Give your Creative Dreams Wings Blog Hop

April8

How do I give my creative dreams wings? Well it’s a long story – have you got an hour or two? Just kidding – I’ll give you the Coles note’s version AND a mind map to illustrate how some of it unfolded. My Creative Dreams are a work in progress – I like to think of my dreams as a journey. To be truthful I’m not one of those folks who map out the next 5, 10 or 20 years in a sitting and then pretty much manage to manifest them all! For me it’s been an organic process. I wanted to inspire women to embrace who they are through the vehicle of their creativity. The best way to do this was to share my journey with them.

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If you want to skip this long blog post then you could just check out this mind map for the pared down version of how i gave my creative dream wings.

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1. The Magic Cottage – What got the ball rolling in an exciting way is when I surrounded myself with my Tribe of people – I call them my Bohemian Tribe. These are friends from all walks of life who are funky, creative, spiritual and some of them are eccentric to boot! They believed in my vision and encouraged me along the way when I stumbled and was letting fear get the best of me. It all started with my magic cottage – I bought a plan white and baby blue cottage which I transformed with the help and encouragement of my Bohemian Tribe into a colourful oasis of joy, bliss and creativity! Painting the cottage just the way I liked it and listening to the inner voice that encouraged me to follow what I loved opened many doors. My home was featured on Weird Homes TV show along with a number of other shows. It was also featured in magazines and newspaper articles.

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2. Magazines – I had always wanted to see my artwork featured in magazines. I knew folks liked my whimsical and inspirational art but didn’t know how to get it featured in magazines. I was invited to feature work in Artella Magazine many years ago (after joining their online community) – that was the beginning! Then I was featured in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Altered Couture, Scrapbooking and Beyond, Studios, Creative Homes and more! Most magazines have submission guidelines online that you can check out before sending your submissions in. Along the way I was nurtured and encouraged by an online community that formed on my blog’s forum called the GPSGlitter Power Sisters. They were so awesome, encouraging and supportive! I did eventually meet some of the GPS in Arizona – we created our own personal retreat.

I began blogging 9 years ago and so that too was very instrumental in making many of my dreams a reality. Blogging was the thread that wove through all of these diverse dreams.

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3. Journal Bliss (my book) – one of my dreams from many, many years ago was to have my own book. After being featured in magazines I became more known and when I was asked to submit art for Kaleidoscope (a mixed media book) and also Living the Creative Life I jumped at the opportunity. Being featured in those books opened the door to pitching my own book idea and VOILA! A dream came true with the publication of Journal Bliss five years ago. I felt truly blessed to be able to encourage and inspire women to be more creative by art journaling their lives. What a rush!

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4. Glittergirl Van – One of the greatest joys of my life was having the opportunity to paint my van! It all happened organically when I heard that the cast of a TV show was going to be filming at an art car festival in Vancouver. They were on the lookout for Women Art car artists. I had e-mailed the folks to let them know I’d like to paint my van – I had also mentioned I’d appeared on the TV show Weird Homes. So they invited me to visit them on site and they interviewed me extensively. I told them what I had planned on doing. And then – I HAD TO DO IT!! Ack! They wanted me to photo document the process of painting the van which I did. Later, they pieced the photos and my interview together for a show on Women and Art cars. I had so many creative adventures with my van which I dubbed Glittergirl. It was painted with inspiring quotes, and joyful images not to mention glitter. Glittergirl sparked many transformative conversations. GG is now in art car heaven but her memory lives on through the door which graces my backyard garden!

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5. Violette TV – Another creative dream was to have my own TV show. About 15 years ago I had a story idea for a TV show called the Creative Spirit. I pitched a couple of networks my brilliant idea but was sadly rejected. I gave up on that idea for many years. Seven years ago I was surfing Youtube when I came across a video from Suzi Blu – I felt I had found a kindred spirit! I loved what she was doing and proceeded to ask her some questions. Suzi was very gracious – she kindly gave me a bit of advice and encouragement about cameras and editing programs. So off I trundled to buy a video camera and an editing program and created my own YouTube channel. Unbeknownst to me I HAD created my own TV show which I tentatively called Violette TV. I have created over 60 videos! Next I plan on starting the interview creative people in my own community. One never knows what will happen next until you step forward and take a chance.

