Category Archives: Remembrance

change is constant…

some changes are subtle while others can be more dramatic…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-out-with-the-jotul-stove

one of the last home improvements we made recently was to have our trusty Norwegian cast iron wood stove removed along with the brick wall behind it (it has found a new home where it is being used and treasured anew)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-finished-fireplace

Mr Magpie chopped a lot of firewood in the 28 years we had the stove and now with gas logs we have simplified the getting warm and cozy process with the click of a remote control…magpies-nest-dining-room-buffet

it is nice having things back in place again with no more construction upheaval to deal with…magpies-nest-moms-birthday-anemones

my cup offering for T Stands for Tuesday this week was a birthday gift to my mother from her brother many years ago…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-celebrate

~♥ wishing you a Happy T Day ♥~

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

 

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

“in the meantime”

on Mother’s Day a very special and dear friend left this world…

Magpie's Nest Remembering Lennie

no one would have guessed that Lennie would be leaving us so soon as she was so full of life…

Magpie's Nest Mother's Day Crow Visit

she meant so much to so many people with her sunny outlook full of Love and kindness…

You will not be forgotten

Lennie’s passing has left me at a loss for words as I am still trying to imagine life without her here…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz dear Lennie

her grandchildren shared one of her favorite sayings which is a wonderful reminder to live life to the fullest no matter what comes your way…

Magpie's Nest Lennie always said

I am joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover to wish you a Happy T Day 

Magpie's Nest greatness quote

and wishing a special Happy Birthday to my sweet friend Linda in Texas

all through the night…

the end of the year always fills me with mixed emotions…

Patty Szymkowicz bits of fa la laa

happy to let go of some things…

Patty Szymkowicz Peace

grateful for so many blessings and looking forward to new adventures…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (2)

but also realizing that time will take me further and further away from precious memories and sounds of the voices of loved ones that are no longer here with us…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (4)

time is a great teacher proving to us that life goes on…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (3)

holding on to hope like a bright shining star…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (1)

sharing my collage pages with the Art Journal Journey challenge  (I am #198, 131, 98 and 81 in this month’s challenge participants …  special thanks to Johanna for her generous gift of some beautiful Edelweiss postage stamps whose symbolism worked so well here to highlight my page)…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (6)

~♥~ wishing you a Very Happy … Healthy and Creative New Year oxo ~♥~

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark

“Love, to thee my thoughts are turning, All through the night.  All for thee my heart is yearning, All through the night.  Though sad fate our lives may sever, Parting will not last forever, There’s a hope that leaves me never, All through the night. ”  – Ar hyd y nos, Welsh Folk Song, third verse

Rosemary for Remembrance…

on this last day of the Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” challenge I have two more pages that I did in one of my little magazine and gesso art journals (more about that here … the photo below shows how the pages looked before I collaged on them and the photo on the right shows pages I made for the AJJ June challenge)…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Magazine book pages

a random torn page from a plant catalog and the veiled lady from a catalog sparked this remembrance spread…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance

 some pressed Nigella (also known as Love in a mist or Devil in a bush) from my garden helped complete my pages…the halo behind the lady’s head was a silk flower petal I found on the ground…

Magpie's Nest Rosemary for Remembrance (2)

the flowers on the right page are one of my favorite blue summer wildflowers … Chicory (which does not like being pressed or cut for bouquets I found…it also closes in the afternoon sun)…

Patty Szymkowicz AJJ July 2014

here is a sample of my AJJ entries for July … flowers are something I always enjoy and they do enter into my artwork quite a bit … 

Grief weeps on the shoulder of history…

this Peace Monumet near the U.S. Capitol Building expresses some of what we are feeling after the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines 17…

Peace Monument Wash DC

sending Peace ♥ Love and Light to all…

nature soothes…

on Monday, 13 January, our temperature soared to 60 degrees (16 C) which is not really typical weather in Northern Virginia this time of year

Great Falls Potomac River VA

we decided to take advantage of the blue skies and air ourselves out a bit...

