Thursday, April 16, 2020


I don't think we could ever have imagined a time like we are enduring now. There are so many distressing stories from around the world, but, thankfully there are just as many heartening ones. In our family we've had great sadness and worry, and the heartbreak of not being able to be with our elders and grandchildren. We are doing our best to follow the rules so that we can successfully get through this time of isolation, physical distancing and total upheaval. We are so lucky to be well. We feel great gratitude for family members and everyone, absolutely everyone, who is working hard to keep governments, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, grocery stores, farms, on-line services, law enforcement, emergency services, transit, education, construction, sanitation, postal services, water, deliveries, food services and so much more still going. Huge gratitude, for sure!

On a lighter note, I'm very lucky to have enough yarn, fabric, flour and yeast to get me through many months of staying home! And I don't need much, except my imagination, to write stories.

I've done lots of baking and sharing!

I've made myself a top, and I've cut out a sweet little dress
 for a sweet little girl in my life!

I've done a little knitting and corking, too, and intend to do more.

Because of all the worry, it is difficult to really embrace the extra time I have. 
I will try. If you have a gift of time, I hope you make good use of it, too.

Please be well,

Judy Ann

Thursday, February 20, 2020

I Read Canadian!

Wednesday of this week was "I Read Canadian" day, a chance to celebrate homegrown books! There's no need, of course, to limit the celebration to one day, so we've kept it going all week.

We put together a display at the library.

It's easy to identify books by Canadian authors all year long because 
 each has a cheery Canadian maple-leaf sticker on its spine.

But what's a good book without a reader?

Happy reading,

Judy Ann

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


I've written over 20 craft books because I love making things! As I wrote each book, I filled it with projects that I hoped would be fun and appealing for kids. I've done countless workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, stores and festivals, and I love the enthusiasm and creativity I always see in children. One of my favourite things, though, is when a child quietly creates projects inspired by one of my books.

 I received this photo recently and it did my heart good!

This creative gal is following instructions from my book,
What a great job she is doing!
I hope she will continue to use her imagination and crafty hands to make art,
 gifts, things to wear, items to play with, and to make crafts
 just for the joy of it!

Have a creative day,

Judy Ann