Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cotswald Cottage

Welcome to the Cotswolds, England!

and the "Europe: Simply Irresistible" link party
hosted by Anita of the blog Castles Crowns and Cottages

 I have a little cottage and a garden to share with you

The garden patio is ready for you,
~ with a bistro table set up with candlelight and cake ~

The lambs are always wandering here in the Cotswolds and welcome you too

We shall have cake

And enjoy our visit into the evening by candlelight

My Cotswold cottage is small, but always delighted by guests

Especially Fairy Friends 

{ and blog visitors like you! }

Thank you for coming,
now hop on over to Castles Crowns and Cottages
to continue your tour of Europe!

~ Violet ~

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Where Bloggers Create

Welcome to my studio!
and the 'Where Bloggers Create 2014' party
hosted by Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage blog

I've been making some paper creations and wanted to view the inspiring  papers.
I found this industrial style wine rack at a flea market shop and it works great for paper storage.
{as well as the record stand!)

I love this Ikea cart!

You might think this photo is 'staged'.
Would I do that to you?
Why Yes, I Would!!!

Have you looked through a magazine featuring an artists studio
and marvel that they paint in nice clothes?  {me too}
Well... I might if I were just doing some finishing touches, as I am here.
But real life?  I'm messy!  An apron is vital!

The above photo was taken in a photo-shoot session for the magazine
'Scarlet Pink'
{here's the link to my blog post about the recent feature!}

Most of my studio furniture and decor
is from antique stores and flea market shops

the desk is taller than most and I needed a chair with enough height.
And, although I do clean up my work spaces between projects,
{it gives me peace of mind and heart}
Most of the time there are paintings in progress
and paper creations littering the tables.

Two rooms joined by an arched opening with velvet curtains,
the smaller room (below) holds much of the storage,
and is where all the crafting is done
as well as work on the computer

{no, the table is usually not empty!}
(thank goodness for these parties that make us clean our studios!)

a painting ready to begin

Fun things to inspire

A studio dog (or two) is a priority!

I love the morning sunlight

I painted this suitcase with chalk paint and added some Audrey images

And now for the nitty gritty,
where are all the messy supplies?

~ and lastly, something pretty and whimsical ~

Fairy wing bouquet on my mantle
in a tiny jar of jewels

Thank you for coming to visit my art studio!
If you'd like to visit my website, here is the link:

You can find all of the participants of 
Where Bloggers Create 2014 

Next week I'll be joining
Castles Crowns and Cottages for some Irresistible European Delights.
I hope you'll come by for that party!

~ Violet ~

Thursday, July 3, 2014


 In Red White and Blue!!!

Having Fun With my New Flag Scarf

Summer Fun and Celebrations Abound!

~ Violet ~

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fairy Mail

The Garden Fairies Have Been Writing Letters

And the Children are Delighted!

Notes, or Scrolls and even Little Gifts of Sparkle!

They Enjoy Drawing Each Other
With Touches of Glittery Fairy Dust
Leaving Gifts of Art for the Children
Who are So Excited to Check the Mailboxes

~ There's also been treasures of tiny jewels and golden pebbles! ~

The Beautiful Magic of Summer Days is Upon Us!
~ Violet ~

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scarlet Pink, the Magazine!

The double-page spreads of my photographs
appearing in the summer issue of Scarlet Pink magazine!
{yes, I'm excited over this!}

There are two articles with the photographs,
featuring my studio, life, and artwork.

Thank you Scarlet Pink and Anita Rivera (writer) and Kelly Keyser (editor in chief)!!!

And check out the article about artist and blogging friend
Martina Voight-Schmid
(click here for her blog)

SIGH!  Look at her colorful paintings and fabulous studio!

I've ordered 3 more copies which are on their way

Here are the links if you are interested:

and the blog of the amazing writer who wrote mine
and several more beautiful articles in the magazine, Anita Rivera of 

my art website is

Thank you for letting me gush.
~ Violet ~