Birthday Reunion prep

August11

Yesterday we hosted a birthday party and Reunion for my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Nis as well as for my children’s extended family. Thankfully the weather Gods shone down on us and we had a beautiful day.  It would have been pretty much impossible to put almost 40 people inside had it rained!

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Whenever I put on a party I like to use a bit of creativity to make things a bit more magical. This sign out front guided the party goers way to the festivities!

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Because this was a special occasion I bought some gourmet candies for the party – gourmet jelly beans, liquorice allsorts, peanut brittle, jelly bears, jaw breakers (remember those?)….oh and just for fun i bought wax lips……which did not taste at all like i remember Smile.

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A fun birthday party (with kids) would not be the same without a fishpond no? We had 9 kids ranging from 2 to 15 so the prizes were quite varied.

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I made fruit infused water to quench everyone’s thirst.  I enjoy making fun little signs describing what’s what! The recipe consisted of blueberries, blackberries and mint from the garden and water!  Yum!

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I bought a bouquet of flowers from the flower lady down the street and separated them into smaller containers to put on the tables.

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Here are a couple of shots of the backyard before everyone arrived!

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The two birthday kids – my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Nis with their birthday cupcakes! There always has to be money inside Jessica’s cupcakes Smile.

Happy Birthday Jessica and Nis!  Love you both lots!

Love, Violette xo

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    Colour Inspiration at the Magic Cottage

    August1

    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.

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    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.

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    Here’s that green on the trim of the magic cottage.

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    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.

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    Lovely Chartreuse green greets visitors who come to the front door on the Namaste Sign.

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    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!

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    This brilliantly coloured coleus sure pops next to the begonias and impatiens no?

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    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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      Art and Nature: What’s inspiring me today

      July28

      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      The glittergirl door nestled in amongst the ripening blackberries.

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      The bottlecap birdhouse pole.

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      The flying lady nestled under a small apple tree.

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      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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        Painting the Sanctuary!

        July14

        Hi all – hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It’s been hot hot hot here in B.C. – over 30 degrees centigrade!  We don’t have air conditioning at the magic cottage so it can get pretty toasty inside!

        This weekend we finally decided to revamp the room off of the kitchen which i used to call the sanctuary which actually was a storage room for everything. When you live in a small space every room counts so I’ve decided to clear out the room, get rid of things (difficult for me) and redecorate it.

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        As you can see the room was a dark burgundy – I’m going more for a peaceful restful look so I’ll be painting it a lilac/mauve colour. 

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        Over the window are the words (To Thine Ownself be True). They were drawn on there by a sign painter about 18 years ago – i plan on painting around the letters since i love the saying so much!

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        It was so hot i felt like painting naked Smile – but i donned on my painters overalls instead. You just never know who might come around to the backyard and peep in the window!

        Because the room was painted such a dark colour i have to first prime the entire room before adding the colour i want.  It’s a pretty daunting process as there’s all the furniture in the middle of the small room and working around it is challenging. 

        The room will be used as a guest room/a zen meditation/yoga room and also for me to place my laptop in.  It’s the only room i can i have a nice view of the backyard while i work – that’s going to be such a treat. The image I have is what keeps me motivated on such a project!

        Today I’ll be attending an extended art journal jam in Birch Bay – Joanne – one of the Journal jam attendees has organized a gathering at her place.  We’ll have food, art and lots of laughter for sure! What better way to spend the day!

        I’ll be reporting back on Wednesday about the Journal Jam!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Happy 4th of July to my American friends!

          July4

          Happy 4th of July to my American friends. I hope you are having fun celebrating your country’s independence!

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          Here’s another shot of the magic cottage – i never seem to get tired of taking photos of it at different times of the year!  I love the Shasta daisies which just began to bloom a few days ago so i ducked down to take this shot.

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          You’ve probably seen this photo taken last winter during a snowy day (it’s a selfie).  I thought the cottage looked pretty especially with the dragonfly all laden with snow!

          A Testimonial!

          It’s been five years since my book Journal Bliss has been out and I’m so thrilled that folks are still using it to learn more about art journaling for themselves or to inspire teens.  I love this testimonial from Kathy Clark (no relations Smile):

          I love Violette’s whimsical and creative style, perfect to teach art journaling to young girls. I bought this book in 2010, when I was just starting to make art journals. Since then I’ve collected dozens of other books and journals, and I also have amassed a large supply of art supplies. I find Violette’s book very helpful in teaching art journaling to young teenage girls, and the accompanying DVD is a gem!
          With a trip to the art supply store becoming more and more expensive, I find her supply list easy on any budget. Look around at what you have already and get started journaling.

          Thanks so much Kathy! Just to let you know the DVD that Kathy mentions is the Teens Dream Journal DVD (it doesn’t come with the book – Kathy bought it separately from me and had forgotten.) I still have a few copies of the Teens Dream journal if you are interested in buying one.

          Well I’m off to tie dye some t-shirts with my little grandson – should be fun! I have been wanting to do this for some time now!

          Enjoy the weekend!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Magic Cottage Backyard video and 60 cartoons!

            June20

            Happy Friday everyone!

            I shot a little video of the backyard and flowers – giving you a little tour or what it looks like and where i often sit to create my 60 in 60 cartoons! You’ll note while i am hula hooping it started to rain a bit and a few drops of water are spinning off the hula hoop Smile.

            I hope you like it.

            60 in 60 cartoons are finished!  Hooray!

            I made a request on Facebook for people’s favourite quote and I received a bunch of great ones…….i chose the following 3 ones from the fab quotations. The last one i found myself.

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            Day 57 “Better to light a Candle than curse the darkness.” – Chinese Proverb

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            Day 58 “We have 2 ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak” – Epictetus

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            Day 59 – “You don’t have to see the whole staircase.  Just take the first step” – Martin Luther King

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            And the finally cartoon………drumroll please…….Day 60 – “The Soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson

            I’m pretty proud of myself for completing this series.  I have difficulty sustaining interest in anything for too long (ADHD anyone?) but I did manage to complete this even with a few crises happening.  Art really does sustain me as I’m sure it does the same for you.

            Enjoy the weekend.

            Love, Violette xo

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