About Me

Hi there! Welcome to my blog. My name is Jhoanna and I’m a Wife, Mum; Consultant by day; Crafter/Illustrator; Blogger and Runner.

Almost 6 years ago I stumbled across a number of craft blogs: namely Loobylu, Wee Wonderfuls and While She Naps. Having a baby at the time, I was instantly smitten with the softies and dolls that these lovely and talented women were making and soon decided that I wanted to make one for my daughter.

I had only used a sewing machine once in Home Economics class back in high-school and had access to a very old machine. But I found a free softie pattern on the internet and I tried it. My daughter adored the softie cat I made for her and shazam! I was hooked!

Around the same time I started a craft blog called “Craft Itch“, which looking back, kinda sounds like a contagious disease! On the blog I shared about my inspirations, the mixed media collages I was making, and a few softies I had tried. After a few months and lots and lots of sewing, and learning, and experimenting, I came up with my own softie/doll designs and decided that a better ‘label’ was needed for my art and craft.

So in October 2004, I started a new blog: One Red Robin. And I’ve been here ever since!

I love being part of this awesome craft community. I have met equally awesome people and have learned so much. Since starting One Red Robin, I have been involved in  many opportunities I would have never dreamed of: projects published in magazines and books; being part of exhibitions in Australia and overseas, and having my own solo exhibitions; and launching my own softie sewing pattern range.

You can see all of my published projects, media mentions and exhibition details via my Seen In page.

Since moving to Hong Kong from Melbourne in early 2011, my focus has shifted to drawings and illustrations but I do hope to pick up sewing again in the near future. I currently sell my work through my etsy shop: One Red Robin on etsy.

I also blog about my three other passions in life – my family, travel and running! In late 2011, I completed my very first half-marathon in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. It was an AMAZING experience!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy your stay here :-)

  • “To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” – George Kneller
  • “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10 (emphasis mine)
"one red robin" design & content © Copyright Jhoanna Monte Aranez 2006-2012
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