treats for t…

today I am sharing a box of wonderful hand crafted treats that arrived in my mailbox all the way from Germany…

valerie box

I was one of the lucky winners of a giveaway that the lovely and talented Valerie of Bastelmania had recently (Valerie shares her beautiful surroundings along the Rhine River and her passion for creating here on her blog)

Valerie card and art goodies

you’d really have to see these pieces in person to fully appreciate the depth and detail that Valerie puts into everything she makes (also included were some blank tags and a little blank canvas that I have already started playing with)…

DSC02793 eat drink be scary

who knew a plain brown paper bag could be magically transformed with punching and folding and special touches (the color is truer in my second photo below…my iphone and I are still learning to get along)…

little book

above on the left is a sweet little accordian book with a fancy corrugated cardboard cover

DSC02789 Owl

the layers and details on this owl hanging are really wonderful (notice the handmade paper beads and more)…

Magpie's Nest cup of pumpkin

wishing everyone a happy T day along with all of the friends over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s…

“Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up.  What was is not and never again will be; what is is change.” -Edwin Teale


we all have secrets…

 the Art Journal Journey October “Deep in the Forest” theme inspired another two page spread in my handmade gesso journal…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Magazine page art journal

last month I was chosen the lucky random winner of The Craft Barn’s Quote & Lyric challenge and received a generous prize of £20 so I decided to use that on two of the lovely and talented Gio’s stencils/masks which I had been admiring (half of the gift went toward the postage with such speedy delivery!)…

Gio's masks

 using part of Gio’s “Eighties” stencil as a sort of yellow brick road for my painted forest scene…

Magpie's Nest Secrets in the Forest (2)

a new to me postage stamp that really caught my eye found it’s way onto the pages (thanks to a sweet note in the mail from precious friends…I enjoy postage stamps very much and notes too of course)…

Magpie's Nest Secrets in the Forest (1)

Golden Iridescent Gold Acrylic is yummy to work with…

Magpie's Nest some art supplies

playing with paint and pencil to alter an image of a fashion model was lots of fun too…

Magpie's Nest Secrets in the Forest

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”  ~Roald Dahl

through the forest…

what with one thing and another I haven’t been able to get myself up in my art room much lately…

Magpie's Nest Enchanted Forest iphoneography

ideas for Art Journal Journey’s “Deep in the Forest” theme have been rattling around in my head all month…

Enchanted forest painting progress

I had my doubts about trying to draw even a few simple trees along with sloshing layers of paint on the page but I kept pushing forward…

Magpie's Nest Enchanted Forest

that lovely Waterhouse image was a great starting point…

let’s put the kettle on…

out with the old and in with the new as we retired our trusty old stove top water pot…

Magpie's Nest DREAM w Ocracoke Shells

I have wanted an electric kettle for awhile now and was charmed by the graceful lines of the Bonavita … plus we were able to get it at a good price…

Magpie's Nest Bonavita Electric Kettle

I wanted to share a photo of our new kettle in action and only thought of it while home alone so using the Continuous Shooting feature on my Sony Cyber Shot and balancing the camera precariously against my chest I got busy (we do have a tripod but I was too impatient to fiddle with it)…

Magpie's Nest T Kettle

it pours so nicely even Mr Magpie remarked on it…

Magpie's Nest Bonavita pouring

several bursts of photos later I selected a handful to share… clicking through the photographs was like watching a slow motion cartoon of stop and start motion…

Magpie's Nest Let's Have Tea

so let’s join Elizabeth and Bleubeard and the other T Stands for Tuesday bloggers (the deliciously flaky apricot square sprinkled with pistachio bits is from Wegman’s Bakery and my cup of yummy Apricot with Passionfruit tea is from New Zealand … they made for a perfect treat) ~♥~

Beach Treasure T…

if you have a few minutes won’t you join me for a little more day dreaming on Ocracoke Island

Magpie's Nest CatsDogsBirds Oh Mystands to reason that after spending a couple of weeks there we have quite a few photographs (you probably already know that you can click once or twice on the photos for a closer look if you are interested)…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island crittersposting here on my blog serves as a visual journal for Mr Magpie and myself (I find I go back and refer to my links now and then for information or helping determine “when” something happened)

