dinsdag 15 april 2014

> Happy spring & a quirky easter | Free printable poster and wrapping paper

We have been working on some seasonal themes. Easter is around the corner so we have decided to to put up these two cute free* printables on the blog for your easter home. You can frame, print your own little postcard, or make some cute little wrapping paper with it. Click on the image and download these cute sprint poster print designs for your own wall. Don't forget to send post a picture on our Little Smilemakers Studio facebook page when they are up!

artwork is prohibited for commercial use

donderdag 10 april 2014

> Little Smilemakers Studio | New exclusive licensing available for fabric

Little Smilemakers Studio has been working for many fabric companies all over the world. Mostly non-exclusive images are purchased to be produced on textile. Several fabric companies have contacted the Studio for exclusive designs. It was about time to expand our portfolio with some exclusive work. We are now working on a variety of exclusive artwork for our fabric clients. Hopefully we will be able to show some awesome new stuff just before Surtex, which is held in new York next month. If you are looking for a commercial license or license for fabric, please contact us. You can take a look at our current designs that are available with exclusive license on our Little Smilemakers Studio website.

maandag 24 maart 2014

> Little Smilemakers & Maxomorra

I have always been a fan of the cute Maxomorra clothing line for kids. They produce adorable clothes for babies, toddles and young kids. I remember seeing their first collection in Kopenhagen years ago. I fell in love with the cute quirky retro style patterns right away.

A few weeks ago a I stumbled upon their new collection in a shop in Antwerp and was happy to see my very own retro apples in their new spring collection. So run to the shop for new t-shirts, onsies, leggings and cute little undies.

donderdag 20 maart 2014

> Made with... Little Smilemakers fabric | Typewriters & Love Letters | Head band for your little baby by Sadie Sky Boutique

When a fabric order is placed at the Little Smilemakers Spoonflower shop, I always send out a request for some photo's of the finished products people make. I love to see all those cute little baby and kids fashion items. I am amazed how much creative people buy my work and I love to see all results.

What do you think of this head band project? The Head bands are made by Sadie Sky Boutique and available via etsy. The fabric she has used is still available via Spoonflower. Both Vintage Typewriter print and Love Letters print. So of you have some crafting skills you can make your own.

dinsdag 18 maart 2014

> Coral & Mint | New spring fabric & wallpaper | now available at Spoonflower

Spring has begun! Time to shop shop shop some new Little Smilemakers fabric at Spoonflower. We added some new geometric fabrics, kids textiles and ofcourse we added all new designs to the wallpaper collection too. So if you are looking for a fun nursery gift for your friends baby shower or your own little cute new born, check all sweet powder pastel themes. There is so much to choose from! We have some foxes and owls waiting for you and we made sure to add those retro apple and pear designs you all like so much. Don't forget to show your crafty results via the Little Smilemakers Facebook page.

Shop fabric online! Check out the new Coral & Mint series in the shop.

maandag 17 maart 2014

> Happy Holi | Subh Holi | Welcome spring!

We are celebrating the early signs of spring today. Cherry blossom is popping, the birds are singing, and the sun is getting warmer every day. Spring has definitely arrived! So I have been working on some new spring themes these past few days. Inspired by my trip to India last month.

Happy Holi to all of you celebrating this colorful indian holiday. I am happy to be able to celebrate in my hometown.

woensdag 12 maart 2014

> New illustrations & patterns | Phone accessories | Daily Objects India

For a few months now I have been working together with a rapidly growing Indian company. I know I have some Indians following my work, i hope you will be as excited about the entire Daily Object designer series as I am. It was great to make some new Indian designs. Elephants, rickshaws, peacocks. Everything India is not a problem for me. I have not only been making India inspired designs but also some fun modern designs: fashion items, music icons, hipster themes, trendy illustrations and retro patterns. Today the samples arrived in the mail and they look gorgeous. what do you think? All cases can be purchased via Daily Objects.

maandag 10 maart 2014

> It is time for a GIVEAWAY | Join our facebook giveaway and pick your own favorite Little Smilemakers Studio item

Yesterday we have reached another Milestone: 1000 glorious facebook likes. So after 28 months of support it is time to give back. Join in and pick your favorite Little Smilemakers Studio item. Winners will be announced on Friday.

