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Paula Bogdan
Springfield, VA
Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Teacher, Artist, Photographer!
Interests: Photography, Mixed Media, Bookstores, Dark Chocolate, Travel, the Beach, Bright Colors, Funky Clothes, Journaler, Antiquing/Junking, Recycling, Teaching, Dancing with the Stars, Book Making, Mail Art, Postcrossings, Shoes, Coffee, Old Cemetaries, Crazy Cats, Australian Shepherds, Poetry, Writing
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"Have you seen the stone churches?" she asked. Phil and I both shook our heads no, and then asked the inn manager to explain. "Oh, you've got to see them," she said. "There are 5 of them, scattered through the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I'm sitting here, listening to the rain, a gentle rhythmic falling from the sky. Cool crisp air hints of autumn, but part of me still lingers in summer. As I edit this photo, my mind plays out one of those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I finished it! Hours upon hours of eco printing and then slow stitching the results. Learning the stitches as I went. I'm in love with this little journal, the way it feels, the promise of making even more magic on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with soccer!. I just happen to like the photo, and it does have 3 kiddos in it! Three ring circus. Three blind mice. Three French hens. Three dog night. Three little pigs. Three... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I don't know the when, and I don't know the why. But, here's the what: I stopped working in my art journals and working in those journals happened pretty much daily. Somehow, gradually over time, this thing that was beyond... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
Thank you, my friend. I love you as well!
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2017 on I Just Want to Say at Little Scraps of Magic
He was indeed an absolutely awesome man, wasn't he? Thank you for the kind words.
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Thank you, Patricia; he was truly a one of a kind in the very best way!
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Thank you, Bev. I so appreciate the thoughts and prayers.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2017 on I Just Want to Say at Little Scraps of Magic
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Death has been dancing on the fringes of my life for these past few weeks...an uncle of a family member, a friend of my sister's, people related to those I've come to know on line. But, last night, he sucker... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Outside my window, bare branches rest against a heavy gray sky, looking far more winter like than the first day of spring. I am thinking that this budget bit is a load of crap and in now way compassionate. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Assignment: Create a mixed Media Self-Portrait Reaction: UGH! And then the universe stepped in: within a week the concept of self portraits showed up three times - the assignment in Lesley Riley's 52 Pick Up class, a friend's visit to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Puff, puff. Chug, chug. I think I can. I think I.... Well, maybe if I just stopped to admire this porch, a wonderful wrap around porch, the kind you sit on and watch the world go by, well, maybe I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I've been itching for some time to play with needles, thread, and material. Just plain itching to play. But - I grew up when you took Home Ec in high school, and when cross stitching was the rage. Everyone, every... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I'm looking at brown - brown tree limbs, brown leaves dangling and then letting go to drift slowly down to carpet the grass. The same grass bare of leaves just a few days ago. Only the sky differs, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Just 7 days ago found us on the road to Pennsylvania and to my dad. Dad's beat the averages several times; most patients admitted to a dementia ward live about 18 months. Dad's well past that, and although the mental... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I've been sitting with the election results for nearly a week now. Each time that I think I may have come to grips with it...not liking it...just sort of internalizing it, something else happens. And, before I know it, my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Check out my nifty new camera! Is it not just gorgeous? Top of the line paint can, er, pinhole camera, and I had an absolute blast with it, thanks to my most awesomely talented cousin, Therese's and her pinhole workshop.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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It began innocently enough. Bending over to focus on the most gorgeous thistle, I heard, "What are you looking at? I normally don't see people stooping and bent over, looking at something on the ground. Most are looking at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I love snail mail, the making, sending, and receiving of it. Not much else that appears in my mailbox makes me smile the way snail mail does, and certainly not the bills. The junk mail, at least, has the possibility... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Laundry tumbles in my dryer; towels wait to be folded and stashed in the linen closet. Paper, glue, fabrics, pens, and other assorted art make stuff hides my studio floor. More stacks of it play the "Leaning Tower of Pisa"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Sometimes, I do myself in; there's just no two ways about it. I create work where there doesn't need to be work. It's all in the name of being creative, and in some ways, people's expectations. For the last several... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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We all have stories to tell and art to make, and it's so very easy to let the voices inside and outside of our heads stop us. But these stories, these pieces of art...collages, paintings, batik, potholders, and more...well, each... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Not too many folks get terribly excited about leftovers, although I confess that I enjoy them. Sometimes, they even seem to taste better the second time around. And, even better than the kitchen leftovers, are the art leftovers... the paint... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Light danced across my yard this morning, enticing me to come play. So, I did. A brilliant blue sky, hardly dotted with clouds. Cool morning breezes with just a hint of crispness. Traffic whizzing by, lawn mowers starting up, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic