Traveling Tea Cup Snow Days…

almost 7 inchesMarch came in like a lion yesterday here in Northern Virginia dumping a nice bit of ice and snow on us closing schools and businesses…

3 March 2014 Snowour traveling tea cup did not have to travel far to enjoy some lovely white stuff…

Traveling Tea Cup of Snow

full of anticipation I placed the tea cup and saucer on top of a barrel planter just off the back porch…

snowglobe in back garden

baking some mixed berry scones was a nice way to warm up the house and feel cozy along with sipping some delicious French press coffee (we traded in our electric drip coffee maker for the French press last year and like it a lot)…

Mixed Berry Scones and French Press Coffee

joining with Elizabeth and Bleubeard this Fat Tuesday and wishing you a happy and cozy day…

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part Three

Full Circle Journal 3

still playing with my gessoed book pages

Full Circle Journal 3 (1)

looking at them here I can see where I might add a few extra touches which is not exactly following the class assignment of working quickly without too much thinking (see the leaves below that could use a touch of green)…

Full Circle Journal 3 (2)

scraps of vintage wallpaper went into a couple of these spreads…

Full Circle Journal 3 (3)Golden’s Iridescent Gold paint is very nice for adding a bit of shimmer and interest…

Full Circle Journal 3 (4)catalog and magazine images make nice focal points…

Full Circle Journal 3 (5)

still lots of pages in my little book in various stages waiting for attention…

Journal pages in process

midway through the course instruction there is so much to enjoy and learn in Misty Mawn’s Full Circle Online Workshop where classes will remain open to all participants until June of 2015…

winter daze…

after having a couple of days of spring like temperatures we are back to business as usual here in Northern Virginia…

February Window

 our green bay window is always a nice respite from the gray and brown of winter with sunshine filtering in through German lace curtains…

Tillandsia Feb Bloom

and I got an extra thrill when I discovered the Tillandsia was blooming again this year…

Sedum Rose

a good number of these plants belonged to our youngest son as they did not fit in his car when he packed up and moved to Colorado a couple of summers ago…

fancy Begonia Limoges sugar bowl

in a few months when it warms up enough the plants will enjoy their place on our shady back porch where they seem to flourish in our humid and warm temperatures…

Lady with Aloe Vera Hair

joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard as snowflakes are gently falling (we are expecting a dusting today and tomorrow)…

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part 2

still working on some gessoed book pages not thinking too much just using what is close by…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages

vintage sheet music…citra solv paper…paint…paper doily…Russian dictionary page and found poetry on the page…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (1)

walnut ink…a border made out of my hand carved arch rubber stamp and my painted lady…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (2)

clip art courtesy of Misty Mawn…piece of washi tape from a special friend…bingo paper and one of my painted faces…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (3)

Inka gold…paint…hole reinforcers…assorted papers and clipart…

Gesso Full Circle Journal pages (4)

paint…assorted papers including a piece of map and slice of moon from a catalog…

*thank you all so very much for your lovely birthday wishes for Mr Magpie…your kindness and thoughtfulness certainly are appreciated*

Happy Birthday to my Mr Magpie…

Feb 2014 Ocean City MD

celebrating the wonderful man in my life especially today…

my inspiration my Love

sweet surprises tea…

my dear and talented friend Marilla (we met back in the 70′s when we were just babes working in Washington DC) surprised me with the most gorgeous pair of silky soft hand knit socks using superwash merino wool and nylon that she dyed in a colorway inspired by some bluebell photos I shared here last spring…

Judy Post Pin Cushion Marilla Knit Socks

that cute wool snowman pin cushion is a treasured piece my friend Judy Post made for me many years ago…

Moonlight and Laughter by Marilla

I have never had a “real” pair of gorgeous hand knit wool socks like these ever before…such a special special gift … Marilla not only knits beautifully she also spins and dyes yarns that she sells in her Moonlight and Laughter Etsy shop...

Fager's Is Lighthouse Harry Heron

by leaving a day early for a planned five day getaway to Ocean City, Maryland we missed the largest snowfall the Washington DC area has had in about four years…

Assateague State Park

saying goodbye to the pretty white sands of our relaxing getaway we returned home to some deep white stuff  (funny enough the last time we got home from this same spot in December there was an ice event upon our return home)

February 2014 snow

I do L♥ve snow and

backyard winter wonderland

 I also L♥ve having so many kind and thoughtful friendsValentines from Linda Kunsman and Linda Richter

these precious valentine’s arrived in our mailbox from two different really nice and talented Linda’s that I know…

♥Linda Kunsman of heARTfully inspired by Linda

and ♥Linda Richter of Linda Jo’s Obsessions

Assateague Island Foam Heart

as I make my way back into blogland to try and catch up with everyone I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard to wish you all a Happy T Day…

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*

Full Circle Art Journaling…

really enjoying Misty Mawn’s fresh and carefree take on art journaling using rescued books for the journal (which I have enjoyed in the past…but her approach is a bit new to me and very freeing!)…

Lady from Middle Earth Pasta Jar

working quickly is one of our goals…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (1)

I find the collage part easy to do without too much thinking but when I try sketching that still gives me pause…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (2)

lots of pages ready and waiting for me to practice practice practice to get braver with my sketching…

Full Circle Workshop Journal Pages (3)

♥ I cannot say enough about the great group of artists/students in the FULL CIRCLE Workshop who are so very inspiring and supportive ♥

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

shine…

one of our FULL CIRCLE  workshop assignments this week was creating a lantern…

Painted Lantern Pieces

it never ceases to give me a thrill starting with simple things like cracker box cardboard…paints…

Lantern sides

snippets of paper…string and a bit of parking lot treasure that Mr Magpie rescued for me (flat lace like charm in the center)…

Illuniated Lantern

with the guidance and generous directions from our talented teacher Misty Mawn

Twinkling Lantern

I was also delighted with this project as it fits so nicely with my little word of the year here

“Whatever you are passionate about pursue…Whatever you dream about do…Just MOVE and keep following the beat of your own HEART” ~Lisa K. Fox

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 ...

round and round…

Misty Mawn’s FULL CIRCLE online workshop started on Monday and what a great week it has been already…

Mandala in stages

she is such a talented…passionate and generous artist and an excellent teacher…

Mandala-stages

it is also a chance to spend time with some really nice and talented artists from all around the globe…

About-Me-FULL-CIRCLE-Assign

I L♥ve the way the layers of paint change the feel of the paper surfaces…

layers-and-layers-of-paint

and in the midst of that excitement I really wanted to get my latest completed art journal under cover…

wool sari ribbon fibers fabric

so I spent some time machine needle felting some fabric pieces that I glued onto the cardboard covers…

art journal pages

Lesley Riley wrote a great blog post about exactly what I often do moving from one thing to another and another and back again…

mandala background with felted book cover

that is what happens I guess when you enjoy a variety of things…

completed book cover

I apologize in advance as I have been a bit slow in getting around to visit everyone…

Page details

now it’s time for Friday’s FULL CIRCLE lesson and it is not too late to join the class if you are interested as the workshop will be open for a full year…

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 :)