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Mucha at MSV

 just about an hour away past the tiny town of Paris…Magpie's Nest Virginia wildflowers in Mayis the “city” of Winchester, Virginia

Magpie's Nest downtown Winchesterwe had been wanting to visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV)

DSC04319and their special Alphonse Mucha exhibit…Magpie's Nest Mucha Samplerit was really splendid but no photos are permitted on traveling exhibits so I don’t have much more than this to share…

FullSizeRender-97it would certainly be worth a return trip as there are lots of fine exhibits there…

FullSizeRender-95since it was the first sunny day out of almost twelve days of rain we were drawn to the lovely gardens…

Magpie's Nest MSV Pink PavillionI liked the Pink Pavilion and Fountain Courtyard a lot…Mutti JJJ Mothers Day 2016 Winchester t cupas you can see we brought the traveling tea cup along for my Mother’s Day outing…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cupwe enjoyed our day…

Magpie's Nest what's bloomingI hope you had a lovely weekend too…

Magpie's Nest views from the gardenhere’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you – and enjoy life”. -Bernard Kelvin Clive

 

 

April in Paris…

our tour of France was oh so delightful from beginning to end…

Magpie's Nest Paris lifeParis was every bit as magical as I remembered…

Magpie's Nest La Tour Eiffel it was exciting to have the chance to make new memories…

Magpie's Nest April in Pariswe began our trip with a special meetup with Chris and her husband across town at the Montparnasse Tower

Magpie's Nest Montparnasse street signit was so nice of them to take time out from their visit to Paris from the UK to treat us to coffee and treats at the Le Ciel de Paris restaurant (The Sky of Paris) on the 56th floor (Chris ordered in French!)…

Magpie's Nest Chris Patty The Sky of Parisooh la laa it was a perfectly wonderful spot and Chris and Tony were great at pointing out the sights and getting us oriented…

Magpie's Nest The Traveling Tea Cup and La Tour Eiffelour husband’s were very good sports letting us chatter away…

Magpie's Nest views from Montparnasse TowerI was so excited I didn’t take any photos…

Magpie's Nest Panoramathe views of Paris were spectacular…

Magpie's Nest Montparnasse Tower viewit was definitely a “pinch me” moment to be in Paris AND to meet a blog friend that felt like an old friend as we have so much in common…

Chris B Momento holder front and backChris surprised me with a lovely momento holder that she made (front and back above)…

Chris B Momento holder insideit was the perfect size for carrying along and keeping all of those tickets and special bits I wanted to save…

Chris B Momento holder at workthank you so much Chris for making our meeting happen and for your kind and generous ways along with your sweet anniversary wishes…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz flagswishing everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover a Happy T Day as I unpack and go through photos settling  back into “real” life here in Virginia…

 

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

 

let the Light guide your way…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz hold every memorywords from this special song along with a digital image of one of my photographs of bare winter trees layered with a photo of some of my artwork were the inspiration for these journal pages (see the lady above) …

Magpie's Nest gesso and paint with palette knife

lots of layers of gesso and paint applied with a plastic palette knife (the girl below is from a gift catalog)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz let the Light guide your way

  this is my first time joining Paint Party Friday and I am also linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge (my other entries at AJJ are #30, 42, 61, 85)…

Utah “Life Elevated”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Colorado

our son moved to Colorado a few years ago and we have been lucky enough to get to fly out and spend Thanksgiving with him each year…

 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Canyonlands Nat'l Park Utah

it is always exciting to visit new places but I must admit I was not totally prepared for the majesty and splendor waiting for us on this trip…

Magpie's Nest Colin S Island in the Sky Canyonlands

we chose to explore Moab, Utah

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Island in the Sky sunset Canyonlands Utah

sunset at Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park was so beautiful it made me cry…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches and the traveling tea cup

Colin gave his father a break from driving and drove us all over Colorado and Utah showing us some of his favorite places…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches

he had hiked and camped in this area several times before…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Delicate Arch Traveling T Cup

 you can see Mr Magpie and Colin holding our traveling tea cup in the photo above…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling Tea Cup Arches National Park

as you can imagine we went wild snapping photos with so much beauty all around us...

Magpie's Nest Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River

the drive out to Red Cliffs Lodge for a delicious Thanksgiving buffet offered breathtaking views along the mighty Colorado River…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Snow in Arches Nat'l Park Moab

on our last day in Moab we woke up to freshly fallen snow which charmed and excited us anew…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches Blue Sky Snow

as we headed back to Colorado our son took us on a bit of detour through the Colorado National Monument with even more snow and awe inspiring beauty…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Colorado National Monument Park

I have a Flickr folder with a few more photos HERE …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Hartman Rocks Gunnison CO

thank you very much for stopping by as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

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and wish you a very happy first “official” Hot Tea Day too

one kind word…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pagesa photo we took of Sunlight Mountain near Glenwood Springs, Colorado several years ago was the inspiration for one of my journal pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (1)hoarfrost had turned the mountainside into a winter wonderland (the owl is a free internet image … how I wish we’d seen that too)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (3)the 1900’s image of a girl all dressed up with her warm fur muff along with a Japanese Proverb spoke to me (the photo above was taken inside and you can see what a difference good lighting makes comparing it to the photo below taken “quickly” outdoors in natural light)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind wordI fiddled with bits of torn tissue paper that I had stenciled with venetian plaster to add some final winter white touches…

Magpies Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography collagesitting under a warm blanket I played with my iPhone using assorted apps and the girl from my collaged page (Diana, DistressedFX, PixlrExpress and Gloomlogue apps)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Digital SnowflakeI am entering both my art journal pages and my digital collage in Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