6. Creative Community – my next adventure is to create an online community so that’s what is in the works right now – I’m looking for a good platform to deliver videos, podcasts and ideas.

So you see – giving your creative dreams wings is not always a linear process – it’s important to follow the breadcrumbs and let your dream unfold gradually. It really helps if you have guides or Sherpas along the way – speaking of which Andrea Schroeder is such a person.  She is hosting a blog hop in celebration of a special Give your Dreams Wings e-course :

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The Give Your Dream Wings Blog Hop is a peek inside the process of how inspiring people make the magic happen. We’ve got some of the internet’s most inspiring bloggers sharing how they give their dreams wings – what they do that supports, nurtures and encourages their tender dreams to come to life. Click here to find out about the free e-course and to read the other crazy inspiring posts in this Blog Hop.

This is happening in celebration of the new e-course of the same name by Andrea Schroeder of the Creative Dream Incubator.  The Give Your Dream Wings e-course shows you how to nurture and grow YOUR dream, for free, in only 10 minutes a day.  You do not have to wait until you have more time or money!

Love Violette xo

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    Winner of the Website Re-Evaluation and a Driftwood Birdhouse!

    August7

    Thank you so much to everyone who responded here and on Facebook to my request about what would make my website/blog more user friendly.  I really appreciate all of the kind feedback and helpful suggestions……..soon i will figure out how to implement some ideas or hire someone to do it for me.  I have drawn a name using the random number generator and Gail of Decoding the Butterfly Promise wins the coasters! Congratulations Gail! xo  birdhous_raw1

    Just wanted to share another project Mr. G and i worked on over the long weekend.  A friend had given me a raw wood birdhouse that she bought from the thrift store and thought i might have some use for.  So I spray painted it green with some leftover spray paint from the chair swing project. I had collected some pieces of driftwood and a few shells from our time last year at the Sunshine Coast and thought they might be fun gracing the birdhouse – plus it would be a nice memento of our time on the Sunshine Coast. 

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    I’m getting the sense that I’m more of a Designer than a technician Smile.  I turned to Mr. G and asked him if he could attach the pieces to the birdhouse in a pleasing fashion.  He seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself.  I know it’s the joy of creativity that has bitten him – it’s so good for the soul!

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    Here’s the birdhouse – isn’t it sweet?  Mr. G put it on top of a big spindle that i found during recycle days – he positioned it on the corner of our deck so that my Mom and Stepdad will have something sturdy to hold on to while descending the few stairs to the lawn.  It will be great for the grandkids too! Notice the door to my Glittergirl van in the background? 

    See you on Friday – hope you have an amazing day!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Surrey Doing it Right – Violette Clark video

      July11

      I’m so excited to share with you this video created by Dreamline Films for Surrey Doing it Right!  The team – Jeremy and Matthew came to my home a couple of weeks ago and shot some video footage while interviewing me about my home, art and life! I’m thrilled to share with you what the fellows came up with! Have a look!

      Surrey Doing it Right – Violette Clark – Ep.2 from Dreamline Films on Vimeo.

      The Dreamline Film Team were very professional and asked me some great questions. They also let me reminisce a bit about my beloved artcar van Glittergirl!  You’ll get a glimpse of her in the video! I highly recommend Dreamline Films if you’d like to have a short video shot of your business.

      Thanks so much guys for the wonderful video about my art business!  I love it!

      Love, Violette xo

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        Interview with Quilter and Art Journaler Debbie Humphrey

        June21

        Hello my friends!  Today I’m delighted to be interviewing my friend Debbie – I have known Debbie since we were in Elementary School – I’m not going to say how long ago that was Smile.  We had lost track of each other for a couple of decades (yes – we’re that old Smile) until one day Debbie was driving along and began following this vehicle……..glittergirl van

        Why – it was the Glittergirl van!  Ha ha ha!  On the back of the van I had my website and an inspirational quote.  Debbie took one look at the name “violette” and the funky hippy van and decided that there must be only one Violette who would DO THAT! So When she got home she dashed to her computer and to the website and saw my picture – sure enough I was her childhood friend.  She e-mailed me and we had coffee together.  I was delighted to find that we had much in common – Law of Attraction, Health and Nutrition, Creativity and more.  Needless to say reconnecting has been such a blessing!  Without further ado HEREEEEEEEEEEEEE’SSSSSSSSSS  DEB……..

