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~*Happy New Year*~

sending every good and special wish your way…

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  -Oprah Winfrey

sacred lotus…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus Welcome sign frogit is that time of year again when the loti are blooming about an hour’s drive away on the other side of Washington, DC…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotusland first visit 4 July 16it was a lovely low humidity day on the 4th of July so we made our first visit of the season…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus collagesince 2013 when we first visited we try and go as many times as we can during July and August…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotusland 4 July 2016I had to remind myself to breathe as all that beauty takes my breath away…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens photo opsbecause it was a bit of an overcast morning there were more photographers than usual with their fancy camerasMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Loti Reflectionswe don’t even use our tripod and manage to snap hundreds of photos that make us very happy…Magpie's Nest Gesso Citra Solv art journal pagesinspired by the loti I worked in a small art journal that I made using Citra Solv magazine pages washed with gesso and machine stitched down the middle…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TAP transfer on cottonthe little Debrina Pratt girl is a TAP transfer on delicate cotton and the dragonfly is a sticker that popped up when I was looking for something else…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus Art Journal Pagesjoining Yvonne’s lovely IN MY GARDEN challenge over at Art Journal Journey…

Le Mont Saint-Michel

the traveling tea cup and I are joining T Stands for Tuesday today with a little trip to Normandy, France…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the traveling tea cup
built in the 11th century the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey Church has been an important pilgrimage destination…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont St Michel it was exciting for me to return to a place that was magical so many years ago when I stayed there as a solo traveler…

Magpie's Nest Lady in the windowback then before the addition of the bridge high tides would completely cut off traffic…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz bridgethere are about 3 million visitors annually (even on a Tuesday in April it was crowded)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the mont  there are 900 stairs from the bottom to the landing of the nave at the top along with lots of cobblestone streets…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz spire renovationwe wished we’d had a little more time there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont St Michel with sheepgood reason to return again one day…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont Saint Michel journal pgsI created two pages in my French Travel Journal using original text from two old books (the postcard lifts up and is from my nine week trip to Europe long ago… I sent a postcard to my parents almost every day)…Magpie's Nest Promise Everything early pagesI was also inspired to create two pages in one of my gesso journals using a vintage map of the abbey on pages I painted black…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz left and rightthe ‘tell me everything’ image is a moo card enlarged and printed in black and white…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tell me everythingthis spread is for the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE ALWAYSI had been playing with this image days before the horrific Orlando shootings… the French calligraphy was from a friend back when I participated in swaps… a dried rose mirrored the rose on the vintage plate…  the bee is painted tin…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Always I wish you

I used Pixlr Express to alter my photo…

~♥ “Je te souchaite” = “I wish you” … LOVE ALWAYS ♥~

 

Appalachian Trail Update …

just as Mr Magpie and I were getting ready for our French adventures back in April our son was preparing for his thru hike on the Appalachian Trail…

Colin Szymkowicz enjoying the walksince some of you have asked how Colin is doing I thought I would give an update (a little over a month down the trail he is slathering the Snickers bars with peanut butter to add some extra calories)…

Colin Szymkowicz Hiker manhe is having the time of his life and has said: “rain or shine I’m doing fine”…

Colin Szymkowicz Blooms along ATthe photos I am sharing here are in no particular order and I combined some in mosaics…

Colin Szymkowicz heading to Mainewe are really grateful to have Facebook so we can see some of his journey…Colin S NC GA lineColin posts when he can but is really enjoying being unplugged and out in nature (crossing the Georgia/North Carolina line above with all of his belongings and approximately a weeks worth of food on his back)… Colin Szymkowicz along the Appalachian TrailI used Pixlr Express to add his name to photos he has shared on his FB page…

Colin Szymkowicz Snow in May on the ATstill some miles to go to get closer to us here in northern Virginia…

Many more miles to go till NOVAwe hope to meet for a couple days before he continues on his trek north…

Colin S Grayson Highlands State Park Wilburn Ridge VAproud of our boy for weathering storms along the trail while he keeps putting one foot in front of the other (500+ miles and counting)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Appalachian Trail Collage 2inspired by our son’s journey I am joining Erika’s JOURNEYS challenge over at Art Journal Journey with a digital collage I created using one of Colin’s photos and an Appalachian Trail map and bits of this and that…

