Category Archives: Mandala

Bountiful September…

before too much more time passes I wanted to join everyone over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday to say hello…

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my focus is still on purging and clearing out while we continue with some home improvements…

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consequently I have not been on the computer much at all…

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♥~ hope you are well and enjoying your September ~♥~

“Wherever you are, be all there.” -Jim Elliot

 

pinkies up…

 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Curly Wurly Stone Headthere were days when it seemed like hot summer weather might go on forever…

Magpie's Nest Autumn leaves collage

and then just like that cooler air moved in…

Magpie's Nest Numi Organic Turmeric Tea

the sun tracks lower in the sky and glows warmly in our windows…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz window viewsthere have still been some lovely days for sitting out on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest emptying tea bags

giving me the chance to empty saved tea bags while collecting the pretty papers…

Magpie's Nest Houseplants in

our houseplants are inside now safe from the frost with a top dressing of dried tea leaves…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pinkies up close up pages

I made some time to play with some of those tea bag papers joining in Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge of  CUPS/BOWLS

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pinkies Up art journal pages

I would also like to join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Leaf Mandala

thank you very much for your visit…I hope you are enjoying the season you are in

Shell Tea…

Magpie's Nest Salty Sailor Dogin spite of our Ocracoke Island vacation being very “damp” each day was special…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup in surfon one of the clear days we took our traveling tea cup to the beach letting the Atlantic Ocean waves wash up around it with me squealing and dashing at one point to rescue it from being washed out to sea (Mr Magpie was laughing so hard he couldn’t snap many photos of it happening)… 

Molasses Creekwe ventured out one rainy night splish splashing through puddles to enjoy a really special concert with Ocracoke Island’s very own Molasses Creek band at their Deepwater Theater and Music Hall…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island Beach Duneslast year we shared our excitement about the shell “spirit” tree we helped create on the beach here

Magpie's Nest Spirit Shell Treeand were delighted this year to find a different piece of wood lodged in the sand waiting for us…

Magpie's Nest Returning Shells to the beachso we got busy because we came prepared…

Magpie's Nest Shell treein our efforts to downsize and let go of things Mr Magpie emptied a BIG tin of seashells around the tree that we brought back to the beach from our Outer Banks shell collecting over the years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shell Treewe do have a weakness for shells…

Magpie's Nest Mr Magpie on the beachand could wander for hours on the beach totally entertained by Mother Nature…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cupthis year for the first time ever I found not one but TWO perfect Scotch Bonnet shells

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Scotch Bonnet Sea Shellsit is not uncommon to find tips and fragments from these shells but to find them in tact is a bit more rare

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shell Tree Mile Marker 74.5 back to the shell tree…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Spirit Treeabove you can see some of what other people added (a lone flipflop, toothbrush, colorful sand toys along with a plastic glow stick that was finished and a small plastic oil container that probably washed ashore from a boat … that we removed and recycled)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz shells and quoteit was fun collecting mostly shells with holes in them stringing them onto natural twine that we brought from home to make shell garlands to tie onto the branches…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ocracoke Island Shellswish I could send each of you some seashells but you probably have collections of your own…

Ocracoke Island Dogs Cats Horses thank you very much for all of your good wishes … a broken toe is such a small pain compared to what so many others are going through…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Harmony Ocracoke Seashell Mandalhere’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

Love your neighbor…

Patty Szymkowicz Delphinium Vase

a bunch of beautiful blue delphiniums jumped into my shopping cart the other day…

Patty Szymkowicz flower press

which led to some of them ending up in my flower press…

Patty Szymkowicz Delphinium Bluesnext thing I knew I was playing with flowers from the garden and making a mandala (I miss Dawn’s Mandala Monday’s and her beautiful organic creations!)…

Patty Szymkowicz Lily Mandala

I am in the midst of a long overdue clean out … it feels good to let go of things but it is a lot of work (we’ve filled up our car trunk several times dropping items off at charity shops and also recycling lots of bags of paper and cardboard)…Patty Szymkowicz Summer Thyme

all of that has kept me away from the computer lately and I have missed visiting everyone as I normally would …

Patty Szymkowicz Lavender Daze t cup

I did take some time to play and alter another cup in my tea cup journal using sprigs of pressed lavender with a piece of single ply tissue glued on top (the green background is one of the security envelopes I had in my vast “collection”)…

