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Craft Fair Goodness – Creative Finds

Good Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

My friend Nicci hosted her annunal Creative Finds Craft Fair this weekend and so I made my yearly trek to check out the wonderful creative fare!  I was not disappointed!  We found so many awesome items to stock up on for Christmas and “just because”…….:). Great job Nicci of hosting another successful fair!


Here’s Cynthia and her husband Norm manning their colourful booth! Cynthia was selling handmade fabric baskets, magnets, greeting cards and more!


I was smitten with the greeting cards and magnets so bought a few of them! The messages were so sweet, uplifting and positive!


This is my old neighbour Chloe who used to live down the street……I can’t believe how mature she is!!  I remember her as a tiny girl coming over to do art in the backyard studio!  She was selling some lovely hand dyed silk bracelets called “knot tangled”……….so of course we had to buy two of them!

Isn’t Chloe darling?  Her bracelets and soldered necklaces are too!Chloe-Not-Tangled


Nicci’s Mom Lorraine manning Nicci’s booth while she’s off running in a number of different directions! It’s a family affair at Nicci’s place – everyone gets into the act including son Duran and husband Marco.


Loralie’s booth of simply gorgeous handmade journals! Her talent blows me away! You can see some of her journals at Lost Arts Cafe


My friend and art journaler Lynette with her stunning photo prints and greeting cards!  I bought a few cards to send to a dear elderly friend who lives far away – I know she’ll appreciate Lynette’s images featuring local sites.  Check out her photos at Imagination Lane.

I am busy packaging up my inspiration cards to mail – i e-mailed most of the folks who were put on the list……..if you didn’t get an e-mail and would like a deck please go here for more info and to order your deck!

See you on Wednesday!

Love, Violette xo

Inspiration cards and moo cards!


Happy Friday everyone!  I just received my square moo cards and really love them!  They’re the 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ size business cards but can be used for anything.  On the other side i have a spot  where I can write a note to the buyer…….


And speaking of which……..


I got my page up and ready for those of you who would like to own a deck of my inspiration cards!  Inspiration card deck page is now open!  Get your deck here! As you know i only bought a limited amount so once they are gone I won’t be ordering anymore. I still have not e-mailed the folks that are on my list – I’ll be doing that later today.


I’ll be adding a bookmark with every deck of cards too!  I love how this illustration came out.  So fun!

stickers_manifestoI also created some stickers from my Creative Manifesto illustration. A couple of the stickers will go on the hard mailer envelopes!

Well that’s about all the excitement I can take for today :).  If you live overseas (apart from Canada and the U.S.) please e-mail me about a deck of cards – i posted that i won’t do international orders since the postage is so costly but if you really want a deck the postage is 20.00 – almost the cost of the deck itself! Sorry about that folks :(.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Love, Violette xo



Hop, Skip, Jump Book review

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m so excited to blog today about Marney Makridakis’ latest book Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life.  This is the start of a Hop, Skip, Jump Blog celebration! There’s so much to celebrate!


In this joyful book Marney shares with the reader so many tips, tools and tricks to propel you forward in achieving and manifesting your dreams. In her own inimitable whimsical fashion Marney cleverly leads you along a glorious sparkling path full of joy-filled exercises that transform work into play!

Pez_dispenserI have known Marney for well over 10 years and in that time have found her to be like a pez dispenser of non-stop creative ideas.  In Hop, Skip, Jump she generously shares with the reader numerous right brain exercises using writing, doodling, haiku’s (or haikoodle) and word play to help generate solutions and ideas. Like anything though you can’t simply read the book, you have to become an alchemist and transform the ideas into gold by playing with them and making them real.

I simply couldn’t wait to pull out my crayola felt pens and play my way to greater clarity!


From creative exercises like The Zoomie Car game to Thinking outside the Juice Box you are guided to play your way to a more meaningful life.




Thinking outside the Juice box 

You can take the quiz here to find out your manifesting style or watch the video and be inspired! If you order the book tomorrow – November 11 you’ll get an instant $15 Artella eGift certificate for each copy purchased.

 Love, Violette xo

“Disclaimer: I am reviewing this book as part of the Hop, Skip, Jump Blog Celebration. I received a copy of the book from the publisher and am listed on Artella Land’s roster of 75 featured blogs. My opinions are my own.”

Inspiration cards and bookmark!


Yay!  I picked up the inspiration cards from the Fed ex office. It’s so cool to see all of these small packages of inspiration bundled together like this!


Because postage from Canada is so expensive I have to figure a way to keep shipping costs down. I found out that if i split the cards in half and put them between two pieces of cardboard that will save a few dollars. It’s just more time consuming on my end.


I have to fit the cards between a 1/2″ slot which i fashioned from cardboard. It just fits as long as i fold the organza bag and place it next to the cards.  It’s tricky because i can’t exceed this width.  In any case this will be a good challenge for me. I’ll be posting a sales page for the cards this weekend so you can buy a set (there’s a limited amount). In the meantime if you’d like me to add your name to the list please e-mail me.

Inspirational bookmarks


While waiting for my 100 sets of cards to be delivered I decided to create a bookmark to include with the packages.  I came up with this whimsical design but couldn’t decide which of these two illustrations to go for.


I posted my dilemma on Facebook and was inundated with votes on which was the best.  The great majority of folks chose the purple one so i sent off the image to my printer to have printed up. I just love social media for the immediate response you can receive!  What a fabulous community of creatives you can connect with.

Hop, Skip, Jump


I’ll be posting a review of Marney Makridakis new book Hop, Skip, Jump on Monday. In the meantime if you have not already done so you might want to go here to find out what kind of manifestor you are! I’m a Skipper!

See you on Monday!

Love, Violette xo 

Inspiration cards winner! Woo hoo!

Congratulations to Penny D – you are a winner of a set of Inspiration cards!  Please e-mail me with your snail mail address!  Thank you soooo much to all of you who entered my contest.

I’ve incorporated some of your ideas into the video for how you can use these Inspiration cards.  So thank you so much for that as well.  I’ll be adding a link to this video in the write up that will be included in each package of Inspiration cards just in case folks are short on ideas!

It’s funny but i have not used my normal video camera for over a year and i’m actually quite shy on camera!  It will take me a while to get back into the swing of things. Previously i had used my i-pad to take videos – it’s way easier to edit using an i-pad but there are definite limitations.

Hop, Skip, Jump book

I’m inspired by this spunky new guide by Marney Makridakis, called HOP, SKIP, JUMP: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life.  Find out if you are a Hopper, Skipper or Jumper by taking this fun quiz: ARTELLA
I manifest as a Skipper!  How about you?  I’ll be posting a book review on Wednesday!  See you then!

Have a lovely Monday!

Love, Violette xo 

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