Category Archives: Heart

out with the old and in with the new…

we have lived in the same house for over 32 years which was newly built when we moved in…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-32-yr-old-kitchen

the original cabinets and laminate counter tops were nothing fancy but they served us well over the years (I really liked my stainless steel sink a lot too)…magpies-nest-enclosed-back-porch

since the contractor that did our recent renovations did such a nice job and there happened to be a 25% off cabinet sale we decided to get new white cabinets and counters to update our kitchen…magpies-nest-open-kitchen-shelves

that means moving everything out (Mr Magpie built these shelves for us years ago)magpies-nest-dream-shelf

over the weekend we enjoyed some cherry apple canelé baked at our local Le Pain Quotidien bakery… they were almost as good as the first ones we got to try at a Sunday fresh air market in Libourne, France back in April…
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our tour director introduced us to a gentleman that still made them the old fashioned way brushing the fluted metal molds with beeswax which gave the cannelés a special crunch on the outside YUM (that is a new heart rock that Mr Magpie surprised me with above)…

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it was such a special happening right there on the street that we did not get any good photos of that encounter (the old metal pans were a thing of beauty)…
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2016 has been an exciting year of changes for us…

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not sure how plugged in I will be while the renovations are going on the next couple of weeks because the main computer has to be moved and that is the only way I can do blog posts or comment…magpies-nest-autumn-days

here’s wishing you a Happy November (ALREADY!) and a Happy T Day too as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

teach…

an all time favorite Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song TEACH YOUR CHILDREN  inspired this two page spread for Elizabeth’s BACK TO SCHOOL theme over at Art Journal Journey…magpies-nest-teach-inspiration

I challenged myself to use colors I don’t often use and found a napkin along with some of my mother’s old paints that helped move me in that direction…

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not totally comfortable with my color matching my favorite heavy gesso came to the rescue once again…magpiess-nest-distracted-by-dried-paintthen I got distracted for a bit by my paint tray noticing a small corner of paint sticking up… sure enough the layers of paint peeled out easily and yes I did save those bits for what I am not exactly sure🙂 …magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-rainy-day-fun

then it was back to trying to make my pages work on a lovely rainy day here in Virginia…

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it was fiddly fun cutting and pasting thin pieces of napkin to carry the design from one page to another (that napkin was too good to cover up completely)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-right-page

it took me awhile to get some matching turquoise and greenish yellow for my painted pages…

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some Adirondack BOTTLE stamping ink applied with a wet wipe worked for one part since a lot of my Tim Holtz DISTRESS STAINS seem to have lost their color over time…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-art-journal-pages

a little more doodling with my gold paint pen and my pages are complete (tricky to photograph on a rainy day)…

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well,
Their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
Songwriters: Graham Nash
Teach Your Children lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group

Herz… serce… cœur… hjerte… hart… cuore… heart…

February is known as “heart month”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE collageSt Valentine’s Day and heart health awareness are a couple of  reasons…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gratitude heart's memory

as it happens two very special people close to my heart were born in February (Mr Magpie and Alex)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Guatemalan ProverbI have a HE♥RT Category  for my blog posts that have hearts in them…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz blooming indoorsback in the 1990’s I had a little business called “Works of the Heart” and I sold hand woven baskets… orphan pieces of china filled with dried flowers and herbs… wreaths and decorations made out of dried fruits… cinnamon ornaments and more (this photo shows me along with a small sampling of my wares … WOW those glasses)

Patty Szymkowicz Works of the Heartthen life took a drastic turn and everything changed…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz altered candy boxI recently had fun playing with hearts and paper and paint and enjoyed making a few cards…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 2016 ValentinesMr Magpie picked up that sweet Angel Vine heart and tiny pot of pink roses for me beating the 14 February flower rush…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Angel vine heart with roseshere’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Felted Wool Valentinethank you very much for your visits…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Full Heart quote on tulip petalsyou help fill my he♥rt again and again…

 

 

 

creating Love always…

there was a time after our son’s death in 1999 when I thought I might never make anything again…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress

all my life I have enjoyed doing things with my hands inspired by creative and busy parents…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress 2

several years after Alex’ death I took a class on embossing on velvet with rubber stamps (with thanks to everyone at ARTFULLY SCRIBED in Herndon Virginia… wish they were still in business)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Aleays background

 creating a few accordion books with embossed velvet covers after that class brought me back from the brink and had me headed toward the mixed media life I now enjoy so much…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress 3

this time of year with the anniversaries of loved one’s passings and birthdays that they aren’t here to celebrate I have to work extra hard to try and keep my balance and not sink or fade away…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Always Closeup

I am so very grateful for the community of creative souls that I get to connect with here and thank each of you for being a part of my healing journey…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE Always(9 x 12″ on watercolor paper)

I am joining Art Journal Journey’s February challenge “If Music Be the Food of Love“ along with Paint Party Friday where I am still a newbie and so happy to feel inspired to play more with paint…

