Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework


January 19, 2020 Sunday

Today and tomorrow are kit-making days. I hesitate to tell you it has taken me four days to feel myself again and decide to return to work. If I say this and you are someone contemplating a shingles shot, I don't want my experience to deter your getting the shot. It isn't that bad. If it were 6 times as bad it would still be a walk in the park in comparison to shingles.

So I am going back to work today. All day. There is a two-hour Frontline I would like to watch, so I have it recorded, am setting up kitting supplies, have labels all printed and cut, stapler loaded and am almost set to go.

Gotta go for my walk first, then collect my reward for going on my walk (Starbucks) and it is off to work I go.

Tomorrow morning look for some more faces on Queendom Website's home page.

January 18, 2020 Saturday

By yesterday morning DH was back to himself, but I who struggle with over-reactions to vaccines, am still feeling the effects of the shot.

In kicking back and not doing much, I am behind my schedule now, but I have been productive in one small way: I have found more faces and will post them in the next couple of days. In these searches I found a series of small faces with interesting solutions to portraying small faces in a very limited number of stitches.

And I have been stitching a bit. I started two more hearts (just a few stitches, but at least a start) and I've been restitching the face I started a while back, the one where I was off one row. I plan to work on it today; I'm eager to see how much difference a single row narrower may make.

In this case I had to decide whether to make the face one vertical row narrower or wider and I opted for one row narrower. I know, you are probably thinking, how much difference can one row make? The answer is, it could make a big difference because it has to do with the spacing of the eyes.

This face is not as small as those I posted yesterday, but as an exercise look at those faces and try to envision what one row narrower or wider would look like.

I was just thinking, I could probably photoshop one to see the results. In this case I am guessing wider would be the better option. But it is always a guess.

January 17, 2020 Friday

I was under the weather yesterday -- the shingles shot did to me what it has done to a multitude of people, I didn't feel well at all (still -- EVER so much better a choice than getting shingles itself!) So I did what was sensible. I took the day off and amused myself by doing next to nothing.

My most rigorous task of yesterday: I surfed around MacSoph and quite by accident came across the series I posted on my home page this morning: a painted canvas and three different stitched interpretations. Mind you, a face is so few stitches is not easy to do and I thought the way the artist painted the canvas and then the stitched interpretations were interesting and pertinent to my list of Ten Tips for Making Pretty Faces in Needlepoint.

I came across more also, all different ways of coping with very few stitches to convey a lot of information. I will post them in the mornings to come.

Meanwhile, this morning I'm still not quite 100% and think I will take it easy today also.

January 16, 2020 Thursday

I wrote earlier that DH and I got way behind. We were so busy in the last month of December that we did little else than work to meet our deadline.

As a result we bumped into the New Year everything we could get away with putting off and now of course we are paying the piper.

Yesterday we took our daily list and worked on it: at the top of the list something I wanted to remind my followers about: the two-part shingles shot. You get one shot and then after two months but before six months you get a second shot.

Our six months was up on January 23, so yesterday (ever so slightly ahead of our deadline) we got our second shingles shot.

Please please, if you are of the right age and able to have the shot, please please please go talk to your health provider. This new vaccine protects you from what is a dreadful disease, if I understand right, it helps 95% of the time.

I know first hand because I had shingles a few years ago and it was miserable. The fact that I had had the earlier vaccine protected the severity of the disease, but it still wasn't a nice walk in the park.

January 15, 2020 Wednesday

More of the same. I am just about finished with my little heart. I've been sneaking stitching time, probably too much of it and I still have all kinds of chores to do. Oh my.

My little heart turned out well, I am just down to busy work of filling in the background now. I'll save it for the evening news.

Meanwhile, cleaning up, kitting and writing instructions are the orders of the day. Hope your days are more interesting.

January 13, 2020 Monday

Another Monday comes and goes and I still haven't written the continution of my Victoriana Story. I will return to it as soon as I catch up on some other details. Sorry for the delay.

Here it is, almost the half way point through January and I am happy to report that I am keeping up with my schedule. More kitting today, more instructions and maybe a bit of stitching if I am lucky.

