My wife said she was going to throw away a bunch of old herbs in a set that I’d had for probably about 10 years- from back when I thought it would be fun to learn how to cook and then realized that it really wasn’t (not my cup o’ tea, apparently). I hated to waste them all (like I hate to waste anything) so I saved a bunch of each to use for some to-be-determined project in the future. But while I was consolidating them (and making room for other goodies in the other jars) I decided to do my mandala.
It was such a relaxing process. My boy was playing in his room and my wife was out shopping, so I had the craftroom/playroom to myself. The herbs still had some fragrance (but I could tell they were nowhere near what they should have been to make them usable in cooking). I used a sleeve to an LP to keep the shape and kind of played around with a strip of cardboard and the mixture of green herbs until I got the foundation shape of the compass.
In looking at the celery salt and noticing that the little shaker top was removable, I thought about using it as a kind of a stencil. It worked perfectly!
I put one of the caps from the jars in the center with some pretty paprika on top and a little mustard seed trinity and then I added some crushed red pepper around the outside of the larger circle and then around the cap.
It was still looking sparse, so I added some more of the green herb mix along the NW, NE, SW, and SE directions. Finally, I sprinkled some caraway seeds in the middle and was done. The whole process only took me about half an hour, but it was so relaxing and mindful- exactly what working on a mandala should be. I took the photo with my Instagram app and used the Lo-Fi filter. I mostly liked the boarder on that one, but it also works well with the graininess of the herbs and spices.
The best part is that I now have 8 empty jars that I can clean out and use for other things and then I can add them back into my pretty spice rack with my “crafting spices”. I wonder what I should use them for to make the most out of this newfound lovely storage. I’ll try to remember to add a picture to this post when it’s all put back together.