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

no matter where you go…

 playing in my gesso journals is something I enjoy very much as everything seems to intuitively flow onto the pages…

Magpie's Nest Gesso Journal

I am joining the PaperArtsy 2015 topic 2 Shiny Stuff challenge

Magpie's Nest Shiny paper and gold leaf

the lovely gold veined sheer paper in the background above is a favorite ingredient of mine as it melts into all surfaces so beautifully and playing with gold leaf is something I have been meaning to do for some time now (this time I used glue stick to adhere it to my journal pages)…

Magpie's Nest forget-me-not lady

the blue forget-me-nots are from a trip we took to Switzerland a few years ago which all seems like a dream now…I painted on top of a magazine face adding hair and the bodice of her dress leaving the eyes and lips mostly untouched…

Magpie's Nest My Heart journal page

the words “my heart” were left showing quite by chance and led me to add the vintage heart and arrow that I have had for some time now from here

Magpie's Nest traveling girl

everyone is welcome to join in the challenges and as if all of the inspiration and sharing from talented and generous artists on the PaperArtsy blog is not wonderful enough they offer a generous prize if you are randomly chosen as the fortnightly winner…

Magpie's Nest page in progress

as it happens I was the very lucky winner of their first challenge of the year and the wonderful prizes I chose from the PaperArtsy shop are already on their way to me…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Stuff journal pages

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world “-Gustave Flaubert

out of my comfort zone T…

Magpie's Nest tangerine peel

January has found me floundering a bit with more thinking about creating than actually doing much of it… I am feeling betwixt and between about alot of things…

Magpie's Nest Live in Love aquaboard

that said I have joined Alena Hennessey’s A YEAR OF PAINTING online course and I am working with acrylic inks… paint pens and more (this piece still needs work)…

Magpie's Nest work in progress

the first piece I attempted morphed many times and is still in limbo not telling me where to go next…truth be told I liked the first ink background but we were supposed to keep adding layers (that is when I started the “live in Love”)…

Magpie's Nest Numi Tea

here’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover whether you are in your comfort zone or out…

daff window closeup

“Change comes with sacrifice… When you want to make a change you must be prepared to make a sacrifice of escaping the comfort zone!” -Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

Magpie's Nest iphoneography sampler

Roses in December T…

the garden in June

it was my plan to share these summer roses with you all back in December but that month flew by and here we are well into January already…

stringing roses

my playing with roses was inspired by a conversation with the lovely and talented Dorthe of Den Lille Lade back in June of 2014 when she and I talked about how we liked to make rosebud garlands and strings…

June roses and forget-me-nots

the weather was beautiful for sitting out on the back porch back then...

Stringing roses collage

the blooms and strands have faded since last summer but are still a lovely reminder of the garden in bloom especially in these cold winter days (it’s so grey out today I can’t get a good photo of the rose strands as they look now)…

Roses in December Quote

wishing you a happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard…

Dream…

a new year so I thought I would join in a new to me challenge with special thanks to the lovely and oh so talented Lynne Moncrieff for always being such an inspiration and sharing her boundless creativity…

small stack of old books and garland

you can read all about PaperArtsy’s 2015 Topic 1: “Fragile Papers” Challenge here (speaking of inspiration there is LOTS on the PaperArtsy site…I plan to make time to watch the video they share for this challenge as well!)… 

Dream Paper Artsy journal pages (2)

the “fragile papers” theme really spoke to me as I have always been drawn to old books and papers of all kinds…

paper artsy stamps

I have also been a long time fan of PaperArtsy’s wonderful rubber stamp line so this was a great opportunity to dig into my stash eventho they do not require that you use their stamps to participate in the challenge…

Dream Paper Artsy journal pages (3)

I used a plastic doily as a stencil with some heavy gesso on tissue paper and did the same directly onto the pages of a new altered visual journal (an old book)…

paper artsy dream stamp on book page

I wanted to use the “dream” stamp on fabric but did not have suitable fabric so I stamped onto a torn out book page instead…

some supplies

a few of the other supplies I used…

Dream Paper Artsy journal pages (5)

along with torn bits from a 1930’s Geometry book that had a distinctive smell when I used glue stick to adhere the pieces to my art journal…

Dream Paper Artsy journal pages (4)

there is something really special about the various textures and feel of old paper and how it melts into other surfaces…

Dream Paper Artsy journal pages (6)

a computer generated Bob Dylan quote and some bits of netting and cotton trim helped complete my collaged book pages (double clicking on the photos gives a closeup view)…

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 

Second on the 2nd

Elizabeth started a fun new monthly challenge this January which is nice since it is only once a month…

you can read all about it on her Altered Book Lover blog

 here is a blast from my art journaling past that I posted back in January 2008

Paint Scraped Journal Pages

“I am drawn to vintage everything, so these pages were a huge departure for me along with being a whole lot of fun.

