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La Tour Eiffel …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Springtime in Paristhe Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent structure when it was built for the 1889 World’s Fair…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz The Iron Ladyit’s use as an important radio tower helped save it from being torn down in the early 1900’s after some Parisians thought it an eyesore and possibly unsafe…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz La Tour Eiffelthe “Iron Lady” is an iconic symbol of France attracting more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world (approximately 7 million people per year) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz from arc de triompheevery seven years 60 tons of Eiffel Tower Brown paint freshen up all 986 feet of her…

collageit was only a 20 minute walk from our Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel to the tower…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cup at La Tour Eiffelthat filled us with excitement each and every time we saw her…Slice of Galeries Lafayette Paris Map a wonderful Jean-Paule Goude image that I enlarged from a Galeries Lafayette map inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (turning her in the opposite direction I added one of our photos of the Eiffel Tower for her body along with more French ribbon trim)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Postcard from the pastthe postcard on the left hand page was sent to my parents by me from the tippy top of the tower years ago (at that time they added a special embossed emblem and stamp when you mailed your card from the tower)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz postcard upjoining again with Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge and Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffellastly here is a 17 second video I took of the wonderful light show that happens each night for five minutes on the hour…

ooh la laa how we enjoyed that twinkle stepping out of our hotel just a little ways…

 

 

 

 

Avignon …

Avignon sits in the heart of Provence, France…

Magpie's Nest Papal Palace Avignonin the early 1300’s it was the seat of the Catholic Church for about 70+ years…and home to the Palace of the Popes with a beautiful castle and cathedral surrounded by lovely gardens…

Magpie's Nest Liberte French Flags Avignonlots of towns in France have a carousel…Magpie's Nest Avignon Carousel Belle Epoquethis two story one in the main square in Avignon was lovely…

Magpie's Nest around Avignon the Palais des Papes was the largest Gothic palace ever built by Pope Clement V, who abandoned Rome in 1309…

Magpie's Nest Avignon Statuarysuch rich history…Magpie's Nest Avignon BridgeAvignon was immortalized in a song you may have heard about the famous medieval bridge which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

Magpie's Nest Le Cafe du Rocher Avignonwe hiked up the hill for a great view of the Rhône River and recharged our batteries at le Cafe du Rocher while we watched a mother duck and her ducklings play in the fountain…

Magpie's Nest Avignon France ProvenceI was not much of a shopper on our trip concentrating more on collecting memories and photos…

Magpie's Nest Provence Rest Stop Gift ShopBUT there were temptations (Linda the poppy mug made me think of you!)…

Magpie's Nest Avignon Rest Stop Ladies Bathroomin the Provence region Lavender is a big attraction and I just had to snap a quick photo of these full length bathroom stall doors at a rest stop (designed with privacy in mind…they are not uncommon throughout Europe)…Magpie's Nest Paper Napkins back at home after coming across three different napkins in my stash I got busy peeling away several layers and tearing and pasting pieces of napkin for quite a long time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pressed LavenderI added several sprigs of Lavender that I had pressed from our garden hoping that “fleurs partout” translates to “flowers everywhere” (French Lavender fields won’t be blooming until around late June – July I believe) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Flowers Everywherejoining Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday and Art Journal Journey today for the last day of Erika’s lovely JOURNEYS challenge…Magpie's Nest Avignon angel on Tpot(Avignon angel photo layered with Diana iphone app onto my teapot/cup photo)

~♥ thank you for visiting ♥~

 

creating Love always…

there was a time after our son’s death in 1999 when I thought I might never make anything again…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress

all my life I have enjoyed doing things with my hands inspired by creative and busy parents…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress 2

several years after Alex’ death I took a class on embossing on velvet with rubber stamps (with thanks to everyone at ARTFULLY SCRIBED in Herndon Virginia… wish they were still in business)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Aleays background

 creating a few accordion books with embossed velvet covers after that class brought me back from the brink and had me headed toward the mixed media life I now enjoy so much…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love in progress 3

this time of year with the anniversaries of loved one’s passings and birthdays that they aren’t here to celebrate I have to work extra hard to try and keep my balance and not sink or fade away…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Always Closeup

