Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

NEWS & VIEWS

Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated August, 2019


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.


How to Follow my Sales

Sign up for my Newsletter.

To sign up, email me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com


Will your email in box 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.


When do I usually have sales?

Usually three times a year: in February, in May or June and in mid-October.


Requesting Old Patterns

What about old patterns, how can you get the one you want?

If there is one you have your heart set on, email me: GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

I won't promise it, but if I receive other requests for it, I will try and bring it back.


To sign up on my interest list, email me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com


Queendom Website’s Own Jargon


MacSoph

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

DH is my 'Dear Husband' who helps me by running Mail Jail. Actually he does most of my bookkeeping also since I am so bad at it.


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

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'.


Early Morning Sales

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

Early Morning Sales 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 be mired in packages until December; but in E-Week 2016 I was in Mail Jail until February which was way too long.


So I found Jay who has taken over Mail Jail for me. He is so efficient at it 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 manages Mail Jail and is an occasional staff writer,

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

September 16, Monday

This morning I have posted a photo of a sampler called Lovely Pussy Cat Sampler inspired by a rhyme of Edward Lear.'s

I had forgotten Lovely Pussy Cat Sampler until I came across a photo of it in my files. When I began writing about it, I added on some information about Edward Lear.

I had remembered Edward Lear as a poet of charming nonsensical rhymes. I rememberd the Owl and the Pussycat and his limericks but I had not known that he was a brilliant artist. For a time he was a naturalist painter and his work rivaled that of Audubon.

September 15, Sunday

Wow did I have an interesting evening and early morning! I found a sampler for tomorrow morning's Gallery Entry, relived my favorite parts of the sampler and got all involved reading about the author of the verse I had used.

We all know about the author, he wrote one of the most famous of all children's nonsense poems, and I remembered a few other details about him, but then I discovered a whole other world about him, what a brilliant artist he was.

It's been fascinating!

I hope you will visit tomorrow morning as I post my sampler and unveil a bit about this brilliant artist I remembered only as a poet.


September 14, Saturday

I hope you had a better day yesterday than I did: my Friday the 13th lived up to its reputation:

First off, I tripped and fell -- I went kerplat, was a bit stunned, but dusted myself off and got back up again. I am fine, admittedly stiff and sore, but fine.

Well, thought I, I guess the bad part is over and after my chat with Gary Parr, I decided I would work for an hour on a series of graphs I had drawn for my recent finish. 10 minutes into the work I discovered I had made a series of mistakes and it took me till 8:00 last night to fix them. Yes, not a stitch taken yesterday!

So Friday the 13th was an unlucky day for me, except: was it really unlucky?

I fell indeed, but I'm fine, telling me a verylucky thing: I didn't break any bones and it is likely I don't have osteoporosis! Very big deal indeed!

I fixed my series of graphs, yes it was a big job but now I am ready, as time permits, to start writing the instructions and I know they work. I use Adobe Illustrator to draw all graphs and yes, it is a steep learning curve, but so worth the effort. It gives me easy ways to check and double-check an intricate layout. Much of my day yesterday was doing just that: checking and double-checking.

Still, I am glad it is Saturday the 14th and I'm moving on, stiff and sore as I am.


Friday the 13th

Unlucky or lucky day? Traditionally and potentially unlucky, how can a day of stitching be anything but lucky! I look forward to time with my needle and hope you will join me.

I have an appointment with Gary Parr to do a podcast mid-morning and then it will be needle time.

What to do? I have a new geometric barely started; work on it or start something else? We'll see.

Enjoy the day!


September 12, Thursday

Off to visit Jay in a few minutes. I've written a small booklet on needlework tools to accompany one of my new projects this year. It was a trot down memory lane and I enjoyed writing it enormously. Now I have to see Jay about printing it.

I am in full E-Week swing now and happy to say MacSoph and I are making progress. We just made a button to link our description of DRIP (my finance program) and linked it up.

