change is constant…

some changes are subtle while others can be more dramatic…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-out-with-the-jotul-stove

one of the last home improvements we made recently was to have our trusty Norwegian cast iron wood stove removed along with the brick wall behind it (it has found a new home where it is being used and treasured anew)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-finished-fireplace

Mr Magpie chopped a lot of firewood in the 28 years we had the stove and now with gas logs we have simplified the getting warm and cozy process with the click of a remote control…magpies-nest-dining-room-buffet

it is nice having things back in place again with no more construction upheaval to deal with…magpies-nest-moms-birthday-anemones

my cup offering for T Stands for Tuesday this week was a birthday gift to my mother from her brother many years ago…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-celebrate

~♥ wishing you a Happy T Day ♥~

37 responses to “change is constant…

  1. Your home looks amazing Patty! Worth all of the upheaval!
    Hope you are having a lovely week.
    Alison xxx

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  2. So many lovely things to look at when I “visit” your home. Really like the new fireplace! So cozy and inviting!

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  3. Wow- what a beautiful transformation Patty!I love the clean-looking white on white- so bright and perfect for displaying art and cherished pieces against!
    The change is Beautiful and i am sure Mr. magpie will come to appreciate even more as the years go by! I will be sure to share this post with my hub as he was out there again yesterday, cutting and splitting and hauling! argh! I help sometimes,but I feel it the next day!
    Well, now that all the remodeling is done, time to just relax and enjoy it!
    thanks for sharing dear friend!
    Much love xoxo

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  4. Your house looks beautiful – so elegant and comfortable and welcoming, just lovely, dear Patty. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  5. Your new fireplace looks like it’s been there forever and is so elegant! I’m sure your Mister will appreciate not having to chop lots of firewood anymore too 🙂 . Your spring flowers and decorations are adorable. I love the swan plate on the wall and the bird sat in the bowl on your sideboard, it looks like it’s taking a bath (grin!). The gift to your mother is so beautiful, the anemones are so colourful and cheery, my mum’s birthday is in March too and they are one of her favourite flowers 🙂 . It’s important to celebrate each moment and I’m glad all your construction has now finished and you have your things back in place. Enjoy your new cozy fire and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  6. what a beautiful home filled with lovely things, memories and treasured pieces too. Gorgeous teacup setting. And the new fireplace-oh how I love it!! I always wanted to have one…
    Enjoy your new surroundings, so warm and inviting. Happy T day!

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  7. Oh Patty, it really is quite perfect! I love the fireplace change. It’s so bright and airy and yet warm and welcoming. Lovely!

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  8. Love the new fireplace. So lovely and cozy looking. We converted to a gas insert last year and love it.They really supply a lot of heat .xoxoxo

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  9. Your house looks so welcoming and homely. The old stove looked super, but I can see why you chose the new fireplace and great that lighting it, just involves a flick of a switch.
    It was lovely to see the collage of photos. your mom’s crockery looks beautiful.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

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  10. Love your improvements. Your home is cosy and friendly, and full of wonderful ‘things’.

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  11. WOW! what a transformation indeed! Beautiful new fireplace….and automatic too!! We have both a fireplace and a wood burning stove. Since the EPA has such harsh restrictions (here in CA) we rarely get to use the the stove. The dinning room table is in front of the never used fireplace these days. :((
    I LOVE your antique buffet ….what a treasure that is.
    Happy T-day

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  12. I am in awe of these changes. Not only does Mr. M not have to chop wood, you were able to get rid of your fire extinguisher. It’s a genuine beauty,

    I also loved the altered door plate. It makes me want to create one, too.

    That tea set is stunning. So glad you were able to keep it as one of the things from your mother’s home. It is incredible, and obviously worth a great deal of money, too. Very impressive set.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful updated room and awesome tea set with us for T this Tuesday.

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  13. I so enjoyed seeing the changes you have been making to your home. Chopping wood is for the younger set and gas logs are wonderful. Great change. I have some of my Mother’s cup & saucer collection plus all the ones I received as shower gifts almost 58 years ago. I have been also buying them at the flea markets down here in Florida and had enough fo a tea I gave for a departing wonderful neighbor a few weeks ago. Everyone loved using them. Also your dolls with the tin skirts. How precious. Did you make them?

    Hugs
    FredaB

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  14. the Transformation turned out so well! and everything really Looks so comfortable and inviting in your home!
    happy t-day, dear patty!

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  15. Dear Patty, what a difference, from the brick wall, to now all white, I really love it, and your new fireplace looks wonderful. So much to look at , and fall in love with, like your mothers cup, the altered kipper tin, so beautiful, and your door plate, is wonderful, Oh so great, and also your old furniture are so wonderful. Yes dearest , I think there are many things we love the same 🙂 the little dolls ,oh yes !!!
    Thank you for another lovely look inside your “new” home my dear.
    Hugs, Dorthe

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  16. Your home is a dream lieb Patty! Wonderful!