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island Spirit Treewe made an exciting discovery along the beach of tree branches trapped in the sand that had a few shells washed up at its base which inspired us to gather seashells and bits of beach treasure to add to the branches each time we visited…

Magpie's Nest Mr Magpie and Spirit Shell Treeabout midway through our vacation we noticed that other people were adding shells and even some extra precious things like necklaces and charms which moved us to call it “the Spirit Tree” (shells with holes in them were perfect for hanging and made special clicking sounds in the breeze)

Magpie's Nest Jim footprintswho knows if it will be there next year when we return…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke beach and duneswalking back and forth to the beach on two separate occasions enjoying the sand between our toes we encountered some good sized ghost crabs  (the “frown”on this one’s face might be because of the fright of almost being stepped on…try to imagine the look on my face and how high that close call made me jump)…

Magpie's Nest Ghost Crab Legswe did get some nice photos of them as they froze in the sand for a bit

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Village NCif you are still with me let’s head for our home away from home on Silver Lake Harbor so I can share some T treats with you (marked by two seashells above since I couldn’t find an arrow to add to the photo)

Magpie's Nest Tea and Sconeswould it surprise you to know that I only had tea one day out of the fourteen we were away

Magpie's Nest Fig cakethe days we did not make coffee at home in the morning I enjoyed a cappuccino from the local Ocracoke Coffee Company (I am a cheap date and one cup of half caff usually does the trick)… we discovered some scrumptious Fig Cake at the Ocracoke Seafood Market of all places on our last day on the island (there are lots of fig trees on the island)…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Sunrises Sunsets sampler

each day was pure delight with time in between to slow down and just be…

Magpie's Nest riding from the beachnot easy to leave…

Magpie's Nest far away quotehere’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s oxo


three little birds…

trying to settle down here while part of me is still at the beach…

Magpie's Nest Silver Lake BREATHE

 I happened to have a couple of pages started in one of my little gesso magazine page journals so I got busy adding finishing touches…

Magpie's Nest Acrylic Empty Marker

with a new to me paint pen I was excited to learn about in a which is the best white marker conversation with local mixed media art friends (thank you Leiann)…

Magpie's Nest Montana Marker Tips

you can see in the first photo of the empty marker that it has a metal ball inside for mixing and special paint that is recommended to not clog the spring loaded tip (the true test of a pen for me is how it works weeks and months after first using it)…

*Note: Golden Paints has a new HIGH FLOW paint line that works in these markers as well*

Magpie's Nest Three Little Birds (1)

doodling with the paint pen helped add an extra layer to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Three Little Birds (2)

so far I’ve used the Extra Fine tip which feels more like “medium” to me (the “fine” tip looks quite thick)…Magpie's Nest Three Little Birds

Bob Marley’s song Three Little Birds has a great sound with uplifting lyrics…

“Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin': “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right! “

Rise up this mornin’,
Smile with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou: “) … Chorus

this is getting a little long  and I still have lots of blog friends to visit so I will share my other pages on another day…

Magpie's Nest Parasol Patty Ocracoke Island

~♥ Happy Weekend Dear Ones ♥~

beach tea …

it feels like I have been away from blogland for a long time…

NC 32 abandoned house

(the house above was on NC 32 near Edenton…not on the island we visited)

I am joining everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s for T today sharing some of our beach getaway with you…

Ocracoke Village

our traveling tea cup came along and got to enjoy some sun and sand…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup Ocracoke Beach NC

we had a bit of rain too which resulted in some wonderful puddle reflections in yards and on rustic roads in the village…Magpie's Nest Rainy Day Ocracoke

along with pretty patterns on the beach…

Magpie's Nest Rainy Beach Ocracoke NC

we visited Ocracoke Island around the same time last year and enjoyed it so much we booked a two week stay this year…

Magpie's Nest Lighthouse

from our rental on Silver Lake Harbor we had views of the lighthouse and enjoyed the boats and ferries coming and going from the Pamlico Sound

