Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine // Top 5 things I love

It's that time of the year again. Shopping windows all turned red and pink and the past few weeks everything was covered in hearts. It is Valentine's day. We do not have a huge library of Valentine related designs but we put lot's of love in our creations. So let's talk about all the things we love.

Travel the world
We saw this cute leopard legging in the Elsie & Aster shop. The design was made right before my trip to Sri Lanka two months ago. Where we went on a breathtaking safari and spotted some leopards in Yala National Park. Most of the designs that make the fabric cut are inspired by our travels. it can be the shape of some certain food, colors on a daily market that inspire a palette, or quirky animals we haven't seen before.

Ink drawings
This leopard design was part of the OMG i booked a ticket to Sri Lanka experience. But it also contains my other passion: black ink. I was just a kid when I decided I wanted to draw all day every day. Turns out you can actually make a living out of that. Well if you put in the effort and work hard. Nowadays I try to draw at least something every day. I especially love using a pencil with black ink. I love the contrasting colors and the harsh lines, I like how you have to be confident with the black ink. There is no way to erase the lines and shapes, it is my own handwriting that will be translated into the shapes and illustrations I make.

Clearly, when you would look into my personal portfolio you will see lot's of white. I love to start with a white canvas. The photo above also has the crisp and clean feel to it which I love so much. Designing is a process of making choices. I like to start on bright white and work with black, than fill in the blanks and balance out color. White. You are loved!

Finished projects
I can not remember the first design that was turned into something tangible but I do enjoy every single hand made piece we see posted on our facebook page and Instagram. It is so much fun to see how your creations evolve into another creative project. All those adorable kids wearing our prints, we can not get enough of that! Makes is so much fun to create.

A visual diary
All right, let's be honest, I personally am not the best writer and posting things here on the blog can be a challenge. I am visual. So writing might be a challenge but I make up for that visually. I dreamt of becoming a photographer for a while. I love making pictures, creating images, illustrations. So Instagram for me is the best invention for our Little Smilemakers business. That way we can share all our designs and we can stay connected with our followers. I love updating this visual diary. Follow @littlesmilemakers on Instagram.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fabric Feature Friday: Oxzyde Homewares

Little Smilemakers Studio sells around 2500 designs on fabric all over the world. From Spoonflower to Robert Kaufman, Hemmers Itex and small online fabric shops in Europe our fabric travels fast. Every first Friday of each month we feature one of our fabric customers. From small start up businesses in home decor to stay at home mommies who create cute little fashion for there kids. Some just pop out.

This Friday we would like to share this great BigCartel shop: Oxzyde Homewares. An interior brand with handmade cushions, wall art & homewares based in Melbourne, Australia. Oxzyde was founded by Caiti who has a background in graphic design and art, she wanted to create a unique brand, stay away from mass production. Her style is minimalistic, honest, clean and full of typographic influences and with a little edge. She uses stencils and raw materials that give her range of product an unique look and feel. All her products are handmade and her fabric items are all made with organic materials. We are honored she picked our feathers and geometric triangle fabric for her range of cushions and multi-functional storage bags.

"To me this brand is about creating art not just products. It's about removing the notion of mass production and creating an imperfect process of creation. It's the happy accidents that make something great. I'd like to think that you, the customer, will be able to look at your piece and know that it will never be identical to another, and that's its charm."

Want to get your hands on one of these trendy home products? Check out Oxzyde's online shop.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Made with Little Smilemakers Studio Fabric // January 2016

It is so exciting to see a finished project after working hard on a new collection or a series of illustrations for our clients. But with finished fabric designs it is even a bigger surprise to see what customers create. To see how final products evolve when people put their own creative energy in there is amazing.

If you browse around on etsy for some kids fashion you are very likely to stumble upon some Little Smilemakers. Most creatives with small home based businesses sell their projects via Etsy. We love how Little Smilemakers creations are the foundation for other creatives all around the world to work with. So here is our monthly blog post that features some creative results from Australia, Sweden and Poland. This is our new January selection. Take a look and see if there is something for your little one too.

