Saturday, August 11, 2012

Personal Prayer Flags



These raggedy prayer flags hang on my deck as a reminder of a few ongoing prayers. In no way do they try to represent the beautiful and color specific prayer flags I see fluttering in yards all over our little beach town. These three were made from collage fabrics and papers and include beads, a bell, old buttons and even a photo of a copper heart I made long ago. The wing image is a favorite and I added colored stones. The center one is patched with laces and gauze and the one on the left of the three has prayers printed  on old paper with addition of very old buttons. I have these three suspended from my deck cover (sorry, took the photo at night...) with the hopes they will remind me daily of these prayers as well as a reminder to let them go and be in the wind. Sometimes when I am out on the deck watering or sweeping, I forget that they are there and then a breeze will toss them about and the bell will ring...nice reminder. I plan on leaving them up in all weather as long as they hold together.

22 comments:

  1. These are beautiful flags and much more personal! Love them. You've given me and idea to make a couple of prayer flags for my new grand baby. Thanks. Could you take a picture of them in the winter for us to see?

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    1. Carole, I will try to remember to photograph these flags in the winter! Glad they have inspired you!

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  2. wing images are a favorite of mine as well, these are so wonderful and raggedy is often best, it shows the wear of love and freedom of flight...

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    1. Caterina, I like that..."it shows the wear of love and freedom of flight"...thank you.

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  3. I'm drawn to the raggedy and these prayer flags are lovely.

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    1. Robyn, Thank you...I agree raggedy can be lovely!

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  4. oh i love your prayer flags. you may recall i made some out of paper with collaged elements, but they cant hang outside. i would like to make some of cloth, soon. right now all is in a sort of chaos.

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    1. Suki, Yes, indeed I remember your paper collage prayer flags...so beautiful. Yes, cloth is good...I'm looking towards my sewing machine for the fall!

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  5. Just beautiful...they certainly hold their own with all the ones I see in my neighborhood...and there's plenty! You've definitely inspired me!

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    1. Marie, Thank you and nice to know about inspiration!

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  6. These are beautiful, and so individually personal, just as a prayer should be. The reminding bell suddenly sounding, calling one to the present moment and remembering the prayers going out on the wind is the perfect touch.

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    1. louciao, Your words are so thoughtful, especially understanding the bell sounding as reminder...thank you!

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  7. These are so beautiful. i love their raggedyness and frayed edges. And that they remind you of prayers and also to let them go. And that you included a bell. This post is like a prayer.
    roxanne

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    1. Roxanne, Thank you for your comment. My heart felt full when you expressed this post was like a prayer. Blogging has been an amazing factor in my life and art making.

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    1. Oh Maggie, Thank you so much and so glad to see you here!

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  9. the gauze on the top one reminds me of something i'd written ten years ago. Amazing you see prayer flags around your area. These private, and the bell, something about the call of attention and sound of a bell out of nowhere like a voice, a birdsong. Beautiful and I pray your prayers open and give your heart's soulful desires.

    x

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    1. mansuetude, Beautiful thoughts and good wishes...the old saying from your lips to G-d's ears! Thank you!

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  10. These are lovely, and I enjoy the bell as a reminder...

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    1. Leslie, Thank you and yes, the bell is perfect...how it holds up in fall/winter winds will be interesting!

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  11. These are beautiful prayer flags. I love that they are personal. And I personally love the winged one. You mention how, at times, you forget their presence until the wind blows and the bell rings. I smile and remember that famous movie line: Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. Enchanting.

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  12. what a wonderful idea to make personal prayer flags. I have some traditional Tibetan ones but love the idea of gauze and bits of cloth, whatever strikes my fancy. I once started some paper ones but never finished. Now you have inspired me to try again!

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