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Helianthus time again …

a local cut your own farm (Burnside Farms) planted over 30 varieties of “cutting” sunflowers (Helianthus) on about six acres in successive crops to ensure at least six weeks of blooming flowers…Magpie's Nest Burnside Farms Sunflowersour August tropical heat and humidity kept me indoors a good bit and I almost missed them…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BEES

very happy that I made time to visit last Wednesday which was the last low heat and humidity day we would have for awhile…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunflower Paloozasuch a delight to see fields of flowers again this year

Pollinator habitat with so many cheerful blooms…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Morning Sunflowers

these two little girls were having lots of fun frolicking in the fields…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz two girls frolicking

I took a quick photo of the flowers I cut before I left the farm (the sun bleached out the deep red of the top of my parasol)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Parasol cut blooms water

the cut blooms last a long time if you watch the water level…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunflowers and Figs

we are still waiting for our replacement carpet in the sun room as we had a bad experience with the first toxic foam padding that  smelled horrible even after a week of airing out…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz sunflower hair

we soon realized we could not live with it…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz sunflower lady reflection 1

so we are back to the concrete floor for now and have ordered new carpet and padding with low VOC which is what we should have gotten in the first place…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Front and Back we got excited rushing things a bit settling for what was quickly available… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz morning light

joining with T Stands for Tuesday and wishing you a happy day…

Magpie's Nest Sunflower Lady

I also created a digital sunflower piece for Art Journal Journey’s NATURE’S WONDERS theme which ends on Wednesday…

August Visit to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens…

between scorching hot summer temperatures and all of the upheaval with our home improvements it had been four weeks since we last visited the aquatic gardensMagpie's Nest Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens wildlife

instead of a packed parking lot like at the end of July we were one of just a handful of visitors bright and early on Sunday…Magpie's Nest Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens August Panorama

even though there were fewer blooms than earlier in the summer the lotuses (loti) did not disappoint standing tall in the morning light with pearls of dew sparkling like diamonds…

Magpie's Nest Morning dew on lotus leavesthere were lots of handsome lotus pods with their rattly black seeds…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus seed heads

and a fair number of fresh buds too…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Loti all stages

the bees seemed extra busy…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Bees

this visit the tropical ponds really captured my attention…Magpie's Nest Tropical lily pond

the plants in these ponds have to be overwintered in greenhouses each year since they are not natives…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Victorian water lily in bloom

we were lucky to catch the big Victoria amazonica water lily in bloom as it only opens when it is cooler in the mornings and closes in the midday heat…Magpie's Nest Fred on Head water bottle

in the photo above you get an idea of how tall the loti are this time of year… surpassing Mr Magpie’s 6 foot 7 inches (measurement INCLUDES the FRED water bottle on his head)…

Magpie's Nest Praying Mantis and Dragonfly

each visit to this national park is a delight with beauty and wonder at every turn (this was our fourth visit this summer)…Magpie's Nest early morning loti

with dew soaked shoes we headed back to Virginia by way of PAUL’s  and had a yummy bite to eat…Magpie's Nest PAULs Tysons 11

joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for TuesdayMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz golden lotus painted background

and offering another digital piece combining my photo and artwork for Art Journal Journey’s NATURE’S WONDERS theme ~♥~ thank you for your visit

nature’s wonders

NATURE’S WONDERS is Gill’s theme for Art Journal Journey this month…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Passion Flower

oh how I enjoy nature and always have growing up in a household with parents that honored and preserved nature as much as possible…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz lotus collagemy father was known to have annual feuds with sparrows that were relentless in their attempts to build nests in his Purple Martin houses… he cared alot about the Purple Martins who were great at eating mosquitoes returning faithfully to the garden each year…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin Monoprint Journal Cover

 I created two more pages in my red rosin monoprinted journal

Magpie's Nest BLOOM supplies Lynne Perrella

PaperArtsy’s lovely Lynne Perrella stamps were fun to play with adding another favorite Tin Can Mail butterfly wing stamp for the background..

