Hi! I’m Verla Kay. I’m not your ordinary retiree and I have to confess that I don’t fit into any mold of a normal grandma. I’m a free spirit who loves trying new things, learning about almost everything and I often have a hard time doing just one thing at a time. (Forget just sitting down and watching TV without a laptop, iPad or pencil and paper in my hand.)
I’ve been married for over 50 years — to the same guy, which still surprises everyone who knows us because our fights during the first 25 years of our marriage were legendary — the kind of fights murder mysteries are often built on.
Four children, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren are my legacy (so far) — and the loves of my life, along with my wonderful husband and two long-haired Himalayan cats who do their best (and their best is very good indeed!) to make sure no one who steps through the door of our home doesn’t leave without a thick coat of fur on them that almost equals the fur on their backs.
I enjoy cooking, but not cleaning the kitchen, fishing, but not cleaning the fish, computer games that stretch my mind, but not “shoot-em up” games, crafting, especially using my Cricut Maker, and writing. I have had 11 picture books-in-rhyme published under the name of Verla Kay — which is why I legally changed my name after 38 years of marriage, dropping my husband’s last name and using my middle name as my last name. (My youngest son still hasn’t forgiven me.)
But after 9-11 I couldn’t get on planes to do author talks when I was using my author name. And I will NEVER forget the time shortly after 9-11 that my checked luggage was completely unpacked and I had to repack my two suitcases FOUR TIMES before I was allowed to fly. Apparently an author of children’s picture books is a dangerous person and a suspected terrorist!
So watch out people! This dangerous woman has now infiltrated the craft world! And I have to admit that crafting is a true passion for me. My daughter and her husband gave me my first Cricut machine and two months later she exclaimed, “We’ve created a monster!” Yep. They had. But what a happy monster I am!
And now I’m on a mission — to share my passion with others. To show retirees that even if you can’t draw or paint, you can create incredibly useful gifts, unique cards and beautiful home decor items using one wonderful crafting tool – a Cricut Maker. You can enrich your life, expand your creativity, and give personalized gifts to your loved ones — all without leaving your home. So jump on the crafting band wagon with me and let’s start creating wonderful things! Right. Now. Today.