Category Archives: Nature

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

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Wordless Wednesday: Moonflower on a moonlit night

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Moonflower on a moonlit night

Fred in Lotusland

this year we have been lucky enough to visit Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. six different times to enjoy the beautiful blooms

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowiczas with any garden each visit is special and exciting in different ways…

Magpie's Nest Lotus and Amazonian waterlily leafwe find the loti irresistible and so very photogenic…

Magpie's Nest Loti Reflectionsearly morning is our favorite time to watch the sunlight dance across the ponds…

Magpie's Nest a better viewwe have a plan for next year to bring a short step ladder to snap a photo like the visitors above cleverly did…

Oil Painter at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardenson a few of our visits we saw this artist painting en plein air (you could smell the oil paints)…

Magpie's Nest FRED recycle bottled waterand here is a photo of our good friend FRED

Magpie's Nest Waterlilies and Turtlesit is not hard to spend two or three hours strolling in the gardens as there is so much to enjoy and discover…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Kenilworth Aquatic Gardenssoon the ponds will be filled with brown lotus pods and yellowing leaves until the magic happens all over again next summer…

Magpie's Nest Mr Magpie and lotus podswishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

I like coffee … I like tea … I Love flowers Oh Yes indeed!

 it is a pleasant 30 minute drive to the country to visit Burnside Farms heading away from suburbia…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz gladiola fieldafter not picking any flowers on our first visit to the farm (I was just too excited taking photos and enjoying everything!) I had a wonderful time cutting some gladioli this visit…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz fresh gladiolasturns out my decision to take home just six stems did not quite fill my mother’s crystal pitcher so I cut three more stems on my third visit a couple of days later

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz third variety of gladswe were blessed with a few wonderful sunny low humidity days which were perfect for sitting out on the back porch enjoying a special cup of pour over coffee OR as we used to call it years ago “Melitta drip” coffee…

Patty Szymkowicz Melitta dripI was surprised and then again not really to discover that we still had our original porcelain filter holder for making coffee along with a box of unbleached filters

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Morning Coffeeit tasted especially good in the beautiful olive tree cup that a sweet friend sent to me all the way from Greece last summer…

Magpie's Nest Breakfast on the back porch lately I have been drinking more coffee than tea partly because I am paying a bit of extra attention to reducing my sugar intake and when I drink black tea (organic Earl Grey is my favorite) I take it with a little milk and sugar…

Magpie's Nest favorite yoghurtwhen I drink homemade coffee (half high test and half decaf) I only add a bit of coconut creamer which goes nicely with my favorite coffee yoghurt and flax seed muffin…

Magpie's Nest Van Dyke Be Glad quotehere’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz glorious gladiola

I stumbled across this tidbit about the gladiolus being the August birth flower representing strength, calm and integrity…

sunshine of life…

this past weekend was filled with enjoying nature and especially  flowers which is something I never get tired of…

Magpie's Nest Summer of Sunflowers Burnside Farmson Sunday we visited a pick your own flower farm

Magpie's Nest Burnside Farm Retailand were especially taken with the sunflowers (they planted 25 different varieties that will bloom on and off for about four weeks) …

Magpie's Nest Burnside Farms Welcomewe brought the traveling tea cup along and placed it in front of the beautiful Gladiolus bed…

Magpie's Nest Sunflower field Burnside Farmswhen I zoomed in on one of the rows of sunflowers I could not resist snapping a photo of a little girl enjoying the blooms…

Magpie's Nest Four Honey Bees

Burnside Farms supports pollinator habitats which includes endangered Monarch butterflies…

Burnside Farms supports pollinator habitats

there is something about sunflowers that always makes me smile…

Magpie's Nest Traveling T Cup

speaking of things that put a smile on your face… 

Karla's package

a surprise package from Karla arrived traveling all the way from Brazil…

Gifts from Karla in Brasil

Karla’s thoughtful gifts were a delight to open and I could feel her kindness and friendship from across the miles…

Magpie's Nest Friends Sunflower and Bee

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

Magpie's Nest Sunflower Field Tea pot and cup

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The present moment…

TIME is the August challenge theme over at Art Journal Journey…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Powerful Goddess journal pages (1)a beautiful leaf that I found on a walk and painted inspired me to create these pages in my red rosin monoprint art journal (I used soft gel medium to adhere the leaf to my page)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Powerful Goddess journal pages (2)

I have lots of favorite quotes about time and this one from Goethe seemed to fit nicely with the image of the blessed mother that I happened upon in my stash…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Powerful Goddess journal pagesI like the idea of being in the present moment and enjoying it to the fullest…may your time be filled with many happy moments ~♥~