Hello!  I’m Janel.  I named my site after myself partly as a project to learn to embrace my own name  🙂

The free Barbie patterns are what made my little Janel-site famous.  I didn’t know that would happen!  I had baby pictures and funnies and other stuff, which I thought was my site’s reason for being, but it was the Barbie patterns that got around.  I LOVE the internet– and I’m old enough to remember what it was like before it!  But nowadays we’re all our own publisher, and all the information and ideas we could ever want are freely available at our fingertips.  I made Bellybutton Barbie some patterns before Simplicity did, shared them for whoever’s benefit who found them, and now have the satisfaction of hearing from sewing Grannies on the other side of the world.

But that’s not all I’m about!

I LOVE projects!  Creating and perfecting a new idea into a finished model is the happiest way to spend my time!  It doesn’t matter what medium – fabric, yarn, the printed page, the written word, making junk into household solutions, even organization and building projects – it’s the process!  It’s just that some projects are easier to document and share than others.

WELCOME to the shiny new WordPress install!  Have a look around!  Be careful not to trip on the uneven places.  I’m so excited about my website coming to life again.  There are so many pages still to update and I’m working on it!  There’s lots of new stuff, too.  I’m relieved to find that my Adobe Illustrator skills are still there, and I’m working on that Curvy Barbie dress pattern that you were promised!  The dress exists, it’s been photographed and the pattern has been scanned and will soon be digitized and then available for download.  Check the Blog for the latest news!

That’s enough for now.  How about the old photo of me from the old site?  Like lots of other stuff around here– it will be updated   🙂

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