Winner of LIFE BOOK 2015 Giveaway!



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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    Pining for the Ocean!



    I don’t have much to say today except for I am still pining for the ocean (or like on Monty Python – Pining for the Fjords - 1:38)and the Sunshine Coast. Here i am drawing at Nancy’s Bakery in Lund.  What fun that was – i even got a super tasty gluten free treat from the Bakery.


    I was working on the unicorn and other bits on our deck overlooking the inlet.


    Here I am in Lund harbour in a little tourist kiosk enjoying the sunshine and a view of the harbour.




    Here are some gorgeous sunflowers and Cosmos lining the path to Nancy’s Bakery.



    Here are a gathering of sarongs i had to pick from – do you recognize the green, pink and purple one we bought? Love it!

     Blog giveaway!

    If you have not already entered to win the contest – one free spot in Life Book 2015 you can do so here.  Good luck!

    See you on Wednesday!

    Love, Violette xo


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      CONTEST CLOSED! Life Book 2015 Blog giveaway!



      I am sooo jazzed, excited and honoured to be a part of Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2015!  I met Tam several years ago online and became a member of her Ning forum.  I loved Tam’s artistry but even more so her deep authentic and caring nature.  I resonated with her back then and still do today. So I’m super duper happy that Tam asked me to be one of the teachers this year. There’s an incredible line up of instructors for you to learn from! Woo hoo! This is such an amazing opportunity……………and the goodness goes on for a whole year!

      Click here for more details.



      If you would like to win a spot in Life Book 2015 please leave me a message in the comments below letting me know why you’d like to win.  I’ll draw one lucky winner on Friday September 19th at 8 am PST.  Good Luck!

      Let’s celebrate with a blog hop that includes all of the wonderful teachers in Lifebook!

      Each teacher will be giving away a spot on Life Book 2015:

      8th September 2014 – Tamara Laporte –

      9th September 2014 – Jane Davenport –

      10th September 2014 – Joanne Sharpe –

      11th September 2014 –  Jenny Lee Wentworth –

      12th September 2014 –  Violette Clark –

      13th September 2014 –  Chris Zydel –
      14th September 2014 –  Danielle Donaldson –
      15th September 2014 –  Effy Wild –
      16th September 2014 –  Flora Bowley –
      17th September 2014 –  Alisa Burke –
      18th September 2014 –  Rachael Rice –
      19th September 2014 –  Jeanne Oliver –
      20th September 2014 –  Andrea Gomoll –
      21st September 2014 –  Kristin van Valkenburgh –
      22nd September 2014 –  Jill K. Berry –
      23rd September 2014 –  Alena Hennessy –
      24th September 2014 –  Juliette Crane –
      25th September 2014 –  Jenny Doh –
      26th September 2014 –  Mati Rose McDonough –
      27th September 2014 –  Patti Ballard –
      28th September 2014 –  Lynzee Lynx –
      29th September 2014 –  Roben Marie Smith –
      30th September 2014 –  Andrea Schroeder –
      1st October 2014 –  Lynn Whipple –
      2nd October 2014 –  Donna Downey –

      To find out more about how you can take part in this amazing year long art journaling adventure click here!

      Love Violette xo

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        Summertime fun at the Magic Cottage



        This weekend we are celebrating my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Nis’ birthday at the Magic Cottage. We are having a family reunion here with30 to 35 people in attendance so that should be tons of fun!

        We’ll be pulling out the fishpond used on previous occasions as there will be 9 little ones here! Well two of them are not so little – they are teens.

        I’m getting the backyard in ship shape, tending to the flowers and mowing the lawn today as well as cleaning lawn furniture.


        Here’s a shot of the flowers – i got up on one of the garden chairs to take this shot.


        This time of year is so wonderful – the garden is bursting with blackberries!  I love to make blackberry smoothies with the fruit from my backyard knowing full well that there are no pesticides or chemicals used to help them bloom. Ha!  Not that blackberries need any help to grow.  I really enjoy this shot of the blackberries hanging over the Glittergirl door don’t you?  Art and Nature! What a perfect match!

        Hope you have a marvelous weekend!

        Love, Violette xo

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          A bit of this and that, an art journal sketch


          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.


          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!


          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.


          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!


          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. 


          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


            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.



            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.


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


            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.


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


            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!


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


            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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