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!
Lorraine (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.
Happy Wednesday everyone! In this video Mr. G and I show you how we made our Comfort and Joy Marquis sign for the magic cottage. I chose comfort and joy because I really strive for these two feelings and certainly don’t mind being reminded of them all year round!
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.
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 .
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 .
Happy Birthday Jessica and Nis! Love you both lots!
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.
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.
Here’s that green on the trim of the magic cottage.
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.
Lovely Chartreuse green greets visitors who come to the front door on the Namaste Sign.
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!
This brilliantly coloured coleus sure pops next to the begonias and impatiens no?
Green appears in many of my art journal spreads as well.
What colours repeat again and again for you in your life and art?