Category Archives: Blogging

artwork from friends…

some days it is so exciting to go to the mailbox…

Christie surprised me with a wonderful textured St Patrick’s Day postcard that she created adding a real vintage Irish postage stamp…

Christie's Fab Art Postcard

and a new blog friend from Germany treated me to an assortment of her lovely creations and gifts (her generosity all started after I was admiring the tag she made here and she offered to send it to me)…

creations and gifts from Sabine Kleinmann

thank you SO much dear ♥ Christie and Sabine ♥ you made it such fun to open our mailbox filled with your good wishes and wonderful artwork!

♥ clicking on each photo will give you a closer look ♥

Hermine’s Card Project

the talented and lovely Hermine from The Netherlands asked me to participate in her rolodex card project and this gorgeous card arrived along with a blank card for me to work on…

Hermine's lovely card

Hermine is sending blank cards around the globe so she can fill the lovely box she altered with lots of different artists’ creations

my collaged card for Hermine

I had wanted to needle felt a card for her file box but thought in the end that it might be too bulky so I created a layered collage card using various bits of paper (including a tiny piece of map from San Francisco, California)…embossing with thick gesso…Inka Gold highlights…a bit of altered paper towel for the water and a piece of daisy trim for the sun from a friend

Hermine's photo of my card

it was great fun to make and here is how the card looks in it’s new home with Hermine

an early Valentine…

part of a class assignment in Misty Mawn’s FULL CIRCLE Workshop was to create a “day in the life” photo collage and poem…

Pin cushion I made for my Mom

photos are something I enjoy taking each and every day but releasing words and emotions can be a bit more challenging…

Snowheart

on an icy day recently I snapped lots of photos using my favorite Pixlr along with Misty’s generous class instructions to make a collage/mosaic…

Lady Love

the heart in the center below was created out on our back porch in January when our weather went from very cold to much much warmer in an instant steaming up a mirror…

Happy Birthday in Heaven Sweet Alexander

 I lit a candle and wrote a little Love note to our son Alex

Heart for U

wishing you and yours a lovely Valentine’s Day and may each and every day be filled with L♥ve Sweet L♥ve…

“chipped and broken 
this heart anchors me in ice

warmed by L♥ve
my frozen fears turn into dust

to shine and glow 
…still…”  

~Patty Szymkowicz

*please send healing prayers and get well wishes to a most beloved artist and blog friend Dorthe Hansen*

sweet tea…

fresh flowers are most welcome any time of year in my opinion and I find that in mid winter the delicate fragrance of hyacinth blooms and the elegant beauty of tulips are especially sweet…

Hyacinth and Tulips

the little child’s tea pot lost its lid long ago and the precious espresso pin cushion was created by my friend Nathalie

mini teapot and Nathalie's pin cushion cup

I am joining in with Elizabeth and Bleubeard again this week and wishing you lots of sweet moments

Christie's Beautiful Valentine Postcard

speaking of sweet look at the wonderful mixed media gelli print postcard that just arrived in my mailbox (THANK YOU so much dear Christie♥)…

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch...

“Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.” ~Chinese Proverb

twas the season…

come and gone so quickly it seems to me…

handmade cards…tags…tip ins and hangings and gifts oh my…

happy-happy-mail-adjusted

with many thanks to so many sweet friends that sent me some really lovely surprises around the holidays…

collage…sorry about the technical difficulties with the lighting on Linda Kunsman’s creations above :(  my photos can hardly do all of these creations justice…I borrowed Mapy’s photos here)…

Fran Podlesney's altered bottle

two local friends created some wonderful altered pieces with such lovely details…

Linda Yeatman's altered salt shaker

you can click twice on any of the photos for a closer look and also find many of the names on my sidebar to your right under *Eye Candy and Inspiration* (although a fair number of my talented friends do not have blogs)Radicchio Bouqet Patty Szymkowicz

I am very grateful for special connections with creative and thoughtful friends all around the globe…

Radicchio Bouquet in a tea cup

sharing my radicchio in a tea cup with you while joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T and wishing you a happy last Tuesday of January ...

