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Hooray! Life Book 2015 Registration is open today!

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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……..

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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.

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“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!

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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

Colour Inspiration at the Magic Cottage

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

Art and Nature: What’s inspiring me today

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

Painting the Sanctuary!

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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