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All in one Day Planner

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Now it’s back to reality again. Like many people I have difficulty transitioning from the magic of Christmas to the mundane New Year.  It’s always good to focus on what you are grateful for rather than on what you no longer have or what’s in the past.  A planner or notebook is a good way to write down what you are grateful for.  Every year I buy a new planner and every year after one or two months of writing in it i abandon it. So this year I’m trying something different.

Suzi Blu started a group (it’s closed now i believe) on Facebook called “Paint and Chronicle” which is a place where you can follow along with her as she creates a unique all in one planner – Suzi style. It’s got the month and the days in it but it also encompasses gratitude and journaling, art and more.  I think I’ve been looking for something like this to keep me honest.

moleskin_cover1I’ve got lists, ideas, gratitude etc. written in a number of different places and am continually losing them and buying new books and starting anew.  So i’m pretty excited to begin this one as a catch all for all the important stuff.  The above book is created in a moleskin grid book.  I collaged a front cover and protected it with a layer of packing tape.  I wanted to make sure it was pretty enough for me to want to use it :).

I think if i allow myself to be real, messy and not worry about creating perfect art then this is something i can keep up with.

What kind of planner journal do you use for the important stuff throughout the year?

Love Violette xo

 

Sketching Unicorns and me!

 

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope my American friends had a good Thanksgiving Holiday – you might be still celebrating too!

I have to go to the doctors for a bunch of issues and rather than go to see the Doctor for one issue at a time I decided that many of them might be related and the best way for me to demonstrate that would be to do a quick drawing of my symptoms (i left a few out which i will add later). I think if you go into the Doctor’s office and have less than 5 minutes to talk about your problems it’s good to be prepared.

I was not aiming for a pretty drawing or anything – just something which could be self-explanatory.  You could probably do something like this in your art journal and make it much more elaborate on a mixed media background to document where you are now and then another page “where you are later”.

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Over the weekend I was feeling rather listless and unmotivated.  A little voice told me to draw a Unicorn so I decided to go for it.  I felt a bit guilty since there was no rhyme or reason for it and i could have spent that time cleaning up.

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In any case i had fun – I think i’ll incorporate it into a future journal page.

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Lifebook 2015!

Lifebook 2015 starts in one months time!  If you’d like to sign up to get access to many of your favourite teachers and transformative projects check this out!  I’m really happy to be one of the teachers this year around!

See you later!

Love, Violette xo

P.S. I can’t believe we are already into December!

 

Crazy like a Fox: the Monster in me!

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You may be wondering why I’m drawing a fox?  I rarely draw animals or monsters for that matter :).  My friend and fellow art journaler Joyelle Brandt created a book called Princess Monsters from A to Z.  She asked a few of her artist friends to come up with the Monster in them and write a bit about the character.  She wants to create a buzz around her book in a fun way!

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 Here’s a little bit about the book:

For any girl who has ever felt like she does not fit in, artist/author Joyelle Brandt has written a fun and meaningful book about the beauty of our individuality. Princess Monsters from A to Z is a charming collection of lovable characters, from wrestling champion Elian, to troublemaker Mayzee, to the cat juggling Zibbo. This book is a must-read for parents and kids alike. Says Brandt of why she wrote the book:

“I always felt like an outsider growing up because I didn’t think I fit into the typical model of beauty. I want girls to read this book and see themselves in it, and know that there is so much more to be than just pretty.”

You can find the book here and check out Joyelle’s website here.

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I can certainly relate to not feeling like i fit in growing up as well.

Instead of drawing a monster I kept getting the nagging feeling that i should be drawing a fox as the monster in me. I felt that sometimes people think i’m a bit crazy and eccentric…….doing odd things here and there.  But like the fox who seems crazy I can actually be quite clever – meaning there often is a method to my madness when initially there does not appear to be!

fox_sketchJoyelle asked the contributing artists to answer these questions about their monster ……here they are:

1. What is your monster’s name?  Felicity Fox

2. Hobbies/interests: likes moving in circles and hopping up and down. Likes to play marbles, draw, paint, interested in UFO’s (hence she is wearing a UFO hat).

3. Her biggest pet peeve?  When people pretend to be something they are not.

4.  Favourite food: olives of any description, artichokes, Moroccan Lentil soup, quinoa salad.

5.  Her personailty:  she’s definitely quirky, quick, jittery, creative and a mix between shy and outgoing – a bit of an enigma!

Thanks for checking out my imaginary Monster in me! And thanks Joyelle for inviting me to play!

P.S. If you have not already done so please enter my 10 Year Blog contest giveaway – i’m giving a way a set of my fun inspiration cards!

See you Friday!

Love, Violette xo

 

Blogging tomorrow!

Just wanted to let you know that i have a busy day today so I’ll be blogging tomorrow instead of today.
See you later alligator!
Love, Violette

Magic cottage weekend renos

Hola!

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend? Mr. G and i have been busy revamping the laundry room.  It was pretty scary looking and was jam packed with stuff including two large cabinets which took up lots of space. This old cabinet below became a black hole which held stuff for 18 years.  It was so jam packed with stuff I had forgotten about them.

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Here’s the ancient wooden cupboard.  Yesterday i put it on the side of the road to see if there would be any takers……so far none. I also have it up on a few FB pages (free and garage sale sites).It’s pretty big and super heavy.  I don’t like to see things going to the dump if someone else could use the item. This piece would be great in a studio, garage or basement.

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The laundry room’s “BEFORE” was too scary for me to post…..here’s the after.  We bought cabinets for the laundry room with cubbies from Target. There’s another unit on the opposite wall. Since this is a pretty old house (75 years old) there are not too many closets or built in storage spaces.

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The cubbies are great because you can add a tag like i did here which designates what items live inside of them.  In my old cupboards i just jammed everything in. I even have a cubbie dedicated to art supplies so i can pull it out and bring it to the kitchen counter which is where i usually create my art.

We repainted the walls white to make the space look bigger and also retiled the floor so it looks fresh and clean. Tiling the floor is a bit hard on the knees but the end result is well worth it.

I’ve decided that i most likely should ban all horizontal surfaces in the house since i tend to pile things on any flat surface!  Ha!

Are you working on decluttering your space too? You’ll feel so much better when you do!

Love, Violette xo

 

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