Category Archives: Tea

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

Cedric and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse…

with special thanks to my friend Linda Yeatman for telling me about this really special spot…

1Denver Mile High City

I knew when I looked at her photos that we just had to visit while we were in Colorado…

2Mountain Drive

we arrived at the Denver airport well before breakfast time and hotel check in time so we decided to drive about 25 miles northwest to the cool town of Boulder for some tea…

here is some of what the Teahouse website has to say:

4Boulder Tea House

“The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

6tea house ceiling

Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.”

Sandy's Gnome Passport

 Sandy’s Traveling Gnome Cedric who you saw last week in Aspen really enjoyed the tea house…

3Cedric Tranquilitea

after the four hour flight from Dulles Airport in Virginia he started with a nice tall drink of water…

5Cedric and Moo cow

the tea menu was extensive…

Tea House Chai

we decided on chai tea and a lovely lunch which I was too excited to eat much of…

Seven Beauties

the fountain of the Seven Beauties was so photogenic with koi swimming in the pool around the sculpture with more details about that here if you are interested…

Seven Beauties pool

this was definitely the kind of place you wanted to sit and linger for a while to drink it all in…

Boulder Market Collage

just outside in Boulder’s Central Park the farmer’s market was in full swing as it was a blue sky sunny really mild day for the end of November…

Boulder Central Park Collage

everyone was out and about…

Boulder Street Performershere is a sampling of some of the street performer’s on popular Pearl Street

Between Denver and Boulder

we look forward to visiting again as there is so much to see and do and we will get to see our youngest son again too…

 

Apricot Passionfruit Tea … Oh My

thanks to a dear friend for surprising me recently with some gorgeous exotic fruit tea

the taste and smell are divine and the color was so lovely too that I didn’t want any of it to go to waste…

it seemed the perfect chance to dip into my stash of white bits of fabric and such…

so I got busy soaking some of the used tea bags squeezing out every drop of color…

you can see how differently each piece took the tea dye…

I will need to try this out on some of my bleached Christmas trees too I think…

good to the last drop…

tea grounds for the garden and tea bag papers and tags for collage…


“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ~Marcus Aurelius

I am headed out to vote…

rainy day tea…

thank you dear ones for your sweet messages while we were away…

my head is so full of adventures I would like to share with you…

it feels like we were gone for longer than a week…

for now on this lovely rainy day I am enjoying a cup of tea with a grateful heart for family and friends and feeling free…

~* Brightest of Blessings to you *~

Art Things in Annapolis

on a recent day trip to the historic town of Annapolis, Maryland to meet relatives visiting from California

we stumbled upon a wonderful art shop…

Art Things has been in business for at least 40 years but was new to us…

their Mona Lisa sign out front really caught my eye…

these photos show a small part of the fabulous homage to Mona inside…

they have so much good stuff on two floors with something for everyone…

we are happy to have a new “must stop” shop whenever we are in the Annapolis area (no affiliation, just a happy customer that likes to support small businesses)

today I am drinking a cup of Chocolate Pu-erh

notice the two tea tags …

each was used in a cup of tea days before and together they made one more cup of tea which is something I frequently do for myself …

then I dry out the bags and use them for art projects 🙂

Hillwood Tea

each day is a gift but some days shine a bit brighter than others…

Mr Magpie and I had just such a sunny and special day recently as we headed into Washington, DC to see a much anticipated exhibit

at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens which was the grand residence of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress of the Postum Cereal Company and one of the richest women in America…

she was a passionate collector…

who began collecting French decorative arts in 1919…

living in Russia in the 1930’s with her third husband, Ambassador Joseph E. Davies, exposed her to many Russian imperial art pieces…

she led quite a colorful life with a keen eye for beauty and detail…

it didn’t take long for her to realize that she wanted her home to become a museum…

including the thoughtfully executed outside garden rooms on the 25 acre property…

the array of china was dazzling but we especially enjoyed this cabinet in the pantry that housed tea sets that Mrs Post used for tea parties with her grandchildren…

the docent explained that she did not want to use 18th century porcelain or other fine china pieces…

Mr M arranged for us to have tea in the cafe on the grounds and we appreciated the light fare as we were eager to see Isabelle de Borchgrave’s exhibit in the nearby Adirondack building…

this homage to Empress Josephine completely done in paper is what greeted as we entered…the exquisite details stopped us in our tracks and the eye candy had just begun…

I also have to share the icing on the cake of our lovely day which was bumping into a sweet friend

neither of us were in our regular stomping ground and to have picked the same exact day when Hillwood is only open on select Sundays was just SO special and delightful…

I have a separate Prêt-à-Papier post planned for later in the week with more to show and share for you paper lovers…