Light tea…

the sun in winter shines differently casting another kind of light and shadow on things…

Heart rocks and card from Mr Magpie

for a time in the afternoon it can act like a spotlight on dust so I try and enjoy when the light shines in a more favorable fashion…

Winter sun sparkling on glass knob

like just before the sun sets and how it illuminates the glass crystal knob on a bird house on our windowsill sending a burst of light rays all around it…

winter sunshine kitchen window

we get bright afternoon sun on the front of our house that streams in the kitchen window…

three legged cup and Siberian Irises

I am enjoying some homemade Yogi tea in a pretty blue three legged pottery mug that we picked up in Baltimore at The Women’s Industrial Exchange which has a rich history dating back to 1880…

chasethelightsprichwort (1) cynnie in germany

 joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard today for T and wishing you a lovely day with thanks to Cynnie for letting me share this great quote which goes perfectly with my word AND hers for this year :)

where the Light is…

turns out this is not the first time that John Mayer’s “Gravity” lyrics have inspired some of my art journal pages…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is

I have liked capitalizing the “L” in Love and in Light all rules aside for some time now…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (1)

here are some of the ingredients that I used to create my pages (the Heidi Swapp Color SHINE sprays are wonderful with their metallic shimmer!!!)…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (2)my Tim Holtz star stencil came in handy…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (3)along with some great pencils and pens…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (4)cigar box papers…an image from a gift catalog with a piece of golden paper doily halo and some gouache touches too…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (5)

I like that the lines in my spiral notebook show through a bit as I worked on the bare pages not using gesso first as I sometimes do…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (6)joining with Art Journal Journey (AJJ) this month for their SILENCE/STILLE theme

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (7)thank you again dear Estivalia for helping make my photos clickable = you ROCK!!!

and special thanks to Misty Mawn for offering another online class which I just signed up for (she is SO generous…talented and amazing!!!) …

this quote is one she shared and I could not help but enjoy how it clicked with my LIGHT word of the year…

“…as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson

Light…

not being one to make New Year’s resolutions per se I rather like the idea which seems to be growing in popularity to pick one word for the year…

I like words…

here are a few of mine from years gone by…

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Balance

2012 balance-rock-altered

Authentic

2011 Authentic (1)

and this year I chose LIGHT

2014 Pattys Word for  LIGHT

I added the word LIGHT to one of my painted book background’s using Pixlr Express

 Merry and Light

Light(ness) of being…

Light at the end of the tunnel…

Light load…

Light years…

Light and breezy…

let there be Light

I could go on…

“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”   ~Michael Strassfeld

speaking of special Light

once again I must thank my brilliant and generous blog friend Estivalia of “365 Drawings Project” for solving a problem that has vexed me for some months now…

without me changing anything WordPress no longer allowed photos to be clicked for a closer view and for the life of me I could not figure out what to do to get it working again…

Estivalia offered to help me out and in her concise and amazing fashion (with visuals no less!) she made it clear and easy as to what I could try to fix the problem AND it worked like a charm…

Thank you so very much dear Estivalia for coming to my rescue again and again…

You are amazing and are such a beautiful Light ♥

~* Peace … L♥ve and Light to all *~

Paper Bag T …

it is always fun when I go looking for one thing and find other surprises along the way…

Just Because Gift Bag

these small paper bags were pieces I had started awhile ago…

Paper Bag gift bags

recycled paper bags, bits of fabric, lace, thread, paper, mica, tea cup image from The Graphics Fairy

all they needed were a few finishing touches along with sewing down the sides and adding handles for hanging so they would be ready to tuck in a card or surprise…

Oaten Biscuit Tea

sitting out on our back porch enjoying a cup of tea with some yummy (not too sweet) Oaten biscuits we brought home from Scotland

Fairy Garden Mother Mary

here’s wishing you a Happy T on Tuesday with lots of little things to delight you again and again…

just noticed this is my 1,700th blog post = oh my!