Sprout Patterns // sewing inspiration
In 2015 Sprout Patterns launched their website and within a few months time have added numerous new patterns to their collection. On the website you can easily pick a pattern, then select a Spoonflower fabric, you will get just the right amount, and get those delivered to your doorstep. So if you need some sewing inspiration or would like to make something for your kid and don't want to end up with a pile of left over fabric this might be great for you. Sprout patterns has some fun creations up on their website to take a look at. Some patterns are fun to mix and match fabric with, they all have cute visuals so you can also check out the result and have a clear impression about the cut and shape. The cactus blouse was made with the biscayne blouse pattern designed by Hey June Handmade and contains our very popular cactus summer fabric that is available via Spoonflower. So, nothing to do this weekend? Go grab your sewing machine and start making new beautiful fashion and accessories with Sprout Patterns.

Kalamati // cosy home
For Kalamati we have been making some fun new hot air balloon and pastel woodland designs but we also created a cute penguin print a while ago. The new collection available online. You can find high quality blankets pillows and cute kids room decoration in their shop. Looking for a cute baby shower gift? Or decoration your babies nursery? Take a look!

Arli Barli // kids fashion
Our tribal feathers keep popping up all around the world. Our latest addition of feathered baby fashion was made by Arli Barli, a small handmade shop in Australia creating cool trendy kids fashion and accessories. Their collection contains little new born rompers, leggings, shorts, head wraps and bibs.

Milutka // home & outdoor accessories
Milutka is a company specialized in kids cottons. From soft winter hats to mommy hand warmers, pillows, soft toys and stroller gear, if you'd like to have one print for your entire nursery and kids outdoor gear go visit their online shop. They have our cute little raccoon cactus print in their collection but also our colorful pirates, elephants, squirrels, dachshund puppy, plus sign and owl prints. They have a great selection of kids bedding and they have a sale going on.

Stoj Design // dreamcatchers
Our Swedish Spoonflower shopper Tove has a cute online boutique with handmade organic cotton clothes only. She cares a lot about the environment and all her carefully picked fabrics are soft, comfortable and long lasting high quality. She had made a series of clothes with our Little Smilemakers dreamcatcher and water melon summer fabric. Beanies, bibs, harems and leggings are available in her shop. Take a look.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sources of inspiration: Sri Lanka // Elephant island // Sunshine, palm trees, elephants and smiles // Top 5 travel tips

Sri Lanka. You have stolen my heart. I just got back from a three week trip through this amazing green island. While uploading photo's to my personal Facebook page I cannot seem to get over the fact that once again I have come home with lot's of memories and stories to share. Usually after traveling I will make a top 5 of places to see. But first I will start with some of the stories about the warm and welcoming people I have met.

Sri Lanka has been on my bucket list ever since I traveled to India for the first time. The country always intrigued me. It is a small island south east from India. It adopted some of it's quirkiness and cultural customs but is very different from any other Asian country I experienced so far. The economy is growing rapidly and it is noticeable, the northern part of the country still is recovering from the war and you can still see some damaged homes but the area has been built up again.

I fell in love with it's inhabitants while I was visiting Chilaw. It was a hot and sunny day and me and my travel buddy decided to go and walk through the village and the rice fields. Tourists are not very common in most places except for the area's around the National Parks and beaches that attract surfers from all over the world. We walked for an hour or so and were continuously invited to come have a coconut and look around people's homes. We were taking a break in a families sitting room and chatted with the locals. It strikes me time and time again how welcoming people can be. People can be so open and curious to meet you. It is the best feeling in the world when you come from a place where everyone is in a rush not paying attention to the bigger things in life. A simple smile from a toddler, kids playing in the mud. With so little money they are living such a rich life and don't even know it. All right, before I get all preachy let's talk about all the high lights of the trip. I have seen wild life, gorgeous Buddhist temples, tea plantations and met some amazing individuals. Here is a top 5 of things you should really experience, can't miss! I fell in love with life all over again.

1 // The wild life
Sri Lanka is the island of elephants. You can see them in one of many National Parks or you can visit an elephant orphanage. I am so intrigued by these amazing animals, I remember seeing a wild animal for the first time while traveling through India and I fell in love with those creatures right away. Don't expect to be close to the elephants though, you may be able to find elephant rides but these are not very common, locals hate to see you jump on an elephant for a ride. As do I. Just enjoy them from a distance, take your time to watch the baby elephants at an orphanage and watch how they are getting to know the world, step on their trunks and try to keep balance with crossed legs. They are magestic and funny at the same time.

