Why The Dandelion?

Why The Dandelion

I’m sure you’re dying to know!

When I started working with my friend and designer, Kate DiZio she asked me to come up with one single image that could be my icon.

After dismissing every craft supply and paraphernalia and religious symbol known to man… think glue gun, ball of yarn, scissors, paint bush, artist’s palette, cross, open Bible, and on and on…. She finally told me it didn’t even have to be an image of something I use. Think about how the alligator and horse are associated with clothing or the apple with computers though not specifically related.

Instead she prodded me to come up with something that has a personal story.

So, as I was searching for an appropriate all-levels art project that could accompany my full day MASTERPIECE workshop, I stumbled upon a tutorial for a dandelion painting. And right there in this stranger’s post was a link to a something I wrote years ago for Dollar Store Crafts. It was one of the first craft day workshops done around My Messy Desk in the unfinished basement of our Colorado home. I taught readers how to paint a simple Dandelion on a thrift store t-shirt using a shower scrubby.Dandelion Girls

Pictured in that post were two of my very first workshop goers and my biggest supporter.

So, I polled a few close friends about the idea. And the links to web pages touting the benefits and best attributes of dandelions started flooding in.

“ … a gift to a loved one that will provide happiness and is a promise of total faithfulness.”

The Dandelion flower’s message is do not give up, even if those around you keep trying to get rid of you. Stick it out and remember the cheerfulness of a sunny summer’s day when things seem bleak or dark.”

It’s leaves, flower, and root are all edible and have particular medicinal benefits.

“Used as medicinal and edible, the Dandelion is very nutritious, having more vitamins and minerals than most vegetables, it has a long history of use as a food in many countries. The young leaves are less bitter, and flowers are eaten raw in salads, all leaves also cooked or boiled as a pot herb, flowers are often dipped in batter and fried, dried roots are used as a coffee substitute. Herbal Wine is made from fermented flowers said by some to be very flavorful and medicinal.”

“The dandelion, one of the “bitter herbs,” is a symbol of Christ’s Passion.

“Nutrition. Perhaps the best reason to eat dandelions is the abundance of nutrients present in them. The greens contain significant amounts of fiber, protein, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc.”

“Dandelions are actually little yellow flags that pop up to tell you there is some type of imbalance to your top soil. Not a weed that is bent on taking over your tomatoes, but, instead, an attempt to help aid in their growth by replenishing the soil of what it is missing.”

“Taraxacum officinale is the official name for this plant, which means ‘disorder remedy’.”

You can make wine from them. Need I say more?? You can find 5 recipes here… 

Dandelions embody #MASTERPIECE living because they accomplish exactly what the Creator intended! Click To Tweet

Dandelions are particularly hard to kill because of the way their tap root trails deeply into the ground. Even if you mow over them repeatedly or yank them up without pulling out the entire root, they will come right back. Annoying if you like a pretty green lawn, but encouraging when I consider keeping myself deeply rooted in Christ as a method for surviving and overcoming all the MESSES in my life.

The clincher was when I looked down at my mouse pad (do you ever look at your’s?), and realized printed on it was one of my favorite photos of my oldest son when he was nearly two. He is kneeling in our Illinois neighbor’s lawn with – you guessed it – a dandelion in his chubby little hand! I remember being simultaneously enchanted by his cuteness and terrified our neighbor would see him spreading the insidious seeds in his carefully tended yard.ColorBckgd_Purple

The truth is most often Dandelions are viewed as a MESSY nuisance, yet nearly everybody has some sweet MEMORIES about them. No matter what, they exemplify living the MASTERPIECE life, because they accomplish exactly what their Creator designed them to do.

So, while Dandelions have almost always beckoned you to “Make a Wish,” I hope when you see them now you will be reminded to ask God to help you become a MASTERPIECE!

For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne EllerThought Provoking Thursday, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and TruthFaith and Fellowship FridayGrace and Truth Friday, Good Morning Monday, Soul SurvivalMonday Musings, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His StoryWoman to Woman Wednesday, Women With Intention Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Word of God Speak, Testimony Tuesday.

17 thoughts on “Why The Dandelion?

  1. Wow! I never knew dandelions had so much purpose – but of course it does! It’s one of God’s creations:) Love this Liz, and your site is absolutely beautiful. Just like you!!

    1. Woah… your comment sparked some lightbulbs for me! You are so right, God created them with a specific purpose, just as He did us! Thanks, Kate did a great job and I’m so happy! XO

  2. Dandelions are dandy! Grandma Paula used to love how cheery they looked when they first emerged in the spring. And. of course, the seeds are contained in my precious necklace from you, reminding me to “spread the seeds of faith!”….xo

  3. Liz, I didn’t know there were so many benefits to dandelions! I’ve always appreciated them in artwork (and stamping . . . silhouettes, and like the picture you have in your blog) but I’ve never really cared for them in my own lawn. 🙂 Good to know they are there to indicate our topsoil needs something. Such a great reminder of how much I need Jesus.

    Lovely post. I’m your neighbor at #RaRaLinkup today, and I’m so glad!

    1. So glad you stopped by Jeanne! I have mixed emotions about them still, too! But one did pop up in our yard this week and it made me smile! Blessings!

  4. WOW! This is a fun revelation to my brain! We definitely have something missing in our soil! I love this and thank you so much. I truly will look upon dandelions in a whole new way! The title drew me over from a link up today.

    1. Yay, Linda! Glad I could change your perspective on what is often though of as a pesky weed. Maybe I should swing by to harvest some seeds next spring for my “Seeds of Faith” necklaces! Blessings!

  5. You brought back so many childhood memories for me, and my grandmother did cook dandelion greens often. I remember the taste even now. Love this symbolism and how God has made it clear to you. Feel free to join the Fresh Market Friday line-up also….it is all about sharing the things we are intentional and passionate about in our life.

    1. It has been amazing to see how everything is coming up dandelions lately, Crystal! Glad to give you a little detour down memory lane. I’ll have to swing by Fresh Market Friday! Blessings!

  6. I really like this new ‘look’! Love those shirts, too! May God breathe HOPE and LIFE to your DREAMS, like you are His dandelion – ready to fly and share His love with others.
    Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth.

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