All this is a sure and happy sign that my new software continues to work for me. Whew! I am glad all that mess is behind me.  

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and it is our day-long stitch in! I am excited about stitching, or at least planning a new project. You know, it is so odd: I still miss my big project. Time to find a replacement.


September 11, Wednesday

Happily a very productive day yesterday: more photos, more layouts, E-Week is starting to come together.

I am sad: my Apple Watch is on death watch. Although fully charged, it dies 3 or 4 times a day and I have to put it on the charger. And my iPhone 7 is getting old too.

So I was eager to hear today's Apple News.

New Watch is about 10 days off, but I decided to hang on to my iPhone hopefully for another year. It sounds like they are on the cusp of some significant breakthroughs in 2020. Anybody else have any ideas about this?

Tech! It is such a two-edged sword: I confess it has made my life much more interesting, but then there are all the downsides. DH asked me, do I really want another Apple Watch? Answer: yes, next to MacSoph, it is my favorite device.

Still, the increasing lack of privacy is a bother. If I look up something, anything, it shows up on my facebook feed as an ad within hours. Creepy.

On with work which of course involves all sorts of tech.


September 10, Tuesday

Thank you for your interest in Acorn Sampler, and for your requests that I include it in E-Week this year. I think I have all the projects this year that Jay and I can handle for E-Week 2019. I'm assuming most of you have a sufficient number of WIPs to stay busy, and how about this: I will bring it back in 2020's E-Week.

MacSoph and I made some progress yesterday, but I realize we have a long way to go. I spent almost half the day yesterday working on a single photograph. Happily it worked out well, I figured out a few new tricks, and afterwards, others went fairly quickly.

I wish I had something more interesting to write about, but life right now consists of photographs, webwork and kitting. The worst task is finding things and of course waiting for supplies. The photographs can actually be fun to work on.

And Friday the 13th is only a few days away. As I am superstitious about Friday the 13th, but not this month. I'm looking forward to it: a day of stitching ahead and a chance to start a new project.


September 9, Monday

This morning I have posted Acorn Sampler, perhaps the most traditional sampler I made. This sampler draws on historical patterns, and in a few cases remains quite true to them and to their techniques, but not totally so. I can never resist monkeying with the past.

It is interesting, at times I was taken to task about the things I monkeyed with, but my answer was always the same: I live in the present, my time is now. The history of samplers is so rich in resources and I see them as begging to live on by being made a part of our present.

Whatever, my Acorn Sampler is of importance to me in a number of ways: first, it represents my first forage into the wonderful world of Double Running Stitch; second, the very early alphabet; third, my continuing fascination with adapting cutwork to needlepoint; fourth, my band of acorns in Cross Stitch over two meshes.

This is such a trot down memory lane. I had all but forgotten this sampler until I came across the photo in my sampler photos files. I have no idea where it is now, I will carve out some time and see if I can find the actual piece, retrieve it from its hiding place and see if DH will hang it in the hallway. There's a place it would fit perfectly.


September 8, Sunday

I spent much of yesterday photographing and photoshopping for color corrections, and first thing this morning, MacSoph and I officially began the webwork for E-Week 2019.

In keeping with our official opening, I changed my SALES navigation entry to PRE EWEEK. MacSoph and I decided we would announce three returning samplers in E-Week this year.

Of course there are some secrets and surprises too. We decided we would keep the surprises and secrets to ourselves.

But here is one other thing we announced: our theme for the year is antique needlework tools and I will tell you, Carolyn Meacham has saved some wonderful goodies for this year's Surprise Windows.

So MacSoph and I are now in E-Week Mode and the count down officially starts: 1 month and 9 days.

Really 1 month and 8 days because we are taking off Friday the 13th for a stitch in. An all day long stitch in!


September 7, Saturday

The weekend is here and I plan to stay working on kits. I was super productive yesterday and finished one of my main set of kits for E-Week. Good feeling!

