Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated February 2019
My Four Queens
Sometime in the summer of 2019, I will bring back all four queens for people who wish to fill in their series.
If you would like to be on my list for notification about the queens, please email me:
2019 Heart Sale: Suspended
I suspended my Hearts Sale for 2019 because of time constraints.
Likely the next time I will offer anything for sale will be in the summer of 2019 when I offer the four queens one last time.
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:
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.
In 2018 I had an extra sale of the Last Queen in August.
In 2019 my first sale will likely be in the summer. I need to spend the spring reconstructing my website.
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@me.com
I won't promise it, but if I receive other requests for it, I will try and bring it back.
Who are my Four Queens?
Catherine the Great,
Eleanor of Aquitaine
The series is complete.
What if you missed one of the queens?
Will you have a chance to complete the series?
If all goes well and I have the supplies, I will offer a limited number of 'make up' queens to people who have signed my interest list.
To sign up on my interest list, email me:
MacSoph is my trusty little Apple MacBook computer.
Actually I have two MacSophs, now. They both work on Queendom Website, particularly during Sales.
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. As I said, I now have two MacSophs.
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 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 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 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; at last year's E-Week 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.
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 now and again.
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 staff includes:
Queen Consort (DH) who manages Mail Jail and now has become a staff writer,
and Queendom Website's Faithful Subjects, MacSophs II and III (my trusty little MacBook computers).
March 19, Tuesday
I had an inspired day yesterday. Except for errands I worked the whole day on my new website. My new software is much simpler with fewer options, bells and whistles than my present software and I've been working so hard to replicate my present website.
For a while now I've been thinking I just can't replicate it so what do I do?
Yesterday I had an idea for a design that is very basic (very VERY basic) but I think it might work.
It has some super advantages: it's more modern looking and it will allow me to do daily updates very quickly. Once I figured out the basic design, I spent most of the day making a series of pages to see how it works. So far so good.
Wish me luck today. I am packing up MacSoph and spending the morning with a favorite friend who will take a look at it. I'll see what he says about it, and if he likes it, I think I'll be on my way. Finally!
Stitching? No, not yet.
But maybe soon.
March 18, Monday
I had a lovely day yesterday. I worked on my new project for the entire day. Toward late afternoon, I cut the canvas for it and started stitching for real. I actually took the first real stitches, but not very many. The daylight disappeared all too soon and reluctantly I set the project aside.
In the very early stages of a large project I like to work only in the best hours of daylight.
It will be a while before I can return to the project.. I have chores for most of the week ahead, so I have set it aside.
High on my list: I must return to work on my new website. I would like to wait for the upgrades in the software; if the developers make some of the adjustments they have written about, my task will be much easier. But then I start looking at the calendar: I am overly aware there are less than two weeks left in March.
March 17, Happy St. Paddy's Day
I should have changed Queendom Website to have some green to celebrate the day, but I've been very busy!
I decided I wanted to take a little time and start my large project for 2020. I have had it drawn and set to go and I look and look at the drawing and I so want to start it.
So this week I did. Mind you, I'm not on the canvas yet, I'm only on small doodle canvases so far. I promised myself I would work on preliminary parts through today and then go back to work tomorrow morning.
Here are my justifications: it is likely a new update for my new web software is in the offing, so I want to wait for it if possible. And kitting supplies: they arrived, all but a single color. I am waiting for it.
Without it, I can not count and mark threads all the way through to the end. I have to wait or go back through everything to add the color.
Double the time to add something, so why not use that time more prodictively. If this sounds like rationalizations to you, you are right.
But whatever, I am diligently at work and enjoying it. Feeling a little guilt but enjoying it nevertheless.
March 15, The Ides of March
In high school I took four years of Latin . My bro and sis had to do the same. It was a prerequisite of life in our household, not a topic open for discussion, my father insisted.
So what do I remember of high school Latin? Three things:
Hic Haec Hoc
Huius Huius Huius, etc.
