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

Rinda’s 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt: Part 1

here is my first installment for Rinda’s Scavenger Hunt
my husband and I are a team so you will see his name on some photos and mine on others…
1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)

this photo on the side of a building in Washington DC looked a bit mysterious to us … 

Magpie's Nest #1

2. A garden gnome
We had been snapping photos of garden gnomes at local garden centers only to discover we had our very own tiny German (or maybe Swiss) gnome right here at home (top view he is sitting on a bench in my fairy garden and below he moved over to a pot of sedums…he likes to get around)…
Magpie's Nest #2 Gnome
3. Birds on a wire
this one was quite challenging UNTIL Mr Magpie suggested a tried and true spot which had me clicking away…
this one is my favorite shot with thirteen birdies…
Magpie's Nest #3 birds on the wire
4. A group of tourists
living so close to Washington, DC tourists are a common sight…
that said we enjoy going into town to play tourist too :-)
Magpie's Nest Wash DC Segway tour groups
near the U.S. Capitol building…
Magpie's Nest Tourists near US Capitol
5. A rack of post cards
after looking up the definition of “rack” (1. a framework of bars, wires, or pegs on which articles are arranged or deposited) I decided a handful of my handmade postcards would do the trick on a wire holder I rescued from a thrift shop way back when
Magpie's Nest a handful of my postcards
6. An urban street scene
being in Washington D.C. for the Fourth of July was special and to avoid traffic we booked a hotel for two nights to enjoy the festivities…
Magpie's Nest #6 F Street Musicians
these musicians were really rocking it…
here is a 34 second snippet for you to listen to…
7. A rural landscape
heading west on Rt 50 in Northern Virginia you have to travel further and further to leave the housing developments and shopping centers behind…
Magpie's Nest Rt 50 barnthis barn is now used for some sort of construction business rather than farming…who knows when a photograph is all that will be left of it…
8. A tattoo on a person
here is one from the Washington, DC fourth of July parade
Magpie's Nest tattoo arm
that’s it for now….
the rest of my list below is still in progress…
feel free to join in the fun here as you have until 23 September to complete your hunt…
9. A bakery
10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)
11. A horn
12. A mascot
13. A sunrise
14. A parade
15. A juggler
16. A sign in a language other than English
17. A lamp post
18. A water fall
19. A public garden
20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.
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.
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 blimp
Alternative B: A bird house

…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

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)

Forget-me-not …

Magpie's Nest Forget-me-not oxo  Mona

Art Journal Journey’s July “Flower Power” challenge has inspired another page for my loose paper art journal (I am decorating the fronts and backs of each page)…

Magpie's Nest Forget-me-not oxo  Mona (1)

scrap plastered notebook paper… tea dye… peeled napkin… scrapbook papers and origami forget-me-not paper…

Magpie's Nest Forget-me-not oxo  Mona (2)

hard to forget La Gioconda as she keeps popping up everywhere

Grief weeps on the shoulder of history…

this Peace Monumet near the U.S. Capitol Building expresses some of what we are feeling after the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines 17…

Peace Monument Wash DC

sending Peace ♥ Love and Light to all…

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

whatever floats your boat…

Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge this month is using a lovely color palette along with the theme of sailboats / boat 

Magpie's Nest Sailboat (1)

I knew I wanted to use a fancy slipper/shoe image for the boat along with the float your boat words …  the three cherubs were taken from a Christmas napkin with touches of color added…paint and stencils…gesso and assorted papers and some pieces of German scrap…

Magpie's Nest Sailboat

such a fun challenge…be sure and visit Mix it Monthly to see lots of inspiring creativity and of course you are most welcome to play along

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!