Troubled weekend

I had planned a weekend full of scrapping time for myself, but life doesn’t always follow your plans, does it? On Saturday, very early in the morning,
I was waked by the phone (and everybody knows that when the phone rings that early and that long, it’s gonna be sad and frightening news…) My brother called me from Canada (he lives there with his family) to tell me his daughter Lisa (my niece, she’s 17 years old) had been in a car accident and was very badly injured…

It wasn’t yet very clear what injuries she had at that time but now, two days later, we know a lot more and briefly this is it:

Sad news,

Lisa was involved in a serious car crash Friday afternoon, and is in a serious condition in The Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg
It’s not life threatening anymore, but she will be in hospital for a long time. She got a broken neck, broken back, fractured elbow, her arm and wrist are broken and a couple minor injuries. The doctors say she will recover 100%, but it will take a long time.

I didn’t do much for the rest of the weekend…

On Saturday I went into town with my beloved, just to have our minds set on something else for a while, and I bought me this book. I read it as a child (in Dutch) of course, but now that I’m starting a “Journal Circle Swap” over at SIStv (together with “Hot Mama” Bree) about Alice in Wonderland  I thought I read the complete story again in the original language…

(Are you a SIS too and do you wanna join the fun? We can use some more participants! Take a look at the Swap-forum over at SIStv)

The book comes with the original illustrations, and I got inspired right away! (M. just loves the cover illustration, he says it looks like having a trip being on LSD. Well, I wouldn’t know that, but he was a teenager in the sixties so I believe him!) Anyway, I will be reading and working “with Alice” soon! (Reading will be tough tho, I definitely have to use a dictionary! My knowledge of the English language is not bad at all but this is something else!)

Today I finally felt like finishing the lay out I started on Friday. It’s the first page of my new Art Journal, which will be about the songs of Leonard Cohen.
I torn the pages out of an old book, glued two of them together to make it thicker and used gesso on it as a primer before it was ready for further use.

This first page is about the song “Dance Me to the End of Love”
Because I used paint on this page, it can go with the challenge of Scrapping out LOUD! (which was: use paint somewhere on your page)

I used spray ink (well, not really. I put some alcohol ink and some ecoline – I think that’s a Dutch thing, a sort of ink – in a spray bottle and until I lay my hands on the real stuff
I will use this) and acrylic paint to make the border.


I wrote the lyrics
of the song in the bigger silhouette

And I sewed again ’cause the image could do with “something extra”.
(It looks a bit like the shadow of the dancing couple.)

So I’m back on track now…. sort of.
But I decided to stop myself whenever I want to participate in challenges going on… I know I want to do them all every week but I just can’t do that. I’m neglecting my own wishes by wanting to participate in everything, and I just have too much other things in (and on) my mind at the moment (and then there’s still also “our business to run” you know”!) My intentions are to work on the Art Journal and try to weekly participate in the one challenge blog my heart is going out to: Scrapping out LOUD! Then read “Alice in Wonderland” and maybe start that Journal Swap (I do hope there will be more participants signing in!) or play with Alice myself.

And maybe, just maybe apply for a DT spot somewhere…

And maybe, just maybe throw in another challenge whenever I have the time and feel like playing.

So those are my goals for now.
Let’s see where it gets me.

Wishing you all a good (and healthy!!) week.
Je t’embrasse.

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10 Responses to “Troubled weekend”

  • jessica Says:

    ohh Marit I will keep your niece in my thoughts…that is so too bad. my heart goes out to your family! this art journal is so fantastic i love these pgs…the stitching is amazing…i am so impressed! I am so glad that even though you are busy and have other things going still do our challenges…thanks Marit!! have a wonderful week and keep us posted on your niece!

  • Melissa F Says:

    Oh no, your poor niece, how scary for your whole family! I’m glad she’ll recover 100%, but what a scare!

    This LO is amazing, the stitching alone leaves me completely awe stricken! It’s truly fantastic!

  • melanie Says:

    wow, i am sorry to hear about her. I hope she has a lot of support and strength throughout her recovery process. my thoughts are with your family.

  • Danica Says:

    So sorry to hear about your niece! My best wishes go out to her for the speediest recovery possible!

    I am loving your blog. Your creations are inspiring!!!

  • Denise Says:

    So sorry to hear about your niece. I hope she heals well. That is a life-changing experience, I know.

    Lovely handwriting on the art journal. I will look at the circle journal swap at SIStv. I’m in so many swaps for SIS Live, though…we’ll see.

    Take care!

  • Vivian Says:

    Wat een nieuws heb je gekregen dit weekend, ongelooflijk! Heel veel sterkte ermee!!

    Je art journal page ziet er ontzettend gaaf uit, heel origineel!

    groetjes Vivian

  • Shemaine Smith Says:

    Marit I am so sory to hear about your niece but relieved to hear that she will recover. The road may be long but the journey will make her a stronger young woman. your work here is beautiful, I have trouble balancing many scrappy projects too! I started a calendar to help me organize 🙂

  • Diane B. Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your niece. It is comforting to know that she will eventually get better. Hugs to you and your family!

  • Denise Cousins Says:

    Oh Marit, I’m sooo sorry to hear about your niece, I sure hope she’s okay,,,I know if you go to the health science centre you are in a major hospital with lots of great docs! It’s our province’s best hospital..I will say prayers for her and your family…wow how life can change in a second! you know speaking of your bro my mom was saying my brother’s neighbours are from holland…what if they are neighbours! Your Art journal page is absolutely inspiring!!! Love it!!!

  • lucy edson Says:

    So sorry to read about your weekend, but loved your journal page – incredible stitching to accent the figures!!

    Thanks for sharing them with us at The Next Step!