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Liberate Your Art 2015 Postcard Swap

Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap celebrated its fifth anniversary this year (you can visit her link above to find out all about it)…

Patty Szymkowicz Tranquility Postcard

this is my first time participating thanks to the encouragement of friends in our local mixed media collaborative group who took part last year … I sent postcards made from a favorite piece of my artwork above …I included a quote from the Dalai Lama XIV “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”  I also included my address because I think it is fun to know where mail comes from along with Brightest of Blessings and the address to my Magpie’s Nest…I am hoping to find out where my five cards landed…

#1 Fran Podlesney

it was fun watching the mailbox for the first card to appear and what to my surprise it was from one of my mixed media friends from the group I mentioned above (what are the odds that this card would randomly come to me all the way from Oregon when Fran lives so close to me here in Virginia) … Fran wrote on the back of her card “From Virginia, USA. Gelatos, Acrylics, gesso, stencils & Napkin collage.  Always create!”

#2 Dorthy Louis

the next card arrived from Dorothy Louis in Corvallis, Oregon and her card was rubber stamped in individual letters “PEACE   BEAUTY    TRUTH    LOVE“…

#3 Dona Hyll

Dona Hyll wrote “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~Christopher Reeve  When not at my day job, I find I have a need to be creative?  Here are examples of the tablet weaving I do for a Viking recreation group!  We have our own festival the last weekend in April each year in Ashville, Ohio!”

#4 Yellow Sun Lisa

Yellow Sun Lisa wrote on the back of her Flowers in Gouache card: “Dear Artist: If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -Roald Dahl

#5 Kat van Rooyen

Kat van Rooyen’s postcard “Taken in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, USA” reads “Let your creativity shine like the sun over the Appalachian Mountains here in this photo.  No one sees the world exactly as you do so express yourself!  Enjoy! Kat ♥

#6 Kat Sloma

and last but not least is a card from the person we all have to thank for such a grand event “Imminent Downfall” by Kat Sloma and on the back it says:  “When you Liberate your Art the world is a better place.  Thank you! Kat”…

many many thanks to everyone that participated and to Kat Sloma who is amazing and generous and so well organized…

I hope there will be a swap next year but until then I am off to join in Kat’s Blog Hop

Second on the 2nd

Elizabeth started a fun new monthly challenge this January which is nice since it is only once a month…

you can read all about it on her Altered Book Lover blog

 here is a blast from my art journaling past that I posted back in January 2008

Paint Scraped Journal Pages

“I am drawn to vintage everything, so these pages were a huge departure for me along with being a whole lot of fun.

The Britannica Junior encyclopedia pages make a wonderful canvas and receive paint very well.

Magpie's Nest scraped-paint-journalltinsp

One of the things that made these pages different for me was using images found in everyday magazines/publications.

“Inspired” would be on the left hand spread and “354 check” would be the right hand side of the book. Just above the number is a red label that says “Remove Before Flight”. It could be tricky flying with a peacock on your head!

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“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” ~Bo Bennett

2014 in review according to WordPress

“The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

many thanks to all for a fun year of sharing and inspiration and so much more…

I truly appreciate everyone’s time and support…

AND thank you WordPress for making this all possible!

Happy New Year oxo Patty

2014 T Tuesday Review…

here we are at the end of another year

Magpie's Nest iphoneography T sampler

with 2015 right around the corner…

Magpie's Nest 2014 T Sampler

a chance to look back a bit…

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remembering good times…

Eugenia's gift from Greece

and so many generous friends…

Magpie's Nest Spring Summer T Sampler

I am wishing you a new year full of fun…

Mom and Dad's Winterling German Chinaand inspiration…

Traveling T Cup 2014 sampler

with time to explore…

Mixed Berry Scones and French Press Coffeeand savor each moment…

Kate and Henry love letter tea

~ Be Well Dear Ones ~

Forget-me-Nots and Hydrangeas

 I am joining in with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s to wish you a happy last T Tuesday of 2014 …

Patty Szymkowicz Boulder Tea House CO with apps

 ~♥oxo♥~

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with our year coming to a close it seems a perfect time to tell you how much your visits and kind words have meant to me again this year…

US Capitol Tree

you make sharing extra fun…

Sparkle Joy Patty's Magpie Nest

I am looking forward to another year of being connected to so many creative and truly nice people all around the globe…

Patty's Magpie Nest Peace on Earth

may Peace be your gift and Love your blessing all year through…

Patty's Magpie Nest Driftwood tree

wishing you a special celebration time along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s and a very Merry Christmas from my Magpie’s Nest oxo

 

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)

treats for t…

today I am sharing a box of wonderful hand crafted treats that arrived in my mailbox all the way from Germany…

valerie box

I was one of the lucky winners of a giveaway that the lovely and talented Valerie of Bastelmania had recently (Valerie shares her beautiful surroundings along the Rhine River and her passion for creating here on her blog)

Valerie card and art goodies

you’d really have to see these pieces in person to fully appreciate the depth and detail that Valerie puts into everything she makes (also included were some blank tags and a little blank canvas that I have already started playing with)…

