Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011

May 2011 bring all that your hearts desire...and that includes Cupcakes...
Peace to all
Kelly Ann

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After Christmas Chillin'

How many of us feel like this?

In between Christmas and the New Year take a few minutes to just chill..take a lesson from Zele & Stella, find a warm something to lay on, cover with a blanket and hang with your favorite peeps.
until next time...
Stay Warm...
Kelly Ann

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Sunset

I stepped out to fill the bird feeders this afternoon and this is what I saw from my front porch...thought  I'd share....


makes me wish I were a painter...
stay warm and remember...
Keep on Dancin'....
Kelly Ann

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

From our Family...
to yours....
Merry Christmas...

Kelly Ann, Andrew, Zele & Stella

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve and lots still to be done before Santa arrives....but all of that can wait for one minute while I wish each and everyone of you a.....




and to all a good night....
Kelly Ann

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How did this Happen?

For the next several days I'll be running around crazy like so keep the festive spirit going my next several post will be random Christmas pictures from my home...I'll be back all chatty cathy once I get caught up...

Have a Marvelous Day...
Kelly Ann

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Trend Alert

As quilt shop owners we try and keep our eyes open for new trends, something fun and refreshing but there's a trend that seems...how do I say this...kind of strange.  Bacon...no not pork but Bacon...let me share with you some of the things that are being made into bacon-like...
 Bacon Martini....Wrong
 Bacon Watch...I think NOT...
 Bacon Gum.....Ewwwww
 Bacon Toothpicks....Double Ewwwwwww

 Bacon Shoes....NOT
Kevin Bacon....now that's much better


So...have you seen this trend?  It's popping up all over, bacon knitted scarves, wallets...you name it people are either doing something that looks like bacon or taking bacon and making things out of it...now I'm interested to see what the next new trend is gonna be but for now I think I'll pass on the bacon shoes...
Until Next time..
Be Kind...
Stay Warm...
and have a marvelous Day....
Kelly Ann

Monday, December 6, 2010

Shopping Update

Okay you can call off the dogs....I made it home safe and sound from all the shopping and wind...OMG...the wind was so bad I saw a man chasing his toupee and it was still on his head...sorry had that vision in my head all day and had to share.  I know all of you are curious about what I picked up today...well the big find of the day was....
I would like to introduce you to Harry...Happy Harry Holiday to be exact but we'll just call him Harry...
video
and this is how Harry entertains us...
and yes...
we do lead an exciting life...
until next time...
keep on dancin'...
Kelly Ann

Shopping...

If I'm not back tomorrow send out....
heading out to do this....

wish me luck....
until next time...
be kind...
and...
rewind...
Kelly Ann

Saturday, December 4, 2010

One Year Ago

One year ago this weekend this is what was happening in our area...
27 inches with this storm...

 Washington DC was in total shut-down and while the traffic is always bad in DC it's not this bad where people resort to walking sticks.
and life was no picnic...just sayin'...

We woke that morning to light flurries, no big deal, it was a Saturday so we got up and out to open the store, it was the day for the annual Christmas parade and parking is a premium.  We're watching the snow fall, and fall, and fall, by noon the parade had been called off and we made the decision to close...so please...keep your fingers crossed that we don't get snow like this for a very long time and that the parade goes off without a hitch today.

Until next time...
Stay Warm...
and....
be safe out there....
Kelly Ann

Friday, December 3, 2010

Decorating

So how do you decorate when it comes to the holidays?  Are you an over the top kind of decorator? or will a simple tree and wreath do for you....or...are you one of these?





This year while pulling out the boxes I decided to go with a simpler idea of decorating and because I already use alot of green in my house I just pulled in a few red highlights, filled my glass containers with pretty green and red balls and voila...decorating is done and come time to un-decorate it'll be easy peasy...
So tell me...which one of the decorators are you?
Until next time...
Have a Grand Day!!
Kelly Ann

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pantie Raid Update

So tell me....what do ya think of this....

we had 64 packages which is about 320+ pair of panties...THANK YOU..THANK YOU...I can not say that enough.  What a great first time collection.  I called the Safe Shelter and chatted with their director yesterday and she was thrilled.  There are two houses for the women and children and both are full so these panties couldn't have come at a better time. 

