December 7, 2019 Saturday
Saturday morning: DH and I have 5 more days to meet our deadline and happily we are on schedule to finish comfortably. I think it will take us 2 more days. In fact, I am on my way to shop for threads this morning.
I have a few packages to mail; I will send them on Monday morning.
On track to take possession of my life again.
Several of you have written asking please will I sell you a pattern to fill in a series. Single requests are the most difficult aspect of Mail Jail because of time. Maybe if I batch the requests. It seems to be Downton Abbey and people who want the needle books and fobs to go with the geometrics. I'll see if I can find a chance to offer them, but it won't be for a while. I have too many sets of instructions to write in the next month to two months.
December 5, 2019 Thursday
A bit more about Carolyn: she has been on a shopping trip in the U.K. and as soon as she is back and over her jet lag, she will post a sal on her own website. She does this every year and it is wonderful! Definitely something to look forward to.
And I can tell you this too: she has some special goodies just for followers of Queendom Website, a little Christmas celebration and as soon as she has the details ready, I will post them on Queendom Website. I will let you know as soon as I have the photos and details.
P.S.. Carolyn did send me an email saying she found some great stilettos on this trip. Yay!
December 4, 2019 Wednesday
For those of you who love antique needlework tools, you might want to take a look at Carolyn's current listings on eBay. It is the time of year when Carolyn posts such beautiful tools and this week they are wonderful. Here is one example. Click on the link below:
From this pincushion, click on 'see other items.'
A bit later in the month Carolyn has plans to post 50 items on her website and I think she will alert me when she has posted them so that I can alert my followers.
And she has a bit of a surprise for Queendom Website followers coming up around that time also.
Christmastime is arriving.
December 3, 2019 Tuesday
I can already tell that the month of December will gallop by and it will be 2020 next time I look up.
I have found a new adjustment in Photoshop (new to me) that greatly helps with the quality of my photos and last night as I watched the news, I tinkered with the little samplers related to Sarah's Sampler in preparation for my Monday posting. Fun to do if you like to tinker with photos.
This mroning, back to work. I have been waiting for DH to catch up with me and last night he finished. He and I are working together on this year's catalogue of my donations to a small collections library. Our deadline is December 12; this is -- I have trouble believing it -- Year 4.
Amost all my needlework tools are gone now, all except a couple of my favorite boxes and a small box full of tools I keep for use on my website. So far I still have my tools commemorating Victoria. I think I will keep her silver wedding thimble and tape measure and donate the rest next year.
I was going to give away all four Queens this year but we ran out of time.
December 2, 2019 Monday
My Victoriana Story continues this morning with a small and humble marking sampler depicting a king's crown and the coronets for a duke, marquis, earl, viscount and baron.
Sarah Radburn stitched the sampler in 1857, 20 years into Queen Victoria's reign. I am guessing Sarah stitched her sampler to learn her letters and the order of English nobility in preparation for going into service (think Downton Abbey's downstairs only at an earlier time).
The sampler is from an interesting time in Queen Victoria's life. Prince Albert was still alive at the time and the Exhibition of All Nations, a great world's fair, had taken place just 6 years before.
December 1, 2019 Sunday
November has finished and December has arrived. We are just 21 days from the Winter Solstice, as the days continue to shrink in length. 21 days till they are the shortest and then they will start to lengthen again.
I am dividing my days: yes, I am still hard at work on my December 12 deadline, but happily I am to the point where I know I will finish, and I have transitioned to writing instructions in the early a.m. and sorting and picking up for a while each day.
In addition I have been writing for Queendom Website and tomorrow morning, bright and early, my Victoriana Story continues. Time for the entrance of a small and humble sampler that I added to my collections several years ago. It came when I was first working on my portrait of Queen Victoria.
Sunday -- the beginning of a new week in addition to the beginning of a new month -- and the end of the Thanksgiving holiday. Make the most of the day by enjoying it.
November 30, 2019 Saturday
The last day of November, 2019, is here. Thanksgiving is behind us, and the holidays are in full swing now. I notice that Christmas decorations are sprouting up all over our village, a sure sign that the holidays are indeed here.
Still no stitching time and not likely for a while longer. My big deadline is in 12 days, and DH has a list of things we need to take care of once my December 12 deadline is out of the way. Maybe one of these mornings, when everything seems more under control, I will sneak some time....
Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend, all the leftovers and treats. I think I've had enough and a trip to Starbucks is in order this morning.
November 29, 2019 Black Friday
Our LNS is closed today, so no Black Friday shopping there! Never mind, I could easily shop my own stash -- maybe we should make that a tradition: shop your stash for something you'd forgotten and start to use it today.
