Monday, January 30, 2012

Moon love

I love looking at the moon. I'd like to learn more about its phases and stages and where in the sky to find it, but in the meantime, it's always a treat to see. A couple of nights ago, the moon was extra-special because it reminded me of my late Uncle Adrian. He used to say that it won't rain with a moon like this because it's like a saucer, holding in the water. I took a photo, but it didn't turn out very well. The streetlights are brighter than the sliver of the moon!

I asked Jeff to take a photo, too, and his turned out much better. It's so neat how you can see a trace of the rest of the moon in Jeff's photo. 

A quiet night, a bright moon, a lovely memory.

Enjoy your day (and night),

Judy Ann

Friday, January 27, 2012

Winter, for the moment anyway

What a crazy winter we're having! Windy, snowy, rainy, cloudy, mild, cold—no two days are alike! Twice this week I've come home soaking wet from my early-morning jaunt: Monday it was a downpour, this morning it was heavy, wet snow. It was neat today, though, because no one else was out. If I looked behind me, all I saw on the road were my own footprints. The photo isn't very clear because it was still dark and snowing like crazy.

I'm glad to be inside for most of the rest of the day. I wish I was spending the day sewing, but instead I have lots of cleaning to do. Cleaning can be enjoyable, as long as I have CBC Radio to listen to as I work!

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann

Friday, January 20, 2012

Coordinating Fabrics

I was looking through my fabrics this morning and found some fun coordinates for a sewing project I hope to get to today. I plan to match this sweet fat quarter (given to me by Carly for Christmas)

with this one:

And I think this fabric (the photo is a little washed out) goes nicely 

with this one:

And finally, this cute, rather retro, fabric looks good

with this charming little polka-dot:

So, you see, here's proof that having a healthy stash of fabrics is a great advantage. I didn't have to buy any additional fabrics for my sewing project! Of course, now I'm down a couple of fat quarters and may need to replenish my stash soon;-)

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann

P.S. I will post photos of the finished products very soon, I hope!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I'm determined to start making gifts now for this year's special occasions, including Christmas, so that I don't have to feel frustrated and disappointed when, once again, I run out of time. A new year brings new ideas and the mistaken notion that I have all the time in the world to complete any number of amazing things! So, if I start early, there's no excuse for scrambling at the last minute, which is exactly what I did to make this fun little gift card holder for my sister, Mary:

See the Tim's card peeking out? Who doesn't want a Tim's card? Who wants to lose a Tim's card!

The pattern is from the Holiday 2011-2012 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts . It was fun and easy to make so I'd like to stitch together a few more. Mary says she likes it and, thanks to her hubby, it is full of gift cards, lucky girl!

 Okay, so no wasting time. Get busy!

All the best,

Judy Ann

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

We had a magical Christmas time here at the Sadler residence. Family, friends and neighbours all contributed to our enjoyment of the season. Here are some photographic highlights:

On Christmas eve, Carly and Emily decorated gingerbread cookies that Carly had baked earlier in the week. The cookies were as tasty as they were pretty!

A quiet moment late on Christmas eve.

Lots of laughs and surprises at our gift opening on Christmas morning.

Mom and Mary enjoying a gift exchange too.
Snoozy Baby Hannah, not quite into the excitement of the season!

Happy, Healthy New Year!

Judy Ann