I am so very grateful for the community of creative souls that I get to connect with here and thank each of you for being a part of my healing journey…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE Always(9 x 12″ on watercolor paper)

I am joining Art Journal Journey’s February challenge “If Music Be the Food of Love“ along with Paint Party Friday where I am still a newbie and so happy to feel inspired to play more with paint…

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.”
― Rosalía de Castro

(I just noticed this is blogpost #2000 since I started blogging in 2007)

let the Light guide your way…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz hold every memorywords from this special song along with a digital image of one of my photographs of bare winter trees layered with a photo of some of my artwork were the inspiration for these journal pages (see the lady above) …

Magpie's Nest gesso and paint with palette knife

lots of layers of gesso and paint applied with a plastic palette knife (the girl below is from a gift catalog)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz let the Light guide your way

  this is my first time joining Paint Party Friday and I am also linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge (my other entries at AJJ are #30, 42, 61, 85)…

the glint of the rising moon…

two posts in one day and three challenges in one post…

all I can say is it is nice and warm in my art cave cause baby it’s cold outside…

swan closeup

my initial inspiration was to use a beautiful swan postage stamp that I have had for some time (wish I could remember where I got it) and then one thing led to another with bits from my paper stash ..

faux resin paper

I recently tried this technique for making resin like paper  using thin book pages…an iron and beeswax…

papersit was easy and I was delighted to find that I could adhere torn pieces of waxed text with glue stick…

found poetry

some found poetry which was revealed after coats of gesso and paint had been added to the journal page also helped to inspire me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz glint of the rising moon

this spread is for the Moo Mania CIRCLES challenge (the Seven Wonders lady on the right started out as a moo that grew a bit with the addition of papers)

crown headand my swan and lady also qualify for the AJJ BIRDS BEASTS & HUMANS challenge

possible cover for gesso journal

since it is about time to be thinking about a cover for my bulging gesso journal I am considering adding a metal ATC that I have been working on which fits in nicely with Conny’s Mix it Monthly PLAY WITH FABRIC challenge as it has plastered lace and ribbon trim

and another shiny thing…

still inspired by PaperArtsy’s 2015 Topic 2: Shiny Things challenge (you know what they say about Magpies and shiny things!) I thought I would share a piece I created for an upcoming swap in our local Mixed Media Collaborative group…

***Spoiler Alert for art friends participating in the swap***

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin

the initial inspiration for our exhange came from my collection of empty candy tins (ahemif you’ve tried them you of course understand how they could become a collection)…you know how it is when a container is just too good to throw away…the see thru window in these makes them handy for storing beads and baubles and more…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (1)

the group of talented artists that I am lucky enough to hang out with each month immediately came up with the idea of altering the tins and swapping them randomly one for one at our February gathering… we decided on the theme of “Love”…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (3)

with ideas swirling in my head I came across a scrap of my wool needle felting to tuck inside the tin… some sari ribbon for a hanger and a lady stamped on a brass charm that has been around for years just waiting for attention (she was one of four ladies representing the seasons and I cannot put my hands on them at the moment..I got so excited that I forgot to snap a photo of her before she was stitched inside the tin)…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (2)

when I spied some turquoise netting I knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow so I stitched a piece and ruffled it…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (4)

going with the teal and gold theme I painted a piece of lace to add as a deco…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (5)instead of using the layered gesso and paint tin that I started in the second photo I shared with you I decided to sand another tin and cut out the plastic window adding pieces of my favorite gold gauzy paper with matte gel medium coloring it with a wash of Waterfall Green Pearlescent acrylic ink…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (6)

I had to search for where the inspiring words I had jotted down for my altered tin originated…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (7)

 turns out they are  from a beautiful Elton John song

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (8)

