Category Archives: mandalas

Mystery

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mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk

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trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.

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Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.

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Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.

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Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.

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Fern

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ideas like lightning

strike me by surprise, and when

it rains it pours

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Joining in with our weekly Photo Challenge: FERN

One of my granddaughters has Fern as her second name and I have been trying to crochet some fern fronds to decorate a birthday card for her. I’m also wondering about using them for appliqué on a knitted jacket.

Here are my trial runs:

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Not quite there yet. I used Lucy’s pattern as a starting point, but wanted to include a curl at the top. Rainbow Jane has a lovely picture of this on her FERN photo challenge entry.

I’m thinking they would be even better made in fine crochet cotton, I hope I can find the right colour – the right shade of green can be tricky to find.

Ferns seem to be growing in with my orchids, spores must be in the orchid compost. I used one of the leaves to see what effect it would have on my dyed paper – subtle, but I like it.

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More ferns in a doodled mandala I drew when I was learning from Alisa Burke’s Online Mandala Workshop. With my granddaughter’s second name in mind I drew this mandala for her, with fern fronds at the centre.

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This frothy fern sits on a stand in my bedroom windowDSC_0987

I have no idea of its name but I love its delicate cascade.

Do you have any photos of ferns you would like to enter in our Photo Challenge this week? Just leave a link in the comments.

Also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge with his prompt words of

LIGHTNING and RAIN

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt

FRIVOLOUS

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Photo Challenge Round Up: PATH

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Another sort of path

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I walked the Seaton Labyrinth in Devon with a couple of friends last year. It sits atop a hill overlooking the sea – glorious views on a sunny day.

Jane at Rainbow Junkie……. ……………..dappled light

Cathy at Nanacathy…….. ……. …………….to church

💜 me at Wild Daffodil……… ………stepping stones

💜 Cathy at Rambling in the Garden …… …changes

💜 Denis at Haiku Hound…….. ……….. ….     steep!

💜 Roz at Umpteen Things…………………..brrrrrrrr

💜 Becky at BeckyG ………… …….. ……somewhere

Christina A Look at the Little Things …….Icelandic

Dorris at Dig with Dorris ………… ….hyacinthoides

Ali at Thimberlina.………… …………….. ….short-cut

Del from Curls and Skirls……….. …………to Morris

Srivi at Piscean Me……………. …………….colourful

Jen at Let the Sewing Begin ………..long and short

The Purple Heart denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Please let me know if I have forgotten anyone

Thank you everyone for such a wonderful selection of Paths.

And a late entry – my sister sent me a picture of her dog on a path through the bluebellsIMG_2635

 

Next

REFLECTION

Outline

 

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when planning to paint

lift ideas from Pinterest,

paint with abandon! 

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In the absence of a light box, I stuck a slice of a blood orange to my window, showing the outline of all the little segments.

And here a lemon slice, photo taken with the iPadDSC_0830

This was inspired by seeing Claudia Horsey’s watercolour on Pinterest.

I started copying Claudia’s design, using felt tip pens and crayons, thinking I would use the drawing to make a greetings card.image.jpeg I liked the effect so much, I went out and bought some citrus fruits to do a design of my own

imageDon’t you just love the colours…

imageThe blood oranges left a print on the paper

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which gave me an idea…..I had fun playing around ….image.jpeg

adding pen outlines and then shading with colouring pencils ….image.jpegimage.jpeg

which turned out to be a very relaxing way to doodle.

Joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: LIFT and PLAN

The two sentences work like this:

when planning to paint, lift ideas from Pinterest

lift ideas from Pinterest, paint with abandon

With the opposing ideas of planning and not planning.

Also entering our Weekly Photo Challenge, see PAGE for details

Next week the Photo Prompt is:

SPRING

Photo Challenge: Winter Review

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Taken on the Isle of Skye in 2006, it is the photo that starts the Youtube clip at the end of the post.