Sri Lanka has a very divers wild life and you can visit one of the numerous parks to spot not only elephants but also leopards, crocodiles, buffalos, birds and those pretty quirky peacocks... You can go either on or in the water, enjoy sea life, spot whales. There is so much to see! But be conscious, try to share your Jeep with other tourists and think about the environment, go for a sailing boat instead of one that runs on kerosene. Ask before you go. The parks can be very crowded and traffic jams in parks are actually a thing nowadays. Sri Lanka is not very much used to big crowds of tourists yet and has some maturing to do.

2 // The people
This is probably the main reason why I travel. Meeting up with people from different countries, they have different costumes and habits and make you rethink your way of life. They often rely on their families and communities, they think in 'we' instead of 'I'. Nothing is more healing and triggers personal growth more than a different perspective and an open attitude toward the unknown. I fell in love with the people in Sri Lanka right away. They are joyful, welcoming and very curious and eager to know what it is that attracts you to come and visit their country. Feel free to have a tea or a coconut with the locals. They will welcome you in their homes and will be happy to talk about their way of living, their family. From the big city of Colombo to the smallest little villages, people welcome you with a smile and a touch. When a smile approaches you, say yes. Let them take you along on a little peek inside their lives. Personal encounters will touch your heart. It is lovely to experience a country this way. I came home with a little stack of papers containing addresses of the people I have met. I made photo's and captured their way of life. Made selfless with the kids in Colombo, made portraits of a lady and her new born. Such precious moments. Now all I have to do is print them and send them. I cherish those little moments.

3 // The sun
Of course! Nothing is more healing than the sun. Sri Lanka is a tropical island and I had visit the country after the rainy season, everything was so green and lush. The island has some great beaches where you can wander around all by yourself. In the south/west there are lot's of tourist hotels if you need some easy comfort this is the place to be, you can also travel alone and stay away from the crowds easily if you visit the north/eastern parts. Enjoy a coconut, watch the locals play in the water under the hot tropical sun. It is a great getaway during our European winter. Relax, leave all stress behind and recharge in the sun.

4 // The Ayuvedic treatments
Most doctors in Sri Lanka have a degree in both western and ayuvedic medicine. I was talking to a doctor in Sri Lanka while visiting a spice garden and asked him if he knew anyone that suffered from rheumatism. He laughed and after a good minute he said "of course not." The entire Sri Lankan lifestyle and climate is a great place to have a break from my pain. The sun, but also the spices that are part of their every day meals, make me feel so much better. Go to a spice garden and have a chat with a doctor. Not in need of medical treatment? You can take an relaxing ayuvedic massage or detox body treatment depending on what you need. For me it does make a difference.

5 // The temples
There are lot's of places that are worth a visit. Dutch remains our VOC history, Portuguese architecture, but of course Sri Lanka has a lot of genuine heritage of it's own. Amazing temples with crazy high buddha statues located on the most breathtaking places on earth. The Dambulla cave temple, the Temple of Tooth, the detailed and colorful local Hindu Temples, the remains of Anuradhapura, Each and every temple has it's own story. Each and every temple is magical. Do take your time to enjoy as many as possible. Lot's of locals visit temples each day so be respectful and try to blend in. Locals visit temples in white colored clothes. If you want to fit in, dress in white while you visit a temple and cover your knees and shoulders.

I completely fell in love with Sri Lanka and it's people. There are so many things to do and see and taste. I could write a book. I personally felt Sri Lanka was a relaxing and safe place to travel by myself. If you have questions feel free to ask! If you'd like to see more photo's of my trip check out @littlesmilemakers on Instagram too. But this place on your bucket list!

Monday, January 11, 2016

A new year // A new collection // Japanese Paper Art // Origami surface patterns and fabric

When I was born my mom and dad sent our personal handmade birth announcements with little paper boats. Boot is Dutch for boat, with a surname like that it is easy to find a suitable theme for those announcement cards. My mom and dad folded hundreds of little tiny paper boats that were glued on the cover of the postcards.

When I was a little kid i loved my arts and crafts class. Of course, I turned out running my own crafty business, but while I was traveling through Japan and visiting a local museum in Tokyo I was reminded of our origami projects back in school. We made all sorts of animals and flowers. Paper was my favorite material to work with, and still is. That is why I have been working on a new series of designs, all origami animals.

I bet you have made a paper crane or two back when you were little. We are still expanding the design collection of origami animals but of course we started out with some boats first. Together with some geometric shapes and detailing they turned out to be beautiful fabrics. And it is such a simple and easy way to have a nice afternoon out with the kids, just make your own paper boats and visit the lake. It will be a memorable day out.