"Arma virumque cano Troiae qui primus ab oris"
(the beginning of the Aeneid)
And most relevant to this morning:
"Omnia Gallia in tres partes divisa est
"All of Gaul is divided into three parts" Julius Caesar's famous lines.
In college I was a literature major, hence "Et Tu Brute?"
Throughout my school years the Ides of March was always such a noteworthy day. If you too took Latin and/or you are Shakespeare fan, pause for a moment today and remember Julius Caesar. I do so faithfully each year.
March 14, Thursday
I finished the stitching on Catherine's Heart, just the beads and pearls to go. I think I will take a little break from it and write the instructions for it.
Supplies arrived but I am missing one silk color. Why is it that there is always one. So I won't be able to make the kits for a while longer.
I sometimes wonder if I should refuse shipment of threads until the supplier can send me 100% of my order. 99% does me no good.
This is not new, I have been whining about it for years. This time maybe just as well. I do need to return to work on my new website. I keep putting it off and this may be the shove I need to start work on it again.
Sigh. I'd rather ditch kitting and website design and stitch.
March 13, Wednesday
In about an hour I will finish the stitching on Catherine's Heart, just the beads and pearls to go. I will probably put off the beads and pearls for a while and work on the instructions today. I've loved having stitching be my priority for a few days. I would like to ditch all of life for a month and simply stitch stitch stitch. Alas, not now, maybe on down the line.
Supplies arrived yesterday which means I can return to work on Queen Kits and that is good news. I haven't opened the box yet to see how many skeins are included and therefore how far I can get. Soon as I finish the stitching on Catherine's Heart I will go assess the good news/bad news.
I continue to receive notes from people about wanting to be on my Queens Interest List. I learned from them that Lynn Jones posted her beautifully-stitched Elizabeth and Catherine on Facebook and that's where my newbies are coming from. Thanks, Lynn.
March 11, Monday
Progress on Catherine's Heart: I am past the boring parts and well-launched into the patterns, fun to watch how it is evolving. Like Catherine herself, there are sections of Tent Stitch understitching and the patterns fit on top.
I am almost half-finished with the Heart so I am beginning to see what it will look like. I won't know for sure until I ultimately sew the pearls into place. At the center of these Bodice Hearts, the patterns essentially provide the background for beads and it is a guessing game how much pattern to add.
With this Heart I have to guess how many puff balls to fit around the pearls. I'll see how it goes today.
If it goes well this morning, I will start writing the instructions. I am eager to finish and see how the series of four look together. Actually, it is a series of six, if I include the two smaller hearts for Mary, Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick.
I'm on my way to a nice day of stitching: early this morning and then later on in the afternoon. In between a few Monday morning chores but they won't take the whole day.
As I said yesterday, nice to hold my needle again!
March 10, Sunday
This morning we are 'springing forward' to daylight savings time, another sure sign that spring is just around the corner and the best part of this time of year: longer and longer hours of daylight.
Living in our house which is toward the top of a canyon, we notice the earth's rotation. In the winter, the sun shines into our windows at about a 45 degree angle; in the summer we have moved so that the sun goes completely out of sight.
Yesterday we noticed for the first time this year that the afternoon glare of winter has now disappeared, another sure sign of the change in seasons. It will be gone until early fall and as I am preparing for E-Week, I will look up one day and the sun will be back.
Today I will return to work on Catherine's Heart, a little luxury of holding my needle again while I wait for supplies to arrive. I am making progress -- that's one thing about a heart, it is easy to see daily progress -- and today I will transition out of eternal Basketweave and start the fun stuff.
Doesn't matter whether boring or fun stitching, it is just nice to be stitching again.
March 9, Saturday
The sign is that spring is on its way. We have a very large palm tree in our side yard. We call it the 'condo complex' because of the birdies who nest there, and a sure sign that spring is coming: our first tenants have moved into the condo complex: Mr. and Mrs. Mockingbird are flying in and out, in and out.
