Tips and Humor From Kaye....
Kaye meets many people and sees many things while she travels. She always comes back with a couple of humorous stories to tell. Here is one of them.
Apparently having my own show on TV makes me a celebrity, but thank goodness it is only within the quilting world.
Outside of quilting, many of my friends don't really know what I do, other than I am gone a lot. Some think my staff makes my quilts; in reality, they answer phones, take orders, pack and ship orders, maintain our website, accompany me, staff our booth at consumer and trade shows and produce my TV show.
In the small town in which we live, I am usually known as Dr. Wood's wife; my husband is a retired high school principal. At quilt shows, he is known as my husband.
My workday consists of 8-10 hours of writing instructions and designing and making samples for books and TV. That is if I feel like working. If not, I don't.
Our grandchildren call my show "Grandma movies."
Because of the TV shows, my teaching schedule is now filled years ahead, and I am endorsing quilting and sewing products. But, some fun things have happened because of it.
At a consumer show, a quilter ran into my booth and said, "I know who you are."
"Hi, I'm Kaye Wood"
."No, that's not right," she said as she turned and left the booth.
At an airport check-in I was fumbling to find my driver's license. The agent said "You don't need an ID." When did this change? I wondered to myself.
He continued, "I know you. I watch your TV show all the time."
Then the security officer next to the agent said, "Please step aside; we need to dump search your luggage."
"OK, but why?" I inquired.
"You meet one of the profiles."
It did not seem prudent to argue with security people, but, I though, is the suspected terrorist a short, overweight grandmother who doesn't need an ID?
When flying to present a seminar for a guild, before 9-11, I often was met at the gate by someone from a quilt guild.
A woman said to me "Hi, Kaye."
"Hi, how are you?" I replied.
Instead of going to the baggage claim, we stood and talked at the gate, which I thought was strange. After a few minutes she said, "Well, I have to go catch my plane." She wasn't there to meet me, but just saw me and stopped to chat.
I continued to the baggage claim area and met the quilt guild representative. Now I make sure I have the name and phone number of the quilter who I am supposed to meet.