I am starting to see lots of ads for the Downton Abbey movie which will arrive a little later in the month. I said I would bring back my Downton Abbey designs when the movie premiered, but I think I will put them in E-Week, rather than as a separate sale.

I did take off too much stitching time this summer. It was lovely but time to pay the piper. I am totally focused on E-Week now and very happy I still have a month and 10 days.


September 5, Thursday

Do any of you have any stitching superstitions? I ask because Gary Parr asked me to do another podcast with him on Friday the 13th.

DH is not superstitious, but I am, particularly about Friday the 13th. I always wake up on Friday the 13th and say to DH, we'd better stay home today! He just rolls his eyes.

Now I've been trying to think if I have any superstitions about stitching: needles? scissors? black thread? Hmmm, some possibilities....

And a diversion from boring kitting that goes on.


September 4, Wednesday

Hump Day today, in our hot and humid summer weather that finally arrived.

I haven't watched the news, so many distressing happenings around the world. I've only read the headlines. I hope people in Florida stay safe, here's wishing you all good luck.

More kitting all day long today and likely tomorrow and into the weekend. I need to find out if I have ample supplies for my kits before too much longer. I had to order another 200 spools of Kreinik braid #002 gold, but Kreinik is so good at prompt delivery.

On with the day today. Stay safe, all of you threatened by Dorian.


September 3, Tuesday

The holiday is over and the transition from summer to fall happens in one weekend. Is fall in the air? Not yet. I know the heat has been trying in so many parts of the country, but this is the coolest summer we have experienced in the last years.

Now we are having summer weather.

I am finally past stitching and didn't pick up my needle yesterday. I am kitting full steam ahead and will continue to do so for the day.


September 2, Monday

Happy Labor Day. This is one of my favorite holidays because it marks the official end of summer and tomorrow the tourists start going home. I shouldn't be so curmudgeonly about tourists and I apologize. I should put it this way: starting tomorrow there will be less traffic on the roads and more parking places in the Village.

Hopefully.

This morning I posted Part 2 of Drawn Thread Sampler: Its Doodle Sampler. As I look at the photo I shake my head. In the olden days I was certainly more industrious than I am now: I stitched a whole sampler as a Doodle. The instructions for both are bundled and people can choose which one they wish to stitch.

Yesterday was a happy day: at about 5:30 in the afternoon, I sewed my last bead onto my large project. Yes, it is finished!

Whew! Now that I am past that obsession I can return to the work I should have been doing all along.

Life is looking up.


September 1, Sunday

Welcome to September on Queendom Website, another month gone by and only a few left until we say good bye to 2019. For someone still back in 1999 waitig for Y2K and computer problems, time goes by way too fast. Can you believe it will be 20 years since Y2K.

Or put in other terms for MacSoph and me: one month and 17 days till E-Week.

More of the same today. I pulled out a box last night and thought, I'd better start photographs soon, so that is what I want to do in premium light today. Take some photographs and see which projects are photogenic and which need a lot of help. If I start working on the actual sale today, I will feel better, so work on it I will do.

Happy Sunday. Happy Labor Day weekend.


July 12, Friday

Be sure to check out my summer feature in Gallery where I am revisiting my favorite pieces of my own work. I'm beginning with Hollyhock House Sampler which I have sold frequently over the years. In Gallery I have told its story.

Hollyhock House is the first of the pieces; several others are not ones I've sold as often, and there is a special one I have never posted before.

I loved revisiting Hollyhock House and I'll enjoy revisiting the others too, and there is an added benefit: this feature will help my website practice so that I get up to speed and functions become more automatic for me.

So far I love the software.


July 9, Tuesday

Welcome to Queendom Website's New Home.

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 downlads 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, www.GayAnnRogers.com 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.


However, there is still a way you can reach my old site: the URL below will open my old site so that you can still visit my Queen's Sale details there and find the portals to Secret Lessons. Just click on this URL:

www.QueendomWebsite.com


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:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com