Category Archives: Elephant

doodling about…

first I want to thank the always generous and kind Estivalia for coming to my rescue yet again…

she made it possible for my word of the year “Balance” to be on my sidebar AND she also got the Tea on Tuesday widget working for me…

thank you thank you sweet Estivalia!!!

lots is going on here in our Magpie’s Nest…

we are in the midst of clearing out …

always it seems…

but now more earnestly than ever…

we are also in the process of replacing some carpet that has long outlived its usefulness…

 as you may know all of that is hard work so in the evenings I have been relaxing by doing a bit of doodling…

nice mindless escape…

I am a bit of a lazy doodler using my favorite ‘easy’ marks…

clearing out is a process much like doodling taking one step at a time…

“It is not how much you do, but how much (L)ove you put into the doing that matters.” ~Mother Teresa   OXO

More Over a Teacup

last Tuesday I shared some photos from three friend’s and I having a special tea prepared by the talented Julie and Susan of Julieanna Over a Teacup  in Broadway, Virginia

as that post got a little long…I thought I’d save some to share with you again today…

this vintage cup and saucer winked at me the moment I walked into the shoppe…

after tea I tried the cup on for size…

I like to be able to put my finger through the handle…

it was a perfect fit…

I have already enjoyed several delicious cups of my favorite Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme in it…

there is so much to catch the eye and delight the senses at Julieanna’s including special touches like their hand painted bags and ribbon wrapping…

along with our tea and conversation there were gifts…

Judy made everyone really special fabric covered tea journals…and she knows I enjoy postage stamps from around the globe too…

a yummy and delicate treat from Lennie … along with a tea pot spout drip catcher (say that five times quickly) that she bought for me at Julieanna’s as a thank you for driving…

a pretty bag full of gifts from Pat which included one of her “fairy umbrella” photo cards … her hand crafted heart scissor keeper … and two very special India inspired gifts…she knows me well..

some time ago I had found a bag of vintage sewing-needle books

what to my surprise when I opened the bag to find that there was one to fit each of these gals perfectly…

a horse theme for Pat McNally...

“Broadway” brand needles for Judy Post who has a Broadway address…

and a gardening theme with a Maryland Bank logo for Lennie Stimpson who used to work in a bank…

certainly the best gift of all was time spent together…

we survived THE hottest July on record here in the Washington DC Metropolitan area…

wishing you and yours a very happy August…

you can visit Kimmie for more T Tuesday stops and loads of inspiration…

India from the heART land

another pass in the Six Players group swap…

Elizabeth‘s tag…stitched with golden thread…really set the flavor of her inspired elephant pages for my India theme…

she knows I have a thing for elephants…to see more of my elephant posts…you can type the word elephant in the LOOKING FOR SOMETHING Search block to the right on my sidebar…

the addition of the marcasite elephant beads…just perfect…

marcasite and rhinestone jewelry trumps diamonds for me every time…

being able to touch these pages is definitely part of the enjoyment…

so many great details…I discover new things each time I sit with the pages…

her post today gives super details of her creative process which always fascinates me…her close up pics are brilliant too…

Elizabeth is a natural…the way she layers and collages with her sewing machine is inspiring…

last and certainly not least…the heart of India to me… Mahatma Gandhi…loving called Bapu or Father…Elizabeth dotted her “i”s with perfect marcasite moons…she totally outdid herself capturing the heart and essence of India…

here are my India pages so far…I am going to have to come up with a really special cover to house these amazing pages…my original idea of using a Simple Abundance cover is not going to work as these pages are already so bodacious…

I was amazed when Elizabeth’s bulging envelope arrived with extra goodies galore…

the ceramic teacup made the journey perfectly in tact…

as if these beautiful India pages were not enough Elizabeth created one of her stitched journals for me…

the really special denim journal cover was stitched by Halle

with a great pocket sewn in the front cover to hold pens…

it is impossible to show you all of Elizabeth’s sewn pages…

there are two signatures packed with goodness…

again so much to discover on each and every page…

I will have to think of something very special to do with this wonderful journal…

for now I am really enjoying just turning the pages…

many many thanks Elizabeth and Halle too!!!