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             1.  You’re one of the instructors teaching at Into the HeART retreat coming up in September. Tell us a bit about that and what you are teaching. 

        Yes I am one of instructors teaching at the fabulous Loon Lake Resort this September. I have always been a fan of art retreats and the Fraser Valley hasn’t had an event bringing talented artists and crafters together in one venue for a long time. I am looking forward to being part of this movement to bring this back. I have been creating with fabric for about 30 years now. Anything from quilts to stuffed creatures and onto clothing. I love teaching others how to take their creativity to the next level and create their own inspired pieces. I have put together a practical carrying bag with an individual flare. My students will each make a completed bag using free motion quilting techniques as well as drawing, doodling, painting and embellishing.

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        Deb’s Studio

               2.  You are an expert quilter – or at least you’ve been creating some awesome quilts for quite some time. How have you transitioned from quilting into art journaling or mixed media art?

        Over the years I have taken many quilting classes to move from a basic square assembled quilt to a more free spirited art quilt. I am always looking for another technique to add to my quilts be it, paint, sharpie pens, beading or just recently light molding paste. Art supply stores are where I have found more ideas and it’s where I found a whole new level to take my fabric creations. The bag I am teaching at the retreat uses art journaling techniques making it a very personal piece when completed.

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        Deb’s journal bags

             3.  I can tell that you are really jazzed about the possibilities regarding using your art in your creative projects. What are you experimenting with right now? What new techniques are you delving into?

        On a trip to Seattle recently I purchased a Gelli Plate. These were discussed at the last Art Journal Jam and I went straight to YouTube to get some education. I have made my own in the past using plain gelatin but they don’t last past one or two applications. My first attempt was printing on fabric as I saw this as a way to add colour and texture to a quilt piece. I am also going to print on paper for my art journal.

             4.  What would you say is your super power when it comes to being creative? (I’m thinking you are pretty fearless – not afraid to try new things).

        I have been told by many as they have watched me walk through life (I never run!) that I don’t ever approach things with an “I can’t do that” attitude. If it looks interesting and I want to give it a try I just go for it. Not with great results all the time but the experience usually leads me to something new and exciting.

             5. What do you do when you are experiencing a creative block? 

        Creative blocks are hard. I flounder when I know I want to start or finish something but I can’t seem to get there. I will walk away from my studio for awhile, dive into my other creative side in the kitchen (note from violette – Deb is an awesome chef!) and let it just roll around in my brain until it feels right to give it another try. I have a camera on me everywhere I go (yay IPhone) and I take pictures where I see texture, colour, or combinations of colour that I use to jumpstart a project. I cruise the internet and see what others are doing.

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        Deb free-motion quilting

             6.  Have you always been creative? What is your earliest creative memory? (I know you come from a creative family).

        I have always wanted to be creative but not always had the confidence in my abilities. It took until my early 20’s to just sit down and start a project and see where it went. My husband built my first studio for me in 1981. Before that it was the kitchen table. Sewing was my passion at that time and stuffed creatures were where I could stretch my creative side. I did sew clothing especially for my kids and also special occasions for others but I liked the funkiness of a large green frog. I have tried to keep a photo journal of creations as the years go by, especially as a lot were given away.

             7.  How do you bring art/creativity into the every day?

        I am fortunate to be retired. Although family seems to take up a good portion of my time, I am always thinking about current or future projects. I try to fit in time each day in my studio even if it only to clean up after the last and organize for the next.

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        Deb’s Art Journal

             8.  What is your advice to someone starting out in Art Journaling or Mixed Media art?

        I think the hardest part to art journaling/mixed media is to find your style. I am still striving for what mine will be. It builds in layers, start simple and move on adding more until you feel it works for you. Cruise the internet; see what techniques others are using. Pull bits and pieces together and see if it tells the story you want. There are many great books covering art journaling. Take classes like the art retreat this September where you will be able to choose two different classes and come away with more experience to add to your style. It’s all about layering.

