June Birthday Contest Giveaway – Contest closed!

Hello my friends!

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CONTEST CLOSED!  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED.  WE HAVE A WINNER – TERESA – CONGRATULATIONS. I WILL BE CONTACTING YOU TO SEND YOU YOUR GOODIES.  TERESA’S QUOTE WAS: 

“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”

Just to let you know i use the random number generator to choose a number – i wish i could give you all a prize.

I am 61 today and in celebration of living 61 years and to thank you for your support and love over the years I am having a contest giveaway!  Yay! You might be wondering why i am showing you my ear?  Well my wonderful son and daughter-in-law gifted me with hearing aids – you can’t see them can you? They are so skookum. Now i can hear layers of things i could never hear before, can hear conversations going on in the cubicles at the bank and don’t have to keep saying WHAT???? It’s so cool – and to think i was so reticent to get them and admit i have a hearing loss.

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Birthday Contest

I’ll be giving away an original illustration (i made inspiration cards with these) – Believe, A “love who you are” dog tag necklace, a set of 10 postcards and admittance to my online workshop Journal Bliss!   The workshop is on art journaling and is full of techniques, tips and tricks.

In order to enter the contest please let me know in the comment section of my blog on this post what your favourite quote is. I’ll be drawing one lucky winner Wednesday June 24  at 9 am PST.  Good Luck!

Art Journal Summer School

If you want to have some summer art journaling fun which you’re on holidays please join me for Art Journal Summer School – it’s happening soon………in two weeks!

See you soon!

Love, Violette xo

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159 Comments on June Birthday Contest Giveaway – Contest closed!

  1. Cristin
    June 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm (4 years ago)

    First of all, happy birthday Violette! And the gift of hearing… What a wonderful gift.

    My favorite quote is : “Do no harm (but take no sh*t).”

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

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    • Hi Violette
      June 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm (4 years ago)

      I really want to enter your contest for a spot in the art journal workshop before your extended deadline of June 24th passes…my favorite quote is the one about may our “passion and creativity is our Genious”…

      Reply
  2. Ruth Flagg
    June 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm (4 years ago)

    You should sit in nature 20 minutes a day
    Unless you’re busy
    Then you should sit in nature an hour a day
    -based on an old Zen saying on meditation

    Congrats on being able to hear! It’s almost like being able to see, isn’t it. 🙂
    Happy birthday again! <3 -Ruth

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  3. Jodi
    June 15, 2015 at 3:14 pm (4 years ago)

    “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” ~~John O’Donohue

    Happy birthday!

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  4. Barbi Durbin
    June 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh gosh, I love quotes so it’s hard to choose a favorite, but I really believe “If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” Thanks for the chance to win, this is awesome! Happy Birthday to you!

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  5. Paula MacGregor
    June 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm (4 years ago)

    There is freedom waiting for you,
    On the breezes of the sky,
    And you ask “What if I fall?”
    Oh but my darling,
    What if you fly?

    by Erin Hanson.

    I love this quote, Erin Hanson is a very talented young poet – if you want to read more of her amazing words go here: http://thepoeticunderground.com

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  6. Casey
    June 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

    “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

    This STILL gives me goosebumps whenever I read it and encouragement on tough days. Happy Happy Birthday to you!! Thank you for sharing your art and inspiration with the world!!

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  7. kristina clark
    June 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm (4 years ago)

    life is like an ever shifting kaleidoscope: a slight change and all the patterns alter. ~ sharon salzberg.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  8. Rose Storm
    June 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm (4 years ago)

    “Bloom where you are planted”

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  9. Kerryn Williams
    June 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday V!
    And the gift of hearing, priceless! Enjoy!

    I came across this quote as a new mum and has held true even since

    Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs…but it’s your choice to either scream or enjoy the ride. Be Positive. – Unknown.

    Sending birthday warm fuzzies, love & light 🙂

    Kerryn

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  10. Diane Cresswell
    June 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I have so many, but this one hits home more as I speak about magic to people all the time.

    Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl

    And the other that I have written in a story that I wrote, and pasted up to remind me is this one:
    We limit our ability to love – Love doesn’t! D. Cresswell

    Love and Magic go together.
    Happy Birthday again. Now onto getting that gypsy wagon!

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  11. Joanna Grant
    June 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm (4 years ago)

    what a generous giveaway, dear Violette! My favourite quote is from Goethe, “Nothing Is Worth More Than This Day.”

    Cheers!
    Joanna

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  12. Sharon Caillier
    June 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to you Violette and thank you for this give a way. There are so many quotes I love but the one that jumps out at me today is “To Thine Own Self Be True”. Hope you enjoyed your day.

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  13. kiki halbert
    June 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm (4 years ago)

    My fave quote is “life’s a journey not a destination”

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  14. Rosann
    June 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette! Hope you had a super day!
    A favourite quote…hard to pick just one, but here goes:
    “Let the beauty that you love, be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” Rumi

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  15. Maria
    June 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Day to you!
    My favorite quote: “what you give to the world comes back to you!!”
    As always, thank you for your light!
    Hugs!!

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  16. ANg
    June 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Give sorrow words = Shakespeare.
    I believe grief needs to be heard and thank goodness for this quote, it kept me sane at the darkest moments of my life.
    happy birthday!
    ANg

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  17. Cindy
    June 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Happiest of birthdays to you!!
    My favourite quote for the last few years has been this:
    “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

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  18. Dorothy
    June 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! My favorite quote is from the movie Spinal Tap “Have a good time, all the time”.

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  19. Cassie Hepburn
    June 15, 2015 at 11:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Violette!
    Thank you for all the beauty and wonder and magic you be in the world.

    One of my favourite quotes is by Hafiz “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.”

    Have a magical, wonderous birthday Violette! Thank you for being You!

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  20. Emma Elliott
    June 15, 2015 at 11:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Vioette, I hope you have a wonderful time, my 40th is on the 21st June. My fav quote is “Art is not what you see, its what you make others see” Degas.
    :o)

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  21. Marie-Anne
    June 16, 2015 at 1:13 am (4 years ago)

    ‘Fais ce que tu peux, c’est déjà pas si mal’, which means ‘Do what you can, it’s already a lot’

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  22. Lin
    June 16, 2015 at 1:54 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday!! My current favorite is by Joss Whedon:

    “Whatever makes you weird, is probably your greatest asset.”

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  23. Fiona
    June 16, 2015 at 2:53 am (4 years ago)

    Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! – Audrey Hepburn

    Happy Birthday, Violette. I hope this coming year is the best you’ve ever had!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a seat on your Journal Bliss course, and all the other goodies besides.

    Reply
  24. Emie
    June 16, 2015 at 4:27 am (4 years ago)

    My favorite quote is…..
    “Don’t look back. You aren’t going that way.”

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  25. Christine Garton
    June 16, 2015 at 4:51 am (4 years ago)

    Only 1 quote? That’s hard!!! “Passion is sacred freedom of the soul.” That’s a quote from me that I have said for over 20 years. Glad you’re enjoying your new hearing aids!

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  26. Kristen
    June 16, 2015 at 5:04 am (4 years ago)

    My favorite quote is “Be present every day”. I constantly have to work on this because I seem to spend a lot of time agonizing over the past or worrying about the future. Thanks for this give away and I hope your birthday was wonderful!

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  27. Miranda
    June 16, 2015 at 8:11 am (4 years ago)

    Congrats on your birthday! What nice you give a present instead of only getting it…

    My favorite quote: “we don’t remember days, we remember moments.”

    Thanks for the change of winning!!
    xx

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  28. Angella
    June 16, 2015 at 8:35 am (4 years ago)

    “How many charming talents have been spoiled by the instilled desire to do “important” work. Some people are born to lift heavy weights. Some are born to juggle with golden balls.” – Max Beerholm-

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  29. Chandra
    June 16, 2015 at 8:50 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Month to you! You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family who honor and cherish you! My favorite quote is ” it is love that makes the impossible possible.”
    Congrats on your hearing aids and accepting them and being able to hear again! I’m sharing this post with my Mom so maybe she will get some.

