Sunday, January 26, 2014

One Hundred Buddha's

Here is the first of my 100 Buddha's! This one I gave to my wonderful friend Jenn.
This one is painted on fabric, then sewn to a beautiful rice paper. I did fram it, 
but fogot to take photos when complete!

Suki sunning herself next to Buddha!
This one is called "Be the Light"

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Make your own Mini Boxes

I started these boxes as a Christmas gift before Christmas… alas, I just finished. 

I love little boxes and match boxes are the prefect size to add little trinkets. I made 13 boxes total and used my own photos on the cover of the boxes. I am calling them "13 days of Zen".

 Start with a match box (they sell them at the grocery store in large packages)… 
take apart and use as a template and trace on any card stock.
I used double sided card stock, so it looks nice on the inside as well.

I glued the sides down with a hot glue gun, but it stays pretty firm even if you do not glue it.

 Each box contains a trinket and inspirational saying.

When I completed each box and put the saying and trinket in I put in a 
glassine envelope and sealed with a sticker.

I found the perfect box (left over from candy) and mailed
to California!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Prayer Flags: A D-I-Y Activity

Prayer Flag Banner Prayer Flag 1  
According the 'best-source-of-knowledge-albiet-not-always-entirely-founded',Wikipedia, Prayer Flags can be described as, ...a colorful panel of rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bön, which predated Buddhism in Tibet. In Bön,shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in healing ceremonies. They are unknown in other branches of Buddhism.[1] Traditionally they are woodblock-printed with texts and images". For me, it's a great way to combine art and prayers :) I hope you enjoy!
Photo source
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Supplies you'll need: fun paper, scissors, colourful string, tape and a good pen!
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Step One: Cut a bunch of small squares of your chosen paper.
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Step Two: Write your prayers, inspirational words or drawings on each square.
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Step Three: Tape desired colour of string on the back of each square/flag
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Step Four: Place flags wherever is of inspiration to you!
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I chose to put mine in my bathroom, so guests can enjoy too! Is that weird? hmmm...
That's all! A fun lil' craft you can do in under ten minutes but that can add a really fun and inspiring addition to your house, workplace, car, etc. I'm going to make some more big fabric ones to place in my family room soon.