Category Archives: Musings

Light…

not being one to make New Year’s resolutions per se I rather like the idea which seems to be growing in popularity to pick one word for the year…

I like words…

here are a few of mine from years gone by…

2013-word-of-the-year-stretch-a1

Balance

2012 balance-rock-altered

Authentic

2011 Authentic (1)

and this year I chose LIGHT

2014 Pattys Word for  LIGHT

I added the word LIGHT to one of my painted book background’s using Pixlr Express

 Merry and Light

Light(ness) of being…

Light at the end of the tunnel…

Light load…

Light years…

Light and breezy…

let there be Light

I could go on…

“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”   ~Michael Strassfeld

speaking of special Light

once again I must thank my brilliant and generous blog friend Estivalia of “365 Drawings Project” for solving a problem that has vexed me for some months now…

without me changing anything WordPress no longer allowed photos to be clicked for a closer view and for the life of me I could not figure out what to do to get it working again…

Estivalia offered to help me out and in her concise and amazing fashion (with visuals no less!) she made it clear and easy as to what I could try to fix the problem AND it worked like a charm…

Thank you so very much dear Estivalia for coming to my rescue again and again…

You are amazing and are such a beautiful Light ♥

~* Peace … L♥ve and Light to all *~

Royal Welcome…

our first full day in London was quite memorable…

Colonels Review Trooping the Colour 2013as we walked through St James Park toward the sound of marching bands…

St James Park 8 June 2013we could hardly believe our eyes and ears…

Mr Magpie filmed several short videos of  the Colonel’s Review of the Trooping The Colour 2013 for Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Parade which was happening the following Saturday (15 June 2013)…

we were pretty excited about just this rehearsal (one of two conducted on different weekends before the actual celebration where the royals would be in attendance to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday)…

London Holiday Inn 19 Floor ViewLondon certainly is a bustling and beautiful city with lots of helpful and friendly people…

***here is a bit of a back story from many years ago when I traveled as a young woman to Europe for 9 weeks by myself …

that was the first time I had ever heard about Trooping the Colour …

as it happened on that beautiful and warm June day there were lines of red uniformed bear hat soldiers standing at attention on a green lawn …

I remember gasping as two soldiers fell face down at full attention with their arms stiff by their sides hats pretty much in place…

what were the chances to revisit a similar scene so many years later (no fainted soldiers this time around…there was a nice breeze)…

I had not really paid attention to Trooping of the Colour since my chance encounter so many years ago***

 

 

traveling tea…


back in Virginia now after a wonderful getaway to the west coast…

California certainly is a most agreeable place to visit…

it is easy to entertain thoughts of moving there…

before our trip I received a lovely surprise from the sweet and thoughtful Jan in the UK

when the mailman delivered this smooshed box to our door all I could think was oh oh…

looks a bit like an elephant sat on it…

but what to my wondering eyes …

there were three perfect pieces of Jan’s Mum’s English Bone China each carefully wrapped in bubble wrap tucked in with pretty linens and fancy paper napkins…

surely Jan must have waved a magic wand over the parcel before it made it’s journey from the UK to Virginia…

sipping a cup of the delicious vanilla and honey tea with heartfelt thanks to Jan…

still pondering our recent travels and how to find balance in this life

travel is one of my all time favorite things…

it is such a free feeling with small demands like “what would we like to see today” or “where should we eat”

now I am trying to get back in the swing of things with cooking and other household tasks calling me along with trying to make some time to play and catch up in blogland too of course…

a big part of me is still on the central California coast…

quite by accident my traveling tea cup and saucer did not make it into our suitcase…

I didn’t realize it until a couple of days into our travels…

nice to be back and wishing each of you a happy T Tuesday

play tea…

have you noticed how it is even more fun to play when you really should be doing something else…

could that be our inner teenager trying to come through…

pack or play

OK pause for tea…

I certainly did not want to miss wishing you a happy T Tuesday

listen with your heART…

a few more pages in my How It Works” Encyclopedia art journal…

the image of the mechanical man on the right was the only thing on these paint scraped pages for the longest time…

the vintage lady popped up and my pages evolved from there… I stapled the gauzy piece of fabric on the left side…just because…

now for some colors that I do not often go to…

paint scraping pages way ahead of time gave me the chance to stretch out of my comfort zone a bit…

hair has played a fairly prominent role in my life off and on for many years …

on my wedding day it was my veil … long and down to my waist…

I got it all cut off for Locks of Love about eight years ago and kept it no longer than shoulder length for a good many years … ok this feels like TMI … guess I felt I wanted to explain about why all of the altered hair shots at the bottom of my journal pages LOL … enough said … it is getting long again … it can help keep me warm this winter…

wishing you a happy September Equinox however that fits into your neck of the woods

“We lose our freedoms at the altar of fear.” – Kahlil Gibran

the beating of my heart…

inspired by Dawn’s September art journal challenge…I decided to get busy…

I have been in a journaling mood lately…

jumping from one book to another and another in a bit of a creative frenzy…

my How It Works encyclopedia (1970’s) pages have been glued and paint scraped with just a few spreads completed so far…

each page measures approximately 10.5 x 8.25 inches (26.67 x 20.95 cm)

the last thing I did in this journal was a farewell spread for  Wednesday Stamper here … still missing you Mittwochstempler!!!

