Mudjin Harbor and Dragon Cay T…

 the last couple of Tuesdays I have been sharing photos from our March Turks and Caicos trip (the beautiful book below was in our room … I played with tiny shells we found on the beach to compliment the photo collage…some of the shells were as little as the tip of your fingernail)…

TCI Album w shells

as part of our adventures on the day we took a short ferry ride from Providenciales to Middle and North Caicos Islands we made a point to visit a spot recommended by a friend

Magpie's Nest Panorama Mudjin Harbour

she said it was one of the most beautiful places she had ever visited…

Magpie's Nest Mudjin Harbour

we paused at the cliff top Mudjin Bar & Grill to take in the view and enjoy a glass of nice cold lemonade (it looked like a great place to eat too!)...

Magpie's Nest Dragon Cay Mudjin Harbour

if you use your imagination you can see the rock formation resembling a sleeping dragon (someone lost a hat so we propped it on a post in case they came looking for it)…

Magpie's Nest Mudjin Blue Horizon Walkways

we enjoyed walking on the paths made of natural materials which led us to a staircase down through the limestone cliffs to a surprise secluded beach …

Mudjin Harbour Middle Caicos Island

we had the traveling tea cup along for this little adventure too

Magpie's Nest Hidden beach Traveling T Cup

a day trip was really not long enough to take in all the sights but we felt we made the most of our first visit to this treasure of a place…

Magpie's Nest Mudjin Harbor Secret Beach

wishing everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover a very happy T day while part of me still has sand in my shoes…

Magpie's Nest Dragon Cay TCI

 (as an aside Mr Magpie and I hardly ever print out photographs anymore so having a selection of travel photos here and on my Flickr page gives us virtual albums to visit…hope you enjoy them too)

Believe nothing you hear…

our local mixed media art group is having a round robin and this month I got a book with the theme of “The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe” …

Magpie's Nest beginning pages

I knew right away that I wanted to use some of the black patterned envelopes that I have been saving (I have made a vow to stop saving them so using some felt extra good!)…

Magpie's Nest beginning pages (1)

outlining the edges with a black Stabilo pencil and brushing with a stiff brush dipped in white gesso gave some color and texture to the background along with some bits of vintage paper and book text…

Magpie's Nest ready for quote

the image on the left is of a book cover printed onto a torn out page from this book…the red beer bottle cap on the right has been smashed flat and waiting to be used for some time now…

Magpie's Nest trying text

I had no idea this quote was by Edgar Allan Poe but it had always been a favorite of mine (seems Poe is misquoted quite a bit and the way I originally knew the quote was:  “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”)…

Magpie's Nest trying text (1)

trying out various fonts and positioning…

Magpie's Nest trying text (2)

until I was happy while having some fun channeling my dark side…

Magpie's Nest Poe left page

paint and pencil scribbling along with stamping on tissue paper and a piece of poison washi tape that I secured with gel medium…

Magpie's Nest Poe right page

some spider web washi tape at the top that I extended with black pen down the page (I intentionally left the spider out as a bit of a creep factor…if there is a web there must be a spider  but where!)… a piece of my faux resin paper and a golden flimmerstern that I trimmed randomly with scissors behind the bottle cap…

Magpie's Nest Poe Final Pages

I am also sharing these pages with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite Poems and Quotes” challenge

Spring made me do it…

with the earth turning green again and things bursting into bloom adding bright green to these pages of my monoprinted red rosin book seemed to happen before I knew it…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (2)

two fabric pieces that I had handy worked nicely for these pages…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (1)

the piece on the left was some fabric fusion paper that I had made on a base of cotton muslin… the piece on the right was done with TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) using one of my collage postcards on very sheer fabric…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (3)

if you are interested in knowing more about red rosin paper you can see the beginning of my gelli print book here...

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think...

joining with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite quotes/Poems” theme this month (I have so many favorite quotes!)

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

More Turks & Caicos Island T …

Magpie's Nest North and Middle Caicos Islands

Mr Magpie experienced his first ever driving on the left side of the road (TCI is a British Territory even though they use American currency…let’s just say he was glad there were very few vehicles on the road and just a couple of circles)…

Ferry from Provo to North Caicos

it was a short ferry ride from the island of Providenciales where we were staying to North Caicos Island where we rented a car (make that an old beat up Jeep with a great Caribbean music mixed CD to carry us along the rough and ready roads)…

Magpie's Nest North & Middle Caicos Islands

there is a causeway between North Caicos (population approx 1,400) and Middle Caicos (population approx 275) which led us to some beautiful secluded places…