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  30. Carla
    June 16, 2015 at 10:12 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday and great to have hearing aids.
    my favorite quote (being somewhat of a perfectionist ): Have no fear of perfection you’l never reach it – Salvador Dali

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  31. Sandy Laipply
    June 16, 2015 at 11:45 am (4 years ago)

    Happiest of Birthdays to you! My favorite quote today is ” The earth without art is just “eh”

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  32. Robin
    June 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Hope you had an awesome birthday V! My favorite quote would have to be – “Treat others as you want to be treated.”

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  33. Judie
    June 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Violette. Gosh, you dont look anywhere near 39!! Have a wonderful week!

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  34. Angie
    June 16, 2015 at 5:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi!
    Most importantly, I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
    I recently bought Journal Bliss, and just found this site because of that. It’s GREAT!
    I have several quotes I love, but ONE of my favorites is “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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  35. Dotti C
    June 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm (4 years ago)

    “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have”.

    M. Angelou

    Happy Birthday! Hearing aids can be a mixed bag…you may hear something you don’t need…hope yours will always be a blessing!

    Reply
  36. Laurie Salinas
    June 21, 2015 at 9:20 am (4 years ago)

    Happiest birthday Violette! Mines June 23rd! I’m turning the big 50!
    My absolute favorite quote is by Victor Hugo ~ Les Miserables ‘To love another person is to see the face of God’.
    Thanks for this fabulisious opportunity to win your give-away!

    Reply
  37. Sigrún Linda Karlsdottir
    June 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!! ;D

    My favorite quote is by Steve Jobsþ,
    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
    Steve Jobs

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/steve_jobs.html#M8GFi77pmiAkt9lu.99

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  38. Sigrún Linda Karlsdottir
    June 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!! ;D

    My favorite quote is by Steve Jobsþ,
    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
    Steve Jobs

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/steve_jobs.html#M8GFi77pmiAkt9lu.99

    Reply
  39. Brenda Warren
    June 22, 2015 at 9:41 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday! What a generous thing to do! It’s hard to choose from so many amazing quotes, so I hope you’ll indulge me and let me share two.
    “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
    “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  40. Lisa
    June 22, 2015 at 9:58 am (4 years ago)

    I am so excited for this opportunity. My favorite quote is “When someone shows you who they are believe them” Maya Angelou

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  41. Michelle Lake
    June 22, 2015 at 11:06 am (4 years ago)

    When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I that I didn’t understand the assignment and I told then that they did not understand life. John Lennon.

    This to me is key of life, happiness and success.
    Happy birthday again sweet Violette! Thank you for being such cheerfulness daily through my Internet 🙂 <3

    Reply
  42. Shirley Willetts
    June 23, 2015 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

    ” Don’t miss out on a blessing, just because it is not packaged the way you expect!”

    Hope your birthday was a bomb! Won’t tell you to have fun because you always do!

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  43. Ineke
    June 23, 2015 at 8:39 am (4 years ago)

    My favorite qoute at the moment is: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

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  44. Brandi Clark
    June 23, 2015 at 10:21 am (4 years ago)

    “Give ideas handles.” – Chris Brogan

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  45. susan lloyd
    June 23, 2015 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

    Be still and Know I am God

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  46. Allyson Bright
    June 23, 2015 at 10:23 am (4 years ago)

    “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

    I hope you had an awesome birthday! 😀

    Reply
  47. Sharon Irving
    June 23, 2015 at 10:24 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, my favourite quote is ‘luck is another name for optimism’

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  48. Jennifer
    June 23, 2015 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

    My absolute favorite quote is by William Shakespeare “To Thine Own Self Be True” it speaks to me on so many levels. Hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration! Thanks for sharing your positive energy with the world!