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who knew a plain brown paper bag could be magically transformed with punching and folding and special touches (the color is truer in my second photo below…my iphone and I are still learning to get along)…

little book

above on the left is a sweet little accordian book with a fancy corrugated cardboard cover

DSC02789 Owl

the layers and details on this owl hanging are really wonderful (notice the handmade paper beads and more)…

Magpie's Nest cup of pumpkin

wishing everyone a happy T day along with all of the friends over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s…

“Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up.  What was is not and never again will be; what is is change.” -Edwin Teale

 

T Stands for Tuesday Anniversary…

our hosts Elizabeth and Bleubeard of Altered Book Lover asked that we pick a favorite post from the last year today so I decided to repost my end of the year tea review below…

my tea (T) Tuesday posts go back as far as 2009 when I first joined in the weekly group tea blogging fun

Spring 2013 T Highlights

for the last couple of years I have done a tea year in review here and here

Summer 2013 T Highlights

so I thought on this New Year’s Eve I would revisit some of my 2013 tea highlights with you…

Autumn 2013 T Highlights

to keep today’s post from getting too long I plan to do a Traveling Tea Cup review later this week…

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 I am very grateful for your visits and the time you spend with me…

Magpie's Nest Lilac Tea (1)

each of you help make my journey very rich and interesting…

Harbor View condo (2)

thank you and Happy New Year Dear Ones as I join Elizabeth and Bleubeard today for the final T Stands for Tuesday until next year…

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

Happy T Day Anniversary~♥~thank you for being here

Seth Apter’s 6th Annual Buried Treasure and Rinda’s 2014 Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt

Two fun things to bring to your attention in case you do not know about them already…

Seth Apter of The Altered Page  is doing his exciting Buried Treasure
feature again this year…
Seth Apter Buried Treasure
here is part of what he has to say:
 “The premise is simple. On Thursday, June 12th all participating bloggers will re-post one (or more) of their favorite posts that ever appeared on their blog. As you might already know, I don’t like too many rules when it comes to art. So anything goes.”  
For the whole story you can visit him here
AND

Rinda of Gallo Organico is back this year with her 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt which includes a great list of items you can see here

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this will be the third year that I have participated and it is such fun…

you too can play along as the hunt runs through 23 September of this year…

 

 

 

artwork from friends…

some days it is so exciting to go to the mailbox…

Christie surprised me with a wonderful textured St Patrick’s Day postcard that she created adding a real vintage Irish postage stamp…

Christie's Fab Art Postcard

and a new blog friend from Germany treated me to an assortment of her lovely creations and gifts (her generosity all started after I was admiring the tag she made here and she offered to send it to me)…

creations and gifts from Sabine Kleinmann

thank you SO much dear ♥ Christie and Sabine ♥ you made it such fun to open our mailbox filled with your good wishes and wonderful artwork!

♥ clicking on each photo will give you a closer look ♥

Hermine’s Card Project

the talented and lovely Hermine from The Netherlands asked me to participate in her rolodex card project and this gorgeous card arrived along with a blank card for me to work on…

Hermine's lovely card

Hermine is sending blank cards around the globe so she can fill the lovely box she altered with lots of different artists’ creations

my collaged card for Hermine

I had wanted to needle felt a card for her file box but thought in the end that it might be too bulky so I created a layered collage card using various bits of paper (including a tiny piece of map from San Francisco, California)…embossing with thick gesso…Inka Gold highlights…a bit of altered paper towel for the water and a piece of daisy trim for the sun from a friend

Hermine's photo of my card

it was great fun to make and here is how the card looks in it’s new home with Hermine

an early Valentine…

part of a class assignment in Misty Mawn’s FULL CIRCLE Workshop was to create a “day in the life” photo collage and poem…

Pin cushion I made for my Mom

photos are something I enjoy taking each and every day but releasing words and emotions can be a bit more challenging…

Snowheart

on an icy day recently I snapped lots of photos using my favorite Pixlr along with Misty’s generous class instructions to make a collage/mosaic…

Lady Love

the heart in the center below was created out on our back porch in January when our weather went from very cold to much much warmer in an instant steaming up a mirror…

Happy Birthday in Heaven Sweet Alexander

 I lit a candle and wrote a little Love note to our son Alex

Heart for U

wishing you and yours a lovely Valentine’s Day and may each and every day be filled with L♥ve Sweet L♥ve…

“chipped and broken 
this heart anchors me in ice

warmed by L♥ve
my frozen fears turn into dust

to shine and glow 
…still…”  

~Patty Szymkowicz

*please send healing prayers and get well wishes to a most beloved artist and blog friend Dorthe Hansen*

sweet tea…

fresh flowers are most welcome any time of year in my opinion and I find that in mid winter the delicate fragrance of hyacinth blooms and the elegant beauty of tulips are especially sweet…

Hyacinth and Tulips

the little child’s tea pot lost its lid long ago and the precious espresso pin cushion was created by my friend Nathalie

mini teapot and Nathalie's pin cushion cup

I am joining in with Elizabeth and Bleubeard again this week and wishing you lots of sweet moments

Christie's Beautiful Valentine Postcard

speaking of sweet look at the wonderful mixed media gelli print postcard that just arrived in my mailbox (THANK YOU so much dear Christie♥)…

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch...

“Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.” ~Chinese Proverb