We had a lovely dinner yesterday at our favorite place to spend Thanksgiving and now it is Day 2 of our feast: pumpkin pie for breakfast and turkey sandwiches all day long.
I had a very productive day yesterday and we are on schedule to meet our December 12 deadline, yay! I see the end of a long year and a half ahead and my time will be my own again.
November 28, 2019 Thursday
Happy Turkey Day to all! One of the best food days of the year, so enjoy! Are you a pumpkin pie or a pecan pie person? Mince pie? I'm personally a pumpkin pie person, my very favorite pie.
So what did I have for breakfast this morning? A piece of pumpkin pie. Delish. I never have it for dessert because I'm way too full, I have it traditionally for breakfast on Black Friday morning, but this morning I jumped the gun.
Enjoy your day!
November 15, 2019 Friday
To Take Care of Mistakes
Here are my instructions for requesting repairs:
PLEASE do not send me an email request for supply A, another email for request for supply B, and another and another and another, each with questions why I used what I used and what would be a good substitute, etc etc etc.
If you could do the following, it would be a big help: check your order and keep a list, then send me the complete list, the briefer, the better, in the words I used on your supply list, even better.
And be sure to include your name and snail address.
October 19, 2019 Surprise Windows
Surprise Windows at 8:00 a.m. California Time.
Today a bit of excitement, Surprise Windows! After MacSoph and I finish opening the Windows, I will leave them open for the rest of the sale. As soon as I can I will mark items 'sold' andyou may continue shopping for unsold items.
Echoes II Updates
If you would like Echoes II and are willing to wait a while, email me:
Echoes I and Echoes Sewing Case too.
I have been receiving so many emails about them! Surprising since I've sold all of them countless times. IF you are willing to wait, I will see what I can do. I have to make some anyway (sigh), making a few more doesn't matter much.
October 17, 2019 E-Week is Open
Thank you for coming. My E-Week Sale is now open.
E-Week Sale is now open and lasts until the close of business on October 22.
Navigating through E-Week's Sale This Year
Helpful Hints and Tips for the week.
To find the designs for E-Week click on 'EWeek Sale' on the yellow navigation bar. Then click on any of the small photographs for larger pictures, descriptions and PayPal.
To travel quickly through the sale from beginning to end:
start with the Guilloche Sampler then click on the 'Next' tab on each page. You may also use the 'back' tab to return to the last design and the 'Return to Directory' tab to return to all the small photos.
If you wish to buy something, you will have three options:
click on the PayPal Button. Even if you do not have a PayPal account, PayPal will allow you to pay by your credit card. It's very easy.
If you would like to pay by personal check, please email me for an invoice.
If you would like to finance your purchases, I have a finance system with post-dated checks: up to 10 months with a minimum $30.00 per month payment. On each sale page you will find a blue button to details about Finance.
Taxes: for people ordering from a California address, PayPal will automatically add 7.75%. If you are paying by check, please let me know you live in California.
Notes about Kit Limitations
I have made what I hope is a generous number of kits -- more for some designs, fewer for others. If you have your heart set on a certain design in the sale, you should have time to make up your mind (no need for a rush) but don't dally too long.
As I near the end of the number of kits for a design, I will post a sign on the design warning that it is close to gone.
Early Morning Surprise Windows
A tradition since the first E-Week continues this year.
On Saturday Morning, October 19 at 8:00 a.m. sharp, California time, the first of 9 windows will open. A window will open every 15 minutes until they're all open.
To find the Surprise Windows, click on 'Surprise Windows' on the yellow navigation bar.
Shipping Charges and Mail Jail
This year all shipping charges are included in the price of the pattern or kit. There are no additional shipping charges inside the U.S.
I no longer ship packages for E-Week. Jay does it for me. He is organized and orderly and does it in record time. Yes, it adds quite a bit of cost to my kits and patterns, but a small price for my own sanity.
I will post Jay's progress here in News&Views.
Shipping Outside the U.S.
I no longer ship packages outside the U.S. but I can help with a couple of solutions.
There is Shipitto.com.
Also my friend Arliss in North Dakota will undertake shipping packages to you. I send the package to her and she compiles shipping charges and sends the package on to you. She charges $20.00 for her service.
When will you receive your orders?
Jay will start mailing packages likely on Thursday, October 24. I'm guessing it will take him 2 weeks to send them all, but maybe a little longer.
I will post his progress daily in News&Views.
Please email me any questions:
Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated November, 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:
click on the button above and email me.
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.
E-Week 2019 is closed.
I have nothing for sale right now, except for Group Projects.
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'.
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 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.
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.
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 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).
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, 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.
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:
As your packages arrive in the mail, will you please check everything and report mistakes to me immediately.
You have until December 15 to report any mistakes. After December 15 you are on your own.