Category Archives: Postcard (4 x 6 inches)

Herz… serce… cœur… hjerte… hart… cuore… heart…

February is known as “heart month”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE collageSt Valentine’s Day and heart health awareness are a couple of  reasons…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gratitude heart's memory

as it happens two very special people close to my heart were born in February (Mr Magpie and Alex)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Guatemalan ProverbI have a HE♥RT Category  for my blog posts that have hearts in them…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz blooming indoorsback in the 1990’s I had a little business called “Works of the Heart” and I sold hand woven baskets… orphan pieces of china filled with dried flowers and herbs… wreaths and decorations made out of dried fruits… cinnamon ornaments and more (this photo shows me along with a small sampling of my wares … WOW those glasses)

Patty Szymkowicz Works of the Heartthen life took a drastic turn and everything changed…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz altered candy boxI recently had fun playing with hearts and paper and paint and enjoyed making a few cards…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz 2016 ValentinesMr Magpie picked up that sweet Angel Vine heart and tiny pot of pink roses for me beating the 14 February flower rush…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Angel vine heart with roseshere’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Felted Wool Valentinethank you very much for your visits…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Full Heart quote on tulip petalsyou help fill my he♥rt again and again…

 

 

 

Liberate Your Art 2015 Postcard Swap

Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap celebrated its fifth anniversary this year (you can visit her link above to find out all about it)…

Patty Szymkowicz Tranquility Postcard

this is my first time participating thanks to the encouragement of friends in our local mixed media collaborative group who took part last year … I sent postcards made from a favorite piece of my artwork above …I included a quote from the Dalai Lama XIV “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”  I also included my address because I think it is fun to know where mail comes from along with Brightest of Blessings and the address to my Magpie’s Nest…I am hoping to find out where my five cards landed…

#1 Fran Podlesney

it was fun watching the mailbox for the first card to appear and what to my surprise it was from one of my mixed media friends from the group I mentioned above (what are the odds that this card would randomly come to me all the way from Oregon when Fran lives so close to me here in Virginia) … Fran wrote on the back of her card “From Virginia, USA. Gelatos, Acrylics, gesso, stencils & Napkin collage.  Always create!”

#2 Dorthy Louis

the next card arrived from Dorothy Louis in Corvallis, Oregon and her card was rubber stamped in individual letters “PEACE   BEAUTY    TRUTH    LOVE“…

#3 Dona Hyll

Dona Hyll wrote “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~Christopher Reeve  When not at my day job, I find I have a need to be creative?  Here are examples of the tablet weaving I do for a Viking recreation group!  We have our own festival the last weekend in April each year in Ashville, Ohio!”

#4 Yellow Sun Lisa

Yellow Sun Lisa wrote on the back of her Flowers in Gouache card: “Dear Artist: If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -Roald Dahl

#5 Kat van Rooyen

Kat van Rooyen’s postcard “Taken in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, USA” reads “Let your creativity shine like the sun over the Appalachian Mountains here in this photo.  No one sees the world exactly as you do so express yourself!  Enjoy! Kat ♥

#6 Kat Sloma

and last but not least is a card from the person we all have to thank for such a grand event “Imminent Downfall” by Kat Sloma and on the back it says:  “When you Liberate your Art the world is a better place.  Thank you! Kat”…

many many thanks to everyone that participated and to Kat Sloma who is amazing and generous and so well organized…

I hope there will be a swap next year but until then I am off to join in Kat’s Blog Hop

dancing around the room T …

when a  set of chipboard tea cups surfaced while I was doing some clearing out I just had to play with layers of my favorite map tissue and my white acrylic paint pen…

Magpie's Nest Dancing T cup collage

the words are computer generated …

Magpie's Nest dancing tea cup journal

and speaking of cups … this photo of my Irish Shannonbridge cup that we brought back from Dublin in 2013 has nice hot Organic Choice Earl Grey tea in it (the elf/Zwerg really wanted to have his picture taken too as standing around holding wooden toothpicks all day can get a little tiresome)…

Magpie's Nest toothpick holder tea

that delicious quinoa and spelt flour scone is something Mr Magpie and I treat ourselves to every now and then at our local Le Pain Bakery (their Chia Muffins are irresistible too!)…

Magpie's Nest Quinoa Spelt Scone

wishing you a ♣Happy St Paddy’s Day♣ and a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest 1909 NY NY postcard

(if you would like please feel free to help yourself to a copy of my 1909 postcard sent to Miss Raftery in New York, NY)

“When the first light of sun, Bless you.  When the long day is done, Bless you.  In your smiles and your tears, Bless you.  Through each day of your years, Bless you.”  ~Irish Blessing

artwork from friends…

some days it is so exciting to go to the mailbox…

Christie surprised me with a wonderful textured St Patrick’s Day postcard that she created adding a real vintage Irish postage stamp…

Christie's Fab Art Postcard

and a new blog friend from Germany treated me to an assortment of her lovely creations and gifts (her generosity all started after I was admiring the tag she made here and she offered to send it to me)…

creations and gifts from Sabine Kleinmann

thank you SO much dear ♥ Christie and Sabine ♥ you made it such fun to open our mailbox filled with your good wishes and wonderful artwork!

♥ clicking on each photo will give you a closer look ♥

Sew Delighted…

today’s mail took me completely by surprise…

what to my delight to find my “Mother Nature” creation on page 141 in the Gallery Section of the Winter 2013 issue of SEW Somerset…

here is the paragraph I submitted with the piece back in January 2011 (see why I forgot about it)…

Mother Nature

5 x 7.5”

Layer various cotton fabrics, netting and old lace along with silk and rayon ribbons and stitch them onto watercolor paper.  I also use glue stick now and then to adhere bits of fabric.  The image from Paper Artsy (http://www.paperartsy.co.uk/) is stamped onto paper with black permanent ink and stitched onto the layered fabrics.  Embellish with green leaf ribbon…my blossoms are from a vintage hat (they are fabulous to pick apart and use as accents)…the gorgeous stitched on vintage button was a gift from a friend (thank you Caterina).

I can see why they edited it, my tenses were all over the place LOL…

this piece was mailed in at the same time as my “Cherry Pie” fabric postcard that was published in the Winter 2012 issue of SEW Somerset here

I had every intention of buying the 2013 Winter issue because the talented Catarina of La Dolce Vita has a lovely article that I wanted to see up close and personal…

another talented and sweet friend Jean of Bluebirds Living in the Meadow is a cover girl and has a couple page spread in the upcoming issue of a very special issue of Somerset Studio’s Artists’ Cafe

~**Thank You very very much Stampington & Company**~

~* just had to share the happy news *~

***AND another lovely and talented blog friend Nancy Maxwell of Sugar Lump Studios is published in the same SEW Somerset issue…

the more the merrier***

message in a bottle…

Marit’s challenge this week for her Quirky Dutch Summer #2 (link on my sidebar)  is “Mail art”

I enjoy decorating things I send in the mail depending on what kind of envelope I use usually with paper/fabric collage and rubber stamping and sometimes paint…

I thought I would try something I have always wanted to use as a container to send in the mail…

we sliced an opening in a plastic bottle and filled it with bits of this and that and even stuffed one of my lavender wands thru the cap end of the bottle…

just in case I thought I would mail a handmade postcard separately to the same person to see if they arrive across the ocean around the same time…

thank you to Karen The Graphics Fairy for the moon face and to my Queen Bee friend Nathalie of Rubyfloy for the perfect punch card for the torn border at the bottom of my postcard…

it was extra fun to see how delighted the postal ladies were today asking was it okay to put necessary stickers here and there on the “package”

“When we think of ourselves as human, we limit the way we express ourselves in life.  We hear, “I’m just human; I’m not perfect.”  But, if we call ourselves artists, where is that limitation?”  ~Don Miguel Ruiz


a mother’s blessing…

if you are lucky enough to still have your Mother here with you…

 you have the chance to tell her again how much she means to you…

as we know all too well

 life can change in a heartbeat…

Mr Magpie and I certainly are grateful to have had our precious Mothers and Grandmothers in our lives for a long as we did…

 “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” ~Honore de Balzac

and one more quote because my mother in law and Mutti both had a great sense of humor…

“A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.”  ~Author Unknown

this was a pre scheduled post as I am recuperating from my second eye surgery…I am looking forward to getting around to visiting everyone as soon as my vision clears up oxo

birthday wishes…

to celebrate the day my dear Mother/Mutti was born…

MagpiesNest Postkarte

I would like to share some vintage early 1900’s postcard images with you…

MagpiesNest A Happy Birthday

our scanner has been broken for months…

MagpiesNest A Happy Birthday.1910MsLindaMyers

so I hope you can make these PDF files work for you…

MagpiesNest FromHelenToLillian Rook

just click on the underlined links twice (once here and again after that…sorry) 

please enjoy them for your own personal use…

Magpies Nest 5532Marguerite

they are not intended to be included in collage sheets or for sale…

my Mom was quite a baker…

here is one of her wonderful cakes

* Happy Birthday Sweet Mutti *

we miss your sweet smile and warm hugs

~* Josephine Mahoney *~

19 March 1931 – 8 February 2011

By Hand…

finally I created a little collage which began with the cardboard from our son’s shoe box…

he was nice enough to run it by me before he put it in the recycling..

