Category Archives: Nature

anticipation…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Time Mandalathe days just before a trip are a wonderful and exciting time full of anticipation…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Easter tulipseven though Spring is a favorite time of year here in the Washington, D.C. area the thought of April in Paris delights me no end…Lilacs starting to bloom

Mr Magpie and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary in France which is a dream come true for me for several reasons…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dish mandalaever since I took a wonderful solo nine week trip to Europe as a young woman many many years ago I thought how lovely it would be to return to Paris with someone special

Patty Szymkowicz slides from Paris long agorecently I came across a box of slides from my trip and am sharing a handful that were taken in France (the ones of me thanks to strangers)…Patty Mahoney Szymkowicz Chartres, France I believeI pretty much lived in that yellow waterproof coat (funny because yellow is not a favorite color of mine to wear now at all…oooh the memories and the things I realize I had forgotten after looking at some photos)…

Patty Szymkowicz UK to Franceconsidering my camera was surely nothing fancy (no clue what it was) and certainly not digital I did get a few nice shots (thanks to Mr Magpie for scanning the slides to view as photos… hopefully we can digitize all of my slides one day)… Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Viola Muscari2

we have a couple of extra special treats in store for us this trip as we are getting to meet up with two blog friends: Chris from the UK (Metro strike willing) who is in Paris right now and Sabine who will be traveling by train from Germany to spend our last day in Paris with us (SO exciting!!!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Souvenir of Parisa few more sleeps and off we go with our traveling tea cup…

Patty Szymkowica Taking TIme to TravelI am joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover to wish you a very Happy T Day and a lovely April too…

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Keep it Light…

our son is home from Colorado getting ready for his next big adventure which is hiking the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

yes you read that right… beginning in Georgia he’ll be WALKING north for almost 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) April to possibly September/October enjoying nature and sleeping under the stars…

AT energy snacks snickers

 Snickers candy bars are a bit of a tradition on the trail because they offer high energy and calories (walking so many miles each day it is not hard to burn anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 calories)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz gratitude hand silk thread

in an effort to keep down the backpack weight hikers often have additional supplies and food sent that they can collect at various points along the trail (a good bit of planning goes into that)… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz wheels keep turning

quite an exciting time for our nature guy and for us as Mr Magpie and I prepare for our trip to France in April…

Magpie's Nest Aristole quote with Bluets

in keeping with sharing a drink for T Stands for Tuesday here is a really nice slender water bottle that I picked up at the stationary store of all places…

Contigo water bottle

I have missed visiting with everyone lately as I have been away from the computer alot… 

Magpie's Nest Maidenhair fern planter

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

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light”   -Yogi tea bag inspiration

Peter Rabbit …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Peter Rabbit teamy sweet mother made this little two and a half inch Peter Rabbit many years ago (back in March of 2002)… she was inspired after visiting a tribute to Beatrix Potter at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and standing next to a five foot tall Peter Rabbit statue in the exhibit…

Magpie's Nest peter rabbit she could not wait to get home and make a miniature version… the green moss she had glued on the end of his handmade carrot has worn away with time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea timeI am raising my tiny cabbage style tea cup to wish you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Sun bunny

~* thank you very much for stopping by *~

“I carry you with me into the world, into the smell of rain & the words that dance between people & for me, it will always be this way, walking in the light, remembering being alive together.”   –Brian Andreas … StoryPeople

 

March Blooms…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz collage with a themepart of what has had me distracted from blogging lately is Misty Mawn’s fabulous Make/Do Art Workshop

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 5x5 Put the kettle onsince there is a “tea” reference in one of my 5×5 collage pieces I thought I would share it here for T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sixteen 5x5s“collage with a theme” was a recent assignment where we were to create multiple (think 25!) 5×5 inch collages finished with unifying color…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 5x5 stackedI managed to create 16 and I am not quite sure what my theme was exactly…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pixlr Kindness stickeralthough nature and nurture seem to come up a lot for me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Robin RedbreastI selected various black and white clip art images adding them to my painted backgrounds adding yellow ochre highlights…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blooming Marchas I have mentioned before Misty is a really wonderful teacher and an inspiring artist who shares SO much in her classes (no affiliation just a grateful repeat student)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz March Blooms

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
-William Wordsworth

Little Free Library…

walking is something I really enjoy and always mean to do more of…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz right of way path

I do find that getting out early in the day is my best plan before I sit down at the computer and time evaporates…

 Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz take a walk

we have some nice bike paths joining several neighborhoods that cross little creeks and meander through the woods and open spaces…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz approach

have you heard about the Little Free Library literacy program with book exchanges in 50 U.S. states and 70 countries around the globe (as of Jan 2016 there were 36,000 registered)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LittleFreeLibrary

one was installed along a favorite walk of ours a couple of years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LittleFreeLibrary Info

as I have been in clearing out mode on and off for awhile now I try to grab a handful of books to leave there when I think of it…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz departure

there is also a Little Free Library at our favorite supermarket…

Mom's Little Free Library Herndon VA

MOM’s Organic Market in Herndon…

Mom's Little Free Library Builder

after a trip to the market the other day I just had to pull over on the way home to buy a couple of packs of pretty violas…

Patty Szymkowicz Violas

I popped them into assorted chipped cups and containers so I could enjoy some inside and outside too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Spring Whispers

then I had a little fun playing with them on my iPhone using assorted apps (Diana, DistressedFX and PixlrExpress are my favorites)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Becca Lee quote

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day

“And as she fell apart her shattered pieces began to bloom – blossoming until she became herself exactly as she was meant to be…” -Becca Lee

February T

the snow is melting and the birds are singing with our recent days of spring like temperatures…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Robin Redbreasts in Winterthe beginning of February brings us midway through the winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Rascal Squirrelsliving where we do in Virginia we get to enjoy a taste of the four seasons which is something I do enjoy…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz midnight visitor Diana app layersI had a weak moment recently at our favorite market when I saw this mug

Magpie's Nest The Republic of Teait is a nice size and the lid comes in handy for keeping your drink warm…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Tulips and Ranunculusfrequent visitors might remember the bouquet of tulips and ranunculus that I shared a couple of weeks ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty SzymkowiczTulip t potthe tulips are now gone but the ranunculus’ continued to look beautiful for some time with the colors getting lighter as time passed…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ranunculus bloomsI trimmed the stems and played with them in different containers…Magpie's Nest Ranunculus on tulip petalsthe petals above are what was left from the second bunch of January tulips I bought just before the blizzard…

Magpie's Nest Patty SzymkowiczI had no idea the ranunculus’ would be so hardy…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ranunculus PhotoFunia 2

it is my new favorite flower…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tulip stemshere’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

 

 

winter dreams…

playing with paint and gesso (regular, clear and heavy gesso) and bits of paper and peeled napkin for this 8 x 10 canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams processthinking out loud to my husband that the piece needed something at the top he had the wonderful suggestion of adding a twig over the window (the lady is an image I have had in my files for about 8 years which was a freebie from Shabby Cottage Studio)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz beach woodwe just happened to have some weathered wood that we’d brought back from a favorite beach last summer and that got my wheels turning for the finishing touches for my mixed media canvas…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

I am joining Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Journey “Winter Wonderland”

“Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer.” -Brian Herbert

Full Moon Blizzard 2016

anyone that knows me well knows how much I enjoy snow

Magpie's Nest Front Porch and Driveway

there is something about the purity and hush that freshly fallen snow brings turning everything sparkling white…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Snow HaikuWinter Storm Jonas got lots of press before Friday when the snow and wind finally settled in for 36 continuous hours…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz view from second story window here near Dulles Airport we got 28.3 inches of light fluffy snow (Mr Magpie took the above photo which shows the heated birdbath resting on top of the wind blown snow)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blizzard Tulipssome fresh tulips were a necessary part of my blizzard preparedness…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Snow on Snowit took Mr Magpie lots of time and patience to use his electric shovel to help carve a path from our back patio around the house to the front driveway…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Clearing a pathI made sure he stayed well hydrated…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fred Waterbringing him a snack or two as well…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blizzard Tsnow is SO photogenic and appealing to me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz playing on the back porch I could not resist taking oodles of photos…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blizzard 2016

it was fun playing in the snow with the traveling tea cup…

Magpie's Nest Patty Tulips in the snoweven the tulips ended up out in the snow for a bit…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Cardinals and Fairy GardenI must confess I have been in a continual state of excitement since last week especially with words like “epic” “monumental” and “historical” being used to describe this storm…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz SNOW TULIPSit was one for the history books for our area…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz filtered snowthe light and shadows are so beautiful with the snow and sunny skies…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz winter light we enjoyed the full moon from our back porch too (you can see it below at the top of the center photo)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz January Full Moonon Monday some energetic high schools boys helped dig us out further (BIG thanks to Isaiah and David who are two very cheerful and hard workers!!!)…

