Crazy Christmas market

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since my last post. The reason why comes with a little story.

Back in November I was asked to participate in a Christmas market. I didn’t even hesitate to say yes!

I was so excited to for the Christmas market, but then reality sunk in…I only had one month or so to create my winter collection! I had nothing apart from a few drawings and paintings, since this would be the very first time that I would sell anything that I made. I never stood at a market before.  So I had to come up with a plan and fast!

First I thought of a theme. It had to be something with the season Winter and wildlife. I created a few characters, such as “Benjamin the Hedgehog”, Pepper the Squirrel, “Polly the Parrot” (an old favorite) and “Olive the Owl”. But what would I do with these characters? The thing that came to mind, were postcards. I had a few little paintings so I thought I could print them on postcards. After I ordered the cards, I thought;” well… I can also make some hand illustrated postcards, just a few….”. Well a few became more and more. I was in over my head after only just two weeks.

Then I decided that I wanted to sell more than just the postcards. I tried to order a few tote bags with a print that I had designed, but unfortunately that didn’t work out and I had to cancel it. They were unable to print it onto the bags, because the print was to detailed. So I had to come up with a different plan. Just to make sure that I didn’t run out off any work…. I ordered plain tote bags. Which I could paint myself.
Total madness…

I think by now you probably see some little stars in front of your eyes ( I know I did).

Beside from the postcards and bags I thought it would be nice for a Christmas market to sell some homemade forrest fruits jams and cranberry and chilli chutneys. So I started making these as well.
Luckily I managed to finish everything in time. And I was packed and ready to go to my very first Christmas market!

I was very excited once I stood behind my own stall. The day went very well. The market was very busy and a lot of people came by to see me. It was very nice to hear all the positive reactions of people. That really gave me energy to continue doing what I love to do.

So after this adventure I had my well deserved vacation celebrating Christmas and New Years with family and friends.

Who knows what kind of adventures lie ahead? All I know is that I will continue painting and drawing and work on my future website.

Here you can see my very first collection, made with love!




2 thoughts on “Crazy Christmas market

  1. Hai Martine,

    I would like to order five of your little postcard paintings. Is that possible?
    Do you also sell frames to show them in?

    My sincere regards,
    Herma Loohuis


  2. Hi Herma!
    Thank you for your interest. Some of the postcards are still available. Just leave me a message by going to “contact” and mention the ones you would like. I can also arrange some frames for the cards.

    Kind regards,


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