Magpie's Nest Bloom right page

it was a bit of a challenge to incorporate one of my 5 x 5 collages onto my already monoprinted pages trying to match the paints I used earlier…Magpie's Nest Bloom left

the final touch was adding some pressed flowers using matte medium under and over them on the pages with a couple of rubons too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BLOOM red rosin pages

I like how the words I used in all of the spreads flow like a bit of found “poetry”… they evolved after working randomly with no  theme for my journal (all it needs now is binding and a cover):

Keep moving forward… 

Happiness… 

Keep close to nature’s heart… 

Pull Love closely around you and snuggle into its bliss… 

What we think we become… 

Wonder… 

The present moment is a powerful goddess… 

Bloom

 -Patty Szymkowicz

blossom and grow…

a recent photo of mine of a passion flower and some pink fairy roses

Magpie's Nest Passion Flower Roses

layered with the pages of an old ledger using lots of filters to create a digital piece for Art Journal Journey’s NATURE’S WONDERS theme…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Passion Flower Roses so many variations

flowers are an endless source of wonder and joy for me…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blossom and Grow collage

“Every flower blooms at a different pace.” –Suzy Kassem

“radiant with hope”

to celebrate Elizabeth’s 3rd T Stands for Tuesday anniversary last month some of us participated in an ATC swap and I was the lucky recipient of Linda’s  precious ATC (her gelli print envelope is beautiful too!)…

Art from from Linda Kunsmanshe and I share a fondness for all things French and napkins too for collage… look at these lovelies that she tucked in the envelope…French napkins from Linda KunsmanI thought of my tea and coffee drinking friends while doing a little window shopping over the weekend… Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea shoppe windowthe Madame Butterfly tea description almost makes me want to drink green tea…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Merrifield VAAnthropologie window displays turn everyday items into visual treats with a focus on ecology and nature…Magpie's Nest Anthro window Merrifield VAspeaking of nature here is an update on our Appalachian Trail hiker who is still going strong even though he shared recently that he enjoys the camping more than the walking…

Magpie's Nest Colin AT New Hampshirehe has already hiked more than 1,800 miles/2896.819 kilometers and worn out a couple pairs of shoes (there he is with all of his belongings on his back including his green tent)…

Magpie's Nest Colin Moose sightingright now he is making his way through the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire

AT White Mtns of New Hampshirewith some miles still to go…Magpie's Nest AT Hiker CJS

“The US has enough on-shore wind to power the country ten times over.” #ANTHROEARTHDAY

Anthropologie’s wind quote made me smile thinking of all the crazy political news here in the US lately…

L♥ve Always…

we are in the process of having some home repairs and improvements done…Magpie's Nest window inwhich means lots of upheaval with workmen in and out of the house…

Magpie's Nest window outit will be nice when the dust settles in a few weeks…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Passion flower frillsescape to my art room is always a good thing and now more than ever…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso JournalI created two more pages in one of my gesso journals playing with my favorite super heavy gesso…Magpie's Nest Love suppliesjoining Art Journal Journey once again for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN THERE IS theme…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Always journal pages

“In his garden every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation.”   -Louise Beebe Wilder

T Stands for Tuesday 3rd Anniversary…

with many thanks to Elizabeth for being our fearless leader and hostess these past three years…1 T_Tuesday_200

and for helping people connect from all around the globe each week for T Stands for Tuesday (all are welcome to join in with something/anything drink related)…

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it really is a pleasure to get to visit each week and share…

Magpie's Nest Celebration cake

since it’s a celebration I made a cake…

Magpie's Nest Cake on the porch

an easy no bake cake since it is much too hot and humid here in Virginia to turn on the oven…