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse

the sunset views are something we looked forward to daily…

Down Creek 101 on Silver Lake Harbor

each one special and different…

Magpie's Nest Pamlico Sound sunset

I look forward to reconnecting with everyone again and hope that you have been well…

Magpie's Nest early morning Atlantic Ocean

Rinda’s 2014 Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt: Final Part 3

many thanks to Rinda for another great scavenger hunt this year

to see my items 1 – 14 you can visit here and here and below you will find the remainder of my photo finds:

15. A juggler … a juggler remained elusive so I have substituted with Alternative B: a bird house  (I almost shared some photos I took from the television of a medieval fire ball juggler

Magpie's Nest our garden birdhouse

16. A sign in a language other than English

Magpie's Nest Starbuck's in China Town Wash DC

Starbuck’s found in China Town, Washington, D.C.

Magpie's Nest Korea Town in Annandale VA

Karaoke in the suburbs of northern Virginia

17. A lamp post

Magpie's Nest Reston Lake Anne

Lake Anne in Reston,Virginia

Magpie's Nest National Portrait Gallery Lamppost

so many lamp posts!

18. A water fall

Magpie's Nest Great Falls MD Heron on rocks

Great Falls Park, Maryland is a beautiful spot and we found a Great Blue Heron enjoying the view while waiting for his lunch to rush by

19. A public garden

Magpie's Nest Batholdi Park Wash DC (1)

Bartholdi Park in Washington, DC is one of our favorite “secret gardens

Magpie's Nest Batholdi Park Wash DC

it is part of the US Botanic Gardens tucked away across Independence Avenue in the shadow of the US Botanic Garden Conservatory… most enjoyable in every season

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

Magpie's Nest Wash DC buses

Washington, D.C.

Magpie's Nest Wash DC buses (1)

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.Magpies Nest Lotus me 2

for the last couple of years we have visited the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens outside of Washington, DC to enjoy the Loti and Water Lilies…there I am with my camera taking a photo of Mr Magpie taking my photo

If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:

Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimpMagpie's Nest OBX kiteboarding

kiteboarding is a popular sport on The Outer Banks of North Carolina… we enjoyed watching the boarders fly across the water rising up into the air now and again

Alternative B: A bird house substituted for a juggler at the beginning of my post


in case you were curious about the Medieval juggler I mentioned at the beginning of my post ;-) this photo was snapped from our television screen…

this is a scheduled post… I look forward to catching up with everyone soon… 

Mosaic District…

 this post is an accumulation of about three Sunday visits to a favorite new shopping area about 12 miles away from us…

Mosaic District Merrifield VA

it has lots of charm and interest geared toward families with things like yoga in the park … a giant movie screen for special events and indoor theaters too…Magpie's Nest Le Pain Quotidien

two places we always visit are MOM’s which is a really nice organic market and Le Pain Quotidien for scones and maybe a chia muffin as a treat for the week…

Magpie's Nest Le Pain

on Sunday’s through October they have a farmer’s market with assorted live entertainment…

Magpie's Nest Mosaic Center entertainment

and quite an array of offerings under each white canopy strung in a long row…

Magpie's Nest Yoga in Park Farm Market

this past Sunday we tried some delicious creamy fresh peach ice cream made right before our eyes using liquid nitrogen like a fun edible science experiment…

Magpie's Nest The Nice Cream Factory

there are some beautiful planters and a few long beds of Equisetum commonly known as Horsetail that I am drawn to again and again

Magpie's Nest Horsetail plantings

window shopping at Anthropologie is always fun…

Magpie's Nest Mosaic District Anthro Window

their displays are well thought out and eye catching with some great “shelfie” photo opportunities…

Magpie's Nest Anthropologie cups

I enjoy the outdoor atmosphere with shops and eateries much more than an enclosed mall and while strolling we spotted this chalk board outside Capital Teas (we do plan to step inside and sample their wares sometime)…

Magpie's Nest Capital Tea chalk board

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summers best of weather And autumns best of cheer.” —Helen Hunt Jackson

