Freewheelin’ Friday #20

(Warning: picture overload!!!!)

Good morning you all!
Today is queensday
in the Netherlands
and although the sun
isn’t shining, I will
spend the afternoon
outside trying to score
some useful goodies
on the giant flee market!

For you foreigners
who have no idea
what “queensday”
in the Netherlands
is all about, and for
you Dutchies who
want to have a good
laugh… you have to
have a look at this!!!!

(but you may want to watch when your children are out of the room!!!)

And the first photo in my post today shows the tree in our front yard
bursting with blossom.



Today’s post contains a lot of photo’s so I won’t ramble as much as I usually
do – if I did, this post would go on forever!
I’ll stick to a little bit of explanation and captions with the photo’s



Last weekend, I went with my mum to the poetry festival in Langraaf
(I wrote about that on May 24)

The weather was beautiful – as was the landscape surrounding the hotel so
we went for a little walk.

Saturday afternoon: poets gather in the courtyard of the hotel.
Most of the writers know each other from previous events but they don’t meet
very often. They were all happy to see each other again and the afternoon and
evening were filled with talk, laughter, good food and alcohol (LOTS of it!
MAN, those writers are serious DRINKERS!!!)

On Sunday morning my mum had to teach workshops to children.
There were ten writers (all famous for their children poems) who teaches
workshops, and they worked in pairs. My mum was linked to Ted van Lieshout.

Talking about poetry – mum and Ted worked together before and so they
are well adapted to each other.

Erik van Os and Kees Spiering teaching the older children (teenagers)

Mum and Erik.



A while ago, I discovered Scrapbooking from the inside out
This site provides a Monthly scrapkit for scrapbookers who want to “explore
their inner lives and deepest thoughts and dreams.”
Each kit has a theme (former themes were for example: Loss – Generosity –
Peace – Possibility – Passion – Nostalgia)
I don’t have the budget to buy these kits every Month but this concept spoke
to me right away and when I found out there is a DT-call going on, I submitted.
Waaahhhh, I would LOVE to be a part of this exceptional team so keep your
fingers crossed everyone…!!!

Last Month’s theme was “Femininity”. Although I haven’t got the kit, I played
along with a challenge (there are challenges with each “theme” – and there’s
a lot of talking and some nice girls on the community)

Here’s what I made for the April challenge #6 “Synonyms/Word Cloud”

(you had to use words that relate to yourself and your femininity)

The background paper is Paper House Productions, and the photo shows
my nightdress (transferred the photo with gel medium – what’s new)

Words: Free spirit, daughter, woman, sexy, paper junk, mum, artist, fair,
vulnerable, strong, Libra.

I have quite
a number of
Alpha templates
in my stash
and it was
fun to get
them all out
and fool around
with different
types and words.

I used a plain
pencil and
I highlighted
some words
with my pink
copic marker.



I don’t think
you will remember
this book…

Bree sent it
to me last
September with
a note in it
saying:“this book
belongs to my
fabulous friend
Marit. I hope
you’ll turn this
into a magnificent
Art Journal”

I pulled it out of the
closet last week and
I have big plans with it!


First, I taped pages together to make it stronger.

I used masking tape for it, and I could only find it in purple.. but hey, I kinda
like how it looked so I went on with it.

There’s a total of 36 (double) pages in it and those are the number of weeks
left in this year. I plan to make this my “weekly journal” and will write/draw
(or whatever I feel like) “what happens in my life”Β  in this book.
I used to keep diaries, but since I create otherwise I hardly write anymore.
It’s about time I let the two meet… my creativeness in images AND words!
In fact, that is the meaning of an art journal after all… so I’ll give it a try!

I prepared the page for this week. I used happy and orange colours and,
because of queensday, I drew a little “queen”. I hope to fill this page with
more text and drawings and images – but it’s a start!

I don’t draw
or paint faces
that often.
It is difficult
but I think
this little
queen looks
kinda nice.

The crown is
made with
spray ink and
with a golden



The queen visits my old town Middelburg today, so I’m gonna watch it on tv
(see if I recognize some old friends there *teehee*) and after that it will be
time for me to hit town! Hope I can find me some cheap stuff on the flee
market. Hope your weekend is beautiful!!!

