Category Archives: Autumn

out with the old and in with the new…

we have lived in the same house for over 32 years which was newly built when we moved in…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-32-yr-old-kitchen

the original cabinets and laminate counter tops were nothing fancy but they served us well over the years (I really liked my stainless steel sink a lot too)…magpies-nest-enclosed-back-porch

since the contractor that did our recent renovations did such a nice job and there happened to be a 25% off cabinet sale we decided to get new white cabinets and counters to update our kitchen…magpies-nest-open-kitchen-shelves

that means moving everything out (Mr Magpie built these shelves for us years ago)magpies-nest-dream-shelf

over the weekend we enjoyed some cherry apple canelé baked at our local Le Pain Quotidien bakery… they were almost as good as the first ones we got to try at a Sunday fresh air market in Libourne, France back in April…
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our tour director introduced us to a gentleman that still made them the old fashioned way brushing the fluted metal molds with beeswax which gave the cannelés a special crunch on the outside YUM (that is a new heart rock that Mr Magpie surprised me with above)…

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it was such a special happening right there on the street that we did not get any good photos of that encounter (the old metal pans were a thing of beauty)…
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2016 has been an exciting year of changes for us…

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not sure how plugged in I will be while the renovations are going on the next couple of weeks because the main computer has to be moved and that is the only way I can do blog posts or comment…magpies-nest-autumn-days

here’s wishing you a Happy November (ALREADY!) and a Happy T Day too as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

October dresses in flame and gold…

magpies-nest-october-right-pagethe free image of the rose lady had been patiently waiting in one of my art journals which is a thin book with glued together pages that I started back in January (still plenty of room in this altered book)magpies-nest-october-poem-simple-abundance

after seeing this October poem in one of my copies of Simple Abundance I knew where my pages would be headed next (the book is inspiring on many levels with lots of quotes and uplifting reading… it is also my favorite go to book when I am doing found poetry which is different than just using verse like I have done here)…magpies-nest-october-left-page

we had some record breaking hot temperatures for a few days and now our Indian Summer has gone and left us with crazy wild winds and much cooler temps so the poem fit that nicely too…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-october

pieces of two different napkins along with some smeared gesso using a plastic pallet knife finished two more pages for Valerie’s Art Journal Journey Indian Summer – Golden October – Autumn challenge

Autumn in Everything…

happy to have some time in the middle of our beautiful Indian Summer days here in Virginia to share two spreads that I created over the last couple of weeks…magpies-nest-autumn-grows-pages

these pages were inspired by an ad for a ballet performance that I clipped from The Washington Post and I just happened to have a stencil that I wanted to play with too…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-grows

I liked these pages so much I did not want to cover them up but I eventually forged ahead and had fun adding gold paint along with the Robert Browning quote…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-gold

now for something a little different… these green and gold pages were an attempt to step outside my comfort zone using colors and collage in a different way…

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I am still not crazy about the end result but thought I’d share both spreads with you since I had Valerie’s Golden Autumn theme in mind for Art Journal Journey this month when I created them..


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“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” -Joe L. Wheeler

Plum Torte time is here again…

 last year around this time I shared the fun of making this delicious plum cake with you heremagpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-real-plum-quote

 there is a link for the recipe there too if you are interested…

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I have been off my game lately when it comes to taking photos and being connected on line…magpies-nest-plum-torte

but I did take a photo of the Plum Torte that Mr Magpie and I whipped up over the weekend…magpies-nest-dogwood

letting it rest overnight after baking as recommended is not easy when the house is full of delicious cake smells…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-life-is-fragile

but like so many things we have to wait for in life it was worth it in the end and so delicious…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-morning-sun-on-ferns

joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday to wish you a happy day…

crisp in the fall…

the music lady I put together awhile ago waited patiently in one of my art journals until I figured out what was next for her (she was from a catalog and I gave her the music dress)…

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I am joining Valerie’s Art Journal Journey INDIAN SUMMER-GOLDEN OCTOBER-AUTUMN challenge…

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purple paint and yellow glaze along with spiderweb washi tape helped bring my pages to life…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-left-page

the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote that I saw in a magazine appealed to me so I printed the words with our computer…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-journal-pages

the border on the bottom of the left page along with the leaves were cut from assorted junk mail…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-crisp-in-the-fall-journal-pages-oct-2016

one of Seth Apter’s rubber stamps (on the right) along with some extra brushes of yellow glaze gave a nice finishing touch to my pages…