Index Card Fun…

there has been a buzz in blogland lately over ICADs which stands for Index Card A Day

the recipe card size of 3 x 5 inches does speak to me as I find it is a great way to use some of what is handy on my art table working quickly not thinking too much…

here are a handful of links from friends with some of their recent and inspiring ICADs:

Linda of Linda Jo’s Obsessions

Christie’s Flickr

Dawn of Girl Unwinding

Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover

some years ago we called the 3×5 format “Skinny’s …

I got hooked playing with ICADs again a couple of summers ago and almost filled an old metal recipe box with new cards I created…

Recipe Box of Index Cards

some were sent out as RAKs as I find they make nice little “note cards” or tuckins…

some of my collaged Index Cards

I have not gotten back into making one a day but I did get to play the other day and make a couple…Organic Index Card

the card above used one of my ready to go backgrounds with a bit of security envelope torn at the bottom, a piece from a journal page that I created and copied and printed out … the “Organic” sticker is from some yummy British Lemonade…

Mermaids Tailthe mermaid tail was stamped on some scratch paper that had been on my desktop for quite some time…

Mermaids Tail (1)

I used several ink sprays and misted each layer with water to make the background run and blend and bead up…the words “from the deep” are glued onto broken pieces of a wooden coffee stirrer…

my cards are straight rectangles…it might be time for me to start using a tripod for my photos :)

♥ many thanks to so many of you for inspiring me again and again in special ways that you may not even be aware of ♥

Let’s Meet at Betty’s …

it was my great delight while traveling in the UK to meet up with three different blog friends…

Historic York Signs

imagine my excitement two weeks into our tour to be having tea with the lovely Dawn and her husband who traveled to meet Mr Magpie and I in the historic town of York

York, UK Roman Column

we had arranged to meet at the very British and delicious Betty’s without using cell phones as we left ours back in the US and had set up our meeting beforehand by email…

Betty's York UK

an elegant and comfortable tea spot known for their handmade preservative free chocolates and other delectable treats (great idea Dawn and your gifts were SO beautiful and generous!!!)

Barnitts York UK

we did have the traveling tea cup along and Dawn looks extra cute holding it…

DSC04637 Dawn-at Bettys

but our visit seemed to go by so quickly chatting and enjoying delicious treats…

Closing time York UK

there was more to say and share and if only we’d taken more photos… 

York Minster Cathedral York UKso very grateful for so many special connections thanks to blogging and the internet…

York open t shop

joining with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for tea today…

The Traveling Tea Cup…

“Instructions for living a life:  Pay attention.  Be astonished.  Tell about it.” ~Mary Oliver

Magpies Nest Traveling T Cup (2) 

I will miss you all while I am taking a break and will look forward to visiting with you again later this month…

Magpies Nest Traveling T Cup

also want to share a wonderful “Cuppa With Friends Project” that the lovely and talented Tracey Fletcher King is having here (there is a clickable Cuppa With Friends link on my sidebar)

joining Elizabeth for T on Tuesday

Needle Felting Love…

normally I am fairly low tech but after my friend Susan and I got together to try our hands at some wet felting (which was great hands on funI also had the opportunity to use her Embellishing machine

Nuno Wet Felting

I tried to tell myself I could live without one as I do enjoy needle felting by hand but it kept creeping back into my mind (you can see some of my hand felted work here)…

Beginning Machine Felting

imagine no thread…no bobbin…just twelve barbed needles that mesh fabrics and fibers together magically (oh the possibilities!) and oddly enough I feel safer with the machine than I do when I am hand felting as there are many opportunities to stick yourself if you’re not careful (focus…focus…focus)…

4x4 felted bookcover

you can visit the talented Jane LaFazio for a wonderful needle felting tutorial here (you’ll note by the date that she’s been there and done that three years ago ;) )…

Embroidered Book Cover

the machine needle felting is a wonderful beginning for adding additional hand felted touches along with embroidery which brings me to share some exciting news with you about a new challenge blog sweet friends Theresa and Jan have started called needle thread cloth

Machine Felted Prayer Flag

this month’s focus happens to be one of my all time favorite stitches the French knot

Wool Felted Prayer Flagbe sure and stop by as all are welcome to join along…

Heidi Swapp Color Shine

meanwhile some new shimmery paints jumped into my shopping basket recently and I do not know what to play with first * paper * fibers * paint * scissors * glue * …

Needle Felting Works in Progress

lots of works in progress here…

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  ~Ferris Bueller