Magpie's Nest Daniels Cafe Middle Caicos

we enjoyed a tasty lunch of fresh red snapper at Daniel’s Cafe By The Sea (the owner Daniel and his son are really nice and friendly)…

Magpie's Nest one flamingo TCI

we had hoped to see some of the many flamingos that are drawn to this area… in the end we were grateful to see this lone ONE…

Bambarra Beach treasures

impulse sent us down a road to a wonderful spot called Bambarra Beach named after the local rum

Bambarra Beach Middle Caicos Island

we spent a fair bit of time relaxing in the shade and combing the beach for treasures snapping oodles of photos with our traveling tea cup and parasol (those sea fans were really tempting me…happy to have lots of photos at least)…

Magpie's Nest Platico Point Middle Caicos

from there we took a narrow road that ran parallel to the water and came upon a rusty barge and equipment that we later found out were leftover from a failed attempt at making a cargo port (aqua and rust are such a wonderful color combo!!!)…

Turks & Caicos Islands Middle Caicos

our next stop was recommended by a friend and wowee was it ever magical there…

Middle and North Caicos map

since this is getting a bit long I will save that for another day…

Bambarra Beach cup of sea fan tea

(if you’d like a closer look at any of the photos you can click on them)

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Second on the 2nd for April …

I am joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover again this month to take a second look at a blogpost that I originally shared back in April of 2009…this was one of many wooden ATCs/blocks that I altered around that time…it is fun to see how my photography and format have changed since I began blogging in 2007…

“Art Helps Me Breathe

In a recent attempt to go through my art supplies…..I can only clean and not play for so long before I must make something :)… I always find so many goodies I forgot I had…..a cigar box sparked this wooden ATC chunky

Magpie's Nest Artist Trading Block

dress pattern tissue, book text, paint, gesso, gold  gouache,  white gel pen, a vellum sheet from the cigar box , cigar box paper strips, PW girl, stamps, velvet leaves and a piece of old jewelry (gel medium and UHU gluestick)

Patty Szymkowicz Art Helps Me Breathe

“Art Helps Me Breathe” is stamped on a real Ginkgo leaf from a most beautiful spot and grand old tree

if I had planned ahead, I would have turned the leaf so the crown was on the pointed end of the leaf which would have meant stamping it the other way….I just play….not much planning involved at all

“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “

Turks and Caicos T …

Grace Bay Beach  Provo TCI Coconut drinks

back from our visit to the British West Indies Islands of Turks and Caicos

Magpie's Nest TCI evening shadows

feeling relaxed and rejuvenated with so many special memories…

Seven Stars Resort TCI collage

we stayed at a beautiful resort right on the beach…

Seven Stars Resort Provo TCI

with a heated salt water pool and beautifully manicured grounds…

Providentiales TCI

if you are curious to learn a bit more about the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) you can visit here for some facts

Magpie's Nest TCI flora

all of the staff were so cordial and gracious they really made everyone feel pampered and quite at home…

yellow cloud sunset

they went out of their way to learn the guests names which we found to be quite impressive…

Coconuts Conch Shells and Blue Blue water

this trip goes down as one of our all time best beach vacations…

sun begins to setwe are already dreaming of a return visit someday…

Magpie's Nest taken thru sunglass lens

the photo above was taken from our balcony looking through a sun glass lens which gave it an interesting look (good sun glasses were a must)…

Magpie's Nest peach sky sunset

even though the sky would darken sometimes off in the distance we never had any rain…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup

 we brought the traveling tea cup along…

Seven Stars balcony view

our balcony had a very nice view and it was a good respite from the strong midday sun…

Magpie's Nest Birds and Lizards on TCI

 we never got tired of the sound of the water that was so crystalline clear and  impossibly blue

down the beach blues

here’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

her wings…

another tea cup in my chip board art journal (each cup measures about 4 x 7 inches)…

Magpie's Nest tea cup collage steps

I found that by using a sanding block I can trim off most of the excess paper reducing the amount of scissor and craft knife trimming needed … working around the handle is a bit tricky…

Magpie's Nest two chipboard art journal cups

my intention is to keep these cups rather simple but that said I spent a fair amount of time painting golden stars with a toothpick and resisting the urge to add more collage elements…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea cup art journal

it was fun to see what names popped up on the piece of Virginia map I randomly selected for the background (there is even a spot called “Healing Springs”)…

Magpie's Nest chipboard art journal

I am joining Art Journal Journey’s “Things With Wings” challenge with my swan

dancing around the room T …

when a  set of chipboard tea cups surfaced while I was doing some clearing out I just had to play with layers of my favorite map tissue and my white acrylic paint pen…

