Year two of a handmade Holiday did not go as smoothly as year one. I somehow felt like I had more time to get everything ready last year, but really I just did not give myself enough time this year.
It probably didn't help that I chose a labor intensive project - making my own sets of prayer flags...
These flags were made with blood, sweat, tears, frustrations, and very good intentions. Seeing them done really fills with a sense of pride; they were worth the struggle.
They were hand torn from yards of muslin and hand dyed in buckets in the basement -and may or may not have contributed to the staining of my mother’s clothes dryer. Meanwhile the Windhorse was hand drawn and hand carved, and the laundered flags were ironed. Then the stamp was printed by hand on each flag. Lastly they were sewn by hand and strung. This long handmade process makes each flag unique.
The Windhorse is a symbol of an uplifting life force or energy of basic goodness or buddhanature and wakefulness. Printed on fluttering flags it carries our wishes with the speed of wind and the strength of a horse. On the back of the Windhorse are three wish fulfilling jewels of enlightenment bringing peace, wealth, and harmony. I drew the Windhorse in the style of a Dala Horse, which is a Scandinavian stylized horse – usually in carved wooden toy form- a joyful symbol of some of my own Nordic roots.
These flags should be hung outside so that the wind and natural elements will spread your good thoughts, fortunes, and prayers. Ideally they are hung on a windy day, but any day is a good day as long as it done with a clear and open heart. The natural elements will eventually take their toll on the flags and this is to reminds us of the impermanence of life. You can replace them with new ones and burn the old ones or let nature run its full course.
...and there was my annual card, which was also a bit more time intensive than planned.
there were sketchbooks
and grownups too.
There were other little trinkets and tokens that I never got to photograph before wrapping them up. But that about sums up the holidays.
Labels: "Karly Fae Hansen" "Karly Hansen"