*Monday update*

16 May 2016 quarter way point

 

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

 

cause for celebration…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ranunculus with phone appsa little over an hour’s drive away in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley there is a lovely French Country Inn

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz L'Auberge Provencale B&Bwith beautiful historic buildings and grounds…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Garden viewtheir logo: “Escape to Provence. No passport required.” sounded just right to us as we were celebrating Mr Magpie’s birthday…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz fresh airit was a perfect place to unplug and unwind and feast…

Mr Magpie birthday treatstheir elegant and delicious La Table Provencale Restaurant and Bar were full of taste tempting delights (the expert  friendly staff added to our visit)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz this was a bit of a practice run for the two week tour of France we have planned to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary this April…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz L'Auberge Provencale #10here’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone else over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

 

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…

 

 

Why so serious…Happy New Year!

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progressmore fun with Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Journaling challenge (this really is my last entry for this month and year …Valerie and Susi inspired me to do one more and I thank them VERY much)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (1)trying to loosen up with sketching but as you can see my lady has some relaxing to do…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (3)

in her defense she is trying to balance that cup and saucer on her head (those cats eye inks had all but disintegrated so I got busy trying to use what little color was left in them)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (2)Shakti Parwha Kaur’s tips for living printed on the computer in my favorite font called My Underwood was my final inspiration…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Why So Serious art journal page

wishing everyone a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year ~♥~ may your days be filled with creativity kindness and Love

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy New Year 2016“And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

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

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

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…

Loti time is here again…

 we were thrilled to visit nearby Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens recently to enjoy the parade of beautiful blooms…

Magpie's Nest Loti Perfectait is a photographer’s paradise…

Magpie's Nest Photography dreamand a magnet for those who enjoy nature and lotuses (loti) and water lilies and fresh air…

Magpie's Nest Loti leaves and bloomsthere is so much beauty sometimes you have to focus a bit on the handsome architecture of the stems and leaves and pods to give your eyes a rest…

Magpie's Nest Lotus leavesthere are reflections waiting to be discovered too…

Magpie's Nest Lotus pond reflectionsthis year the paths were the wettest we have seen since we started visiting in 2013 (last month went down in the record books here in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area as the second wettest June ever recorded)…

Magpie's Nest DragonfliesMr Magpie used our Sony Cybershot which is especially great for telephoto and I used my iphone 6 camera...

Magpie's Nest Lotusland viewwe did bring the Traveling Tea Cup along while enjoying some refreshing water to drink…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup on a lotus leafwe were delighted at how well a couple of carefully chosen lotus leaves worked in place of a saucer

Magpie's Nest Lotusland Traveling Tea Cup 2here’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Director Moore Waterlily Aristle quote

Purple Haze…

the lavender is blooming in our Virginia garden which is something I look forward to each and every June…

Patty Szymkowicz Lavender Daze

I have woven so many lavender wands over the years I have lost count (we have several established plants of the Lavandula x. intermedia cv. Grosso variety)…Patty Szymkowicz 2015 Lavender Wand Weaving

the fragrance is very soothing and with it comes lots of sweet memories of time spent with friends…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lavender collage

some years ago after a fun afternoon on the back porch with special friends (Lennie, Judy and Jo Ann) making lavender wands… enjoying lunch and chatting…

Patty Szymkowicz Lavender Rose Pinecone Twine

our youngest son dubbed us ” The Lavender Ladies“…

Patty Szymkowicz Lavender Nest Weaving

this year I tried my hand at weaving a little lavender nest…

Patty Szymkowicz small cup with nest

it was fun to try but not nearly as relaxing as weaving with ribbon...

Patty Szymkowicz Lavender Love

I have shared lots about lavender here since I began blogging back in 2007…
Patty Szymkowicz Lavender

if you are interested in learning more about weaving and other things lavender you can click on the word Lavender just before the comments section in the line titled “This entry was posted in ….” and keep scrolling through the blog posts which all relate to lavender in some way (it’s in light grey on my screen)…

Patty Szymkowicz 2015 Lavender Wands

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