Marjolein Bastin is an accomplished wildlife artist based in the Netherlands, with an international following. She paints primarily with watercolor, always connecting her art to a story of life and nature. Apart from her beautiful florals and thoughtful creatures, Marjolein has also created, and illustrated, many beloved children stories including her own Vera the Mouse. Perhaps Marjolein is best known as one of Hallmark’s most celebrated and award winning artists.
Maybe one day, you’ll be taking a walk out in the country, and before you even see the Blue House tucked in the woods, you will smell cookies baking and know that you are close. This is the home of Vera the Mouse, her little dog, Saar, and her tiny mouse doll named Dolly . Please drop in. Friends are always welcome, but you will be expected to have a good time, share some news, and take plenty of smiles with you when you leave. And be sure you always have room for some of Vera’s famous pancakes! Vera can’t imagine a better life than living in the country surrounded by all her friends. Some people think country life is too quiet, but Vera finds plenty to do—cleaning her house, tending her garden, and cooking stacks of pancakes that reach all the way to the ceiling!