Category Archives: bees

Protect the soul of the universe…

each of us  in our day to day lives have the power to make a difference to help protect our fragile world even though some days it may feel very small…

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe (2)

thinking about the plight of the honeybee all around the globe inspired two more art journal pages in my gesso journal for this month’s AJJ “living beings” challenge

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe (1)

(gesso… star tissue paper… peeled map napkin… paint… computer generated words… bee and rubber stamp images)

Magpie's Nest Protect the soul of the universe

“The soul of the soul of the universe is love.” -Rumi

fabric fusion paper…

 in addition to special and inspiring friends on line I am grateful  to be able to spend time with local artists and friends who are extremely generous and talented too…

Magpie's Nest English Mug

I am part of a Mixed Media Collaborative group that meets twice monthly…

Magpie's Nest English Cottage Mug

recently I enjoyed revisiting a paper on fabric fusion technique that I first learned from the talented Beryl Taylor here

Magpie's Nest Fusion Fabric Paper supplies

 assorted thin papers with various color ways in mind (those pretty napkins and tissues you’ve been saving work beautifully) …

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion PaperI arranged pieces on cotton fabric brushing with a glue and water mix and ending with a thin layer of tissue on the top adding diluted paints too to some pieces…Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper backs

on the pink piece above the foundation “fabric” is a used dryer sheet and it worked nicely (underneath it you can see some of the  fabric backs of my other pieces)…

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper (2)

it takes about 24 hours to completely dry…

Magpie's Nest Fabric Fusion Paper (1)after peeling it off the freezer paper I iron the back  to help flatten the pieces if needed…

Magpie's Nest C.S. Lewis Courage quote

for some ideas of what to do with your fabric and lots more great info you can visit here

Magpie's Nest August blooms

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s ~~

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 2 “Im Garten”

“Im garten” is the challenge theme over at MiFoC this week and in the garden is always one of my favorite places to be…

Parasol Reflection

  Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a most beautiful and magical place just outside of Washington, DC…

Lots of Loti

this is the second year we have been lucky enough to enjoy the blooms there…

Lotus and sideway Bud

it is not hard to snap hundreds of photos of the Loti (plural for Lotus)…

Lovely Loti

we were sharing a camera so we lost track of who took which photos exactly which really does not matter since we are a team…

Dragonflies and bees

there is wildlife to enjoy there and the dragonflies do a great job of controlling mosquitoes around all that water…

Great Blue Heron and turtle

this handsome blue heron had cameras clicking as he was casually fishing for his lunch…

DSC09051 waterlily damsel fly

there were lots of photographers with really fancy cameras and super duper lenses…

Waterlilies

the pretty water lilies are very nice but the Lotus are what really speak to me…

Blue Sky Lotus Day

the park is free to the public…

perfect lotus

we hope to return again…

Heart lotus leafjust because these water gardens are such a special place…

storm damageeven with a bit of damage from a recent storm there was still so much beauty everywhere you turned…

inverted lotus

I will stop now ending with a lotus photo that I took using my iphone altering it with several different apps…

strawberries and cream…

organic strawberry goodnesssliced organic strawberries left to sit for awhile with a little superfine sugar to help draw the juices…

slicing strawberries

and a chance to use one of the lovely bee’s wraps that we picked up in California back in April as a cover for the bowl…

bee's wrap

it works like a charm…

Strawberries and Cream Hydrangeawith thanks to our local Trader Joe’s for helping create a theme of sorts by tempting me with this beautiful lace cap Strawberries and Cream Hydrangea (I liked it even before I saw the name!)

angel food cake strawberries and creme yogurt topping

our version of strawberry shortcake involves strawberries piled on top of torn pieces of angel food cake with a dollop of our favorite creme top plain yogurt as a finish

Hydrangea with apps

here’s wishing you a lovely T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard

Art Journal Journey * June House Challenge

still inspired by the AJJ “Houses” challenge which keeps making me think of homesupplies for Love never loses its way home

this first piece for my newest loose page art journal was inspired by  an Indian woodblock stamp that I decided to sketch and color…

African Proverb

there is an African proverb that says: Love never loses it’s way home

Bee skep and plaster

for the reverse side of this page I created a bee skep collage on torn text…plaster paper…Italian paper at the bottom

