Janiebee was born from my love of family and memories of carefree, childhood days growing up in Amory, Mississippi, when my little sisters Emily, Pam and I swung from vines, played on the banks of a sandy creek and picked blackberries on the gravel road in front of our house. Idyllic actually. I loved being a kid!
.Janiebee is about family, both past and present. For the ones we've lost and for those we still have and hold dear.
My mother's name is Jane and my Dad affectionately calls her Janie. They are in their '70's now...Dad's on facebook and Mom's a volunteer at church. They are two of the sweetest people I know and I love them dearly.
In the Summer of 1999, my daughters and I were visiting Mississippi. While we were there, my 2 1/2 year old niece died suddenly in a tragic auto accident. Even though it was almost 20 years ago, I still remember everything. Her name was Sarah Beth, but we called her Bee. She was our sunshine and we still miss her terribly.
Janiebee celebrates the life of Sarah, our memories from the past, and the new daily joys and wonder that all little girls (and boys) bring!
In the Spring of 2010, the same sister, Emily, (who by now had re-married, had a son, Chance, and a daughter, Emma) asked me to make Emma a nap mat. At the time, I was designing girls wear and selling on Etsy and my website. I did some research and thought how cute these would be if they were designed like quilts! After months of resourcing and several prototypes I came up with a design and sold my first nap mat on Etsy August 26, 2010. From then on, it's been nothing but nap mats!