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Believe nothing you hear…

our local mixed media art group is having a round robin and this month I got a book with the theme of “The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe” …

Magpie's Nest beginning pages

I knew right away that I wanted to use some of the black patterned envelopes that I have been saving (I have made a vow to stop saving them so using some felt extra good!)…

Magpie's Nest beginning pages (1)

outlining the edges with a black Stabilo pencil and brushing with a stiff brush dipped in white gesso gave some color and texture to the background along with some bits of vintage paper and book text…

Magpie's Nest ready for quote

the image on the left is of a book cover printed onto a torn out page from this book…the red beer bottle cap on the right has been smashed flat and waiting to be used for some time now…

Magpie's Nest trying text

I had no idea this quote was by Edgar Allan Poe but it had always been a favorite of mine (seems Poe is misquoted quite a bit and the way I originally knew the quote was:  “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”)…

Magpie's Nest trying text (1)

trying out various fonts and positioning…

Magpie's Nest trying text (2)

until I was happy while having some fun channeling my dark side…

Magpie's Nest Poe left page

paint and pencil scribbling along with stamping on tissue paper and a piece of poison washi tape that I secured with gel medium…

Magpie's Nest Poe right page

some spider web washi tape at the top that I extended with black pen down the page (I intentionally left the spider out as a bit of a creep factor…if there is a web there must be a spider  but where!)… a piece of my faux resin paper and a golden flimmerstern that I trimmed randomly with scissors behind the bottle cap…

Magpie's Nest Poe Final Pages

I am also sharing these pages with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite Poems and Quotes” challenge

*a little giveaway* winners

names were randomly chosen

Magpie's Nest Nov 2014 Giveaway winners

and the winner of Quotes Illustrated is:

Magpie's Nest Nov 2014 Giveaway winners (1)

the winners of the collage paper packs are:

Magpie's Nest Nov 2014 Giveaway winners (2)

thank you for joining in my giveaway and a special thanks to everyone for visiting my Magpie’s Nest and making it such fun to share and connect ~♥~ I appreciate you and your time very much

a little giveaway …

*this giveaway is now closed*winners were announced here*

it has been way too long since I have had a giveaway…

here is your chance to receive my good as new copy of Quotes Illustrated

(I am trying to lighten my load here doing some organizing so off it will go to a new home)

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one person will receive the book and I will also draw a couple of names for some packs of assorted papers suitable for collage (sample below)…

Magpie's Nest Collage Goodies

friends from near and far are welcome to leave one comment here for a chance to win the book or a packet of paper goodies…

sign up ends Thursday * 13 November…(winners will be announced on Friday)

Blessings on the breeze …

our local Mixed Media Collaborative arts group exchanged prayer flags at a recent meeting

Magpie's Nest Prayer Flags (2)

several of us were inspired to use some of our handmade fabrics from previous gelli monoprinting sessions we had together…

Magpie's Nest Prayer Flags (3)

the only guidelines for the swap were to make our flags approximately 5 x 8 inches with a 3 inch or so sleeve for stringing (for my flags above I used monoprinted cotton, bits of lace, ribbons and trim, buttons, beads, charms, some funky old plastic flowers and bits of paper, needle, thread and even some glue)…

Flag Swap

I hope you can feel the blessings and good wishes wafting their way out into the universe from our creations…

Andrea

Sandy

Lisa

Lisa has a nice prayer flag post at inanoctopusgarden 

Susan

Susan at rosieinspirations …

Magpie's Nest Prayer Flags (1)

it is always a delight to spend time with these talented friends…

stitches making marks

speaking of talented friends be sure and stop by and visit Linda Kunsman of heARTfully Inspired who is having a wonderful giveaway with five chances to win some of her beautiful artwork…

***Tree Love Giveaway Winners***

Thank you to everyone that stopped by my giveaway and a special thank you to my thoughtful and generous friends that had nothing to gain by mentioning my giveaway and posting it on their blogs…

I wrote everyone’s name on a slip of paper and popped them into a special twig basket that my friend Carol Luszcz gave me many years ago…

here are the randomly selected winners (there were two Dianne’s so I had added dates to their names to differentiate between the two)

normally I would have responded individually to each comment but we were visiting our son in Colorado for Thanksgiving and I was unplugged for most of that special time…

Tree Love

***the winners are: Dianne … Marion  and Jenxo      thank you all for joining in***

it has been awhile since I have had a giveaway so I thought I would share some of my bleached trees as a thank you for visiting my Magpie’s Nest…

all you have to do to win is leave your comment here no later than 26 November…

three (3) random winners will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, 27 November…

each will receive one little box of trees containing three 2.5 inch (6.35 cm) and six 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) trees…

everyone is welcome to join in whether near or far away…

speaking of far away I won’t be able to check on you all for Tea Tuesday today…

Brightest of Blessings until next time…

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Bethany Beach Tea…

just back from a nice long relaxing weekend…

about a three hours drive away…

with thanks to special friends for sharing their lovely vacation home with us…

we could have lived on their pretty screened in porch…

it was lovely to twinkle our toes in the sand…

and enjoy beautiful sunsets…

we got to see the blue moon which was the prettiest pink against the deep blue night sky…

we were also delighted to discover a swan on one of our walks…

we enjoyed strolling the streets of nearby Rehoboth Beach too…

a change of scenery is always fun…

Happy Tea on Tuesday the day after…

I just found out that Kimmie is no longer doing Tea on Tuesdays with more on that here…

