Category Archives: Nature

Lavender honey lemonade for T…

the other day I made some delicious lavender honey lemonade (more here if you are interested in the recipe)…

Magpie's Nest Lavender Honey Lemonade for two

which really hits the spot in our hot and humid July weather…

Magpie's Nest Tansy

those yellow buttons in the little thatched cottage pitcher I rescued some time ago were Raspberry Tansy blooms gone wild flopping out and in the way where Mr Magpie would be mowing the lawn…

Magpies' Nest Lavender Honey Lemonade

years ago when I planted the Tansy underneath a young Dogwood tree there seemed like so much room…now to get the sun the Tansy reaches up and way out…

Magpie's Nest refreshing pause

they make nice dried flowers and the leaves do have a gorgeous scent of raspberry and could be brewed into a bitter healing tea although I am not a fan of bitter things…

Magpie's Nest Lemon Stack

 I do enjoy playing with my food…

Magpie's Nest Lemon Lavender Borage and Thyme Mandala

here’s wishing you a very nice T day along with everyone else over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

every flower that blooms…

another spread in my art journal for AJJ’s “Flower Power” challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower... (2)

I mixed photography with real pressed flowers (Nigella/Love in a Mist above and the daisy like flowers along the bottom are Fleabane which grow wild here in Virginia) …paint…gesso…washi tape…rubons and pencil scribbles…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower... (1)

this mystery lady’s dress (she popped up in an everyday dress on my work table) is made with two different photos of a blue Stokes Aster…the yellow buttercup is part of a sticker and her Larkspur hat is also a pressed flower from our garden…

Every flower...some supplies

always happy to use some of my washi tape collection…the stamped “grass” at the bottom was paper that I cleaned my gesso and paint brushes on…a small tube of green goauche exploded awhile ago so there was lots of that BRIGHT green paint too good to waste…

Magpie's Nest Every Flower...

~♥ flower… Blume… kwiat… fleur… blomst… fiore… flor… bloem… kukka… blomma… blàth ♥~

my other entries this month here and here

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 3 “Drink”

the challenge this week at MiFoC is “Getränk/Drink”…

I am sharing some Lavender Honey Lemonade that I made using fresh lavender from our garden with local raw honey and organic lemons…

Lavender Lemonade ingredients

a recipe from Mother Earth News here inspired me to get busy…

organic lemons local honey garden grown lavender

there is even a nice video link here of the largest lavender event in North America which happens to be this weekend…if only it weren’t on the other side of the U.S. 3000 miles/4828 Kilometers away…

Refreshing Lavender Honey Lemonade

simple ingredients that made the house smell wonderful…

it was delicious

I used some of my borage blossom ice cubes but I think I will enjoy the next glass of lavender tea served cold without ice…

Borage blossoms lemons and lavender

wish you could join me…

Homemade Lavender Lemonadefor more drink photos visit Manuela at MiFoC and you are welcome to play along too!

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

last Tuesday this June…

hello and welcome to tea on our back porch…

Bewley's T tray and Numi Chocolate Pu erh Tea

the garden is in full swing with so many lovely blooms to enjoy each and every day…

some blue in our Virginia GardenI am especially drawn to the gorgeous shades of blue…

Forget-me-Nots and Hydrangeas

it would be really difficult to pick one favorite flower…

my altered flower press in waiting

I made up a couple of sheets of pressed flowers and tissue paper recently (more about that here if you are curious) and was quite surprised to find out that the pretty pressed blue hydrangeas had turned golden tan overnight…

Pressed flowers with tissue paper and glue

I didn’t let that stop me from my idea of creating another page for my loose leaf art journal…

Entranced by the moon collage

in fact I quite liked them and cut out the center of the hydrangea ring to create a frame for the lady’s face…

art journal page and collaged paperweight

 stenciled plaster on tissue paper and some scraps of other papers along with a few words from a book page helped complete my collage page…Embroidered linen Noble Art quote

here’s wishing you a really lovely T Day along with Elizabeth and all the other tea bloggers ~♥~ so glad you stopped by

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender

today I am sharing the other tea I mentioned in my DeiTea Zip Up Zeus post last week…

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender

right on time with our hot and humid temperatures (it will feel like 100 degrees which is 37 Celsius this afternoon)…

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender (1)

fragrant and refreshing chilled no ice thank you (my son chose loose tea for me…thoughtful manchild)…

Hibiscus Lavender tea no ice please

and so pretty too…

refreshing tea

   Father’s Day and Lavender seem to go together for so many years now in our Virginia garden… it starts blooming right around mid June which means its time to begin weaving Lavender wands

Lavender wand weaving

I like to leave the wands with ribbons not secured for a bit as the stems dry and shrink which gives me a chance to tighten the ribbon before completely finishing them (you can find out more weaving details here if you are interested)

Lavender wands drying before finishing

very soothing and satisfying work…

Nature is saturated with melody...