Patty Szymkowicz summertime on the back porch

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

Patty Szymkowicz Stone Face

“There’s no Black, White, Asian, or Latinos. The only “RACE” is the “HUMAN-RACE”.” -Henry Johnson Jr 

Lavender honey lemonade for T…

the other day I made some delicious lavender honey lemonade (more here if you are interested in the recipe)…

Magpie's Nest Lavender Honey Lemonade for two

which really hits the spot in our hot and humid July weather…

Magpie's Nest Tansy

those yellow buttons in the little thatched cottage pitcher I rescued some time ago were Raspberry Tansy blooms gone wild flopping out and in the way where Mr Magpie would be mowing the lawn…

Magpies' Nest Lavender Honey Lemonade

years ago when I planted the Tansy underneath a young Dogwood tree there seemed like so much room…now to get the sun the Tansy reaches up and way out…

Magpie's Nest refreshing pause

they make nice dried flowers and the leaves do have a gorgeous scent of raspberry and could be brewed into a bitter healing tea although I am not a fan of bitter things…

Magpie's Nest Lemon Stack

 I do enjoy playing with my food…

Magpie's Nest Lemon Lavender Borage and Thyme Mandala

here’s wishing you a very nice T day along with everyone else over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

Mandala Monday: Peony Petals

Flowers from our Virginia garden

after bringing some pretty pink peonies in the house I didn’t have the heart to toss out them out right away…

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they lasted a nice long while but then began to shatter and fall…

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the petals were silky soft and oh so fragrant…

slice of Peony Mandala

so with my camera and phone camera in hand I proceeded to play out on our back porch…

Peony Mandala Closeup

with one thing leading to another…

Peony Mandala on Aluminum tray

you know how that can be (the other flowers are Nigella/Love in a Mist and a Gerbera Daisy called Watermelon…the darker petals are from a different peony in our garden)…

Peony Abalone Love

~ Happy Mandala Monday ~

Peony Plenty

these dried petals will have to do until next spring when the peonies bloom again…

 

 

Seth Apter’s 6th Annual Buried Treasure and My Mermaid Slipper

my search for Buried Treasure had me digging back to September of 2010 for my entry in Seth’s Buried Treasure event this year I came across a favorite altered shoe I created:

“pretty much everything has a story doesn’t it …

this story goes back to around 2009 …

Mr Magpie who is SO very supportive and encouraging of my creativity was exiting a major highway …

he saw this lonely shoe and made a second loop back to the exit about 3-4 miles to rescue it from the side of the road

rescued shoe before

… imagine my surprise and delight …

kind of felt like Cinderella…except I have never worn a heel like that … ever … 😉

I have altered shoes before with a couple of examples here and here … back in the day I even did dried flower arrangements in little children’s shoes …

the minute I saw this high heeled number …

I thought “mermaid slipper” 

maybe it was the cork platform heel …

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I have been most distracted lately by our collection of seashells … it led me to making mandalas the other day and finally… after all this time …Sanibel Island Shells

I got the clear chaulk out and got busy transforming my special shoe …

almost complete …

I painted the inside of the shoe after I glued on the shells … a little silly … what can I say I got excited …

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Lumiere Pearl Turquoise gave a nice shimmer …

I knew it needed words …

mermaid thoughts …

what WOULD a mermaid do with a shoe anyway …

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in my excitement I showed Mr M the finished slipper and boy did we have a laugh … when he read the quote out loud …

speaks to the “soul

it hit us … yes … the SOLE!

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the shells were all collected from Florida beaches … Sanibel Island mostly … a small black shark’s tooth from our dear friend Carol’s brother Joe along with some tiny pieces of sponge …

creating my mermaid’s slipper was like taking a mini vacation …

everything melted away …

I forgot to drink water …

I forgot to … well you know …

it was perfect escape and very satisfying …

wish you could feel the weight of the shoe layered with seashells!

