Mandala Magic

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A few weeks ago I started taking Louise Gale‘s Mixed Media Mandala online class, and I’ve been having so much fun playing with these sacred circles using paint, paper and other media.

The mandala above starts with what Louise calls a ‘ghost print’ from another mandala I had painted and then ‘ghost printed’ onto another piece of paper while it was still wet. (The ghost print is the top left mandala in the image just below) Then I collaged and stamped for the rest of the piece.

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Mandalas provide a easy and fun structure for creating. I highly recommend it as a relaxing way to just play with paint and paper.

nature-mandalaLouise also encouraged us to also get outside and find mandalas in nature. It’s not, of course, hard to convince me to get outside and play – so I also went on a mandala hike this past weekend. Living in an arid (high desert) climate and next to the mountains means the color at this time of year is still quite subtle. The green is there, but you kinda got a look for it. And when I do, I find the native plants to be quite beautiful.

What play did you partake in this week? I’d love to hear your play stories. And don’t forget play again this week – to thrive, playing is always essential!

xox,

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Catching a Glimpse of the Angel

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On Saturday spring had sprung in all her glory. Where I live this is not so much the flowers yet, but being warm enough to pedal my bike in shorts – and catch a glimpse of the Angel of Shavano. Mount Shavano, where she lives, is a fourteener that rises to 14,231 ft (4,338 m) and is one of the peaks that watches over the valley where I live.

Do you see her with her arms spread wide above her head watching over the valley? She makes appearances in the winter some times too, but on Saturday it was a full on spring siting.

Sunday snow fell again, and this morning I noticed she had her blanket on. I’m sure it won’t be there for long…and then before I know it she will have disappeared into the mountain for the summer.

I am grateful she is still watching over the valley this spring…it bodes well for the river flow and the moisture in the valley. A few years ago when our drought was quite bad she had already disappeared into the mountain by now.

What spring things do you notice when you’re out and about where you live? I’d love to hear.

xox,

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A kid in her sandbox

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This past weekend we snagged an overnight getaway in Sand Dunes National Park. So much fun to feel like a kid running down that steep face of the dunes. Stay tuned for more about our getaway at this treasure of a national park in my next post.

What play did you get up to this week? I’d love to hear!

xox,

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World Travel Adventures – Final Installment (circa 2001)

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Sunset at Half Moon Bay, CA – circa 2001

This time thirteen years ago we were actually already back in the US of A – on a little California adventure with old friends.

We had just finished up our year of traveling, with two months in New Zealand and two weeks in Fiji, and flown back to California at the end of March.

I’m a little behind in sharing the adventures, but I would be remiss if I did not share some of the cool places we experienced in New Zealand and Fiji.

People still ask us where the favorite places we traveled to were – I loved all the places we visited, and I have to admit that I felt really at home in New Zealand.

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Maybe this was partly because most of our adventures were based out of Pippin – a Nissan Vanetta, that had been converted into a camper – who we rented for a good portion of the two months.

There were so many places to explore and adventure in New Zealand, and the images below share just a small bit of the sights, sounds, tastes, smells & people we experienced while there. It is truly an amazing place!

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

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Tongariro Crossing

Mt Cook

Mt Cook

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Kayaking Trip along Abel Tasman National Park

Kayaking Trip along Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman Sunset

Abel Tasman Sunset

New Zealand Road Block :)

New Zealand Road Block :)

Wharariki Beach

Wharariki Beach

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe two weeks in Fiji were spent mostly on one its tiny islands. We were transported from Fiji’s mainland to Tavewa by a barefoot pilot who flew us about 1000 feet over the sea, in a sea plane.

On the island we spent our days scuba diving, lounging in a hammock, and exploring the island.

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The crew that took care of us were awesome!

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Fiji was the perfect rest stop before we headed back to the United States.

I hope you have enjoyed living vicariously with me as I’ve re-lived one of the adventures of my life time! Reflecting on this time has sparked the travel bug in me, and I hope to be taking more adventures – both near and far – soon.

I’d love to hear about your adventures, too.

xox,

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Gratitude for Multiple Days of Play & Feeling Good

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Snowfall returned to the nearby mountains at the end of this past week, and I had the good fortune of skiing powder two days in a row, and also going for a big wander in the Arkansas Hills on Sunday – all with my best play pal, my hubby (can you see him just headed out of view in the image above?). I love when I get to spend lots of time outside, and we are playing together!

ArkHillsWanderAnd I’m feeling especially fortunate because I recently got a clean bill of health from my doctor, after being treated for a peptic ulcer, and I’m feeling better than I have in a long time. I’m amazed at, and grateful for, how much better I feel – although I had not realized I was feeling that poorly.

Spring is coming to the Rocky Mountains so my ski adventures are likely soon coming to an end for the season. I’m loving the longer days and looking forward to other spring time play adventures – outside and also in my studio!

I hope you got out to play this past week – wherever you are! I’d love to hear about your play of the week.

xox,

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