February 27, 2020 Thursday
We had a lovely day off yesterday. We drove up the coast which is such a pretty drive and had lunch right on the ocean. DH said it was a perfect birthday.
Back to work today, mostly writing instructions, but hopefully a bit of stitching also. I need to finish stitching the last of my Patriotica Hearts.
My goal was to finish stitching and writing the Patriotica Hearts by March 1 but I will miss the goal by about two weeks, if not a bit more. As a rule, if it takes me 2 weeks to stitch a design it will take me the same amount of time, perhaps a bit longer, to write the instructions.
I have made myself out a timeline for the spring because I had hoped to find 6 weeks time to write my special design from last summer. I predict it would take me every day all day long for at least 6 weeks.
But I have too many other deadlines. Most of these deadlines are to meet other people's schedules. Finishers, proofers and -- worst of all -- delivery of supplies.
I am slowly giving up. I realized yesterday that I can't meet my heart finisher's deadline of Feb. 28, so I canceled the appointment. Does anybody know a good finisher who could make my hearts toward the end of March and in less than 6 to 8 weeks?
February 26, 2020 Wednesday
This morning I have posted Imperial Aquamarines Heart, the fifth in my series of Imperial Jeweled Hearts. These are the five I sold. I have one more stitched and proofed, but I never got around to making the kits and selling it.
And I have a seventh I intended to stitch and never did.
As I look through them, I want to stitch the last one, I just need the time.
I have another problem: I can't find the hearts. I don't have even a single one which means I have stashed them all together somewhere. If I find them, I will make the seventh, and if I find the supplies for them, I will try and bring them back again, not this year but in 2021. Hopefully by then I will be better organized. Hope for organization always springs eternal.
It is early in the a.m. and I am drawing graphs. Today is DH's birthday and I am taking off the day to celebrate.
February 24, 2020 Monday
Monday morning, I am up very early and working away because DH and I have such a busy day today. I am trying to fit in some good solid time writing instructons before the day officially begins.
Five days left in February.
This morning I posted the fourth of my Imperial Jewels Hearts, this one Imperial Diamonds Heart. It is so sparkly in person and the photograph just doesn't show the sparkle!
I had planned to take a photo of the whole series to say good bye to February, but I can't find the Hearts. I can't find even one of them which means I have carefully stashed them somewhere together for safe keeping.
Maybe just as well for now because I have a question and will end February with my question instead.
February 22, 2020 Saturday
Today DH and I are off to the Apple Store. Our IT guy told us that Jim's computer was past its life expectancy, and with DH's birthday right around the corner, a new computer for him is on the horizon. I am eager to see if Apple has improved the keyboard.
I spent early a.m. drawing graphs and beginning to write instructions for one of my recent Patriotic Hearts. I have finished writing three, this is the fourth one.
This afternoon? Big stitch in time to watch the caucus commentary and results. Will anybody stitch along with me?
February 21, 2020 Friday
I spent all morning long drawing a very complex graph of one of my new little Patriotic Hearts. I still have a couple of hours to go but it is progressing very nicely.
If I finish it, I will reward myself with an hour's stitching time, then back to writing instructions.
This morning I posted on Queendom Website my friend Natalie's favorite of the Imperial Jeweled Hearts, Imperial Pearls Heart. Whenever I look at the heart it makes me think of Natalie, a nice memory.
Enjoy the day.
February 20, 2020 Thursday
Real life and stitching life (if one can make a distinction between the two) entertwined themselves last night: I watched the debate (oh, my) and used the time to finish a graph showing complex compensation (a labor of love if ever there was one).
Then I started a tiny heart.
By the end of the evening I was exhausted from the television experience, but happy I used the time to finish the graph and start the tiny heart.
Today I will finish the tiny heart and maybe even start another one. Stitching does calm the nerves.
February 19, 2020 Wednesday
This morning, I posted the first Imperial Jewels Heart I stitched, Imperial Emeralds Heart, on Queendom Website's Home Page.
I made great progress yesterday on my newest heart and with any luck will finish it this evening. As I worked on it a little bit in the early a.m. I asked myself, is it possible to make too many hearts? Then I decided, as I looked at my drawer full of them, if I were planning to say 'yes' I should have said it long ago.
As I have written before, I love making hearts -- they are large enough to have space for developing a design, but small enough that they don't take an eternity to finish.
So I'm not looking back, just marching forward. It is the way life should be, or so people tell me.
February 18, 2020 Tuesday
I meant to change my heart photo on Queendome Website's home page this morning, but I got caught up in reading the NYTimes and politics and suddenly too much time had passed.