I will still be here on Tuesdays…

my friend Nathalie is having a wonderful giveaway here

*my latest trick is finally finding an easy way to add my name to watermark some of my photographs thanks again to Pixlr … all of the photos I share on my blog are my personal photos unless I state otherwise giving credit to another photographer*

pretty boxes…

friends (some I have never even met face to face) are so generous…

my friend Carmen recently gave me this lovely German box along with some vintage sheet music and images…

the button box is already holding some of my special treasures…

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Nathalie my Queen Bee friend has a wonderful etsy shop chuck full of goodness…

I found this box impossible to resist with its jointed corner construction and perfect patina for a future project…

(where is my woodworking vocabulary when I need it!)

Nathalie tucked in all kinds of special surprises too…

not just anyone would rescue beautiful broken sugar bowl pieces and share them with you…

and that mystery rusty piece ooh la laa…

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Jean of Bluebirds Living in the Meadow is having a fabulous giveaway times two AND is also sharing another of her great tutorials that you will not want to miss…

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”  ~Richard Bach (author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

taking time…

a quick note to thank everyone for your kind concern and well wishes for our son…

on Sunday it will be a week since his snowboarding accident…

we will be bringing him home for awhile for some TLC and assistance while his broken leg heals…

 I would like to direct you to a new blog by the very talented and lovely Linda Kunsman…

she is having a wonderfully generous and special giveaway of FIVE pieces of her beautiful artwork on her new heARTFULLY inspired by Linda blog…

be sure and pop by soon to welcome her to blogland…

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be sure and stop by my Queen Bee friend Margaret’s fabulous new etsy shoppe…

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another lovely giveaway from another of my Queen Bee friends Carole…

thank you all again OXO

a little tree tea …

okay maybe a lot…

my sweet friend Linda Richter got me excited about bleaching trees last year…

I have had some issues with my hands recently and haven’t been around the land of blog much…

a scary reminder to not take anything for granted…

I am beginning to feel better and hope to get my twinkle back soon…

enjoying a cup of Harney & Sons Darjeeling Highlands (to use their words) mellow and light Indian Black Tea

be sure and visit Kimmie for some really fun tea Tuesday posts…

oh and I am having a giveaway…

if you are interested you can find out more here

it’s my party and a giveaway…

***** the winners randomly chosen for my magazine giveaway are:

trudi and Tricia Leng *****

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birthdays in our family can last a nice long while…

to get my party started I decided to give away two copies of the current issue of SEW Somerset

for your chance to win all you need to do is leave one comment at this post BEFORE 19 December…

everyone is most welcome…

two winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday, 19 December OXO

Pacific Sea Star Tea

 looking back on our trip to California in October of 2010

this post has been in DRAFT for far too long now…

WHERE in the world has a year gone…

I still remember how entertained we were walking on Goat Rock Beach on the lookout for treasure…

what is it about wet shells and rocks that wink at you in the sand and whisper “take me home with you”

there was sea glass too if you were very patient…

my great discovery was a brilliant Ochre Sea Star still too freshly gone to take home…

it looked like a Fabergé jewel incrusted ornament shimmering in the sunlight…

and complimented the embroidery on my tunic nicely…

we were warned by friendly locals to never turn our backs on the ocean…

they have signs warning about deadly Sleeper Waves…

a local lady who shared some sea glass with me had some stories to tell about those…

it was a short drive back to the sanctuary of Jenner where we were staying…

a bite to eat and some tea on the Russian River here…

we are excited about our upcoming return visit to a different part of California end of this month to attend our nephew’s wedding…

it was our sweet niece’s wedding that took us to the west coast last year around this time…

here’s wishing you a very happy T Tuesday

… be sure and visit Kimmie

you never know where the T Tuesday bloggers will take you…

***if you are a Claudine Hellmuth fan her second book is my 10th giveaway over at my Magpie’s Nest Too blog***

…good enough

while clearing out some old catalogs I came across the image of a chair in front of the window and a lady in her flowing turquoise dress…

the words “I AM GOOD ENOUGH” have been pinned to my inspiration board for a very long time…

the images and words came together nicely for this spread…

a piece of coral ruffled fabric on my work table added nice texture and interest to my pages…

along with rub ons …

some liquid pencil, acrylic paint and inks…

a little rubber stamping and black and white doodle pen accents…

thanks to Sandy in Germany for the butterfly inspiration

I have been playing in this Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia made into an art journal since March of 2009

there is a little more room to go until my journal is filled…

here are some of my pages…

if you click on one and keep clicking it will take you to the next and the next…

it is fun to see most of my pages in one spot here instead of scattered on various blog posts…

also want to share this  from StoryPeople

“Awakening”

“In those days,
we finally chose
to walk like giants
& hold the world
in arms grown strong with love
& there may be many things we forget
in the days to come,
but this will not be one of them.” ~StoryPeople

new giveaway items are being added to my Magpie’s Nest Too blog all the time...

feel free to comment on as many as you would like for a chance to win