You can choose the Veritas bowling bag, sewing box, a collection of awesome fabric and there are some crazy cute pillows to choose from, which one is your favorite? So pick and share, maybe your favorite will reach your mailbox soon.

> New Fabric - Mint & Coral | New fabric trends for the new season

Have you seen the new fabric already? Little Smilemakers Studio has worked together with Robert Kaufman this winter on some very cool new textile designs. But we have also worked on the new trends for this summer. Check out all new fabrics in the Spoonflower shop. We are excited to let you know we have added over 60 designs these past two months. Check them here: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/littlesmilemakers

Pastels will make a come back during the warmer season, they never really have been away. But the new soft colors will be coming back to stay. Some coral and mint designs are a must this summer. Also the new raw nature trend has set in. You have seen the large leafs and brazil influences in home decor textiles? They will be in your 2014 wardrobe I am sure. Fall will be a green jungle festival.

Little Smilemakers Studio has also made an entire new Veritas collection for fall. This fashionable collection will be in Veritas shops from November. Raw shapes and retro influences will be the key inspiration for this new scandinavian chic boho look. Have fun!

maandag 10 februari 2014

> My beloved India | Namaste

We are back in the Studio from an amazing trip through the south of India. It is hard to say goodbye to the warmth, the food, the colors and all friendly smiles. But we have some work to do at the studio. Some nursery designs. New fabric series. Time to go back to work!

vrijdag 17 januari 2014

> Gezond is vet | happy food themes for fabric

After attending a conference about the health of our kids in The Hague I was inspired to make some new food themes. New happy fruit, veggies and cupcakes. License available for fabric.

zaterdag 11 januari 2014

> Little Smilemakers Studio designs | Freshtastic start of a new year | Heimtextil 2014

It is that time of the year again. The holidays already seem ages ago and business is finally blooming like it should, it's not all about reindeers and christmas typography any more. New fresh things are happening. I love this time of the year when trading season starts and I can go on my annual trip to Frankfurt to meet up with clients and go on a "Little Smilemakers" design spotting mission.

This year the season starts with Europe's main textile fair in Frankfurt Messe. A huge fair about everyting-textile. These two days I will be out of the office, hopefully talking to lot's of inspring people and happy clients.

woensdag 8 januari 2014

> A new year | New cool designs | New fun clients | And a brand new website

All right. The first week of 2014 has been a crazy one. I already have three new clients and even more new projects to start with. Next month the new Little Smilemakers fabric will be launched at Jo-Ann fabrics. I am very excited to see the my designs on fabric. Also I have been adding more and more patterns to my Spoonflower shop. So if you are a fan, keep checking that shop. New designs will be added once every 2 months.

Hopefully the hours of work I put in the Urban Outfitters design pool will pay off this month. I have been working on a collection of patterns and illustrations of men. It is nice for a change to make things for men after all there baby/kids and nursery projects.

And ofcourse before I forget. I have been working on my Little Smilemakers website. It is just some basic info to prepare clients into doing business. Hopefully in the next few months I will have enough time to expand the website with a webshop. Let me know what you think.

maandag 30 december 2013

> Veritas winter sale | Comfy Little Smilemakers undies & hipsters

This year I have been working for Veritas fall collection. Now Veritas has started their winter sale. Some of the items are reduced in price. I did not show the collection of comfy underwear before. They looked kinda not-very-winter-like. If this image looks a bit chilly, no worries. There is also a lounge wear collection up for sale! Enjoy - Link to Veritas Webshop.

maandag 23 december 2013

> Merry christmas to you all

Those days before christmas. Shopping presents for friend or family, finishing the last projects of 2013. Busy days. Just two more to go before closing up for christmas. I hope you will all have an amazing holiday filled with love and cheer. Thank you all for your kinds wishes and postcards.

Best of luck to you all,
Maaike Boot

donderdag 5 december 2013

Ready for some serious Christmas shopping | Free shipping & ..... extra discount in this post!

