Category Archives: Buttons

swan song…

finally the red rosin paper art journal I started back in October of 2013 is complete (more about how my gesso and monoprint pages began when you click the link above) …Magpie's Nest Red Rosin Monoprint cover

I made a TAP transfer ironing it on cotton using a German swan image (swans are a favorite of mine for lots of reasons)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Red Rosin Journal Cover

adding bits of tea dyed lace and part of a flimmerstern along with a sweet spray of vintage flowers (some of those blooms also appear on a few pages inside the journal)…Magpie's Nest Swan book cover finishing touches

I got out one of my button jars to have a lookie look and found a button with hanging threads that seemed perfect…Magpie's Nest book binding

after deciding on the smaller poking tool I did a simple in and out tied binding… if you are interested in what’s inside the journal I have links to each of the spreads here

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Swan Song art journal

sharing this for Gill’s wonderful NATURE’S WONDERS theme at Art Journal Journey…

the desire to create …

the February Art Journal Journey challenge is “If Music Be the Food of Love“ which can include things like music …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz strips of paper collage backgroundfood or anything you love…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz button heartmy art journal pages are full of things I Love like paper and gesso and buttons (even button papers) and words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the desire to createcreating is something that brings me endless joy…

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

like the moon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Journal Pages

two more pages in one of my gesso journals inspired by the Artchix girl…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Art chix image

paper punched trees with layers of gesso and pencil and the winter moon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Moon

joining with Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Like the Moon

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” -Yoko Ono

Second on the 2nd for July … Swans

altered books have fascinated me since early in 2000 and I have always admired swans…

Grab button for Second on the 2nd

today I am revisiting a post from July 2008 and joining with Elizabeth’s second look on the 2nd of the month … here goes:

Swan * Schwan * Cygne * Cisne * Labed

 “For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every Art.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

… the good stuff

Magpie's Nest The Good Stuff (1)

haven’t made an inchie in quite a while but this one popped up at just the right time to inspire a couple of quick pages in my gesso journal and the heart is punched from monoprint paper …

Magpie's Nest The Good Stuff (2)

the flower was created out of paper clay awhile ago in a mold I made using a fancy metal nail head embellished with some paint and rub on gold…

Magpie's Nest The Good Stuff (3)

 scrapbook paper “buttons” and pencil doodles …

Magpie's Nest The Good Stuff

wishing you lots of good stuff…

Magpie's Nest The Good Stuff (4)

~♥~ tootles until next month ~♥~

Magpie's Nest Grateful TravelersOXO

stitch by stitch …

 

Rusty Tea Dyed Fabrics

a chance to use some of my rusted and hand dyed fabric pieces

stitches

 not worrying about making exact stitches or finished edges is relaxing for me while listening to TV…

 Johanna's Swan JOY

 a beautiful German Swan image printed on cotton from Johanna in Germany…Patty Szymkowicz Prayer Flags

in the center you can see how plain the flags begin with a sleeve at the top for stringing/hanging…

LOVEthe embroidered netting is from a thrift shop shower curtain (wish I knew who to thank for the little girl image?)…

Another HeavenI printed a copy of a small canvas I created onto cotton adding dyed netting, a silk ribbon bow and a piece of gorgeous lace from Mapy in France

Peacethis flag came about when I found the last piece of lovely silk kimono left over from making a Japanese Journal that used wonderful ingredients all the way from Jen in Australia

the Japanese lady is printed onto new tea bag paper which was a gift from my friend Judy Post…

“All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle.”  ~Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851

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…

beeswax tins…

do you find some packaging impossible to resist?

I admit I have purchased items for their containers…

Magpie's Nest Beeswax

my mint tins have been grilled (there is a link on my sidebar on how I do that) to remove the paint and labeling…

Home Sweet Home

ready for melted beeswax which smells wonderful and is very forgiving…

Love and Healing

like a good friend…

Peace

if you make a mistake you have a chance to go back and start over…

Midnight Ride

for my altered tins I used assorted papers, fabric, lace, vintage millinery, beads, charms, buttons and images that I had on my art table (the horses are from Dover Publications while the others are a mystery to me)…

Beeswax JOY tin

 if you would like to see more of my beeswax creations from the last five years you can go to the LOOKING FOR SOMETHING space on my sidebar and type “Beeswax” in the Search line OR click on the word “Beeswax” on the same line as Comments below …

be sure to visit Dorthe who has shared some of her really beautiful wax creations here

special thanks to local mixed media art friends for a recent play date that got me going with wax again…


Sew Delighted…

today’s mail took me completely by surprise…

what to my delight to find my “Mother Nature” creation on page 141 in the Gallery Section of the Winter 2013 issue of SEW Somerset…

here is the paragraph I submitted with the piece back in January 2011 (see why I forgot about it)…

Mother Nature

5 x 7.5”

Layer various cotton fabrics, netting and old lace along with silk and rayon ribbons and stitch them onto watercolor paper.  I also use glue stick now and then to adhere bits of fabric.  The image from Paper Artsy (http://www.paperartsy.co.uk/) is stamped onto paper with black permanent ink and stitched onto the layered fabrics.  Embellish with green leaf ribbon…my blossoms are from a vintage hat (they are fabulous to pick apart and use as accents)…the gorgeous stitched on vintage button was a gift from a friend (thank you Caterina).