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  17. That fireplace is a dramatic difference. Wood has some appeal, but gas is soooo much easier! 🙂

    Happy T Tuesday

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  18. A gas fireplace is really nice. Not only is yours. Beautiful but I bet you will enjoy lots of warmth at just a push of the button. 🤓 Love the tea cups. I have some of my grandmothers which are tucked away for now. Maybe it is time to bring them out. There is something luscious about those old bone China cups compared to the trusty mugs usually sold now. Hope you are having a great T day. Hugs. Erika

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  19. oh, the joy of having a fireplace mantel to decorate! Love the peek at your side board too…just beautiful! Happy T day!

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  20. Great post!!!! Love your new fireplace. I also love my remote control gas logs!! Everything looks lovely!!

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  21. Patty that was so nice of you to go to the trouble of looking this up for me and sending me the link. I was thinking of asking you for a better picture but hesitated and then your email came with the whole thing.

    We are working on making stained glass wind chimes for our Garden Club walk and sale next October and I thought maybe I could make a few of these with little gardeners or garden fairies. If I do I will send you pics.

    Thanks again. Bloggers are such great people.

    Hugs

    Freda

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  22. Your new fireplace is gorgeous! I gave my mother several Royal Albert china mugs. I love the shape but never saw them with the months of the year.I also had to do a double-take. i thought your blue cupboard was a TARDIS I’m a big, Doctor Who fan. 😀 Happy T Day!

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  23. To think .. one day i will not be under construction…sigh… We have one of those clicker fireplaces too!! lol Ours is propane and i’am not fond of the fumes but perhaps i will get used to it.. We don’t run them often on long (we have 2) Just enough to get the chill out of downstairs… Please excuse the late visit this week Patty… We have been working on the craftroom all day.. Paint is going on the wall!!! Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  24. Belated happy T Day to you

    Your home looks amazing and I am sure you enjoy all the wonderful things that have been added

    Love Chrissie xx

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  25. I do love a good wood fire as the warmth is just so different… but as I age it’s hard to do and I’d love to be able to switch over to a gas fireplace. We would have to have a propane tank set up as we are total electric here. Your new fireplace is beautiful and I love the rest of the house that you shared. Your elegant touches everywhere make it so lovely ♥♥♥♥

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  26. Wow! That is quite the transformation. Lovely teacup … what a treasure.

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  27. Oh my, so glad I popped over to see this, chopping wood is such a lot of work, how nice to have remote control heat now and lovely ambiance… beautiful.. xox

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  28. Eileen the Artful Crafter

    What a wonderful transformation, Patty! And no more chopping firewood, cleaning up ashes and wiping off soot. Looks like a win-win to me. You have so many lovely collectibles. It’s always a pleasure to visit.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  29. kathyinozarks

    Good morning and Happy T day but on a thursday lol just now getting to the computer this morning.
    I love it!
    Kathy

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  30. Sorry for being late. Better late than never!
    I love the transformation. The new gas stove is beautiful. We had a gas fire like that in the UK. Very cozy. But we also had central heating and the gas fire was just for snuggling up on cold evenings.
    Here in Spain we have no other heating so our woodburner is having to heat the whole floor.
    I enjoyed looking at all you lovely knick-knacks and cups. Beautiful.
    A belated happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  31. What a beautiful transformation Patty – it seems that the work has been going on for a long time, it must be a relief that its now complete for you both to enjoy.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend… Gill x

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  32. It’s beautiful, Patty!

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  33. I know this isn’t really relevant today’s post, but what would you say were art journalling essentials?

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  34. Just beautiful!! Your whole home is so inviting with all your wonderful decorations! The white wall looks amazing with this eyecatcher-stove, and you now have much more comfort! It is so true for your home “My home is my castle”.
    Rike xx

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  35. Just back from being out of town. There are so many ways to go with Art Journaling. I would recommend you do an online search for “Art Journaling Basic Supplies”. You will find a nice array of links pop up and you can see which suits your needs/style. Hope that is helpful.

    oxo ~*~ Patty Magpie’s Nest Blog *“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” -Mary Oliver*

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  36. Loved your pictures Patty – what a beautiful change your new gas fireplace is. I have to admit – I like the wood burning stove too.
    We have been gone for almost 2 weeks – just got home today. We went to Spain and Portugal – what a whirl wind trip that was. I am pooped!!!
    I do love your decorating style!!
    Sandy xx

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  37. I’m sure Mr. Magpie will not miss the wood chopping – a gas fireplace is so much easier, even though it’s not quite the same as real wood. Your home looks so pretty!

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