As we enter the last month of the year, it is also the craziest month of the year. Parties, shopping, wrapping, baking...but STOP...take a deep breath and slow down.
Let's all promise each other that we will enjoy this Christmas season. My friend Suzanne over at My Retired Life on the Prairie has a bucket list ... a very impressive bucket list .. after reading her post and her list it got me to thinking.
Being in retail we start thinking about Christmas in January...and by July we've got our products out and people are having Christmas in July events..it's nuts but it's the life we live. By the time December arrives most of us are thinking of inventory not baking cookies or wrapping. You can forget about making homemade gifts...I think most of us are deep in to planning our next years events that this season whizzes by and we frantically write out our shopping list and throw our gifts in bags.
Well I say...it's time to SLOW DOWN...and enjoy the season...so here is my Bucket List for this Christmas season...
This year I'll be watching more Christmas movies, riding around several times to look at Christmas lights, wrap presents and even decorate the packages..and bake..and relax and enjoy!
So tell me...what is on your bucket list for this Christmas season?
This is our 5th cruise with Susan from Swirly Girls Design and Michelle and Jacquelyn from Quilt Retreat at Sea ... and we're gonna make this one the biggest! The goodies are being planned..Susan is busy designing the quilt...and as always, Michelle and Jacquelyn are busy planning excursions and putting the final details on setting up the conference room with the right amount of table space, sewing machines and ironing stations..
Speaking of sewing machines..did I tell you that you don't have to bring your own on the ship? Did I tell you about the "Bobbin Boy"...you never have to load your bobbin, change your needle or even thread your machine. You'll be sewing on top of the line Janomes and I can tell you from experience, I own one, they sew like a dream!
So sit on Santa's lap and whisper in his ear...I want a quilters cruise for Christmas...and maybe just maybe you'll find one in your stocking.
And about the pool time...it's not all work and no play..you'll have time to sit by the pool or hop of the ship and take an island adventure.
BUT WAIT..I almost forgot..your cruise includes a trip to Caribelle Batiks and I promise you that you won't be disappointed when you visit the beautiful Romney Manor and get some insight in to how batiks are made.
So what are you waiting for??? Call today and join us on a great quilting adventure.
On Monday October 16 the 2017 Wooly Block Adventure kicks off and wow have they switched up the rules this year.
This years theme is Harvest Baskets and the blocks are very creative this year with some great fall colors. My block is called "Wildflower Basket" .. this bittersweet wrapping itself around the fading wild sunflowers that grow along the roadways here in Virginia.
Here are a few of the new changes:
Purchase the kits online
Purchase the patterns online
Pick up a free pattern at participating shops
Spotlight featured shops through-out the event on the website
So you see I have lots of goals and this doesn't even take in to account the amount of time I spend with this fella..
at 15 weeks Bodhi is getting big and loving life and is a real handful..but he is a part-time shop pup. You'll find him on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday hanging out in his kennel, he's not a free range shop pup.
So that's what I've been up to this summer...
what about you..
what did you do on your summer vacation?
We always like to introduce the newest team member to KAQ and this time it is no exception.
This journey started in June when we made a little trip to Boston VA to meet a sweet litter of pups
Now I'm only guessing that these two pictures "may" be the new team member...cause they were all #stinkincute and all looked smooshy and lovey.
Introducing Blackbird's Bodhi - we call him Bodhi - Bo-dee is how it is pronounced. A lot of people are asking where his name comes from. "in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the true nature of things. It is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment, although its literal meaning is closer to "awakening". The verbal root "budh" means to awaken."
Bodhi & Andrew (AKA. Mr. Kelly Ann) on the ride home
Bodhi meeting big sister Stella T. Rottenbear Dog - as of today she is still unsure about him but she is getting better about now completely ignoring him.
Bodhi and his first selfie with KA... Bodhi will be coming in to the shop in the future, puppy shots first. But we are planning a fun event at the end of the month that we hope he can make that will benefit the Fauquier SPCA so stay tuned for details. If you are following me on Instagram, twitter or on the shops FB page you've seen most of the pictures but it's always nice to have a little story to back up the pictures. Keep your eyes on this blog and FB and see what quilting projects I'll be working on between playing and potty breaks with Bodhi. Until Next Time Be Kind Kelly Ann #2017Bodhipuppup