Category Archives: Nature

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…

Magpie's Nest some painting steps

I had my doubts about trying to draw even a few simple trees along with slooshing 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…

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

 

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

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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

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

MiFoC August {Week 2: Summer}

summer makes me think of sunshine and flowers …

Anthropologie window Mosaic center

bare feet … watermelon and refreshing drinks …

shadow summer Q A Lace

chirping birds and the smell of honeysuckle …

Magpie's Nest Sparrows

come join the Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge for more summer photos…

Magpie's Nest Balloon flower

avocado t…

Magpie's Nest Avocado TMr Magpie and I enjoy eating avocados plain or fancy…

Magpie's Nest Avocado goodness

since last year I have been saving the skins and pits in the freezer with intentions of dyeing fabric and laces and such (I did paint some dye on papers too but I am getting ahead of myself)…

Magpie's Nest Avocado bits

 I tried a couple of different ways of making a dye bath with the avocados…

Magpie's Nest Avocado potthe first way was to plop a bunch of skins and pits into an 8 quart soup pot covering with water simmering for about an hour or so (thanks to Judy Bidwell for sharing this helpful link with me)…

I would definitely cut up the skins and pits for this method next time … I got excited (can you see my sunshine cup reflected in the pot?) …

Magpie's Nest before and after handstitched pillow case

with help and encouragement from several friends (thank you Kim Gibson) I also tried a second method fermenting cut up skins and pits in ammonia and water for about a week (no picture of the jar with the mixture brewing and my photo above did not capture the delicate rose color  of the “after” pillow case pieces very well)…

Magpie's Nest Avocado Dye linens

as with all kinds of eco dyeing the process is full of surprises because of all the variables…

Magpie's Nest Rubber Stamps

using an assortment of text rubber stamps with a foam mat underneath

Magpie's Nest dyed fabric for stamping

I stamped on some of the plain dyed fabrics…

Magpie's Nest Avocado dyed stamped fabrics

which created some fun pieces all inspired by a lovely swatch of text stamped avocado dyed fabric that my friend Jan DeBellis shared with me last year…

Magpie's Nest iphone apps

~♥~ wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s ~♥~

 

 

El corazón …

excited about Art Journal Journey’s August “Frida Kahlo” challenge theme…

Frida has inspired my artwork in the past working with beeswax… wood… metal… etching… moo’s… atc’s… altered books and more…

Magpie's Nest Frida artwork sampler

this time I opted to concentrate on Frida’s moody blue side rather than her extra colorful persona…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón

sticking pins in the heart that I added a little cotton to for dimension (the heart is poofed up about 1/4 inch from the surface)…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (1)

the background is a dictionary page I had handy where I had played with a burst stencil… paint and plaster…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (2)

pieces of lace from my Mutti’s sewing supplies and some white roses finished this loose page for my art journal…

Rosemary for Remembrance…

on this last day of the Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge I have two more pages that I did in one of my little magazine and gesso art journals (more about that here … the photo below shows how the pages looked before I collaged on them and the photo on the right shows pages I made for the AJJ June challenge)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Magazine book pages

a random torn page from a plant catalog and the veiled lady from a catalog sparked this remembrance spread…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance

 some pressed Nigella (also known as Love in a mist or Devil in a bush) from my garden helped complete my pages…the halo behind the lady’s head was a silk flower petal I found on the ground…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance (2)

the flowers on the right page are one of my favorite blue summer wildflowers … Chicory (which does not like being pressed or cut for bouquets I found…it also closes in the afternoon sun)…

Patty Szymkowicz AJJ July 2014

here is a sample of my AJJ entries for July … flowers are something I always enjoy and they do enter into my artwork quite a bit … 

flowers on her mind…

Magpie's Nest Open Art Journals

two more pages in my larger sized altered encyclopedia (top left) for AJJ’s Flower Power challenge which makes entry #8 for me this month (my other entries over at AJJ are #47, 72, 83, 108, 113, 124, 133)…

scraped paint pgs

I had scraped paint on the pages a long time ago with no idea what they would be used for…

gesso pgs

 some white gesso helped tone them down and I was ready to go…

Magpie's Nest Flowers on her mind

a sparkler rubber stamp came in handy to add a little detail to both pages…

Magpie's Nest Flowers on her mind (1)

I like the pressed Tansy leaves more than my molding paste stenciled leaves but I wanted to try out my new Tim Holtz vine stencil…

Magpie's Nest flowers on her mind 2

paint…gesso…molding paste…stencil…plastic sushi grass…peeled napkin…pressed flowers…rubber stamp…flowers from magazines and a Mona Maris image…

~♥ Happy end of July dear ones ♥~

Art Journal T…

Magpie's Nest Art Journal in progress  for T Stands for Tuesday today I am sharing some pages I created with the Art Journal Journey’s July “Flower Power” challenge in mind (this makes my 7th entry for the July challenge…I do L♥ve flowers!)…

Magpie's Nest refreshing cup of water

over the past couple of months I have been playing a little in all of these journals including my loose page art journal below (that’s water in my cup which is always a favorite refreshing drink of mine)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso and loose page art journals

a lovely vintage German flower print (one of several beauties) from my friend Carmen was perfect for a spread in my little Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Encyclopedia that I began working in several years ago (book with green cover above)

Magpie's Nest Bloom (2)

old German book text…various papers…paint…gesso and washi tape along with a solitary flower I picked up from the sidewalk…

Magpie's Nest Bloom (1)

I also came upon this quote about this pretty flower…

Magpie's Nest Bloom (3)

“…Silene, who declines
The garish noontide’s blazing light;
But when the evening crescent shines,
Gives all her sweetness to the night….”
~Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806), “The Horologe of the Fields”

wishing you a happy T day full of things that you enjoy

Daisy * Daisy

since I was a girl I have been dotting the i’s in my first name (Patrizia) with doodled daisies…

Magpie's Nest Daisies Art Journal Pages

with this month’s Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge I took the time to look up the symbolism of daisies which inspired two more art journal pages (my sixth entry in the July challenge=oh my!)…

Magpie's Nest Daisies Art Journal Pages (1)

quite interesting to learn just how long daisies have been around and how artwork like ceramics actually helped piece together that bit of history…

Magpie's Nest Daisies Art Journal Pages (2)

paint and bits of paper… pressed wild daisies and some ferny foliage with a favorite new free font for printed text called My Underwood