Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Who’s Dream is it anyways?


It’s Sammy’s  (my grandson) first birthday today!  Happy Birthday Sammy!  I love you!


This is the sewing machine Mr. G bought me for Christmas – it has lots of stiches on it – i haven’t used it yet as I’m still at the “Poking it with a Stick” phase. That means I’m still afraid of it since it’s pretty technological – my old machine was over 30 years old and had basic zigzag and straight stitches.  I bought the latest “Stuffed” magazine for inspiration – i plan on making Sammy a stuffed animal/creature as my first project with the new sewing machine (doesn’t have a name yet).

Who’s Dream is it anyways?

Yesterday i listened to a podcast Tina Ferguson did on Setting Goals Creatively – she took us on a bit of a meditation in order to clarify our goals.  It was kind of neat – not like the stuffy goal setting you’ll find in business manuals.  One of the things that came up was “are you sure this is your dream and not someone else’s?” You probably have heard of folks becoming doctors or lawyers or even taking up ballet because it was their parent’s dream.  They WOKE up in midlife and realized this and ended up making an about face turn veering off into another career totally unrelated but more aligned to their passion.

Tina spoke about the RAS – the Reticular Activating System – and how it’s a big part of achieving your goals.  In a nutshell the RAS takes instructions from your conscious mind via goal setting, affirmations or visualizations.  The more you think of a thing the more you attract it. The RAS will pass the goal onto our subconscious mind and will help us achieve our goal.

The RAS will take whatever you think of constantly at face value.  It works positively or negatively.  So why don’t you feed it thoughts and visions of that which you do want?  When you do you’ll find your dreams will manifest much more quickly.


What are you dreaming of manifesting?  Leave your comments below – I’d love to know!


I found this adorable video that i wanted to share with you. Maybe you received some art supplies for Christmas and are afraid of using them or maybe the blank page is frightening you? Sadie has a wee bit of sage advice for you :). Enjoy!

The Sketchbook Challenge

I’m very excited to be part of a group started by Sue Bleiweiss called the Sketchbook Challenge!  Thanks Sue for inviting me – i am so honoured to be sketching with such amazing artists!  I’ll let Sue tell you about the Challenge:

So you want to start keeping a sketchbook but every time you sit down with a book in front of you and pencil in hand you freeze up and just can’t seem to get started.  Wouldn’t it be helpful to be able to get a glimpse inside another artists sketchbook to see how they use theirs?  Well you’re in luck because help is on the way!

The sketchbook challenge is a new project launching on 1/1/2011. Follow along with us as we fill our sketchbooks based on a monthly theme that will be announced on the first of each month.

You’ll be sketching alongside:

Each month we’ll announce a new theme on the sketchbook challenge blog and throughout the month we’ll be showing you images from our sketchbooks and talking about the intention and inspiration behind them.  Along the way we’ll be sharing tips, techniques and tutorials.  We hope that by giving you a peek inside our sketchbooks and showing you how different they all are that we’ll inspire you to start keeping a sketchbook of your own.  And of course if you do, we’ll want to see some photos of your book too so we’ve designed a blog badge for you to put on your own blog to show your participation in the project.  You can download the badge here. (you can see my badge on the righthand sidebar).

We encourage you to post photos of your sketchbook pages on your blog and then post a link in the comment section of the Sketchbook Challenge blog so that others can look at your pages too!

And that’s not all! Thanks to the generosity of some terrific sponsors we’ll be doing some givewaways and special shopping offers too!

So pick up your blog badge here, go grab a sketchbook, some pencils, pens, markers or paints and get ready to sketch with us!

Sark on the Queen of Dreams Radio show tonite!

I’m pretty excited because Tina Ferguson will be interviewing Sark tonite on her Queen of Dreams Podcast – 6 pm PST, 9 pm EST.  I don’t think you’ll want to miss this podcast. Sark will me talking about her latest book Glad no Matter What .

See you tomorrow! xo

Looking for the good

Happy Monday!

I created this inspiration card to remind myself to look for the good in all situations.  I have a tendency to fall off the wagon and return to negativity.  I know that we can all find a gem in the midst of our challenges.  Tomorrow i will try to put together a slideshow with a voice over about the good.

In the meantime I will leave you with this wonderful quotation:

“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.” 

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Inside Surrey's Magic Cottage

Photo by Brian Howell

Check out this article that Karly Paul-Morris. wrote for the Now Newspaper.  I was telling you about Karly the other day that she interviewed me.  Her interest was in the stories behind the furniture. Thank you so much Karly for a wonderful article and for capturing the essence of the Magic Cottage!  If you are interested in recycling and are inspired by stories about recycling you’ll enjoy Karly’s article.

A few years ago a friend of mine asked me why is it that my home, art and me have appeared on TV shows and in print media. 

I explained that it was because I had something to say and share and because I told them about me. Yes….i told them about me – I pitched ideas and angles with the hope that I would inspire people with my story and life. I think my friend was a bit annoyed that she had not been approached by the media. The thing is though she wasn’t doing anything about it either. Many of us think that magically we will be discovered, get that lucky break or get famous by sitting on our laurels waiting. It simply doesn’t happen that way unless you’re Lana Turner at the Soda shop. I believe in magic but it finds you only when you believe in yourself and put yourself “out there”.

When I was young I was super shy – my Mom will tell you she barely remembers me growing up. People wouldn’t notice me in a crowd and I was always overlooked when it came to choosing kids for teams at school. My voice would crack during roll call and I would be mortified. If I could have slid under my desk I would have. The only redeeming thing that stood out for me was drawing and marbles….i loved to play marbles. Perhaps that’s why my daughter would give me marbles as gifts or send them to me annoymously in the mail when I was blue. I have a small bowl of marbles on my desk to remind me of those days.

Is there anything that you can do today to make yourself or your art more visible? Take a few action steps that will move you closer to your dream. Nothing ventured nothing gained!

Sadly i have to sell my Glittergirl van……ASAP since roofers are coming to reroof the magic cottage (which isn’t so magical when the roof has a leak!).  They need the space to dump the shingles.  Mr. G started the Glittergirl van up so it is running!   So if you are interested in making me an offer……please do!  I can’t figure out how to make a hotlink e-mail thingy.  Just click on the little envelope on the righthand side bar.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend…….it’s a long weekend here in Canada!

Love, Violette xo

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