And for all the Dutchies… enjoy your queensday!!!!
Je t’embrasse!

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14 Responses to “Freewheelin’ Friday #20

  • Mirjamc Says:

    en heb je nog leuke spullen gevonden op de rommelmarkt?
    zou super voor je zijn als je als dt member gekozen wordt, ik ga voor je duimen hoor πŸ™‚
    wat een mooie lo marit, met weer een prachtige transfer!!! ik ben benieuwd hoe je art journal boek er verder uit komt te zien.
    veel plezier met koninginnedag!!! ik sla ‘m een jaartje over, ben druk aan het schilderen in huis

  • cindye Says:

    Fabulous pictures. Your tree is beautiful. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    LOVE your art journal .. it is fantastic. Your layout is fabulous … good luck with the DT call, my fingers are crossed for you.
    Looks like it was a fun event for your Mom. She writes childrens poems??
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  • helen Says:

    Good Friday, Marit! I love that journal, can’t wait to see what you fill it up with! Hope you have recovered from boozing with the poets. We have a Queen thing going on tomorrow, too, on Scrap Whispers which is the blog I design for. You’ll read about it on my blog, anyway! xxx

  • Hanneke Says:

    Wat een mooie foto’s zeg, dat ziet er heel leuk uit!!! En wat een moois heb je weer gemaakt zeg, het artjournal is echt prachtig!!

    Enne Koninginnedag viel hier een beetje tegen, door de regen moesten alle spelletjes in de sporthal gespeeld worden en dat is toch niet zo leuk als buiten!!!

    Fijn weekend!!

  • dani Says:

    I just heard about this kit club too, I think it is such a crazy cool idea!
    The purple masking tape rocks – and I love the idea of a journal for the rest of year. Such a cool concept.

  • Annemarie Says:

    Hee hee. I told you that we hadn’t had a matching thought in a while, but here you are with purple tape. That is what I used to tape pages in my journal together, too. I like your latest page.

  • Chris Says:

    I look forward to seeing what develops in your book – what an exciting prospect is a new journal – pristine pages just ready to absorb your ideas and creations. I too saw the Inside Out DT call but since they exclude people who design for online scrapbooking stores so I can’t apply. Good luck – it seems like you would be a super fit. How wonderful that you attended the poetry festival with your mother – I can imagine how inspiring that must have been. have a wonderful weekend!

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    Wat een prachtige dingen maak je toch!
    Zou me verbazen als ze je niet kiezen voor het DT. IΒ΄ll keep my fingers crossed πŸ˜‰

  • cynthia Says:

    Loved the comedian!!!!!!! too flippin funny πŸ™‚ So, Happy Belated Queensday!!!! Ah the poetry festival with your mother looked so neat!!! I love that picture of you by the fence πŸ™‚ Very pretty. Go you on the DT call, I checked it out and you would be so perfect!!!!!!!!! Hambly Screen Prints has a DT call too. You should check it out. I think it ends on May 3rd. Makes me wish I didn’t go digi for a second πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to class this month Teacher Marit πŸ™‚

  • Yyam Says:

    I always love what you do with your art journal…always something whimsical and creative and fun! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the beautiful weather you have! πŸ™‚

  • Rita B Says:

    I love this book it’s awesome! Cant wait to see what you do with it! Good luck on the dt call!

  • Viv Says:

    Wat een mooie foto van de bloesem in jullie voortuin, ik hou van bloessem, werkelijk prachtig!

    De pagina`s voor in je art journal zien er veelbelovend uit, leuk dat je gaat schrijven!

    En ook ik zal voor je duimen voor je DT spot πŸ™‚

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    Hope you had a lovely Queensday Marit, thanks to John Fealey I understand now what it’s all about teehee!

    Lovely to see your blooming tree and your mum…the poet’s weekend sounds and looks very special! Love your mum’s shoes too!

    Happy Week to you dear one!
    p.s. the journal Bree sent you is so nice, clever you using masking tape for the pages, UHU gluestick is my fav way to stick pages

  • Glenda Tkalac Says:

    These are great pics and eye candy Marit! Good luck on the DT call, they would be lucky to have you!! I would love to have your gorgeous blooming tree too, I have no trees, wah!Love that purple tape and can hardly wait to see what you put in your journal!