January 12, 2020 Sunday

My little heart is much improved from my starting over again and I am pleased with its progress. Hopefully I can steal a bit more time to work on it today too.

Meanwhile I have begun keeping my #1 Resolution: to clean out boxes of supplies and kits that are clogging my life. Cleanup, kits, instructions: my resolutions for this year.

Happy Sunday, supposed to be a day of relaxation, so a bit of stitching mixed with work is not out of order at all.

January 11, 2020 Saturday

My world looks brighter this morning because we have first rate IT help. Whew!

I have too many things to do, but I've stolen early morning time and some evening time to stitch on my little Patriotic Heart. Starting over again was a good choice as I succeeded in working out my problems.

One thing that's super about stitching a heart: the heart is large enough to have quite a bit of detail, but small enough that a limited amount of stitching time can show substantial progress.

It is still early morning and I am still busy stitching -- andohter half hour or so and then I will set it aside and work on Work. Then hopefully, like yesterday, I will earn some stitching time this evening.

Enjoy the weekend and hopefully you too can steal some stitching time.

January 10, 2020 Friday

It seems like I ran all day yesterday, from minute I was first up, so I missed writing on Queendom Website.

I got to a certain point in my new little patriotic heart and it was OK, there's nothing wrong with it but I thought I could do it better. I assessed whether it was easier to rip out what I wanted to change or simply start it over.

I decided I might come up with some tiny improvements even on the parts I didn't need to change, so I started over again.

I often do this: get to a certain point and think I could do better if I started again. This is the second time so far in 2020, probably not a good sign for this decade -- or perhaps a great sign that I am growing and becoming more critical and ultimately my work will improve. I hope the latter is true.

It isn't about how fast we go or how many projects we finish, after all, it is about the journey and the satisfaction of growing along the path.

January 8, 2020 Wednesday

In the early a.m. this morning I sneaked a little stitching time --and then a little more. I have three more hearts to make and one of them is now well under way as a result of an early morning's work. I had started it some time ago but had run into a bit of a snafu and had set it aside. The solution came to me earlier this morning and happily my solution worked.

Now on with the day to make up for the time I stole this morning. And so it goes.

I'm guessing you will like this little heart. If I finish it in due time, it will become a part of my patriotic collection. Fun little heart if I do say so.

January 7, 2020 Tuesday

Sadly our IT meeting which I had so looked forward to got canceled due to car trouble. We have rescheduled it. Not all lost: I had a free day and I did all sorts of chores wrapping up instructions (namely making labels for silks) for 6 sets of instructions. I will print them today and start making little kits.

The rest of the week goes to other 'catch up' activities, the result of E-Week's stretching out till the end of December. I had put off all kinds of non-work chores; I'm paying the piper for those now.

January 6, 2020 Monday

I had intended to continue my Victoriana Story this morning but I ran out of time. As I have one of those super busy weeks this week, beginning with the arrival of the IT person soon, I will put it off for another week.

I see six days of January are already gone and this week will evaporate in the mist of non-work obligations, etc.  I need to work harder and longer hours and restrict distractions like swatches of Turkey Work all day on Saturday. It was such a fun day away from pressures of deadlines but one always pays the piper for such frivolities.

Wish DH and me luck with the day today. Maybe we will have computers in better working order by the end of these sessions with the IT guy.

January 5, 2020 Sunday

For all of my long involvement in needlework, I have avoided Turkey Work, a prejudice I've had since my days of judging needlework shows: I used to look at projects with Turkey Work and the Turkey Work was all I saw. It stood so high off the canvas when all the other stitches were so much flatter, and the Turkey Work areas were so massive that they dominated the design. So all these years I thought NOT for me.

I never learned how to do it, another prejudice of mine: if I don't know how to do it, I won't be tempted to use it.

So all these years later what do I do but draw a design that needs Turkey Work. Yesterday I went to a canvas embellishment class solely to learn to do Turkey Work. I had stitched a small part of my design so that I would have a reference for comparison and I took a doodle canvas for some Turkey Work Swatches. That was it: I spent the whole day making Turkey Work swatches in different threads with different numbers of strands.

Right away I could see that it would work beautifully on my design and it was a fun stitch to do: easy and a lot of drama for the effort.  Mea culpa, my long-held prejudic was undeserved. My apologies to Turkey Work.

So I came home from the class and began basting in a count for my areas of Turkey Work and quickly learned that the Goddesses of Needlework were punishing me for a long-held and undeserved prejudice: I discovered my stitching so far was one row off, an impossibility for a straight-on mirror-imaged design. Bummer! I have to start over again.

So far the design is of a face and I had gotten the face exactly as I wanted it, but now I have to change it. Will that extra row (between two eyes) make a crucial difference? I know only too well that a single row can make a huge difference on a small face, particularly when it involves the spacing of two eyes.

I'll stitch the face again, one row narrower and see the difference.

At the point an egg-shaped face is on my canvas and a few basting lines. I'll stitch it to the same point again and see whcih face works the best. If the wrong-count face looks better, I'll add a row to the left side of the design and get the balance back.

While I don't relish the loss of the day it will take me to restitch the face, it will be an interesting exercise. I'll take photos of both in progress.

It will be a while before I have a free day again, so I'll table it for now and return to work: instructions, kits, etc etc.

I love to stitch -- I had a super time in the class yesterday, a reminder why I went into this business all those years ago. It is a sad fact of my business, that I have so little time to take off and experiment just for the fun of it. It just isn't possible -- there are always computer problems, kits to make, instructions to write, beads to find and of course Mail Jail. Mail Jail is forever. Just when I thought I was out of it, I have yet another package. I had JUST packed away all of E-Week, now I have to drag it all out again. See, no time to stitch.

But I did have a fun day yesterday. It was delightful!

January 3, 2020 Friday

The second day of this year started out well but soon shattered and hours later I was still mired in computer problems. We are struggling, our computer system growing worse.

In essence, no work time, no stitching time for the afternoon and evening, just a waste of time, and so it will be for the next few days. On Monday we have somebody (at massive expense) coming. He has given me a list of preparations and that's where my trouble comes in. I can't get anything to work.

Enough of computer problems. Maybe it will change for the better. Meanwhile, back to trying to figure out why my external hard disks won't let me back up. Sigh....

Does anybody with a Mac know about OS Catalina and iTunes? Once I update to Catalina, I lose iTunes. Does that mean I have to subscribe to Apple Music for $10.00 a month to play my music? Neat little techie trick: from free to $120.00 a year. Fees fees fees! They're insidious and endless.

I have DropBox; it cost me $99.00 a year. This year they wrote and said I get a new great program! I get a whole new layout and now 2TB of storage and it will only cost me $20.00 a year more.

So I called them and said, I'm happy with my old program and I don't need 2TB of storage space, may I please keep my old program? Well, no, essentially they want more money, so they're sweetening the price rise with a bunch of features I don't need and won't use. What a deal!

Like Adobe - they trashed my great web software and at the very same time raised my subscription fee from $49.00 per month to $53.00 per month.

January 2, 2020 Thursday

The second day of the New Year is here. I decided my high priorities this year: not only catching up but staying ahead of the curve. With this in mind, I finished stitching a new face yesterday. I had started on New Year's Eve and working on it  gave me reason to think out what I wanted to say about faces.

I enjoyed drawing and stitching a new face and stopping along the way to figure out what I was after and that's where my list came from.

This one was an easier face: straight on, not 3/4's view. 3/4's view (like Victoria) can be difficult in needlepoint, particularly in a small space and particularly with the tilt of a head, because the jump from one row to another can seem so huge. I always wish for half a row but no such luck, the whole row or nothing.

This new face looks weird right now: it is an oval, like an egg, and it has no hat or hair, or collar or anything. Just an egg-shaped oval suspended in the middle of a canvas. Makes me laugh.

Well, enough play, on with the day. I am writing instructions for much of the day today. Writing instructions is forever, but not nearly half as bad a task as Mail Jail. I will take it any day over Mail Jail.

Happy Day 2 of 2020.

January 1, 2020 Happy New Year!

This year to say Happy New Year on Queendom Website, I wrote three different lists of Ten Tips to Inspire You to Stitch Well in 2020.