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  49. Carolyn Doherty
    June 23, 2015 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

    “How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand… there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold.” Frodo Baggins

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  50. Mary Dean
    June 23, 2015 at 10:29 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday, Violette! I have so many favorite quotes that it’s hard to choose. I love the line from one of Mary Oliver’s poems-Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild, precious life.”

    Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway! Fingers crossed!

    Reply
  51. /
    June 23, 2015 at 10:29 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday Violette! I am getting hearing aids too..I will be 64 in September so its about time right? Anyway I love so many quotes but my favorite is Life..its not a dress rehearsal. Love you dear lady have a great day!

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  52. Riya
    June 23, 2015 at 10:33 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday and a wonderful new year of life.
    My favourite quote is:
    Life it soo short to feel sorry.
    Well…two quotes:
    You are what you think you are.

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    • Riya
      June 23, 2015 at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

      Sorry, stupid brace ^_^. Ofcourse it should read:
      Life is too short to feel sorry.

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  53. Julie
    June 23, 2015 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday, Violette! It sounds like you’ve had quite a lovely celebration and I hope all of the goodness of it all spills over into the next year. Today, my favorite quote is by Pablo Picasso and it is “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” When I am all full of paint, there is no room for the dust. Hugs, Julie XOX

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  54. Toni Leli
    June 23, 2015 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    A friend, who had just lost her husband, received a sympathy card from a neighbor stating: “It was worse when my dad died.”

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  55. Vicki S
    June 23, 2015 at 10:39 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!!!!
    My favorite quote is “Just when the catewrpillar thought the world was ove he became a butterfly!”

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  56. Claire
    June 23, 2015 at 10:40 am (4 years ago)

    Most happy belated birthday wishes, dearest Violette!!
    I have SO many favourite quotes, but Virginia Woolf’s ‘I am rooted, but I flow’ speaks to the very depths of me 🙂
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway – you are such a generous, loving Soul xx
    {{{hugs from England }}}

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  57. jeni
    June 23, 2015 at 10:43 am (4 years ago)

    “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” -Dalai Lama

    Happy Birthday!

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  58. Dawn Zichko
    June 23, 2015 at 10:44 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!

    Favorite Quote:
    “It’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself.”
    Chris in the Morning, Northern Exposure

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  59. Taslim Jaffer
    June 23, 2015 at 10:46 am (4 years ago)

    happy birthday!!! My fave quote: “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction”
    That’s one of many quotes I love, but a good one!

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  60. Linda allen
    June 23, 2015 at 10:46 am (4 years ago)

    There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind!
    HAPPYBIRTHDAY

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  61. Tabitha Beck
    June 23, 2015 at 10:46 am (4 years ago)

    “It’s never too late to be who you might have been”. George Eliot
    This is my favorite quote…
    Happy Birthday…and thank you for sharing as much of yourself as you do. 🙂
    Every day…

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  62. PennyD
    June 23, 2015 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

    Belated Happy Birthday. Woohoo to you!! You got great gifts, all from the heart. The best kind.

    “Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly. “(Lauren Bacall)

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  63. Lyn
    June 23, 2015 at 10:48 am (4 years ago)

    “The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
    The work of life is to develop it.
    The meaning of life is to give your gift away.”
    ~ David Viscott

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  64. Melissa
    June 23, 2015 at 10:50 am (4 years ago)

    “Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside”
    -Coco Chanel

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  65. Judy Lee
    June 23, 2015 at 10:52 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette! And may you have many more!

    My favorite quote is by Dr. Ihab Hassan, PhD.

    “Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain.”

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  66. Gez
    June 23, 2015 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Violette, I LOVE a good quote. One of my favourites is.. I am not this hair, I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.. Rumi

    I could see this quote with one of your adorable happy faces :))

    Hope you have a beautiful year ahead. Gez

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  67. Kirsten
    June 23, 2015 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!
    My favourite quote is from Julian of Norwich. “All shall be well. All shall be well. All manner of things shall be well.”
    Many thanks!

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  68. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!