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.”
― Rosalía de Castro

(I just noticed this is blogpost #2000 since I started blogging in 2007)

the work of our hearts…

another spread in an altered book for the Art Journal Journey February challenge “If Music Be the Food of Love“

Magpie's Nest beginning pagestorn pieces of a vintage 1911 invoice (I used the original instead of a copy like I might have done in the past) … German book text… and a digital collage on the right of L♥ve stitcheries and assorted buttons…

Magpie's Nest TAP transfer onto book paperthe birds are from my photograph made into a TAP transfer and ironed onto book text

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Hands to Heart CreateHazel’s challenge for AJJ this month is an inspiring one…

Michael Bridge heart and hands quote

 

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

rest from the wheel of the mind…

for me the winter months hold cause for celebration but also the anniversaries of loved ones lost…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progressbringing a range of emotions along with the chance to notice how far I have come in the healing process which is ongoing…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (3)working in my new larger journal again with paint and magazine transfers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (1)the heart is a photograph of a metal hanging heart that holds a tea light…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (2)I printed out two sets of wings and layered them snipping the feathers on the top layer gluing just the heart onto the page so the wings are free…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kindjoining in with two of my favorite challenge blogs:  Mix it Monthly/What Wings Are For and Art Journal Journey/Winter Wonderland

FB the idealist a broken heart awaya really special way to help pass these winter days is taking an online workshop with a brilliant artist… the talented and very generous Misty Mawn… there is an early sign up rate this week and you can find out all about it HERE

a day…

 new pages in one of my gesso journals (I can only declutter for so long and then I have to play!)…

Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Journal pages

paint and paper and bits of old lace curtain…

Patty Szymkowicz a day left and right

I have been drawn to those words before…

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my pages fit Mix it Monthly’s “A Facial Profile” and AJJ’s “Masculine/Feminine” challenges…

Patty Szymkowicz Sedum Blooms

we are enjoying some surprise blooms on one of our succulents … 

Spring parade tea …

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Spring has sprung here in northern Virginia with a wonderful parade of blooms everywhere you turn (the nature photos here were all taken in our garden)…

Magpie's Nest Spring in Virginia 2015

some recent cooler temperatures helped keep the blossoms fresh and in place a little longer than in other years…

Magpie's Nest garden visitors

Mr Magpie is healing nicely after trigger finger surgery

Magpie's Nest Slow Down and Enjoy No heavy lifting!and is getting some rest away from work while he’s on the mend (even the stick on message from a breakfast sandwich supported that) …

Magpie's Nest Lily of the Valley closeupwe are enjoying sitting out on our back porch again…

Magpie's Nest Nature

 here’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

Magpie's Nest greatest figt of the garden quote

Second on the 2nd for February 2015

February already and it’s time for the second “Second on the 2nd” thanks to Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover for the chance to look back and repost something you would like to share again…

here is a look back to February 2012 and an altered heart book that I created…

the post was titledpages of my heart”

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” ~Marc Chagall”

no matter where you go…

 playing in my gesso journals is something I enjoy very much as everything seems to intuitively flow onto the pages…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Journal

I am joining the PaperArtsy 2015 topic 2 Shiny Stuff challenge

Magpie's Nest Shiny paper and gold leaf

the lovely gold veined sheer paper in the background above is a favorite ingredient of mine as it melts into all surfaces so beautifully and playing with gold leaf is something I have been meaning to do for some time now (this time I used glue stick to adhere it to my journal pages)…

Magpie's Nest forget-me-not lady

the blue forget-me-nots are from a trip we took to Switzerland a few years ago which all seems like a dream now…I painted on top of a magazine face adding hair and the bodice of her dress leaving the eyes and lips mostly untouched…

Magpie's Nest My Heart journal page

the words “my heart” were left showing quite by chance and led me to add the vintage heart and arrow that I have had for some time now from here

Magpie's Nest traveling girl

everyone is welcome to join in the challenges and as if all of the inspiration and sharing from talented and generous artists on the PaperArtsy blog is not wonderful enough they offer a generous prize if you are randomly chosen as the fortnightly winner…

Magpie's Nest page in progress

as it happens I was the very lucky winner of their first challenge of the year and the wonderful prizes I chose from the PaperArtsy shop are already on their way to me…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Stuff journal pages

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world “-Gustave Flaubert

… 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…

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~♥~ tootles until next month ~♥~

Magpie's Nest Grateful TravelersOXO

El corazón …

excited about Art Journal Journey’s August “Frida Kahlo” challenge theme…

Frida has inspired my artwork in the past working with beeswax… wood… metal… etching… moo’s… atc’s… altered books and more…

Magpie's Nest Frida artwork sampler

this time I opted to concentrate on Frida’s moody blue side rather than her extra colorful persona…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón

sticking pins in the heart that I added a little cotton to for dimension (the heart is poofed up about 1/4 inch from the surface)…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (1)

the background is a dictionary page I had handy where I had played with a burst stencil… paint and plaster…

Magpie's Nest Frida  El corazón (2)

pieces of lace from my Mutti’s sewing supplies and some white roses finished this loose page for my art journal…