Dawn’s challenge this month is to “add an inclusion (something stuck to the middle of a spread that you can see both sides of when turned over) or a tag” … as it happens I have had these pages in limbo for a long time…

imagine a scary face/eye and lips in that outline of the pages sticking out…

see where the nose would have been…

covering it with circle graph paper really helped things open up for me…

I used some Graphics Fairy and Tullulah images to create transfers with Citra Solv and tissue paper …

Love how those turn out each and every time …

quick and easy and dreamy…

I was very honored recently to be linked in Citra Solv’s Artist Gallery here

on the left side of my spread I used the original that I made the veiled lady tissue transfer out of …

I am saving the actual tissue paper transfer of her for another project …she’s way off to the left in the photo above…

both pieces have a very nice look and feel to them …

the heart chart that I have running across both pages is from back in 2004 when I some heart testing done …

I guess it is my EKG (not 100% about that) …

glad I thought to ask for a copy…

here is a closer look at my inclusion

a photo of our son Alex not quite two years old hauling a big plastic watering can around the garden popped up at just the right time and that is when my pages really became extra meaningful to me …

this was not where I thought these pages might go …

what a little nature boy he was …

my Mutti knit the hooded sweater he was wearing …

the dangling tea cups are free images from Dover … they added nicely to the open tea tag I glued onto the page…

I used the tea string to tie them on …

it will be fun to see what Dawn has in mind for her October art journal challenge…

August daze…

not flaming with creativity at the moment…

*lady and moon from The Graphics Fairy … always a brilliant and generous source of free images*

feeling a little betwixt and between…

I do keep making 3 x 5″ index card collages…working quickly…not thinking too much…

also getting a little reading in…

here is this month’s quote from my “Angel Spirits” The Art of Sulamith Wulfing 2011 Calendar:

“You came into this life with a sacred purpose, entering into the stream of your destiny as a boat is launched trustfully upon a great river.  Attune yourself to that divinely guided flow, and all will be well.  Follow your heart and offer yourself as a vessel of goodness.” ~Spirit of Purpose, August 2011

~* OXO *~

guerilla knitting…

my first in person encounter with guerilla knitting

also called yarn bombing or graffiti knitting…

was on a trip last October to Santa Rosa, California …

I was totally charmed by the lamp posts and bike racks covered in knit goodness…

last month there was an article in the Washington Post about a knit in at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club in NE Washington DC…

they called it a “yarn bombing with heart”…

101 hearts…

it was fun to see in person…

something I enjoy again and again in the blogosphere…

especially in the special mixed media corner that I get to visit and enjoy so often…

is CONNECTION

if you haven’t already…

you will want to see what Hermine in The Netherlands did to the downspout of her home…what a great conversation starter and wouldn’t that be fabulous to see in person too…

she also makes THE most incredible felted wool purses…amazing hearts and more…

even though I am not a knitter…I still drool over yarn and needles and appreciate the magic and creativity of it all…

making things is powerful medicine the world over…

footnote: and another great connection with Jill Zaheer of Jazworks you’ll want to check out too…notice the date this was done…Love it!

…forget-me-not tea…

we locked the doors for the last time to my mother’s house a couple of weekends ago…

Mr Magpie and I had one last picnic under the apple tree…

it happened to be the Joint Services Open House weekend at the nearby Air Force base

the Thunderbirds zoomed overhead several times as if to bid a final rip roaring farewell…

my parents raised two daughters over the span of 50+ years in that little house…

as we tidied the gardens one last time…

we were surprised to see one clump of forget-me-nots in the rose garden amongst the dozen or so blooming bushes…

that heavenly blue looking a little out of place and absolutely perfect all at the same time…

I feel the closest to my Mutti out in nature…

with every bird that sings…

and flower that blooms…

so much to thank my parents for…

and very glad I made time to do that often while they were still on this earth…

I will leave you today with this perfect quote that my good friend Lennie shared recently:

“Whether we are poets or parents or teachers or artists or gardeners, we must start where we are and use what we have. In the process of creation and relationship, what seems mundane and trivial may show itself to be holy, precious, and part of a pattern.” ~Luci Shaw

Happy T…with thanks to Kimmie and all of the tea party participants and to you my dear visitor…

*footnote:I am submitting this post for Ana’s Friday Archive Dive topic of “home”*