    My favorite quote is “EARTH without ART is just EH”

    I love this quote because what would earth be without all of its colors, lines, shapes and swirls! It would be a blank canvas and there’d be no way to paint it.

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  69. Sandy Hanna
    June 23, 2015 at 11:00 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette! I was watching Orson Welles on you tube and his parting words in a video/old commercial were “Paul Masson will sell no wine before it’s time.” With that voice I would have bought it.

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  70. Peggy
    June 23, 2015 at 11:03 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette. You give me courage to go see about hearing aids myself! My favorite quote is from Emily Dickinson:
    Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.

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  71. Deborah
    June 23, 2015 at 11:04 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to you !! My favorite quote is “WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.”

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  72. gemma
    June 23, 2015 at 11:05 am (4 years ago)

    “allshallbewell”
    LOVE you Violette.
    xx

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  73. Deborah Dunlop
    June 23, 2015 at 11:07 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette! You look fabulous and I LOVE the Gypsy Wagon your daughter made, very special. There are so many marvelous words floating through our world these days, but my favorite quote right now (and words I do try to live by as I age) is:

    “You Were Once Wild Here. Don’t Let Them Tame You”
    Isadora Duncan

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  74. Laurie
    June 23, 2015 at 11:09 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday! My favorite quote is from the book of ecclesiastics: “for everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” it reminds me to maintain gratitude and balance in my life
    Laurie

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  75. Bunny
    June 23, 2015 at 11:10 am (4 years ago)

    “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life”.Omar Khayyam. So happy to hear of your happy birthday!! xoxo

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  76. Juliana Pace
    June 23, 2015 at 11:10 am (4 years ago)

    Happy 61st again! You know I’d love to win every contest! God bless you with many more too!

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  77. Johanna Sahayatee
    June 23, 2015 at 11:11 am (4 years ago)

    Be yourself – everyone else is already taken! (Oscar Wilde )

    Shine on Violette! !!@ lots of love to my favourite gypsy soul!
    Xxx Johanna Sahayatee

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  78. Laurie Trindle
    June 23, 2015 at 11:11 am (4 years ago)

    My favorite quote is from Flaubert. “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

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  79. Vicki D
    June 23, 2015 at 11:11 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Violette !!!

    “Never, never, never give up.”
    -Winston Churchill

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  80. Shari M.
    June 23, 2015 at 11:12 am (4 years ago)

    I am a June baby too 🙂 good month to be born in I think … Happy Birthday to you and what a wonderful gift for your family to give you. My favorite quote (well one of them as I have many) follows….

    Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

    Cecil Beaton

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  81. Joanne
    June 23, 2015 at 11:13 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Violette.
    My current favouite quote is
    “When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.”
    Not sure where I found the quote, but I like it. I would love to win your goodies.

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  82. marlene
    June 23, 2015 at 11:16 am (4 years ago)

    “When you make loving others the story of your life there is never a final chapter”

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  83. Heidi Neufeld
    June 23, 2015 at 11:20 am (4 years ago)

    Happy 61…”Don’t go through life, GROW through life. – BUtterworth-

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  84. Kait Meadows
    June 23, 2015 at 11:20 am (4 years ago)

    May you be filled with the magical joy you so generously share with us! At 60 I embraced the conscious assignment of making my life slower, deeper, more loving, more conscious of the tiny moments of pleasure that I used to be too busy to notice! My favorite quote inspires me “Beware the bareness of a busy life.” Socrates

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  85. Heather
    June 23, 2015 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday! That gypsy caravan looks so beautiful! *envious*

    My favourite quote is “Let the beauty of love be what you do.”

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  86. Malissa
    June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday! My favourite quote is ‘do what makes you happy’. My grandad used to say this to me when I was struggling with hard decisions and now I see the quote in lots of places and think of him x

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  87. Rita
    June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

    So many favorites but this one is always a reminder to me ” happiness isn’t having what you want, it’s wanting what you have.”

