Category Archives: Travel

The Red Willow People of Taos Pueblo …

Magpie's Nest Taos collageback in November as we left Santa Fe heading north to meet our son in Colorado (about 260 miles away) we stopped at the historic Taos Pueblo which is about three miles outside the town of Taos…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Taos NMup until then it was something we had only seen in books…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos Pueblothe multi-storied adobe buildings in this Native American community have been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos Pueblo NMbuilt of mud and straw with no running water or electricity much like they have always been…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Puebo with mtnsdoors and windows were 20th century additions…

Magpie's Nest Red Willow's Drumsapproximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Chile Ristrasmost members occupy their Pueblo houses for ceremonies and live in conventional homes outside the village walls…

Magpie's Nest St Jerome patron saint of Taos PuebloCatholicism is practiced by about 90% of Pueblo Indians harmoniously combined with the ancient Indian religious rites…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos deer door

Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Historic Landmark…

Magpie's Nest adobe ovenwe bought some fruit filled bread that had been baked in an adobe built outdoor oven (we ate it on our way to Moab the next day and it was delicious!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ladder to the second storywe would like to return again some day…

Magpie's Nest Elevation Coffee stopbut it was time to refuel and head north to Colorado…

Magpie's Nest Taos NM Elevation CoffeeI am joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

Revolutionary Tea…

 Magpie's Nest Welcome to Williamsburga few days after we returned from our trip out west we headed to Williamsburg, Virginia

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Williamsburg Birthday Glow

to celebrate my early December birthday…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg Colonial Laundrywe drove the scenic back roads enjoying the almost four hour ride…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg funit is a place I have always wanted to visit and seeing it all decked out for the holidays was really special…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg decorationsI was drawn to the gardens even though they were mostly at rest for the winter…

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg Colonial Garden and Nurserywe had lovely weather and it was so photogenic at every turn…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Williamsburg colorwe did bring the traveling tea cup along for the fun…

Magpie's Nest Tea time in Williamsburgthere was lots to learn in that bustling 18th century living history museum…

How things were made 250 years agogetting to talk with artisans busy at work

Magpie's Nest Williamsburg Barber and Wig Shoppeas if we were back in the 18th century…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling Tea Cupso I raise my traveling tea cup joining in with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday today…

Magpie's Nest Colonial Williamsburg Dayswishing each of you a holiday season that is merry and bright…

Mr and Mrs Magpie with Father ChristmasI appreciate your visits here SO very much oxo

 

 

Land of Enchantment “New Mexico True”

something’s lost

Southwest airlines Mountain Views from planebut something’s gained...

Madrid, New Mexicoin living every day (Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now)…

Hello New Mexicoand just like that more than a month has passed…

Magpie's Nest Santa Fe NMMr Magpie and I had some wonderful adventures while traveling out west…

Touch of Santa Fe NMand were totally charmed by the Turquoise Trail which is a scenic drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe

Magpie's Nest Madrid, NMwe stopped in old west mining towns like CerrillosMadrid and Golden (for those of you that enjoy travel photos you can click the highlighted towns to see more of our photos)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Santa Fe and Madrid NMour time spent in Moab, Utah and Colorado with our son for Thanksgiving on the next leg of our journey was also really special (more on that another time)…Arches Moab UT Colin and JJJeven though I have been absent from blogging I think of so many of you often and hope that you have been well…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gratitude quotetoday I am joining everyone for T Stands for Tuesday over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup in Santa Feif you click on the photo above you can see Mr Magpie holding our traveling tea cup in the morning shadows as we waited for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to open (oh YES it was wonderful!!!)…

Travel makes one modest…

before our trip last month when I should have/could have been packing I played with my tea cup art journal adding this page using one of my gelli prints as the background…

Magpie's Nest Ocean blue (1)bits of napkin and a postage stamp from my collection…

Magpie's Nest Ocean blue (2)

created my art journal page full of anticipation…

Magpie's Nest Ocean blue

little did I know then just how blue and stunning the water … sky and beaches of Turks & Caicos would be…

Magpie's Nest TCI sea fan

I printed out one of the photos that Mr Magpie took of me with my traveling parasol on a secluded beach on Middle Caicos Island

Travel makes one modest...

adding highlights and layers that are a bit tricky to show…

Travel makes one modest... (2)

using various acrylic paints and pens for the layers (including a little aqua gelato)…

Travel makes one modest... (1)

a favorite quote from Gustave Flaubert “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” speaks for me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Travel makes one modest

Hotel Chateau Chamonix T

Bottle tree in our garden first snowfallfeeling in a wintry mood with our first snowfall of the season here in Virginia

Georgetown CO 2

I wanted to share and record a few more photos of our overnight stay on our way to visit our son for Thanksgiving last year in quaint Georgetown, Colorado