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

Mandala Monday: Peony Petals

Flowers from our Virginia garden

after bringing some pretty pink peonies in the house I didn’t have the heart to toss out them out right away…

DSC07605 peony petals

they lasted a nice long while but then began to shatter and fall…

Peony Thyme

the petals were silky soft and oh so fragrant…

slice of Peony Mandala

so with my camera and phone camera in hand I proceeded to play out on our back porch…

Peony Mandala Closeup

with one thing leading to another…

Peony Mandala on Aluminum tray

you know how that can be (the other flowers are Nigella/Love in a Mist and a Gerbera Daisy called Watermelon…the darker petals are from a different peony in our garden)…

Peony Abalone Love

~ Happy Mandala Monday ~

Peony Plenty

these dried petals will have to do until next spring when the peonies bloom again…

 

 

Seth Apter’s 6th Annual Buried Treasure and My Mermaid Slipper

my search for Buried Treasure had me digging back to September of 2010 for my entry in Seth’s Buried Treasure event this year I came across a favorite altered shoe I created:

“pretty much everything has a story doesn’t it …

this story goes back to around 2009 …

Mr Magpie who is SO very supportive and encouraging of my creativity was exiting a major highway …

he saw this lonely shoe and made a second loop back to the exit about 3-4 miles to rescue it from the side of the road

rescued shoe before

… imagine my surprise and delight …

kind of felt like Cinderella…except I have never worn a heel like that … ever … ;)

I have altered shoes before with a couple of examples here and here … back in the day I even did dried flower arrangements in little children’s shoes …

the minute I saw this high heeled number …

I thought “mermaid slipper” 

maybe it was the cork platform heel …

Sanibel She Shells (2)

I have been most distracted lately by our collection of seashells … it led me to making mandalas the other day and finally… after all this time …Sanibel Island Shells

I got the clear chaulk out and got busy transforming my special shoe …

almost complete …

I painted the inside of the shoe after I glued on the shells … a little silly … what can I say I got excited …

Mermaid slipper (3)

Lumiere Pearl Turquoise gave a nice shimmer …

I knew it needed words …

mermaid thoughts …

what WOULD a mermaid do with a shoe anyway …

mermaid slipper (9)

in my excitement I showed Mr M the finished slipper and boy did we have a laugh … when he read the quote out loud …

speaks to the “soul

it hit us … yes … the SOLE!

mermaid slipper (14)

the shells were all collected from Florida beaches … Sanibel Island mostly … a small black shark’s tooth from our dear friend Carol’s brother Joe along with some tiny pieces of sponge …

creating my mermaid’s slipper was like taking a mini vacation …

everything melted away …

I forgot to drink water …

I forgot to … well you know …

it was perfect escape and very satisfying …

wish you could feel the weight of the shoe layered with seashells!

My Mermaid Slipper

“Come walk with me
Along the sea
Where dusk sits on the land
And search with me
For shells are free,
And treasures hide in the sand.” ~Unknown

Caldesi FL Shellbush1

sjöjungfru… sirena … zeemeermin … havfrue … syrena … sirène … Meerjungfrau”

You can visit all of the participants here

DeiTea Zip Up Zeus

today I am sharing one of the lovely teas I received from our son for Mother’s Day…

Dei Tea Zip Up Zeus

he thoughtfully selected a couple of organic loose teas for me

Dei Tea Zip Up Zeus (1)

this blend is tasty and really does add some zip to my step but not too much as I can be a cheap date when it comes to caffeine…

castle on the lake

our back porch sometimes feels like our little castle on the lake with the sound of two tinkling water fountains and birds chirping their sweet songs…

Sunshine on the back porch with a cuppa (1)

it works if you use a little imagination…

Sunshine on the back porch with a cuppa

joining again this week with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s to wish you a Happy T Day…

enjoy the little things

Mandala Monday: Yellow Roses

a sweet bouquet of Trader Joe’s roses jumped into my shopping cart the other day…

Trader Joe's Yellow Roses

they stayed fresh and pretty for a nice long while…

roses past bloom

when the petals started to fall I wasn’t quite ready to let them go…

Yellow Rose Mandala

using a favorite enamel plate turned upside down and a butter pat plate for the center I had some mandala fun…

Rumi quote

I am joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday

two blog posts in one day…oh my

 

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          ~♥~

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC)

a couple of my European blog friends got me curious about a new to me challenge called Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC) and since hardly a day goes by that I don’t take photographs I am excited to be playing along…

Garden bouquet

you can see the weekly prompts for the month of June here

Wash DC Capitol with lots of apps

Week 1 is Bunt/Colorful which immediately made me think of the garden this time of year …

Dreamy Garden Stone Face

I used my new smart phone with the Diana…Union and Pixlr Express apps layering my original photographs of roses…text and our stone faced lady for my entry above