It's December 2nd and with Christmas only 23 days away I'm sure everyone is done decorating, baking, wrapping....I know I just crack myself up...if you're not done with any of these activities don't feel like...
I'm right there with you.....
So....get out there...
and make today a Great one!!

Kelly Ann

Monday, November 29, 2010

Another week

Well another week has flown by...just where does all this time goes that flies through the air.  I had a blast reading all the comments during the Mistletoe Make and Bake blog hop, thank you so much if you left one.  Normally I try and answer all comments personally but y'all overwhelmed me, thank you for the kind words....and btw I am not responsible for any weight gained during the making and baking of the hop...just sayin'....

WOW....another Thank You to everyone that brought in panties for our Pantie Raid, when I left on Saturday we had 62 packages and I'm not sure if we got any on Monday...if we did I'll update the total over on my Facebook page, what's that??? you don't follow me on Facebook...well get on it...we have loads of fun over there and you don't want to miss out.


We are a day away from December and I still haven't started my Christmas gifts but that's no big surprise to those that know me but this year I need to get my fanny in gear.  We'll be taking a few days off and driving to North Carolina to spend a few days with Andrew's side of the family so where normally I can be sewing on Christmas Eve...well unless they let me set up on the dining room table I'll need to be done before we go.  Have you started your Christmas sewing?  Finished?  or are you just gonna hit your local shops and buy your Christmas this year?

Until next time...
Keep Sewing...
and let the countdown begin....
26 days and counting...
Kelly Ann 

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's a Raid

The Pantie Raid is still going on....
if you've not dropped off panties for the Pantie Raid there's still time....Kelly Ann's Quilting will be open Saturday 9am to 3pm...we still have plenty of fat quarters to give away.  Lets show the quilters from the other shops...

Sweet Home Quilt Shop ... Conyers GA
The Quilted Kitty ... Lincoln NE
Quilting Possibilities ... Forked River NJ
Wish Upon a Quilt ... Raleigh NC
Rosebud's Cottage ... White Bear Lake MN
Cotton Patch Quilt Shop ... University Park Fl
Log Cabin Quilt Shop ... La Vista NE
Shiisa Quilts ... Bloomington IN
Clever Quilter ... Newfield NY
 
that we know how to give our panties....
hope to see y'all tomorrow...
until next time
be kind
Kelly Ann

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's a Pantie Raid

Kelly Ann's Quilting will be having our first annual after Thanksgiving Pantie Raid to collect new women's and children's  panties and socks.  We'll be donating all that we collect to the local shelter that services abused women and their children.  

We'll be accepting donations Friday November 26th and Saturday November 27th, and if you're traveling don't worry, we'll take those panties on Wednesday the 25th.  For each package of new undies you donate, we'll give you a free fat quarter from a selected group. We have enough cut and rolled for 350 donations and it would make me jump for joy if we had to cut more.  

We are not alone in the Pantie Raid...take a look at some of my peeps that will also be collecting panties in their area...

Sweet Home Quilt Shop ... Conyers GA
The Quilted Kitty ... Lincoln NE
Quilting Possibilities ... Forked River NJ
Wish Upon a Quilt ... Raleigh NC
Rosebud's Cottage ... White Bear Lake MN
Cotton Patch Quilt Shop ... University Park Fl
Log Cabin Quilt Shop ... La Vista NE
Shiisa Quilts ... Bloomington IN
Clever Quilter ... Newfield NY

To add a little more fun to we've sort of been egging each other on....naturally I said that my customers would donate more panties...so lets rock and roll and show those shops how we do it at Kelly Ann's Quilting. 

Until next time....
Be Kind...
Kelly Ann

Advise

Before you do this....



Make sure you do this...





so that you don't end up like this...


Have a great Monday...
and remember...
Be Kind...
and...
Rewind....
Kelly Ann

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Last of the Leaves

With the temperature dropping at night the trees have decided to drop their leaves but not all at one time, little by little, week by week...The first weekend Andrew went out to start up the blower he couldn't get it started so a quick run around the yard with the mower and most of the leaves got chopped up.  Weeks later still unable to get the blower started we determined that it was just best to get a new blower and put this one out of our misery.  But, before I'd let him use the new blower I thought I share a few pictures of what our fall yard looks like...
 Looking down on the ground...
 looking through the branches...
 don't forget to look up...
 looks like a quilt in the making, love the color play..
 perfection...one simple leaf...
perfection says goodbye to fall...


