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
Are you scratching your heading wondering who Phoebe Ann Mosey is?
Let me give you a little history lesson and see if it comes to you... Born August 13, 1860 Her skill paid the mortgage on her mother's farm when she was only 15 years old. She married Frank Butler in 1882 Her and her husband joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in 1885 SO..do you know who I'm talking about yet?
As we were traveling the back roads of Ohio this past week we came across a sign that said "Annie Oakley gravesite"... I flipped on the blinker real quick and flipped the car around to check out things myself.
You see..I love history and this was quirky enough for me to want to see for myself. To read more about Annie check out this website.
You never know what you'll find along the backroads of America.
So tell me..do you stop to see the unique and quirky things as you travel?
on my Facebook group, Kelly Ann's Creative Circle (you should join) .. anyway .. I asked the question when I shared it, Who's Gonna Sew This Weekend?
Ebony Love over at Love Bug Studios wrote a blog post on "How to find more time for sewing and quilting" So much of what Ebony wrote speaks to my soul.
Owning a Quilt Shop doesn't give me much time to sew. About 10 years ago I finally got a dedicated space to sew in and that made the world of difference in giving me time to sew. I don't get to sew like I want to, but I can dream
I've read through the years that if you spend 10 minutes a day doing some form of sewing that it becomes a habit and before you know you've finished a project.
Challenge - So I challenge you this summer - spend 10 minutes a day doing some type of sewing - using your machine - hand work - something - anything - let's turn this into a habit. Who's with me?
Okay ... I will admit it .. I am obsessed with Aurifil thread!
This is my personal collection .. often you will find any of these colors in my machine ready to piece or quilt because here's the deal..if I'm gonna piece with beautiful bright fabric then why not piece with beautiful bright thread. Several years ago .. back in the day people were only piecing with black, white or cream then along came light gray, med gray and dark gray..but then came the khaki colors..yep, you guessed it, light, medium and dark khaki.
I took a stand and said STOP THE MADNESS!
Aurifil Threadhas some beautiful colors so why not use them all for everything.
I'm often asked about the best weight of thread to use for different projects.
80wt - machine & hand applique
50wt - piecing & quilting
40wt - machine applique & quilting
28wt - top stitch quilting & hand quilting
12wt - hand embroidery & hand quilting
6 strand floss - hand embroidery, cross stitch & hand quilting
***notice I colored the weight with the color of the spool.both 80wt and 6 strand floss are on little wooden spools***
So tell me .. do you use Aurifil? AND what is you favorite weight?
Do you own a GO!Baby? GO! Cutter? GO! Big? When I announced that we were a Signature Dealer for Accuquilt right here on the blog I made mention of our GO!GO! Club.
TIME IS HERE!
Starting June 30 & July 1 we are offering two sessions for our Accuquilt GO!GO! Club. Each month Pam & I will walk you through using your GO! cutters, correctly using your dies, give you a free pattern and so much more.
Date/Time: First weekend of the month. Fridays 10:30 start and Saturdays 10:00am start
Supplies: Just bring yourself, it's a lecture demo/education club
So..are you ready to sign up? Call today 540-341-8890 or pop in to sign up.
Until Next Time
Be Kind, Kelly Ann
Tomorrow is the big day .. we are hosting Jeannie Miller who is an Accuquilt educator for two days and we couldn't be more excited. Jeannie is coming with her arms loaded with quilts to show off just a smidgen of what the Accuquilt GO! cutters can do. We offered up three session, with two filling up fast we still have a few seats left in our Friday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm, session..so if you are in the local area and want to see what this amazing die cutters can do, give us a call and we can sign you up.
But wait...there's more...each person that signs up and pays the $10 fee will receive a GO! bag that with a few goodies...you'll get the $10 back in GO! Buck$..some tasty goodies..and a little kit that you can whip up in no time to make a Father's Day Mug Rug.
So we hope you can join us for a few days of fun and laughter.
What is the first thing we do when our dogs bark? We yell at them to stop..then they yell back..bark bark bark bark..there's something there I know it, really really, I hear, see, smell something..bark bark bark.. and we yell "knock it off" and more bark bark bark...I'm pretty sure that our pups think we are barking with them at what they hear, see or smell.
With a new puppy on the horizon we're trying something new with Stella T. Rottenbear Dog..
We've started with "quiet"...she barks, we say "quiet" then "good girl" ... she growls .. "quiet, good girl".. this morning we're watching a deer right outside our fence, she growls, I say "quiet" she looks over her shoulder at me "what, DEER..there's a DEER in the front..MOM...DEER" More "quiet" from me and lots of "good girl"..her loud bark turned to a growl with a small "woof"..then just a low growl. And the deer...they just continued on their journey through our side yard into the back woods.
So it's true..you can teach and old dog new tricks!
Do you ever say to yourself, where did the day go? Does time really fly or do we try and cram too much into our days..or is it because our days are so routine that we don't notice the day to day events so they don't stick in our brains.
I was chatting with my mom the other day and who, by the way, is 81 and goes to the gym three days a week, and she says the same thing .. where does the time go?
I think each day is filled with what we call "day to day" routine that by just going through the motions the day whizzes by and before we know it the week is gone and we're left to wondering "where did the day go?"
So what is the solution?
I read a blog a few weeks ago where the person said she started each day with a little sewing while waiting for her coffee to brew...I had to give a little giggle...my eyes aren't open that early, I would end up reverse sewing when I was fully awake. But I've been giving this bloggers idea some thought..maybe I won't start my day by doing a little sewing but end it with some slow stitching.
We spend a lot of time in our back porch in the summer, watching baseball or movies at night. So yesterday I put some slow stitch work together and now I'll can grab it and head out to the porch and spend a few hours stitching.
I'm pretty excited to get a few things done this summer....by slowing down..
So...how are you gonna slow down this summer and enjoy the time instead of watching it fly by? Let me know how you'll slow down the hands on the clock.