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Spoonflower year in Review

2016 is coming to an end so there are the lists. Spoonflower released it's 2015 infographic with new artists, top sales and searches and contest winners.For a small business it is great to see a clear overview. Information like this is very important for our sales and uploading structure.

For our studio it has been a good year on Spoonflower as well, with 60712 favorites and 1609 followers we try to keep up with the crazy demand on fabric. Each day we start sending out a personal thank you to our customers and our shop has been growing rapidly. Hopefully we can keep up and are able to stay in touch with our costumers and help them with scale requests and new color schemes. We upload around 50 new designs each month and have grown from a small shop to Spoonflowers most favorited fabric designer with over 1500 surface pattern designs that are currently available. We have been selling to customers all over the world. San Diego, Moscow, Melbourne. Little Smilemakers fabric have been going around! Hopefully with a great year like 2015 we can keep this up in 2016. We already have new designs ready to upload. So take a look in our Spoonflower shop and let us know if we can help you with anything.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy holidays from Little Smilemakers Studio

Another creative year has past. We have made tons of new designs, started working with a crazy amount of new clients all over the world and have seen some great finished projects come by made with Little Smilemakers fabric. Now it is time for a short break. Spend some time with our loved ones and travel. We wish you a warm loving Christmas and a sparkling and creative new year. Hope to see you back in 2016!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sewing Inspiration // Sprout patterns // Fashion and accessories

We have been selling fabric through our Spoonflower shop for over four years now. We have seen many awesome finished projects by our talented customers but we also got requests from people that really wanted to create something but didn't really know where to start. These fun Christmas stockings, kids clothes and cactus blouse were all made with Sprout Patterns.

This fall Sprout Patterns was launched a new service that offers curated indie sewing patterns that you combine with our Little Smilemakers Spoonflower designs to create customized projects. Each project is digitally printed by Spoonflower at their Durham, NC headquarters. Sprout Patterns takes out all the work of putting a sewing pattern onto fabric.

With Sprout you simply choose your sewing pattern from our curated collection of indie patterns, then fill the pattern with your fabric design of choice from Spoonflower’s marketplace. Select your size and fabric, we do all the rest! You will receive a package that includes a digitally printed custom sewing pattern— all you need to do is cut and sew! So no messy struggles with drawing your own pattern and try to find that little size stroke you can never really see through the transfer paper. If you don;t have a whole lot of time but love to make something original this is something for you.

And with the holidays coming up this might be a perfect present for one of sewing addict friends. Or throw a baby shower for a pregnant friend and spend your day sewing cute little baby rompers. Check out the website for all sewing and pattern inspiration. Log in with your Spoonflower account and pick your fabric. Also check out there Pinterest and Facebook page for daily inspiration. Have fun and happy holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sources of inspiration: Getting exposed // An artist sketch book

I love designers sketch books. But I am always a little intimidated when artists are willing to open up their sketch books and show them to the world. To me a sketch is a very personal, and sometimes emotional even, piece of myself so the thought of someone grabbing my sketch book and take a look and wander through the pages feels like someone is reading my personal diary. But I have a visual profession so sharing my work, also my sketches and research is also part of the deal.

I try to take a moment each day to sit down with a piece of paper and draw. It is something I have been doing ever since I could hold a pencil (I did have a little break as a teen though) and even when I am traveling I carry a tiny little notebook for small 'visual notes.' But you will never see me draw in public, while drawing I feel exposed and I rather be making illustrations at home with a cup of coffee next to me. While I was in Art School I remember painting classes, where we had to sit down and paint for three hours straight. Those were impossible!

To sit down and draw I have to find some peace and quiet first. I do sketch almost every day, but to sit down and create an entire collection of new designs I have to feel completely in the zone. Depending on my mood I use ink or paint to sketch. Usually at night, when I sit down and sketch while watching a movie or documentary I use a micron pen. The best solution for creating and bad lighting. Even the weirdest sketches can turn out to be a fabric design or part of a new collection. They can be abstracts or every day items. Little moments of life. Anything can be a source of inspiration and part of my sketching ritual.

