Whimsical week

When I look back on last week I can hardly believe this all happened in just
a few days… I took a photo of my weekly art journal page just now and it
contains photos that I feel were taken a Month ago. Was it really just last week
that I met Thinkie? Some weeks just simmer and then there comes a week
in which so many things happen. Good things this time! The week flew by!



To begin with the last days of the week: my parents visited us last weekend.
We had a marvelous time! Lots of talking and laughing and relaxing and eating
and drinking (they brought wine from France!)

Nout was with his dad but he came to see “opa & oma” on Sunday morning.
Ofcourse we had to take a picture!

He outgrew us all!

And see my hedge? Yep, it’s brown.
My dad and I trimmed it a Month ago.
We cut off about 30 inch (75 cm) and ofcourse it was all brown underneath.
I know, I should have trimmed it earlier… but at least I have more space
in my little backyard now! The green will come back eventually.


And here’s the weekly art journal page from last week.

Week 38

Thinkie gave me that little card with the Tolkien ring.
From reading my blog she knows I wear the same ring.
I thought it was the sweetest little gesture! Thanks Thinkie!

You already saw the boxes in my office in my former post.

I added one of the two ATC’s I made (I always make two.
One for me and one for swaps. If you want to swap ATC’s,
take a look at the cards in the gallery in the top menu and
let me know)

I also added an image of a bird.
That’s because a blackbird surprised me last week.
I was busy hanging the laundry in the yard when I saw this.

(I found this photo on the Internet,
I didn't have my camera with me when I saw him.)



A blackbird sat on the ground,
just a few inches from where I
was standing. At first I though
he had a marble in his beak.
I talked to him that he shouldn’t
steel marbles from little kids.
He dropped the thing immediately.

He sat still and looked at me
as if he wanted to say:
“Woman, mind your own business!”.
Then he picked up the marble
(I really thought it was a marble!)
and flew into our pergola.



I followed him with my eyes and
– you guessed it already –
I saw a bunch of grapes hanging
from the pergola.
What the …????

Now you must know we have a little
scrub of a grape plant. I planted it next
to the backdoor, but it wouldn’t grow.
The kiwi plant, however, sprout and
grew and covered the whole pergola

After a good look I discovered that,
despite the few leaves at the bottom,
the grape grew on top of the kiwi
and formed grapes. I hardly look up
so I never noticed it before.


OK. Wow. So we had two bunches of grapes!

And then my parents came.
I told them the story and showed my mom “our two grapes”
She looked a bit further though, and discovered that there had been
LOTS and LOTS of bunches!!! The blackbirds ate them all!!!
Imagine all the nibbling they did right under my nose!
(Uuhmm, ABOVE my nose actually!)

We saved the two remaining bunches and ate them before
the blackbirds would. Ha!
I’ll be on the watch next year!


I want to say just a few more things.
This post is getting pretty long so I’ll make it short.

  • I wanted to let you know that two lovely ladies, Theresa and Lea,
    have started a challenge blog called “Scrapbookers Anonymous”.
    They are having a DT call right now so if you’re in for a new challenge
    or want to be a member of a Design Team, check it out here.
    (Good luck with this new adventure Theresa!)
  • Theresa is one of the students in the “Let it Loose” group that
    I’m teaching right now. It’s a nice group of talented ladies
    and I have permission to publish some of their work in the
    Public Gallery on my website.
  • Only a month to go before the workshop “Mixed Emotion” starts.
    Michelle and I are working our butts off to get everything done!
    You can register here and we are planning to show you a sneak
    peek next week! That’s a promise!

And that’s it folks!
See you next Friday!

Je t’embrasse.

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25 Responses to “Whimsical week”

  • Kelly Rodgers Says:

    Fantastic Art journal page!

  • yyam Says:

    Wow! A little adventure in your own garden! How fun! 🙂 We can grow grapes here but because of the weather, they won’t taste that great! Yours must be yummy….those birds are discerning creatures! 🙂

    Glad your week’s going well! Love your journal pages…I must start doing one weekly! 🙂

  • Crazy lil thing called luv Says:

    wow what a journal!! Makes me want to go back and add more stuff! I always like that layered look but yet even if its mt intention to do it i don’t!! will be following hope you come on over to me! Found u on 2 peas

  • Julie Says:

    hehehehe…I loveeeeeeeeeeee the story about the grapes in your yard!!! And GORGEOUS family photo!! LOVE IT!!!! And that journal page…wow wow wow…you amaze me! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Hanneke Says:

    I love the story about the birds and the grapes, so funny!!! Great artpage beautiful as ever!! i’ve met Thinkie once at a siscrop she is so sweet!!!
    Have a great week!!!