Be at home and some stamping along with computer generated words…

Home means different things

my gelli print bird on a Dylusion spray ink background with plaster paper accents was fun to create with a pop of color…

a fine house

the perfect “house” for a bird is a collage I created on the reverse side of my brightly colored gelli print card with lots of layers of gesso…paint and some rubber stamping…

art journal pages with coverthe pages for my little art journal are coming together nicely with some other pages here and here

a guest house…

this piece was actually my first for this month’s Art Journal Journey ‘House’ theme but I held it back (I shared my ‘house of dreams’ here)…

this being human is a guest house (2)

it took me out of my comfort zone a bit sketching and painting after watching some Mindy Lacefield videos…

this being human is a guest house (1)

 I played like I was a kid again and when my open eyed girl wouldn’t cooperate I let her close her eyes for a rest…

this being human is a guest house

I was most excited to find this perfect poem when looking for some words to balance my journal page…

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.      ~Rumi

Loose journal pages with Heart Cover

the Rumi quote is so beautiful it inspired me to create a spread (two pages) in one of my altered Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedias (I have several art journals underway)…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (1)

collage has always been near and dear to my heart…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (2)

playing with images and bits of paper…scissors and glue with touches of paint and plaster too…

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages (3)

as a finishing touch for my pages I added some vines from my flower press

Rumi inspired A guest house art journal pages

the vines are actually naughty weeds that are having way too much fun frolicking in our garden          ~♥~

“…dusted with spices…”

Skylight on porch

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” -Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

3 Tiger Swallowtails and a Bumblebee

 a bumble bee and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies frolicking in the sunshine on Tall Garden Phlox…

Time for a good book

joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard again this week for T stands for Tuesday and wishing you a great day…

“Come with me,’ Mom says.
To the library. 
Books and summertime
go together.”  -Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

Wet July Mandala Monday…

Hello and Happy July Dear Ones…

Edinburgh Flags

it is lovely to be able to connect with you all again and I look forward to getting around to visiting everyone…

Anytime is Playtime Great Britain

we had a wonderful whirlwind of precious moments while traveling in Britain and Ireland…

Killarney Ireland

much of me still drifts back to the amazing sights and experiences…

York British Rubber Duckies

we have SO many photos still to go through which is another adventure all in itself…

1 July Blue Sunshine Mandala (2)

thought I would dip my toes back in blogland by joining in with Dawn’s Mandala Monday this morning…

1 July Blue Sunshine Mandala

our Lavender is raging since I was away and the rains have prevented me from picking any upon our return…

1 July Blue Sunshine Mandala (1)it is lovely to walk out our front door when the sun is shining as the beautiful scent of Lavender wafts all around you…

York Crest over Nerro Coffee shop

it makes the bees very very happy too…

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”  ~Allen Ginsberg

May Day … May Day

here’s wishing you a Happy Tea on Tuesday this first day of May…

inspired by Mother Nature and Dawn of Girl Unwinding with her beautiful Mandala Monday’s

I picked some greenery and blooms (clematis, evening primrose, buttercups and dandelions) with my cup of Earl Grey as a centerpiece to celebrate May Day…

our garden has been atwitter with activity and birdsong…

Jenny and Harvey Wren are feeding little ones in a nest cleverly tucked away in a large flower pot (you can click the pic above to see what the wrens are having for tea)…

we have young Mourning Doves too that are so peaceful…

they freeze like little statues thinking we can not see them…

it is a delight to see the bees buzzing and hear the birds singing on this beautiful day further from winter heading closer to summer here in the Northern Hemisphere…

something odd has been going on in our garden too…

Robins behaving badly …

VERY badly

(do not feel sorry for this Robin the other leg is tucked out of sight)…

they have been relentlessly launching themselves into the glass of our back porch door

and having a poop-o-rama while they are at it…

(untouched photo with a Pixlr frame taken with Mr Magpie’s big camera lens looking over a bridge into a creek)

leaving us shaking our heads wondering when this madness will end...

