Category Archives: Tea

Celebrating Two Years of T Stands for Tuesday…

with many thanks to Elizabeth for being our fearless leader and hostess these past two years…

Grab button for T stands for Tuesday

and for helping people connect from all around the globe each week for T Stands for Tuesday (all are welcome to join in)…

Patty Szymkowicz Nature in our July gardenhere’s to lots more fun and sharing…

Magpie's Nest Potomac Vegie Farm flowers(flowers from Potomac Vegetable Farms)

Magpie's Nest T pot with phlox

2014 T Tuesday Review…

here we are at the end of another year

Magpie's Nest iphoneography T sampler

with 2015 right around the corner…

Magpie's Nest 2014 T Sampler

a chance to look back a bit…

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remembering good times…

Eugenia's gift from Greece

and so many generous friends…

Magpie's Nest Spring Summer T Sampler

I am wishing you a new year full of fun…

Mom and Dad's Winterling German Chinaand inspiration…

Traveling T Cup 2014 sampler

with time to explore…

Mixed Berry Scones and French Press Coffeeand savor each moment…

Kate and Henry love letter tea

~ Be Well Dear Ones ~

Forget-me-Nots and Hydrangeas

 I am joining in with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s to wish you a happy last T Tuesday of 2014 …

Patty Szymkowicz Boulder Tea House CO with apps

 ~♥oxo♥~

let’s put the kettle on…

out with the old and in with the new as we retired our trusty old stove top water pot…

Magpie's Nest DREAM w Ocracoke Shells

I have wanted an electric kettle for awhile now and was charmed by the graceful lines of the Bonavita … plus we were able to get it at a good price…

Magpie's Nest Bonavita Electric Kettle

I wanted to share a photo of our new kettle in action and only thought of it while home alone so using the Continuous Shooting feature on my Sony Cyber Shot and balancing the camera precariously against my chest I got busy (we do have a tripod but I was too impatient to fiddle with it)…

Magpie's Nest T Kettle

it pours so nicely even Mr Magpie remarked on it…

Magpie's Nest Bonavita pouring

several bursts of photos later I selected a handful to share… clicking through the photographs was like watching a slow motion cartoon of stop and start motion…

Magpie's Nest Let's Have Tea

so let’s join Elizabeth and Bleubeard and the other T Stands for Tuesday bloggers (the deliciously flaky apricot square sprinkled with pistachio bits is from Wegman’s Bakery and my cup of yummy Apricot with Passionfruit tea is from New Zealand … they made for a perfect treat) ~♥~

Happy Mail from Greece…Just Because

several years ago I caved in and joined Facebook after resisting for quite a long time…

for me it was a chance to be in closer touch with family that lived far away but little did I know just how fun and exciting it would actually become…

I  have made some lovely friends from all around the globe and one of them is Eugenia from Athens, Greece who creates and shares a lot of wonderful digital art with stories and thought provoking text and more…

she surprised me by telling me she wanted to send me something…

Happy Mail from Eugenia in Athens Greece

in what seemed like no time at all her package loaded with beautiful Greek postage stamps arrived in our mailbox…

Just Because from Eugenia in Athens

such a treat to open this box that traveled over 5,000 miles (8,000 Kilometers) with Eugenia’s lovely note and thoughtful gifts…

Krocus Kozanis Products tea leaflet (1)delicious and delicate herbal tea made with precious Greek Red Saffron (crocus sativus) like nothing I have ever had before

Krocus Kozanis Products tea leaflet

without leaving our back porch I was transported across the miles enjoying this special cup of tea and friendship in a beautiful cup and saucer Eugenia sent me carefully wrapped in bubble wrap which worked like a charm…

Greek Honey Orange and Saffron Tea

Eugenia explained in her sweet note how the olive tree is an integral element of Greek culture and especially connected to her ancient city of Athens…

Greek Olive tree cup and saucer

a beautiful embossed olive tree is on both sides of the cup which to me always represents extra fine craftsmanship…

Greek Olive tree cup and saucer (1)

Eugenia wrote this about the significance of the olive tree:   “ it was this gift offered by Goddess Athena to the inhabitants of the city, who in honor and gratitude named their city after her.

Goethe Kindness Quote

I couldn’t resist putting the used tea bag onto some card stock to let the rest of the beautiful saffron soak into the paper and of course I will be saving the pretty tea bag papers to use in the future (I already stamped part of a Tim Holtz stamp on one in the fourth photo from the top)…

Greek Olive tree cup and saucer (2)

joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today so very grateful for Eugenia’s beautiful cup of kindness overflowing with generosity and friendship from a place I have always dreamed of visiting ~♥~

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender

today I am sharing the other tea I mentioned in my DeiTea Zip Up Zeus post last week…

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender

right on time with our hot and humid temperatures (it will feel like 100 degrees which is 37 Celsius this afternoon)…

DeiTea Hibiscus & Lavender (1)

fragrant and refreshing chilled no ice thank you (my son chose loose tea for me…thoughtful manchild)…

Hibiscus Lavender tea no ice please

and so pretty too…

refreshing tea

   Father’s Day and Lavender seem to go together for so many years now in our Virginia garden… it starts blooming right around mid June which means its time to begin weaving Lavender wands

Lavender wand weaving

I like to leave the wands with ribbons not secured for a bit as the stems dry and shrink which gives me a chance to tighten the ribbon before completely finishing them (you can find out more weaving details here if you are interested)

Lavender wands drying before finishing

very soothing and satisfying work…

Nature is saturated with melody...

