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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


Random art journal page

Happy Friday my creative friends!

After all of that worrying about technology the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast went off without a hitch!  I was worried that i would have too much time on the 1 1/2 hour spreecast and not enough art work to share……as it turned out I had to quickly glue down some of the elements at the end of the show as we were swiftly running out of time!


This is what i came up with – Random art journal piece!  I ended up adding the words and shading later on as there wasn’t enough time to get to the details. 


I wanted to show how you you could add dimension to characters by using pencil crayons.


I don’t know about you but i have difficulty talking and drawing at the same time so i had to have some rough sketches done up ahead of time to ink in while Connie was interviewing me.

A workshop and help for Aspiring Authors!

Connie is a brilliant teacher and facilitator – i just wanted to give you the heads up about her newest class – Painting the Feminine

Marney Makridakis has done it again – she’s partnered with Marc Allen to help aspiring authors – Do you have a book inside you? Check out this free video about writing a book proposal, by two creative publishing leaders – take a look here! Just to let you know that i am affiliate of Marney’s programs so will receive a fee if you decide to buy this program. I only recommend programs that I believe in.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Love, Violette ox

21 Secrets LIVE spreecast today!

Happy Wednesday everyone!


Today is the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast and I’m the guest artist for this week.  Hooray!spreecast

One of my challenges is technology. The thing is everything is changing so quickly in the world that it’s hard to keep up.  I think it’s easier for young people to keep up but it certainly is not impossible for more mature people – *ahem to get the hang of things.

So here i am in the above photo this morning with a goofy pair of headsets on trying to get the sound and lighting down right before the show this afternoon.  You see the window lets too much light in so I had to  put up a sarong on the window – too much light means washed out face.  I have a fear of messing up so hope all goes well.  I had Mr. G help me last night with the headset and he was having difficulty connecting the speakers and getting the sound right.  He was pretty frustrated which made me worried since he’s a techie guy Smile

I think we got it right……… fingers crossed! 

I’m assembling all of my supplies and books so they can be accessed easily during the spreecast – I’m upstairs and my supplies are downstairs so it’s a bit of a schlepp if i forget something.

Because I have difficulty talking and drawing I’ll be sketching out some ideas so i can ink them in on camera.

There is so much stuff, ideas and life stories that i want to share – I’m sure I won’t get to all of them! 

I thought I would share my story here to demonstrate that it’s good to “feel the fear and do it anyway” in life.  You stay stuck if you let things like technology or not knowing how to do something prevent you from accessing your dreams!

See you later alligator!

Love, Violette xo

Mojo Workshop Success!

Our Get your Mojo Going workshop was a big success!  Thanks to all of the fabulous ladies who came out to play, colour, learn more about themselves and connect with other like minded spirits.


Here’s Susan Keeping and yours truly at the front of the room doing some brainstorming on the flipchart.


Susan and Violette


We set out a resource table full of our favourite books that we recommend – i had way more I wanted to bring but they would have filled up my entire car! Just past the Book table are the supplies and then the magazines for the Dream board exercise.


The ladies working on one of the exercises.


We were so fortunate to have Lisa come out and volunteer to help us out. During the lulls of activity Lisa had fun participating. She said colouring was very relaxing.


My friend Cathy Yeomans totally embraced all of the exercises – she plans on completing some of them with her husband! How fun is that?


The workshop wouldn’t have been complete without some yummy food.  Susan (who is an awesome cook) took care of most of the food making veggie chilli, veggies and dip, homemade gluten free muffins, yogurt, fruit, nuts, coffee, tea and more. My contribution which you see here is the Quinoa salad.

All in all it was a great workshop – the participants had fun, expanded their comfort zone and got excited about the possibilities of achieving their dreams! We packed so much into one day that I’m certain it could have been a two day workshop.

Many thanks to my co-facilitator Susan Keeping for all of her hard work, to Lisa for helping us out – to our partners Graham and Robbie for helping with the set up and tear down of the workshop and also to the ladies who stayed behind to help us!  Phew!

I was still recovering from a cold so was pretty exhausted by the end of the session. Thankfully Sunday was a nice quiet relaxing day spent absorbing all of the workshop goodness and just chilling!

Have you recently attended an all day workshop and if so what did you enjoy about it the most?

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend too!

Love, Violette xo

Workshop loot bags!

Hola! Hope today is a good day for you!

Yesterday I spent the day putting loot bags (kits) together for the mojo workshop (and by the way there are a couple of spots left if you want to join us!). 


The kitchen looked like a bomb had hit while i glittered, laminated and cut bookmarks and magnets for each of the loot bags!


I’m really happy with the “Dig your Magic” bookmark design i created a few years ago – i think the saying totally encapsulates what the workshop is all about – uncovering or unearthing the magic that lies within……..that thing that gives you juice, the thing which makes you uniquely YOU!


The loot bags all in a row – don’t they look fun? Susan Keeping and myself have been working on this workshop for a long time – for me it’s been almost two months so it’s pretty exciting to finally see it all coming together!  Tomorrow is the big day!


I picked up the workbooks from the Printers yesterday and was so thrilled with how they turned out! There’s a section at the back with some white and coloured blank pages so that the participants can add more collaging, writing and drawing to their books!

Thanks for bearing with me with all of this workshop preparation!

Wish us luck!

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Love, Violette xo

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