shame as I always looked forward to the arrival of the Robins in Spring…

“Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.” ~William Hazlitt

before you go…

there are two wonderful giveaways that you will not want to miss

here and here … blogland is such a generous place


Alicia’s Tallest Handmade Book in the World Project

today I am sharing something I made month’s ago…

what with one thing and another going on here I have not made much art recently…

as some of you surely know already the talented, imaginative and inspiring Alicia has a really exciting and wonderful project going on…

the  pages I created ended up with lots of layers because they kept changing over the months while sitting on my art table…

photographing the gold and blue tissue was a little tricky…

it all began with the Gustav Klimt tissue on the inside…

do they REALLY expect anyone to blow their nose on Der Kuss…

the open pages measure 8 x 6″ (20.32 x 15.24 cm)…

  I decided to tear a peek a boo hole in the front and add the green netting…

I thought the quote speaks beautifully to how Alicia carries herself and works to turn her dreams into reality…

“Life is full of beauty.  Notice it.   Notice the bumble bee the small child and the smiling faces.  Smell the rain and feel the wind.  Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith

as the April deadline to submit pages for Alicia’s book approaches I am hoping to put some final touches on my second submission for the book and get it in the mail very soon … you still have time to play along for a very good cause!

many thanks for all of your recent good wishes…

reading each comment is a gift that I appreciate so very much! OXO

footnote: thanks to Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover for getting me to dig deeper over at Alicia’s bbb…here is an update with her 27 April deadline information…not too late to join in!

Medieval Thymes

back from our wonderful trip to Puerto Rico…

it will take some time to sift through the oodles of photos we took…

I will have some beautiful stone angels to share with you on Sunday from the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in Old San Juan…

today I wanted to share a project that went in the mail just before we left on our trip…

the Queen Bee five are having a zine swap…

“zine” comes from the word maga’zine’ and is pronounced the same way…

you can find out a little more about zines here if you like…

each of us chose our own theme and created the shell of our zine…

I was inspired by some Lebkuchen packaging  that fit nicely with my medieval theme…

I chose torn canvas for my pages after seeing Susan Godby’s beautiful canvas book for a local round robin…

I found out that paint and water shrunk the canvas pages a bit giving them some character…

burned velvet for the cover of my almost postcard sized pages

with an image stamped into a leather looking foam sheet and my book has already arrived in New Zealand…

it will be fun to see everyone’s creativity as our zines make their way around the world…

I am also looking forward to catching up with each of you dear ones

Heart Journal 2012 … a new challenge blog

there is a brilliant new monthly challenge with some fabulous inspiration from the talented Thealie and Lilibule that you will not want to miss here

*footnote: as the Heart Journal Challenge is a French blog you can click on the Google Translation feature at the top of their blog*

I have always had a fondness for hearts so this challenge really speaks to me…

the January challenge calls for using some masking tape and wire in your heart…

I chose wire mesh …

it’s been some time now since I’ve participated in a challenge…

I started by tearing pieces of masking tape and sticking them onto the heart…

with lots of layers of paint…

copper mesh tears like fabric and when heated with a heat tool it gets a nice patina to it…

the tag is cut from a piece of cardstock that I played with some time ago using a doily and thick gesso and more sloshes of paint as my friend Margaret likes to say…

I may want to do more finishing on the backs of my hearts…but for now I am happy to have made something…

to find out the particulars of the January challenge you can visit here

“In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.” ~Antonio Porchia

where did the time go…

the last two months of 2011 really slipped away from me…

as I am now finally feeling much much better I didn’t want to miss the chance to share a lovely Queen Bee 5 holiday swap with you…

here are the special handmade creations that I received from around the globe…

Linda’s bee skep shaker…

Margaret’s altered matchbox…

Nathalie’s china doll leg pin cushion…

and Carole’s  snowman…

each one a real delight…

below are the wool and lavender hanging sachets I made…

luckily I got these finished and in the mail early …

magpiesnestqb5ornieswap

each white wool bird ‘feather’ was cut out and stitched on one by one…

I enjoy making the wire and bead bird nests so much that I am always happy when I think of a new way to use them…

magpiesnestqb5ornieswap-1

one of the things I did get to do this holiday season was bleach and dye bottle brush trees …

so while I had my jar of dye handy I threw in some silk ribbon and odds and ends of white linen and doilies…

magpiesnestwrappedornies

thanks to generous Leiann Quesnel and Fran Podlesney in our local altered arts group for sharing their die cut machines and to Susan Godby and all the gals for their inspiration and support…

I baked my first batch of cookies yesterday…

in a ‘normal’ Christmas season I would have baked many different kinds…

sometimes things don’t turn out quite like we plan…

“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu