Archive of ‘Magic Cottage’ category

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!





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



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!




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.



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



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.


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

An Art Journal Jam Christmas party



Happy Friday everyone!  On Wednesday we had the Annual Art Journal Jam Christmas party at the Magic Cottage.  What a fun time we had. I enjoyed decorating the house – even the spray painted animals were decked with baubles! In the corner you can see my Secret Santa present all wrapped up!



A Kitchen centerpiece was decked out with red carnations, Christmas baubles and tinsel!


Yours truly and Nicci the co-coordinator of the Art Journal Jam!



Art journalers Sharon and Lynette………


My friend Debbie who i have known for decades (since we were kids!)…..


Nicci in the festooned livingroom!

JJ_xmaspartyLorraine (Nicci’s Mom), Satira and Rosa.  There are a few folks missing from these pictures. Even Nicci’s husband Marco and son Duran came along and took part in the gift exchange.

We had a lovely time chatting, eating, drinking and exchanging artful gifts.  Thanks everyone who came out to celebrate with us.

See you on Monday!

Love, Violette xo


Hooray! Life Book 2015 Registration is open today!



Click here to register for Life Book 2015

Yay!  It’s finally open – registration is now open for Life Book 2015!  Can you imagine a year full of self-discovery, art, joy and bliss?  Well that’s what’s in store for you when you take Life Book 2015.  I’m so thrilled to be in such good company – check out some of your amazing teachers……..



This is going to be a sparkly year – a mixed media art journaling extravaganza where you’ll connect with like-minded spirits.  You’ve heard me mention many times that art saves lives – art has saved my life!  What a wonderful opportunity to get your mojo going while healing yourself and positively impacting those around you.  Your sparkly vibes will be felt all around you while you honour your creative spirit by making heart inspired art!

I’ll be teaching two classes.  “Magical Mystery Tour” – a tour of the magic cottage (video) and dialogue about how it evolved and had included the community. You’ll be guided to create your own magic cottage on the page using fast motion video.


“Glorious Childhood tales!” We will be remembering the cool things we loved as a child and honouring them by doodling them using a variety of mixed media techniques – we’ll be joyfully assembling the doodles into a lively joyful page using collage.  A whimsical child will be drawn to connect all of the wonderful joyful memories.  An audio visualization to connect to our small child will be provided.

Click here to register for Life Book 2015

Hope to see you all there!

Love, Violette xoxo


Birthday Reunion prep

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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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


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



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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