This morning, the first of the lists: Ten Tips for Stitching Faces in Needlepoint. When I finished writing this list, I went trolling for faces I've stitched and found an early photo of the one I have always thought was the prettiest. Happily I had taken photos of Eleanor as I was stitching her and I took this photo after I had been working a couple of weeks. I had finished her face and started outlining her costume.

So see if I followed my own tips....

Happy New Year! Here's to hoping we all find lots and lots of time to stitch in the coming year, stitch projects we love working on and show some growth and improvement.

December 31, 2019 Tuesday

I set up my new project in the early a.m. and I plan to stitch my way out of this decade and into the new decade. I'm looking forward to a personal stitching day and hope that you might join me. A stitching celebration!

December 30, 2019 Monday

Two days to go till the New Year.

I signed up for a class next Saturday, so I'm trying to figure out my project so that I will get the most out of the class. As a result I'm dividing my time between writing instructions and drawing-plus-doodle stitching. Not a bad way to see out the old year.

My plan is to figure out enough of my new project so that I start stitching it early New Year's morning and have enough of an idea whether it will work by next Saturday.

Anybody up for stitching with me very early on New Year's morning or are you New Year's Eve revelers? If you're up at first light, I do hope you will join me and start the New Year right!

December 29, 2019 Sunday

Three days left in this year and this decade and then a new year and a new decade. Oh my.

I thought I would stitch to ring in the New Year and indeed I started work on a new geometric, almost a roundel. It is linked to a project I stitched last summer and it refreshed my memory of that wonderful stitching experience.

I decided, as I worked on the roundel, I would work on writing the instructions for my project of last summer, so I am back to writing instructions in the early a.m. Fortunately I had drawn the Oversize Graphs as I stitched the project. Otherwise there are so many layers and beads I would never be able to reconstruct what I stitched.

Fortunately I also made a list of threads and beads I used. The supplies list, for the first time ever, stretches onto a second page, and when I counted the beads, I used 176, no seed beads, just jewels and pearls and some beautiful vintage beads.

It was my favorite ever stitching experience, a magical six weeks. I started it after I solved my website problems and finished on September 1, just in time to work on E-Week.

What a way to while away the dog days of summer. My best memory of 2019.

December 28, 2019 Saturday

Yesterday I got it together and mailed all my remaining packages: Mail Jail is now finished, E-Week 2019 is officially over. Nothing more for sale until June.

I am caught up with writing instructions for the time being. I need to make a handful of kits so people can proof the instructions, then my time will belong to me --for the first time since March, 2018.

So what am I going to do? Clean up!

I know I have so many orphan kits: one of this design, two of that design, bead packets but no threads for another design, that sort of thing. I plan to gather them all together and try to think of what to do with them, along with general sorting, organizing and disgarding the mess around here.

Meanwhile I am working on a special project. More about it tomorrow.

December 26, 2019 Boxing Day

I remember from my English years that we partied on Boxing Day with equal gusto today too. Now we have so much scurrying around to do today, but that's OK. We had a great day yesterday. It was a nice low key Christmas, except for too much food. Food was great but I need to return to stripped-down rations.

Maybe toward the end of the day, some stitching time.

For those of you (about 6 of you) waiting for packages from me, I have the things on my dining room table and I'll try and pack them today and send them off tomorrow, at latest on Monday. Mail Jail is indeed forever.

December 25, 2019 Christmas

It is very early Christmas morning, the sort of time that tiny tots are up waiting to see what Santa Claus has left under the Christmas tree, but the rest of the world is still asleep.

I am up and, needle in my hand, whiling away these very early hours stitching!

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you all out there in Stitcherland. Enjoy the magic of the day!

December 24, 2019 Christmas Eve

I have just posted a photo that became our Christmas card this year, a spool holder that looks like it could double as a Christmas tree.

I found this in London years and years ago and it was mine until December 12 this year. Yes, gone now, but to a good new home.

I have three 'must do's' this morning and then I plan to spend Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning with my needle in my hand. It has been a long time since I stitched and I am greatly looking forward to a little peace and quiet and some Christmas Carols and the company of my needle.

