18 x 18 x 3
Beaded Mandala


Once in a lifetime an animal comes along that you totally connect with. For me it was a dog, Shambala. She was my soul mate. We were inseparable. She worked with me, traveled with me, swam with me.

In May I received the diagnose that no one wants to hear about their beloved pet. I took her home for a week and we did everything that she loved; walks, swimming, doggy friends, people friends.

After she left this life, I knew I had to honor her. And what better way than a mandala.

When animals die they say they cross the rainbow bridge, that is why there are rainbows around the outside edge. In between each of the rainbows are loops, these loops are made from her hair. Inside each rainbow is a paw print. I decided on the lotus blossom pattern because of her name. Shambala is a Tibetan mantra meaning everything is nothing and nothing is everything. I beaded the first level in black and white, that was for her coloring. Then each progressive layer was beaded to match the rainbows. In the center of the lotus is a cylinder, at the end of that cylinder I beaded a broken heart, mine

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.