When I decide to share some sketches they are usually in the last stage of a process, when they are almost ready to go digital. These are usually the ink drawings I share via Instagram of via our Little Smilemakers Facebook page. Maybe one day I will have the guts to post an overview of the ones that did not make the final cut. The first drawings and sketches I messed up before I got to a point where I thought they were more easy on the eyes. I wonder if I will have the guts. But here are some sketches. The foundaton of many designs that are eventually used for fabric and home decoration. Hope you enjoy them! If you are curious about my workflow follow #littlesmilemakers on Instagram.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Fabric Feature Friday: Little Chief Apparel

Little Smilemakers Studio sells around 2000 designs on fabric all over the world. From Spoonflower to Robert Kaufman and small online fabric shops in Europe our fabric travels fast. Every first Friday of each month we feature one of our fabric customers. From small start up businesses in home decor to stay at home mommies who create cute little fashion for there kids. Some just pop out.

This Friday we would like to share this great Etsy shop: Little Chief Apparel. A children's clothing brand started by a young mother in Minnesota. She asked us to create some new color schemes around fall and here is the result of her creative input. We especially love the cute orange triangle series and the purple geometric cross fabric, leggings, shirts and head bands, our most popular prints on fabric but in our most recent colors. A great refreshing combo! And we love their fun colorful photography to sell these creative results. We are proud to see they create such gorgeous items with our fabric. Hopefully there is a lot more to come!

Want to get your hands on one of these? Check Little Chief Apparel's online shop.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fiber Monday // 24 hours of free shipping at Spoonflower

Psst! It's coming.... free shipping worldwide on all standard orders beginning this Monday at 9 AM EST lasting for just 24 hours. Get ready for ‪‎Fiber Monday‬ at Spoonflower!

We have been growing our online fabric shop for over 4 years now at Spoonflower. And every month we add new designs to our collection. To stay up to date and ahead of the trend we are putting in a lot of effort to create new fresh and original surface pattern designs with a Little Smilemakers handwriting. Our whimsical collection is mostly inspired by travels but also every day moments. These impressions are translated into joyful designs and are bought by creative people all over the world.

Like every year this Monday Spoonflower offers a great world wide free shipping deal. Time to fill up that card and collect all new Little Smilemakers designs. With a total collection of 1400 designs this shop is a sewing fabric heaven. Take a look at our most trending designs, our vintage collection and of course our brand new designs for the winter season. We have colorful kids prints and some gender neutral pales and pastels. So check out our shop.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Black and white and soft pale // Hot Selling fabric 2015

Little Smilemakers designs usually are colorful prints on a white surface. The past few weeks we have been redecorating the Little Smilemakers Studio office and put up some pale nude powder tone prints. Whites make colors pop and there is no other color that creates a more peaceful environment to work in. I was inspired by numerous visits to art galleries and museums that always present art on clean fresh white walls. But the winter also brings a clean crisp vibe into the office. The powder white snow, the softened sounds absorbed by the thick layer of snow. During the winter I always feel the need to make my surroundings more calm.

After redecoration the studio I felt like holding on to the new calm color scheme of the work place. I decided to make an entire series of designs that would be gender neutral. The prints and patterns that are being sold as gender neutrals are usually based on soft pastel tones of green and yellow. Since I am not a big fan of both colors I decided to make an entire series of with fresh whites contrasting blacks and shades of gray and beige. Little Smilemakers designs usually contain numerous bright colors. It has been a challenge but also very mindful to work with only white, black and shades of earthy tones. Imagine the number of colors that usually are used in the prints. I did not have to worry about a color scheme for a change. It was all reduced to the basics and focus was on the composition and detailing more that on working with a certain color scheme. A relief!

This month I was also arranging a baby shower for one of my best friends and it strikes me that gender neutral prints, wallpapers, home decor items and fabrics are so hard to find since there are enough creative artists working on the theme. I hope with this series of designs there is enough to choose from for decoration your soft neutral nursery.

Reducing colors might be useful in the gender neutral theme but I still love to work with bright strong colors. But if you are looking for more beige and gray tones, we have an entire collection ready to be produced on fabrics. Geometric abstracts, woodland animals, Indian summer themes and many more. So check out the shop. All designs will be added to our collection first week of March so stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sinterklaas // Dutch Holiday season start // Kleurplaat & Kijkdoos

So yes, for non-Dutchies this might be a little bit of a strange post. Each year we celebrate Sinterklaas the first week of December. It is quite similar to the well know Santa tradition but our old white bearded man comes from a typical Dutch heritage. He arrives on a boat with a dozen of helpers and turn the dark November month into a sweet candy filled mayhem.