Another sign: Mr. Dove is cooing non-stop.
I am working on Catherine's Heart this morning. Yes, stitching, finally. Nice feeling! I'm looking forward to the day. Hope you and your needle have some time to join me today; it makes the day a bit brighter, that's for sure.
March 8, Friday
I am cleaning up emails this morning. My goal is to file or delete at least 100 each morning until my inbox is civilized once again.
In doing so I found a collection of photos from Carol Diver. Some time ago she sent me pictures of the projects she has worked of mine, a surprising number indeed.
I've also found photos of Queens from lots of you. I see I asked your permission to post the photos of your work and happily you replied yes.
Soon I will start posting these photos. I love to see WIPs as well as completed designs, it's all great fun to look at.
One bit I've noticed: you become totally focused on small errors (one or two stitches usually) and I don't notice them till you point them out to me. If I'm honest, sometimes I don't see the difference even if you point them out to me....
What is that bit about seeing from a galloping horse?
What I do see is this: overall is the workmanship good enough that it adds to rather than detracts from the design? In by far the majority of photographs you send, the answer is yes. You are great stitchers! Keep up the good work.
March 7, Thursday
As of yesterday I have finished posting hearts. It was a fun trot down memory lane, through so many of the hearts I've made in the past. Now I can look forward and start as time permits making some new ones. I particularly look forward to wokring on the last heart for one of my Queens.
Speaking of Queens, I am lucky this time: the extra floss I needed for Queen kits was all in stock at the distributor and it arrived yesterday. Guess what I am doing today: making floss packages for Catherine. Bit by bit I am getting there.
March 6, Wednesday
This morning I posted the last of my hearts associated with my Queens so far, this being Eleanor's Heart. It was the last one until a couple of weeks ago when I stitched Victoria's Heart and now I will start one for Catherine.
I planned to feature hearts for February and move on when I reached March, but the hearts have strayed for a while into March too.
This morning I asked myself: how many hearts are too many hearts?
But I love the shape, I love the fact that they are small and it doesn't take a lifetime to make one, yet I can fit a lot of details on them.
So I'm thinking 'how many' doesn't matter.
March 5, Tuesday
I counted beads into little baggies yesterday till I couldn't see them any longer and at about 5:00 yesterday I finished the set I was working on, filed away all the remaining beads and pearls which took till the light was gone. Then I celebrated by taking some time for myself, in fact the rest of the evening.
I did something exciting: I began the first tiny babysteps toward a large and industrious project that I decided to do about 4 months ago. I did a bit of preliminary work, that's all. I began collecting images and references that will help me.
I won't have time to do much with it for quite a while longer, but it was exciting to visit the fantasy, great fun indeed. The image of what I want to do has been floating around in my head all these months; as a result of my work last night, it began to take a little more concrete shape.
This morning I am back to work on Queen kits. I was supposed to order threads yesterday but I didn't finish. Today: all about calculating orders and then ordering the threads. Hopefully they won't take too many months. In that respect I hope you will wish me a little luck, as I'll need it.
March 4, Monday
Happy Birthday, Arlene!
Enjoy your day!
This morning I posted the photos of my two miniature portraits, Bess of Hardwick and Mary, Queen of Scots. If you are on your way to London anytime soon you can see the actual miniature of Mary, Queen of Scots by Nicholas Hilliard in the V&A.
There are two painted by Hilliard. The one in the V&A is the second.
I loved the miniature and adapted mine from it. It was a bear of a job, much more difficult than the bigger portraits simply because I had so few stitches.
The actual portrait of Bess is a full-size painting, and I adapted mine as a miniature to match Mary's.
Originally I intended Bess and Mary to hang on either side of Elizabeth and I didn't intend to do any more portraits. In fact, I finished with the genre and didn't start Catherine until some years later. Essentially I returned to stitching portraits because my followers kept asking for more.
