Sunday, November 27, 2011

Book signings!

Over the past couple of months, I've had the great pleasure of signing copies of Reaching purchased by one of my siblings, cousins or friends. I always feel so grateful and excited that someone likes the book enough to make the effort to go out and buy a copy. It's so nice! I love to hear about who will be receiving Reaching and what's the special occasion. It tickles me to think of my book being read by families at bedtime or anytime. Wouldn't it be lovely if it became a favourite!
All the best,

Judy Ann

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One of those weeks!

There are weeks that, despite my very best efforts, I just can't seem to carve out a few hours (or minutes!) to write or quilt or sew. The past ten days have been like that. Nothing major, just busy with unexpected things that have come up. I guess I did do some baking: buttery oatmeal cookies packed with as many chocolate chips as I could possibly fit in for Jeff's students, and a couple of batches of cinnamon rolls made with a buttermilk biscuit base. All yummy, all gone. I'm glad to be available for what needs doing and thankful that all is well. I will try again in the next few days to indulge in some creativity! I hope you can too.

All the best,

Judy Ann

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cosy cap

I've just finished another baby cap, this one made from super-soft alpaca yarn. The pattern is called, "soft as a cloud" from Baby Beanies by Amanda Keeys . Her book is full of irresistible hats for irresistible babies. This book is as much fun to look through as it is to knit from because Amanda's photography is so delightful!

Instead of tying cord on top of the cap, I made a small pom-pom. I mixed in a few strands of ivory-coloured yarn, just for fun. 

One of the other things I like about this pattern is that you can unfold the brim so the hat will fit your sweet cherub for a little longer.

With winter on the way, this hat will keep a baby cosy-warm (and cute!) all season long.

All the best,

Judy Ann

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

More and more leaves

What a gorgeous morning it was! Jeff couldn't resist taking a few more leafy photos. There's a brick path and lawn under there somewhere.

Our Japanese maple is at its peak of beauty too.

I wonder if everything will be blanketed in white soon?

All the best,

Judy Ann

Monday, November 7, 2011

Another wallet

Recently I made another little wallet from Valori Wells Designs of Stitchin' Post Publications . It's nice to be able to make an appealing project from start to finish in just a few hours. 

These are some of my very favourite fabrics, so elegant and beautifully designed. They are leftover from this quilt that I made a couple of years ago.

 I crave more sewing time, but it's often difficult to fit it into a day. 

All the best,

Judy Ann

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another season

Our front-yard maple trees are dropping their leaves like crazy this morning, blanketing the lawn with orange, yellow and brown. It smells fresh and earthy and lovely. I found one last perfect potted begonia, protected by the verandah for now, but not for much longer.
I love the change of seasons and look forward to winter. I'm glad we'll be changing the clocks back to standard time this weekend so that our mornings will be a little brighter. Evenings will be dark, but that's okay. That gives us a good excuse to cosy up writing, quilting, knitting and sewing.

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann