Monday 22 February 2021

Love To Colour? ~ Colouring with Cats #115 ~ Getting Your OM’s on with Mandalas on Mondays ~ **Your Crystal Questions Answered** What Is Smoky Quartz For, And Melvyn Shows Off The Crystal of the Week

Turquoise Mandalas on Mondays Banner 2020 ©BionicBasil® getting your Om's on and unleash Your Zen Harmonies

Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furiends

We do hope mew had a pawesome weekend, and if mew missed Pandora's Purrfect selfie yesterday, go check it out as we couldn't believe what an epic picture she took! 

We're continuing with our fun crystal series again, and today's question was sent by DM on Instagram from Tara a couple of weeks ago, and her question was: What is smoky quartz good for? It's just purrfect because funnily enough, we'd already decided on having it as crystal of the week.

Crystal of The Week


What is smoky quartz good for?

Smoky quartz is such a beautiful gemstone.

It comes in all shades of rich browns, some are very deep in colour, going to almost black and others can be almost clear. They can be tinged with yellow or goldish tones too.
Colouring with Cats #115 ©BionicBasil® Crystal of The Week - Smoky Quartz

Here at BBHQ, we have tumble stones - top right picture, some of the obelisks - bottom right, and a few multi-terminated clusters, and some elestial specimens. One of which has a small bubble or pocket of water in, these particular crystals are called enhydros.

So let's tell mew a bit about the gem lore surrounding these lovely rich-toned stones. Smoky quartz is purported to be an excellent stone for grounding or earthing, and there are other ways to do this, which we talked about it here. It also appurrently resonates with the base chakra and would be great to use in a meditation purractice as it assists in raising your vibration, and it's supposedly a great stress reliever.

If mew're looking for a protective stone that absorbs negativity and apparently geopathic stress/electrical smog too, this would be purrfect for that. They are great dotted around the house, obviously out of the way of small inquisitive paws though! MOL

In some books we've read, they say that smoky quartz assists with bringing a sense of emotional calmness and helps alleviate feelings of depression, negating negative patterns and helping to boost pawsitivity.

Smoky quartz is also said to help with manifestation; if mew're planning things this stone may help with focus, and keeping mew grounded as mew wurk towards your goals.

It's a really gorgeous stone, and the P.A. doesn't leave home without her smoky quartz bracelet; she loves it.

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats #115 Melvyn and The Smoky Quartz Flame

Melvyn was really fascinated by this smoky quartz flame; it's called a flame because of the carving style; if mew look closely, mew'll see it does resemble a flame. Anyhoo this is our smoky quartz flame at BBHQ, it is a little darker in places than the picture suggests, and as mew can see a lot is happening inside the crystal structure. The P.A. says it's quite incredible to use a really bright torch and a magnifying glass to look inside the crystals - it's really amazing what mew might see.

If mew're looking for a crystal to add to your collection, this one would be epic as it's a gorgeous stone to have.  

Many thanks for DM'ing us Tara, and we hope that answered your question.

 If mew have any crystal questions; email us, DM us or ask us in the comments below.

To check out last weeks Crystal of the Week, click the link: Rose Quartz.

(disclaimer; we are not health or medical practitioners, all crystal info is purely for entertainment purposes only.) 

Anyhoo, we do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend, and that mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise, which we're sure mew all have down paw by now... but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Smooch is here again to offur mew assistance in getting your OM's on and Zen Harmonies happening, so just press play, close your eyes and follow his instructions.

Don't mew feel better already?  I know we do!

All the mandala's featured are created & designed by us, aka The B Team.

Here's this weeks mandala, we do hope mew like it.

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #115 Downloadable Image

Right-click the image to save and/or print the mandala.

And here's our finished version... we thought a nice yellow/gold centre would wurk well with lush berry tones this week, and we think it turned out well. 

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #115 coloured by Cathrine Garnell

Coloured on the iPad and then transformed in Prisma, this time we chose the effect - Balloon.

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On that note, we'll say bye fur now and hope to see mew Wednesday when we'll be here with The Pet Parade Blog Hop and if mew missed joining in, click here to add your blog!

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Supurr chilled purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

Free Lockdown Activities

And don't furget while we're all on lockdown, we The B Team have got your six and can entertain mew fur weeks; there are oodles of colouring pages to download and not furgetting the colouring books too.  There's a page full of crafting projects to keep your mittens making stuff, and if books are your thing, check our Amber's Book Reviews fur your next pawesome read! 

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  1. Those smoky quartz things sure are pretty, you have good taste Sir Melvyn!

  2. I learned some things about smoky quartz I did not know! I so look forward to your Monday posts! Thank You so much! Have a marvellously Happy Day

  3. That sure is a beautiful specimen of Smoky Quartz!
    I did not know those things you told us about its qualities! Thanks!

  4. It is very interesting to learn about the different types of quartz. Melvyn is very interested in the flame.

  5. My comments disappear, even while I am watching, with regularity. I was trying to say I love Smokey Quartz. I have some jewelry with trillions set citrine paired with them in earrings and a ring.

  6. We love Smoky Quartz. Don't own any but would like to.
    Love your pretty Mandala. Great coloring job

  7. I didn't realize there was such a variety of hues to smoky quartz. Very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing at

  8. The smokey quartz is most beautiful. Thanks for the information on this beautiful piece.

    You know how I love the breathing exercises. I look forward to it every Monday morning.

    Love the coloring too. Beautiful.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches to all the kitties and a hug to the mom. ♥

  9. Wow look at all the coloring pages you've given us. How wonderful!

  10. guyz...thiz weekz mandala beez awesum; spesh a lee how de PA colored de center

    and manee thanx for de knowledge on de food gurl kneadz sum smokey a car load....

    hope everee one stayz well ♥♥♥

  11. I had never heard of smoky quartz. It is very pretty, I like the shot of Melvyn with the smoke one. XO

  12. Dad says he so wishes we lived close by so he could visit to feel all the good energy in your home. Purrs friends

  13. That flame smokey quartz is really cool.

  14. That smokey quartz is very pretty ! Purrs


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