Category Archives: Nature

distracted T…

Magpie's Nest spring is coming

what with one thing and another…

Magpie's Nest swanning around

I am feeling a bit scattered and distracted…

Magpie's Nest altered pickle fork

but it is not a bad thing and I am okay with it…

Magpie's Nest Winter Mirror Mirror

 last year I treated myself to some small live orchids over the winter months (the various blooms were irresistible and they were reasonably priced costing less than a cut bouquet of flowers)…

Magpie's Nest orchid stages

the blooms lasted a nice long while and then I kept the bare plants watered being careful to not over or under water them over the winter months (closest thing we have around here to a pet *ggg*)…

Magpie's Nest cuppa orchids

I was thrilled and delighted that two of the five orchids decided to repeat bloom which is proof that good things are worth waiting for…

Magpie's Nest two blooming orchids

our snow is almost all melted and I found the first tiny sign of spring out front yesterday…

Magpie's Nest first crocus of 2015

wishing you a very happy T day full of nice surprises along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover...

Frozen T …

Magpie's Nest coated in ice 2 March 2015

a mixed weather event for the beginning of March here in the Washington, DC area made for some nice photo opportunities…

Magpie's Nest icy glow

our snow layer glazed over after some freezing rain…

Magpie's Nest iced Lavender

the Lavender turned into “crystal”…

Magpie's Nest fallen ice from trees

when ice covered branches began thawing in the sunlight I was delighted to notice some ice shards that had fallen creating interesting spikes in the snow…

Magpie's Nest Mourning Doves and Mockingbirds

Mr Magpie is getting lots of use out of his Yaktrax this winter which work like a charm to help ensure safe footing  (my photos were taken from our front and back porch and with the help of our zoom lens we have a closer look at the Mourning Doves and resident Mockingbird)…

Magpie's Nest tea pot and cup

hot drinks really hit the spot…

Magpie's Nest You might as well dance

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Book Lover...

playing in the snow T …

we finally got a nice amount of snowfall on top of a bit of snow we already had…

Let it snow Let it snow

perfect weather to sport my wonderful Swiss swan mittens that a sweet friend surprised me with (they are connected with a string)…swan mittens from Margaret

Mr Magpie got to take his electric power shovel out for a whirl…

Mr Magpie and the electric shovel

 I am content most days to enjoy the snow from the indoors…

snow outside our window

Mr Magpie made me a little snowman to decorate on the back porch so I got busy adding some Maple tree seeds for hair… Lunaria seeds for eyes… a sunflower seed for the nose… a bit of Thyme for her smile and Fennel sprigs for her arms…

snow sprite

she measured about ten inches tall including her hair (25,4 cm)…

Magpie's Nest I'm Melting

and began to look a bit like Edvard Munch’s THE SCREAM as it warmed up outside which is a gentle reminder that nothing lasts forever

Magpie's Nest bunny under bottle tree

last night there were two rabbits frolicking under our blue bottle tree in the back garden

House Wren overwintering in our garden

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

~♥~  hope you make some time to play ~♥~

snow day …

Mother Nature extended the Presidents Day weekend into four days with our first measurable snowfall of the season which is nothing compared to what lots of folks are experiencing in other parts of the U.S…

Frozen bird spa before snow

the hustle and bustle of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area has come to a crawl with schools and many businesses closed for the day (the bird spa with it’s heater is working extra hard this winter but water is still running in our farm fountain above…recent cold and very windy weather created a sort of ice sculpture)…

garden heart

we were expecting more snow but our area got almost half as much as predicted…

Oh deer Christmas Tree

just enough to blanket everything in pure white powdery snow or “pow” as our snowboarding son calls it…

T cup tower before heavy snow

in anticipation I put a little tea cup tower out in our back garden thinking it might look pretty in the snow (the teapot is a planter)…

T cup tower after snow

Mr Magpie arranged some Valentine rose petals for their last hurrah just off the back porch this morning…

petal heart

with very cold temperatures the snow could stay on the ground for awhile…

Snow capped Buddha

here’s wishing you and yours a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover...

 

why is simplicity so complicated…

here are some pages in my gesso journal for the latest MOO “Circles” challenge (this is my first time joining in the challenge…all sorts of projects with or without Moos are accepted)…

lavender HEART

the Lavender sprig was marking some pages in my book so I decided to adhere it to the page using some gel medium and a word from my work table…

right pg

the tea cups are from a peeled napkin with some bits of gold paint added…

is simplicity

Simplify is my little word for 2015 (I have not yet figured out HOW to add it to my sidebar)… I find living a simple life to be quite challenging…

circle tools

I used the end of a pen dipped in black gesso and a Hero Arts dotted circle stamp for adding circles to my pages…

left pg

in real life my pages are white and cream colored… our cold winter light gave my photos a blueish look…

WHY

plaster stenciled onto vintage book paper… gesso… napkin… Golden Irridescent Gold paint… pressed Lavender sprig and a circle rubber stamp went into these pages…

final circle pages

cups and plates are circles too…

Meyer Lemons for T…

it is Meyer Lemon time at local markets…

Meyer Lemons

 here is a bit about them from Wikipedia if you are not familiar:   “The Meyer lemon fruit is yellow and rounder than a true lemon. The skin is fragrant and thin, coloured a deep yellow with a slight orange tint when ripe. Meyer lemon fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka supermarket lemon varieties. The pulp is a dark yellow and contains up to 10 seeds per fruit.”

lemons

I find some warm lemon water a very nice way to start the day…

lemon squeeze

seems there are a host of health benefits too if you believe what you read

lemon cup

here’s wishing you good health and happiness on this T Stands for Tuesday and everyday

