mandalas for marinke

Here is the next of the beautiful, inspiring, special contributions coming in to the #MandalasForMarinke remembrance project. I am grateful for each and every amazing contribution. You are invited to join; learn more here.

Beautiful Crochet Mandala


This beautiful thread crochet mandala is made using Wink’s I Love Holland mandala crochet pattern. Wink created this pattern in 2013 in honor of the leadership shift Netherlands saw at that time from Queen Beatrix to King Willem Alexander. She described it as “exciting times for our little country by the sea” and created the design based on the inspiration of Dutch tulip fields. You can see that inspiration in the terrific color choices this enchanting mandala is made from.

Meet the Maker


This pretty crochet contribution comes from Mariannae in The Netherlands. You may know her from her lovely blog, maRRose Colorful Crochet and Crafts. Over there she shares:

“My name is Marianne Dekkers-Roos. I live near Amsterdam, The Netherlands with my husband, our 2 teenagers, 1 dog and 2 cats. I love to crochet, knit, cook/bake, quilt/sew, well anything crafty that tickles my fancy.”


My favorite fun fact about her from her blog is:

“My first piece of crochet was a poncho, in pink, green and white and I was 9 years old when I finished that. I clearly remember feeling ever so proud when I could finally wear it, although ponchos had gone out of fashion already by that time.”


I want to bring some attention to the lovely crochet mandala treasury that Marianne created immediately following the news about Wink. And also, she was recently the moderator for the Craft as Therapy feed on Instagram, which is a great celebration of the many ways crafting heals us.

Words by Wink


What inspired Wink? On October 10, 2012, when she created the first of her Weekly Mandala posts, she shared:

“There are a lot of things around me that inspire me to crochet, or to draw or paint. That can be anything, from a gorgeous view out my window, a picture in a magazine, a scene in a movie – you name it.”

When struggling for inspiration, she would look at a file of photos she’d created. Although most of the time, she would get inspiration from a random place like a book cover or a hat spotted on TV.

About Depression


One purpose of this project is to raise awareness about depression so each post will end with some facts, thoughts or quotes about depression, suicide and/or mental health. Today I thought I’d approach it from a different angle and share some of the tattoos I’ve seen online that relate to depression. The photos link to their sources and below them a brief description of the type of tattoo as it relates to depression.

good enough tattoo

A message reminding us to be gentle with ourselves

serotonin tattoo

Tattoos relating to serotonin and dopamine

refuse to sink tattoo

I Refuse To Sink is one of the most popular overcoming depression phrases in tattoos

darkest before dawn tattoo

Tattoos to inspire hope to get through the rough times

depression tattoo

Depression acceptance tattoos

strength tattoos

Tattoos for strength

depression quote

Meditative tattoos

life tattoo

Choose life tattoos

quote tattoo

Quotation tattoos

depression tattoos

Image-rich tattoos

Wink shared in 2011 that she had four tattoos: “one on my left wrist (a treble clef), one on my right forearm (artwork), one on my back (Egyptian eye) and one on my hip (a little moor fish!”


All contributions to Mandalas for Marinke are welcome and will help raise awareness about depression while honoring her work in the same way that Laura’s great contribution has done today. Details to join here.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Marianne Dekkers-Roos Reply

    Thank you very much, dear Kathryn, for sharing my Mandala for Wink, as well as links to my blog in this post – I’m tickled pink!
    I have to tell you I so love and respect you that you’re organizing this – I really can’t wait to see all Mandalas together in your tribute to Marinke – raising awareness for depression is such an important thing to do! Much love, Marianne xx

  2. Jodiebodie Reply

    Marinke’s “I Love Holland” is such a pretty pattern, made even prettier by Marianne Dekkers-Roos’ colour choices and kind words on her card.
    Lovely work, Marianne; thanks for sharing it here Kathryn.

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