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Happy Monday my creative friends! I hope you had a great weekend!
Mr. G and I were busy decorating the house and adding another string of lights to the tree outside. I don’t have any pictures yet of the inside of the house but here’s a rather festive photo taken of Mr. G and yours truly at my friend Susan’s home over the weekend.
We kind of look like Santa’s little helpers don’t we? We actually went to Susan’s that night so we could take some promotional photos for our upcoming workshop on embracing your passion!
Here’s a rough little sketch I’m working on for a cartoon I’m creating for a special little girl. She’s into dogs however drawing cartoon dogs is not my specialty so I need a bit of practise .
Frogs – I can do ! Speaking of which if you’d like some cute free frog gift tags please click here!
I created these fun gift tags last year you might want to download them too – click here!
I still plan on creating some this year but haven’t quite gotten there yet! When i do I’ll share them with you – I’m guessing there are some last minute Nellies out there that are just like me when it comes to shopping for gifts and wrapping presents?
We haven’t had too many entries (i’m surprised!) for my December giveaway – so if you haven’t already done so – you can enter here!
How are you all doing with your decorating (if you celebrate the holidays) and Xmas shopping?
Love, Violette xo
I’m so excited to be having another giveaway! Hooray!! This time it’s December’s giveaway! The lucky winner will most likely not receive it before Christmas however it will be a nice after-the-holidays-present to receive!
This time I’ll be giving away Vickie Howell’s book Craft Corp – a great book with celebrity interviews and every day crafters to inspire you along your crafting journey. I’ll also be giving away my “Love who you are” dog tag necklace and 4 coasters with my inspirational prints on them!
All you have to do to enter the contest is to let me know what you’d like to see in a workshop about Embracing your Passion – just let me know one thing…or two or three if you like ! Thank you!
Please enter in the comments section of this post. I’ll be drawing a lucky winner next Friday December 13 at 8 am PST.
love Violette xox
P.S. next week I’ll have some downloadable gift tags you can use for your Christmas gifts!
Yesterday and the day before I had fun creating this mixed media page for an upcoming live workshop….
I had been spending so much time working on marketing, reading and networking that I had gotten away from simply drawing and painting. You wouldn’t believe how much fun I had!
This is what i came up with! The workshop “Get your mojo going: Embrace your Passion in 2014” will be happening at the end of January at a White Rock location. I’ll be co-facilitating the all day workshop with my talented friend Susan Keeping. She has numerous years under her belt facilitating women’s personal growth workshops. This is going to be a blast!
Rather than write the words directly on the piece i drew them separately so i could use the Journal Page for multiple uses. I added the words to the page in Photoshop. The page will be used as a front cover of the workbook all of the participants will be receiving. Of course the workshop will be interactive with pens, pencils, mind mapping, collaging etc. Should be a blast!
A question I often hear is how do i find out what my passion is or how do i embrace my passion? This workshop will be about that and through fun creative exercises we will be excavating your passion along with coming up with the next steps to embracing it! How fun is that?
On Friday I’ll be having another contest – i hope you’ll come back and enter to win some fun goodies! See you then!
Love, Violette xo
Happy Monday my friends and Happy December! i can’t believe we are already into December! I’ve still been busy trying to organize my office since moving it from downstairs to upstairs so apart from getting things sorted out there isn’t too much to report! Here’s the free art i spoke about on Friday ……..this is where my daughter Jessica and I put it…..
In the tree at the Vancouver Christmas Market! I hope the recipient of the free art enjoyed it! I wish I could have seen who picked it up but there was so much to see at the Market that I’m sure folks initially just thought it was another decoration . That’s one of my Journal Jumble stickers on the front!
Upstairs where the office now lives is a long hallway. Since I was born in Morocco I painted “Come with me to the Casbah” on the wall. Beneath it was a long skinny counter with wasted space – because i own so many books i decided to line the shelf with them………
I laminated the categories and attached them to pieces of heavy cardboard so the tabs could be neatly fitted into the books. The largest category by far is Arts and Crafts (it comes before business)……there still are tons of books downstairs. I could have made the tabs colourful and glittery but i really wanted to easily read them at a glance. The tabs sticking out were intentionally made flimsy so that the rest of the counter could be dusted. I seriously can’t believe I even thought of that – must be getting more organized!
In the background you can see my papier mache “Me and my Shadow” mixed media piece I created about 23 years ago.
Here’s the little computer shrine i set up to inspire me every day! I found a cute Yoda pez dispenser which reminds me “There is not try – there is do or not do!”
Okay – that’s it for today! See you on Wednesday!
Love, Violette xo
My friend Nicci told me about Free Art Friday where participating artist’s are to flood the streets with Art on Black Friday. Rather than be greedy and buy buy buy all of the sales on Black Friday the idea is to GIVE away art to whomever finds it on the streets! I love that idea. Scott Wong came up with it! If you click on Nicci’s name above you can see what she’s giving away.
I started this little drawing at the Art Journal Jam on Tuesday. As you know i LOVE drawing quirky characters. This little person doesn’t look too happy does she? But still she IS a bright and shining light! I’m going to ask my daughter Jessica to drop this package off in Vancouver…..
I’ll be giving away this original drawing, a postcard and a laminated card about making lemonade out of lemons. You just never know – a person who needs a little boost might find this cellophaned package today.
I am guessing my American friends are still making merry and celebrating Thanksgiving so you might not see this! In any case have a wonderful weekend full of joy and celebration to you and everyone else who reads my blog. I’m very thankful that you keep coming back to see what is going on in my little corner of the world.
Wow – another successful art journal jam at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe yesterday!
We had tons of folks attend as well as Nicci’s cute son Duran!
One of the ladies – Joanne Swiss was sculpting some cute sculpey Elf faces. Maybe we could turn the art journal jam into a Creative Jam ! I thought the elf face would look awesome on the front cover of an art journal. You’d just have to cut the back of the head off so it fit snuggly on the cover.
My apologies for not blogging on Monday and for being very late today. Mr. G and I are switching things around here at the magic cottage – moving the bedroom downstairs so we can be closer to the washroom . We moved the office upstairs – my desktop computer was disabled so i was offline for a few days. The office upstairs is still in a bit of chaos and I’m disorientated as i keep forgetting things downstairs and have to trek up and down the stairs! Hopefully things will be all hunky dory soon!
A very happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends living in the U.S. and abroad! Enjoy celebrating with your family and friends!
Love, Violette xo
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7:49 pm, November 28, 2010