I decided to tear the box into pieces rather than adding it to my box collection

other than making some backgrounds and thinking about art I have not been producing all that much lately…

part of my excuse was having our living room carpet replaced which is still causing a good bit of upheaval since the room had to be emptied…

and traveling as wonderful as it is always throws off my balance a bit taking me awhile to settle back in a grove…

had to remind myself to “just do it” and get busy…

magpiesnest-by-hand

here is my postcard sized collage on peeled painted and gessoed cardboard with scrap papers…

a bit of golden tissue…old lace curtain…some shorthand book text and a little rubber stamping…

with a piece of Franky’s Old San Juan bling as a finishing touch…

the lovely girl was patiently waiting on a pile of papers up in my art cave…

with thanks to Elizabeth of Last Door Down the Hall for always sharing so many wonderful images!

AND

the lovely and talented Cynnie is having a really generous and special giveaway that you won’t want to miss here

~* HAPPY MARCH *~




…a thousand different things

my little 1931 Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Encyclopedia art journal has been calling me…

inspiration began with the sweet pouty girl from Land of Nod and a sacred heart image I had on hand

her hallo is from my sweet friend Trish’s wedding

her groom’s great grandmother made THE most delicate and delicious wedding cookies that she tucked into silver paper cups at each place setting…

the two photos above were taken indoors…

 notice the difference in the color of the photos below taken out on our back porch where I go for “perfect” light…

torn Citra Solv treated paper along with some special gold patterned paper for the background…

black and white rubons and a white poster pen for some added highlights…

I have a collection of Kim Edwards’ quotes from her moving book “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”

that piece of pretty lace has been waiting for some time now…

* * *

the sweet and talented Jean of Bluebirds Living in the Meadow recently sent me some really special treats…

including some magical gompi/gampi tissue paper

sometimes it takes me awhile to dive into goodies…

I know I will find the right time to make the best use of these gifts…

Jean  even gifted me with copies of her painted swan collage sheet images to use in my artwork…

 swans are just one of the things we each hold dear…

she tucked in one of her wonderful faux wool felted flowers too AND the amazing silver tea strainer…

I had never seen anything quite like it before…

precious gifts from a precious friend who I hope to meet in person some day!!!

I am a bit behind in thanking so many thoughtful and generous people here in blogland…you know who you are … thank you dear ones      OXO



Paper Stacks a Plenty…another Seth Apter Collaboration

Seth of The Altered Page is at it again …

ever the master of art collaborations he put out a call to post photos showing our stacked journals

… papers

… handmade books and more …

the bigger the pile the better…

I must admit the pictures above show just some of my creations…

in talking to Mr Magpie about paper stacks…

he took a few paper photos too…

it seems piles of paper play a big role in our lives…

the other evening we rescued the paper bits below after having a bite to eat

we found we only needed half of the heavy duty paper napkins provided and the paper doilies are always too good to pass up… a wonderful collage ingredient

many thanks to Seth as always for joining the on line mixed media art community together…

I am looking forward to visiting all of the Paper Stack Project participants linked on Seth’s blog here

…95 participants and counting…


LaWendula’s Paper Swaps…Art Really Does Help Heal

*a LONGish post with lots all wrapped into one*

LaWendula recently hosted another fun paper swap

she has been connecting the mixed media blog community for quite awhile now with her imaginative and fun swap ideas…

this one was quick and easy…

just fill a standard size envelope with bits of paper and mail to your partner…

 my swap partner Frances…

who does not have a blog for me to send you to…

sent me some really lovely bits from the UK … so much goodness in one envie … thank you again dear Frances!!!