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  88. Adriane
    June 23, 2015 at 11:35 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday, Violette! I hope I get to join you some time ITRL! 🙂

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  89. Celeste
    June 23, 2015 at 11:41 am (4 years ago)

    “Nothing Happens Until You Move” – Robin Sharma

    I believe in order to get anything or do anything you need to move, or nothing will happen. I have entered this contest and this, I hope, will cause me to win a prize!

    Happy Birthday Violette!!!!

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  90. Liz Lewis
    June 23, 2015 at 11:49 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to you.
    My quote is “Leap and the net will appear” Zen Saying

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  91. Amanda
    June 23, 2015 at 11:51 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! My favorite quote is: “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” — Georgia O’Keeffe

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  92. Susan King
    June 23, 2015 at 11:55 am (4 years ago)

    Be still and know that I am God – Psalm 46:10 Happy birthday!! Glad you can hear the chickadees singing on our beautiful west coast. 🙂

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  93. Sandi Mathews
    June 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I so love my inspiration cards from you. My favorite quote is from my dad. “What’s done id done”. Always live in the moment. 🙂

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  94. NIcole
    June 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

    First, Happy Birthday to you ! =) The quotes I love is ” Waiting is a waste of time ” and “If not now , then when !”

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  95. Cathie
    June 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday to you – I hope there was cake! My favourite quote:

    “A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child

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  96. Helene
    June 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!
    My favorite quote is:
    And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
    was more painful than the risk it took to blossom
    Anais Nin

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  97. Norma Pond
    June 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm (4 years ago)

    “And in the shadow of your wings I will make my refuge” Psalm 57:1

    So happy you can hear well, again. I recently lost my husband of 60 years and was his caretake for 13 yrs. During the time I cared for him I would enjoy your books and quiet my mind and heart. Thank you.

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  98. Jennifer Wiegert
    June 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on your hearing aids! Life changing! I’m a speech-language pathologist and work with children with complex communication needs who have limited verbal output. My favourite quote is: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE ME. I KNOW MORE THAN I SAY, THINK MORE THAN I SPEAK, AND NOTICE MORE THAN YOU REALIZE.

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  99. Pat L.
    June 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm (4 years ago)

    “Because nice matters!”

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  100. Tina GS
    June 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm (4 years ago)

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power we will have peace.” Jimi Hendrix

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  101. Wendy Fedan
    June 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm (4 years ago)

    One of my favorite quotes is by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
    You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.”

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  102. Judy Bliss
    June 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday. I was so happy and surprised to get your email, for some reason, I have not been receiving them. Will have to check into your new class. Does it follow the book?
    My favorite quote of the day is” If you ever spill ink, you will never cry over spilled milk.” unknown.

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  103. Wendy
    June 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Violette!
    One of my many favourites is ‘ Gravity is not responsible for people falling in love’

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  104. Heather Goodbrad
    June 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to YOU!!
    my favorite quote is- You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think!~Christopher Robin

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  105. Mary Rupp
    June 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Fiest “Happy Birthday” Hope you had a great day. My favorite quote:When I’m good,I’m very good.But when I’m bad I’m sensational! Mae West

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  106. Elizabethe Marri Kirby
    June 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Violette and blessings for many more to come!
    My favorite quote is “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” Albert Einstein
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  107. Jen Riley
    June 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm (4 years ago)

    One of my favorite quotes:
    Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. ~Pablo Picasso
    Happy Birthday Violette!

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  108. Bev
    June 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday. Mine was yesterday. My favorite quote:
    Find a man who messes up your lipstick but never your mascara

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  109. Kathy Kreidler
    June 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

    favorite quote:
    Realize that everything is connected to everything else.
    –Leonardo da Vinci

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  110. nancy Johnston
    June 23, 2015 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

    This has always resonated with me from mark Twain, ““We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.”

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  111. Jeanne Elliott
    June 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! My birthday was June 19th!
    My favorite quote is ‘Put your big girl panties on and get it done’. 🙂 We all usually need to be braver even when we are scared.

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  112. Eileen Quinn
    June 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette!!! My favourite quote is “Listen to the whispers of your heart.”

