Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Edgar the Elf

Our Christmas mascot, Edgar the Elf, is up to some fun this year...Check out the video and pop in and see us.

Until Next Time
Be Kind


Kelly Ann
#2017Edgartheelf




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On the Tip of my Fingers

I sat down this morning and started a blog post about a cool new tool..
then got side tracked with the wonder boy..aka BodhiPup..
and all of those words that were on the tip of my fingers...
GONE...




 image courtesy of Google.com/images
 image courtesy of Google.com/images


So...that post will need to wait till I set up the video camera so y'all can see just how cool it is...and I won't have to worry about the words flying off the tips of my fingers.

Until Next time

Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017forgettingwords

Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome

Picture courtesy from Garden Whimsies by Mary

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?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#2017relaxenjoy

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dreaming


As winter starts to set in I've started dreaming of this...



June 2018 we'll be traveling with Quilt Retreat at Sea ... and I can't wait...

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.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wooly Block Adventure 2017

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

Wooly Block Group community on Facebook

A PDF list of participating shops

You can purchase our kit here
or
Your pattern here  - the pattern will be emailed to you as a PDF, so no shipping charges.

So..pop over to the Wooly Block Adventure Facebook page and check out all the cool blocks..and let me know which one is your favorite..

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann
#WoolyBlockAdventure


Friday, October 6, 2017

And again...

I feel like I do a blog post titled "time flies" or "where did the time go"...about every other month.

My new goal for blogging...at least once a week...it's good to have goals, right?

Right now my goals are to get the binding finished on my Quilters' Quest Shop Hop quilt


to roll out the Wooly Block Adventure (check out their Facebook page) our block is done but now to get those kits cut..

and to add more products to our online store

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?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Team Member

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