Category Archives: Feathers

the beating of her he♥rt…

so much of what I create comes from scraps of this and that handy on my work table…

Magpie's Nest Patty szymkowicz Affection

it was a nice surprise to come across a piece of a copy of my heart rhythm from an electrocardiogram done years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz changedthe lady with her parasol is a TAP transfer on tea bag paper…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the beating of my heartjoining Art Journal Journey’s “If Music Be the Food of Love” where there is an incredible amount of creativity…

“We know so little of the why, what the universe is, what infinity is. The veil around us is very fragile.” -Conor McPherson

 

Second on the 2nd for May … Birdies, birdies everywhere …

it is a new month already and our Lily of the Valley bloomed in time to help celebrate May Day…Magpie's Nest Lily of the Valley Love

it is time to join Elizabeth for her second look at a past blog post…  my birds were originally posted in May 2008… interesting to note that we are no longer meeting at that store as they didn’t have room for us anymore but our mixed media art group is still going strong all these years later…

Posted on May 14, 2008 | 

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” ~Aesop”

September days…

“We are like the spider


We weave our life

and then move along in it

We are like the dreamer

who dreams 

and then lives in the dream

This is true for the entire universe.” ~The Upanishads

OXO see you in October OXO

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

box of delights tea…

Judy Domec really outdid herself in decorating the box full of goodies that I won in her round robin traveling tea cup event

she said it was her first art mail attempt…very well done Judy…I know your box delighted lots of people all along its journey…

I truly did not want to open it right away as there was lots to read and enjoy…but

finally I did open it while sipping some delicious Chocolate Pu-erh and munching on a Madeleinea container of those jumped into the grocery cart the other day which hardly ever happens…

here is the lovely line up of treats that I won from all around the country…

thank you Dawn

thank you Lori

thank you Amy

thank you Jill

thank you Halle

thank you Pat

thank you Kimmie

thank you Judy

how did I get SO lucky…

wishing you all a very happy T Tuesday from rainy Virginia…

you can visit Kimmie at her Art in Red Wagons for links to lots of these talented artists along with other fun people to visit too…

Gina’s shades of white…

my turn in the Six Players rotation to work on Gina’s “shades of white” theme…

as some of you may know Gina left this world suddenly near the end of November 2010…

the India pages she created for me are wonderful and so magical…

they were some of the last pieces she made…

starting her white pages was tough for me…

I finally got busy on Tuesday, 8 February not knowing that my sweet Mother had slipped away in her sleep that same morning…she was not discovered under early evening…

I had selected the quote below a few days before as inspiration…

“My soul her wings doth spread
And heavenward flies,
Th’ Almighty’s mysteries to read
In the large volumes of the skies.”~William Habington (1605-1654)

the one thing I had set aside for Gina’s white pages were some white feather wings…

I was thinking ‘white swan’…I {heart} swans…

but when Gina died it quickly turned into an angel’s wing…

Gina had sent punched pages that she glued background onto…

I added a little gesso to these center pages with dictionary background…collaging with fabric and paper…

the dove is a TAP transfer done on thin cotton…

I stamped onto a piece of delicate handkerchief…

added computer generated words…

stitching everything together before gluing it onto the page…

bits of lace…papers and trim sewn onto watercolor paper to create the heart…

the border at the bottom was made with tea dyed lace…

paper flowers with vintage white buttons glued in the centers…

my last page is a collage with a mini trading card…layered netting…gauze…laces and ribbon…

the “HAND MADE” is from a cigar box strip and the daisies are pieces of an old necklace…

my tag for Gina’s Shades of White…

which I made after my mother’s death…

the only new thing I have managed to create so far…

a good friend of Gina’s…Kathy…has kindly stepped in to help finish our Six Players swap…

“It is the color of a dove and in some places a color of mourning.” ~Gina Wise, taken from her beautifully written inspiration letter for her “white” theme to each of the players

Ana’s “friday archive dive”

Ana of  i made it so has a fun Friday challenge open to all…she calls it friday archive dive…this week’s prompt is NEWit is a fun challenge and opportunity to look back into your blog posts…time moves so quickly…I picked Altered Cutlery as NEW…it was to me about three years ago this time…sixteen blog posts later it has not lost its alure…here is a blogpost from 2008 with some of my early pieces of  altered cutlery…

Altered Spoons

Posted on January 9, 2008 by ~*~Patty| 15 Comments |

Spoons8Jan08 Still playing with cutlery, thank you SO much Charlotte Kemsley; moving from mostly forks to spoons at the moment.

Two soup spoons were flattened by my husband. The center teaspoon was pounded just a bit to give a flatter spot for the image of the three little boys.

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On the back of the spoon I added the words “the beating of his heart”. The charms were removed from a bracelet from the early 1900′s. The names of Edwin 3-30-08, Carl 10-18-12, and Meacham 9-1-15 are engraved on the bottoms of the shoes. I had the perfect image of three boys to add to the spoon along with the blue crystal heart.

The image of the Indian girl holding her papoose is just so precious, she’s a real beauty.

Deb of Lavender Rose Ramblings (don’t you love that name, two of my favorite flowers!) shared a fabulous resource with me. The New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 amazing images and more.

If you’ve not checked it out before, it is well worth the visit.

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them” ~Victor Hugo

Dress Up – September * Swan Song

a new month … time for Margaret’s Dress Up challenge

my September dress was going to be a little black dress … with thoughts of blackboards and such in my head …

until … I added the swan … and before I knew it … pieces of an old lace curtain … a precious gift from a special friend … layered here and there with gel medium … with one white feather …

speaking of precious gifts … special friends and swans … just look at these beautiful and thoughtful treasures … can’t wait to try the Green Tea with Lemon …

a most unique swan made of metal and glass … just imagine an elegant table set with salt cellars like this one … I have never seen anything like it ever before … thank you sweet Jean

nine dresses and counting


“Get my swan costume ready.” ~Anna Pavlova, Russian Ballerina 1882-1931

* * * last chance to sign up for my giveaway which closes tonite at midnight * * *

Gothic Arches eBook

Nancy Maxwell James is a very talented and generous artist … I am honored and tickled to be included in her Exploring Arches Through Mixed Media online eBook … she did an amazing job of compiling eleven different artists arch creations


here are a few of the arches I created that are included in the ebook … the two arches on the right are made of wood

supplies and techniques are shared for each creation with a nice range of mixed media projects … close to ninety pages of eye candy and inspiration free to download as a pdf file

for details on how to access the book … visit Nancy here