When the rocks cry out And animals sing They boast of love And peaceful things. Each hallowed night With reverent tone They linger in the embrace Of their Holy Unknown. ~ Janna Vanderveen This 16″ x 20″ painting was completed using Golden acrylics, FW inks, a variety of ephemera, chalk pastels, Derwent Inktense pencils, Caran D’ache watercolor crayons, and Luminance Pencils.

My daughter and I tackled another mixed media painting together, after she asked me to paint her a second puppy portrait to place on her bedroom wall. She drew this image over top of a mixed media, ephemera-rich background. I used inks, Caran C’ache Neocolor 2 crayons, golden acrylic paints, Winsor Newton Oil Bars, oil pastels, Posca Pens, Gelatos, and a Stabillo pencil to complete this look.  We both like how she… Read More

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

Asti’s picked out this pretty in pink, large Penelope Bloom boutique bunny. 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

 Adopted by Chloe. Molly the dolly has been sitting too long on my daughters’ dresser, unfinished and forgotten in the midst of the craziness of life. Her blonde tresses and blue eyes beckon, begging to join in the fantastical play of house and make belief that my daughter loves so much. A fuschia bum-ruffle adds a splash of happy color.  Remodeled arms allow for a more natural look. A lovely pair of knee-high shearling boots are in the works…her redesigned feet allow for a… Read More

Meet Yellow Bunny Adopted by Chloe My three-year-old daughter has been begging me, for the past several months, to make her a yellow bunny.  The request came at unexpected times over the course of any given day, which meant she’d obviously given it some thought And how could I resist the pleas of this beautiful little girl. I’d make her the moon if she asked…a stuffed plushie of course. She needed a friend… 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 Blue and Purple Bunny Adopted by Chloe Bunnies are stinkin cute! After working many hours to perfect a bunny design, I’ve come up with these two cuties. The blue bunny is 12 inches, the purple 6 inches. Perfect for little hands. Medium blue and small purple “Penelope Bloom” boutique bunny. Handmade by Sweetheart by Janna

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 Blossom! Bunnies and spring go hand in hand!  Although spring has not technically arrived, it sure feels like it.  With all of this warm weather, I half expect to see my yard covered with wild bunnies and half eaten tulip stems.  But cute lovable mini bunnies will have to do.  At 6.5 inches, these darlings are the perfect size for toddler hands.

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

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