Maybe some of you might join me?

December 23, 2019 Monday

Two days before Christmas, it is pouring rain this morning and we still have errands to run. Maybe the rain will mean the roads are less crowded? Better today in the rain than running around on Christmas Eve.

I am tabling everything till December 27: I will try and mail the odds and ends I still have to do on Friday December 27. If I can't get them finished by December 27, I will mail them in the New Year. Sometimes things just have to wait.

I am faced again with requests for single orders, sometimes downright pleading, and alas, sometimes I give in. Then mammoth exchanges of emails follow and in the end I give in and mail the pattern.

In the New Year I plan to see if I can organize them all and figure out a way to sell them without a month's webwork and endless email exchanges. We'll see.

December 22, 2019 Sunday

DH and I had one of those crazy busy holiday days yesterday and I missed writing on Queendom Website. It was half-way through the day before I remembered it was the Winter Solstice, one of my favorite days of the year.

I remembered in time to watch the sun set last evening and think that now the days will start to grow longer once again.

I left everything this year till the last minute, I'm afraid, and for the next couple of days I will have to scurry around. With this in mind, I decided to postpone resuming my Victoriana Story till the first Monday in the New Year. Seems the sensible thing to do.

Meanwhile, Carolyn sent me a photo of something special she has set aside for E-Week 2020 and I am having the worst time letting her save it for E-Week: I want it! I've never seen a complete one before and it is all I can do to say, 'that's great, save it for E-Week.'

No stitching today -- or likely tomorrow or Tuesday, but maybe, just maybe, very early on Christmas morning. Wouldn't that be a treat!

December 20, 2019 Friday

I finished another set of instructions yesterday. I had more of it written than I remembered, so it was an easy finish. I will work on another for a part of today.

Then life gets busy again, as it is apt to do this time of year.

On Queendom Website's Home Page: I have left up Carolyn's Stilettos: just click on the gift bag if you wish to revisit them. My Victoriana Story has been on hiatus because of the Stiletto Sale. I will resume it again on Monday.

December 19, 2019 Thursday

Inspite of all that is going on in the country, personally I had one of those magic days yesterday where everything fell into place. The whole day felt like one big wonderful Christmas present.

Today? I have the whole day ahead, time to continue writing instructions. One of these days I will have a chance to pick up my needle again.

December 18, 2019 Wednesday

What fun yesterday to watch Carolyn's Stilettos find new homes. They are so pretty! Carolyn finds such pretty needlework tools and I love seeing Stilettos re-purposed as modern laying tools. Again, thanks, Carolyn, for the sale and thank you to everyone who came to see the Stilettos.

A day closer to Christmas and less than two weeks till the New Year and the end of the second decade of the 21st Century. As I have said many times before, I am still back in 1999 waiting for Y2K and all the computer problems -- which happily never materialized.

I have two days ahead of instructions-writing. I have been diligent about it lately; I've finished writing a sewing case and a geometric and this morning, if all goes well, I will finish writing a heart and will start two ornaments and another geometric. So on with the day! Hope you enjoy your day!

December 17, 2019 Tuesday

Carolyn's Stiletto Sale starts this morning and I am excited to see how it goes. The stilettos are wonderful!

I will open the sale at 8:00 a.m. California time and leave it open until the stilettos are gone. Even after they are gone, I will leave the photos in place for a few days.

I confess, I love these little Surprise Windows Sales, I love the excitement and if this one works, I will plan more of them. I have so many single kits or onesies and twosies, and this might be a possible way to sell them: half a dozen in a similar sale. We'll see how this one goes.

Enjoy Carolyn's Stilettos this morning!

December 16, 2019 Monday

Tomorrow morning is Carolyn's Surprise Holiday Sale, I hope you will come and see the beautiful stilettos which we modern stitchers have re-purposed into laying tools. If you are still in need of a present for your own stocking, a new laying tool might be just perfect.

Hope to see you tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. California time.

To read more about the stilettos, click on the gift bag on Queendom Website's Home Page.

It doesn't seem possible that Christmas is right around the corner and the New Year just 2 weeks away. I won't have any stitching time until January, but then I plan to stitch up a storm. It has been a long time.