“The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true
Until you give your love
There’s nothing more that we can do
Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen
You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you
Love is the key we must turn
Truth is the flame we must burn
Freedom the lesson we must learn
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen
Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen…”
Elton John, Love Song, Tumbleweed Connection Album

Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” July Challenge

AJJ’s theme this month is “Flower Power” which is right up my alley as flowers are one of my favorite things…

Flowers in your hair (2)

my paint scraped pages have been sitting waiting for sometime now with some wild mod style tissue flowers and the couple that I cut out of the newspaper who need to change their clothes (he needs to lose that suit and tie *ggg*)…

Flowers in your hair (1)

finally I knew where to go to finish the pages adding some white gesso and oil pastels along with a few cut out flowers and shading with my Stabilo pencil…

Flowers in your hair

here is an oldie but goodie

it took me until early 2000 to finally get to visit San Francisco for the first time…a place I really enjoy and there are lots of beautiful flowers there!

Mikrokosmos July “Clouds” Challenge

the MiFoC photo challenge theme this first week in July is “Clouds” and I really wanted to play along so here we go on a little two day trip into Washington, DC where my husband and I played tourist for the fourth of July…

storm Arthur Clouds

these storm clouds show a bit of what Hurricane Arthur had in store for us but we were lucky and only had to deal with lots of wind and rain but no damage…

sun flag old post office

and just in time for the 4th of July when all of America celebrates with fireworks and parades the skies cleared and the hot sticky weather left us with gorgeous and comfortable weather to enjoy…

Environmental Protection Agency Wash DC

we walked all over and enjoyed some of the Independence Day parade down on Constitution Avenue …

clouds near China Town

a nice meal tasted even better al fresco at a favorite restaurant

Poste Restaurant courtyard al fresco

then it was time to walk down to The National Mall to get a spot on the grass to see the fireworks

4th of July

everyone seemed to be in great spirits and it was a melting pot of nationalities with people visiting from near and far away…

smoke clouds 2

the fabulous fireworks made special smoke clouds in the night sky…

Kimpton selfie

all we had to do was walk back to our hotel not worrying about dealing with traffic and leaving the city with the throngs of other people…

Grace … it always works out in the end …

thanks to sweet Jean for introducing me to this artist back in September…

 I had wanted to share this with you here back then…

Grace

when the video came my way again today (by chance?) I knew the time was right…

oxo

sisters of the moon…

this month’s theme over at Art Journal Journey is “She-Art

art of the feminine is something I really connect with and enjoy…

the words “sisters of the moon” are from a North Carolina beer label that caught Mr Magpie’s attention while we were at the beach (he thought I would like to have the Mother Earth bottle caps too)…

I have not been able to get this lovely video off my mind…

Gelli Print background

so I got busy in my dinosaur children’s board book adding some of my gelli print pages creating an instant background…Sisters of the moon (1)

some of my favorite girls in black always seem to surface this time of year too…

Sisters of the moon

it feels good to be creating again after being away from my art room for a couple of weeks…

Sisters of the moon (2)

be sure and visit Art Journal Journey to see lots of creativity…

last month there were more than 70 offerings for the “Less is More” theme…

Royal Welcome…

our first full day in London was quite memorable…

Colonels Review Trooping the Colour 2013as we walked through St James Park toward the sound of marching bands…

St James Park 8 June 2013we could hardly believe our eyes and ears…

Mr Magpie filmed several short videos of  the Colonel’s Review of the Trooping The Colour 2013 for Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Parade which was happening the following Saturday (15 June 2013)…

we were pretty excited about just this rehearsal (one of two conducted on different weekends before the actual celebration where the royals would be in attendance to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday)…

London Holiday Inn 19 Floor ViewLondon certainly is a bustling and beautiful city with lots of helpful and friendly people…

