Here's a little about me
hello, i’m jan
And I’m so glad you’re here!
Just a little bit about me. I am a mother of three wonderful adult children and a border collie named Ben. I am married to an awesome guy who supports me in all my projects and all the crazy ideas that I conjure up in my head.
Although I am not perfect and don’t have all the answers, I try to be REAL and authentic in the things that I share with you.
I am very passionate about living simply and finding balance in all areas of life. When I find something that works, I want to share it with others!
WHETHER IT’S A NEW RECIPE, A FUN CRAFT, OR SOME HANDY TIPS FOR YOUR GARDEN OR HOME, I LOVE EMPOWERING OTHERS WITH SKILLS TO CREATE SOMETHING WITH THEIR OWN HANDS, THINGS THAT ARE USEFUL, SOMETHING THAT BRINGS JOY, IMPROVED HEALTH AND TO DO IT IN A SIMPLE WAY.
I love being in nature, being with family and friends, and taking a good nap in the sunshine.
My intention for this website is to share tips and tutorials that I have found on my journey of life that has brought me JOY, IMPROVED HEALTH, and PEACE, in hopes that it will do the same for you. I hope you’ll join me on this journey!
Helping others find joy and fulfillment by giving tips and resources for a more simplified and healthy lifestyle.
Sewing and crafting has been a part of my life since I was a child. I come from a very industrious family who love doing things with their hands. We have learned to use our hands to bring us pleasure and to help provide for our families.
The women in my family are very creative and industrious. I had two grandmothers who were beautiful seamstresses. One grandma was a seamstress by trade, sewing ballroom dresses for a local university dance team. Sequins and threads of all colors adorned the floors of her home.
My other grandma crocheted and quilted up to the day her arthritic little fingers could do no more. I remember there was always a project in the making. We loved going to craft shows during the holidays where we would mingle with hundreds of other crafters looking for ideas and fun things to purchase.
Until I reached my young teen years, some of my clothes and all of my dresses were handmade by my mother. I don’t ever remember any of the clothes lacking the current style or trend. Going to the fabric store with my mother and sisters was a weekly activity for me. We would pick up a set of buttons, a zipper, or a yard of fabric that couldn’t be passed by. I must admit, I did inherit a love and an addiction for fabric.
I also chose to sew many of my children’s clothes while they were young. It was fun, easy, rewarding and saved us a lot of money. I also took my kids to the fabric stores frequently, and I think I ruined shopping for one my sons. He does not have great memories of being in the fabric stores and does not enjoy shopping at all.
I love recycling! There is just something in me that gets a thrill out of taking an item that is no longer needed, and giving it a second life. My home is mostly furnished with items that are refurbished, restored or handmade. I used to think, when money was tight, how nice it would be to just go out and buy something NEW. I have found that even when I can afford to buy a new item, I am drawn to items that have been refurbished or that are used. They seem to have more character and charm. I suppose my love for upcycling comes from generations of the motto “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”. I think this motto has served me well.
I enjoy creating things that have unique colors, texture, and most of all……..a purpose. I have a love for felted wool sweaters. There is just something about the texture of a wool sweater after it has been washed in hot water. The fibers are tight, thick and cozy.
My first pattern I designed using felted wool sweaters was a pair of mittens. I loved how the mittens felt on my hands and I got thinking how good they would feel on my feet as well. So, I designed a slipper pattern, and the rest is history. Many patterns later using felted wool, I am still coming up with ways to use this unique material. Bags, hats, slippers, hand warmers, bunnies, bears, toys, flowers and even birds have been made using my stash of felted wool sweaters.
Sewing and creating things is only one of my passions. I dapple in a little of this and a little of that as I strive to find balance in my world of so many interests. I also enjoy painting and graphic design. I have several online shops where I sell patterns and unique items made by me. I love to post tutorials, healthy recipes, and tips for sewing on my blog.
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition many years ago, I began to think and do things differently. I took a more holistic approach to healing and through trial and error have learned some pretty awesome stuff. You can read more about my health journey here.
I am a life coach and mentor, certified in Emotion Code, Family Herbology and a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. I started teaching yoga in 2001 and continue to do so. I love helping others find better health by empowering them with tools to help themselves.
One of my favorite things is an unscheduled day. I love to just putter, free of any expectations or time limits. That is when my creativity is at its best. Finding balance is what I strive for in all aspects of my life.
I do tend to live a little on the whimsy side of things. I like to mix things up, putting different colors and textures together that are unique and feel good both to the eye and to the touch. My hope in designing patterns is to allow others the opportunity to create something with their own hands, something that is useful, something that brings joy, and to do it in a simple way.
I love my job as a designer because I can work at my own pace and in my own home. I choose my hours, which varies from part-time to full-time. Being able to work at home has been ideal, especially when my children were young. I sewed while they were napping and at school. Now that the kids are grown I can work around my personal events, and still get things done. There is one drawback; I have to be careful not to work too much. Finding a balance between work and home life is a challenge when they are at the same location.
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