Each year we try to create a cool freebie around this traditional Dutch holiday. This year we have a fun project to work on. A Sinterklaas and Zwarte Pier themed set of drawings your kids can color, cut and paste into their Sinterklaas paper Peepshow. Click on the image and save the file to your desktop. Don't forget to send us your results!

This crafting set was originally made around 10 years ago for H&M Holland when I was still working for a design company that was hired to do H&M's graphic design in The Netherlands.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Meet Alfred // Votes needed for our super-hero volunteer collegue

All right, a little personal favor I would like to ask from you readers. Next to running a creative studio I also do volunteer work at a local theater here in The Hague, Holland. One of my fellow colleagues has been nominated for the Dutch Hero prize.

Meet Alfred, our very own hero at De Nieuwe Regentes. Next to his full time job he spends every waking moment contributing to the future of our local theater. Theater can be a chaotic place, where lot's of artist come and perform, huge amounts of people come to see plays, concerts and other performances and without volunteer workers there wouldn't be a theater. Alfred knows how to magically turn stress and chaos into a fun cheerful night. He has magic people! So I don't want to talk too long about this mister. To us, his fellow colleagues he is golden already, we only need the Hero prize to convince him that he is. So if you have some time reading this, voting only takes a few seconds extra. He deserves this this loving hug!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Made with Little Smilemakers Studio Fabric // November 2015

It is so exciting to see a finished project after working hard on a new collection or a series of illustrations for our clients. But with finished fabric designs it is even a bigger surprise to see what customers create. To see how final products evolve when people put their own creative energy in there is amazing.

If you browse around on etsy for some kids fashion you are very likely to stumble upon some Little Smilemakers. Most creatives with small home based businesses sell their projects via Etsy. We love how Little Smilemakers creations are the foundation for other creatives all around the world to work with. So here is our monthly blog post that features some creative results from Australia and United States. This is our new November selection. Take a look and see if there is something for your little one too.

Fresh summer themed pram liners
Poopadoo is a small shop based in Western Australia run by Cathy. She offers handmade pram liners and accessories like knot headbands for girls. Our coffee to go print and our new summer ice cream watercolors are used for her very fresh baby range. So Take a look into her Etsy shop if you are curious.

Geometric triangle leggings
Ollie & Coco is a small starting company from Australia and makes adorable baby bandana's and bibs. They bring you beautiful products made for your little ones, like our geometric triangle range for fashion, nurseries and for the home. Ollie & Coco will also add a new range of products to their cute and fresh collection soon, even more reason to have a little look on their website and follow this fun brand on Instagram.

Dachshund puppy love
We love Charlotte's webtiques fun collection of headbands, bows and hair accessories for babies, kids and adults! She made such a cute little bow with our dachshund puppy fabric. Take a look in the shop if you are interested in some cute baby gifts.

Reindeer girl for the holiday season
Lisa Gillies a young mum and the owner of Le Petit Bouton. Like many new mums, she was madly searching for items for her little girl that were unique, on trend, with beautiful fabric and was getting frustrated at not being able to find exactly what she wanted. That is why she decided to start her fun shop, stocking gorgeous little girls hairclips, hairties and headbands using beautiful designer fabrics and organic knits. Our little reindeer girls have also been added to her webshop for this holiday season. Her products are perfect for special occasions, party favours, birthdays, baby showers, new arrivals, school, stocking fillers...the list goes on! Baby skyler is modelling her fun products. Such a cute little girl! Take a look at her shop if you want to get your hands on one.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fabric Feature Friday // All Things Owls

Little Smilemakers Studio sells around 2000 designs on fabric all over the world. From Spoonflower to Robert Kaufman and small online fabric shops in Europe our fabric travels fast. Every first Friday of each month we feature one of our fabric customers. From small start up businesses in home decor to stay at home mommies who create cute little fashion for there kids. Some just pop out.

This Friday we would like to share this great little shop: All things owls. With their signature handmade owl decorators, Australian designed children's sleep wear and carefully selected range of children's decor this place is a delight to shop for some gift items.

A little over a year ago we stumbled upon this shop on Instagram. We have lot's of followers that tag us in their creations but also tag us in hand made projects created by others when they recognize our designs. We especially love the adorable collection of owls and blankets. All Things Owls has been working with Little Smilemakers fabric for over a year now and time after time we are proud to see they create such gorgeous items with our fabric. Hopefully there is a lot more to come!