Six Players: India pages from Gina …

another rotation in the Six Players swap … my theme is India … remember Marlynn’s amazing pages here … Gina Wise has sent these gorgeous pages that she made for me …

with the loveliest details…fabric…paper and more…

little tinkling bells…two kinds…

sari ribbon fabric done with a special hot tool finish that added great texture and interest… the beautiful silver piece behind the perfect Indian playing card for the back page was done with cardboard…duct tape and a cuttlebug…pretty amazing result…

the tiny Krishna shrine has little metal roses adorning it on the top…

Gina also made a precious little matchbox shrine that is wonderful with so many special layers…my photos really do not do the richness and depth justice…I have it right here by the computer to enjoy daily…

the Mehndi hands on the front and inside pages are amazing …done on alcohol ink colored pages…

I’ve always thought how exotic and fun that would be to have done…the lovely ribbons Gina included make a great addition to my growing India stash too…thank you so much Gina

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my bloggie friend Ana of i made it so has a new fun feature called “friday archive dive”…you can see the button on my sidebar…it’s a brilliant idea and a nice chance to go back and visit blog posts from the past…all are welcome to play along…you can see this week’s prompt here and find out all about it…

there is still time to enter my giveaway if you haven’t had a chance to pop by…winners will be announced on Sunday

Six Players Six Months

six of us will be exchanging tip in pages over the coming months … each person has a different theme…

I chose INDIA for my pages … they are sized to fit into a Simple Abundance book cover that I will alter when all of my pages arrive in Virginia …

my photos do not do justice to these wonderful pages from Marylnn … the paint has given the pages an extraordinary rich look AND feel…

Love the clever shadow effect in dark blue behind the Taj Mahal … Marlynn is an excellent cutter too…

wonderful metal tree branches from New York … a golden crown and other fabulous layers …

wouldn’t I just Love to be lucky enough to be peeking out of the Taj Mahal some day … notice the lovely lady’s bindi … Marylnn is all about details … Love that …

and the tag she made …

just look at all of the goodies she included … teas from her travels … I’ve already tried the Indian Spice and it is wonderful…

truly a gal after my own heart … she rescued a lavish embroidered Indian tunic and shared a piece with me … the pages were in this neat Taj Mahal file folder and tucked in the special “Anuschka” bag … Marlynn has done several posts that will tell you lots more about her creative process along with some wonderful photos too … what a grand beginning to our swap … thank you so much Ms Honeysuckle Breeze …oxo…

last but certainly not least …

the frosting on the cake was this gorgeous glittery Swan Boat card and bookmark that she brought back for me from a trip she took to Boston … oh did those make my heart swoon … just perfect for my swan obsession … one day Mr Magpie and I will get to ride on the swan boats …

soon I will show you the pages I created for Dianne’s Mexican Folk Art theme … sure had fun with that topic!


PLAY …

first I would like to thank Faye for helping me get my ABOUT button on the top of my blog to work … I was stuck and am so tickled to now have it clickable …

watching TV in the evenings … listening mostly … I find doodling very relaxing .. busy hands you know 😉 …

picked up this little fabric covered journal … handmade paper pages … each one a little smaller than a postcard … made in India … the elephant made me do it …

Collage Box Project #1

the talented and ever inventive LaWendula of Germany started a really neat project back in March


here is what she came up … a box with bits of this and that would make its way around the globe … each person would take 12 or 20 items out of the box and add 12 or 20 items back into the box sending it on its way … this was so popular … a second collage box is making its way around the world too


I was headed out to the grocery store today and checked the mailbox … I got so excited I had to come inside and open the package which arrived from Lisa (sorry I do not have a link) as she said … from almost down the street here in Virginia.  I Love the stamps on the envelope!   I took a quick look and decided the grocery store could wait until tomorrow


above are the items I removed from the box


and the items I added

this all happened very quickly … I did not give any thought to what I would do with anything … just picked what spoke to me …

LaWendula also made up a cute little sign in book

I used a new postage stamp that I had been saving … my last one

I will take the box to the post office tomorrow and send it on its way to Joy in Ohio AND get busy on creating something with my collage box goodies!

many thanks  to LaWendula for another great collaboration … her Paper Swaps are such fun and very popular too!

