Giving the gift of Creativity

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Wow – I can’t believe it – soon Christmas will be upon us.  I’m not quite ready yet – I have several gifts to get. How about you? A good friend gave me this lovely Christmas arrangement which i thought looked smashing on my painted coffee table!  I took a photo and posted it on Instagram.  Which reminds me – if you are on instragram come and follow me.  If you are following me and i haven’t followed you back (because i’m still trying to figure out how it works) please let me know!

LIFEBOOK 2015 Starts in 2 weeks!

 

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This Christmas I am not wanting for too much apart from books (which i love) – artsy, spiritual and personal growth books are always on my list!  What is most important to me are experiences……….especially creative experiences. I’m asking for Ukulele lessons (you may recall I tried a couple of years ago to learn how to play and ended up quitting but this time i’d like to be serious about it.  My Uke sits in a basket staring at me and imploring me to learn to play!). I also like the gift of online courses.  At my age – 60 – there is not too much I need as I’ve amassed so much – as I’m sure you have as well.Taking classes and learning from other creatives always gets my mojo going!

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And speaking of which – there are just 2 weeks left before LIFEBOOK 2015 starts up! It’s going to be an Art Journaling extravaganza!  What better gift to give to yourself or to a loved one – the gift of creativity!!  I can’t think of anything better. LIFEBOOK 2015 is going to be awesome!  With more than 2 dozen artists teaching a couple of classes each (i’m one of them!  Yay!) your year will be full of joyful creativity and self-discovery.

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I can’t wait to begin – in fact I’ll be shooting my first class this week so I’m super duper excited!  So if you or your loved one are stumped for what to ask for consider the gift of this amazing year long workshop series. At the end of it all you’ll have a fab book of your adventures.

People are talking about the community that forms around LIFEBOOK and how encouraging the teachers and participants are.  For many people this is the cherry on top!  I hope you’ll join us!

Love, Violette xo

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Blogging tomorrow

Hello all,

My apologies for not blogging regularly!  I’ve not been sleeping well, my tooth broke and of course like everyone else i’ve been really busy trying to get ready for the Holidays!  Just wanted to pop by to say i’ll be blogging tomorrow.

Hope you are having a lovely day.

Love, Violette xo

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An Art Journal Jam Christmas party

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Happy Friday everyone!  On Wednesday we had the Annual Art Journal Jam Christmas party at the Magic Cottage.  What a fun time we had. I enjoyed decorating the house – even the spray painted animals were decked with baubles! In the corner you can see my Secret Santa present all wrapped up!

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A Kitchen centerpiece was decked out with red carnations, Christmas baubles and tinsel!

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Yours truly and Nicci the co-coordinator of the Art Journal Jam!

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Art journalers Sharon and Lynette………

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My friend Debbie who i have known for decades (since we were kids!)…..

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Nicci in the festooned livingroom!

JJ_xmaspartyLorraine (Nicci’s Mom), Satira and Rosa.  There are a few folks missing from these pictures. Even Nicci’s husband Marco and son Duran came along and took part in the gift exchange.

We had a lovely time chatting, eating, drinking and exchanging artful gifts.  Thanks everyone who came out to celebrate with us.

See you on Monday!

Love, Violette xo

 

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An artsy Christmas!

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Good morning everyone!  I apologize for not blogging on Friday. I have been suffering from insomnia and if i have to get out the door for anything in the morning it’s difficult for me to blog and get my act together.

Mr. G and I finally decorated the house for Christmas yesterday.  Here’s our little tree all decorated! I did pick some greens from the garden to put in a basket along with some pine cones to add a Christmasy smell to the house.

 Christmas Comfort and Joy wooden sign

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Mr. G and i also spent a few hours creating this sign in the midst of decorating.  It’s a wooden sign with the words “comfort and joy” handpainted on it. Mr. G drilled some holes and fixed some small Christmas lights to the back.

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I antiqued the edges with stain and smeared some glitter on it!  I shot some video of how we made the sign and will post the tutorial in a couple of days.

Christmas Shadow box Craft

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On Friday I visited my little grandsons. I had planned out a Christmas Shadow box craft.  Armed with some dollar-store ornaments and boxes I visited their home on craft day!

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Oh what fun we had. Here’s Toby (2 1/2) pulling funny faces next to his Shadow box. He was very proud of it. He had fun painting his background and making snow dots with the end of a pencil. My daughter-in-law put the shadowboxes on a shelf to create a cute Holiday display.

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Here is Sam with his cute Shadowbox Snowman.He chose two baubles for his creation.

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Tomorrow is our Art Journal Jam Christmas gathering here at the Magic Cottage. If you are not on Facebook and don’t get the updates you can e-mail me. If you like we are doing a gift exchange so bring a wrapped gift – an appropriate artsy gift might be a set of ATC’s , a print or two of your work, a set of cards of your art, an ornament you made etc.

Well that’s it for today.  I’ll be posting the video on Wednesday morning.

Love, Violette xo

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