Next on my to-do list...Thanksgiving Dinner...
stay tuned...
menu coming up...
until next time
Be Kind...
Kelly Ann

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 6---The Final Mistletoe Making & Bake Blog Hop

I have a question...do you share your cookies?  do you do a cookie swap? Well check out some fun cookie swap stores with the rest of the bloggers...featuring today...

Vickie Cook Eapen – Spun Sugar Quilts
Melisa Morrison – Sweet Home Quilt Co.

I love to share my cookies...


For several years I've made platter after of platter of cookies and sent them off to work with Andrew.  The years I've not been able to make a boatload of cookies leaves me feeling like something is missing from Christmas.  Standing at the kitchen counter with all my ingredients laid out in front of me, mix a batch and into the fridge to chill, mix the next batch and into the fridge they go...and it goes on like this until I have several batches ready to hit the oven.  I think it's so cool to come home and throw a batch into the oven...yummo! 

I've never done a cookie swap, but I would guess it's like a wine tasting except everyone goes home with a plate of cookies, and instead of a wine head you have a sugar rush head.  My last cookie for the hop is one of my favorites, it's not too sweet and in my opinion only gets better the longer it stays around, but I don't normally get to try out that theory cause I love, love, love these babies...so without further delay I present to you...

1 cup butter, softened
1/2  cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4  teaspoon  salt
3/4  cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup powdered sugar (to roll the finished cookies in)

Preheat oven to 400.  Cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until fluffy.  Add flour, salt and nuts, mix until combined.  Roll the dough into small, 1 inch balls, if dough is too sticky to handle place refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Place on an un-greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper;  bake for 10 to 13 minutes.  Remove the cookies from the pan and roll in powdered sugar while still very warm. If the sugar starts to melt, just re-roll.

**as usual just click on the name to download a pdf file**
I want to thank each and everyone of you that has followed along on this blog hop, what a fun time it has been reading all of your comments.  If you've enjoyed yourself you can keep following me here and also over on Facebook...
and as usual...
Be Kind...
Kelly Ann

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 5 Mistletoe Make & Bake Blog Hop

Day 5...So, have you been making and baking as we blog along?  Up today...
Roseann Kermes – Rosebud’s Cottage
Brenda Riddle – Little Acorns

I wonder what these two have in store for y'all today?

Is there one tradition that you have to do during the holiday season, something you can't live without?  Mine is eggnog...
  yummy, creamy, rich eggnog...and do you know what goes great with eggnog?? COOKIES!!!

This recipe came from my Mother-in-law and while I do an okay job with them, and they taste pretty much the same for some reason her's are better...and these Linzer Tarts go great with eggnog, so grab a mug and get to baking...almost a match made in heaven.

LINZER TARTS


           

1 cup butter   
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp almond extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1 cup Raspberry Preserves (or flavor of your choice)
powdered sugar

Cream butter and sugar; blend in eggs, extract, flour, baking powder.  Mix well, chill batter for 1 hour or more.  Roll out quarter of mixture at a time; cut with round cookie cutter (scalloped edges are pretty); take half of circles and cut smaller holes in middle; bake 350 for 8 to 10 minutes; do not overbake you’ll want a soft cookie and they should look white, no browning.  Cool cookies completely on rack; put preserves on solid side of cookie, top with cookie with hole in the middle; sift powdered sugar on top.
Makes 32 cookies
**Click on the name to download a pdf copy**
Tomorrow is day 6...
so, until then....
Be Kind
Kelly Ann



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winner from Day 3

Sorry it's a day late but here goes.....drum roll please....




Kathy B. said...
Kelly Ann - thanks for the "interesting" recipe - can't wait to share some Reindoor Poo with friends and family! I love to applique wool/felt, so I'll create that version for sure. I have never used Aurifil, so I'd better be checking that out as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe, pattern and hand motioning photos! Kathy B...send me your mailing address and your package of 12wt Aurifil thread will so be on your doorstep... Thank you to everyone for leaving a comment...I had a blast reading them all...

Day 4 Mistletoe Make & Bake Blog Hop

Wow it's already day four...where did the time go?  Up today is...