The Britannica Junior encyclopedia pages make a wonderful canvas and receive paint very well.

Magpie's Nest scraped-paint-journalltinsp

One of the things that made these pages different for me was using images found in everyday magazines/publications.

“Inspired” would be on the left hand spread and “354 check” would be the right hand side of the book. Just above the number is a red label that says “Remove Before Flight”. It could be tricky flying with a peacock on your head!

Magpie's Nest scraped-paint-journalremove

“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” ~Bo Bennett

2014 in review according to WordPress

“The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

many thanks to all for a fun year of sharing and inspiration and so much more…

I truly appreciate everyone’s time and support…

AND thank you WordPress for making this all possible!

Happy New Year oxo Patty

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♥~

all through the night…

the end of the year always fills me with mixed emotions…

Patty Szymkowicz bits of fa la laa

happy to let go of some things…

Patty Szymkowicz Peace

grateful for so many blessings and looking forward to new adventures…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (2)

but also realizing that time will take me further and further away from precious memories and sounds of the voices of loved ones that are no longer here with us…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (4)

time is a great teacher proving to us that life goes on…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (3)

holding on to hope like a bright shining star…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (1)

sharing my collage pages with the Art Journal Journey challenge  (I am #198, 131, 98 and 81 in this month’s challenge participants …  special thanks to Johanna for her generous gift of some beautiful Edelweiss postage stamps whose symbolism worked so well here to highlight my page)…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (6)

~♥~ wishing you a Very Happy … Healthy and Creative New Year oxo ~♥~

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark

“Love, to thee my thoughts are turning, All through the night.  All for thee my heart is yearning, All through the night.  Though sad fate our lives may sever, Parting will not last forever, There’s a hope that leaves me never, All through the night. ”  – Ar hyd y nos, Welsh Folk Song, third verse

Gratitude t

with our year coming to a close it seems a perfect time to tell you how much your visits and kind words have meant to me again this year…

US Capitol Tree

you make sharing extra fun…

Sparkle Joy Patty's Magpie Nest

I am looking forward to another year of being connected to so many creative and truly nice people all around the globe…

Patty's Magpie Nest Peace on Earth

may Peace be your gift and Love your blessing all year through…

Patty's Magpie Nest Driftwood tree

wishing you a special celebration time along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s and a very Merry Christmas from my Magpie’s Nest oxo

 

blue bottle tree

for some time now Mr Magpie has been planning to weld together a metal frame resembling a small tree to hold some of the pretty blue glass bottles we have been saving (the color blue is known to be soothing…friendly and peaceful and it happens to be one of our favorite colors)…

Bottle tree beginning

 the scrap pieces of rebar that he rescued from the dump and time to get busy finally aligned…

Mr Magpie Welder Extraordinaire

he even added lights giving it an extra magical quality at night…

illuminated bottle tree

“While the  meaning of bottle trees continues to evolve as it has for centuries, one of the more common interpretations is that they protect the home and garden by catching evil spirits, which some say are attracted to the bottles by their bright colors (sometimes made by swirling paint on the inside of a clear bottle). Once inside, the sunlight destroys the spirit.   Other interpretations suggest the spirits are trapped inside the bottles in the evening. Then, the morning sunlight destroys them. If you pass by and happen to hear the wind blowing across the bottles, it is thought to be the sound of the spirits trapped inside. Bottle trees have also been thought to bring rain, luck, and to make trees bloom.” -Smithsonian Gardens, Feb 28, 2013, The American Bottle Tree

Bottle tree daylight

if you are interested in learning a bit more about the origin of bottle trees you can also visit here

full blue dusk tree

we are enjoying this unique addition to our garden just because and are looking forward to seeing it in the snow this winter…

Let there be Light

Happy First Day of Winter or Summer as the case may be dear ones…

every tree in the forest

joining the Art Journal Journey “collage” challenge with two pages in my gesso journal…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (1)

I managed to snap a few photos of some of the steps along the way…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (2)

it is fun to see the transformation…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (3)

and next best thing to a video I guess…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (4)

using assorted book pages and a tree punch along with lots of layers of paint and gesso…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (5)

I like how my snowy forest materialized…

Every tree in the forest art journal pages (6)

my original inspiration was a favorite phrase that I saw on a greeting card years ago…

Every tree in the forest art journal pagesfa la laa trying to find my twinkle…