December 15, 2019 Sunday

Yesterday I sent out Newsletters about Carolyn's small Surprise Sale on Queendom Website. I hope you will come and check out her lovely selection of stilettos with mother of pearl handles. They are super pretty!

Tuesday morning, in just two days!

Today is the last day you can report mistakes to your E-Week orders. After today you are on your own.

For those of you waiting until the eleventh hour to report corrections to your E-Week orders: I won't mail anything now until after Christmas. It is just too busy at the post office and packages at this time of year can so easily go astray.

Remember to include your snail address. I function so much better if I have everything together in one email, so it is a big help if you make a linear list and include your snail at the bottom of the list.

December 13, 2019 Friday

Goodies delivered, home safely, deadline met, finished until next year. Such a good feeling! Now Friday the 13th and all its superstitions, fingers pricked with needles and all that.

More important, now begins the long slog of deadline aftermath, and then finally back to stitching.

Tomorrow morning watch for a Newsletter about Carolyn's sale which I'm greatly looking forward to! All those pretty stilettos. A nice little Christmas Surprise.

December 12, 2019 Thursday

A long day ahead today and at the end of it my deadline of December 12 will be complete for another year.

Now we have to begin doing all the things we put off while we were scrambling to meet our December 12 deadline. Then finally (FINALLY) it will be time to stitch again.

December 11, 2019 Wednesday

A Special Treat! Carolyn is home  from her trip to the U.K. and she brought stilettos! We are planning a little Happy Holiday Sale on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:00 a.m. California time.

I plan to send out a Newsletter about this special sale on Friday, December 13, so look for your copy and I hope you can make time to come to Queendom Website.

Stilettos are such a popular needlework tool because we have re-purposed them as modern-day laying tools.

More in a day or two.

December 10, 2019 Tuesday

A couple of days ago someone wrote me to say she was stitching Catherine and still on her face, but thought she remembered Corrections, could I please send them.

I did find a link to one of my subsidiary sites that is still online (my old software all but disappeared last summer and I now use new software.

This was all four years ago and if you can remember stuff from four years ago, you are better than I. I din't think there was anything wrong with Catherine's Instructions, small mishaps maybe, but nothing that would impede the quality of the design.

I went back and had a look and enjoyed myself. I did find two mistakes and wrote to the inquirer about them, then decided I should make them into a post on Queendom Website because they have good lessons

here is my email:

People obsessed about 2 or 3 stitches I left off the face graphs. It was accidental.

Honestly, it was way too obsessive — if you find them just fill in the stitches with whatever you choose, it won’t matter.

In the skeins you can see the differences between the flosses, in a single stitch somewhere, you can’t tell.  They drove me nutsss with streams of emails asking me which color I used.I couldn’t tell. They wouldn’t accept that, soooo…. I made it up.

The other mistake I’d forgotten about was indeed a happy one.

I got green all entwined in the background, splotches of it.

I didn’t see it (I stitched Catherine pre-cataract surgery) and people called it to my attention.

It was unintentional and as I didn’t realize I had done it, I didn’t write it into the instructions,

you have to look at my own Catherine to see it.

All this said I LOVED the effect when I finally could see it, it looked so painterly.Goes to show you.

All through my long career in needlework design, I have had accidents and mistakes that ended up looking better than what I had planned — and this was definitely one of those times. But my followers tend to be on the obsessive side and it’s a tough sell to them.

They want it absolutely stitch by stitch like I did it.

NOT necessary,


I hope you are one of those people who will bring a bit of yourself to your Catherine. If you find mishaps in my instructions or make mishaps yourself, just punt. It will be fine.

I will add one more note: I don’t plan much before I start stitching. I have a general drawing that locates the elements,usually a crude pencil drawing. Then I let the threads and colors decide where I am going. I often don’t know what something will look like until I take the last stitch. Even the last stitch isn’t defined — it happens when I decide, eh,I guess it’s finished. And sometimes I go back later and add more because it wasn’t the last stitch after all.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to stitch Catherine,  it is fluid.  If I were to stitch her again, she wouldn’t look the same because I would be bored with her the way she was the first time.

If only I could get people to understand this.

But I can’t.

Gay Ann

Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated January 2020

Selling My Kits and Patterns

I only sell kits and patterns at certain times during the year.

You can find out about my sales by signing up for my Newsletter:

click on the button above and email me.

Will your email inbox be flooded with Newsletters?

No, I send out a Newsletter a few days before a sale and another sometime during the sale. That's it.


In 2020 I will have two sales: in June and in October.

Requesting Old Patterns

If you wish to request an old design of mine, please email me with your request. I will do my best to bring back your requests in future sale.

Queendom Website’s Own Jargon


MacSoph is my trusty little Apple MacBook computer.

Back in the late 1980’s DH and I had an SE and an English friend named that computer ‘Sophie Enchilada’ a bit of ridiculousness that stuck and our computers have been ‘Soph’ ever since


DH is my 'Dear Husband' who helps me with Mail Jail. He does some of my bookkeeping and he and I drive together to the post office because of parking.

The main thing to know about DH in connection with Queendom Website is the concept of ‘First Thing in the Morning’.

First Thing in the Morning means just that to me: it is the first thing I do in the morning.

DH has a different concept: First Thing in the Morning can often mean before 4:00 in the afternoon. DH isn’t a morning person.

This arises in connection with ‘Mailing Packages First Thing in the Morning’.

How Queendom Website Got its Name

Not long after MacSoph and I started our website, a friend said to me, your website is just like your own little private kingdom.

I replied, “yes, but not a kingdom, it’s a Queendom and I am Queen.”

And that’s why I usually have an abundant number of crowns and Things Royal on Queendom Website.


E-Week is my big once-a-year sale usually in mid-October. I have other sales during the year but E-Week is my extravaganza.

E-Week is named after Merchandise Night at seminars. Merchandise Night at seminars is an evening when teachers and other vendors sell their wares for 2 hours or so. Now I have E-Merchandise Week, shortened along the years to 'E-Week'.

Surprise Windows

During E-Week, Early Morning Surprise Windows happen on Saturday morning at 8:00 sharp California Time.

Surprise Windows have special items, often limited in number, for a short period of time. If I do say so, they are a special part of E-Week and they are great fun!

Mail Jail

Mail Jail is the shipping division of my little business and it is the main reason I don’t have things for sale on Queendom Website all the time.

I used to do all my shipping, then I found Jay and he does my shipping now. He is much more efficient than I ever was and I am delighted that he is willing to do it.

Kit Hell

Every needlework teacher knows about Kit Hell. That’s the time before a class when you do nothing but order supplies and then divide them up into kits.

Even though I am retired from travel-teaching, I still have a bit of Kit Hell in my life.

Bead Mania

If you have ever spilled 10,000 seed beads, you will know about Bead Mania.

This is all the Queendom Website Jargon I can think of right now. If I think of more of it, I will post it here.

Queendom Website's Production Team

Queendom Website's staff includes:

Queen (me),

Queen Consort (DH) who helps with bookkeeping and is an occasional staff writer (when I can talk him into it).

and Queendom Website's Faithful Subject, MacSoph (my trusty little MacBook computer).

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July 9, 2019 Tuesday

The First Day of My New Website

You will find a different look, but in reality much the same website as before:

Home Page, News&Views, For Sale, Gallery, Lessons, For Groups and My Book Shelf.

A week ago I started over again on new software. I had planned to spend all of July and August and then I would move toward the end of August.

Life had different plans: I woke up on July 7 and started work. My computer went all wonky from new downloads and when the dust finally cleared, I could no longer publish my existing website.

Immediately I called Apple and a sweet young thing told me 'sorry, no longer possible.' I won't go into the details, but it is finished.

I moved my domain name, and it now opens this site. From now on, this is the only website I will be able to update: I can no longer do anything with my other sites.

This move at this time was totally unexpected, so my website is barely started. I hope you will stay with me and watch as it grows. Eventually everything will be here.

If you have any suggestions for me, do write to me:

Important Deadline is Past

The deadline for checking your packages from E-Week last October was December 15, 2019. The date has come and gone now.