Monday, 26 May 2014

The Mandala Bandwagon...

... I've jumped on, have you?

I've seen a lot of crocheted mandalas whilst traveling the world wide web. I think they look amazing, but I've always thought, what do you do with it when it's finished?

I guess a lot of people display them, for example, under a vase, or as a centrepiece on a table. I don't really have many spare flat surfaces where I could put a mandala, and we can only have vases of flowers on the kitchen windowsill - anywhere else, the cats would try and eat them!

You can hang them on the wall, and I must admit, that thought has crossed my mind. It has potential.

Anyway, I'm sure you know by now that, following on from the success of the bunting at Yarndale 2013, Lucy from Attic24 has asked people to contribute mandalas this year. Only one per person, and as colourful as possible.

Who can forget the bunting?

You can read Lucy's blog post about what she's looking for here, including an FAQ. She's also linked to her very own mandala pattern, plus three more exclusively designed by Zelna Olivier from Zooty Owl.

I never got around to making any bunting last year, and I really regretted it, once I saw it all strung up around the auction mart. It would've been lovely to try and spot mine amongst the 6000+ triangles (ok, I know, needle in a haystack). So I was determined to join in this time. I had a look at various designs, but in the end chose Zelna's Sunny Flower Mini Mandala. I had a couple of issues with the pattern, but that was me being a bit thick rather than how it was written. In the end, it worked up really quickly, and I have to say, I'm really pleased with the result.

Honey Bee Mandala

As Chris is a beekeeper, I find I'm inspired by bees quite a lot these days! So I chose this pattern, because I realised I could make it look like lots of little yellow bees (with brown stripes and white wings) flying in the blue sky, around a pretty pink flower (ok, you have to use your imagination!)

So that's my contribution to Yarndale 2014. I need to get some PVA glue to paint the back of it, and then it will be winging it's way up to Skipton.

Check out all the mandalas that have been received so far on the Pinterest page. And be warned, as Lucy says, they are very addictive!! I really want to make more now!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Blogging Without Obligation

I haven't blogged for a while.

I haven't been reading as many blogs as I usually do.

I haven't been super busy, but nor have I been idle either.

Nothing terrible has happened that has made me want to stay away from blogging, but nothing wonderful has happened that has made me want to race to my blog and share it.

I've just been living my life.

I did find time yesterday to read The Quince Tree because I was intrigued by the title of her recent post, Don't Go Away. I read that post, and the one before it, which led me to this. It kind of says it all really. I've been thinking about blogging again, wondering how to start a new post, and every time I go over it in my head it seems to start with an apology.

So this one just starts with some facts, but no apology! And I've borrowed one of the buttons from the above site, it's over there in my sidebar.

To be fair, no one has ever asked me for an apology or an explanation as to why I haven't blogged for X amount of weeks, but for some reason I always feel like I should offer one. I'm going to try to not do that any more.

Because I blog without obligation :-)
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