I can see why they edited it, my tenses were all over the place LOL…

this piece was mailed in at the same time as my “Cherry Pie” fabric postcard that was published in the Winter 2012 issue of SEW Somerset here

I had every intention of buying the 2013 Winter issue because the talented Catarina of La Dolce Vita has a lovely article that I wanted to see up close and personal…

another talented and sweet friend Jean of Bluebirds Living in the Meadow is a cover girl and has a couple page spread in the upcoming issue of a very special issue of Somerset Studio’s Artists’ Cafe

~**Thank You very very much Stampington & Company**~

~* just had to share the happy news *~

***AND another lovely and talented blog friend Nancy Maxwell of Sugar Lump Studios is published in the same SEW Somerset issue…

the more the merrier***

Nathalie’s “Collections” Zine…

the hardest part about playing in Nathalie’s “Collections” Zine was narrowing it down to “what”

I amaze myself sometimes in what I actually do end up gathering with everything from security envelopes to rocks and so much more…

my pages pretty much speak for themselves (the piece of heart ribbon was something I found on the street)

waiting for one more zine and I’ll be finished with my part of this Queen Bee swap…

button cuff completa…

after a lovely visit to the country with my friend Dot and seeing her cuff below I was inspired all over again by buttons …

she kindly sent me home with a blank black elastic cuff stitched and ready to be decorated …

I finally got busy yesterday while watching a little Doc Martin on tv…

it really IS fun to pick through buttons

I like keeping mine in jars

they look like candy…

I have two weddings to go to this month…

my new button cuff may be just the thing to go with my little black dress…

if I made another one I would sew each button on and knot it individually…

I bet that’s what Dot did…

there are about 40+ buttons on my cuff…

a very Happy Birthday to my sister and to my sweet Onkel Sepp (both do not read my blog) AND also to Marit my special bloggie art sister who has some really exciting news to share here

it is Gandhi’s birthday too…

“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress” ~Mahatma Gandhi, 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948

tea and buttons with the girls


last Tuesday I had the chance to spend time with art friends at Dot’s lovely home in the country …

the focus of our gathering was buttons…

something I am always drawn to…

here is a sampling of the inspiring pieces Dot had already created…

she sent me home with a blank elastic cuff to play with…

hers clingled so nicely…

I was sipping delicious Raspberry Green Tea

around her table covered in a gorgeous quilt that she had rescued…

she patiently instructed us in how to weave our buttons and generously shared some of her special button collection too…

here is just one of the gorgeous things she has made…

Dot does so many things and SO very well too…

a true creative genius…

the frosting on the cake for me was a trip to her hen houses…

the girls as she calls them (and a few guys too) got very excited as she led me down a beautiful woodland path…

when I got home we enjoyed the freshest egg omelet ever as some of the eggs she collected were still warm…

our son said he could taste flavors he had never noticed in eggs before…

Dot is not only talented but has a really generous heart too…

she made me a beautiful portfolio out of lovely chicken fabric that someone had sent her from The Netherlands …

her reputation for being the egg lady has spread far and wide…

she knows how tickled I get around hens

for me it is a chance to step into a world I normally would not get to witness…

as you can tell it was a very special visit and I have only shared some of the highlights…

time spent with art friends…

tea and treats…

so much eye candy and sharing …

I was really happy to be able to join Dot, Janet and Leslie for this gathering…

all such talented and nice people…

for more fun places to visit pop on over to Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons

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a little update on my Magpie’s Nest TOO giveaway blog

my first winner was the lovely and talented Gio in Italy

last chance to sign up today for three giveaways …

those winners will be announced on 28 September …

items are being added all the time

what do you see…hoop la la

Carole sent lovely fabric bits and a wooden hoop for her Queen Bee “what do you see” challenge…

eventho I am very fond of playing with fabric…

these ingredients had me wondering where to begin…

bravely cutting into that lovely small crocheted round that Carole sent…I decided to stamp on the twill tape and added an embroidered hankie that I tea dyed along with some green buttons from my stash…

the green doily is from my Mom’s house…I stretched it in the hoop cutting around the edges…sealing the ravely bits with a clear fabric glue…

a golden key…Eiffel Tower charm and wooden Fleur-de-Lis from my stash were the finishing touches to Carole’s almost 7.5 inch (19.05 cm) finished hoop…really fun…

now I’ve shown you all of the swap pieces I’ve created for NathalieLinda and Margaret

the last two of my kipper tins are on their way home…I will share a look at them soon…

it’s Friday and Ana has another exciting Friday Archive Dive...stop by…you won’t be sorry…you are welcome to join in the fun too!