inside. So it’s beauty was fleeting – such is life, but I still enjoyed creating it very much!


Oh, and here’s the suncatcher I made…

You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s VERY happy!



Wishing you a happy week!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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18 responses to “Mandala Monday ~ Welcome Summer!

  1. Two very creative uses

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  2. It’s got to be happy since it put a smile on my face!

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  3. I love your mandalas Julie! And this one is very creative and festive. Happy Summer Solstice. ☀

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  4. Such a cheerful mandala! And I can imagine a lovely citrus scent too. 🙂
    Your sun catcher does look very happy! 😀

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  5. Use to dehydrate fruit all the time. Still have 2 dehydraters. The oranges make a beautiful design. I could say – “Eat your food, don’t play with it.” But only because it makes me laugh. Use to say that to my daughter all the time.
    She hated vegetables. Have a great week..

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    • Back when I had larger gardens, I had a nice dehydrater, and it was such a great way to preserve food from the garden each season. Haha I’m a fan of playing with your food – just one more way to enjoy it! 😉 Thanks Peggy, you too!

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  6. What a great idea, Julie. Beautiful like stained glass!

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  7. It looks very joyful!

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