So exciting to put this fabulous collection together – Winter photos with stories (and Haikus) to go with them:

Rainbow Jane: tracery and reflections

NanaCathy: powerful, with poetry

Melissaswan lake and more than one haiku

Me: nature’s glitter, with haiku.

Rosalind: Mediterranean Winter

RozGypsy Caravan in gorgeous setting and haiku

Cathy: beauty caught before it disappeared, with haiku.

Denis: Australian saunter with haiku

Jen: elegant birch

Ali at Thimberlina: joy and munching

Christina at ALookattheLittlethings: good neighbours

Dorris: the glisten of morning sunlight

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12 great entries, with 4 of us also linking in Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge

Thank you so much everyone for joining in and making this such a fun thing to do – if I have missed anyone please shout out!

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Appropriately we have had a wonderful week of Winterwatch on the BBC

which you can still catch on iPlayer, just click on the link above.

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I have been having a tidy up on the computer and came across this little slideshow of a beach mandala, gently transformed by the tide, that I made on the Isle of Skye about 10 years ago, a very timely find – hope you enjoy it.

Vase on Monday: Blackberry Blooms

In December?!

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The blackberry flowers are in a night-light holder with a gold labyrinth on it. There were a few years when I became utterly obsessed by labyrinths, creating them, drawing them and walking them. I still do walk them whenever I come across them and draw them out on sand and soil whenever the mood takes me. Fun for children to run around and a beautiful aid to meditation and decision making.

The flowers are on a thornless blackberry that I planted in the Spring, it sat there doing nothing until the warm weather we had in November sparked it into life – the berries just shrivel after the green stage. I guess it would be best to cut it right back down to near the ground and hope for more settled seasons in 2016.

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The buds create exquisite little stars as they burst through their casing

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and form their tissue paper flowersxx

My houseplant of the week is an African Violet, grown from a leaf cutting

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As I’m photographing these flowers each week I’m noticing all sorts of fascinating details, not noticed before – cute!DSC_0047

Joining in with Cathy’s ‘Vase on Monday’ and Cee’s ‘Flower of the Day’ on both sites there are marvellous opportunities for bloghopping around the world.

Grey

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Grey skies overhead

Inspiration underfoot

Japanese design

Even drain covers delight

When the eye is tuned to beauty

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Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge. He gave us the prompt words COVER and COLOUR this week.

Ronovan also invites us to write other forms of poems in the haiku family of poetry. I have gone for a Tanka this week, which is a Haiku 5,7,5 syllable pattern, followed with two lines of 7 syllables each.

Pop over to see Edwina’s Haiku using these prompt words as always she makes me smile! And don’t miss Melissa’s amazingly rich, inspiring and varied post, I don’t know how she does it!

Also joining in with Bluedaisyz Weekly Photo Challenge: prompt word this week GREY

Cathy has entered a great photo taken not too far from where I live, how I love that place. So many different greys, love it!

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As you might have guessed – I’m BACK!

Home after the most amazing trip to Japan – what a wonderful country – I have fallen in love with the place and the people. Already I’m wondering about going back one day. If you ever get the chance to go – GO!

I’m so excited about being able to share my journey with you, although right now  I am still recovering as I feel exhausted and have spent most of the last two days in bed recharging the batteries.

I travelled with a group of 11 other textile enthusiasts and our superb Japanese Guide, Yuka.

Jeni was the first to photograph a manhole cover and after that several of us were hooked! Our guide told us there was a website with a collection of the cover designs, and I have just looked that up – incredible designs – click here to see some more.

The manhole cover above was found in Nagoya which is well known for its tie-dye fabrics and we stopped here for a tie-dye workshop whilst on our way from Tokyo to Kyoto. I’ll be sharing more about this workshop and others later – ooooh so much I want to tell you about …. but first I need to sort the hundreds of photos out – hurray for digital cameras!

Next Week’s Photo Prompt is REMEMBER.