Georgetown CO 1867

the fact that it was snowing added heaps of charm in my book

Magpie's Nest Georgetown CO

and because it was a Tuesday some of the businesses were closed so it was very peaceful… 

Georgetown CO quiet street

Mr Magpie was sure that the snow blowing sideways at times also helped the little town appear quiet…

Mapie's Nest CO Winter Wonderland

Georgetown is less than an hour west of Denver with a population of a little over one thousand which is quite spread out…

Georgetown Trading Post

I found it photogenic at every turn…

Georgetown CO 3

and then there was our cozy room in the Swiss style chalet with a toasty corner fireplace and a hot tub on the back deck (make that a hot tub with snowy steps and icicles hanging from the cover…we wore hats and swimsuits and braved the cold wild blowing wind for a nice soak)…

Chateau Hotel Chamonix Georgetown CO

included with our tour of the hotel…

Chateau Hotel Chamonix upstairs

was an explanation about a special wooden door on the inside of our room (below on the right)…

Chateau Hotel Chamonix 3

between specified hours in the morning we could expect a tap tap tap and then know to open the door and find our yummy continental breakfast tucked inside…

CHC continental breakfast

along with the cappuccinos we made using the in room coffee machine the flaky croissants (one plain and one chocolate!) and fresh fruit on those pretty dishes really hit the spot..

Alvarado Georgetown Cemetery 1865

I would like to return one day to visit the historic cemetery … ride the scenic train and check on the big horn sheep again and we would definitely stay at the lovely Chateau Hotel Chamonix

Bighorn Sheep  Georgetown, CO

wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s 

west coast t…

since we were already way across the country visiting our son in Colorado for Thanksgiving we decided to tack on a trip to California to visit family there…

Ft Collins Colorado

we were able to shed some of the layers and boots we had packed for the winter weather in Colorado switching to rain gear for some of the days…

Sonoma County California

we enjoyed seeing California looking green with bits of pretty autumn foliage as we’d not visited at this time of year before…

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

I got to celebrate my birthday in San Francisco which was memorable…

San Francisco CA 2

getting to visit favorite places…

Palace of Fine Arts SF CA

never tiring of the views…

San Francisco CA

adding some new adventures too…

San Francisco waterfront pedicab ride selfie

here we are speeding along the SF waterfront in a pedicab…

Night tour of San Francisco CA

headed back to the hotel to pile on some warm clothes for our night time tour of the city from the the top of an open double decker bus feeling like full fledged tourists (it was a two day pass including a night tour and it was a unique way to get around and see the city…we plan to do it sometime in our own hometown of Washington, DC)…

SF fa la laa

The City by the Bay felt very festive with holiday lights and decorations…

Union Square SF California

we took a little break to enjoy some cappuccino and a hazelnut creme pastry at an outdoor cafe at Union Square…

SF architecture sampler

so much to see and enjoy…

San Francisco snippets

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

Sonoma Coast Goat Rock

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~Miriam Beard

sweet memories T …

greetings and salutations…

Pica hudsonia

how quickly time flies…

Street Art Denver, CO

hope you’ve been well…

icicles Leadville, CO

we are home again after our travels…

Dushanbe Teahouse Boulder, CO

grateful for the chance to enjoy new sights and sounds…

Georgetown, CO

all such a treat…

Hotel Chateau Chamonix Georgetown, CO

being able to hug special family members again…

Ouray, CO Thanksgiving 2014

and visit with sweet friends…

visit with Jan and Dave

so much to be grateful for…

Sunset at  9300 ft Taylor Park, Colorado

here’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

we are not lost …

Magpie's Nest not lost (3)putting off packing seemed the perfect time to play in my art journal…

Magpie's Nest not lost (1)

do you also find that when you have something you “should” be doing it can be more fun to do something else…

Magpie's Nest not lost (2)

these pages began with a moo I made way back when… 

Magpie's Nest not lost (4)

leading me to use some soft pink paint and hand dyed silk ribbon along with a bit of stenciling using part of one of Gio’s  masks

Magpie's Nest not lost

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”  -J.R.R. Tolkien

blended T …

during the summer months I made lots of coconut water tea for Mr Magpie and ended up with some lovely pink stained tea bag papers…

Magpie's Nest tea bag goodness

I machine stitched some of them onto cardstock and thought what a nice background they made…

Magpie's Nest iPhone Diana app

 I snapped a photo and played with the Diana iPhone app and came up with a layered piece I liked and I still have my stitched background to use in a real life collage…

Magpie's Nest iphone tea paper background

here’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s…

Magpie's Nest suitcases and my artwork

I will miss you all for the next few weeks (beginning this weekend) and look forward to catching up with up you in December ~♥~

***footnote:  when brewing the tea I use regular water pouring it into the bottle after it has cooled a bit then topping that off with coconut water to fill the bottle*

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.   Sail away from the safe harbor.   Catch the trade winds in  your sails.  Explore.   Dream.   Discover”   -Mark Twain

