Category Archives: Mandalas

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~✿

Peace and Love 1

 

 

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Mandala Monday ~ Foraging

Mother’s day weekend brought my daughter and grandchildren over for a visit, and while they were here, my daughter and I did a bit of foraging together.  She has been taking a course in herbalism and creating some of her own natural remedies, and she wanted to go out and gather some dandelions and violets.  Of course, I was more than happy to do that with her.

She and I had a chance to do some bike riding together too, which I enjoyed very much – I’ve really missed going on bike rides with her since she moved away.  We decided to ride over to the field of dandelions that I wrote about in my Music Monday ~ Yellow post to look for some, but sadly, they were all gone!  Most of them, anyway.  I can’t imagine the city spraying weed killer all over that massive field, so I’m not sure what could have happened – dandelions are quite prolific, as everyone who wants a lush green lawn knows.  😉

We gathered what we could find and then continued on our bike ride.  We stopped at several other areas along the way wherever we found large quantities of dandelions or violets growing.  Gosh, I adore violets, such sweet, dainty, little purple pretties.

In the end, we didn’t come away with as many as my daughter would have liked, but it was enjoyable gathering what we did.  She also gathered some plantain and a few other useful things she saw.

As much as I would enjoy concocting some natural remedies of my own, my main goal for helping her gather dandelions and violets (other than just being in her company, of course) was to first play around with them creating mandalas.

I don’t like picking living things for no good reason, so it was a bit of a challenge finding other things to use in creating a mandala.  But then I found some yellow loosestrife popping up in places it shouldn’t be in my garden, so I had no qualms about picking those. And as I continued around my yard, I noticed that my rhododendron is most likely not going to bloom this year, which is so sad, because it’s usually a show stopper.  I found a few scraggly blossoms down around the bottom and decided to just pick them.

There must have been something in the weather patterns this year that affected things, because I’ve also noticed that my lilacs don’t have very many flower buds on them this year.  VERY sad about that.  😭

I had saved some pinecones and a few dried hydrangea blossoms from last year, so I used those, grabbed a rock for the center and this is how my mandala turned out…

I think this is the first one I’ve made that is in fives.  I usually create them in even numbers like 3 or 6, but I only had 5 rhododendrons.

I only started creating these nature mandalas last fall when I had all of the beautiful autumn colored leaves to play with (autumn always brings out my creative side) and I haven’t done much with flowers or any other elements of nature yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how this little activity/hobby/practice evolves (or not) with spring and summer.  It’s a busy time in the garden, so we’ll have to wait and see if nature mandalas are a part of it…

Speaking of the garden…

I’m heading out there now. It’s a GORGEOUS morning!  I think I’ll plant my peas and lettuce…

 

Wishing you joy and beauty as you forage through this new week!  Have a gorgeous day!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Mandala Monday ~ Easter

Hi guys!  Here’s a bright little nature mandala I created for Easter using colored eggs along with some of the left over flowers I still had from the Spring Equinox that I saved in the refrigerator…

Just simple, but I really enjoyed making it.

I let it sit and exist for a little while and then I took it apart and made another one…

It turned out a bit crooked because the ground was uneven and it was hard to keep the eggs in place with them tending to be all roly-poly. 🙃

My Daughter was here with my Grandchildren and she and my Granddaughter made one together…

My girls 💕

Then my Granddaughter decided she wanted to make one of her own…

I personally like hers the best – it looks like a messy little nest. 🐣  She was singing Old Macdonald Had a Farm while she was making it.  Oh how I adore this child! 😍

It was wonderful having my own nest filled once again with my Daughter and Grandchildren staying here for a few days this past week.  Such a blessing.  I’m so grateful…

How precious and beautiful are these two?!  I love them so very much! 💕

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Thanks for letting me share!  😊

Hey, Happy Earth Day you guys!  I hope you find some fun and meaningful ways to celebrate our lovely earth today!  We’re so lucky and blessed to get to live in such a beautiful and truly amazing place!  🌎

Sorry I haven’t been by your blogs as much lately, I’ll try to visit soon!  ❤

Lots of love and many blessings in the week ahead!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Mandala Monday ~ Spring Equinox

A couple of mandalas I created last week on the Spring Equinox…

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I had to create them indoors, because in reality, this is what it looked like outdoors here on the first day of spring…

Well, technically, this photo isn’t from ‘here’ in Minnesota where I live, it’s in Wisconsin where my daughter is, because I spent the first day of spring over at her place.  It wasn’t the most beautiful first day of spring as far as the weather goes, but the temps were mild, and hey, at least that creek was no longer frozen!

