Monday, December 21, 2009

Giving credit...

Well, one more try... I want to be sure to give credit to the beautiful quilts I posted. The one of the little girl belongs to Sue is of her mom as a child. She takes Ruth McDowell classes quite often. then, the beautiful Asian quilt is by Diane Watts of Whidbey Island. She takes classes from me occasionally....the full quilt uses a panel with a geisha girl....I took a close-up of the edge of the quilt with the cranes stitched in gold thread. They are both beautiful.

MOre pix to fix the boo boo...

Hi gang...well, I did it again and posted two pictures of Moe...or Nosey...can't quite decide what to call him for sure. I hope he doesn't get a split personality because of all the names. I don't think he pays any attention, anyway.

The first picture, is a field of snow geese...when I opened the car window to take a picture, the noise was unbelievable. They really can sing. The fields near us are covered with snow geese this time of year.

OH, NO....more critters!!

Hi long since I have written. Guess too much is going on at this time of the year. A week ago Saturday we got two new critters......2 alpacas. They are soooo cute, but love to steal the goats' food. It is quite a feat to get them all fed without the alpacas stealing the food.

Our friends at Over the Rainbow fabric....check out their website on my favorites...don't know how to put the link in the body of the letter!!.....gave us two little alpacas. They had names, but I think I will rename them Curley and Moe....or maybe Moe will be Nosey, which he is!

I feel sorry for them out in the rain. And we even had zero weather for about 3 days, but all the critters did just fine...I even found water buckets with heat in the bottom so the buckets of water did not freeze. It is amazing the fun stuff you can find at the farm store!

I will post the pix of the boys...the alpacas.

Now I am working on Christmas cards and some quilt projects. Hopefully, over the holidays, I will have time to do some really heavy organizing and cleaning in the studio.

Our new computer would not connect to the internet, and after much ado about nothing, we finally gave up and got a different one. Hopefully my hubby can get this one hooked up. I think the first one was hexed.

We had 3" of snow, but it melted off in the rain the very next day....yeah!! Then the weather warmed up and the koi started to come up to the top of the pond. Well, those poor guys will be waitng to April to be matter how sad their little eyes are.

I still hope to do some baking yet this week...have you ever heard of banket...a dutch almond pastry yummy. I should post the recipe. Ken made 17 pounds of fruitcake...he is famous for it. We have used the recipe for almost 45 years. I found it in the newspaper when we were first married.

Our big treat was to go to the Mannheim Steamroller concert here in Seattle. They are so great.

Well, guess that is all the news for now...have a wonderfully blessed Christmas season. May you have a joyful and peaceful Christmas. Hope to write again before the big day.

Love, judy irish

Saturday, December 5, 2009

photo captions for latest blog....

Well, since I cannot figure out how I got two of the same picture, and could not delete one...there are two....that is my new rack for all the rolls of batting in my studio... I really like how it works. I got the rack at Costco. The teddy bears are some of the ones I had for sale this weekend at my cousin's sale...she was selling her beautiful wooden plates and bowls she does on her wood lathe. I sold nothing and she sold some bowls and such. This was a slow year even for her! Oh, well, it is a cuddly inventory to be stuck with...judy's Cold!!

Hi is COLD in these here parts! Lots of heavy frost and cold weather. I even dripped the faucets in my studio tonite. My poor goat girls are pretty chilly too...I put more straw in their little house so they can snuggle up and keep warm. I think I should bring them some hot chocolate tomorrow morning. As for the koi, they are definitely down now, and there is ice on the pond. Ken put the pond heater in so there is a small opening on one end of the pond to let the air in. It worked real well last year.

Today we had a long-arm meeting. They are always fun, and we get to chat and do show and tell...share tips, and learn from one another. It is so great to have such a giving group of gals willing to share their business tips. We take turns going to each others' studios and enjoying how each one works.

We got some Christmas lights up tonite over our living room windows...inside. We will get the tree up and our outside deck light going soon, too.

I hope to make a few placemats for gifts and quilt on some more of Freddy's quilts this week, too. Other than that, this week will be a couple more quilt guild parties and work, work, work.

I hope you are enjoying this time of the year as much as I do. I LOVE the Christmas season and especially all the great carols. Then, there is always the baking and cooking....don't do so much of that any makes me FAT!!....ha....well, hope to talk to again soon.....judy