Birthday Reunion prep

August11

Yesterday we hosted a birthday party and Reunion for my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Nis as well as for my children’s extended family. Thankfully the weather Gods shone down on us and we had a beautiful day.  It would have been pretty much impossible to put almost 40 people inside had it rained!

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Whenever I put on a party I like to use a bit of creativity to make things a bit more magical. This sign out front guided the party goers way to the festivities!

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Because this was a special occasion I bought some gourmet candies for the party – gourmet jelly beans, liquorice allsorts, peanut brittle, jelly bears, jaw breakers (remember those?)….oh and just for fun i bought wax lips……which did not taste at all like i remember Smile.

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A fun birthday party (with kids) would not be the same without a fishpond no? We had 9 kids ranging from 2 to 15 so the prizes were quite varied.

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I made fruit infused water to quench everyone’s thirst.  I enjoy making fun little signs describing what’s what! The recipe consisted of blueberries, blackberries and mint from the garden and water!  Yum!

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I bought a bouquet of flowers from the flower lady down the street and separated them into smaller containers to put on the tables.

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Here are a couple of shots of the backyard before everyone arrived!

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The two birthday kids – my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Nis with their birthday cupcakes! There always has to be money inside Jessica’s cupcakes Smile.

Happy Birthday Jessica and Nis!  Love you both lots!

Love, Violette xo

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    A bit of this and that, an art journal sketch

    August6

    Happy Wednesday everyone!

    My apologies for not blogging on Monday – it was a holiday here in B.C.

    I don’t have too much going on here right now.  My Mom fell down and hit her head so I ended up spending some time in the hospital with my Mom and Stepdad over the weekend.  My Mom has vertigo and lost her footing. Thankfully she didn’t have a stroke which the Doctor was concerned about. Also I’m so happy she didn’t break any bones as she has osteoporosis. You might recall she broke her arm about 3 months ago.

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    Yesterday after visiting my Mom, Stepdad, daughter and grandson Cillian i went to Point Roberts, Washington to pick up a parcel.  I decided to go to the ocean for a 1/2 hour as a treat since i was so close by.  I always love dipping my toes in the water.  It feels so great on my feet and the negative ions from the water makes my spirit happy!

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    Here’s a view of the water.  So serene! The rocks all around me were so pretty – i picked up a few to paint on at a later date.

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    How lucky am i? My friend Tina Ferguson sent me this lovely crystal lamp as a birthday gift (that’s what i went to Point Roberts to pick up).  It looks so wonderful at night in the Sanctuary! Thank you Tina!

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    Inspired by Teesha Moore and her Spirit Guide journal page I decided to try my hand at giving my guides a face too. I’m always afraid to do that since i feel I won’t get it right. Really? What does it matter if it’s not right? So this is the start of the page……just at the sketching stage. 

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    Even though i don’t really draw animals since i’m not so great at it I decided to practise sketching a unicorn.  Be prepared to see a unicorn appear in one of my art journal pages!

    See you on Friday!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Colour Inspiration at the Magic Cottage

      August1

      Happy Friday everyone!

      I just bought a new swingy, breezy top at Christopher’s Gfits yesterday in Ocean Park.  It feels great.  Mr. G took a photo of me wearing it and told me how to pose (i am a bit of a poser i must admit). He had to take a few shots as i was distracted by the wild bunny that was sitting behind Mr. G.

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      When trying to think of what to blog about this morning I thought about my new top and how the colours inspire me.  When i looked around the magic cottage I noticed that the same colour (colour family) appears again and again in my art, clothing, home and garden. I decided it might be fun to do a roundup of colours that repeat again and again for me.

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      Here’s that green on the trim of the magic cottage.

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      It’s on the kitchen cupboards too and on the trim of the doors! It’s repeated on the polka dots on the window treatment.

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      Lovely Chartreuse green greets visitors who come to the front door on the Namaste Sign.