             9.  What does your typical day look like?

        Family plays a big part in my life. I am blessed with 3 lovely Grandkids and a day doesn’t go by often that they are not a part of it. I try to fit in something for my brain (reading the paper, doing the Sudoku), my body (good food, brisk walk, bike ride) and my family. That leaves the smaller portion of time going to my creative endeavours but it enough to satisfy the craving.

             10.  What is next for you? What is your next project?

        I have a mixed media idea forming in my brain right now. It will include light molding paste for texture, gelli plate printing for colour and more texture, free motion stitching and embellishment. There is a fibre art show through the White Rock Community Center in October and I hope to have this completed by then.

        Thank you so much Debbie for taking the time to be interviewed!

        Just to let you know that Deb’s Art Journal bags will be on display at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe for the month of June!  Hope you drop by and check out the Art Journal Show there!

        I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

        Love, Violette xo

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          2012 Seattle Art Car Blowout

          June13

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          Here i am 7 years ago at the Seattle Art Car Blowout with Glittergirl.

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          Glittergirl in her former glory!

          For a few years i enjoyed going to Seattle for the Art Car Blowout – my Glittergirl van was part of the festivities of the Freemont Fair.  It was a total blast.  Very talented artist Kelly Lyles and Don Ehlen organize the Art Car blowout and do a fantastic job of it.  The Fair and the art car blowout happens this weekend so i wanted to give you the heads up if you live in B.C. or Washington and you want to attend a fun event.  It’s full of free spirits and eccentrics, arts and crafts, food, parades and more!  I won’t be able to attend as it’s my birthday weekend and Father’s Day however i do hope some of you go!

          If you’ve ever wanted to paint your car and participate in some fun events then check out some of the art car links that Kelly has here. The most magical things happen when you travel in an art car Smile.

          Chat to you tomorrow!

          Love, Violette xox

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            Shrinky Dinkpalooza!

            June12

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            Yesterday my Mom, sister Linda and friends got together for an afternoon of shrink art fun!  Here are the results of the gathering! Above: Group shot of some of the shrinky dinks. We used the frost sheets to create our pieces.

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            Our friends Gina and Emma made a chicken and hello kitty charm which will become key fobs. The original size was 8 x 10.

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            My Mom had me draw two robots for her which she coloured in for over an hour.  The original size was half a page ( 4x 5) and they are now charm size.  Mom plans on sewing them into her scrapbook pages for her great grandsons whose parents love robots.

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            This is a grouping of shrinky dinks my sister Linda and I made.  I’m not sure if we’ll make a necklace out of them or not – they just might be used as charms in journal pages or as danglies off of a journal book Winking smile. I had a problem at first – i printed the words and they ended coming out backwards once baked so then i had to draw the letters backwards so they would come out right! Live and learn eh?

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            Colouring in our pieces while chatting about our lives was such fun!

            The shrink plastic shrinks to about 1/3 it’s size once you bake it. We used pencil crayons to colour in the designs which we inked in with sharpies.  On one of the pieces I painted the backside with acrylics but we liked the pencil crayon look better. Colouring in with pencil crayons is so therapeutic!

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            We were blessed with a sunny day so were happily creating in the backyard. In the photo: Gina, Mom, yours truly and Emma.  Linda is taking the photo.

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            Gina was so happy with the way her funky chicken came out that she took dozens of pictures of him all over the yard Smile!

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            Giving the creative spirit running lady a hand!

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            In the Gunnera bush.

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            Frolicking amongst the flowers too!

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            Gina had a great camera and was being snap happy in the backyard – the photo she took of the Glittergirl door is one of my favourites!

            All in all it was a fun day!  I encourage you to try shinky dinks – you can use them to make jewelry, key fobs, charms, Christmas ornaments and more.  It’s a great craft to do with children.  I plan on creating some shrink art crafts with my grandson Sam – he’ll most likely enjoy watching the shrink art magically curl up and shrink in the oven best of all!

            See you tomorrow!

            Love, Violette xo

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