Lissa Alexander – Moda Lissa
Julie Stewart – Quilts4Julie
Have y'all noticed a theme in our post?  Each day we have a different subject to chat about, today we're suppose to talk about a "go to" book, it could be cooking, crafting, or just general reading.  I can honestly say I don't have a "go to" book, all of my recipes are either in my little pattern box or I make things up as I go along.  
When I was growing up my mother had a cookbook and all I can remember is it had Charleston in it's name.   I've always played in the kitchen and nothing is better then making a cake or cookies from scratch, I can still remember pulling this book out of it's safe keeping drawer and going through it to make something special for my parents, well, more like my Dad, Mom doesn't really care for sweets, but this little girl knew back then that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  So, it had to be between 1972 & 1974 that I started my adventure into baking from scratch, if I followed the recipe to a "T" the cookies would come out perfect but adding or deleting something...well...not so good...my father loves to tell the story about some cookies that the dog wouldn't even eat, I find that hard to believe but he swears it's true to this day.  

I will promise you something...this recipe will not be refused by the dog, husband, kids...you mark by word this will make you the most popular chef on the block...



1 Box  Yellow Cake Mix
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 stick butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 can condense milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2  cup chopped pecans

With mixer combine cake mix, peanut butter, melted butter and 2 eggs; place half of mixture in a greased 9x13 cake pan;  Prepare filling by heating remaining ingredients, chocolate through pecans; pour filling over cake mix; with remaining cake mixture crumble on top of filling; bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, cut to size that’s perfect for your home.
**Click on the name to download pdf file**


Two more days...make sure you don't miss one single day of this hop, lots of goodies to eat and lots of fun things to make...a perfect combo of food and fun.
Until Next Time...
Kelly Ann
 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 3 Mistletoe Make and Bake Blog Hop

Woot Woot it's day 3 and your story tellers today are....
Celine Perkins – Perkins Dry Goods
Patrick Lose – The Latest News from Patrick Lose
Kelly Ann Richardson - Kelly Ann’s Quilting

Lookie who the third person on the list is...yep it's me....how exciting is this...and now it's my turn to share with you another goodie and my fun Christmas project.

So by now y'all know that I grew up in a military family, when my father retired we settled in a small town in North Carolina.  The neighborhood my parents still live in was a great place to grow up, every year there would be a big Christmas party and you learned early on how to get a conversation going in a room full of strangers.  The family that hosted this party would invite people from all over, people with no family in the area, people from their work, just people in general.  I've never had any issues starting a conversation, and to some of you that's not a surprise, but keeping one going with strangers can be difficult so I've always resorted to humor.  Humor plays a big part in my life, and with that comes the animated hands...here's proof from the early 80's...
  and here's one of the 70's....
the pose is always the same...so if you ever find yourself at a party and needing to start up a conversation, just use humor and hands..they work well together.

Here's my project and my goodies...all in one picture...first lets start with the project...I started off with a simple drawing of holly leaves and berries, just click on the link to download a pdf of the drawing, you can enlarge it or make it smaller to suit your needs.  I made two projects to help spark your creativity on using this simple pattern.

First up is my wool pillow and I absolutely feel in love with wool while working on this project...
I used 100% wool that had been felted and hand dyed...again, total love.  The leaves were outlined using 12wt Aurifil thread and the best part was I used it in my sewing machine and it sewed like a dream.

Wanting to play with my pattern alittle more I decided to try my hand at some cute redwork...

I love redwork and this quick pattern, from tracing to finish stitching took less then 2 hours.  I used Kona Snow for the top, 12wt Aurifil thread #2560 and some fun plaid fabric I had in my stash, kind of cute don't ya think.

Now for the goodies...this is an easy one....these little morsels go by a variety of names, Reindeer droppings, Reindeer Poo...but we just call them yummo..and stinkin' easy.  
We love these when I use dark chocolate but with all the different flavors of kisses and M&M's out there the combination's are unlimited.

I'm doing a small give-a-way...leave me a comment and you'll be entered to win a selection of 12wt Aurifil thread.
Don't forget to stop by all the bloggers and leave a daily message to enter to win a grand prize, check out this posting for all the names...
until next time....
Be Kind....
Kelly Ann