Magpie's Nest summer shadow cups

I look forward to visiting with you again in early October after we return from a couple of weeks at the beach ~♥~ here’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge – Childhood & Easier

a quote on childhood along with the little girl image came my way as inspiration for the other side of one of my loose art journal pages for The Craft Barn Quote & Lyric “Childhood and/or Easier” challengeMagpie's Nest Childhood (1)

as a mother of three sons I often feel the surprise of how quickly young children can grow up especially looking back on the more intense child rearing days…

Magpie's Nest Childhood

I like the idea of staying in touch with our inner child so this quote speaks to me too:

“It is never too late to have a happy childhood” -Tom Robbins 

Magpie's Nest Childhood (2)

“Childhood is a short season” -Helen Hayes


if trees could talk…

the September theme over at Mix it Monthly is “Trees”

Magpie's Nest Step One

I signed up for an amazing online art course called CoLab Artistry by Alena Hennessy and Susan Tuttle and could not be more excited and it has just begun…

Magpie's Nest Detail

here is my first piece under the guidance of the talented and lovely Alena (with great thanks to my special friend Lisa for introducing me to Alena and her art!)…

Magpie's Nest Trees

imagine you’re up in a fantasy forest of trees with me…

Magpie's Nest my artwork and phone apps

two examples of my artwork photographed and altered with assorted iphone apps…

Magpie's Nest Blue artwork and text

“If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree.” -African proverb


a bird’s-eye view…

a page created in one of my gesso art journals for this month’s Art Journal Journey “Living Beings” challenge began with the image of the lady reading…

Magpie's Nest Fly (1)

I have had a package of metal Martha Stewart bird stickers for some time now and finally found a spot to use one (the things I buy with a coupon sometimes hah!)…

Magpie's Nest Fly

birds in the garden are wonderful living beings and are always a big source of enjoyment to me (some of the supplies I  used: gesso… walnut ink… paints… postage stamp on Buckram background… metal bird sticker… rubber stamps)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Art Journal

“I want to sing like the birds sing not worrying about who hears or what they think.” – Rumi

“Half of my Heart”

Magpie's Nest John Mayer collage

singer and songwriter John Mayer is a favorite artist of mine and I am lucky to have seen him live in concert several times over the years…

Magpie's Nest Half of My Heart (4)

his song “Half of my Heart” from his Battle Studies album inspired some journal pages in one of my larger (7.5 x 10″) art journals…

Magpie's Nest Half of My Heart (1)

lots and lots of layers using tissue paper… the inside of a pink security envelope with the window… scrap papers… stencils… paint… gesso… Behr Venetian Plaster and more…

Magpie's Nest Half of My Heart (2)

the Tin Can Inkadinkadoo dreamy face rubber stamp from long ago and a favorite burst of mine using a bit of golden flimmerstern with some bits of German scrap…

Magpie's Nest Half of My Heart

my newest Stencil Girl burst stencil from our wonderful local Goldenshill Papercrafts helped add the finishing touches to my pages which I am entering for the first time in the Moo Mania & More challenge of “Music is in the air …


music has been an inspiration to me since as long as I can remember

“I was born in the arms of imaginary friends
Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I’ve been

Then you come on crashing in
Like the realest thing
Trying my best to understand
All that your love can bring

Oh, half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart’s got a right mind
To tell you that I can’t keep lovin’ you, can’t keep lovin’ you
Oh, with half of my heart

I was made to believe I’d never love somebody else
Made a plan, stay the man who can only love himself

Lonely was the song I sang
‘Til the day you came
Showing me another way
And all that my love can bring

Oh, half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart’s got a right mind
To tell you that I can’t keep lovin’ you, can’t keep lovin’ you
Oh, with half of my heart, with half of my heart

Your faith is strong, but I can only fall short for so long
Down the road, later on
You will hate that I never gave more to you
Than half of my heart

But I can’t stop lovin’ you, I can’t stop lovin’ you
I can’t stop lovin’ you, I can’t stop lovin’ you,
I can’t stop lovin’ you with half of my
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart

Half of my heart’s got a real good imagination
Half of my heart’s got you
Half of my heart’s got a right mind to tell you
That half of my heart won’t do

Half of my heart is a shot gun wedding
To a bride with a paper ring
And half of my heart is the part of a man
Who’s never truly loved anything

Half of my heart, oh half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart”