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!
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!
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.
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!
Happy Wednesday everyone! In this video Mr. G and I show you how we made our Comfort and Joy Marquis sign for the magic cottage. I chose comfort and joy because I really strive for these two feelings and certainly don’t mind being reminded of them all year round!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope my American friends had a good Thanksgiving Holiday – you might be still celebrating too!
I have to go to the doctors for a bunch of issues and rather than go to see the Doctor for one issue at a time I decided that many of them might be related and the best way for me to demonstrate that would be to do a quick drawing of my symptoms (i left a few out which i will add later). I think if you go into the Doctor’s office and have less than 5 minutes to talk about your problems it’s good to be prepared.
I was not aiming for a pretty drawing or anything – just something which could be self-explanatory. You could probably do something like this in your art journal and make it much more elaborate on a mixed media background to document where you are now and then another page “where you are later”.
Over the weekend I was feeling rather listless and unmotivated. A little voice told me to draw a Unicorn so I decided to go for it. I felt a bit guilty since there was no rhyme or reason for it and i could have spent that time cleaning up.
In any case i had fun – I think i’ll incorporate it into a future journal page.
Lifebook 2015 starts in one months time! If you’d like to sign up to get access to many of your favourite teachers and transformative projects check this out! I’m really happy to be one of the teachers this year around!
See you later!
Love, Violette xo
P.S. I can’t believe we are already into December!
Good Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
My friend Nicci hosted her annunal Creative Finds Craft Fair this weekend and so I made my yearly trek to check out the wonderful creative fare! I was not disappointed! We found so many awesome items to stock up on for Christmas and “just because”…….:). Great job Nicci of hosting another successful fair!
Here’s Cynthia and her husband Norm manning their colourful booth! Cynthia was selling handmade fabric baskets, magnets, greeting cards and more!
I was smitten with the greeting cards and magnets so bought a few of them! The messages were so sweet, uplifting and positive!
This is my old neighbour Chloe who used to live down the street……I can’t believe how mature she is!! I remember her as a tiny girl coming over to do art in the backyard studio! She was selling some lovely hand dyed silk bracelets called “knot tangled”……….so of course we had to buy two of them!
Isn’t Chloe darling? Her bracelets and soldered necklaces are too!
Nicci’s Mom Lorraine manning Nicci’s booth while she’s off running in a number of different directions! It’s a family affair at Nicci’s place – everyone gets into the act including son Duran and husband Marco.
Loralie’s booth of simply gorgeous handmade journals! Her talent blows me away! You can see some of her journals at Lost Arts Cafe
My friend and art journaler Lynette with her stunning photo prints and greeting cards! I bought a few cards to send to a dear elderly friend who lives far away – I know she’ll appreciate Lynette’s images featuring local sites. Check out her photos at Imagination Lane.
I am busy packaging up my inspiration cards to mail – i e-mailed most of the folks who were put on the list……..if you didn’t get an e-mail and would like a deck please go here for more info and to order your deck!
This is an art journal piece i created a little while ago called good vibes – read about it below.
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Have you had the chance yet to read my book review of the fabulous creative book called Hop, Skip, Jump by Marney Makridakis yet? If not you can hop on over and check it out. I do highly recommend the book – it’s great if you like to learn things in bite size chunks (like i do!). Like i mention in the book review – Marney is full of amazing ideas that she generously shares in her latest book!
In a bit of a funk
I have been in a bit of a funky lately and have been having trouble getting out of it. Not too much excites me these days. I must say though i had lots of fun pulling out my felt pens to experiment with the ideas in Marney’s book. That’s pretty telling isn’t it – if you get happy or engaged doing something creative?
While in my funk i listlessly surfed pinterest to see if anything peaked my interest. Lately I have been excited about folk art and visionary art. I used to call myself a Visionary or folk artist years ago. In fact my website was violettesfolkart.com. So because of my recent interest I decided to make a piece of folkart. I enlisted Mr. G to cut out a couple of shapes from wood which i will turn into wall plaques or dolls. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll post my progress for you!
I forgot to post this art journal page on my blog. I had posted it on Facebook but forgot to post here. So here it is – I call it “good vibes” because basically that’s what i needed to get, “good vibes” :). I feel we are surrounded by helpers in the unseen world. When we feel all alone sometimes it’s good to pray or meditate to make the connection again.
I just love how my art speaks to me and saves me over and over again. Having this creative outlet makes me feel incredibly grateful.
Do you have a creative practice that saves you? What might it be? Please comment below – i’d love to hear what saves you too!