Friday, April 14, 2017

Springtime crafts

We've been enjoying some Easter and Springtime crafts at our little Glanworth library. I found some inexpensive, colourful Styrofoam eggs to transform into... 

...whimsical chicks!

Pipe cleaners and pompoms combined to make funny bunnies, too!

So cute!

Speaking of cuties, these are two of my favourites!

Happy Easter,

Judy Ann

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sewing time

It's been far too long since I've had any time for sewing.
I almost forgot how much I like it! 

My first project was to finish Leo's quilt. I feel badly that it took me so long
to get back to it, but sometimes it just can't be helped.

This pinwheel pattern is fun and playful.

I enjoyed "doodling" all over it with swirls, hearts, words and waves.

I had fun making this double-sided receiving blanket out of whimsical flannelette. 
It's a fairly simple project but the results are sturdy and cosy.

I also made this zippered pouch using a free tutorial from Noodlehead.
I used heavier fabric on the outside 

and quilting cotton for the inside lining.

A very handy project!

I hope you have time to feed your creative soul,

Judy Ann

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Little Magic

There was a little magic in the air at our lovely Glanworth library on Saturday when we made pretty, decorated and beribboned wands!

There's a little magic in the air at the Byron library, too. In mid-January we decided to take on a charitable project, so we asked for eight-inch knitted squares that we can stitch together to make blankets for those in need. We set up a basket with knitting needles and yarn so that our patrons could sit and knit in the library as well as at home.

The response has been amazing! There are so many kind knitters willing to donate their yarn, time, and talents. Look at the piles of squares we have already, and there are more coming in all the time! We will soon organize a sewing bee and get some blankets made. See what I mean about there being some magic in the air?

And there's always magic in the air when Leo is around!

I hope there's a little magic in your life as well.

Judy Ann

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


With the blog-post title, "Puppy," you likely expect to see a floppy-eared, loveable, silky-soft young dog, right? Well, I know someone who would LOVE to have a real puppy (or any dog at all), but she isn't quite ready. So, instead, I made her a different kind of puppy-dog.

The pattern is from a fun book called,
 Mini Knitted Toys by Sachiyo Ishii.

She liked her new puppy and decided it could be a purse puppy. 
Not quite what she wanted, but a little less work than the real thing.

And, now for a little someone cuter than any puppy could ever be...

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann

Monday, January 30, 2017

The story of a Hat

I'm trying to keep Leo supplied with cosy hats, a task that is a great pleasure. He needed one that could be fastened under his chin so that it would stay in place. He has a habit of pulling them off! I had fun going through patterns and chose one from my favourite hat book, Baby Beanies by Amanda Keeys. I made the size I thought would fit, but it turned out bigger than I had planned:

(I always like the look of the top of a knitted hat.)

I decided to make another one a little smaller:

But when we tried the small hat on Leo, it was too small!

The large one fit quite well.

We tied it under his chin and for a while...

...he actually forgot he was wearing it!

But eventually, he realized!

Hopefully, when he's out in the cold, our little Leo will keep
 his cosy-warm hat on his sweet little head.

Stay warm and well,

Judy Ann

Monday, December 5, 2016

Soft and fuzzy!

I'm still addicted to knitting baby caps, and lucky for me, there is always a new baby coming along! These two photos are a little fuzzy, partly from the yarn, but mostly from me trying to take these photos in the car! Why was I taking photos in the car, you may ask? Well, because in my usual last-minute haste, I had to finish stitching the bows on top on our way to the family event where the gift was to be given. I will keep trying to be better-organized!

Speaking of addictions, here are two more of mine!

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Marble-ous time in Glanworth!

Many years ago when our kids were little, we bought a game called Marbleworks (Discovery Toys). We had loads of fun with it because the various pipes and tubes and parts can be configured in countless ways to send marbles down a wild, noisy, roller-coaster type ride. If the players each choose a certain marble, the game becomes a race to see which marble makes it to the finish line first. 
Great fun!
A few months ago, I found the game again and cleaned it up, then last week I brought it to the Glanworth Library. We had four kids all working together to make a wild marble run! I was having so much fun with them that I forgot to take pictures! I remembered to take a couple later when some kids had already gone home.

Isn't this a great set-up?

Another great use for a pile of books!

Have a really fun day,

Judy Ann