The Red Willow People of Taos Pueblo …

Magpie's Nest Taos collageback in November as we left Santa Fe heading north to meet our son in Colorado (about 260 miles away) we stopped at the historic Taos Pueblo which is about three miles outside the town of Taos…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Taos NMup until then it was something we had only seen in books…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos Pueblothe multi-storied adobe buildings in this Native American community have been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos Pueblo NMbuilt of mud and straw with no running water or electricity much like they have always been…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Puebo with mtnsdoors and windows were 20th century additions…

Magpie's Nest Red Willow's Drumsapproximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Chile Ristrasmost members occupy their Pueblo houses for ceremonies and live in conventional homes outside the village walls…

Magpie's Nest St Jerome patron saint of Taos PuebloCatholicism is practiced by about 90% of Pueblo Indians harmoniously combined with the ancient Indian religious rites…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos deer door

Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Historic Landmark…

Magpie's Nest adobe ovenwe bought some fruit filled bread that had been baked in an adobe built outdoor oven (we ate it on our way to Moab the next day and it was delicious!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ladder to the second storywe would like to return again some day…

Magpie's Nest Elevation Coffee stopbut it was time to refuel and head north to Colorado…

Magpie's Nest Taos NM Elevation CoffeeI am joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

2015 T Tuesday Review…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Seasonson the last Tuesday of the year…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz collage

for several years now I have done a photo review for T Stands for Tuesday letting my photos do most of the talking…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Teapots and Art Journal Pages

many thanks to each of you for another fun year of sharing all around the globe…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Travels near and far

and extra thanks to our host Elizabeth and her sidekicks Bleubeard and Squiggles for bringing everyone together each week…

Magpie's Nest Mosaics

may the New Year hold all that you hope for and more … 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Teapot Pixlr Artwith Brightest of Blessings to all oxo

Traveling T Cup almost out to sea Ocracoke

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorothea Lange

gift suggestions…

Christmas gift suggestions by Oren Arnold

Magpie's Nest Peace“To your enemy, forgiveness.

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Wish OXOTo an opponent, tolerance.

Magpie's Nest Peace on EarthTo a friend, your heart.

Magpie's Nest LOVETo a customer, service.

Magpie's Nest Winter Journal Cover 2009To all, charity.

Magpie's Nest A Winter GiftTo every child, a good example.

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Christmas CheerTo yourself, respect.”

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Wishes

my thanks to each of you for another special year of connection… friendship and sharing ♥ Wishing you a Merry Christmastime oxoxo

Revolutionary Tea…

 Magpie's Nest Welcome to Williamsburga few days after we returned from our trip out west we headed to Williamsburg, Virginia

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Williamsburg Birthday Glow

to celebrate my early December birthday…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg Colonial Laundrywe drove the scenic back roads enjoying the almost four hour ride…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg funit is a place I have always wanted to visit and seeing it all decked out for the holidays was really special…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg decorationsI was drawn to the gardens even though they were mostly at rest for the winter…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg Colonial Garden and Nurserywe had lovely weather and it was so photogenic at every turn…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Williamsburg colorwe did bring the traveling tea cup along for the fun…

Magpie's Nest Tea time in Williamsburgthere was lots to learn in that bustling 18th century living history museum…

How things were made 250 years agogetting to talk with artisans busy at work

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg Barber and Wig Shoppeas if we were back in the 18th century…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling Tea Cupso I raise my traveling tea cup joining in with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday today…

Magpie's Nest Colonial Williamsburg Dayswishing each of you a holiday season that is merry and bright…

Mr and Mrs Magpie with Father ChristmasI appreciate your visits here SO very much oxo

 

 

Wishing you a Life that’s Good

fun to finally make time to play in one of my gesso journals…

Rubber Stamp and AmarettiniI brought home a few new rubber stamps from a nice shoppe in Santa Fe and I am supposed to be getting rid of stamps not buying new ones!!!…

Magpie's Nest Blessings page

the Amaretti cookie wrapper came in handy along with the BLESSINGS image that I printed onto canvas paper from one of my hand stitcheries…

Magpie's Nest Right Blessings PageI dug out my gold embossing powder for the starburst stamped on old book text and wrote a few of the blessings I am grateful for around the page…

clear stamping mishapfor the left hand page I wanted to use some alphabet stamps but was not at all pleased with how they were looking…

gesso saves the dayonce again gesso and paint saved the day…Magpie's Nest a life that's goodI enjoy using various fonts on the computer and printing out my words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Collage with journalinglinking up to Art Journal Journey and their Collage/Journaling challenge this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Madrid NM wall for writing

it is always a treat to visit the many artists that participate in the AJJ challenges and I have some catching up to do!

 

Land of Enchantment “New Mexico True”

something’s lost

Southwest airlines Mountain Views from planebut something’s gained...

Madrid, New Mexicoin living every day (Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now)…

Hello New Mexicoand just like that more than a month has passed…

Magpie's Nest Santa Fe NMMr Magpie and I had some wonderful adventures while traveling out west…

Touch of Santa Fe NMand were totally charmed by the Turquoise Trail which is a scenic drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe

Magpie's Nest Madrid, NMwe stopped in old west mining towns like CerrillosMadrid and Golden (for those of you that enjoy travel photos you can click the highlighted towns to see more of our photos)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Santa Fe and Madrid NMour time spent in Moab, Utah and Colorado with our son for Thanksgiving on the next leg of our journey was also really special (more on that another time)…Arches Moab UT Colin and JJJeven though I have been absent from blogging I think of so many of you often and hope that you have been well…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gratitude quotetoday I am joining everyone for T Stands for Tuesday over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup in Santa Feif you click on the photo above you can see Mr Magpie holding our traveling tea cup in the morning shadows as we waited for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to open (oh YES it was wonderful!!!)…

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