People wanted me to stitch Henry VIII, a request I have never understood. Why would I want to stitch a man who beheaded women?
It was DH who suggested I stitch Catherine the Great. I decided to stitch Eleanor of Aquitaine; DH suggested Queen Victoria.
In all there are four large portraits and two miniatures, and that is it. I am as I have said countless times, finished with Royal Portraits.
I will sell a limited number of the kits next summer to give people a chance to fill in their series; in December I plan to give my portraits to the small collections library.
March 3, Sunday
For once I am on schedule. I will make my last order for the Queens tomorrow, then it is just a matter of slogging through putting the kits together. Next week I will relegate kit chores to the afternoons and return to work on my website in the mornings. It is a good feeling to have the Queens under control, just a lot of counting in my future. That's OK, there are worse things.
I bought beautiful beads at the bead show last Friday, but not enough, so I am on my way back there this morning, hardly a difficult task.
Here it is, the third day of March and I am feeling good about my productivity this year. Of course I wish I had more time to stitch. Maybe one day, maybe not soon, but soon enough.
It is still early on Sunday morning. I just looked outside and yes, the days are growing longer: first light is here earlier and earlie. Nice feeling too. My favorite time of year!
March 2, Saturday
I had such a good time yesterday! I had intended to stay at the bead show for about an hour; instead, I stayed for the whole day.
And I came home with a new stash. Just what I needed: more beads.
But I couldn't resist.
For part of my new stash, see Queendom Website's Home Page.
They are a gorgeous color! So what should I do with them?
New geometric? Another heart?
Any ideas for me?
March 1, Friday
Goodbye February, Hello March, in like a lion this year.
Thank you for all the replies about Hearts. I will do a couple of tallies and let you know the results in the next couple of days.
I will leave my hearts up for a while longer mainly for people on 'Digest' from my Shining Needle Society rooms.
I am off later on this morning for a trip to a bead show. Hopefully I will have good luck and the luck will provide me with the direction for more Jeweled Hearts. Always fun to go and see what I find.
Then home again and hard work through the weekend as I try to reach a point where I know what I still need for my Queens.
I have been counting threads and stapling labels on them so I have neglected answering emails. I will answer as soon as I make it a little farther along with counting and stapling.
Stay warm! A nice bit of stitching in front of the fire sounds great to me. I hope it is in the picture for you, sorry it isn't in the picture for me.
February 28, Thursday
As we say goodbye to February, I have posted more hearts. New this morning 'Purple Catherine Heart' and I have also reposted three Bodice Hearts for Elizabeth 1, Mary, Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick.
In the last couple of weeks I have stitched a Bodice Heart for Queen Victoria. This means the only Queen who doesn't have a Bodice Heart is Catherine. Should I make one for her?
Why didn't I make one way back when? Because I stitched the Imperial Jeweled Hearts instead. I have left all six posted and I have a question about them. Should I make two more? If so, which ones?
Amethyst? Malachite? Turquoise? Amber? Citrine? Topaz?
Nice way to say goodbye to one of my favorite months.
Now back to counting beads for the Queens.
Enjoy the last day of February.
February 27, Wednesday
DH said he had a lovely birthday yesterday which is great. Nice for me too as I had most of the day off.
I am back at work this morning. I am counting Elizabeth beads for most of the day today. It's not hard, just tedious, and will go more quickly if I remember to take breaks.
The end of February is here, and with it the end of my Parade of Hearts. I will make one more post and I have one more question and then we will move on.
Re my Imperial Jeweled Series: I had quite a few votes yesterday, personal and on Facebook. As I might have guessed, Amethyst was the most popular, the rest divided, I was quite surprised by the number of votes for amber, and a number of suggestions for other yellow stones that people like better, topaz and citrine being the favorites of the alternatives.
So what will I do? Go to a couple of bead shows and see what I find. Who knows, I may make them all. If so, it would be the longest series I've ever made.