Even if the weather had been more spring-like, I couldn’t have spent the day traipsing around outside anyways, because I rolled my ankle 2 weeks ago and have been having trouble getting around.  It was all I could do to take the short walk from the car to the little bridge where I snapped this photo.  Oh, but the sound of that moving water was such a wonderful thing to hear…

Thankfully, my ankle is improving and I’m able to get around a little better each day, but it’s taking much longer than I expected.  It’s been extremely hard on me being laid up, especially with the warmer weather we’ve been having lately.  Omygosh you guys, I neeeeed to be outside!  😥

So anyways, I went out and bought myself some fresh flowers, and like I mentioned in my last post – it was just what the doctor ordered!  It’s really amazing what a difference fresh flowers can make in lifting one’s spirits! 🌸

The little bouquet that I picked out was called “Touch of Spring Mix” and was perfect for the first day of spring!  Here are a few photos I snapped of the flowers that I didn’t use in creating my mandalas…

And I know I already shared this next one in my last post, but it’s just so lovely, I wanted to share it again…

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I may play around with them some more – create more mandalas, or press them for future creative projects, but right now I’m just enjoying their lovely, fresh presence in my home…

I also bought myself some daffodils, cuz I’m greedy like that haha!  Actually, I bought the daffodils first, but they took a couple days to open. I buy fresh little bundles of daffodils every spring, because I need them, it’s almost like a craving…

Mmm so yellowy and bright!

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I had a lovely time with my daughter, creating mandalas and celebrating the first day of Spring.

Here are a couple photos my daughter snapped of the mandala she made.  She had an idea to create something using eggs because it was Ostara…

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And here is a photo she snapped of my little Grandie-loves.  I’m just throwing it in for good measure, because I spent the first day of spring with them too…

I can’t even handle how freaking adorable they are! 😍 I love them so much! 💕

[Fun fact: It just so happens that both the sleeper that my Grandson is wearing and the nightgown that my Granddaughter is wearing are things I saved from when my daughter was little.  How special it is to now see my Grandchildren wearing them.] 

 

Happy Monday, Happy Spring, may your day be filled with beautiful things!

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Mandala Monday ~ the Heart

Within the heart lies deep mysteries

 

It is a multi-faceted gem of exquisite beauty

resting on a bed of delicate flowers grown in an ancient garden tended with care

its borders surrounded by a heavenly fragrance  Oh ‘precious scent’! 

 

Within the heart lies deep mysteries

 

the greatest of these…

 

Love

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

Another experiment using pressed flowers, and incorporating one of my favorite crystals as the center of this heart-shaped mandala.  I can’t even tell you how much I enjoyed creating this one!  💜

 

Wishing you beauty and joy, and a wonderful week!

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Mandala Monday ~ Valentiney ❤

 

I haven’t much of a chance to get outside to create any of my nature mandalas lately.  Whenever the temps haven’t been -30 windchill, it’s been snowing like crazy and the only thing I’ve had the chance to do when I’m out there is shovel.  To be honest, the snow has sort of been kicking my ass haha!  But it sure is pretty and I refuse to begrudge it.  Last night when it finally stopped snowing and I went out there to shovel, it was absolutely breathtaking (and not because of the cold 😉), dusk was falling and the colors were so soft and lovely. 😍

In between the frigid temps and the snow, I’ve been nice and warm inside, painting.  I got a really good deal on some little 4 x 4 wrapped canvases a while back and I thought I’d experiment a bit with painting mandalas on them using some Valentiney colors.  💘

Painting a round design on a square shape is not very forgiving and you can really tell how crooked they are.  I think I might have to try to figure out how to draw some sort of grid on them before I start painting so they’re not so crooked.  The only thing is… I never know ahead of time what sort of design I’m going to paint, it just sort of becomes whatever it becomes…

You would think that as I’m working out from the center and going around and around that it would sort of automatically be centered on the canvas, but apparently not, in my case. 🙃  I need more practice making my dots more uniform in size.  Good thing I have all these little canvases to practice on. 😉

 

Stay cozy, my friends!  Wishing you all a wonderful, love-filled day! ❤

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Mandala Monday ~ Puzzle

And now for something completely different…

I haven’t been painting mandalas nor creating them out of pieces of nature lately, because I’ve been completely absorbed in assembling a puzzle of them that my sister gave me for Christmas.  And I’m almost finished…

Just have a giant blue mandala in the center left remaining to do.  This beautiful (and quite challenging) puzzle was made with the stunning artwork of the mandala queen herself – Elspeth McLean, and has been on my Amazon wishlist ever since it was made available.

The photo above is crude, was snapped in bad lighting, and doesn’t do it justice, but it’s absolutely gorgeous!  I plan to glue it and somehow frame it once it’s finished.  Which I’m procrastinating finishing because I don’t want it to end.

I’m a huge fan of puzzles, there’s something very therapeutic about fitting the pieces together, like there’s an order to the universe or something – which of course there is haha!  I don’t know, maybe it just helps me feel like I have some control over something in my life?

Ah well, let the psychologists of the world figure that out, I just know I enjoy puzzles…

However, I should probably be organizing and putting things in order around the house instead.  January is good for that, and it’s likely that’s exactly what I’d be doing if I hadn’t got sucked into assembling this puzzle right after Christmas.  Thanks a lot Sis!  😉  That’s what she’s been doing – getting her home organized.

How about you, what have you been up to since the new year began?  Hey, did you guys catch the lunar eclipse last night?!  The moon likes me… 😍

 

Happy Monday, hope your week is off to a lovely start!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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