Sanctuary revamp with me!


Here is the video of the Sanctuary revamp if you’d like to see the finished version!

Oh and by the way – it’s not the Flying Moroccan door it’s the Rocking Moroccan door!

Here’s the view i have from the window



In the video i show you the little altar in one corner of the room.  I also do a bit of smudging (with sage) in the video to clear the room of all negativity and residual energy that is no longer needed in that room.

Hope you enjoy it. I know the smudging scene is not very flattering as i propped the i-pad against the window so i was filmed from below! Yikes!

Happy weekend everyone!

Love, Violette xo

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    Cabinet revamp video –mock distress look


    Good Morning everyone!

    Cabinet revamp

    I finally finished distressing the old cabinet and made it into a video – although i did not video tape it from the beginning of the project i do have photos which show my progress.  I started off by sanding the cabinet and then painting the first layer of green (from the bedroom paint job). The next layer was the turquoise blue from the bathroom revamp which i very loosely painted on.  I then added some florescent pink and orange here and there for a chippy paint look.  I use minwax stain/sealer to dull down the colours a bit if you can believe it! Check out my reaction when i first applied the dark walnut stain Smile.

    Hope you enjoyed the video!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and a Winner!


      Happy Saint Patrick’s day everyone! I hope you have a fabulous day and that the luck of the Irish visits you today!  I don’t know about you but I don’t have a smidge of Irish in me – my kids Jessica and Ryan do from their father’s side Smile.


      The winner of the March Contest giveaway is Skye!  Congratulations Skye.  Please contact me so you can give me your address!

      Many thanks to everyone who entered my contest – and I want to let you know how much i appreciate you taking the time to talk about your moments of Grace. I read each entry and was so moved by all of them. Thank you so very much!

      Cabinet Revamp


      And now for something completely different! I decided that i want to revamp this old cabinet Mr. G and i bought at a garage sale 2 or 3 years ago.  It was a cream colour and was pretty beat up.  Mr. G sanded and base coated it with white and now it’s my job to do the paint job.


      I’ll be creating a funky distressed look with a few different colours.  I fell in love with this little cabinet because of this knob if you can believe it?  Also i loved the decorative detailing at the top of the cabinet as well. The original cabinet had a piece of glass in it but I had Mr. G remove it. I plan on making a painting that will sit inside of the opening. 

      If i tell myself that it’s basically a large journal page then maybe I won’t be so nervous about creating it Smile. I am not much of a painter and certainly don’t consider myself a fine artist.

      So stay tuned!

      See you on Wednesday!

      Love, Violette xo


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        Good Karma and Messy art 4 and 5


        The Messy art daily continues!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and that some of you are joining me in creating art every day for at least 15 minutes! Read all about it here. use this hashtag in your blogposts and facebook postings please #messyartdaily

        This is day 4’s drawing.  I was watching a TV show about unusual homes and this emerged……


        Micron pens and water colour pencil crayons.


        After doing a meditation about expanding my energy outwards beyond the house, my country, the world and beyond i drew this quick little one (day 5) in 15 minutes (micron pen and highlighters)……….


        As you can see it doesn’t have to be fantastic art or anything Smile.


        After doing the meditation Mr. G and i started to clear junk out of the Casbah (shed) as it will be demolished next weekend.  We had 4 black Ikea chairs, two black stools and 4 coloured wooden stools. I put them on the side of the road with signs that said F – R – E – E!  I envisioned the right and perfect people coming to get the chairs/stools. I envisioned them thinking that they really needed some chairs that day and lo and behold they would come upon this little haul!


        So 4 groups of people came by and picked up the chairs. Hooray!  One lady came by and got the Ikea chairs and was so thankful. I asked if she needed lamps too and she said no thank you. She noticed my Namaste sign on the door and asked about my spiritual beliefs.  Next thing you know she’s at my door with a large bowl of cherry tomatoes from her garden.  How wonderful is that?


        And then a little later she comes by with a huge bunch of Kale from her garden and this book – the Bhagavad Gita – a spiritual book i have always wanted!  I didn’t know that giving away the chairs/stools would be such good karma!


        This is the sign that sparked the conversation about spirituality.

        Don’t you love it when magical things like this happen? 

        Have you had some magical experiences like this before?  If so could you leave me a message in the comments section?

        I’d love to read your stories.

        Love, Violette  xo

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          Repurposed Chair–Swing


          Happy B.C. Day to all my Canadian (British Columbian) friends and elsewhere! It’s a holiday here in B.C. so i almost didn’t blog today but I was so excited to “chair” this new project with you – a Repurposed Chair Swing! chair_swing_collage

          Mr. G made the fatal mistake of lamenting on Saturday that he had no woodworking projects on the go. Did i hear him correctly???  I have a million ideas for him – naturally Smile. Next weekend we are celebrating my daughter Jessica’s birthday so that means the grandkids will be over!  They are too young to use my old swing so i kept pondering how we could make it safe for the little ones to use.


          A quick visit to Pinterest and a search for chair swings yileded much inspiration!  All i had to do was find an old chair……….


          Well wouldn’t you know it – there next to the Casbah shed stood a forlorn looking chair, peeling and rather ugly don’t you think?  It was one of my treasures from a big haul on Curbside recycling week 9 years ago Smile.  So i pulled it out and showed Mr. G and said “can you chop off these legs and make some sort of arms for this thing and attach it to the old swing please?”


          I seriously don’t think this is what he had in mind when he said he didn’t have any woodworking projects but i guess he thought this would have to do in a pinch.  He chopped off the legs and then pondered about what to do for arms.


          While i was away food shopping Mr. G came up with the idea of using the legs as arms and also using the leg cross struts for arms too (if you know what i mean). He screwed them in nicely and then made some circular wood disks for the top of the arms (there were big holes in the chair legs for some reason). You could alternately use wooden balls as end caps.


          Because I will be doing most of the swinging around the magic cottage the swing had to fit my hips Smile. So Mr. G had me try out the swing before going any further.  My pre-gluten free hips would not have made the cut I’m afraid (those 11 extra pounds would have made it an incredibly tight squeeze).  Check out this blogpost about a journal page i created about my tummy talking to me.


          After sanding the peeling chair vigorously Mr. G primed the chair with Zinsser Primer.


          Mr. G had to test if this rope configuration would work or not.  It took a while to figure out where the ropes had to go in order for the swing to not tip.  Trust me – it’s not as easy as it looks. We used a tree limb that is on an angle which posed some interesting challenges.


          I got the easy part – all i had to do is spray paint the chair with Rustoleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2 x spray paint.  The colour i chose looks sort of like my top!


          I love how juicy the colour turned out.  I had some extra spray paint left and ended up spraying a wooden birdhouse i had lying around. That’s for another blogpost.


          The first hole was drilled at the top of the rear upright of the chair.


          The second hole was drilled in the bottom of the rear upright of the chair. As you can see Mr. G screwed the old swing base to the bottom of the chair. The nylon rope (1/2”)  was fed through the holes and then knotted as you see here. Mr. G used the existing hole in the swing to feed the front rope into (from the underside). All in all the cost of the swing was about 28 dollars counting the rope and the spray paint.  We had the primer and screws and glue already and the chair was free.


          Voila!  Isn’t it cute?  I must say I’m not overly cranked about the way Mr. G wrapped the ropes around the chair but quite honestly I don’t feel the cute chairs we saw on Pinterest would hold adults.  This one is safe.  Now when the wee grandkids go on the swing all I’ll have to do is attach a belt to the front of the arms.  When Mr. G’s grandson Leium who is six years old comes to visit he won’t be needing the belt.


          There – doesn’t the chair fit in perfectly with the Magic Cottage vibe? If you like this project and want to save it for future project ideas why not pin it on Pinterest? 

          Thank you to all of you who submitted feedback for my website Re-evaluation.  If you haven’t submitted any of your ideas please click the link and submit in the comments section to be eligible to win some of my whimsical coasters!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Upcycled Silverware Chandelier


            FINALLY!  A video of the Upcycled Silverware Chandelier!  I hope you enjoy it! It’s a tutorial – you can make one too!

            Many thanks to my friend Gina, sister Linda, my Mom and Mr. G.  We had a great time working on this communal craft project.  I hope you try a communal project while having a visit – you’ll have a good time and end up with a fun project reminding you of the great connection! This chandelier will always remind me of my sister Linda’s visit to Vancouver and all the fun we had!

            Have you ever created a craft project with a group of people – if so please let me know in the comment section!

            Love, Violette xo

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