LaWendula (LW) and I swapped some vintage papers and did I ever get inspired when her big envelope arrived…

she included one of her really special handmade books (4.5 inches square) ready to alter … I could not wait to get busy…

as some of you know my sweet German Mother/Mutti died suddenly in February of this year…

she lived just an hour away so we got lots of one on one time together…

I sure do miss her and have not been able to find words to express my broken heart overflowing with feelings…

using lots of bits from LaWendula’s latest gifts (more than I can really show you in photos) and a few bits I had on hand…

here is what came of some of it…

with a couple of pages still left to decorate…

I will show you LaWendula’s BEFORE book pages and my AFTER altered pages below…

her  pages looked so nice I hardly wanted to cover them up…

I was not immediately aware that it would even be a book about my Mutti…

a bit of German curtain netting (I have some of my Mother’s tattered lace curtains) under the word Liebe = Love …

a piece of torn map …

a glowing candle surrounded by Edelweiss … a flower that has myriad meanings in our family …

LaWendula’s tag was lovely on both sides…felted wool on this side…I glued on the cardboard seashell from her goodies…

I like the way LW stamped page numbers on her gessoed magazine pages…as it happened the number 3 fit perfectly in the torn yellow paper I glued to the right edge…

my Mom’s name was Josephine…her family called her “Fini”

I amazed myself at the meaning in these pages…

it wasn’t until the second day when Mr Magpie was looking at my little book again that we realized why out of 12 little calendar pages that LW sent in a strip … I must have picked apples for this page…

my Mutti made THE best apple strudel always with me in mind…the ends were my favorite with a little more dough folded there…

such beautiful pages LaWendula made … you can see why it was hard to cover them…

I dove in anyway…a woman possessed on and off all day Friday…

these pages really did come together intuitively…

I noticed that sometimes I like creating with a little noise in the background…most often television…funny as I used to not be much of a TV person…

LW’s sturdy dressmaker form called to me but I did not spend any time thinking about why and added some stamped text to it …

my mother was an excellent seamstress and creator of stuffed animals and dolls and more…

the only thing I added to pages 4 and 5 from my stash were pieces of Tim Holtz tissue tape...

in looking for a tissue tape link to embed for you above…I came upon Tim’s blog post with some amazing ideas for this tape…

Love that …

maybe you will need some afterall

Estivalia … let me know 😉

playing with LaWendula’s pages was very healing…plenty of tears fell with some smiles from sweet memories too…

I actually surprised myself in that I was able to “go there” as the grief from my Mutti’s loss is pretty fresh…there are days I cannot believe she is really gone…

the little flowered flap on the left is a copy of my Mother’s fabric autograph book from the early 1940’s onward…

LaWendula included some super German library cards...I thought it very fitting that they focused on *Play* one of my favorite things (Spiel Spiele Spielen)…

so glad I took photos of each of LaWendula’s beautiful pages “before” I got busy…see the perfect brown “frame” on the left…

isn’t that German postage stamp on the top left precious…it says “With Good Wishes”

my Mutti passed along her wanderlust to me and my little sister …

our boys called her “Omi” a German fond term for Grandma

years before my Mother passed away we had a conversation where she told me she had lived a good life … little did I know just how comforting those words would be … I will continue to feel very close to my sweet Mutti …you can check out some of LaWendula’s precious handmade books here

for not having words … I certainly managed to tell quite a lot…

there is so much more to tell about my dear sweet Mutti …

she was definitely one of a kind…

I added a little paint to the back page but could not duplicate LW’s beautiful colors on the other side of her sewn tag…

I wrote “Love is the answer” and glued on the black and white strip of shiny fabric from my art table…

if you actually read all of this post…well you are amazing … the word count (WordPress provides that in Draft mode) was pretty high …

vielen vielen danke liebe LaWendula … you touched my heart again and again … you always ROCK!

 

gesso play and sweet surprises

Gesso is one of my favorite art ingredients…

it is really more like a tool

such a tool

looking at a stack of book pages that I paint scraped some time ago I realized they could use a little something more…

the perfect chance to play with plastic doilies …

paintbrush …

and gesso

with endless possibilities…

as I got lost in play I was a bit shocked to see how much gesso and paint my left hand caught…

my jar of gesso above is ancient…

I have added water to it several times to extend its life…

a nice bit of color and decoration for envelopes and finally a use for my very thick dauber paints…

I also wanted to share a sweet surprise that arrived in my mailbox earlier this week….

the lovely and talented Dymphie in The Netherlands generously gifted me with some wonderful postcards that she made…

Love those great heart world postage stamps too…

I had commented on a blog post of hers saying how I am crazy about all things medieval…

so generous of her to think of me…

just because…

she also included a couple of her folded corner bookmarks

one is already in use …

blog friends sure can make opening the mailbox fun!