I have kept you long enough today “where fabulous lives” to quote Hillwood…

won’t you join Kimmie and the other tea on Tuesday participants here

 “When I began {collecting] I did it for the joy of it, and it was only as the collection grew and such interest was evidenced by others, that I came to the realization that the collection should belong to the country.”  ~Marjorie Merriweather Post

the life of a teabag…

if you visit my Magpie’s Nest now and then you surely know about Kimmie’s Tea on Tuesday where friends get together and post about whatever strikes their fancy…

it might be about their favorite drink, travel, nature, art or life in general…

you just never know what you’ll find when you visit everyone which is a big part of the charm each week…

since last year I had planned a tea post showing some of my tea bag collection which is always growing…

but you know how life can move at warp speed sometimes so I never got around to showing you the photos…

I have used pretty silk tea bags like the ones above as “wings” with altered cutlery…

after removing the used tea I sprinkle it in the garden to help enrich the soil…

you didn’t think I’d throw that away did you…

the paper is great to rubber stamp on…

many of the Tea on Tuesday participants are especially creative and innovative using tea bags in their artwork…

 Judy Perez’ blog post is where I recently discovered a wonderful tutorial on how to print on tea bags

I was delighted at how easy it was…

I held my breath the first couple of times and got very relaxed by the thirteenth or so go round trying some color images too…

with thanks to The Graphics Fairy for all of these lovely images…

pausing to print on a piece of paper that had separated our cheese slices…

surely you save similar things too…

the pretty purple background above was a gift from my friend Lisa as we were singing the praises of security envelopes and I had never seen a purple patterned one before…

each printing turns out a little differently because of the designs the tea makes on the tea bag and how it runs through the inkjet printer…

now that I know just how easy this is I will be doing more and I may try ironing the tea bags a little bit for my next go round…

getting out the iron never seems to be foremost on my mind…

thanks to the many inspiring people that visit and post in blogland making it such a special place to be…

I am really enjoying everyone’s excitement about my recent gelatin monoprinting which reminds me why I started blogging in the first place back in 2007…

being excited and sharing what you enjoy is contagious…

I am very happy you came to visit today…

you can visit Kimmie for lots of other tea stops here

and lastly,

Eleanor Roosevelt has some of the best quotes…

this oldie but goodie was perfect to share today:

“A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962
                                                        OXO

surprise tea…

very glad you could stop by for tea today…

on a recent visit to my acupuncturist she recommended that I drink some medicinal tea every day for 4-5 weeks to help balance the medication I need to be on for an extended period of time…

one patient’s reaction to the taste of the Dandelion Tea was that it was “like licking the bottom of an ashtray”

WHAT!

even after that less than tempting review I still wanted to give the tea a try before resorting to taking another pill as the dandelion root does come in capsules as well as tea…

I am VERY happy to report that it is not bad at all …

I found it to be more like the description on the box:  “A pleasant roasted taste, sweet and slightly bitter.”

just fine with or without honey…

different strokes for different folks I guess…

I’ve had some other very nice surprises recently as well…

imagine my delight when this beautiful swan book arrived all the way from Singapore…

 Steph of Purple Lotus Art creates THE most beautiful collages and sketches and more…

I have already carefully soaked the lovely postage stamps off of the envelope to use in collage…

another wonderful surprise came from Judy of Apron Strings

she was offered a free magazine subscription and signed me up  to receive a year of Vegetarian Times…

SO thoughtful and generous and much appreciated…

I have received two issues so far and each one is packed with information and inspiration which will definitely help me be a bit more creative in the kitchen …

WordPress also surprised me and all of its customers with this generous gift…here is what they said:

“To celebrate the New Year we’ve decided to offer you more space for your precious media.

Your space upgrade has been increased without any additional cost for you as follows:

5GB -> 10GB

Your total available space has been automatically updated and as you can see in your Media Library.

You now have a total of 13GB.”

isn’t that great…thank you WordPress…you Rock too!!!

wishing you a very happy T Tuesday full of sweet surprises…


Aylesbury Tea Room

one of the things Mr Magpie and I did to ring out 2011 was to go out for tea to our favorite local tea spot in nearby Leesburg, Virginia…

they serve THE hottest cups of delicious Yorkshire tea thanks in large part to Mrs Busy B Jessica’s hand stitched tea cozies

their scones and tea sandwiches are perfection as well…

Mr Magpie and I dove right into the sandwiches on the top tier so no photo of those for you here…

but lookie look who was there to greet us…

I have featured Aylesbury on my blog before here and here … it really is the best spot for a proper traditional tea in our immediate area and for a really fair price

here’s wishing you a Happy first T Tuesday of 2012…

be sure and visit Kimmie for more tea stops…

“Happiness is a place between too little and too much.” ~Unknown


a little tree tea …

okay maybe a lot…

my sweet friend Linda Richter got me excited about bleaching trees last year…

I have had some issues with my hands recently and haven’t been around the land of blog much…

a scary reminder to not take anything for granted…

I am beginning to feel better and hope to get my twinkle back soon…

enjoying a cup of Harney & Sons Darjeeling Highlands (to use their words) mellow and light Indian Black Tea

be sure and visit Kimmie for some really fun tea Tuesday posts…

oh and I am having a giveaway…

if you are interested you can find out more here