Words of the year: Idea Magic

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While taking Jamie Ridler’s online workshop Design your Year: 2015  i came up with this magazine clipping and the word/s for the year were “Idea Magic”.  Thanks Jamie for a fun interactive class (i missed the live interactive part but was able to see what was going on in the live chat). While everyone has been coming up with their words of the year – or word of the year I am always resistant.  But through Jamie’s gentle guidance i was able to magically deliciously find these two words Idea Magic. Well they actually found me :). In case you don’t know Jamie she’s the queen of Collage and a sparkling creative mentor adept at helping people get unstuck! Jamie has an inspiring podcast you might want to check out as well.

I’m excited where this clipping (which is still whispering which direction i should be going in) will take me. It’s all a never ending process.

Happy Birthday to my Stepdad Reinhard – he celebrates his birthday today!  Also a very happy birthday to my first born grandson Sam – he’s 5 now. Next week is my son Ryan’s birthday!  We have about 10 family birthday’s in January – it’s a super busy month! We’ll be celebrating a bunch of birthdays tomorrow at a gathering at my son and daughter-in-laws home.  Should be fun.

I hope you enjoy the weekend as well.

Love, Violette xo

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Planner Doodling

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  I don’t really have much to report or share right now apart from a couple of pictures i created in my planner.  Here’s one sketch on a page called Savour – if you savour the goodness in your life you are apt to get more of it. It’s something to focus on.  Speaking of which I am reading a great book on Happiness (and savouring) called Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson. I highly recommend it if you are always trying to catch the elusive happiness or at least bringing more of it into your life.  I think my default setting is on negative (like most people Rick Hanson will argue) so I need to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the happy moments and dwell on them longer.

PC5Here’s another little drawing i did which attaches to my diary/planner……..it’s a reminder as well. I just want to say how much fun i’m having keeping a planner in this way – it’s like i can store my thoughts and dreams as well as appointments all in one spot!  I hope i keep it up.

Love, Violette xo

 

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All in one Day Planner

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Now it’s back to reality again. Like many people I have difficulty transitioning from the magic of Christmas to the mundane New Year.  It’s always good to focus on what you are grateful for rather than on what you no longer have or what’s in the past.  A planner or notebook is a good way to write down what you are grateful for.  Every year I buy a new planner and every year after one or two months of writing in it i abandon it. So this year I’m trying something different.

Suzi Blu started a group (it’s closed now i believe) on Facebook called “Paint and Chronicle” which is a place where you can follow along with her as she creates a unique all in one planner – Suzi style. It’s got the month and the days in it but it also encompasses gratitude and journaling, art and more.  I think I’ve been looking for something like this to keep me honest.

moleskin_cover1I’ve got lists, ideas, gratitude etc. written in a number of different places and am continually losing them and buying new books and starting anew.  So i’m pretty excited to begin this one as a catch all for all the important stuff.  The above book is created in a moleskin grid book.  I collaged a front cover and protected it with a layer of packing tape.  I wanted to make sure it was pretty enough for me to want to use it :).

I think if i allow myself to be real, messy and not worry about creating perfect art then this is something i can keep up with.

What kind of planner journal do you use for the important stuff throughout the year?

Love Violette xo

 

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Holiday joy!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!  If you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah  I do hope you enjoyed spending it with family and friends.

We had a great Christmas gathering – two actually!  The above photo is of our family gathering at my son and daughter-in-laws home on Christmas day (four generations!).  There were 20 or so people there – what a joyful celebration. Click the above photo to see a larger version.

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We also celebrated on Christmas eve with some of Mr. G’s family – his son Kevin and little grandson Leium were part of this celebration.  Since we don’t have a kitchen table we had to use the living room to put up the table and folding chairs. It looked pretty festive in there! It was lovely spending time with family on Christmas eve.

Lifebook 2015 Video set up

video_setupMr. G spoiled me as he usually does!  He got me this fancy tripod and i-pad mount (from i-shot) so that i can shoot and edit my videos for Lifebook 2015 more easily. I tend to get overwhelmed with the video system on the other Canon camera i have – the i-pad is so much easier. And speaking of which in this photo i was video taping my first bonus lesson for Lifebook – it starts in just a couple of days!  Yay – you can sign up here. I can’t wait to see what all of the participants come up with.

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Sneak peek: Starting to apply paint to my first project!

One of the gifts Mr. G gave me was 10 Ukulele lessons with my friend Ivy who is a local music teacher!  I can’t wait to start my lessons.  I love the sound of the Uke – makes me so happy.

I’m off to edit the videos!  Hope you are having a glorious day!

Love, Violette xo

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to you all!  Like most people I have been busy getting ready for Christmas so there has not been too much drawing happening here.  I did squeeze in a bit of time to create this tiny buddha gift card.  Materials used? copic markers, micron pens, pencil crayons, washi tape, old book pages and folkart paint.

Images of Christmas

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This tiny unicorn insisted on coming home with me while i was out and about Christmas shopping. Isn’t he the sweetest?  He’s going to sit on my altar and inspire me to create, be magical and believe in my dreams!

 

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I tried taking a selfie on Instagram – i kind of like this filter (Mayfair) and the magical quality you can achieve from it. The Moroccan Mosaic Mirror provides extra sparkle as the light bounces off of it.

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The Virgin Mary of Guadalope (by Jose Ventura) finds a home nestled in the small Christmas tree.

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The tiny sparkly pink Christmas tree i purchased as a display for my table at my networking event sits atop the fridge in the kitchen.

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This is what it looked it when i had it decked out with my inspiration cards.

Yesterday i spent several hours with a teenage friend Talia (some of you know that i mentored her several years ago) cleaning up the office which had gotten unwieldy. Unbeknownst to us we were cleaning at the perfect time – when the Winter Solstice was in full swing. It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts!  I’m so thrilled with the results! Thank you Talia!

If you still need some free Christmas gift cards – please go here to download three different kinds!

Wishing you and yours a most magical holiday Season. I want to thank you so much for being a part of my life all these years.  I so appreciate you visiting and commenting on my blog or even just sharing your energy by taking a peek!

Lots of love to you and yours!

I’ll be back on Monday Dec. 29th!

Violette xo

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