***here is a bit of a back story from many years ago when I traveled as a young woman to Europe for 9 weeks by myself …

that was the first time I had ever heard about Trooping the Colour …

as it happened on that beautiful and warm June day there were lines of red uniformed bear hat soldiers standing at attention on a green lawn …

I remember gasping as two soldiers fell face down at full attention with their arms stiff by their sides hats pretty much in place…

what were the chances to revisit a similar scene so many years later (no fainted soldiers this time around…there was a nice breeze)…

I had not really paid attention to Trooping of the Colour since my chance encounter so many years ago***

 

 

* JoY *

thanks to my special Queen Bee friends (QB5) I made my first prayer flags back in August for a swap that not everyone has completed yet (good things are worth waiting for)

Prayer Flag making collage sitting out on our back porch stitching away on pieces of cotton that I monoprinted using a gelatin plate (must admit I didn’t want to cover up much of my printed fabric on the first ones I made)

Magpies Nest SurfaceDesign (5)

off one end of the porch are prayer flags my son gave me last year for my birthday from the Tibetan Prayer Flag company…

if you would like to purchase prayers flags I cannot recommend this company highly enough…Tibetan Prayer Flags thru the curtain

the new flags already a year old now strung with the previous flags to help keep the prayers going…LInda Richter

 here is a lovely flag from my friend Linda in Texas

Margaret Wernerand another beauty from Margaret in Switzerland

Carol Brungar

Carole in New Zealand sent me this special Indian mirror fabric banner that she made which was a little tricky to photograph as it is hanging over our kitchen window…

Linda Kunsman

and another talented and generous artist Linda Kunsman of heARTfully inspired surprised me with this beautiful and uplifting flag a while ago…

Prayer Flags Assorted

left to right: Margaret W, Linda R , mine,  Linda K and mine

there are two very special prayer flag projects going on presently by Jane DeFazio here and Leighanna Light who has a Facebook group that will be sending prayer flags to the Sandy Hook Elementary School families early in January 2013…

*footnote to clarify that Jane DeFazio’s prayer flags are not meant to be mailed…rather anyone can make a prayer flag or flags full of intention and prayers and fly them at home…you can share photos and such by going to Jane’s link above…

Also the deadline for mailing your flags to Leighanna Light is before 3 January 2013 as that is when she will be putting the flags in the mail to Newtown, CT … hope I haven’t confused anyone…

guess I got excited…

if you are not on Facebook and need her mailing address just ask me and I will send it to you*

My Sandy Hook flags

with no small children in the house and very little Christmas madness going on here I have been stitching into the wee hours to add my prayers to those of so many others…

Patty S a Work in Progress

with several more in progress…Patty S My Flag Sampler

and some already at their destinations…

I wanted to share a sweet song called “JOY”  with you that I stumbled upon never having heard of the artist Tracey Thorn before here

be sure to answer when JOY knocks at your door dear ones…

ten thousand crystals tea

our traveling tea cup made a return visit to one of our favorite places…

the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks are filled with beauty and wonder…

Pan points the way to the Lovers’ Lane Pool…

we came across a duck sitting silently and still at the right edge of the water…

the roses are already fantastic and they’ve just begun to bloom…

their fragrance wafted on the breeze before you even saw them…

*the videos were filmed by Mr Magpie along with assorted photographs*

last year we visited the gardens on Mother’s Day…

this year a week earlier was nice and peaceful in comparison…

while a bit overcast…

 we were totally enchanted and wowed by a new art installation by artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot called “Cloud Terrace

it transformed the reflecting pool at the Arbor Terrace into a wonderland…

the ethereal “clouds” are handmade with plain old chicken wire and 10,000 Swarovski crystals

we could only imagine the rainbows of dancing Light on a sunny day…

as if we hadn’t already planned a return visit…

won’t you join us over at Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons for more Tea on Tuesday

footnote: we managed to get our traveling tea cup/saucer in eight different photos here…you’d have to click the pics to catch them all 🙂