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      Who can forget the driftwood birdhouse resplendent in green? Behind this birdhouse is another birdhouse you can see in the distance in green as well!

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      This brilliantly coloured coleus sure pops next to the begonias and impatiens no?

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      Green appears in many of my art journal spreads as well.

      What colours repeat again and again for you in your life and art?

      Enjoy the weekend!

      Love, Violette xo

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        Art and Nature: What’s inspiring me today

        July28

        I wondered what to blog about today and then it came to me – blog about what is inspiring you this morning. I stepped out onto the deck and surveyed the backyard full of blooming flowers and art intermingled with the plants.  As i took the photos i realized that what i really loved is seeing my art merging beautifully with nature Smile.

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        I really loved how the sun was shining through the cutlery chandelier. Some of you may recall i made it last year with my sister, mom and friend Gina.

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        Running lady next to the ferns and the Gunnera bush. You can’t see it here but the glitter on her hair and spiral looks stunning glinting in the sun.

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        The glittergirl door nestled in amongst the ripening blackberries.

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        The bottlecap birdhouse pole.

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        The flying lady nestled under a small apple tree.

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        The Driftwood – Shell hanging inspired me today too!

        If you did know what inspired you what would it be?

        I often ask myself – what is inspiring you now?  And when I’m in a funk i say “I don’t know”.  So the next thing i ask and this is a trick i learned from my NLP days so many years ago. “If you did know what inspires you what would it be?”.  Ha ha ha!  That used to frustrate the living daylights out of me. The thing is though, deep down we do know what’s inspiring us, what’s making us happy and what doesn’t.

        So i’d like to know – what’s inspiring YOU today?

        Love, Violette xo

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          Lighted Path Coaching Interview

          July22

          I”m so excited to share with you this video interview with Susan Stott Miller on Lighted Path Coaching. 

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          Susan has such an easy manner about her – she made it easy to be the first her guest on her show!  Check out the interview here. In the interview I talk about how my intuition guided me to create the 60 in 60 cartoons.

          Thank you so much Susan for taking the time to interview me. It was fun!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Art Journal Jam in Birch Bay

            July16

            Happy Hump day!

            As i mentioned the other day we were going to America for a full afternoon of art journaling. What fun we had.  Joanne Swiss hosted the group in the Common’s room of her complex – thanks Joanne – it was such fun to come play in your inspiring spot of heaven.

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            When you mix food, beverages and art what fun you can have! Here are some of the ladies sitting down to eat. Joanne – our hostess is to the left and Satira to the right.  I love that Satira wore a spunky green fascinator to our Journal Jam! You can see Nicci with her pink hair in the distance. There’s another Susan on the right working on a fairy village – so cute.

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            Nicci’s Mom came too and so did Nicci’s son Duran who enjoyed using the swimming pool while we were creating.

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            Supplies and art journal – you bring whatever you want to work on. We had a theme that was voted on – fairies. Apart from a few collage images I didn’t get too much done – i tend to have difficulty creating when lots of people are around – i talk to much and get distracted. I had fun though catching up on everything people were doing.

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            This is not exactly art journaling but these wooden shoes that Satira is beefing  up by adding carved wooden heels will look fabulous in the end when she unleashes her artistic muse on the finishing aspect! Who knows – maybe she’ll combine art and words – a 3 D art journal project.

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            Susan Wade and the beginnings of her lovely textured canvas. She has used collaged elements and image transfer in this piece.

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            Maxine worked on a Scrapbooking/art journal hybrid page which was full of yummy texture! It would look great in a shadow box.

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            Satira did work on a Journal Page – an anthropomorphized cat Smile. She owns four cats so I’m not surprised she chose this subject matter.

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            Debbie Humprey stuck more closely to the them and created this lovely whimsical fairyland scene.

            All in all it was a fab day.

            Have you considered getting together with your artsy friends this summer to have a play day?

            Love, Violette xo

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