Monday, July 22, 2019

Cake, not cake

I love baking just about anything. Breads, cookies, scones and squares are some of my faves,
 but I seem to particularly like baking birthday cakes. 

Sometimes, though, a different kind of 
birthday cake is called for!

Mmm, ice-cream cake!

And on a hot summer day, half the fun is trying to finish your slice before it melts.

The drips are also delicious!

The debate is always, fork or spoon? Leo made the right decision, I would say!

I hope your day includes a sweet treat or two!

Judy Ann

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Cinnamon rolls!

I baked cinnamon rolls this morning and decided to share. 
Really, there's nothing a baker likes better than to have her baking anticipated and enjoyed!

Leo decided that they should be called cinnamon un-rolls!

With either name, they are fun to bake and even more fun to eat!


Judy Ann

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Small visitors

We've had a pleasant time at our little Glanworth library watching a family of
barn swallows nesting on the front porch. 

The little ones are always hungry and have kept their parents on the fly!

There's lots of pleasant activity inside our little library, too.

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sew cute!

I came across this little dress pattern a few years ago and thought it was very cute. I bought the pattern, cut it out in a few different sizes in various fabrics, and managed to make one to give away.

The others have been sitting in a bin almost, but not quite, forgotten.

This week, I found and finished this little dress:

I'm happy with how it turned out, but then I tried it on this little sweetie:

Oh my goodness!

Of course, it's not the dress that makes her adorable–she would look adorable
 in a paper bag!

Still, this is great motivation to keep sewing.

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Where to start?

It's been over a year since I last wrote on this blog.
And what a year it was.
Our lives were forever changed by the loss of my remarkable father-in-law

and my amazing mother.

Four generations!
Along with these sad and difficult losses, 
we were blessed with two more beautiful grandbabies.

Life has changed, but we are grateful for the beautiful circle of life.

Nothing Happens In This Book was launched last June!

There have been many terrific reviews and sales have been good!

On the home front, I haven't bought bread for many months because 
my wonderful sister showed me how to bake artisan bread, yum!

I've also been trying to make time for 
writing and knitting and sewing, 
and continue to make Button Buddies with students.

I hope you find time for creativity in your days, too.

Judy Ann

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A little sunshine

We could all use a little sunshine these days, so yesterday we made sun catchers at our lovely, little Glanworth library.

For each sun catcher, cut out two 5-inch circles from clear adhesive vinyl. Peel off the paper backing from one circle and place it sticky side up on the table. Stick on tissue-paper shapes, fine ribbon, small sparkly bits, and sprinkle on glitter. Peel the paper off the other circle and apply it sticky side down on top of the first circle. 
Trim away any sticky vinyl from around the edges.

Try to find time for a little creativity,

Judy Ann

Monday, April 2, 2018

Review of Nothing

             I'm so excited for May 1st when Nothing Happens in This Book, illustrated with Vigg's fabulous, delightful and whimsical art, will be released. Here's an early, lovely review.

From Publishers Weekly:

"Canadian illustrator Vigg brings a retro sensibility to the spreads with a restrained palette of yellowish-brown, olive green, and brick red, and his figures sport the cheerful grins and wide-open eyes of cartoon characters."

This passage is fun, too:

"Sadler keeps the pace at a quick march, building smoothly from quiet stillness to riotous fortissimo..."

Isn't "riotous fortissimo" wonderful? It perfectly captures what is happening in the book (not that anything—ahem—happens in this book). But really, who needs a better review than Leo's, when, after reading the story for the first time, he said,


Leo still loves to read it and knows some of the lines off-by-heart!
He makes my heart sing!

I hope you have someone to make your heart sing, too.

Judy Ann