My Etsy shop is open again!

So I decided to reopen my Etsy shop a little earlier than planned. What can I say? I missed it! :) New work is on its way. I’ve removed some older work, so it is looking a bit empty at the moment but if you were planning to surprise someone (Mothersday coming... read more

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Happy Green Easter!

Wow, it’s been a while since I blogged here. Will be back again next week though! This months Urban Jungle Bloggers theme is about styling for Easter. Oh I had such high hopes *overacting* but I’ve been out with the flu and hadn’t been to the... read more

On gratitude and visual strands

Hi there! In case you were wondering what I’ve been doing lately: ISSUE 2 of visual strands is live! Some amazing contributors again: I got to interview illustrator David Litchfield, ask Tina Bernstein about Mapology Guides and pick four of my favorite pieces by... read more

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Super easy DIY plant hanger macrame

This months Urban Jungle Bloggers theme is Hanging Planters! I already owned some excellent vintage hanging Hannie Mein planters (read about them: here), but the string was missing. I didn’t have much time, so I used a super easy macrame technique I remembered... read more

My Etsy shop closed Feb 18 – April 20!

Don’t worry, the shop will be open again in time for Mother’s day purchases, stocking new items as well. Meanwhile, I’ll be making new items and working on visual strands. Besides, the weeks after Valentine’s are always a bit slow so right now... read more


In the run up to Valentine’s Day, Monique from HappyMakersBlog made a wall of Valentine art from various illustrators at the ShowUp event. Can you spot my awkward bird Valentine? Okay, I’ll give you a smal hint: it’s right next to the old people... read more

My secret project is live!

Maybe you’ve already seen it: my secret project went live this weekend! Yay! Here it is:   I’m still making some adjustments here and there and feedback is very welcome! Very happy with the first articles: Stunning Papercut wings,... read more

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants & Coffee

This months Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Plants & Coffee is one after my own heart: I do love a good espresso! Of course some extra dark chocolate to go with it. And hey, how good does my new plant look in this green vintage planter! Enough said: let’s tuck... read more

Creative challenges & this week

Wow, this week just flew by! I’m still working on visual strands, the launch date is only a week away now! Getting a little nervous… Not too many deadlines for the day job this week, so I could really focus on this (now not so secret) project. Yay. Every... read more

What’s been happening

This notebook made me laugh… because I’m self-imployed ;) Sometimes it’s good to reconsider your actions, work-wise. Meanwhile, I am still hard at work combining the day job with this new adventure called visual strands. My Mouseblossom blog has been... read more

Revealing name and logo of ‘the secret project’!

*drumroll* So here it is: the name and logo of my secret project:   Pretty cool, right? visual strands will be focusing on (you guessed it) the visual, so I decided on a simple yet striking logo. There will some excellent written content on the site as well, oh... read more

Happy New Year: free shipping on original art!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fabulous holiday season. I’m taking my free days as an opportunity to work on various exciting things. I’ve already discontinued some items in my Etsy shop. It’s looking a little empty-ish at the moment, but new... read more

Hi, I'm Yvonne de Jonge. Passionate about illustration, art, ceramics, handmade, vintage, nature, (urban) green, design and cats.

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