Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Personal Post

Please indulge me as I write this very personal post....

When an obituary doesn't tell the whole story:

On Christmas day I received a phone call from my nephew that my brother had passed away in his sleep. His death was sudden and with no warning. Time stood still and I didn't know if I could catch my breath from the shock.

You see, Jimmy had always been a part of my life, at 57 I didn't know a life without having this older brother that I looked up to. We had lost our other brother, Karl, in 1984 in a car accident. When there were three, we were down to I am just one.

I found this picture of the three of us...1963/64...the cat, Waldo, is being held by Karl and if you'll notice Jimmy is in a cast..I'm sure there is a story behind that and my mother will be able to fill that in.

Let me tell you about Jimmy that his obituary didn't.

First of all..he was he got older I'm sure he tried to go by Jim, but that was always dad, he was Jimmy. As kids our grandparents called him Jimmy Jr.

He was a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather..and so much more..friend..he was one hell of a friend. If a friend called and he needed something, anything, he dropped what he was doing and helped them out. Everyone in our small hometown of Havelock knew Jimmy and to be honest he really was the unofficial mayor of the town.

He had a laugh..if only we had a recording of that laugh. He would crack himself up as he told a joke and you couldn't tell if you were laughing at his joke or laughing because he was laughing. He wanted people to laugh and be laugh he did.

Jimmy played baseball and football and surfed growing up. He turned to the water as an adult and fished and boated with his friends and family.

Jimmy so loved his high school sweetheart he married her twice.

Jimmy was frugal..okay..maybe he could be cheap..but he would work his finger to the bones for you. We joked about how cheap he was and he took it all in stride..he knew, we knew and it was all a part of who he was.

This post was written through tears but with smiles and a few see Jimmy would not want anyone sitting around crying over his death but instead he would want people to share stories about who he really was because like I obituary doesn't tell the whole story.

So I will cherish the memories I have of him...and I will laugh when I think of some of those memories...and I will live my life as he would want me to..with laughs and smiles.

I will leave this post with a picture I shared on Facebook the day he passed. You see our smiles...and now the joke with this picture and has my mother cracking up..the boys got musical instruments and I got a hat!

Until next time my friends
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Monday, January 1, 2018

Starting off 2018

I've read somewhere that whatever you are doing on the first day of the year you'll be doing the rest of the year. I'm sure this is an old wives tale but I like the sentiment and will go forward as if it were true.

So...will you sew on the first day of January 2018?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

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

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...

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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

Friday, December 1, 2017


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'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's time to SLOW DOWN...and enjoy the 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

Thursday, November 30, 2017


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" 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's not all work and no'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
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