JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Watercolor Painting | Pretty Posies Mankind is like a garden of blossoming wild flowers, beautiful as a whole, yet stunning with its unique parts and individual differences. May we continually see the beauty created by our differences and love with open arms. My watercolor study of Danielle Donaldson’s art.

Mixed Media Card | So Thoughtful It’s spring break, the kids are home from school, and writing is NOT happening. I should be throwing myself into book 2, but have decided to instead show myself grace by giving myself permission to do a few other creative things, like catching up on thank you notes. I followed a Danielle Donaldson tutorial to create this card, which combined my creative hobby loves – watercolor painting, sewing, and mixed media layering. It was… Read More

Meet Violet Dahlia Princess, pixie, fairy, sprite, or heroine… I haven’t decided yet. I had a tremendous amount of fun sewing this whimsical character, with her purple hair and big eyes. I could definitely see her in a children’s book.  As of now, my daughter holds the key to her magical world. She even convinced me to add eyelashes. You can find this sewing pattern on Etsy at Fancy Dolls.

Penelope Bloom dressed up as her favorite bunny for Halloween. Cute or creepy. You tell me. (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image) Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

My daughter has been asking for a rainbow and pink Penelope Bloom Bunny for over a year.  Yesterday, I decided it was time to fulfill on my promise and make her one. I checked on my daughter late at night, and noticed that she slept with her new bunny snuggled tight in her arms. That made it all worth while!    

Haakon picked this handmade, small brown Penelope Bloom boutique bunny to be his friend. It is the perfect size for his three-year-old hands. His big sister Asti picked out the medium dark pink bunny. And…big pink bunny with sweethearts has also found a special home. Oh happy day! Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Medium light brown Penelope Bloom boutique bunny. Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

I love this light purple- pink 11 inch bunny.  Soft and feminine, she is perfect for little hands. Medium violet Penelope Bloom bunny adopted by Linda. Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Large grey boutique Penelope Bloom bunny adopted by Diane. Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Would you like to win this beautiful “Sweetheart by Janna” boutique 18″ gray bunny? Visit Penelope Bloom Bunny Giveaway | Penelope Bloom for details. The contest is available from 10/23/2013 to 10/27/2013 (Sunday 10:00 PM) Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Meet Big Pink Boutique Bunny At the insistence of my children, I redesigned my existing bunny pattern to create the “BIG” bunny and I am thrilled with the result!  This beautiful 18 inch, bright pink bunny,  is made with ultra soft minky (the  fabric used to create upscale baby blankets). Her limbs and the inside of her ears feature three coordinating floral cotton fabrics. Her hand embroidered face includes tri-colored brown eyes and a cute green nose.  Taking only a measly… Read More

Poor pink boutique bunny. With your ouchies and boo boos galore. Hopefully some hugs and kisses will heal your accidental scars, and detract from your rather distorted head. But you’re beautiful just the way you are. Medium, light pink, Penelope Bloom boutique bunny. Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

The weather is changing.  Fall has arrived.  My drive to make hats has returned.  I couldn’t resist making this eye-popping red corduroy newsboy hat with an embroidered Canadian flag. Nothing says patriotism more than displaying one’s national flag. And why not do that in style?  This newsboy hat can be worn straight… Or to the side for a trendy, modern look. And of course, the inside features soft fleece and gorgeous cotton Canadian fabric…. Read More

Meet Medium Red and Small Blue Ninja Bunnies Made at the request of my sons, these bunnies are not only soft and cuddly, they are super-hero ninja fighting monsters.  Subjected to beatings and masterful escapades, they’ve been known to find themselves in the most unpredictable situations. Until rescued by my three-year old daughter who carries them around everywhere and makes sure they are tucked safely beneath her covers at night. Battered and bruised, small blue bunny has… Read More

Meet Bailey Adopted by Aynalem This boutique doll was designed specifically for a very sweet girl named Aynalem.  She features beautiful coordinating fabrics, hand embroidered facial features,  and lace trim around the neck and undergarments. Standing 18 inches tall, she boasts brown Mary Jane’s and fun purple-striped stockings. And of course… a pretty light pink bum ruffle.  These dolls just wouldn’t be the same without it.  🙂 Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Meet Brooke. This pretty bunny is affectionately referred to as “purple bunny” in our home.   After hours of adapting my original bunny design and sewing together Purple Bunny #1 (disaster – officially referred to as ugly bunny) I went back to my initial design and made some smaller adjustments.   Purple Bunny #2 was born.  I will continue to play with her pattern a little before deeming it complete.  More pictures will follow I’m sure. At 6.5… Read More

Meet lovely Lily.  This cute little (6.5 inch bunny) was born today at noon and has been the apple of my daughter’s eye ever since.  It took quite a bit of cajoling to convince my two-year old to part with her new-found friend, and as such, I consider myself lucky to have these two photos.  I have non-stop obsessed over the development of this tiny sewing pattern, hoping to be able put to good use… Read More

Valentines Day deserves a special hat of its own. 🙂   Shades of charcoal intertwined with scarlet make the colors in this newsboy wool hat pop. Featuring a vintage leather button and grey fleece lining, this hat is delightful! Janna Vanderveen © 2011  Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

Earth tones… the vibrancy of molten lava and the richness of moist earth are represented in this newest Sweetheart Newsboy Hat.  Featuring a soft camel colored fleece lining and a vintage button this hat is sure to please.  This hat has can be worn straight or tilted to one side for a “mod” look. Sweetheart by Janna © 2011

Meet Sophia! She’s been adopted by Zoe. This darling red-head is glamorous.  Her vibrant crimson hair accentuates her cornflower blue eyes.  Lace embellishments and a cute bum ruffle add to her character.  Love! Janna Vanderveen © 2012 Janna Vanderveen © 2012