 

summer has flown…

the talented and prolific Valerie chose INDIAN SUMMER-GOLDEN OCTOBER-AUTUMN as October’s Art Journal Journey theme which sends my mind in lots of directions…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-golden-redbud-leaves

just when I think summer might go on forever it turned cooler which is perfect for open windows and warmer clothes...magpies-nest-glow-of-october-rainy-day

we finally got some much needed rain too…magpies-nest-flown-rubber-stamps

soon I will give up running barefoot around the house and get out my cozy slippers…
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autumn makes me think of golden leaves andmagpies-nest-sunset-plane-heading-to-dullesgolden sunsets so I added lots of gold to my scraped paint pages which was tricky to capture in my photos…

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the WONDER page on the right began with an index card that I had made awhile ago…

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~* Happy October *~

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”~ Jim Bishop

Bountiful September…

before too much more time passes I wanted to join everyone over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday to say hello…

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my focus is still on purging and clearing out while we continue with some home improvements…

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consequently I have not been on the computer much at all…

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♥~ hope you are well and enjoying your September ~♥~

“Wherever you are, be all there.” -Jim Elliot

 

Roses in November…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fair Lakes Fairfax VANovember thus far has been full of surprises as we have had several frosts along with some warm and humid weather days…

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having flowers still blooming in our garden this time of year is a treat…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz roses in November

 these sweet pink roses always make us a bit sentimental

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the leaves are falling fast and soon only the bones of the garden will be visible until springtime rolls around again…

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I do enjoy the rhythm of the seasons…

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here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

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“In November, the earth is growing quiet.  It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures.  The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” -Cynthia Rylant

Build…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Wooden Church Sterling VAinspired by a sweet little country church that has been turned into a landscaping business…

church 2as a bigger and more modern church probably was built to take its place…

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the peeling white wood and arch windows are so pleasing to me reminding me of the little wooden church Mr Magpie and I were married in so many years ago…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz art journal pagesI created two more pages in one of my art journals…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ArchitectureSheila‘s fab theme of Architecture over at Art Journal Journey this month has had my wheels turning…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Build arch windowand I have been fiddling with cutting out magazine letters to create words lately…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BUILD art journal pagesI had to laugh at myself as I spelled and spelled again focusing while sitting in front of the tv to be sure I spelled the words correctly as I glued each letter in place and that I did not breathe too heavily  which could have sent the letters flying…

Magpie's Nest Spooky Black n Whitesince I am still staying close to home with my banged up toe Mr Magpie has been snapping lots of photos for me and I play with some of them with my iPhone apps…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” ~Hal Borland

pinkies up…

 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Curly Wurly Stone Headthere were days when it seemed like hot summer weather might go on forever…

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and then just like that cooler air moved in…

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the sun tracks lower in the sky and glows warmly in our windows…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz window viewsthere have still been some lovely days for sitting out on our back porch…

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giving me the chance to empty saved tea bags while collecting the pretty papers…

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our houseplants are inside now safe from the frost with a top dressing of dried tea leaves…

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I made some time to play with some of those tea bag papers joining in Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge of  CUPS/BOWLS

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I would also like to join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

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thank you very much for your visit…I hope you are enjoying the season you are in

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 3 – Strasse/Street }

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early on a chilly Saturday morning is a good time to drive the streets of Washington, DC…

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it is not a long trip on Route 50 from our house in Virginia about 25 miles (40 km) to Capitol Hill…

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our capitol dome is under repair with special scaffolding on the rotunda…

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you too can join in Manuela’s “street” photo challenge this week here

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 2 – Dankbar/Thankful }

there is so much to be thankful for in this life and focusing on gratitude has helped me get through many dark days…

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I was charmed by these shadows on a door recently as the November sun dropped low in the sky (it gets dark now around 5pm)…

Jim Szymkowicz under the mushroom

for more “thankful” impressions you can visit here

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.” -Barbara Pym

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 1 – Herbstzeit/Autumn Time }

after a little break Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge is back (everyone is welcome to join in this weekly challenge)…

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 a couple of photos I took with my iPhone on a lovely walk recently using apps to layer them…

~Happy November Dear Ones~