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Happy National Craft Month!

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Hi Everyone – i’m back from a month long hiatus!  I feel like i am turning a corner and feel much more hopeful and energized! Thanks for all the good vibes xo

I was asked by the kind folks at Patience Brewster to create a post for National Craft Month.  I have been a huge fan of Patience’s whimsical creations for many years so was delighted to create a post. Do check out her glorious characters and lovely stationary. They will blow your socks off!

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Patience’s daughter Marietta asked me why crafting was important to me.  Well that’s a big questions!  I have pretty much crafted my entire life………i also call drawing crafting as that’s my earliest memory of being creative. When i was little i did plastic mosaics, paint by numbers, crochet as well as a bit of clay work. I loved it all. I found my bliss while drawing though.

As I grew older i spent many happy hours drawing and crafting when i had my children.  Crafting has been a constant in my life bringing me joy and solace as well.  When i suffered from depression (and still do from time to time) i would turn to arts and crafts to lift my spirits.

Although i love drawing and i find it to be a solitary pursuit – i enjoying getting together with friends to art journal and chat about what’s going on in our lives and about the latest supplies. (in the photo above are some of my art journaling friends).

 

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I’ve met many online friends through my art and my first blog which i created over 11 years ago. It was a wonderful way to connect with kindred spirits virtually.  I loved how creatives all gathered on my blog’s forum and how some of us made lasting connections, shared our art, our lives and participated in swaps.

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As time went on i discovered art journaling – something i had been doing but did not have a name for it yet. I shared my journal pages online and found that people actually loved them. So i did some tutorials and even learned how to shoot videos. You can check some of my how to videos on my youtube channel.  So being online and being connected with so many lovely creative spirits truly helped me grow as an artist. I took more risks and grew my skills because i felt people were counting on me. It was easier for me to do new things for others rather than just for myself. As a result of art journaling and sharing my pages with folks online my first book on Art Journaling called Journal Bliss was published.  That was 6 years ago. Wow! Hard to believe.

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I used art journaling to document the joys in my life but also the sorrows. Creating art around depression or something upsetting in life helped me move through grief and sorrow. As i shared these pages i do know they helped others as well.

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I have said it before and will say it again Art really saved my life.  I know it has saved the lives of so many others as well.

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I love how art often has a message for me……….i simply sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper and begin to draw.  Usually if i’m quiet enough the doodle tells me what it wants to be and also the story of the piece is revealed. So i usually get a message that i need to hear like the above Gypsy message “I predict you’ll be as happy as you decide to be”.  Obviously a message my moody self needed to hear on that day!

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The messages i receive often repeat themselves like “Do what you love” “Love what you do”, “be yourself” “love yourself” etc. What’s not to love about that?

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I continue to stretch and grow as i’m inspired by all the wonderfulness that is available online – pinterest and instagram are chalk full of artsy goodness!

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Lately i have been working in a moleskine book – something i had not done for quite a while as i don’t like to commit art to a book. I keep most of my journal pages in a box loosely.  Recently i took up a challenge put out by Suzi Blu  to create art and writing and keep a calendar in a moleskine book.  I began actually liking it………..but sadly i have not been able to keep up with the prompts and am mostly using the book for my art journal pages and little sketches and writing.

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It’s been fun though to have a book that’s gradually getting bigger by the day and poofy that documents my life.  I couldn’t commit to the Documented life project but felt this was a bit more doable.

 

 

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Wow – it’s been a while since I’ve blogged so i am going overboard here. I hope you are still with me. So now i want to circle back to the question Why crafting was important to me. Well it’s pretty much my life.  I use it daily to adorn my Magic Cottage, to make art and to craft a life that’s beautiful, eccentric and that’s worth living. I use it to connect with my little grandchildren who i’m teaching arts and crafts to.

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Little Toby feeling very proud with his Christmas Shadow box!

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Sam colouring Easter eggs and decorating them.

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Arts and Crafts have totally enriched my life.  I hope they have yours too!

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month?

Love, Violette xo

 

 

Art journaling in my Moleskine

Hello friends!  I am so sorry i have been missing in action for so long. I’ve been somewhat depressed and tired from lack of sleep (i know that makes everything worse) that i haven’t felt like blogging. You may have seen me on Facebook or Instagram  by the way i’d love it if you followed me! It’s easier for me to post quick little photos with a blurb rather than doing a full blogpost.

So I’ve decided to post some of the pieces i have been working on – mostly been working in my moleskine grid book – inspired by Suzi Blu and her Paint Chronicles.  The first spread was inspired by Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow. If you haven’t already done so do check out Tammy’s blog – she’s full of inspiration and colourful art prompts to get your juices going.moleskin_sketches1 moleskine_sketches1sketch_paintswipe

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I have been making tons of doodles for years which end up either getting tossed in the garbage or getting lost in my masses of notebooks (as i don’t like keeping a journal) but since i’ve been working a bit in the Moleskine book i have found a place for my little sketches and drawings to live.  At least i can look back and see my process. You can see the little running princess and how i started off with sketches which i glued in my book?

