Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Quirky Animal Jar lid DIY



When my sister was here visiting I decided that one of our little craft projects was to make some Quirky Animal jar painted lids to hold fun, colourful supplies like pom poms, marbles, alphabet letters and coloured chalk.  My grandchildren are going to love them!



These are super easy to do. I bought my toy plastic animals at the dollar store but you can get fancier expensive ones at craft stores.  The jars were also bought from the dollar store.  You can use whatever jars you have in the house though.



First of all you spray all of the jar lids, animals and whatever else you have lying around that is begging to be painted with a white primer. You could skip this step however that would mean you’d have to spray way more colour over each item to get good coverage. My sister Linda is doing this – she’s a real go getter and wanted to get down to business ASAP!



I used Krylon Color Master spays in 4 different colours.  You then spray your items – it took about 3 coats to totally get good coverage.



You’ll want to do this outside as the spray paints are fairly toxic.




Next I used Gorilla Super glue to glue the animals onto the painted jar lids.  You have to choose animals with fairly substantial feet otherwise you won’t have enough surface area to glue the animal to the lid.  Do this outside as the glue really has a strong smell…….or at least do this step in a well ventilated area.



These two little beauties were too big to go ontop of the jar lids however i thought they would make a cute addition to my shelves.



And Voila!  You have your super duper colourful animal jar lids to fill up with all kinds of crafty and artsy goodness!

Your kids or grandchildren (or your inner child!) will love this craft!

Love, Violette xo 

Quick video of the Magic Cottage Backyard

Hello everyone.  My apologies for not blogging on Wednesday!  I only had 3 hours sleep (menopause and ADD issues) plus i had to attend a super early morning networking meeting.  Needless to say i was too bagged to function when i got back home. Sorry.


I went on Facebook the other day and asked my peeps what i should do with my pumpkin – eat it or compost it.  I received a bunch of great ideas including “don’t eat it, these pumpkins are not meant for eating”……the candle would make the inside of the pumpkin toxic, make it into soup, make it into a birdfeeder.  Ultimately as you can see i lopped off part of the pumpkin and filled it with birdseed so it could become an organic birdfeeder.


The birds really loved it and also the squirrels.  I quickly tried to capture a video of a squirrel totally immersed in the pumpkin enjoying a gluttonous feast. As you can see i scared him away………but……..

I videoed this short piece of the backyard highlighting some of the crafts I have created with Mr. G and family!

Well that’s it folks for today – I’m off to visit my grandkids!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Violette xo

One Fish two Fish!


I’m in charge of creating decorations for a “double 65th birthday party” for friends this coming weekend. Since both of our friends are Pisces i decided a sea-fishy theme would be just the ticket.  So i made some painted papers, cut them out into fish and starfish shapes and collaged them onto paper.  I photocopied them but oh my goodness……..i had a kajillion fish and starfish to cut out and glitter.  I don’t like repetitive tasks……What’s a girl to do?


So i enlisted the help of the grandkids of one of the Pisces birthday people! Here is Talia, Chenoa and Torren.  Some of you may recall that i tutored Talia in art for 2 years and posted our projects on my blog (a few years ago). Gathering the kids together to help me out cutting, glittering and adding ribbons to the decorations was a great idea.  We had a blast and were able to catch up on what’s been happening in each other’s lives.


We used to do all kinds of fun crafts together – here Talia and Chenoa are being creative on the beach – Talia is drawing and Chenoa is making a tie-dyed t-shirt. Talia even appeared in Rice Freeman Zachary’s book Living the Creative Life!


There were fish drying on the living room floor………


There were fish drying on the stairs……..


There were fish drying on the coffee table……….


Fish on the kitchen counter……..


They are all sparkly and ready to adorn the party room!

I’ll be creating a garland with the fish and starfish to swag on the bar.  The smaller fish with the ribbons will be handed out by the girls so that the party goers can write a happy message on the backside for the Birthday couple.  We’ve hole punched the fish so that after the party the fish will be assembled and bundled together with a ring binder to be a keepsake for the couple.