Good news! With this following link you can enjoy free shipping and another extra $5 off your Society6 Little Smilemakers Studio purchase. So if you still have some serious shopping to do for the holidays, check out all new typography, photography, mixed media art and illustrated patterns in the shop! New pillow, tota bags, iphone cases and ipad cases are now available. Which of these following prints do you like most?

donderdag 28 november 2013

> Typography and photography travel inspired art | christmas presents | Little Smilemakers online shop

It is that time of the year again! Decorating the house for the winter season and it's holidays. A while ago I was working on some travel inspired postcards. Designs containing both photography and typography. All telling their own personal story of a country, a culture or a moment. If you are a travel addict yourself or if you are just looking around the internet for a fun christmas present, check out all travel inspired artwork that is available now at society6. Place your order before cyber monday and enjoy free worldwide shipping.

Available on: iphone case, ipad case, laptop skin, tote bag, baby onsie, t-shirts and pillows for your home. Enjoy shopping for the holidays!

zaterdag 23 november 2013

> Wrapping paper for Dutch newspaper | AD Magazine | Party issue

A while ago I was approached by Dutch newspaper art director Karin Goedhart. If I would be interested in making some gift wrapping paper for their anniversary issue. I made a design that can be used during winter. Not so much a special Sinterklaas or Christmas piece. The giftwrap is double sided. One side has strong contrasting shapes and colors, the other one is a more modest composition and color scheme.

I did not realize yet I also had something to celebrate in this same week. Two years of creating Little Smilemakers. So for me this issue is also a bit about my own Little Smilemakers celebration. AD Magazine is available today in Dutch bookstores and news stands.

vrijdag 22 november 2013

> Little Smilemakers Studio fabric | Project DIY Pillow Case

It's lovely to see what people create from my designs. Lately I have been receiving lot's of projects made with my Veritas collection of Sew-be-do fabric. Skirts, dresses, little girls onsies and pillow cases. So much fun to see all these creative peoples finished projects.

If you are looking for some inspiration. This is one of my favorite projects. Made by a Belgian blogger Eline: Pluto Meisje. Look at that cute little illustration! If you want some more of where this came from, visit her blog and enjoy!

> Travel typography & typography designs | only for one of the best...

Some new typography designs are coming. I have been working on a new project for which I was able to make more typography related designs. Also I was able to include some of my travel images. One of my passions: photography. I would love to see my travel series in shops. I can not say much about the entire thing yet but it will be an amazing road ahead with the company for.

> New fashion girls illustration series | new postcard designs

After working for a new fashion retail company this week I was inspired to make some new postcard designs for girls. Hand drawn portrait sketches with geometric detailing and little cute messages for your BFF. The new fashion girl series will be available in the online shop from January. I will keep your posted!

donderdag 7 november 2013

> Fabric for the little ones | little boys textiles on Spoonflower

Have you noticed the boys fabric collection by Little Smilemakers Studio on Spoonflower? Lot's of cute boys adventure themes and retro animal series are now available on Cotton, Jersey and silk. But you can also get these prints on wallpaper to cheer up your new born baby nursery. Don't forget to post your creative skills on the Little Smilemakers Facebook Page.

dinsdag 5 november 2013

> New designs baby nursery textiles

New designs are up in the La Millou webshop. Have you seen the new Paris hipster design already? I love the combination of crisp black illustrations and silhouettes with pastel detailing and little pieces of typography. Who doesn't love this pearl of love? Which of these three designs do you prefer?

zaterdag 2 november 2013

> Jimi Hendrix | Music icon wallpaper & fabric | hand drawn art | surface pattern design

As a fan of music I must adore this man. I love Jimi Hendrix. I have been stroling around shops and the internet to find a nice print to make a t-shirt of this guitar playing icon. But no luck. So a while ago I started making a large portrait drawing. Not thinking this would end up on fabric. But as you might already know. I can make a cute pattern out of almost every shape or form so, yes... I decided it was about time to add this pattern to my new fabric collection. The large portrait and print are also available for your couch on a cute throw pillow. But, for real Jimi Hendrix fans, the patterned print will also be available on wallpaper. What? Yes, wallpaper! I love this job!

donderdag 24 oktober 2013

> New Veritas fall collection | available in all stores & in the webshop

Designing an entire collection always takes some time from start to production and to finish. But after months of eagerly waiting on the result, the collection will be available in the Veritas shops from tomorrow on. Fashion accessories, bags, scarfs and en entire Veritas Sewbedo collection, it's all there. If you haven't got time to visit a store location, check their online shop and let them deliver your favorite items on your doorstep.

