Everyone here at No Pattern Required is shocked and greatly saddened by the passing of our fellow blogger and friend, Jan, also know on NPR as Sablemable.
The readers of this blog knew Jan as a lover of everything mid-century, from mid-century modern to colonial revival and everything in between. Jan also treated readers to her great sense of humor. “Welcome to Milwaukee,” her last post read, “where there’s a beer joint or cheese shop on every corner.” And how many times did Jan leave a comment stating that she needed to get out the smelling salts to revive her from the awesomeness of a post? Every time I read that joke it made me laugh.
But there was another side of Jan that we as friends and fellow bloggers got to share in as well. Jan was one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my life. Whenever I got an email from her, she always had something good to say, even about our crappy Michigan weather. She loved the local police lodge she belonged to and was always active in their organization. She loved to write, paint and sculpt. She was addicted to buying things on Etsy. She had a collection of vintage cookbooks from her mother. She adopted rescued dogs and loved them to distraction. Jan was a fascinating and loving person who cared deeply for others and was passionate about her beliefs.
Jan loved this blog so much, and this blog loved her right back. She did some fantastic writing here over the years and her presence is going to be greatly missed by everyone, especially all of her fellow bloggers. When we originally split up the days on this blog to see who would blog about what, Jan specifically requested Won’t You Be My Neighbor because of her love of time capsule homes. That feature brought so many people inspiration and joy, and I know that writing that feature made Jan happy as well.
Jan, I hope that right now in heaven you are sitting at your refinished Heywood Wakefield dining set in your perfect brick ranch charmer reading a vintage fashion magazine. I’ll miss you forever, and I hope you can hear and see us all today when we say:
If you would like to send a memorial to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund on Jan’s behalf or to leave a comment on her memory page, please visit her obituary here.