There are so many opportunities to be creative every day. How can you jazz up your day with creativity?

Walking on Hot Coals (aka firewalking)

Check out the chippy nail polish!

Last nite I wanted to take a picture of myself walking on coals to demonstrate a point on this morning’s blogpost and in doing so I singed my toe. I let out a small YELP……..but apparently it wasn’t loud enough to rouse Mr. G from the kitchen table since on a scale from one to ten i’m guessing he thought it was a 3 YELP on the pain spectrum…….but I digress……

I liken tackling your FEARS and limitations to walking on Hot Coals. Many years ago Business and motivational Guru Anthony Robbins was taking folks on firewalking expeditions as a metaphor of embracing your fears and doing the things that scare you. We have limiting beliefs imposed upon us by society, our family of origin or maybe even genetically programmed into us. So we go through life perhaps not experiencing things that will enrich us because of some of these limitations. Maybe they served us as a child – don’t touch the stove it’s hot, you might burn yourself – but they are no longer helpful or needed as we become adults. So when you let go of these limiting beliefs all kinds of magical things happen. You begin to take that course you’ve always wanted to take even though you’re a total newbie and might look silly and awkward. You start a brand new JOURNAL even though you were afraid to mess up that gorgeous stark white BLANK BOOK! You ask that artist you’ve always admired out for lunch so you can learn about her art journey. You banish fears of rejection and ask that cute fellow at the pub to dance.

Your world begins to expand and you start to think that the sky’s the limit! I’m not saying that I am never fearful – GOSH no…..i am afraid quite often but quite frankly the alternative to NOT embracing my fears and doing what would enrich my life is worse. Living in regret is worse than stepping timidly towards your dreams and embracing tiny goals.

Have I ever walked on hot coals you ask? No…i almost did a few times but I understood what was behind it and that it was a metaphor and a personal growth tool and did not feel the need to do it. Whenever i’m fearful of something I ask myself “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”….the answer is usually not as bad as I had thought. I might get rejected but that’s okay – that’s just one step closer to a YES…….and it builds strength and character……i might get laughed at because i’m not very adept at using a particular art tool (highly unlikely that we would be laughed at)…….or we could send a crafty project to that paper arts magazine we adore and have it sent back (no biggie, we didn’t have it in the magazine before anyways and guess what? Another magazine might just snap up our jazzy crafty project!) We can just verbally shout NEXT!!!!!!!!!

So what are you wating for? What fears are you ready to embrace?

Junk Journals

Kashi never looked so good eh?

You know how you accumulate so much junk that you haven’t got a clue what to do with it?  Well you can turn some of that junk into JUNK JOURNALS!!!!!  As you can see i turned a Kashi cereal box into a small journal with signatures of assorted papers – i even used some old calendar pages inside, as well as painted papers, graph paper and coloured paper.  As you can see this particular packaging had a pretty cool cut out with cellophane over it – the perfect spot to feature “Sammy” my grandson in!  I simply slipped the photo behind the niche and taped it down.  This journal in particular will be housing all things/people that i love.  For example there will be pics of my kids, their partners, Mr. G, parents, lists of stuff i love, quotations, recipes (quinoa salad will be there), drawings and magazine clippings of things i would love to manifest.  I squashed a few bottle caps with a hammer and glued gems to them – then i hot glued the bottlecaps to the journal for a fun little edgy embellishment.  What prompted this you say?  Well i’m glad you asked.  I’ll be teaching Junk Journals to a couple of groups of Mom’s this afternoon at Camp Alex Neighbourhood house  and needed a sample to show them exactly what they can do.  I’ll also be suggesting that they can make mini journals with old greeting cards. Mom’s will be enjoying some crafting time with me while their kids are off being creative and having fun in another part of the Camp.  We’re going to have such fun!

Well i’m off to gather my supplies and embellish my book a bit more before the session.  Hopefully i’ll see you tomorrow with bells on! xo