One thing about hearts: they don't take long, and unlike some other notable smalls (needlebooks and sewing cases come to mind) they actually look like they are more involved than they are.
I love the month of February, I'm sorry to say goodbye to it for another year, but I love March too. Our Orioles will be back next month and that is something to look forward to.
February 26, Tuesday
This morning I have posted the sixth of my Imperial Jewels Hearts series, this one is Imperial Sapphires Heart and it is the only one I have never sold.
If I do a series I usually do four, this is the only time I've done six, and now I wonder, should I add two more?
If so, should I add Amethysts, Malachite, Turquoise or Amber?
It is DH's birthday today, and his birthday always marks the beginning of my favorite time of year. . I am a day person, not a night person and now the days are noticeably growing longer. More daylight, more happy productive time.
Yes, it is still winter, but the promise of spring is just around the corner.
February 25, Monday
The beginning of the end of February and my month of Hearts will soon come to an end. I have one more of the Imperial Jeweled Hearts. I will post it tomorrow morning. It is the 6th Heart in the series but I've never sold it. And then I have a decision to make whether I stitch the 7th and 8th. We'll see.
Onward with work today. I have set aside the day to work all day on the kits for the Queens. Yesterday I moved the DNA for the Queens onto our diningroom table. Today I thought I would check and see if I have everything, beads and all. It will take me a couple of days to figure it out.
My goal was to be underway by the end of February and I will happily meet my goal.
February 24, Sunday
Sunday morning brings my personal favorite of my Imperial Hearts, #5 Imperial Aquamarines Heart.
Why my favorite? Probably because of the color -- and the aaquamarines. Yes, they are real ones that I lucked into finding at a bead show way back when.
Today is moving day: I am moving the Queens into high priority station on the diningroom table. All the leaves are in the table now, so there will likely be room for all four Queens.
Do you know those columns in newspapers sometime where reporters ask famous people to choose 8 people through the ages that they wish they could have dinner with? Today all around my diningroom table with be the DNA for Elizabeth 1, Catherine the Great, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Queen Victoria.
Some intimidating personages. I think I'll fix myself a sandwich and eat it on my own in my workspace. I'll leave the diningroom table alone for the Queens. No crumbs on their DNA that way.
February 23, Saturday
I am late posting this morning because I've spend the whole morning counting beads into tiny baggies. Yes, I am at work on the Queens and I have a nice announcement to make: I finished the heart I was working on. I wanted to tell those of you who have been asking for this heart, that it is Victoria's Heart and it will be in E-Week this coming October.
We have great company coming this afternoon and I am looking forward to seeing our friends. They are the children and spouses of an old old friend of mine and every once in a while we get together with them to see how life is going for them.
So I'm on my way out to do errands.
Look for Imperial Heart #5 tomorrow morning. I will try to be more prompt.
February 22, Friday
I am back this morning with Imperial Diamonds Heart, the fourth in my series. I don't do a good job of photographing all the sparkle in these little hearts, and this is paritcularly true of Imperidal Diamonds Heart.
I usually do four of a series, but this time I got carried away. There are more and I'm thinking of making even more, as I will write about when I have posted the last one.
February 20, Wednesday
This morning the third in my series of Imperial Jeweled Hearts.
This one is Imperial Rubies Heart.
I loved making this series so much, as you will see, I got carried away.
In fact, it occurs to me that I have, over the years, gotten carried away with making hearts period. I have been posting them all month long and I still have a ton more.
So what am I currently doing? Making another one.
And what about more? I have a gazillion drawings for hearts of all kinds.
Why do I like them so much? I love the shape; I love the fact that there is enough surface for design but not so much that it takes forever to finish one.
February 19, Tuesday
Yestereday I posted the first heart in my series of Imperial Hearts: Imperial Emeralds Heart. This morning I have posted the second, Imperial Pearls Heart.
I had a productive day yesterday -- I spent the early morning starting a Heart for Victoria, so I worked into the evening and was pleased with all I finished. Victoria's Heart is coming right along -- I just need some good quality daylight to take the next steps.