Want to get your hands on one of these? Check All Things Owls online shop.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Little Smilemakers fabric // New Spoonflower fabric // Scandinavian style animals and gender neutral kids themes

We have some new awesome fabric in our Spoonflower shop. And we upload around 60 designs each month. We already have over a 1200 designs up in the shop. So many designs to choose from! So from now on we will have a new monthly feature here on the blog. We will feature new designs and trending themes so you have a better view about what's happening and what's new.

This month we would like to show you some new Scandinavian style themed designs in gender neutral colors. Black and whites, shades of gray and beige. We have worked on new grizzly bears. The one featured here is available in 4 different color schemes. Bright blue, pink, pastels and this gender neutral color version. From here we have created a matching arrows and crosses print in black and white.

Winter is coming closer and for the new colder season we have some new color versions of our geometric clouds fabric up in the shop and added new geometric mountain designs with little tiny snow flakes. When winter comes and visit us in europe, australia warms up again and prepares for summer. For all you Aussies we have some fun summer themes too. What about this fun gender neutral hippie bus? We are looking forward to seeing this print turned into fun kids clothes! But our very favorite new print must be the armadillo. Such a quirky animal! Which one of these new prints is your favorite?

If you are interested in purchasing one of these fabrics, here are the links to this month features fabric designs:
Grizzly bears design // Arrows and crosses design // Geometric clouds design // Armadillo country design // Fuji winter design // Hippie bus design

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween // enjoy fright night

It's Halloween again! Are your ready for this year's fright night? Traditionally October 31 is the day to remember the dead. But nowadays it is a time to dress up and have fun. And we love to see what all our fabric customers are creating this year. Fun pumpkin leggings, black cat dresses. We have seen so many cute designs made with our Little Smilemakers Spoonflower fabric.

And even though this holiday has turned into this crazy dress up party world wide, it is also a day to remember those that passed. Enjoy this joyful holiday, celebrate and remember the life of those whom have passed and left a mark in your life or have influenced your being. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Safari Animals and Scandinavian Pastels // New Children's fashion // Naturkind Biomode // Grand opening

We are very excited Naturkind Biomode will open it's little kids paradise in Germany later this week. For this colorful new brand we created over 15 designs that will be available on kids fashion. Giuliana is the big brain behind it all, she approached me during spring this year with her story about how she wanted to offer parent eco-friendly clothing with a good price tag and fun modern designs convinced us we would be a good match.

Working for children's fashion is not new for us. We have worked with companies in Australia, UK, Canada, South Africa Sweden and the list goes on. But up until now we have never created a series of designs for a German company, we have designed fabric of course, but Naturkind is our first retailer in Germany in toddler and kids fashion. And what a great brand to start with!

We have worked on different themes for girls, boys and also some gender neutral prints are included in her collection. We especially love how our Safari Animal print turned out. Soft beige with fun pink and blue color pops. Giuliana is not afraid of colors and our colorful prints have been featured in numerous magazines in Germany, they sure like a bold statement! So we are convinced she will be doing great with her pick of African Animals and Scandinavian pastels.

After finalizing all designs for her range of children's clothes she also asked us to work on some signage, posters, stickers and wrapping paper for her shop. It has been a fun process all together of which we can now show our final results.

October 31th will be the day of the grand opening of her shop in Bad Harzburg, Germany. So good news for all German parents but how about the rest of Europe then? No worries Giuliana also has a webshop, she originally started selling online, where you can order all here colorful, fun kids fashion.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New range for Daily Objects India // geometric summer prints and scandinavian style animal designs // iphone cases and laptop sleeves make a perfect gift

More than 150 Little Smilemakers designs are being sold via Daily Objects. We started working with daily objects almost two years ago when they started to sell iPhone cases on the Indian market. Over these past few years the company has expanded it's product range and also offers wooden cases and most recently Daily Objects launched their series of laptop sleeves.

Christmas is coming closer and we are working on new designs so you can order some cute presents. These new trendy laptop sleeves & confetti make a perfect gift for your girlsfriend or sister. Take a look, with over 150 Little Smilemakers designs to choose from it won't be hard to find something you like. Little Indian tuctuc patterns, rickshaws, Tata trucks, our Scandinavian animals, abstract gender neutrals and geometric designs and many more. Every month new designs are added to the shop so take a look around and pick out a cool gift for yourself or one of your loved ones.