From apple to box

I love when things went well without thinking. I never thought I would use an apple from our (only) apple tree for decorating a box…

So much apples of our apple tree this year! More than ever.


I used one tiny sour apple as a stamp just because I feel like it. It is fun to use different colors on one stamp.

apple stamps
apple stamp

I couldn’t stop there, I feel like making a pattern with this apple stamp on the computer using Coreldraw.

apple pattern

And it is so exciting that I can upload my pattern on Motiflow, where I can order it in fabric or paper. You can order it as well if you want!

I received the paper this week. Beautiful quality! Good colors! At first it was a bit stupid because I had no idea what to do with the paper. But I redecorated a cabinet and could use  the paper to decorate an ugly but very useful box.

box with the paper

That make my day! Hope you have a fantastic day or evening too!

Liefs Herma




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More about Patterns

Last time I was illustrating poems. Now I’m busy with patterns. I’m not so good in focusing, I want to do it all! A couple of months ago I created a lot of patterns. I couldn’t stop until I realize there was not much I could do with them…

Last week my teacher at Back to school! Valesca van Waveren gave a tip that a brand new company start printing patterns on fabric and paper: in Europe! And guess what… the company is in the Netherlands! I’m very excited about it! The company is called Motiflow.

It feels like a gift from heaven. We say: een geschenk uit de hemel.

It is still in a demo fase. But you already can see what kind of patterns you can order. Via the company I uploaded some of my patterns. I get a little bit crazy in my head thinking about all the possibilities… I made one new pattern yesterday in three colors. It is called Coming home. coming home

I added the chicken pattern.

And this mouse pattern.


So when you want to create a fabric with your own pattern or when you want to order a pattern designed by me you can look on the Motiflow site. I don’t know when it is full working. But I’ll let you know.

I also contribute some patterns to a competition from Uppercase and Windham fabrics. They are from the series where I wrote about earlier.

I can only think about patterns….my head is full of pattern possibilities!

Liefs Herma

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Illustrating poems

I have so much fun with illustrating poems. It is a lot easier than illustrating a story because you don’t have to make different drawings with the same characters. You can concentrate on one illustration.

It started with the haiku’s of my son. I illustrated 26 haiku’s. Of course all these illustrations have the same style. I hope it will be a little book one day. You can see two examples here.


I bought a book this summer: één gedicht is nooit genoeg. (one poem is not enough) It is a book made by plint (poezie en beeldende kunst). I read so now and then some poems and I enjoy the illustrations a lot! That inspired me to take another book out of the bookcase. Verzamelde liedjes van gedichten van Willem Wilmink. He was a Dutch poet. I really like his poems. Simple and moving.


I took random a poem: Boterhammen smeren (= making sandwiches) and I illustrated it. Real fun. Did it in one morning. Finding the right font was the most difficult part.

boterhammen smeren

And I did it again, same procedure but it took some more time. This poem is called twee vriendinnen (= two friends).

gedicht twee vriendinnen met tekst

I’m sorry for the English readers, I can’t translate the poems. But I hope you enjoy the illustrations.

Have fun,

Liefs Herma

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