JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! Gingerbread houses are so much fun to build. This year my youngest, who is three years old, surprised us all by spending the longest time building her super candy covered little house.  (Note the one in the front on the end.)  She was oh so happy and proud of what she’d created. We all had a good chuckle.

Sweetheart by Janna © 2011 This Christmas, I decided that I would make my daughter a beautiful softie doll. I scoured the Internet for weeks trying to find the best sewing doll pattern.  What I discovered, however, was that professional-looking, finely-crafted patterns are a dime a dozen when it comes to dolls.  The few misshapen blobs littering my failed sewing patterns basket are a testament to this problem.   You can imagine my excitement when I came across this cute doll pattern for purchase… Read More

As a homeschooling Mom I continue to find myself lacking in the time department, and as such, I have done very little sewing as of late.  However, I could not help myself when I discovered two patterns on Etsy (by Little Lizard King and Tender feet Stitches) for two apron knot boutique style dresses.  I pulled out all my fun fabrics, ran to my sewing machine, and began to sew.  This little dress was the end… Read More

I love beautiful things.  Flourishing flowers display their vibrant blooms and tantalize us with their heady scents. They exemplify all things beautiful with their simple yet highly intricate designs.  Elegant and alluring,  flowers beg to be picked, displayed, and given freely as an expression of love. With this in mind, my search to create the perfect flower clip began.  The perfect clip would need to be able to nestle behind an ear, embrace the smallest of… Read More

Hello my wonderful blogger friends.:-)  I have been working for weeks on an Amy Butler Messenger Bag with matching Sweetheart Hat.  I finished the hat earlier this week and finally finished the bag today.  YAY! Thank-goodness it’s done!!!” Wow! What a lot of work that  project was.  I am VERY glad to be done and a little leery to ever work on another one again.  This particular bag took me at least 40 hours to put together. … Read More