I am starting to work on my Queens' Sale in the summer. Right now I'm working on lists and will soon return to making kits. Too much to do! But it is nice to have a bit of stitching time each day.
February 18, Monday
This morning my Parade of Hearts takes a new turn: I have a couple of questions about a series of hearts I started in 2015, to go along with my Portrait of Catherine the Great.
Now, as I prepare for the arrival of Catherine in the summer, I have a question: should I finish the series?
I made Heart of Elizabeth to go with my portrait of Elizabeth, and I made Heart of Eleanor to go with Eleanor of Aquitaine. I made the series of jeweled hearts plus a 'Purple Catherine' Heart to go with Catherine, but I never made an official 'bodice' heart for her.
Now, as I plan a heart for Victoria, I wonder, should I made a heart for Catherine too, so that there is a series of four Bodice Hearts to go with the four queens? Will you help me decide?
February 17, Sunday
I had a lovely time yesterday!
Today: back to work, but that's OK. It was nice to have most of a day off. Back to writing instructions today. Two more days of it, I'm guessing, and I can go back to work on my website.
I will continue my Parade of Hearts for a short while longer.
Enjoy your Sunday! Try to stitch a bit. Wish I could.
February 16, Saturday
I have company coming, company that I am greatly looking forward to seeing. It's just for the afternoon.
Here's the rub. My house is a mess. I think it is always a mess, and I'm getting to the point where I think, oh well, will they really mind?
And if they do, can it be that's just the way it is?
Meanwhile it is ever so much more fun to look at photos of hearts than put away stuff, so I'm doing that instead of picking up. The results, this morning I posted Malachite and Pearls Hearts, both dark and light. I discontinued them a very long time ago because I ran out of the big beads. I mean, I think it has been years and years since I sold them.
Wouldn't you know, I found more of the beads. My pearls dealer had the malachite beads, another dealer had the large montees.
Does this mean I will bring them back? Maybe. I don't know how many of the threads are still in production, and if they aren't, are there feasible substitutions? We'll see. These days I'm not committing to anything.
I have committed (sort of) to seeing if I can make a handful of Hearts of Elizabeth yet again (as a result of posting Heart of Elizabeth for Valentine's Day). I have sold it so often I didn't think there was anybody left who might want it. As I am bringing back my Elizabeth Portrait it is probably wise. Heart of a Elizabeth is a good way to practice the techniques on the portrait. We'll see.
February 15, Friday
The chocolate-covered strawberries were delicious!
I love Valentine's Day, very nice day yesterday in spite of our torrential rainstorm.
Originally I had planned to end my Parade of Hearts with Valentine's Day, but I decided I would continue for a while longer. I still have some photos and will post another one tomorrow.
February 14, Happy Valentine's Day!
This morning to say Happy Valentine's Day I have posted
my most popular heart, Heart of Elizabeth.
As near as I can remember, I stitched it 8 or 9 years ago when I was working on my portrait of Elizabeth 1. Natalie suggested I make it as a Doodle Heart so that people could practice the techniques on the portrait.
I thought I would finish my Parade of Hearts today, but as I have a few more photos, I will continue for a short while longer.
Enjoy the day! Try to find some time to do two things: stitch a bit and eat some chocolate! I have chocolate strawberries for DH and me (trying to be good).
February 13, Wednesday
The day before Valentine's Day arrives on Queendom Website with a tease: look for a single heart tomorrow. I decided to post only one heart tomorrow, important because it is hands down my single most popular heart ever. Can you guess which it is?
I made so many of them! I got so sick of counting out the beads and pearls for it! And I've seen many many finished ones over the years. The idea for it wasn't mine, it was Natalie's, so of course it makes me think of Natalie. Nice memories.
My question is, shall I end my Hearts Series tomorrow or continue it a while longer. Maybe a while longer.