This project for me has been very fun to work at. My 'creative career' started with a brief study in Belgium. Wen I was fifteen I started my Visual Design studies in Antwerp and there i discovered the Veritas shop. I fell in love with there very 'different from Dutch market' collection. Now almost 15 years later I hope someone will feel the same way looking at my collection. I still visit the shop every fall for new warm winter items.

The Veritas collection contains very wearable cozy fall items. But also some more crafty items like fabric by the yard and stitched patches and sewing boxes. So hopefully you can find something suitable for yourself.

Fan of the Little Smilemakers prints? Check our facebook page about upcoming projects, new fabric and paper goods.

zondag 20 oktober 2013

> Online Little Smilemakers gifts | Selected items for Christmas

Christmas time is just around the corner, just two more months, so it is about time to get started with some online holiday shopping! As you can see we have made another fun Little Smilemakers selection of items you can order online.

Cute recyclable Milovia diapers for you baby or toddler, each diaper is adjustable in size 0-3. This brand is has started selling baby diapers, diaper bags and baby bibs since 2011. Cute products with retro Little Smilemakers patterns and illustrations. Two mothers of small kids run the company from their own home in Poland. Enjoy!

Would you like to give your bedroom or livingroom with a nice Little Smilemakers touch? Look around the Home Deco section of the designalicious Zazzle shop at Zazzle or check all pillows at society6! Here you can find cute patterned pillow cases and also some nice decorated high quality prints and tote bag designs. Zazzle also offers a cute collection of tableware. So if you are a tea lovers or like to eat from some fun plates this christmas, be sure to check them out.

Would you like to surprise your friend or one of your kids with a nice iphone case? There are lots of new designs in our Little Smilemakers store.

Have fun surfing around the internet for your christmas presents and gifts!

woensdag 9 oktober 2013

> And the winner is.....

It was something I had never done before. Making a 'moving' image about... well, me. I am not the kind of person that feels naturally comfortable in front of a camera. If I know someone is trying to capture me through a lens I suddenly feel the urge to do all sorts of things but not be in it, sit still, or try to go with it. So yes. After a week of filming, me and my craziness, I decided to do what I love most. Make a video of my story illustration style. I finished just in time and sent in my Shutterstock Stories video.

Now a month later all winners are announced and I have this very cool 'badge in my right corner' thing going on. I am honored to be one of the winners. All Shutterstock Stories have been very inspiring. Proud to bee one of them! So thank you all for voting and supporting me these past few weeks. And I will have to thank two peeps i couldn't finish this without: Jaap Vork for his amazing eye and Rob Kanters for his soundscape and greatness of his ears.

Enjoy watching if you haven't seen the video yet and follow all new exciting things happening on facebook.

maandag 30 september 2013

> New retro fabric & wallpaper collection for kids | Spoonflower fall / winter collection

This past month we have been working on a new collection fabric and wallpaper. Over a hundered Little Smilemaker Studio designs are now for sale on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrapping paper. A large series of abstract retro designs, christmas and holiday themes, hipster illustrations and of course new stuff for little peeps, so crafty mommy, be aware! What do you think of the new kids and baby nursery collection?


> Byebye September | Last chance to watch & vote for the Shutterstock Stories contest

After being listed for two weeks in the Shutterstock Stories contest. We have arrived at the final day. The last day to watch and vote in this contest. Watch the Little Smilemakers Studio video on vimeo. If you would like to show your support please place your vote. September is coming to an end. Temperature is dropping. Yes time to finalize and start new projects, new designs, new video's, new collections and adventures. See you in October!

woensdag 25 september 2013

> Happy autumn | new postcard designs

Happy autumn! A time of new beginnings. Enjoy the seasonal changes, changing colors of nature and a nice fresh breeze. Working on some seasonal postcards this week and some fall inspired illustrations and typography.