Doors of Old San Juan * Puerto Rico

thanks to the challenge of DOORS over at MiFoC I made time to look back at some photos we took on a trip in February of 2012

La Casita

I had wanted to share these photos with you back then…

Waffle Era Tea Room Old San Juan

for all of you who enjoy doors as much as I do…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR

I think I got carried away with my Stone Angel Sunday Freebies and ran out of steam…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (1)

because of the hilly streets of Old San Juan some of the photos look slanted…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (2)

each of these photos are for you to DOWNLOAD for FREE and use in your art if you wish…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (3)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (4)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (5)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (6)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (7)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (8)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (9)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (10)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (11)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (12)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (13)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (14)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (15)

the doorway above was perfect for some art journal pages I created here

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (16)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (17)

~♥~ hope you enjoy this sampling ~♥~

Seth Apter’s 6th Annual Buried Treasure and My Mermaid Slipper

my search for Buried Treasure had me digging back to September of 2010 for my entry in Seth’s Buried Treasure event this year I came across a favorite altered shoe I created:

“pretty much everything has a story doesn’t it …

this story goes back to around 2009 …

Mr Magpie who is SO very supportive and encouraging of my creativity was exiting a major highway …

he saw this lonely shoe and made a second loop back to the exit about 3-4 miles to rescue it from the side of the road

rescued shoe before

… imagine my surprise and delight …

kind of felt like Cinderella…except I have never worn a heel like that … ever … 😉

I have altered shoes before with a couple of examples here and here … back in the day I even did dried flower arrangements in little children’s shoes …

the minute I saw this high heeled number …

I thought “mermaid slipper” 

maybe it was the cork platform heel …

Sanibel She Shells (2)

I have been most distracted lately by our collection of seashells … it led me to making mandalas the other day and finally… after all this time …Sanibel Island Shells

I got the clear chaulk out and got busy transforming my special shoe …

almost complete …

I painted the inside of the shoe after I glued on the shells … a little silly … what can I say I got excited …

Mermaid slipper (3)

Lumiere Pearl Turquoise gave a nice shimmer …

I knew it needed words …

mermaid thoughts …

what WOULD a mermaid do with a shoe anyway …

mermaid slipper (9)

in my excitement I showed Mr M the finished slipper and boy did we have a laugh … when he read the quote out loud …

speaks to the “soul

it hit us … yes … the SOLE!

mermaid slipper (14)

the shells were all collected from Florida beaches … Sanibel Island mostly … a small black shark’s tooth from our dear friend Carol’s brother Joe along with some tiny pieces of sponge …

creating my mermaid’s slipper was like taking a mini vacation …

everything melted away …

I forgot to drink water …

I forgot to … well you know …

it was perfect escape and very satisfying …

wish you could feel the weight of the shoe layered with seashells!

My Mermaid Slipper

“Come walk with me
Along the sea
Where dusk sits on the land
And search with me
For shells are free,
And treasures hide in the sand.” ~Unknown

Caldesi FL Shellbush1

sjöjungfru… sirena … zeemeermin … havfrue … syrena … sirène … Meerjungfrau”

You can visit all of the participants here

California tea time…

back from our California vacation trying to settle back in and catch up with everyone…

Palace of Fine Arts Golden Gate Bridge SF


after spending a few wonderful days in San Francisco we headed north across the Golden Gate Bridge…

Pier 39 SFI do have a traveling tea cup adventure to share with you next week from SF…

FLAX fab SF art supplies

time seems to be moving so quickly…

Tea Room Cafe Petaluma CAstopping at a nice tea spot in Petaluma that we happened upon we had a tasty lunch and pot of Earl Grey tea…

Tea time and Lunch

it was a delight to enjoy the California sunshine visiting family and seeing lots of green there this time of year too…

California

along with so many pretty blooms…

CA flower sampler

driving along the coast highway is always a thrill (the Point Arena Lighthouse below is at the most western point of California making it the closest point to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental US)…

Point Arena Lighthouse most western point of CA

we returned home to Virginia to find everything blooming like crazy…

Virginia April Blooms

~♥~ ahh Spring ~♥~ and sweet memories from our travels…

Colin Goat Rock Beach

happy to join Elizabeth and Bleubeard and all of the other T stands for Tuesday participants wishing you well…

♣ Happy St Paddy’s Day ♣

Irish snippets June 2013my maiden name is Mahoney ♣

Traveling in Ireland

but then everyone is a little Irish on St Patrick’s Day…

Robin in rain Glendalough

thought I would share a sampling of photos from our trip to the Emerald Isle last June…

Dublin Glendalough Cty Wicklow

it was so beautiful there…

outside Kenmare Ireland

with sunshine…

Ring of Kerry Ireland

or without…

Rainy day Kenmare Ireland

we look forward to visiting again some day…Glendalough lovely day for a guinness

 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” -Ferris Bueller