Magpie's Nest Dancing T cup collage

the words are computer generated …

Magpie's Nest dancing tea cup journal

and speaking of cups … this photo of my Irish Shannonbridge cup that we brought back from Dublin in 2013 has nice hot Organic Choice Earl Grey tea in it (the elf/Zwerg really wanted to have his picture taken too as standing around holding wooden toothpicks all day can get a little tiresome)…

Magpie's Nest toothpick holder tea

that delicious quinoa and spelt flour scone is something Mr Magpie and I treat ourselves to every now and then at our local Le Pain Bakery (their Chia Muffins are irresistible too!)…

Magpie's Nest Quinoa Spelt Scone

wishing you a ♣Happy St Paddy’s Day♣ and a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest 1909 NY NY postcard

(if you would like please feel free to help yourself to a copy of my 1909 postcard sent to Miss Raftery in New York, NY)

“When the first light of sun, Bless you.  When the long day is done, Bless you.  In your smiles and your tears, Bless you.  Through each day of your years, Bless you.”  ~Irish Blessing

safe journey she whispered …

Lisa's photoat a recent monthly meeting of art friends we were playing with layers using papers… paint… gesso… water soluble crayons and more (thanks to Lisa for snapping the above photo of my papers)…

Magpie's Nest background papers

I cut one of the water color papers into postcard size for a loose leaf art journal I have been working on for awhile now…

Magpie's Nest work in progress

not a lot of step by step mainly because I was getting my hands full of paint and gel medium…

Magpie's Nest closeup wing

the lovely “mystery” lady surfaced while digging through printed images (I have so many images!) and the wing is from Wendy Vecchi Studio 490

Magpie's Nest gold flakes

I decided to add a cloud like border at the bottom dipping into my forgotten jar of gold flake which adds a bit of shimmer not captured by the camera looking lighter and better in person…

Magpie's words or no words

I am still undecided… with words or without … What do you think?

Magpie's Nest no words

my guardian angel fits two challenges this month… Art Journal Journey “Things With Wings” and Mix it monthly “Angel/Saints”

distracted T…

Magpie's Nest spring is coming

what with one thing and another…

Magpie's Nest swanning around

I am feeling a bit scattered and distracted…

Magpie's Nest altered pickle fork

but it is not a bad thing and I am okay with it…

Magpie's Nest Winter Mirror Mirror

 last year I treated myself to some small live orchids over the winter months (the various blooms were irresistible and they were reasonably priced costing less than a cut bouquet of flowers)…

Magpie's Nest orchid stages

the blooms lasted a nice long while and then I kept the bare plants watered being careful to not over or under water them over the winter months (closest thing we have around here to a pet *ggg*)…

Magpie's Nest cuppa orchids

I was thrilled and delighted that two of the five orchids decided to repeat bloom which is proof that good things are worth waiting for…

Magpie's Nest two blooming orchids

our snow is almost all melted and I found the first tiny sign of spring out front yesterday…

Magpie's Nest first crocus of 2015

wishing you a very happy T day full of nice surprises along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover...

Frozen T …

Magpie's Nest coated in ice 2 March 2015

a mixed weather event for the beginning of March here in the Washington, DC area made for some nice photo opportunities…

Magpie's Nest icy glow

our snow layer glazed over after some freezing rain…

Magpie's Nest iced Lavender

the Lavender turned into “crystal”…

Magpie's Nest fallen ice from trees

when ice covered branches began thawing in the sunlight I was delighted to notice some ice shards that had fallen creating interesting spikes in the snow…

Magpie's Nest Mourning Doves and Mockingbirds

Mr Magpie is getting lots of use out of his Yaktrax this winter which work like a charm to help ensure safe footing  (my photos were taken from our front and back porch and with the help of our zoom lens we have a closer look at the Mourning Doves and resident Mockingbird)…

Magpie's Nest tea pot and cup

hot drinks really hit the spot…

Magpie's Nest You might as well dance

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Book Lover...

Second on the 2nd for March…

March kind of snuck up  on me but that seems to be the way time is moving these days = quickly…

I am joining Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover again this month to take a second look at a blogpost that I originally shared on 27 March 2010

… becoming …

my little wire nests are starting to pile up… so I thought I would put some to good use

magpiesnestbecoming

small matchboxes make perfect containers for so many things

magpiesnest-be-humble

precious bird images from the always generous

Karen at The Graphics Fairy

magpiesnestmatchboxes

a perfect home for my wire and bead nests … gel medium worked beautifully to glue them in place

magpiesnest-nest-matchboxes

“There is no knowledge of true being.  The world is fundamentally in a state of becoming.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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