The “Oh my soul” little piece came about because i was trying to paint a rock to replace the lovely painted found rocks and it wasn’t working so i swiped the loaded paint brushed on a piece of grid paper. I looked at it and thought “hey – there could be a face in there” so i began doodling and this is what i came up with.

Basically if i just begin then the drawing tells me what it wants next!

This has been a fun experiment (which i highly recommend) if you don’t want to feel like your journal page has to be perfect.  Just sketch away and then glue the doodle in an art journal book or a notebook.  You can add stickers like i have done here and use washi tape too.  I’ve added some images and words from magazines that spoke to me too!

Oh – yes – there’s an art journal jam today at the Good Day sunshine cafe! Hope to see you there at 3!

Well that’s it for today.

I hope you are all well and happy.

Love, Violette xo

A Magical Walk

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Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We celebrated a bunch of family birthdays on Saturday – my grandson Sam’s, son Ryan, stepdad Ron and nephew Adam.  We had so much fun!

As you know I’m working on a Day planner/Calendar started by Suzi Blu on Facebook.  Suzi gives us prompts to focus on every week. One of them the past week was “savour”.  Since i receive much joy while watching the birds in the backyard I thought I would honour some of them by drawing them. I don’t usually draw birds and don’t feel comfortable doing so but i think these little guys turned out not too badly.  Later I journaled around them.

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Yesterday was a very dreary drizzly day and i was feeling kind of blue.  So I asked Mr. G to come out to the park for a little walk. He grumbled, didn’t want to but finally obliged me.  I’m so happy he did.  I got to hug my favourite tree AND bonus………some magical little fairy people left painted rocks nearby for lucky recipients to find!  I don’t know if you can see but there are several near my tree above, by my feet and in the hollow of the tree.

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Here’s a couple in the hollow.  I was sooo excited. Mr. G thought i was funny!  I said to him “See!  I knew there was a reason we should go out for a walk!”

rocksThere must have been at least a dozen rocks in various places but i only took two good size ones. One with a painted tree and one with a sunset.  There were lots of painted bunny rocks which i’m guessing were created by a little girl.  These ones were a bit more sophisticated. How lucky am i eh? Thank you Emily!  (the signature on the back said Emily)

As we exited the park I noticed a Mom and a little girl wearing a long skirt (i’m guessing a fairy skirt). I pointed to them and told Mr. G that they were probably on a mission to spread joy in the park. I noticed they were carrying a bag with them which probably carried rocks. What a wonderful thing to do with your child – to teach them that magic exists in the world and we can also spread magic and glitter wherever we go!

Love, Violette xo

 

Words of the year: Idea Magic

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While taking Jamie Ridler’s online workshop Design your Year: 2015  i came up with this magazine clipping and the word/s for the year were “Idea Magic”.  Thanks Jamie for a fun interactive class (i missed the live interactive part but was able to see what was going on in the live chat). While everyone has been coming up with their words of the year – or word of the year I am always resistant.  But through Jamie’s gentle guidance i was able to magically deliciously find these two words Idea Magic. Well they actually found me :). In case you don’t know Jamie she’s the queen of Collage and a sparkling creative mentor adept at helping people get unstuck! Jamie has an inspiring podcast you might want to check out as well.

I’m excited where this clipping (which is still whispering which direction i should be going in) will take me. It’s all a never ending process.

Happy Birthday to my Stepdad Reinhard – he celebrates his birthday today!  Also a very happy birthday to my first born grandson Sam – he’s 5 now. Next week is my son Ryan’s birthday!  We have about 10 family birthday’s in January – it’s a super busy month! We’ll be celebrating a bunch of birthdays tomorrow at a gathering at my son and daughter-in-laws home.  Should be fun.

I hope you enjoy the weekend as well.

Love, Violette xo

All in one Day Planner

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Now it’s back to reality again. Like many people I have difficulty transitioning from the magic of Christmas to the mundane New Year.  It’s always good to focus on what you are grateful for rather than on what you no longer have or what’s in the past.  A planner or notebook is a good way to write down what you are grateful for.  Every year I buy a new planner and every year after one or two months of writing in it i abandon it. So this year I’m trying something different.

Suzi Blu started a group (it’s closed now i believe) on Facebook called “Paint and Chronicle” which is a place where you can follow along with her as she creates a unique all in one planner – Suzi style. It’s got the month and the days in it but it also encompasses gratitude and journaling, art and more.  I think I’ve been looking for something like this to keep me honest.

moleskin_cover1I’ve got lists, ideas, gratitude etc. written in a number of different places and am continually losing them and buying new books and starting anew.  So i’m pretty excited to begin this one as a catch all for all the important stuff.  The above book is created in a moleskin grid book.  I collaged a front cover and protected it with a layer of packing tape.  I wanted to make sure it was pretty enough for me to want to use it :).

I think if i allow myself to be real, messy and not worry about creating perfect art then this is something i can keep up with.

What kind of planner journal do you use for the important stuff throughout the year?

Love Violette xo

 

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