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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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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~✿

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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~✿

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Lots of This…

Wishing you all lots of this today…

Well… not just today, but every day! 💕

I found my little stash of pressed flowers that I had packed away in an old box and thought I’d play around a bit arranging some flowery flat lays.  Some of these flowers are from gardens I had way back in the early 90’s!

I’d like to experiment doing more of this type of thing and maybe even try creating some mandalas using these old pressed flowers.  It’s snowing yet again today (huge, pretty flakes!), so finding creative indoor activities is always good. 😉

Thanks for letting me share, have a beautiful day, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  💘

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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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~✿

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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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Mandala Monday ~ Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been back in painting mandalas mode over the past couple of weeks making Christmas ornaments as gifts for friends and family.  I’ve had a lot of fun painting them and I really hope they like them.  Here are a few of the designs I created.  They’re all a bit similar, especially color-wise (red, green and white), but each one is different…

The ornaments I used were clear glass, so they pick up whatever is in the background.  It really affects the look of the design and I’m not sure if I like that or not.  I tried using an etching cream on one of them to create a frosted glass look, but omygosh that was a complete fail.

The lighting wasn’t the greatest trying to photograph them indoors, so I brought them outside and snapped a few photos of them hanging from the branches of my arborvitae…

I don’t know if you can tell in the photo, but I put fake snow in the bottom of this next one.  I thought it’d be a whimsical way of providing ‘snow’ for loved ones who don’t get snow where they live…

I also put rhinestones in the center of some of them for those who might like a bit more bling, but at the time of this post, I’ve already wrapped them up for giving and don’t have a good picture to share.  Oh wait, here’s one…

It’s not very sparkly in the photo, a real crystal would look prettier, but I couldn’t find any flat-backed ones in the proper size.

I made them in two different sizes and the details got a bit muddled up trying to paint the tiny dots on the smaller ones, so they don’t look as nice blown up in a photo, but they’re pretty and dainty in person.

Due to the same color scheme, they all started feeling like they looked too much alike, so I tried to create different patterns, at the same time as keeping the person I was making them for in mind.  This one turned out be sort of a star burst design…

A few of the recipients of these ornaments follow my blog and I’m hoping they don’t see this post before they receive their ornaments, but I wanted to share because it’s one of the things I’ve been up to lately.

I know I’ve been a bit absent from my WordPress community this December (posting and reading) and I’m sorry I haven’t had the chance to stop by your blogs as much, but please know this… I’ve still thought of a great many of you quite often during this time, truly I have, and I’ve been sending love and good vibes your way as you’ve come to mind.

Please be well my friends.  Sincerely wishing you all that is good and lovely in this world, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and lots of love to you and yours…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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