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  113. Susie
    June 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm (4 years ago)

    “Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become” Mufasa’s ghost (Lion King movie)

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  114. Kathleen
    June 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm (4 years ago)

    My favorite quote would have to be the “Believe that life is worth living…..” It would have sustained me through the dark days before surgery and after, when first I wasn’t sure I would make it through surgery, and then the painful days recovering afterwards. Thank you, Violette!

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  115. Alicia Murray
    June 23, 2015 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Violette! I wanted to say thank you again for donating your artwork to our fundraiser last Saturday!
    Also I wanted to say thank you, because you have literally blown my mind with all the possibilities I can use to express myself! You have truly changed my life!

    My favorite quote is from Oprah: “The greatest adventure you can take is living the life of your dreams”

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  116. Sandra
    June 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Violette! Happy birthday! I am right behind you! My 59th is coming in two days! Enjoy!

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  117. Judith
    June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! My favorite quote is “It’s all good”!
    Many thanks!

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  118. Edie
    June 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

    “All of us are in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.”

    Happy birthday!

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  119. Johanna
    June 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette!! 🙂
    I have so many favorite quotes it’s so hard to choose! I am so glad you made us name some though…because I get to write down some new ones!!
    My favorite for the day, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss.” Thank you for the chance to win your wonderful art and workshop!! 🙂

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  120. Deb
    June 23, 2015 at 2:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday.
    My favorite quote at the moment comes for Winston Churchill
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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  121. Andrea Schiffner
    June 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! My favorite quote is
    Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved. ~Christopher Paul Rubero

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  122. Sally
    June 23, 2015 at 3:06 pm (4 years ago)

    My favorite quote is” If not now, when? I just turned 60, and all I did was cut all my hair off! You are sweet!

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  123. kimberly Myers
    June 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm (4 years ago)

    “I could rule the world with one hand tied behind my back …as long as you were holding the other one!”

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  124. Kathryn
    June 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Violette!
    My favorite quote is “Guard your heart, for out of it flow the issues of life.”

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  125. kimberly Myers
    June 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm (4 years ago)

    And Happy late Birthday mine was June 1st ….fellow Gemini’s?

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  126. michelle
    June 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Hoping for many more happy birthdays Violette. My favourite quote is “there is enough for everyone’s need, but there is not enough for everyone’s greed”Gandhi

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  127. Lori Bender
    June 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm (4 years ago)

    My fav’ quote from The Godfather 3 movie was by Michael Corleone: “The only wealth in this world is children; more than all the money, power on earth, you are my treasure.”

    Thanks Violette! 🙂

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  128. Raine
    June 23, 2015 at 4:48 pm (4 years ago)

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  129. Lee Clements
    June 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday Violetta and thank you for the giveaway
    My favourite quote is
    “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

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  130. Raine
    June 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday, Violette! My 58th birthday is tomorrow, June 24th.
    Favorite quote,
    To be happy, be happy.

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  131. Kim
    June 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday,Violette!!! One of my favorite quotes is,”The years tell us much the days never knew”.It’s hard to choose,there are so many.Most of the stamps that I own are quotes

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  132. Cindy
    June 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m not a has been, I’m a will be. Lauren Bacall

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  133. Jodie
    June 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm (4 years ago)

    My favorite quote is, “Never Assume Anything”. I live by that so I don’t get disappointed (or try to anyway) and never take anything for granted, because when you assume things you get hurt.

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  134. Nadine Mckenzie
    June 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Violette! I hope your day was as every bit special as you are!

    “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”

    – Khalil Gibran

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  135. Chelsey Velilla
    June 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm (4 years ago)

    “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

    This quote keeps my monkey-mind sane.

    Happy Birthday, Violette!

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  136. Melissa
    June 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.” -Emily Dickinson

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  137. Darlene
    June 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Sending birthday wishes your way for the whole year through — love, health, happiness and creativity unbound!

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  138. Teresa
    June 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Happy birthday to you!

