Category Archives: Quote

…the faintest scent of a cactus flower

these pages in my gesso art journal were inspired by part of a Jerry Spinelli  quote…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages

then a copy of one of my collages from some years ago popped up to use as a focal point…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages (1)

with the chance to use more of my pressed flowers as embellishment pretending they are ‘cactus blooms’ with the Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge in mind…

Magpie's Nest Cactus Flower Art Journal Pages (2)

“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.” ―Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Mix it Monthly: June “Home” Challenge

this month’s Mix it Monthly challenge is “Home” with inspiration from the color palette below…

Conny's June Home Color Inspiration Unbenannt-2

I almost ran out of time to play along in this super challenge…

Collage background steps

so I got busy using scrap papers for another loose page for my newest art journal…

Collage background steps (1)

a bit of paint and gesso…

plain dress colored with chalks

some wings for this young lady who was hiding on my work table…

plain dress colored with chalks (1)

and some touches of chalk to color her dress and cheeks

some fly away art supplies

I had to really concentrate in order to snap a few photos along the way…

Fly away

I am also entering this in the Art Journal Journey “Houses” challenge this month (great minds coming up with close to the same challenge theme!)…

Fly away Home

“I feel my boots 
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard, I want to think again 
of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.” ~Mary Oliver

art journal pages

 

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

MiFoC Doors and AJJ Houses

this week’s challenge theme of Doors over at Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC)  got me very excited…

Haight Asbury San Francisco

 snapping photos of doors is something I often do…

UK 2013 door sampler

I am drawn to doors…

Weathered Doors

weathered doors…

Fells Point Charm city Police Station 2012

garden doors…

Dumbarton Oaks pool door

so many inviting doors…

Dumbarton Oaks Orangerie

 each with a story to tell…

Doc Holiday's  Glenwood Springs CO

it just so happened that a door image popped up on my art table and  got me creating another piece for the Art Journal Journey (AJJ) June Houses challenge…

Welcome Home

 before I knew it it had sprouted wings…

Welcome Home Door

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” ~John Barrymore

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

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 ~♥~

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

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          ~♥~

house of dreams…

Full Circle Art Journal

Art Journal Journey’s June challenge theme isHouses/ Häuser” so I got busy in my Full Circle art journal working on a page that had a green flower and some vintage paper lace glued in place…

Paper Whimsy girl

I cut the PaperWhimsy girl‘s hands to drape over her castle and added some Dresden wings and a tiny crown…

house of dreams

paint…gesso…pencil scribbles with some scraps of favorite golden tissue and plastered book text helped finish my pages…

House of dreams journal pages

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”  ~Unknown

what’s a girl to do…

Rain storm Foxgloves

a recent storm snapped off three of our beautiful Foxglove stems so I just had to make a mandala…

Foxglove and Gerbera Daisy Mandala

the center flower is part of a pretty Gerbera Daisy called “Watermelon” that had seen better days after being in a bouquet and floated in one of our bird baths for awhile…

Foxgloves with phone apps

Dawn of Girl Unwinding is the Mandala Queen here

“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

AJJ * Direction of my He♥rt …

still having fun with the Art Journal Journey Circles theme this month and this is my fifth offering for the challenge (at last count there were over 130 entries!!!)...

back cover Before

I am making journal covers and taking a little different approach to my art journaling with plans to work on individual pages that can eventually be bound together…above is a “before” of the back cover to give you an idea of what the piece I am sharing today looked like to start with…

paper embellishments

I added some additional scraps of paper that were handy on my art table…

some supplies used

paint and gesso…stamping inks and a few rubons along with a cutout paper he♥rt that was waiting to be discovered…

rubons and details

next I will do the back cover that I showed you at the top of this post and start some journal pages…

Direction of my Heart journal cover

“If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.” ~Anonymous

what’s up buttercup…

Mourning Dove on our garden gatebefore Mr Magpie mowed our lawn the other day I picked a handful of buttercups (Wild Buttercups (Ranunculus acris)

Wild Buttercups (1)

they are a common wildflower that I look forward to every spring and one of the bonuses of not using chemicals on our lawn…

Wild Buttercups

as a child whenever I came across buttercups growing in the grass I would stop and pick one to hold under my chin or a friend’s chin and we would ask each other if we liked butter…

Buttercup goodness

and if you had a golden glow under your chin it meant you did…

buttercups iphone and pixlr filterswas there anyone that didn’t like butter I wonder :)

Buttercup cottage

the bird tea cup is from an everyday set of German dishes my parents used  when I was growing up…

Mom and Dad's Winterling German China

that particular cup had been glued by my father many years ago in a time when you didn’t throw broken things away and replace them with new…

buttercup petals

 joining the other bloggers at Elizabeth and Bleubeard to wish you a very Happy T Day…

faded buttercups auto correct