JANNA VANDERVEEN

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The Neverending Story was one of my favorite movies as a child. In it, a bullied boy named Bastian, flees to his school attic to escapes the worries of his life. He enters a book and through that, the world Fantasia, which is in dire need of a hero and savior. Bastian learns to overcome his fear and triumphs in saving the land. Having experienced some bullying in middle school, I related to this story on many levels. And… Read More

My daughter has spent the last several months begging me to make Lily (our Maltese puppy) a princess dress. We’ve perused countless Etsy websites, sewing blogs, and pattern sites together, looking for just the right outfit.   When we stumbled across Julie Ahn’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/julie.ahn.129  we were both captivated by her designs.  Julie is an incredibly talented Korean artisan who designs the loveliest dresses for small show dogs.  My daughter was delighted and immediately suggested that I make Lily an outfit just like hers.  The… Read More

My daughter has spent the last several months begging me to make Lily (our Maltese puppy) a princess dress. We’ve perused countless Etsy websites, sewing blogs, and pattern sites together, looking for just the right outfit.   When we stumbled across Julie Ahn’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/julie.ahn.129  we were both captivated by her designs.  Julie is an incredibly talented Korean artisan who designs the loveliest dresses for small show dogs.  My daughter was delighted and immediately suggested that I make Lily an outfit just like hers.  The… Read More

Oh my goodness! Look at this cute little face! At almost 6 months, Lily is a bundle of energy and bounteous kisses. Perfect!

My Lily loves to chew, especially dog beds with zippers and foam. I decided she needed a more durable, chew-proof bed.  🙂 Erin Erickson has a free fleece dog bed tutorial on her web site (Dog under my Desk).  www.erinerickson.com Instead of fleece, I used a soft, red-rose petal minky. I think she loves it!

My heart beats for Lily. At three-and-a-half weeks old, Lily is a sweetheart.  She toddles around, eats mush, and loves to snuggle with her siblings and mom.  What a joy! We are counting down the days until she joins us in our home.

We are EXPECTING!!! Um… no… not a human baby… but a beautiful and precious little Maltese girl.  YAY! Born May 5, 2012  she is one day old. My husband picked out her first gift, which I wrapped for our children.  When they unwrapped it, they were at first very confused, wondering why we would give them a pink squeaky toy.  Their next question was, “Who is this for?”  The “aha” moment came only a few moments later when we… Read More