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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.



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.


Here’s that green on the trim of the magic cottage.


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.


Lovely Chartreuse green greets visitors who come to the front door on the Namaste Sign.


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!


This brilliantly coloured coleus sure pops next to the begonias and impatiens no?


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

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    Inspirational 60 in 60 postcards are here!


    Hooray!  I’m so jazzed!  Some of my 60 in 60 cartoons were made into postcards and they arrived just yesterday!



    I had 10 of my favourite designs made into postcards!


    I plan on selling some sets on my etsy site which has been dormant for quite a long time!


    I added a band of colour to the side and an inspirational word to make them fit in the postcard format.

    I’ll let you know when I get them up on my etsy store!

    Enjoy the day – we have been having some lovely weather so I plan on getting out in the garden for a bit today!

    Love, Violette xo

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      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.


      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.


      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.


      The glittergirl door nestled in amongst the ripening blackberries.


      The bottlecap birdhouse pole.


      The flying lady nestled under a small apple tree.


      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

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        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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          Lighted Path Coaching Interview


          I”m so excited to share with you this video interview with Susan Stott Miller on Lighted Path Coaching. 


          Susan has such an easy manner about her – she made it easy to be the first her guest on her show!  Check out the interview here. In the interview I talk about how my intuition guided me to create the 60 in 60 cartoons.

          Thank you so much Susan for taking the time to interview me. It was fun!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Interview tomorrow with Susan Stott Miller


            Happy Monday! 

            I didn’t blog on Friday as I usually do as I had my grandkids (all three of them over), my daughter and daughter-in-law as well as my parents over for lunch and play time.  By the time they left i crashed on the bed and fell asleep!  I am a hands on Grandma and do run around a lot – guess i don’t have the stamina I used to!Sam_Toby_meme

            Here’s a quick photo of Sam and Toby wearing the muscle shirts we tie dyed a couple of weeks ago. Aren’t they adorable? We made a t-shirt for Cillian too but he wasn’t wearing it in the photo below.


            I thought this shot was the cutest. I saw little Toby and Cillian (cousins) playing with matchbox cars. They looked like little mushrooms had sprung up from the grass!

            Video interview tomorrow!

            Tomorrow I’ll be posting an interview with Creativity Coach Susan Stott Miller so today’s blog is brief!  I had such fun being interviewed by Susan – i was her first “artists interviewee”! Yay!

            Love, Violette xo

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