Great Falls Hearts

we drove to nearby Great Falls Park on the Virginia side looking across the Potomac River to Maryland…

Great Falls Park Virginia

the sound and sight of the rushing water was captivating…

Great Falls Sparkle bubbles

we stood for a long while watching the bubbles in the water sparkle like diamonds in the sun (you can click or double click to see the sparkle)…

Great Falls VA Jim Szymkowicz

hard to believe that people actually kayak those waters…

Virginia Great Falls Park

the park can get quite busy on summer weekends so we enjoyed the relative solitude of visiting on an off season weekday…

Great Falls Park Blue Heron

Mother Nature always offers sweet surprises…

gift of bubbles to blow

 another special surprise that we discovered on a sign post at a less traveled part of the park way above the falls was a tube of bubble soap…

Bubble fun

Mr Magpie and I took turns blowing bubbles and then returned the tube for some other lucky someone to play with…

Roots and Fungi

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~John Burroughs

Potomac River edgethank you so much ♥ family ♥ friends and nature OXO

thoughtful silence…

in the past on this day many of you dear ones have helped create a circle of L♥ve and support both spoken and silent by sending healing wishes and kind thoughts and for that I am ♥ever grateful♥…

one of my collaged postcards printed on tea bag paper

the grip of grief still holds us but over time it seems a bit of numbness has set in…

Tea bag papers and more

 still trying to hold it all together with bits of this and that…

little messages tucked away…

(one of my collaged postcards printed on used tea bag paper…blue background paper from my Mutti’s childhood school autograph book…tags and a bit of rubber stamping with shrink plastic of a favorite stamp “ART HELPS ME BREATHE“)

tags with silent messages on the back

we are always happy to hear his name…

Alex

Alexander

Alexander David…

a thoughtful silence

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”  ~Masura Emoto

sending caring thoughts to all those living with grief and loss

tell me a story … part two

last week I shared my swan wallpaper piece on the left for two September art journaling challenges (AJJ “Less is More and JJ’s “Childhood)…

Tell me a story (2)

I have been busy putting finishing touches on the right hand side of my journal…

tell me a story tags

using a piece of plastered eyelet cotton to create a pocket…

Needle Thread Cloth August Prize

that pretty flower at the bottom of my pocket was part of a goodie package that I received when I won the Needle Thread Cloth August Giveaway

you can see their exciting September challenge here

tell me a story tags (1)

I also used a piece of the really special hand dyed text fabric (thank you sweet Jan!) on one of my tags along with some of the yummy linen embroidery floss for a couple of French knots and to tie on a metal wing charm  (the photograph is of my parents and little me from way back when in Germany)

tell me a story tags (2)

the pocket worked nicely to hold my tea stained tags that I stitched and glued bits of plaster lace, torn fabric, tea bag, book text and more along with images of two sweet little girls from the lovely wallpaper piece from Nathalie

tell me a story tags (3)

I also happened to come across a tiny book (1.75 x 2.5 inches) I had stitched and decorated to use as an itty bitty journal some time ago (thank you also to my sweet friend Eileen for sharing the bumpy yarn that made the perfect finish for my Play tag)… 

Tiny Journal Kindergarten Patty

the photo is of me when I was about 5 years old

everyone is welcome to join in the “Childhood” challenge theme over at Journal Journey’s…

tea and thee…

Needle Thread Cloth‘s August challenge is Tea Time Stem Stitch…

plastered linens mirror glass

I have been having lots of fun lately spreading plaster on linens and laces and distressing mirrors (thanks to special friends again and again)…

Needle Thread Cloth Tea and Thee

a bit of layering and machine stitching along with touches of hand embroidery (stem stitch and french knots) on vintage map and book papers (thank you Carmen Dyson)…

Needle Thread Cloth Tea and Thee (1)

you have all month to stretch your creative muscles and join in the fun over at Needle Thread Cloth

Tea and Thee Photofunia

“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

Mandala Monday: we are all connected

“The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.” ~Jeff Cox 

collage

my husband’s parents were gardeners and shared plants with us over the years…

John and Lona Mandala

each year when this Kerria japonica blooms we think of them especially…

John and Lona Mandala (2)

nature connects us…

John and Lona Mandala (4)

and delights us again and again…

John and Lona Mandala (1)

“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” ~William Wordsworth

Virginia Byway

… joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday

memory tea…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (1)my sweet Mutti was born on this day in 1931…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (2)

it is the third birthday she has not been here with us to celebrate in body at least…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday

coping with grief and loss is a process…Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (3)

this quote was something I was going to share on Mother’s Day with thanks to my friend Lennie’s daughter Diane for sharing it with me last year …

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (4)

turns out I needed to hear it today:

“Your Mother is always with you.  She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.  She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore.  She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well.  She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.  She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow.  She is Christmas morning.  Your Mother lives inside your laughter.  She’s crystallized in every teardrop.  A mother shows every emotion…..happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow … and all the while, hoping and praying  you will only know the good feelings in life.  She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.  She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.  Not time, not space … not even death!”  ~Unknown

Happy Angel Birthday My Mutti ~*~ XOXOXO