Herz… serce… cœur… hjerte… hart… cuore… heart…

February is known as “heart month”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE collageSt Valentine’s Day and heart health awareness are a couple of  reasons…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gratitude heart's memory

as it happens two very special people close to my heart were born in February (Mr Magpie and Alex)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Guatemalan ProverbI have a HE♥RT Category  for my blog posts that have hearts in them…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz blooming indoorsback in the 1990’s I had a little business called “Works of the Heart” and I sold hand woven baskets… orphan pieces of china filled with dried flowers and herbs… wreaths and decorations made out of dried fruits… cinnamon ornaments and more (this photo shows me along with a small sampling of my wares … WOW those glasses)

Patty Szymkowicz Works of the Heartthen life took a drastic turn and everything changed…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz altered candy boxI recently had fun playing with hearts and paper and paint and enjoyed making a few cards…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 2016 ValentinesMr Magpie picked up that sweet Angel Vine heart and tiny pot of pink roses for me beating the 14 February flower rush…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Angel vine heart with roseshere’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Felted Wool Valentinethank you very much for your visits…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Full Heart quote on tulip petalsyou help fill my he♥rt again and again…

 

 

 

bleu… blue… blau… azul… blu… blauw…

inspiration for these art journal pages began with an ArtChix Studio 2002 BLUE Image sheet… I am always drawn to cyanotype images…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blue right pagethe small squares are from a resized photo of an inchie collage I made a few years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blue left pagemy blue Stabilo pencil came in handy for shading along with a bit of musical tape so I am joining with Art Journal Journey’s February challenge “If Music Be the Food of Love“…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BLUE Art Journal Pages“I met a girl who sang the blues, And I asked her for some happy news, But she just smiled and turned away” -Don McLean

creating Love always…

there was a time after our son’s death in 1999 when I thought I might never make anything again…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress

all my life I have enjoyed doing things with my hands inspired by creative and busy parents…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress 2

several years after Alex’ death I took a class on embossing on velvet with rubber stamps (with thanks to everyone at ARTFULLY SCRIBED in Herndon Virginia… wish they were still in business)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Aleays background

 creating a few accordion books with embossed velvet covers after that class brought me back from the brink and had me headed toward the mixed media life I now enjoy so much…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress 3

this time of year with the anniversaries of loved one’s passings and birthdays that they aren’t here to celebrate I have to work extra hard to try and keep my balance and not sink or fade away…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Always Closeup

I am so very grateful for the community of creative souls that I get to connect with here and thank each of you for being a part of my healing journey…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE Always(9 x 12″ on watercolor paper)

I am joining Art Journal Journey’s February challenge “If Music Be the Food of Love“ along with Paint Party Friday where I am still a newbie and so happy to feel inspired to play more with paint…

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.”
― Rosalía de Castro

(I just noticed this is blogpost #2000 since I started blogging in 2007)

the work of our hearts…

another spread in an altered book for the Art Journal Journey February challenge “If Music Be the Food of Love“

Magpie's Nest beginning pagestorn pieces of a vintage 1911 invoice (I used the original instead of a copy like I might have done in the past) … German book text… and a digital collage on the right of L♥ve stitcheries and assorted buttons…

Magpie's Nest TAP transfer onto book paperthe birds are from my photograph made into a TAP transfer and ironed onto book text

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Hands to Heart CreateHazel’s challenge for AJJ this month is an inspiring one…

Michael Bridge heart and hands quote

 

the desire to create …

the February Art Journal Journey challenge is “If Music Be the Food of Love“ which can include things like music …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz strips of paper collage backgroundfood or anything you love…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz button heartmy art journal pages are full of things I Love like paper and gesso and buttons (even button papers) and words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the desire to createcreating is something that brings me endless joy…

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

February T

the snow is melting and the birds are singing with our recent days of spring like temperatures…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Robin Redbreasts in Winterthe beginning of February brings us midway through the winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rascal Squirrelsliving where we do in Virginia we get to enjoy a taste of the four seasons which is something I do enjoy…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz midnight visitor Diana app layersI had a weak moment recently at our favorite market when I saw this mug

Magpie's Nest The Republic of Teait is a nice size and the lid comes in handy for keeping your drink warm…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Tulips and Ranunculusfrequent visitors might remember the bouquet of tulips and ranunculus that I shared a couple of weeks ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty SzymkowiczTulip t potthe tulips are now gone but the ranunculus’ continued to look beautiful for some time with the colors getting lighter as time passed…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ranunculus bloomsI trimmed the stems and played with them in different containers…Magpie's Nest Ranunculus on tulip petalsthe petals above are what was left from the second bunch of January tulips I bought just before the blizzard…

Magpie's Nest Patty SzymkowiczI had no idea the ranunculus’ would be so hardy…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ranunculus PhotoFunia 2

it is my new favorite flower…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tulip stemshere’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

 

 

The Snow Queen …

one of the first winter scenes that came to mind when Chrissie chose Winter Wonderland as the January theme for Art Journal Journey was Varykino the ice palace in Dr Zhivago  (was it really 50 years ago that that movie came out!)…

Ice on windshield 30 Jan 2016while I never quite got those ideas worked out of my head I did make a mixed media piece with the snow queen that was also inside my head using some beautiful and special to me Edelweiss stamps (thank you again Johanna!) and I cut into a pretty handkerchief too (this year I am focusing on using up some of my treasures!)…

Snow Queen some suppliesbeing in a time crunch with January near its end I did not take any step by step photos and it’s a shame because this piece ended up morphing quite a bit…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lace and crownthe swans were the last thing to be added and my muse Mr Magpie said why just one swan so I ended up adding three swans reminding me of our three sons…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Swansso here is my last piece for AJJ’s January challenge…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz The Snow QueenI made a mosaic of my other winter inspired creations…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz AJJ Winter Wonderland Jan 2016thank you very much for your visit(s)…

winter dreams…

playing with paint and gesso (regular, clear and heavy gesso) and bits of paper and peeled napkin for this 8 x 10 canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams processthinking out loud to my husband that the piece needed something at the top he had the wonderful suggestion of adding a twig over the window (the lady is an image I have had in my files for about 8 years which was a freebie from Shabby Cottage Studio)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz beach woodwe just happened to have some weathered wood that we’d brought back from a favorite beach last summer and that got my wheels turning for the finishing touches for my mixed media canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

I am joining Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Journey “Winter Wonderland”

“Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer.” -Brian Herbert

winter white…

the recent blizzard had me in such a state of excitement I could not focus on much other than snow… taking photos… cooking… baking… admiring nature… watching the birds and snow…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Felting ingredients

I did sit down at my felting machine and played with assorted fabrics and fiber scraps along with some used tea bag papers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz machine felting TAP transferthe step by step photos were taken at night with just the light in my sewing nook so they appear a bit darker than real life…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TAP Transferthe first piece has a TAP image of a young girl hand stitched as the focal point embellished with flowers from a vintage hat and some extra lace and trims (I felt kind of brave cutting into my old doll’s wedding dress with its soft satin underlining…the doll is long gone)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Machine felted dress formusing the felting machine is really fun and very freeing with no bobbin or thread to worry about…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz White Buttons

I picked through some of my white button collection and decided on a couple of buttons to add to my second felted piece…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Stamped Dress Formwhich includes the dress form rubber stamped onto a piece of tea dyed cotton…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter White

I am joining Art Journal Journey with the digital piece above for their Winter Wonderland challenge and Moo Mania & More “Use Your Scraps” challenge too…

shelter from the storm…

here in the Washington, DC area we are still digging out from the recent blizzard which left generous amounts of snow everywhere in its path…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 24 January 2016

~ I ♥ Snow ~

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz SNOW TULIPSafter the storm the brilliant blue skies along with that blanket of white inspired a winter page using some of my favorite colors…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shelter from the storm collage stepsI blended oil pastels with white gesso and did a bit of stenciling with some heavy white gesso too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz close up of Micathe final step was brushing on some Mica highlights which was tricky to capture in my photographs…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shelter From The Stormjoining in again for the theme of Winter Wonderland over at Art Journal Journey…

“Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.”
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

Full Moon Blizzard 2016

anyone that knows me well knows how much I enjoy snow

Magpie's Nest Front Porch and Driveway

there is something about the purity and hush that freshly fallen snow brings turning everything sparkling white…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Snow HaikuWinter Storm Jonas got lots of press before Friday when the snow and wind finally settled in for 36 continuous hours…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz view from second story window here near Dulles Airport we got 28.3 inches of light fluffy snow (Mr Magpie took the above photo which shows the heated birdbath resting on top of the wind blown snow)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blizzard Tulipssome fresh tulips were a necessary part of my blizzard preparedness…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Snow on Snowit took Mr Magpie lots of time and patience to use his electric shovel to help carve a path from our back patio around the house to the front driveway…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Clearing a pathI made sure he stayed well hydrated…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fred Waterbringing him a snack or two as well…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blizzard Tsnow is SO photogenic and appealing to me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz playing on the back porch I could not resist taking oodles of photos…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blizzard 2016

it was fun playing in the snow with the traveling tea cup…

Magpie's Nest Patty Tulips in the snoweven the tulips ended up out in the snow for a bit…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Cardinals and Fairy GardenI must confess I have been in a continual state of excitement since last week especially with words like “epic” “monumental” and “historical” being used to describe this storm…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz SNOW TULIPSit was one for the history books for our area…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz filtered snowthe light and shadows are so beautiful with the snow and sunny skies…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz winter light we enjoyed the full moon from our back porch too (you can see it below at the top of the center photo)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz January Full Moonon Monday some energetic high schools boys helped dig us out further (BIG thanks to Isaiah and David who are two very cheerful and hard workers!!!)…

Isaiah and David Workers Extraordinare

it will be a couple more days until schools and businesses and mail delivery are up and running again…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lady Planter in Snow

hoping that you are safe and well as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

 

a hole in my pocket…

 it was really nice visiting so many talented artists over at Paint Party Friday last week for my first time playing along…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Painted Collage Background pages

this week I created a spread in a “Dream” themed art journal

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gouache Stars

and had fun with a star shaped stamp and gold gouache…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Brandi Carlile lyric

cutting out a few stars and stamping a burst stamp over them using a mask..

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dreams Heart

I had printed out two of my altered images using the smaller one in another of my art journals here… this version worked out nicely for these book pages … 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz dreams fall quote

the words are from a Brandi Carlile song “The Things I Regret”… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz dreams fall

thank you for your visit…

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Winter is the slow down…

a digital image I created layering my artwork and photography was the starting point for pages in one of my homemade art journalsMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Goes Gray

mixing paints and gesso for the background and using the star shaped stamp on scrap paper to add texture and interest…

Magpie's Nest Paint and Star Pattern

the computer generated Terri Guillemets quote flowed onto the pages (actually it is quite fiddly to cut and glue the words down and that is why I went with phrases this time)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter is the slow down

there are still a lot of gessoed pages waiting for attention… the other completed spreads can be seen here and here

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Is

joining Art Journal Journey again for Chrissie’s Winter Wonderland challenge…