WS: Nest

a few weeks ago Robins got busy overnight building a nest on a shelf on the outer edge of our back porch…

it was a nice protected spot for the birds…

but not a great spot for us so near our back door…

it felt like we were bothering them with any coming or going…altho they did not seem to mind me if I bowed my head and walked softly past…

Mrs Robin laid a clutch of beautiful eggs…the blurry photo is because

Mr Magpie snapped a really quick photo while both parents were away from the nest…wanting to get in and out quickly…

the parents took turns feeding the young and everything seemed to be going fine…if you look closely you can see the hungry beaks sticking up out of the nest…

we left town for a long weekend feeling sure we would come home to a lively scene…

we were shocked and dismayed upon our return to find that the nest was completely empty with no signs whatsoever that any birds had ever been there…

every trace mysteriously vanished leaving a tidy but very empty nest…

a visit by a snake was the only logical conclusion…

I had to shake off the upset I felt…reminding myself that Mother Nature had other plans…sniff sniff…

“Nest” is the theme at Wednesday Stamper/Mittwochstempler this week…

won’t you join us…

my journal pages were created in a Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia…

that I have been playing in since 2009...

I could not pass up a recent sticker sale…the bee hive/nest and bees really called to me…as did Kabir’s quote:

I altered a postcard I had made before and added it to the right hand page …

blending it in with some favorite fiber paper

and finishing with a couple of rubber stamps

Thanks to Jolette for the special origami Forget-me-not paper always a favorite ingredient and to the Land of Nod for the sweet blue boy image and

SPECIAL Thanks also to Dymphie for doing the Dutch translation over at WS while Hermine was away!

I have missed creating and it seems like forever since I’ve gotten to participate at Wednesday Stamper

~* May Bountiful Blessings Feather Your Nest All Ways*~

*footnote: I am entering this post in Ana’s Friday Archive Dive*

Winterling Tea…

Winterling is the name of the German China that my parents used every day for years and years and years…


the gold rubbed off the edges of some of the plates…even with them never having been in a dishwasher…

my Mom never owned a dishwasher…which here in the states might be considered unusual…

we had some of our best mother and daughter conversations washing up the dishes each evening…

the tea cups are still in fair condition because coffee mugs were most often used…

the blue step stool was made for me by Mr Magpie many years ago…

my Mutti was going to paint it for me…

she did paint it with my favorite daisies and her special flower touches …

she took a real shine to it … finding it came in handy…we told her to hang on to it…

it was in her pantry and used pretty much every day as my Mom was a short little lady…

my favorite Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme tastes especially good steeped with such sweet memories…

for more tea stories and sharing visit Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons…

“Flowers really do intoxicate me.” ~ Vita Sackville-West

Happy April…Happy Spring (or Fall)…Happy Happy Everything…

spring has sprung…

a favorite haunt any time of year…

feels like you’ve stepped into a magazine…


with new things to delight the senses each and every visit…

The Cottage is in a cute nearby town…

they never disappoint…

this visit I got to meet the Lavender lady…

fun chatting and dreaming of a June Lavender harvest again this year…

a little retail therapy is a good thing…

always a fun place to visit


‘sew’ much fun…

thanks to Robin-Marie Smith (and Terri at Pringle Hill where I first saw the video link) I have had lots of fun stitching sandwich bags into little gift bags and hangers

darn if Robin-Marie didn’t inspire me again…

this time stitching on layers of dress pattern tissue paper

which I just happen to have plenty of…

old patterns so often look like they could use rescuing when I see them stuffed into boxes in thrift shops…

priced for a song…

you know how it goes…

pattern tissue does make great gift wrap…

it’s a super texture layer in collage…

you can rubber stamp on it and more…

here is an example of how easily I get distracted…

came across my rubber stamp carving supplies while looking for something else and just had to get busy on a little heart stamp…

quick and easy…

I have been “thinking” about stamp carving again for a while now…

but back to sewing…

my “Sally” Singer…as I’ve just named her thanks to Jean’s brilliant suggestion the other day…

has been around for many many years…no big bells and whistles compared to today’s machines…

just perfect for me…

she sits on an old Singer wooden cabinet…

the metal treadle still in place..

my Mutti got it for me…

she said that every household can use a sewing machine…even if it is just for mending now and then…

wise words from an expert seamstress and creative genius…

have you seen any of Robin-Marie’s videos…she happens to do so many things so well and generously shares her passion to create…she inspires me again and again…

I must admit I do not always sit still for written instructions…

it happens to me often with magazines…

I have the best intentions to go back and actually read them…but find I get inspired by just looking…

watching someone create is always special…

remember the German lace curtains I cut up and tea dyed…

I have been using bits of the lace here and there…making postcards and hearts that I still need to show you…

it is nice to feel more in the swing of things again…it took me awhile to catch my balance after the holidays…

I am happiest when I am making something…it is also great fun to share things with you here…

wishing you a lovely day full of what makes you happy