Isaiah and David Workers Extraordinare

it will be a couple more days until schools and businesses and mail delivery are up and running again…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lady Planter in Snow

hoping that you are safe and well as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

 

Roses in November…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fair Lakes Fairfax VANovember thus far has been full of surprises as we have had several frosts along with some warm and humid weather days…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Nov blooms

having flowers still blooming in our garden this time of year is a treat…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz roses in November

 these sweet pink roses always make us a bit sentimental

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz autumn leaves

the leaves are falling fast and soon only the bones of the garden will be visible until springtime rolls around again…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz changing seasons

I do enjoy the rhythm of the seasons…

Magpie's Nest Chair on back porch

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

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ice on birdbath

“In November, the earth is growing quiet.  It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures.  The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” -Cynthia Rylant

Purple Plum Torte…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Real Plum quotemy mother was a great cook and a wonderful baker and this time of year when plums are readily available I pine for her wonderful Zwetschgen-kuchen …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz making a plum torte

so when I came upon this really easy plum torte recipe I just had to give it a whirl…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Purple Plum Torte making

the hardest part was waiting overnight to cut into the cake as recommended in the recipe …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Yummy Plum Torte

we will definitely be enjoying this again and will look forward to making it during plum season…

Magpie's Nest Potomac Vegetable Farms as we like eating what is available and locally grown as much as possible…

Magpie's Nest Plum Torte

what a delicious treat that was well worth waiting for…

Magpie's Nest Coffee Plum Pits

it tasted really yummy with a nice cup of coffee sitting out in the morning sun on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Purple Plum Torte Yum

wishing you a Happy T Day… 

US Food Administration 1917

along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

Turmeric tea

even though this past weekend was the unofficial end to summer here in the U.S. I am still enjoying being barefoot around the house and we are not ready to turn off the air conditioning quite yet…

Magpie's Nest Numi Tumeric Tea

it has been very nice weather for sitting out on our shady back porch….

Magpie's Nest Numi Tumeric Tea (1)

change is in the air and the other morning started out a bit cool and crisp so I decided to brew some tea in a favorite Sunnex stainless steel teapot that I picked up on a trip to Ireland many years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea pot and cozy

it does a great job of keeping the tea hot especially tucked up in one of my tea cozies (unfortunately the lovely tea cozy lady is no longer in business)…

Magpie's Nest Pouring tea

I had a bit of fun and challenged myself to pour with my left hand while snapping some photos with my right which can be a bit tricky  because of where the button is located on my phone camera…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz garden blooms

the healing Turmeric tea tasted nice and I enjoyed a few blooms that I cut from our poor dry garden…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lady with curly wurly hair the peace and quiet of our back porch frequently inspires me to take photos and play with flowers …

Magpie's Nest Rabbit's Foot Fern Sedum Cup Thyme it is always fun how one thing can lead to another and another…

Magpie's Nest Fairy Rose and Lord Byron's Poetical Works

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day with plenty of time to enjoy the season you are in…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz September Sun Thyme

“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.” ~Okakura Kakuzō

fill your cup

for T Stands for Tuesday today I am sharing a page I made for the BLACK & WHITE challenge at Moo Mania and More

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fill Your Cup (1)

the teapot and cup are clip art from The Graphics Fairy that I enchanced a bit with my white Signo pen and black Stabilo pencil …using some paper doily pieces and adding some rubber stamping too (the white dots were made with a water based white Sharpie)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fill Your Cup (2)

it is the left side of a two page spread done a couple of days apart (more about the right side with the lady here)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fill Your Cup

using only black and white is a fun challenge…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz black n white sunflowers

but I am very grateful to live in a world full of color…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Living Room Sunflowers

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

~*Happy September…thank you for your visit*~

Timeless

a couple of pages in one of LaWendula’s gesso and paint journals made with magazine pages (this is the cover of the journal with similar coloring on the pages I worked on)…

Magpie's Nest LaWendulas gesso magazine journal

the sunflowers popped up in my stash (wish I’d had one more flower but I made do with what I had because time is ticking)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMELESS journal pages (1)the golden thyme leaves were leftover from this project which led me to add touches of gold to the lady and sunflower centers with a wooden toothpick…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMELESS journal pages (2)

sharing my pages with Conny’s Mix it Monthly MIXED MEDIA FLOWERS and Art Journal Journey’s TIME challenges…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TIMELESS journal pagesI am enjoying late summer here in northern Virginia and had fun after several different visits to a local sunflower farm playing with the flowers I cut…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunflower fun“Time doesn’t seem to pass here: it just is”  -J.R.R. Tolkien