Elephants Go Marching …

thought you might like to see the lovely Artist Trading Cards I received in our local altered artists swap


each one so unique … some have great texture too!

top left Leiann Quesnel … middle left Lisa Murphy … bottom left Pat Lenz … top right Linda Yeatman … lower right Vera Sopenski

mine were posted here

Elephant ATC Swap

our local altered arts group is having an “Elephant” Artist Trading Card swap … I decided to doodle mine since Zentangling and doodling have been on my mind lately as evidenced here and here

if you click for the close up … please ignore the goober on my scanner lid … it showed up not so nicely in the background

did I make you look *ggg* … I was too lazy to run upstairs for a piece of black card stock and start all over again lining everything up on the scanner

my ATC began with an unmounted elephant rubber stamp … as you can see … I  filled in the rest of the card with doodles

it was VERY tempting to add a touch of color … in the end I decided to stick to black and white

Elephantidae

there is something very special about elephants … lots of things actually … they are the largest land animals now living … hard workers …  they represent patience and perseverance  … viewed as symbols of wisdom and dignity … highly intelligent with a long life span (70+ yrs is not unusual) … it is proven that elephants grieve…

Elephant-parade

I have had the white marble elephant … the one leading the parade … since I was a young girl … my mother got very excited in the town of Carrara, Italy on a camping vacation in Europe many years ago … she picked up marble lamps …  a special footed marble bowl that she filled with various marble fruits … my father picked out a beautiful statue … well you get the idea … at one point they wondered how they would fit my sister and I back in the car for the ride home to home base in Germany!

I saw in a movie once that it is good luck to face elephant statues looking out toward the outdoors … rather than facing “into” a room 🙂


 

 

Elephant-Closeup

when I saw the free patterns that Lynnette Anderson shared on her blog … I knew I wanted to stitch the elephants to add to my India altered book … thanks to my Woolie Nuts Quilting friends for sharing the link  … Lynnette offers a nice variety of really wonderful patterns at her link above…

my elephant embroidery, without the paisley fabric frame I made, measures 4 x 4.5 inches (10,16 x 11,43 cm)…

here is a link to one of my India book spreads and another here each have elephants in them…

“A king who always cares for the elephants like his own sons is always victorious and will enjoy the friendship of the celestial world after death” ~Kautiliya, scholar of Buddhism in India

Say “NO” to Ivory

 

 

WS: Exotic Places

For my first designer challenge (I am SO excited about this opportunity) for Wednesday Stamper/Mittwochstempler/WS,  I chose Exotic Places.  Sometimes when the holidays draw near, my first instinct is to leave for some far off place, even tho I really enjoy the holidays and have never gone away for Christmas…….a girl can dream……

Riding on an elephant would certainly classify as exotic in my book, especially in India!  Mind you,  I’ve only been on horse back a couple of times in my life; which is another story.

Here is the spread I did in my India altered book.  Be sure and visit WS for lots of amazing eye candy and see what other exotic places people decide to visit at this busy time of year.

*click to zoom in*

wsexotic1I used fabric on the right side along with different inks, a piece of gold embossed blue paper and I stamped with an unmounted elephant rubber stamp (I’ve had it so long I cannot remember where it came from, it was in my early stamp collecting days).  I edged it with my gold Krylon pen and because of a slip of the pen, I ended up scribbling on it too to make things match……classic flopportunity!   I added a bindi to the elephants forehead.  I think I will need to wear one of those when I go for my elephant ride in India one day! wsexoticrt2

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ~Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 – 1849

Elephants are highly revered in India.



Hello India

At last, I’ve begun. One of the holdups to creating altered book pages was the cleaning off of my work table. There was quite a bit of creative chaos all around.

Now I have space large enough for a book. This is actually an encyclopedia, Britannica Junior, with wonderful pages ready to receive fabrics, papers and more!

Hello India

I used rubber stamps, peeled fancy elephant tissues along with red foil from a German chocolate ball ornament. The star on a chain has a mirror on the back, it was a holiday ornament as well.