Magpie's Nest cake and lemonade

 Trader Joe’s angel food cake with fresh raspberries and blueberries and homemade whipped creme…Magpie's Nest three candles

and how about some refreshing watermelon lemonade with some bubbles added too if you like…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz T Day 3rd anniv

here’s to lots more fun and sharing…

♥~ French Travel Journal 2016 Complété ~♥

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Trafalghar BEST OF FRANCE tourmy art journal from our Best of France Trafalgar tour in April is  finished (we were most fortunate to have Krista Taylor as our tour director and Frances for our bus driver which made for a perfectly wonderful time)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Travel Journal Samplerthanks to everyone for supporting me along the way by visiting me here…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz assorted French Journal Pagesa special shout out to Susi and Valerie at Art Journal Journey along with all of the talented hosts and participants each month…

1 Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffelmy altered Tour Eiffel lady was among my favorite spreads

Magpie's Nest French Travel Journal 2016 Covera bit of coffee dyed netting and it’s a wrap ~♥~ Merci beaucoup!!!

out and about…

a visit to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens was the only outing we had planned for the 4th of July holiday…Magpie's Nest Loti Samplerfeeling hungry after hours of admiring the loti we thought we would try a local PAUL Bakery and cafe Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paul Cafe Tysons VA which is located in a shopping mall we hardly ever visit…Magpie's Nest Jardin des Tuileries Paris Franceback in April we had enjoyed a tasty bite to eat at a PAUL concession in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris (above) and were delighted to find out there were a few here in the US…Magpie's Nest Paul Cafe de Teaso on the 4th of July we feasted on silky custard veggie quiche and some delicious French pastries with cappuccinos and brought home a delicious sesame seeded baguette made with organic flour that was baked on the premises…Magpie's Nest Anthro Meant to Beafter all that we decided to walk around each of the three levels of the enclosed shopping mall…

Magpie's Nest Anthropologie Tysons IIyou know how one thing can lead to another… we ended up going into one of my favorite window shopping storesMagpie's Nest Anthropologie displayand made an unexpected purchase…

Magpie's Nest Linea Carta by Diva Pyari cups Mr Magpie was right that we needed the I Paris mug and then I spotted the I San Francisco mug (two of our favorite cities how could we resist)…Magpie's Nest Tysons Corner bldg coming downwe drove home in the rain but stopped for a quick out the car window photo shoot of a building being demolished…

Magpie's Nest Tysons Corner demolished bldg reflectionsit always fills me with a bit of sadness along with wonder and fascination to see buildings being taken down like that (fun reflections in the building across the street)…Magpie's Nest Oak Marr Allium plantingsand finally I just had to share the beauty of some gorgeous allium bulbs planted at the entrance of a community recreation center which looked a bit like fireworks to me…

Magpie's Nest Oak Marr Rec Center entrancewe walked out under umbrellas with me snapping photos while Mr M made sure we didn’t get run over…

Magpie's Nest Loti 10 July 2016on 10 July we enjoyed our second visit to the aquatic gardens and even snapped a couple of photos of the beautiful waterlilies which are quite different from our favorite lotus blooms above and waterlilies below (we also stopped in for a bite at PAUL’s  again = YUM!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Waterlilies Nature collagewishing everyone a Happy T Day ~♥~ thank you as always for making the time to visit with me here

sacred lotus…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus Welcome sign frogit is that time of year again when the loti are blooming about an hour’s drive away on the other side of Washington, DC…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotusland first visit 4 July 16it was a lovely low humidity day on the 4th of July so we made our first visit of the season…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus collagesince 2013 when we first visited we try and go as many times as we can during July and August…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotusland 4 July 2016I had to remind myself to breathe as all that beauty takes my breath away…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens photo opsbecause it was a bit of an overcast morning there were more photographers than usual with their fancy camerasMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Loti Reflectionswe don’t even use our tripod and manage to snap hundreds of photos that make us very happy…Magpie's Nest Gesso Citra Solv art journal pagesinspired by the loti I worked in a small art journal that I made using Citra Solv magazine pages washed with gesso and machine stitched down the middle…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz TAP transfer on cottonthe little Debrina Pratt girl is a TAP transfer on delicate cotton and the dragonfly is a sticker that popped up when I was looking for something else…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lotus Art Journal Pagesjoining Yvonne’s lovely IN MY GARDEN challenge over at Art Journal Journey…