    My favorite quote is “When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”

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  139. Lanette
    June 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Buon compleanno from Italy!
    My favourite quote is
    ‘Bloom where you are planted.’
    Grazie mille!

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  140. Kelly
    June 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!!

    It is what it is…
    until you change it!

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  141. Carmen Lucero
    June 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm (4 years ago)

    My mom always told us “never leave for tomorrow what you can do today.” I’e been living and following that quote ever since I was a child and it has helped me reach my goals and finish projects every day. Yay for my very wise mamacita! I’ll be needing one of those things soon, Violette. I’m ready!

    Thanks for the chance and many happy days ahead,

    Carmen L.

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  142. Cindy
    June 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday dear friend!

    I will always love Desiderata, more poem than single quote, by Max Erhmann.
    Love you,
    Cindy

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  143. Melodie Fairburn
    June 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday V

    “This too shall pass”

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  144. Susi
    June 23, 2015 at 9:58 pm (4 years ago)

    To my special colorful friend, Happy Day! My quote….Today is a new day, and I am open to the possibility of it being a great day!.

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  145. Nancy Monyhan
    June 23, 2015 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

    There are so many creative & inspiring quotes that apply to each part of our lives as parents, family members, individuals, and artists.

    Fave art teacher quote I share with my students:
    “What would you attempt if you knew you would not fail?”
    -Robert Schuller
    (It may seem simple, yet the fear of failure hold so many of us back from what could be nothing short of miraculous.)

    Artist Quote that I love:
    “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”
    -Edgar Degas
    Being an artist and a person who loves art changes you as a person & makes you see the world around you in a different way.

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  146. Barbara Backer
    June 23, 2015 at 11:16 pm (4 years ago)

    “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Maya Angelou

    Happy, happy birthday! You have inspired me to get the hearing aide I need. No more procrastinating. Thank you!

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  147. Sue L
    June 23, 2015 at 11:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Violette, and I wish you all the best for the coming year.

    I have many quotes that I love, but I think this one is special – “We must accept life for what it actually is — a challenge to our very essence and quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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  148. Debbie Clauer
    June 24, 2015 at 1:46 am (4 years ago)

    It’s better to have loved and lost then to never have loved at all.

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  149. Danae
    June 24, 2015 at 4:24 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for this giveaway & letting us celebrate with you. My favorite quote (though hard to choose just one) is “The grass is green wherever you water it.”

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  150. Erin Lavallee
    June 24, 2015 at 5:13 am (4 years ago)

    “Stop acting so small. You are the Universe in ecstatic motion.”
    Rumi
    I just love how it points out our own tendency to hold ourselves back into tiny little boxes. Boxes that don’t need to be there. I hope the rest of your birthday has been filled with beautiful sounds!!!

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  151. ruth brightman
    June 24, 2015 at 5:54 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you the best! I hear you(lol), I just got hearing aids, at 58. I tell people I destroyed my ears with rock and roll (in the 70’s).
    My fav quote is “The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life, the stronger the daughter.” -Anita Diamond, The Red Tent (which is a great book about honoring women).

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  152. Carla
    June 24, 2015 at 6:06 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday and thanks for this opportunity! My favorite is “Don’t dig up in doubt what you have planted in faith.” Elizabeth Elliott who just passed on this week

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  153. Lela
    June 24, 2015 at 6:37 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday. Fave quote: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Jack Canfield

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  154. Maricha
    June 24, 2015 at 7:27 am (4 years ago)

    It is a long one and I thought I posted before.
    Rocky Balboa: The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you’re hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

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  155. Lori Bender
    June 24, 2015 at 10:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m grateful for the chance to put my name in and, to be honest, when you asked what my fav quote was it ended up being something I’ve thought of often and was happy to reflect on it again. TY! I am glad you had a wonderful bday. My daughter turned 18 on the 17th of June and I cried thinking of my baby growing up. June is a wonderful month to celebrate a new life.. no matter how many years she has been with us! I’m thankful you are here Violette. 🙂

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