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Holly Jolly December Giveaway


Wow – there were 209 entries in my Holly Jolly December Giveaway!


Mr. G put some lights up on the dragonfly on the Magic Cottage the other day.  Doesn’t it look pretty? He put the dragonfly up and i snapped this photo in honour of one of my Glittersister’s – Ninnie who passed away a few days ago from cancer.  We met online years ago after she googled “dragonfly” and found me.  From there a group of ladies met each other on my messageboard – we called ourselves the Glittersisters. We supported each other, had swaps and developed friendships that have endured over the years.  Bless you Ninnie – now that you are free from pain may you be flying around spreading joy with your beloved Dragonflies. xo

Contest Winners!

Okay – back to the contest………I was so amazed by all of your wonderful comments!  Most of you wished for good health for yourself or loved ones. Some wished for the return of family members stationed overseas and some wished for simple things like happy family gatherings.  Some wishes were a bit heartbreaking too.  I do wish i could give a gift to everyone but alas i certainly could not afford that! 

Using the random number generator i came up with two names.  Jeanne Raffesberger and Melissa Rijger!  Congratulations ladies!  Please contact me ASAP and give me your snail mail address so i can mail off the goodies to you!


Some of the Artstretch Students shoes Smile.

Magic Cottage Visit

On Wednesday i had 27 Artstretch students come for a visit to the Magic Cottage along with their teachers and a student teacher. I spoke with the kids aged 10 to 12 about my art and art journey and fielded questions.  Afterwards the kids retired to different areas of the house with their sketchbooks and drew something that inspired them. They were wonderful kids – very enthusiastic, inspired and excited by what they saw.  Because they all had an enduring interest in art it made for a wonderful visit. 

Not all the kids who come through the magic cottage are like that – sometimes teens are nonchalant – especially those who come from affluent families and have adopted their parents values which don’t embrace living in a riot of colour, glitter and funky artsy, small environment…….ha ha ha!

I also had the pleasure of teaching a 13 year old girl yesterday – she came for private lessons and is absolutely delightful!  It’s awesome to meet and interact with such young creative souls!

Mr. G has been off work and is building some wooden toy chests for my two grandson’s Toby and Sam for Christmas.  When he’s done I’ll be painting the chests so will show you the finished pieces.

How’s your Christmas shopping coming along?  I have been so busy that i have not even bought one gift or sent out one Christmas card.  Yikes!

Hope your weekend is full of joy, blessings, good friends and family!

Love, Violette xo

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