My Mermaid Slipper

“Come walk with me
Along the sea
Where dusk sits on the land
And search with me
For shells are free,
And treasures hide in the sand.” ~Unknown

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sjöjungfru… sirena … zeemeermin … havfrue … syrena … sirène … Meerjungfrau”

You can visit all of the participants here

Mandala Monday: Yellow Roses

a sweet bouquet of Trader Joe’s roses jumped into my shopping cart the other day…

Trader Joe's Yellow Roses

they stayed fresh and pretty for a nice long while…

roses past bloom

when the petals started to fall I wasn’t quite ready to let them go…

Yellow Rose Mandala

using a favorite enamel plate turned upside down and a butter pat plate for the center I had some mandala fun…

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I am joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday

two blog posts in one day…oh my

 

what’s a girl to do…

Rain storm Foxgloves

a recent storm snapped off three of our beautiful Foxglove stems so I just had to make a mandala…

Foxglove and Gerbera Daisy Mandala

the center flower is part of a pretty Gerbera Daisy called “Watermelon” that had seen better days after being in a bouquet and floated in one of our bird baths for awhile…

Foxgloves with phone apps

Dawn of Girl Unwinding is the Mandala Queen here

“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mandala Monday: End of September Roses

Sept Roseswe returned from our week at the beach to find that some of our roses had taken a second breath and produced some late summer blooms…

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so I did a little clipping to tidy the garden a bit…

Sept Roses (3)two climbing roses for the center (pink China Girl and red fragrant Don Juan)…

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with pink Fairy Roses …variegated privet leaves and a few bits of white pine for today’s Mandala Monday with Dawn of Girl Unwinding

farewell September ♥

Mandala Monday: Ocracoke Island

after our quick trip to California last week we are happy that we could still go away for the beach getaway we scheduled awhile ago…Dunes Hwy 12

the Outer Banks of North Carolina have been a favorite spot for our family for many many years now…view from ferry

we have the nicest memories of tent camping in the park sand dunes…some years renting a house…even borrowing a co workers snazzy RV when our youngest son was just six weeks old…view from Down Creek Harbor View Rental

this time we made reservations on Ocracoke Island which is a short ferry ride from Hatteras Village…Ocracoke Ferry

we are enjoying the peace and quiet of the less than busy summer season here…Star fish mandala (3)

 a lovely heron glass topped table inspired me to create a mandala…Star fish mandala (4)

using some cutlery and pieces from a couple of games along with some artificial leaves we found…Star fish mandala (1)

along with a lovely starfish from our rental home with beautiful water views from all  of the windows…Silver Lake view from house

joining in Dawn’s Mandala Monday and sending you every good and special wish

Mandala Monday: Garlic and Onions

Zwieleltofpf Onion Crockour German salt glaze onion crock  (Zwiebeltopfcalled out for me to use it with the lid turned upside down for a mandala base…

September Mandalaour September garden still has some things blooming…

September Mandala (1)

the white flowers are from our Garlic Chives which have spread like crazy…

Garlic Chives

they have pretty little flowers that smell like garlic when you brush up against them or cut the stems…

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Happy Mandala Monday to you…

I am also entering this in a new to me monthly challenge over at  So Artful Challenges: A Single Flower With a Minimalist Design

Mandala Monday: give me five

while our purple passion flower vine is in between blooms our more established vine is producing like crazy…

Passion Flower on Black Velvet BackgroundI still cannot help but marvel at each and every one of the amazing flowers…

Passion Flower Center

striking on their own and a perfect center for my mandala today…

Liatris Passion Flower Mandala

the birds enjoy eating the pretty Pokeberries that pop up in a corner of our garden leaving behind perfect plastic looking daisy shapes or pedicels as I found out they were called when I looked it up:

 “A shiny dark purple berry held in racemous clusters on pink pedicels with a pink peduncle. Pedicles without berries have a distinctive rounded five part calyx. Fruits are round with a flat indented top and bottom. Immature berries are green, turning white and then blackish purple”

peduncle is a fun word don’t you think 🙂

Liatris Passion Flower Mandala (1)

the brilliant bluish purple blooms are fallen blossoms from our Salvia plant along with spent Passion flower blooms…

have to tell you about the blast from the past VERY olive green enamel tray I arranged my mandala on…

it came with a set of enamel pots and pans long long ago as the tray for a matching fondue pot which we still have and use for cheese fondue every now and again…

Liatris Passion Flower Mandala (2)

our past bloom Liatris flopped over after a rain so I used some of those to make the five point star which set the pattern for my mandala (no pre planning  just letting what presents itself in our garden lead me)

Buddha Quotehappy new day dear ones ♥

joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday here