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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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Brewing up Something Special

 

My daughter is “brewing” up something special this Halloween…

She was due yesterday, and late last night she had a few contractions.  Nothing further so far this morning, but it could be any time now!

Because her due date was so close to Halloween, she thought it would be fun to have a little Halloween-themed maternity shoot.  So a couple of weeks ago we went to one of the local parks where we had done some maternity photos when she was pregnant with my granddaughter and took a few photos.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  Look at that precious belly!  😍  I can’t wait to meet my new little grandson! 💙  Maybe it’ll be today!?

We’re just going to go about our regular Halloween business today and will have to wait and see if he decides to come…

My little granddaughter is very excited to go trick-or-treating later, it’ll be her first time going.  She’s going to be Skye from Paw Patrol  – she’s obsessed with Paw Patrol haha!  She’s had lots of fun over the past few weeks doing various little Halloween type of activities.  And thankfully, I’ve had both her and the mother-to-be staying with me these past few weeks because I live closer to the hospital where she plans to deliver, so I’ve been able to be a part of those Halloween activities – baking, decorating, etc., as well as going to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch.  Such a blessing…

 

Happy Halloween to all those who celebrate, and happy regular day to all the rest!

🎃

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mandala Monday ~ Pumpkins

It was a very busy week for me last week, but it was filled with so many precious moments.  I finally made it to the apple orchard and the weather was absolutely glorious the day we went.  I forgot it was MEA (all Minnesota children had school off), so it was terribly crowded there, but I still enjoyed it.  Mainly because I got to go there with my little granddaughter.  She brings me so much joy.  💕

They have a little pumpkin patch on the grounds at the orchard and she enjoyed that the most.  It was so fun to watch her frolic around, inspecting all the pumpkins.  She loved it!

What isn’t there to love about pumpkins?  They’re orange and round and somehow just automatically bring a smile to your face….

We are planning a separate trip to a local pumpkin farm, so we weren’t looking to pick one out to bring home, but somehow we ended up with one anyway…

Out of all the pumpkins there, she picked a crusty little “Charlie Brown” one, but it was just her size.  🍊

I also got the chance to go on a little nature walk with my granddaughter this past week and this is where I gathered the leaves for my mandala above…

It’s an area near my home called the Qaking Bog.  I used to take my daughter here when she was small.  I can’t even tell you how wonderful and precious it was to go there now with my granddaughter… 😍

 

Autumn is progressing quickly here and I’m just absorbing as much of it as I can while it lasts…

 

May you absorb beauty and joy in this coming week…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mandala Monday – Maple Leaves

The Maple trees are starting to turn here in the city!  I love all trees in the autumn (heck, I love all trees all the time), but the Maples especially capture my heart with their bright, vibrant colors.  🍁

I was out running errands the other day and came upon a stunning Maple tree.  It literally called out to me from across the road!  I love when nature interrupts the mundane with its beauty.  Half of its leaves were on the ground and the other half were still on the branches (that’s the best autumn tree viewing scenario, in my opinion), and I had to pull the car over and get out to bask in its beauty for a while.

It was drizzling and a bit nippy out (it’s been doing that a lot lately), but that only added to the autumny feel.  I must admit though, I’d really appreciate some sunny days to enjoy the autumn colors too, hopefully we get some soon.

I also collected a few of the leaves that were on the ground, so I could create a mandala with them…

I LOVE how this one turned out and really wish there was a way I could preserve it somehow.  But it’s its impermanence that adds to the appreciation of its beauty.  At lease I can take pictures.  😉

Here are a few I snapped during the process…

I can’t even describe how satisfying it is adding each layer and the little touches.  The process of creating a mandala truly is a satisfying journey.

 

And my little family joined in this time.  Once I finished mine (I prefer to be alone while I’m making them), my daughter and granddaughter came out to the garden and joined in.  Here is my (nearly 9 months pregnant) daughter working on hers…

She used mostly elements taken from my garden, along with a few autumn leaves.  Here’s her finished mandala…

And here’s my granddaughter working on hers…

And her “finished” mandala…

Her acorns though haha!  She’s such a dear heart! 💕

 

I just keep getting more and more ideas coming to mind for making these nature mandalas.  I wish I could fully convey how wonderfully rewarding and meaningful it is to create these.  Hopefully one day I’ll get back to painting them again too.

 

Wishing you a day of meaning and beauty…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wordless Wednesday

 

 

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Music Monday

 

A beautiful original piece by my daughter…

 

 

It’s been several years since she’s done anything with her music, so listening to this makes me feel a bit melancholy.  But some beautiful things have happened in our lives since then – my precious granddaughter for one!  So that touch of melancholy is also mingled with deep gratitude…

 

Thanks for listening, have a beautiful Monday!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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