Hello everyone! I finally did it – i finally created an intro video introducing myself. It’s something i should have created a very long time ago – it’s much more difficult to do than creating an art video which is about the art and not you so much. I hung on to the video for 3 weeks before releasing it into the world as my inner critic was having a heyday! It was pretty vicious saying such things as:
“your smile is crooked – you talk out of the corner of your mouth!”
“you’re old….give it up!”
“your teeth are crooked”
“you blather on too much – who’s going to care what you have to say?”
“check out the porridge you left out on the stove….idiot!”
and the critic went on and on until i was metaphorically huddled in a corner in the fetal position.
So I went out and bought this t-shirt on special which allows me to be “perfectly imperfect”.
I figure better done than not done at all right? So i released the video into the world. And i received some lovely and kind feedback on Facebook which was awesome! Thank you dear sweet souls!
For those of you who are not on Facebook I have shared a bit about my health journey – my health was pretty terrible last year…..culminating in a diverticulosis diagnois (as well as a number of other things). I had a big attack which almost landed me in the ER so i decided to make a few lifestyle changes. The changes included walking every day, adding meditation and cutting down on my wine consumption as well as monitoring my food choices. As a result i feel more peaceful, have lost 5 pounds which i had wanted to lose for some time and have not had the terrible pain i had been experiencing.
So it’s onward and upwards for me. What are you adding/taking out of your life to live the life your truly want?
I trust you all had a wonderful weekend? Mr. G and i have been busy revamping the laundry room. It was pretty scary looking and was jam packed with stuff including two large cabinets which took up lots of space. This old cabinet below became a black hole which held stuff for 18 years. It was so jam packed with stuff I had forgotten about them.
Here’s the ancient wooden cupboard. Yesterday i put it on the side of the road to see if there would be any takers……so far none. I also have it up on a few FB pages (free and garage sale sites).It’s pretty big and super heavy. I don’t like to see things going to the dump if someone else could use the item. This piece would be great in a studio, garage or basement.
The laundry room’s “BEFORE” was too scary for me to post…..here’s the after. We bought cabinets for the laundry room with cubbies from Target. There’s another unit on the opposite wall. Since this is a pretty old house (75 years old) there are not too many closets or built in storage spaces.
The cubbies are great because you can add a tag like i did here which designates what items live inside of them. In my old cupboards i just jammed everything in. I even have a cubbie dedicated to art supplies so i can pull it out and bring it to the kitchen counter which is where i usually create my art.
We repainted the walls white to make the space look bigger and also retiled the floor so it looks fresh and clean. Tiling the floor is a bit hard on the knees but the end result is well worth it.
I’ve decided that i most likely should ban all horizontal surfaces in the house since i tend to pile things on any flat surface! Ha!
Are you working on decluttering your space too? You’ll feel so much better when you do!
This weekend we are celebrating my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Nis’ birthday at the Magic Cottage. We are having a family reunion here with30 to 35 people in attendance so that should be tons of fun!
We’ll be pulling out the fishpond used on previous occasions as there will be 9 little ones here! Well two of them are not so little – they are teens.
I’m getting the backyard in ship shape, tending to the flowers and mowing the lawn today as well as cleaning lawn furniture.
Here’s a shot of the flowers – i got up on one of the garden chairs to take this shot.
This time of year is so wonderful – the garden is bursting with blackberries! I love to make blackberry smoothies with the fruit from my backyard knowing full well that there are no pesticides or chemicals used to help them bloom. Ha! Not that blackberries need any help to grow. I really enjoy this shot of the blackberries hanging over the Glittergirl door don’t you? Art and Nature! What a perfect match!
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?
Happy 4th of July to my American friends. I hope you are having fun celebrating your country’s independence!
Here’s another shot of the magic cottage – i never seem to get tired of taking photos of it at different times of the year! I love the Shasta daisies which just began to bloom a few days ago so i ducked down to take this shot.
You’ve probably seen this photo taken last winter during a snowy day (it’s a selfie). I thought the cottage looked pretty especially with the dragonfly all laden with snow!
It’s been five years since my book Journal Bliss has been out and I’m so thrilled that folks are still using it to learn more about art journaling for themselves or to inspire teens. I love this testimonial from Kathy Clark (no relations ):
I love Violette’s whimsical and creative style, perfect to teach art journaling to young girls. I bought this book in 2010, when I was just starting to make art journals. Since then I’ve collected dozens of other books and journals, and I also have amassed a large supply of art supplies. I find Violette’s book very helpful in teaching art journaling to young teenage girls, and the accompanying DVD is a gem! With a trip to the art supply store becoming more and more expensive, I find her supply list easy on any budget. Look around at what you have already and get started journaling.
Thanks so much Kathy! Just to let you know the DVD that Kathy mentions is the Teens Dream Journal DVD (it doesn’t come with the book – Kathy bought it separately from me and had forgotten.) I still have a few copies of the Teens Dream journal if you are interested in buying one.
Well I’m off to tie dye some t-shirts with my little grandson – should be fun! I have been wanting to do this for some time now!