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Women Doing Business from the Heart



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!



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

Being who you are!


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

Did you ever watched the movie the “Banger Sisters” before? It’s about two friends who used to be rock groupies. They lose contact and connect 20 years later only to find out that one of them is still wild and free while the other one has become conservative and “beige”.  Well even though my clarion call for the last 15 or 20 years has been to be true to yourself – be loud and proud and “fly your freak flag” I had been feeling rather “beige” lately.

A little voice inside of me told me to wear my coat of many colours (by KLA Originals) to the grocery store and to run errands.  You may recall Mr. G bought it for me a year ago during our summer vacation on Shushwap Lake.

coat-2Here’s me posing on the beach in the coat in the blistering sun!  The top photo is of me after coming back from running errands. I had not worn the coat for a long time, partly due to not wanting to attract attention but also because it’s challenging to get in and out of the car with masses of sweater-y coat :).

I ended up having a blast on my little trip. I felt more like me than i have in such a long long time! Most of the comments i received from passerbys were fun and positive – “colourful coat!”, “i love your coat!”, “Wow”, “are you trying to look like Dolly Parton?” etc.I enjoyed the looks I received, the smiles, the incredulous looks (what were you thinking?) and more!

I felt the juice coming back into my life during that short trip but I also felt that some of the women who were middle aged were wondering if they could pull this off.  One lady said that it took a special person to pull it off – I told her she could!  When you are true to yourself you give others permission to do the same!! How fun is that?

You see the coat of many colours is the Essence of me!


I think this illustration i created a while back illustrates what happened to me recently!

I’d like to hear your stories of how embracing who you are saved you!

Love, Violette xo



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.”

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