Archive of ‘Inspiration’ category

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

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to you all!  Like most people I have been busy getting ready for Christmas so there has not been too much drawing happening here.  I did squeeze in a bit of time to create this tiny buddha gift card.  Materials used? copic markers, micron pens, pencil crayons, washi tape, old book pages and folkart paint.

Images of Christmas

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This tiny unicorn insisted on coming home with me while i was out and about Christmas shopping. Isn’t he the sweetest?  He’s going to sit on my altar and inspire me to create, be magical and believe in my dreams!

 

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I tried taking a selfie on Instagram – i kind of like this filter (Mayfair) and the magical quality you can achieve from it. The Moroccan Mosaic Mirror provides extra sparkle as the light bounces off of it.

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The Virgin Mary of Guadalope (by Jose Ventura) finds a home nestled in the small Christmas tree.

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The tiny sparkly pink Christmas tree i purchased as a display for my table at my networking event sits atop the fridge in the kitchen.

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This is what it looked it when i had it decked out with my inspiration cards.

Yesterday i spent several hours with a teenage friend Talia (some of you know that i mentored her several years ago) cleaning up the office which had gotten unwieldy. Unbeknownst to us we were cleaning at the perfect time – when the Winter Solstice was in full swing. It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts!  I’m so thrilled with the results! Thank you Talia!

If you still need some free Christmas gift cards – please go here to download three different kinds!

Wishing you and yours a most magical holiday Season. I want to thank you so much for being a part of my life all these years.  I so appreciate you visiting and commenting on my blog or even just sharing your energy by taking a peek!

Lots of love to you and yours!

I’ll be back on Monday Dec. 29th!

Violette xo

Women Doing Business from the Heart

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’d like to introduce you to my talented friend Shireen Bawnlavery. She’s created a Portal for Women doing business from the heart. If you’d like to read about my humble beginnings – how our family came from Morocco (there’s a bit of drama and intrigue involved!) you might enjoy reading my story here. In case you’re wondering about the Triangular building it’s the Europe Hotel in Vancouver!

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Where we come from and what happens to us along the way helps to shape who we are and who we become.  Since I come from an exotic place it’s not surprising that some of that has found it’s way into my life and art. Also the feeling of not belonging helped shape how I approach my inspirational illustrations and how I  share my art stories and teachings. Art truly does heal. Read all about it here!

While you are on Shireen’s website please check out the other stories of fabulous women doing business from the heart!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!  There is so much to be grateful for isn’t there?  I am so grateful to those of you who stop by and read my blog, check out my Facebook page and Pinterest boards. When you do this it’s like leaving footprints on my heart! xo

With love and Gratitude,

Violette xo

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