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s Altered Book Lover ~♥~

DeiTea Zip Up Zeus

today I am sharing one of the lovely teas I received from our son for Mother’s Day…

Dei Tea Zip Up Zeus

he thoughtfully selected a couple of organic loose teas for me

Dei Tea Zip Up Zeus (1)

this blend is tasty and really does add some zip to my step but not too much as I can be a cheap date when it comes to caffeine…

castle on the lake

our back porch sometimes feels like our little castle on the lake with the sound of two tinkling water fountains and birds chirping their sweet songs…

Sunshine on the back porch with a cuppa (1)

it works if you use a little imagination…

Sunshine on the back porch with a cuppa

joining again this week with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s to wish you a Happy T Day…

enjoy the little things

Paper Bag T …

it is always fun when I go looking for one thing and find other surprises along the way…

Just Because Gift Bag

these small paper bags were pieces I had started awhile ago…

Paper Bag gift bags

recycled paper bags, bits of fabric, lace, thread, paper, mica, tea cup image from The Graphics Fairy

all they needed were a few finishing touches along with sewing down the sides and adding handles for hanging so they would be ready to tuck in a card or surprise…

Oaten Biscuit Tea

sitting out on our back porch enjoying a cup of tea with some yummy (not too sweet) Oaten biscuits we brought home from Scotland

Fairy Garden Mother Mary

here’s wishing you a Happy T on Tuesday with lots of little things to delight you again and again…

just noticed this is my 1,700th blog post = oh my!

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

Summer Tea Dye …

back in February I had a really fun tea dyeing session…

T dyeing

this time it was tea that tasted a little bitter that inspired me to gather together some teabags and get busy with a small batch of laces and fabrics…

T dyeing (1)don’t you find that one thing can so quickly lead to another and another…

Surprise Mail Art from Halle G

look at this wonderful and inspiring mail art “postcard” that arrived in our mailbox from Halle … 

you can click HERE to find out more about it…

the puzzle piece measures roughly 4.5 x 6.5 inches (11.43 x 16.51 centimeters) and arrived without an envelope (COOL Huh!)… 

I added the flattened tea spoon and pickle fork to the photo as a kind of size guide

T dyeing (3)

♥ here’s wishing you a very Happy T Day full of sweet surprises ♥

Tea and McVitie’s …

T and bikkies

the next best thing to tea and a scone in my opinion are these tasty digestive biscuits with chocolate on one side…

T and bikkies (1)

the Scottish biscuit maker Robert McVitie started his business back in 1830

T and bikkies (2)

we didn’t do lots of shopping on our vacation but were tempted by a few treats like these mini biscuits while waiting for our plane to leave London’s Heathrow Airport…

T and bikkies (3)

“I  may not read tea leaves or palms, my lady, but it is easy enough to read faces.  Yours is a questioning face, always looking for answers, always seeking the truth, for yourself and for others.” ~Deanna Raybourn, Silent on the Moor

Grab button for T stands for Tuesday

Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover is making it easier to connect on Tuesdays with her T stands for Tuesday (there is a new button on my sidebar thanks to Halle’s coding)…

you can find out all of the details here and how easy it is to join along…

‘Tea with Marie’…

Susan Godby's Tea with Mariemy talented friend Susan created her first gorgeous altered book for a round robin in our mixed media art group…

Susan Godby's Tea with Marie (2)

you can stop by her blog to see her interesting post on how her book began here

Susan Godby's Tea with Marie (1)

working on the plain French-English dictionary pages adding lots of layers and embellishments was such a delight…

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages (2)

I highlighted an old French ledger page from The Graphics Fairy with a piece of pretty German napkin that I rubbed with gold gouache

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages (3)

tiny flowers from a vintage hat I collected decorate a French cocoa label also from The Graphics Fairy

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages (1)

some French 7Gypsies tissue paper started the background for this page along with a piece of old blue velvet for the edge…

the oval portrait of Marie was from a free digital collage sheet The Graphics Fairy shared back in 2009…

 one of my golden flimmers and some delicate German scrap helped frame Marie…

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages

white gesso, gold gouache, bits of my favorite gold patterned tissue paper, torn napkin, scraps of embroidered netting, pink silk rose petals (on the left page edge and behind Marie’s head) and a K & Company vellum border at the bottom helped put the finishing touches on my pages…

such a fun theme and a very beautiful book to work in…

I like coffee … I like tea …

 a treat for me on the weekend is a nice cup of half-caff cappuccino…

Eggspectation Cappucino

at home I enjoy hot tea…

Patty Szymkowicz Picnic Tea Indoors 2this June we are looking forward to sampling lots of real English tea on a trip we have planned to the UK…

Le Pain Mint Tea

here’s wishing you a lovely day just the way you like it…

tea dye

my collection of used tea bags continues to grow…

Tea Quote

so it seemed like a good time to give some a last whirl and do a little dyeing…

Tea Bags

I like to keep a stash of white fabric pieces, old doilies, ribbons and other fibers at the ready…

Patty Szymkowicz collage 2

because once you get a dye pot going one thing has a way of leading to many others…

Patty Szymkowicz dyed fibers collage

now I have lots of great tea papers and tags to play with too…

Trader Joes Daffodils

thanks to Trader Joe’s for a touch of spring on our window sill in the chill of winter here in Northern Virginia…

OXO