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Folk art – back to my roots


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  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!

Good Vibes


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!

Hope you are having a great week!

Love, Violette xo

Works in progress


I am sorry but i made a mistake about posting a book review for Marney Makridakis’ new book Hop, Skip, Jump today.  I was going to post it today but will now post it on Monday – that is when the fun begins on the 75 Blogs that matter most. I am so thrilled to have my blog chosen as one that matters most!


So in the meantime I’m posting a WIP Works in Progress. I’m creating this illustration which will become a whimsical bookmark that I’ll include with the Inspiration card deck that will be mailed out. If you are interested in having your name put on the list for when the cards come in please shoot me an e-mail 

bookmark_loved_detailI won’t be ordering any more cards as the cost to me has been prohibitive – what with the exchange rate – the Canadian dollar is not worth as much as the American dollar, and the huge customs charge.  It was a good idea and i’m thrilled to see my cards in a deck but as i say I won’t be ordering any more.  Also shipping from Canada is pretty expensive. In order to only charge 6 dollars shipping i have to split each deck in two and package it that way (more time consuming). Anyway live and learn i guess.

Have you ever been excited about seeing your art in a certain format only to find that it cost too much and just wasn’t cost effective?  Let me know about your experience in the comments section!

See you on Friday!

Love, Violette xo



60 in 60 inspiration cards are here!


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!


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:



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


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



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


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



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!



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.



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!



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.



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




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.



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.



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 

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