  • tracy Says:

    Nice photos. I like your gazebo where you grow your grapes.

  • Irma Says:

    Hihi, ik lach me een rotje om je verdwenen druiven…Arme jij, slimme vogels! Ja, je week ziet er erg spannend uit, heel mooi gedaan!
    LG – Irma

  • phinner Says:

    I wanna trade ATCs!!! (lets chat abt that via email!)

    I love you family photo! and I love the story of the grapes! gorgeous pixs of your gazebo and the grape vines!

    happy day Marit! 🙂

  • Theresa Says:

    Hi Marit. loving your art journal page, and seeing pictures of you with your family. so you are a Lord of the Rings fan? it’s one of my favorite movie series. i could watch it all the time. one of these days I’ll finish the book.
    i think life just speeds by way too quick. i don’t know how I keep up with it all. =) thanks so much for sharing the info on our challenge blog. that is so kind of you to do.
    hope you are enjoying your week. I’m working on lesson 3 now.

  • Thinkie Says:

    What a cool surprise about the grapes and how sweet of the bird to tell you about it! We have a mysterious plant growing in one of the pots on our balcony, it looks a little like a fruit-plant, I’m curious to see what becomes of it!

    Your page looks great again, ha, ha, they had all these great things for sale at the fantasy fair I went to the day before I met you but this free card was the ‘one Thing’ 😉 I just had to get you!

  • Amy Says:

    Gorgeous page and a very intriguing tale!

  • jess Says:

    what a great week my friend…great pic of the family! thanks for sharing with us!

  • Jeanet Says:

    Wat een mooie familie foto, wat super dat je een gezellig weekend had!
    Super verhaal over de merels, grappige vogels..en slim 😉
    Je weekly art journal is prachtig! Ik ben begonnen..yes, maar had ook meteen de griep, moet nog een foto maken.
    Ik ben erg nieuwsgierig naar de sneak van de workshop!!!!!

  • marcie morgan Says:

    Love your story & to think you had grapes and you didn’t even know it!

  • sue Says:

    I am a new follower, would love a follow back

    I also grab your button!! Your blog is so inspiring!! will be checking in a lot!

  • Melissa T Says:

    Your art journal page is fantastic!

  • Danielle Says:

    What a lovely post marit!! Your parents look wonderful, and your boy is a man now!!! How quickly they grow.

    Your art journal page is a visual delight! I love your attention to detail. Stunning!!

    And, your bird made me laugh!! He reminds me of my squirrels!! Know it all animals!! But they are very fun to watch!

    Do you think we will be birds in our next life???

  • Danielle Says:

    OH! And I have 8 fashion type magazines that I’m saving for your workshop!! I get them for free for some dumb reason. I have no use for such magazines. I don’t care what the new lipstick for the season is!!! But! I want to learn how to use them for my art journaling. I hope to learn how to use them from you!! You are my hero!!

  • Annemarie Says:

    You mean hedges aren’t supposed to look like that? 🙂 This is Texas, Marit. Green bushes?? We know NOT of such things.

  • Chris Aiton Says:

    As always, I love to read your posts – a wonderful art journal page! and love the story about the grapes! Have a great week!

  • Jenneke Says:

    GREAT post again, Marit! Love the story about the grapes and love the family photo!!

    I’m looking forward to the sneak peeks!


  • Viv Says:

    Ja die sneak peeks daar kijk ik ook naar uit, heb zo`n zin om met jullie workshop aan de slag te gaan 🙂

    Je journal ziet er zoals altijd weer te gek uit, leuk poëzie plaatje van het vogeltje met de druiven, hoe kom je daar aan..zo toepasselijk!

    Groetjes Viv

  • Mirjamc Says:

    wat heb je je week weer prachtig verwerkt in je art journal!!! en geweldig je verhaal over de merel!!!

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    Hi Marit! I just love your story about the birds and the grapes! How cute is that?!!! Great art journal page too – I just love how you do those! Can’t wait for our class!

  • Maja Says:

    Leuke familiefoto Marit. Geweldig verhaal over je druiven. Mijn buren hebben ook zo’n pergola met druiven. Alleen hangt die nog vol!!! hihi. Je journal is weer top!!! Ik wil er steeds mee beginnen maar het komt er maar niet van. Wie weet misschien volgende week. Fijn weekend!