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Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 4 “Brief/Letter”

for this week’s MiFoC challenge I am reaching back and borrowing from a blog post from earlier this year about some romantic 1900′s letters that Mr Magpie and I rescued at a small shop on the Eastern Shore in Maryland…

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters

if you are interested in more of the story and photos of these letters written by Henry to his dear Kate you can visit my post here

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters (1)

thank you to Manuela for another fun photo challenge this week

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters (2)

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!

Magical Moonflower

 inspiration for my art journal pages began with the image of a pillow from a catalog…

Moonflower (1)

playing in an altered book with partially gessoed pages and a photograph of a Moonflower from the year we had a lovely vine growing in our garden thanks to my friend Lennie Stimpson…

Moonflower (2)it was a big thrill watching the buds quiver and shiver open with the reward of a fragrance so delicate and singular…

Moonflower

thanks to Art Journal Journey for this month’s “Flower Power” theme…I do L♥ve flowers!!! (here is my other flower entry for this month’s challenge)

T Stands for Tuesday Anniversary…

our hosts Elizabeth and Bleubeard of Altered Book Lover asked that we pick a favorite post from the last year today so I decided to repost my end of the year tea review below…

my tea (T) Tuesday posts go back as far as 2009 when I first joined in the weekly group tea blogging fun

Spring 2013 T Highlights

for the last couple of years I have done a tea year in review here and here

Summer 2013 T Highlights

so I thought on this New Year’s Eve I would revisit some of my 2013 tea highlights with you…

Autumn 2013 T Highlights

to keep today’s post from getting too long I plan to do a Traveling Tea Cup review later this week…

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 I am very grateful for your visits and the time you spend with me…

Magpie's Nest Lilac Tea (1)

each of you help make my journey very rich and interesting…

Harbor View condo (2)

thank you and Happy New Year Dear Ones as I join Elizabeth and Bleubeard today for the final T Stands for Tuesday until next year…

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

Happy T Day Anniversary~♥~thank you for being here

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…

Mikrokosmos July “Clouds” Challenge

the MiFoC photo challenge theme this first week in July is “Clouds” and I really wanted to play along so here we go on a little two day trip into Washington, DC where my husband and I played tourist for the fourth of July…

storm Arthur Clouds

these storm clouds show a bit of what Hurricane Arthur had in store for us but we were lucky and only had to deal with lots of wind and rain but no damage…

sun flag old post office

and just in time for the 4th of July when all of America celebrates with fireworks and parades the skies cleared and the hot sticky weather left us with gorgeous and comfortable weather to enjoy…

Environmental Protection Agency Wash DC

we walked all over and enjoyed some of the Independence Day parade down on Constitution Avenue …

clouds near China Town

a nice meal tasted even better al fresco at a favorite restaurant

Poste Restaurant courtyard al fresco

then it was time to walk down to The National Mall to get a spot on the grass to see the fireworks

4th of July

everyone seemed to be in great spirits and it was a melting pot of nationalities with people visiting from near and far away…

smoke clouds 2

the fabulous fireworks made special smoke clouds in the night sky…

Kimpton selfie

all we had to do was walk back to our hotel not worrying about dealing with traffic and leaving the city with the throngs of other people…

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

Doors of Old San Juan * Puerto Rico

thanks to the challenge of DOORS over at MiFoC I made time to look back at some photos we took on a trip in February of 2012

La Casita

I had wanted to share these photos with you back then…

Waffle Era Tea Room Old San Juan

for all of you who enjoy doors as much as I do…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR

I think I got carried away with my Stone Angel Sunday Freebies and ran out of steam…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (1)

because of the hilly streets of Old San Juan some of the photos look slanted…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (2)

each of these photos are for you to DOWNLOAD for FREE and use in your art if you wish…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (3)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (4)

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Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (9)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (10)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (11)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (12)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (13)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (14)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (15)

the doorway above was perfect for some art journal pages I created here

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (16)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (17)

~♥~ hope you enjoy this sampling ~♥~

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!

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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