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60 in 60 inspiration cards are here!

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I’m so excited to give you a peek at my 60 in 60 inspiration cards!  Hooray!  They are here! I just ordered two decks first of all to see if i liked them before ordering 50 of them – it’s quite the outlay of money so wanted to be sure first. The quality is quite nice, there’s a lovely sheen to them and they shuffle nicely.  Thank you so very much to all of you out there for encouraging me to make them into a deck of cards. I would not have had the courage to do it without you!

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This is what the backsides look like – I used some of my fav iconic imagery – flying hearts and spirals. It will probably take me at least a couple of weeks to receive the new order so in the meantime if you are interested in buying a deck of inspiration cards please e-mail me and put in the subject line: Inspiration cards. I’ll add you to the list and then contact you as soon as they come in.  There are 60 cards in the deck – if you’ve been following me for a while you will recognize many of the images I created for when i turned 60. Here is a grouping of some of the cartoons:

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I fondly call the cartoons “uptoons” as they are meant to uplift you!

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Here’s one of the cards in a holder on the fridge – i like to post images for inspiration and these square cards are perfect for that.

On Monday I’ll be having a Blog giveaway – this month is the 10th year i have been blogging.  So I’ll be giving away one set of Inspiration cards – so please stay tuned!

I will see you tomorrow – i have another fun project to share with you!

Love, Violette xo 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gypsy Vardo fantasy

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Hi there!

I hope you enjoy this little illustration of me and my fictional Gypsy Vardo (caravan).  I’d like to say i created the drawing but didn’t. A young artist named Tessa created it for me. I provided her with a quick sketch of what i wanted in cute style and she created this for me.  Fun eh? It’s one of my dreams to have a Gypsy Vardo in the backyard so i can do mojo sessions in it as well as sketch!

Crazy like a Fox

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When you get lost in the process of creating then that’s a sign this is something you were meant to do.

Here’s a little sketch of a fox I have been working on – so much fun.  I really had a great time sketching this little dude out. You could say I got lost in the process. When you get lost in the process of creating then that’s a sign this is something you were meant to do. This illustration reminds me of something you might find in a Children’s picture book!  If you are at all interested in illustrating children’s storybooks you might want to check out Lila Roger’s blogpost.

Blackboard wall

blackboardwallDo you remember when my sister was visiting from N. Carolina we embarked on this blackboard wall project? Well here it is finished.  The lower half of the wall (which is below the chair rail) is for wee kids to draw on. The upper half is for to-do lists, inspiration etc.  At the very top i put a papier mache torso of my body (created 18 years ago) at the top and drew a frame around it. It was challenging for me to find an available wall since the magic cottage is pretty small with few available spaces. This tiny wall was perfect!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Love, Violette xo

 

 

Quirky Animal Jar lid DIY

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When my sister was here visiting I decided that one of our little craft projects was to make some Quirky Animal jar painted lids to hold fun, colourful supplies like pom poms, marbles, alphabet letters and coloured chalk.  My grandchildren are going to love them!

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These are super easy to do. I bought my toy plastic animals at the dollar store but you can get fancier expensive ones at craft stores.  The jars were also bought from the dollar store.  You can use whatever jars you have in the house though.

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First of all you spray all of the jar lids, animals and whatever else you have lying around that is begging to be painted with a white primer. You could skip this step however that would mean you’d have to spray way more colour over each item to get good coverage. My sister Linda is doing this – she’s a real go getter and wanted to get down to business ASAP!

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I used Krylon Color Master spays in 4 different colours.  You then spray your items – it took about 3 coats to totally get good coverage.

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You’ll want to do this outside as the spray paints are fairly toxic.

 

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Next I used Gorilla Super glue to glue the animals onto the painted jar lids.  You have to choose animals with fairly substantial feet otherwise you won’t have enough surface area to glue the animal to the lid.  Do this outside as the glue really has a strong smell…….or at least do this step in a well ventilated area.

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These two little beauties were too big to go ontop of the jar lids however i thought they would make a cute addition to my shelves.

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And Voila!  You have your super duper colourful animal jar lids to fill up with all kinds of crafty and artsy goodness!

Your kids or grandchildren (or your inner child!) will love this craft!

Love, Violette xo 

Hooray! Life Book 2015 Registration is open today!

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Click here to register for Life Book 2015

Yay!  It’s finally open – registration is now open for Life Book 2015!  Can you imagine a year full of self-discovery, art, joy and bliss?  Well that’s what’s in store for you when you take Life Book 2015.  I’m so thrilled to be in such good company – check out some of your amazing teachers……..

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This is going to be a sparkly year – a mixed media art journaling extravaganza where you’ll connect with like-minded spirits.  You’ve heard me mention many times that art saves lives – art has saved my life!  What a wonderful opportunity to get your mojo going while healing yourself and positively impacting those around you.  Your sparkly vibes will be felt all around you while you honour your creative spirit by making heart inspired art!

I’ll be teaching two classes.  “Magical Mystery Tour” – a tour of the magic cottage (video) and dialogue about how it evolved and had included the community. You’ll be guided to create your own magic cottage on the page using fast motion video.

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“Glorious Childhood tales!” We will be remembering the cool things we loved as a child and honouring them by doodling them using a variety of mixed media techniques – we’ll be joyfully assembling the doodles into a lively joyful page using collage.  A whimsical child will be drawn to connect all of the wonderful joyful memories.  An audio visualization to connect to our small child will be provided.

Click here to register for Life Book 2015

Hope to see you all there!

Love, Violette xoxo

 

Winner of LIFE BOOK 2015 Giveaway!

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Holy Mackerole!  We had over 432 entries to this contest giveaway (i had to choose a name from two blogposts as i originally had made a mistake)!  I’ve been having contest giveaways for many years now and this is definitely the most entries I have EVER received!

I read each and every entry – i was so moved by many of your comments. Many of you shared your hopes and dreams and about why you so needed this class to feed your souls.  I truly was blown away and many times even moved to tears.  Each and every one of you deserves a spot however each teacher is allowed to give only one spot away! Just to let you know how incredibly generous Tamara Laporte is……..she gave away 10 spots! WOW!

The winner of my giveaway is Carol Mc!  Here’s what Carol had to say:

I would love to win a seat in Life Book 2015. I have experienced some traumatic changes in my life this year. My husband and my sister both passed away in the beginning of this year. Now I am pretty much a full time caretaker for my mother who is recovering from a rare form of cancer called NETS. I’m trying to adjust to these changes and take stock of the blessings that I do have in my life. I’ve been having difficulty finding purpose and direction in my life now. My husband and I had been making plans together for 25 years; now I have to accept things and make new plans. I think this would be such a great class for some personal introspection that I could certainly use at this time.

Would love to learn from such a fantastic array of teachers; and have these lessons to look forward to every week. Thank you for the chance to win a seat in class.

Congratulations Carol!  

If you know me at all you know that i have difficulty choosing one winner or even three for that matter. When my kids were little and I had backyard “art contests” or “bug finding contests” for the neighbour kids everyone always won a prize. I’d create catergories just so that the child could feel like a winner.  Unfortunately I can’t do that today but I do hope that if you really want a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015 and you can’t afford it that you mention it to family members or friends who might be willing to gift it to you for a Christmas or birthday present. It’s definitely going to be well worth it – an entire year of soul-filled, artsy goodness. So good for your soul! For more information on all of the teachers and the course please click here.

Thank you soooo much to all of you for taking the time to enter and for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it!

Just to let you know I am also going to give away one of my Teens Dream Journal DVD’s to a woman who teaches Tweens art…….I just have to search and find her name again!

Love, Violette xo

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