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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        Inspirational 60 in 60 postcards are here!


        Hooray!  I’m so jazzed!  Some of my 60 in 60 cartoons were made into postcards and they arrived just yesterday!



        I had 10 of my favourite designs made into postcards!


        I plan on selling some sets on my etsy site which has been dormant for quite a long time!


        I added a band of colour to the side and an inspirational word to make them fit in the postcard format.

        I’ll let you know when I get them up on my etsy store!

        Enjoy the day – we have been having some lovely weather so I plan on getting out in the garden for a bit today!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Art and Nature: What’s inspiring me today


          I wondered what to blog about today and then it came to me – blog about what is inspiring you this morning. I stepped out onto the deck and surveyed the backyard full of blooming flowers and art intermingled with the plants.  As i took the photos i realized that what i really loved is seeing my art merging beautifully with nature Smile.


          I really loved how the sun was shining through the cutlery chandelier. Some of you may recall i made it last year with my sister, mom and friend Gina.


          Running lady next to the ferns and the Gunnera bush. You can’t see it here but the glitter on her hair and spiral looks stunning glinting in the sun.


          The glittergirl door nestled in amongst the ripening blackberries.


          The bottlecap birdhouse pole.


          The flying lady nestled under a small apple tree.


          The Driftwood – Shell hanging inspired me today too!

          If you did know what inspired you what would it be?

          I often ask myself – what is inspiring you now?  And when I’m in a funk i say “I don’t know”.  So the next thing i ask and this is a trick i learned from my NLP days so many years ago. “If you did know what inspires you what would it be?”.  Ha ha ha!  That used to frustrate the living daylights out of me. The thing is though, deep down we do know what’s inspiring us, what’s making us happy and what doesn’t.

          So i’d like to know – what’s inspiring YOU today?

          Love, Violette xo

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            Lighted Path Coaching Interview


            I”m so excited to share with you this video interview with Susan Stott Miller on Lighted Path Coaching. 


            Susan has such an easy manner about her – she made it easy to be the first her guest on her show!  Check out the interview here. In the interview I talk about how my intuition guided me to create the 60 in 60 cartoons.

            Thank you so much Susan for taking the time to interview me. It was fun!

            Love, Violette xo

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