February 13 is, yes, the day before Valentine's Day but it is also important to me for another reason: it was my MIL's birthday. Contrary to most people's feelings about MILs, I loved mine. She was wonderful to me all through her life.
So each year I stop for a while on February 13 and remember her with great fondness.
February 12, Tuesday
For years and years I have dabbled in adapting whitework to canvas.
For all of my teaching years, my 'bosses' said, 'don't do whitework designs, nobody will sign up for the classes.' For all of my webyears, people said 'whitework has no punch, doesn't photograph easily and people won't want it.'
My experience flies in the face of this advice. In my teaching years, whitework was always one of my most successful genres, and in the years I offered my whitework samplers, they were my most popular offerings.
This morning here is a collection of some of my Whitework and what I call 'Almost Whitework' Hearts. Some of them aren't very conventional whitework, but it doesn't take too much imagination to see their roots in the whitework I have collected for years.
I love every minute I spend with my whitework and lace treasures and they always inspire me!
I'll write more on whitework tomorrow morning.
February 11, Monday
A new week as we approach mid-February. I am happy to report that I am making progress, albeit slow progress. Re website: I have to rethink my design. I have a design I like, but maintenance will take too long.
The beauty of my present software is that it was simple to use but had a ton of bells and whistles. My new software is very basic, and the design I made will simply take too long for daily maintenance.
I started to say, in today's computer world one has to think of clever workarounds to dodge problems, but I remind myself that this has always been true. It is do-able but I have to think up some good workarounds, that's all.
What I would like to do is stitch. My head is full of design ideas, including five large projects that I am dying to start. Alas, not yet.
Meanwhile I will keep posting Hearts for Valentine's Day, One thing I have done in my life is make a LOT of Hearts. As I look at all of them, I think, not a bad thing.
I hope there will be more on down the line.
February 10, Sunday
This morning Red and White Hearts from over the years. I love making red and white, for a long time one of my favorite things to stitch, then I drifted away. Maybe I'll return one of these days, it all has to do with time.
February 9, Saturday
More hearts tomorrow, as Valentine's Day grows closer. I have also been posting the hearts on my Facebook Business Page.
As I am working on my new website, I realize my space will be more limited. I'm hoping eventually as the software matures that it will grow in capacity. In the meantime I plan to use my Facebook Business Page for galleries.
In the beginning I was very wary of Facebook because of all the talk about lack of privacy and so forth. I had the wise advice of a geek friend who set up my first Facebook page for me: use only the very basic information required, no more, and a bit of fantasy about some of that information also helps.
I have had my pages there for a few years now and as far as I know, I have had no problems. Of course, I recognize that there is very little privacy these days, something I think we just have to learn to live with.
In every endeavor there are upsides and downsides. For the most part, I have enjoyed very much the resources of the internet.
February 8, Friday
Valentine's Day is only a handful of days away. So what do I want to do for Valentine's Day? What about eating some chocolate hearts, doesn't that sound like a good idea?
Meanwhile this morning, I've just posted my Hearts with Roses. It always seems to me that Hearts and Roses and Chocolate go hand in hand. I've made the Hearts and Roses; I leave making chocolates to Jane Ellen. Have you ever seen her little ribbon chocolates? They are one of my favorite needlework goodies.
February 7, Thursday
If I had time, here are a few of the things I would like to do: obvioiusly stitch more. I would also write a new series of lessons and as is always true of my life, I need to work harder on organization.
Isn't it odd that we always think of all the things we would like to do if we had time expressly when we don't have time. Stitching and writing are on my wishlist, but soon, organization will become a necessity.
February 6, Wednesday
This morning on Queendom Website: three Patriotic Hearts, a hint of things to come in 2020 IFF I have the time to stitch quite a lot. I am greatly looking forward to the time when stitching most of each day becomes a prerequisite for my little business.
That time isn't here yet, and it won't be for quite a while still, but daydreams are always a good way to get through the chores of today.
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