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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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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 7 days ago 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
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Various papers, new and vintage, plain and with text. check! Tubes of acrylics, expensive and not so expensive. check! Loads of stencils in all kinds of sizes, check! Several gelli plates, check! Time in the studio, check! It's been awhile... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Wednesday night brought IKEA and hot dogs; Thursday night brought Wegman's and lobster. Both nights gifted me two of the people I love. Phil and I excel, Olympic gold medal style, at fake shopping. Two nights ago, we meandered through... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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The light dances across my bedroom floor later and later each day, slanting in at a different angle, and teasing me to take notice. Before I know it, its time with me each day dwindles to almost nothing. It stopped... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Snap. Crackle. Pop. If you're at all like me, you're thinking Rice Krispies, but nope, you're wrong. It's more like "Bogdan's Home for Malfunctioning Body Joints." His knee; my shoulder, and they're wrecking havoc here. Let's begin with his knee,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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We take the tiny things - the ones that create such magic - for granted, and we rarely notice them until they're gone in some fashion. They've been on my mind a great deal these past 2 weeks. It all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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I love summer; I think it's the school teacher in me, retired or not. Something inside smiles when the last day of school rolls around; it's hard to undo 30 plus years of that delicious taste of freedom. Summer means... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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"Active shooter at the hospital. We are on lock down. Of course, I have to go to the bathroom." I laughed out loud...yep, of course, the bathroom. His "Casual stroll bys" to the nearest bathroom make for a great running... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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A low long roll of thunder woke me this morning, and I instinctively snuggled deeper into the covers, listening to the rain, perfectly content. Eyes finally adjusting to the darkness - no morning light dancing across the hardwood floors today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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Yesterday afternoon, after a "no good horrible very bad day," (Thank you, Judith Viorst, for that wonderfully accurate group of words!), I curled up, just wanting to go home. Managing a group of middle school students...as a sub, no less...on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic
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"Enjoy this life, friends. Everyday you wake up is the opportunity to start fresh. Every day you wake up is a gift, a miracle. May you find tiny miracles and magic throughout your day today." - Gertrude Stein Most of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Little Scraps of Magic