grace under pressure

Mr Magpie was busy at the anvil yesterday


flattening cutlery … I Love altered cutlery in every form and fashion

hammering letters with metal punches that we have had around for some time now


my job was to think of the words and where they would go and then rub some paint on to highlight each letter

it started with “thyme”

we have had the idea for a while now and most recently saw this very thing in an Anthropologie catalog sold as plant markers

more words on the way

many thanks to Dot Ferrero for the beautiful feathers … in a future post I will have to tell you more about Dot’s  hens and chicks

“Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it.  Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.” ~unknown



46 responses to “grace under pressure

  1. I just found an ID metal stamper set online Friday – have to order it!!! This is exactly what I was planning to do for the shop!!!You and I are on the same wavelength – except you already have all the necessary equipment!!!! LOL these are gorgeous!!!!

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  2. you and mr magpie are quite the artists! love these pieces! xoxox

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  3. Marilyn Rock

    Patty! What a team! I adore these pieces – they are incredible! xxoo

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  4. I am like so impressed. I love them all. You probably already know this idea— a friend showed me her fork that was turned into an easel. OK, where do “you” people come up with these just too darn good ideas…. and your cutterly is always amazing and smashing …. *applause* *applause* to the efforts of the Magpie and her Mr. You two do make the dynamic duo….

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  5. Patti ~

    Awesome idea and so green too! I love finding new ways to make art out of unique things. Your last assemblage was heavenly too!!!

    Yesterday I received my delightful package and was floored with all the beautiful colors and art goodies!!! And the lavender smell was such a bonus too! I hope you will like my package as much as I do yours my dear!

    Thank you for being so generous! I’ve signed up for a felt roving sculpture class and cannot wait to use my goodies. If I make something worthy enough ~ I will send you another package then too! Thankful heart and Loving blessings ~ k

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  6. Your friend is correct, you guys are an amazing duo! I love each piece, but HOPE was my fav! At least for the moment. I loved your photos on this blog with JJJ hard at work too. Such clever ideas for repurposing! Lenne

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  7. So wonderful that little scenery becomes Patty, love your forks and spoons and the words on them, great idea.

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  8. WOW! I just love each piece!!!!

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  9. Here’s a link to some inexpensive letter punches:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Category.taf?CategoryID=163&pricetype=

    She works me hard!!

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  10. What a team!!! You’ve supplied the creative idea and Mr. Magpie supplied the “muscle”. The results are a-m-a-z-ing! The little “hope” stake is the perfect touch in your fairy garden. So pretty!!! Hmmmm . . . . I wonder what my husband will say when I ask him for an anvil for Mother’s Day?!? LOL! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  11. i love these pieces!
    happy weekend, xo natalea

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  12. Wow, these are awesome!! What a fabby idea!!
    …and your gorgeous little nest, looks beautiful adorning it!

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  13. OMG these are brilliant Patty.
    So fantastic idea and your work is really special and absolutely unique.
    Very inspiring. Thanks.

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  14. Patty…you and Mr. Magpie certainly are a creative pair. I especially like the butter knife and soup spoon shapes. Must check out local Thrift for cuttlery. I enjoy each day’s surprise. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Oh,… they’re great! You guys did such a good job on those.

    :0)

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  16. Great idea, we have the anvil and the hammer but no metal letter punches – darn!

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  17. I love these…and they fill my heart with joy, Patty. Will you please sell me one or two!? Oh..wait…you don’t have an etsy store. hmmmm hee hee Okay…will you still sell me one or two?

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  18. Love this idea! I have a couple of vintage spoons I might have to try this with!

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  19. oh, these are brilliant!
    so simple yet so expressive.

    and if you’re into altered cutlery check this out:

    http://agnieszka-anna.blogspot.com/search/label/altered

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  20. Wonderful! I love that you stuck one in your fairy garden. How cool that you have an anvil too! Not just anyone has those lying around.

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  21. I love my garden and especially the herbs and I am always looking for labels which stand the test of time, your idea with the spoons is so brilliant! Unfortunately I haven’t got an anvil 😦 hhmmm need to find another way of doing this …. thank you so much for sharing this.

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  22. What a collaboration. Lovely work you two!
    Love the one with the feathers and there is one of your adorable nests…..and one stuck in the Fairy Garden…just tooo darling. What a fun way to spend a Sunday.

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  23. haha Patty, an art partner in crime, love it!!

    they look so cool as plant markers, and your little nests look adororable on them…jenxo

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  24. My favorite…they are just fantastic. You & Mr. S are a wonderful team….keep the altered art coming.

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  25. What a perfect team !!
    Lucky you.

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  26. Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing these…..they are amazing!

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  27. Very cool ! Nice work ! cant wait to so them in person 🙂

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  28. These are terrific!!! How did you do the extra holes that have been punched in many of the utensils? Adorable how you planted the broken china plate and utensil in your fairy garden.

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  29. Oh Beautiful work I love them so much! I remember punching letters in to metal when I was at school (I did wood & Metal work) And hubby is so sweet to help you.

    I will be having hubbys help to alter the wonderful furniture I have but it’s began to rain so I need to wait for the sun for a few days as it’s large furniture and will need to be out side for a day or two!

    Love DAwn xx

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  30. *sigh*
    Beautiful!
    You make me want to start working in my little garden right now!

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  31. Ooooooh you guys are awesome together, your altered cutlery is all just wonderful, and I love the fork in the little Fairy Garden 🙂

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  32. woo hoo! I was missing these kind of projects. Your altered cutlery has a special place in me ❤

    and now you added WORDS, sweet!

    (thanks to Mr. Magpie for making it possible with his manly anvil skills ;))

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  33. woooooooooow Pattie!!! it’s fabulous!! can’t wait to see your little collection!!! bravo
    hugs from France

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  34. These are fantastic, thanks for sharing!

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  35. WOW !!! we live near Beaulieu motor museum -( UK ) they had a Cadalac decorated with lovely old cutlery which had been bent by Uri Geller ! It was fantastic !

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  36. This is too weird! I was just at a friend’s “everything’s free” art sale (she’s moving — got some great Golden stuff) and someone else there snatched the silverware and said, “I’ve seen pictures of these as garden markers! They look great!” — And they do — at least yours do! Wonderful! I’m doubly inspired!

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  37. These are amazing! What a great idea for old silverware!

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  38. Patty,
    So, so, SO pretty!! How fun that you and your husband do this together!
    The words are just so perfect for old silver.
    xxoo
    lynn

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  39. How beautiful. A true collaboration.

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  40. Patty, you lucky girl – that you have such a great help through Mr.Magpie 🙂 Can you lend him to me, perhaps? 🙂
    And what a fantastic job you have done together. I`m thrilled!

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  41. first, I must apoloigize for being a little MIA. Then I have to say….WOW!!!!!! I’m always amazed and astonished, aw-struck when I come to see what you’ve been up to. You and hubby have done a GREAT job on the silverware!! And the wooden house set GORGEOUS!!! 🙂
    Hugs, Ashlyn

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  42. WOW!!! The two of you are amazing, what a fun, beautiful post.
    debby

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  43. fantastic : I love this work
    🙂

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  44. These are beyond words awesome. Can’t wait to see more. That DH is a gem!
    xx,
    Autumn Clark

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  45. oooh, i love your cutlery markers, they are wonderful. they’d look awesome anywhere. i especially like the forks with the curled tines and the one with the bird’s neast and feathers. what fun. your garden looks beautiful.

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