Meyer Lemon Water Irish Proverb

out of my comfort zone T…

Magpie's Nest tangerine peel

January has found me floundering a bit with more thinking about creating than actually doing much of it… I am feeling betwixt and between about alot of things…

Magpie's Nest Live in Love aquaboard

that said I have joined Alena Hennessey’s A YEAR OF PAINTING online course and I am working with acrylic inks… paint pens and more (this piece still needs work)…

Magpie's Nest work in progress

the first piece I attempted morphed many times and is still in limbo not telling me where to go next…truth be told I liked the first ink background but we were supposed to keep adding layers (that is when I started the “live in Love”)…

Magpie's Nest Numi Tea

here’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover whether you are in your comfort zone or out…

daff window closeup

“Change comes with sacrifice… When you want to make a change you must be prepared to make a sacrifice of escaping the comfort zone!” -Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

Magpie's Nest iphoneography sampler

Roses in December T…

the garden in June

it was my plan to share these summer roses with you all back in December but that month flew by and here we are well into January already…

stringing roses

my playing with roses was inspired by a conversation with the lovely and talented Dorthe of Den Lille Lade back in June of 2014 when she and I talked about how we liked to make rosebud garlands and strings…

June roses and forget-me-nots

the weather was beautiful for sitting out on the back porch back then...

Stringing roses collage

the blooms and strands have faded since last summer but are still a lovely reminder of the garden in bloom especially in these cold winter days (it’s so grey out today I can’t get a good photo of the rose strands as they look now)…

Roses in December Quote

wishing you a happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard…

sweet memories T …

greetings and salutations…

Pica hudsonia

how quickly time flies…

Street Art Denver, CO

hope you’ve been well…

icicles Leadville, CO

we are home again after our travels…

Dushanbe Teahouse Boulder, CO

grateful for the chance to enjoy new sights and sounds…

Georgetown, CO

all such a treat…

Hotel Chateau Chamonix Georgetown, CO

being able to hug special family members again…

Ouray, CO Thanksgiving 2014

and visit with sweet friends…

visit with Jan and Dave

so much to be grateful for…

Sunset at  9300 ft Taylor Park, Colorado

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

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 2 – Dankbar/Thankful }

there is so much to be thankful for in this life and focusing on gratitude has helped me get through many dark days…

Magpie's Nest shadow play

I was charmed by these shadows on a door recently as the November sun dropped low in the sky (it gets dark now around 5pm)…

Jim Szymkowicz under the mushroom

for more “thankful” impressions you can visit here

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.” -Barbara Pym

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 1 – Herbstzeit/Autumn Time }

after a little break Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge is back (everyone is welcome to join in this weekly challenge)…

Autumn Days 2014

 a couple of photos I took with my iPhone on a lovely walk recently using apps to layer them…

~Happy November Dear Ones~

through the forest…

what with one thing and another I haven’t been able to get myself up in my art room much lately…

Magpie's Nest Enchanted Forest iphoneography

ideas for Art Journal Journey’s “Deep in the Forest” theme have been rattling around in my head all month…

Enchanted forest painting progress

I had my doubts about trying to draw even a few simple trees along with sloshing layers of paint on the page but I kept pushing forward…

Magpie's Nest Enchanted Forest

that lovely Waterhouse image was a great starting point…

Beach Treasure T…

if you have a few minutes won’t you join me for a little more day dreaming on Ocracoke Island

Magpie's Nest CatsDogsBirds Oh Mystands to reason that after spending a couple of weeks there we have quite a few photographs (you probably already know that you can click once or twice on the photos for a closer look if you are interested)…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island crittersposting here on my blog serves as a visual journal for Mr Magpie and myself (I find I go back and refer to my links now and then for information or helping determine “when” something happened)

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island Spirit Treewe made an exciting discovery along the beach of tree branches trapped in the sand that had a few shells washed up at its base which inspired us to gather seashells and bits of beach treasure to add to the branches each time we visited…

Magpie's Nest Mr Magpie and Spirit Shell Treeabout midway through our vacation we noticed that other people were adding shells and even some extra precious things like necklaces and charms which moved us to call it “the Spirit Tree” (shells with holes in them were perfect for hanging and made special clicking sounds in the breeze)

Magpie's Nest Jim footprintswho knows if it will be there next year when we return…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke beach and duneswalking back and forth to the beach on two separate occasions enjoying the sand between our toes we encountered some good sized ghost crabs  (the “frown”on this one’s face might be because of the fright of almost being stepped on…try to imagine the look on my face and how high that close call made me jump)…

Magpie's Nest Ghost Crab Legswe did get some nice photos of them as they froze in the sand for a bit

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Village NCif you are still with me let’s head for our home away from home on Silver Lake Harbor so I can share some T treats with you (marked by two seashells above since I couldn’t find an arrow to add to the photo)

Magpie's Nest Tea and Sconeswould it surprise you to know that I only had tea one day out of the fourteen we were away

Magpie's Nest Fig cakethe days we did not make coffee at home in the morning I enjoyed a cappuccino from the local Ocracoke Coffee Company (I am a cheap date and one cup of half caff usually does the trick)… we discovered some scrumptious Fig Cake at the Ocracoke Seafood Market of all places on our last day on the island (there are lots of fig trees on the island)…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Sunrises Sunsets sampler

each day was pure delight with time in between to slow down and just be…

Magpie's Nest riding from the beachnot easy to leave…

Magpie's Nest far away quotehere’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s oxo