About Me & My Veritas

Welcome to my blog! My name is Jana and, as you might have guessed already, I love to sew on my old ardently loved Veritas sewing machine (see below). If necessary, I can browse through my fabric piles and roles for hours. 😉 In real live, I am a scientist, spouse of a wonderful man, and mom of the most adorable four-year-old. I did not learn to sew before my baby boy turned one; so you can still call me a Sewbie. Due to the very intense work load in my job, spare time is rare. Therefore, I usually sew late at night and pay heed to the following motto: Rome was not stitched in a day (or something like that). This is why you will find here plenty of small projects that can be easily done by spending no more than 15 minutes a day.


My Veritas sewing machine sitting in my holy crafting shelf. 🙂

7 fun facts about me:

1. I moved to Toronto from Germany in fall 2013. At that time I could not hear a difference between: hat and head, chair and share, Maple Leafs and Maple Leaves, sew and saw.

2. I have a twin brother. When we were kids, we used to talk to each other even while sleeping.

3. I am twice as old as I look like….

4. When walking around in my apartment, I regularly bump into a wall, corner, door, my better half’s foot, or anything else that is lying or standing around. Fortunately, I have not run over my son so far.

5. I eat dough ice cream just for the sake of the dough pieces.

6. I am really bad when it comes to fashion, which is why I usually buy the complete outfit a mannequin is wearing.

7. I am unable to get any proverb right. I mix them up or unintentionally invent new ones. A while ago, a friend of mine and my better half had started collecting MY versions of proverbs in a list… I am pretty sure they are feeding the Sprichwortgenerator with my creations… It is unfortunately only in German but so funny.

11 answers to 11 questions (from Lore):

1. Why did you start blogging?

Like most bloggers out there, blogging primarily allows me to share my passion and meet like-minded people from all over the world. I still can not believe that readers from 79 countries (as of May 16th 2015) have been visiting this site, so far!!! In addition to this, I also want to make a difference in my own way by inspiring people to sew and craft with or for kids.

2. What are you most proud of?

That’s simple: My son. I love him more than anything in this world! As a scientist I need to add that he is the best experiment I have ever started! 😉

3. What’s your favourite animal?

Polar bears or E. coli 😉

4. What’s your favourite book?

Water Music by T.C. Boyle.

5. What three things could you not live without?

Again, the tiny scientist sitting on my shoulder whispers: air, food, and water. 😉 But I guess this is not what you meant. Therefore, my second answer is: my son, my better half, and my crafting shelf.

6. What food do you dislike the most?


7. What was the first record/cd you bought?

I really do not remember.

8. What is your favourite time of the year and why?

Now that I am here in Canada it is Summer, simply because I love to go camping and canoeing. There is nothing better in this world than canoeing all day and resting over night in a tent on a lonely island with wolfs howling in the distance. Such days ground me.

9. If you could go back to anytime in history which time period would you choose?

That’s a good question. I am tempted to go back to a time when the dinosaurs still lived. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? I would also like to go AHEAD in time to see the future, though….

10. What is your favourite film genre?

I like any kind of science-fiction movies (whether real or animated)—complete with heroes, fantastic places, supernatural powers, and impossible quests.

11. What do you consider to be the greatest beauty product of all time?

Soap! 😉

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And now, my friend, I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments about a specific post/tutorial, please share it with me either through the comments section or via email: meandmyveritas(at)gmail.com

80 thoughts on “About Me & My Veritas

  1. OMG!!! Hali, this is such good news. Thank you so much for your nomination! Even though I tried hard to calm down, I am still jumping up and down for joy! 🙂 It will be so much fun to think about whom I am going to nominate… 😉

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  2. Mary, that is great! Your message made my day. I read it earlier but first needed some time to calm down again. I was just toooo excited. 😉 Thank you so much! Best, Jana

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  3. jana,

    Thanks for following me! I just started my diy blog last month and you are my first official follower! 🙂 I don’t have kids yet, but you have some cute ideas for when I do!! Take care!

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  4. Hi Megan, I am honoured to be your first official follower! I am sure many many more will follow soon! 🙂 BTW, my first follower was my mom, if you can call her an official follower… 😉 Take care, too! And see you around.

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  5. Hallo, das ist ja fantastisch! I am super glad you stopped by and like what you see! 🙂 German, though, is really difficult to learn. Believe me, even many Germans struggle enough with German. 😉 Please, let’s meet again soon. Mach’s gut, Jana

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  6. I just stopped by and I can already see you are going to be one of my favorites! I love your sense of humor…and I can relate to the licorice thing… 😉

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  7. Hi Jana! 🙂
    I went though your blog and I love your ideas and the way you make photos 😀 It is also nice to see a scientist who deos crafts as a hobby6. You wrote your “favourite” animal is E.coli so I can guess more or less your field of interest 😉 I’m wondering how does your working place respond to your passion for crafts? 🙂
    Best wishes! Keep on crafting and sciencing! 😀 See you around! 🙂

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  8. Hi and welcome! I am super glad you are enjoying my site. I noticed, you are a scientist, too! 🙂 My field is very close to yours, actually. You guessed right. 😉 In my opinion creativity and innovation as attributes of a crafter are welcome at every working space; maybe especially in such a fast developing field as research. Let’s return the question to you: How does your working place respond to your passion for crafts? 🙂 How do you like Portugal? Unfortunately, I haven’t been there once. Spent some time in Spain, though. 😉 Good luck with your PhD. Best, Jana

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  9. HI Jana,
    Thanks for visiting neighbors north and liking “A Lesson in Ironing.” I applaud you for being able to hear the difference b/t Maple Leaf and Maple Leaves and sew and saw in such a short time.

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  10. You are welcome! One toy (the big final; soon to be published) was sold for a good cause. The rest I gave to his group room in the daycare center so that actually all the kids can play with them. They seem to enjoy them. 🙂

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  11. Jana: Thanks for following my blog “Through the Byzantine Gate”. I hope you enjoy learning about our ancestral home town of Agropoli. Like you I must sew in a very limited amount of spare time. From a vintage sewing book I learned the “unit method of construction”. This means focusing solely on one part of the garment at a time. This is similar to your small projects. We busy people need to remember quality is better than quantity!

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  12. Hi Emily. Thank you so much for your comment. I can’t agree more. Even though I have so many ideas flying around in my head, I can only succeed be focussing on one project at a time and by taking one step at a time. Progress feels small every day but I am always excited to see what I can get done in a week. 🙂 The best wishes to you and please stop by again soon, Jana


  13. Hi Kring, loved all the colours and thought THIS is a totally different wedding photo shoot. Thanks for stopping by at my site, too. It’s not only about sewing, though. You will also find here plenty of crafting tutorials. Have fun!

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  14. Thank you very much for your sweet comment! 🙂 I am looking forward to see you around again soon! All the best to you, Jana


  15. Hi, Judy! Thanks for stopping by here. I have never done a quilt before. Yours look like pieces of art to me. Good luck with your learning improvements. Have a lovely day!


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