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise Entrance gate collageon our first Sunday in Paris we headed across town to visit Père Lachaise Cemetery…Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Pere LaChaiseestablished in 1804 it has the distinction of being the first garden cemetery which is a style of burial ground that uses landscaping in a park-like setting

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise collage 3it was a gorgeous sunny blue sky day and we wandered for hours…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jim Morrison's Graveand managed to find Jim Morrison‘s grave site with its make shift barricades that people still seem compelled to go beyond (our photos are full of shadows)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise Cemetery 2formerly called Cemetery of the East it is the largest park and cemetery in the city of Paris on 110 acres with about 5,000 trees…

Magpie's Nest Edith Piaf's gravethere were views of the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower with the help of our telephoto lens (we also found France’s beloved Edith Piaf’s grave)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere LaChaise mosaic“The cemetery’s hilly terrain and tree-lined avenues are at once overcrowded, peaceful, and seductive. Sculptures abound, and the tombs run the gamut from simple, flat, horizontal headstones to elaborate mini-chapels open to the public. Some of the tombs are immaculately cared for, others dilapidated and abandoned.” –Encyclopedia Britannica

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Cemetery reflectionour visit inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (the photo above is not altered it was a reflection looking thru a tiny monument window)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz cemetery suppliesusing some of our photos and a couple of pressed daisies we picked in another park in Paris…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pere Lachaise Cemetery journal pagesI am joining in with the Art Journal Journal IN MY GARDEN THERE IS… and the Moo Mania & More PARIS challenges…

♥ Paris je t’aime/Paris I Love You ♥

happy to be back on line after an involuntary absence because of Mr M trying to upgrade our computer…

Patty Szymkowicz Thyme Lady and Mr Cardinalthe word “nightmare” sums up that experience pretty well as the new set up was impossible to deal with and very frustrating…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Garden blueswe are now back where we started with a slow computer that can at least be used…

Magpie's Nest Stokesia Aster Bouquetjoining the group over at T Stands for Tuesday  after a pause on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris cup I am also sharing two new art journal pages for the Moo Mania and More  PARIS theme…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Je t'aimeI had fun filling the cup with some favorite Paris images decorating with part of a coffee stained paper doily and fabric flowers on a peeled flower napkin over old French text background (Notre Dame was from a French chocolate wrapper, the lady is from The Graphics Fairy, the image on the left is one of Da Vinci’s hand drawings)

Eze Cité Médiévale

on the same day we visited Saint-Paul du Vence on our Best of France tour we also got to spend time in the medieval hill top village of EzeMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze viewlocated between Nice and Monaco…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze Franceit is also called “the eagle’s nest” because of how it is perched on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean sea…Magpie's Nest Eze street 2we opted out of the extra excursion most of our group took to the Fragonard ParfumeurMagpie's Nest Eze street 4because strong smells do not agree with me…

Magpie's Nest Eze street 5 heartthat gave us time to walk around town instead…Magpie's Nest Eze street 3it was not very crowded on that Wednesday in April…

Magpie's Nest Eze Streetwe climbed and clicked photos…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze doorsuntil we rejoined our group for dinner…

Magpie's Nest Fragonard stickers on postthe lamp post above was covered in stickers that had the letter “F” on them stuck there by people who had been on the perfume tour in the past (you can click twice on the photo for a closer look)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze woodworking shopwe had the Traveling Tea Cup with us and snapped some photos with thoughts of  T Stands for Tuesday (you can see the box the tea cup and saucer travel in behind the rail on the left below)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling Tea Cup in Eze a brochure we brought home had a lovely map which inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal

Magpie's Nest TeodoroI added a favorite image of young Teodoro even though he is Italian and not French…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Medieval Eze France journal pgsalong with strips of Florentine paper which added to the medieval feel with touches of gold and blue paint…  part of a label from some sparkling wine was the last thing I added to my pages for the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge… it may take me awhile to visit everyone because Jim is working on our computer and there seems to be one problem after another 😕 I had to stand on my head to get this to post