I will change it tomorrow morning, meanwhile, having closed down politics for the day, I'm working away at graphing my newest heart. I decided that the compensation is too detailed, so I'm including a graph showing the ins and outs of the background.
My goal is to make good progress by the end of February.
February 16, 2020 Sunday
Another week gone by and here we are, over the half-way point in February. I know that Valentine's Day is past, but I am still in the mood for hearts, so this morning I posted another heart from my past, Imperial Rubies Heart from 5 years ago. Can it really be that long ago?
Yesterday I finished the heart I was stitching, so guess what: I started another heart. I planned it yesterday afternoon and started stitching first thing this morning. Always so full of promise, a new design, and all the fun ahead of working out its mysteries.
I have been stitching lettering and the backgrounds around lettering, and I have been corrupting the compensation. As soon as I have a bit of time, and before I forget it, I will write a lesson on this sort of compensation. I always find it interesting that visual presentation and stitching rules are at odds. When this happens, I vote for visual presentation. And so it was with my recent compensation days.
February 15, 2020 Saturday
I hope you had a nice chocolate-filled Valentine's Day. Anybody have the sugar blues this morning<g>?
I am in the last stages of one of my Patriotic Hearts. It has quite a lot of detail and therefore the background needs a ton of compensation. The same is true for my little San Francisco Heart (still on Queendom Website's home page if you want to look at it).
I cheat. I get to the really dicey compensation and I draw it all in Illustrator. The beauty of the app is that I can lock all the layers of the design and superimpose a blanket of the background stitch on top. Then I simply go through it and change the symbols to reflect the compensation stitches according to the layers of the design. Bingo, I have the chart and stitching is then easy.
So here's my question: do I include the compensation with the pattern? Or do I add a graph without the compensation and let you work it out?
I know, you will say, include the compensation. DH would tell me to make you do it, it is good for your brains. Haha, in this world of important problems, this little dilemma hardly qualifies, but it made for a good column this morning <eg>.
February 14, 2020 Friday
Happy Valentine's Day! Today is all about love, flowers and chocolates: I hope a lot of all are in your life today.
February 13, 2020 Thursday
The day before Valentine's Day brings to Queendom Website a heart that looks to me like Valentine's Day and also a heart with a different purpose. This heart remembers my MIL whose birthday was today. I know, I know, all the MIL jokes there are, but I was super lucky: I had a wonderful MIL who was super smart and very witty and she treated me like a daughter which was lovely. I loved my years of knowing her and miss her greatly.
Happy Birthday, MIL, I miss you.
I am in high stitching mode. So much in high stitching mode that I have worn myself out and had to have a nap yesterday afternoon, thereby squandering precious daylight hours.
The day is hazy-sunny today, perfect for stitching so I'm off to hunt up some more thread and get on with the day.
Tomorrow? Think foil-covered chocolate hearts! I'd best take time off from stitching and go get some.
February 12, 2020 Wednesday
Two days till Valentine's Day. I am ready for some chocolate, preferable hearts wrapped in silver and red foil, doesn't that sound good?
I continue to stitch. And stitch and stitch. Great fun way to whiddle away one's days. I have about half an hour more to finish another heart, and I've started yet another. They're very rewarding, as I've said before, because there's enough space for a bit of design, yet you don't have to work on them for months to finish them. Unless, like me, you're making so many of them.
February 11, 2020 Tuesday
When I posted Malachite and Pearls Heart on Sunday morning, I thought I should go looking for a photo of the Geometric that inpsired it and this morning I just posted it.
It isn't the easiest geometric I've ever stitched because of the cutwork corners. As cutwork goes, this cutwork is very simple, just wrapped bars, dozens of them, but it lends a nice dimension to the finished piece.
For many a moon this design was a favorite among my followers. A number of years ago a came across four kits and sold them at E-Week, then retired the designs, both the geometric and the heart because I didn't have any more malachite beads.
At a bead show about 6 months ago, as luck would have it, I found the malachite ovals. I bought them. Should I bring back these designs or make new ones? Remains to be seen.
Whatever, it won't happen tomorrow. I am too busy making Patriotica Hearts. I just started another one yesterday.
February 9, 2020 Sunday
On this lazy Sunday morning I posted Malachite and Pearls Heart on Queendom Website's Home Page. It is the same vintage as Amethyst and Pearls Heart as you might guess from the names.
I took the design for Malachite and Pearls Heart from my Malachite and Pearls geometric long ago. Eventually I retired both because I ran out of the malachite beads in the center. As I had so many requests for the designs of both, I hunted and hunted and finally thought I'd never find them.
Now years later (about 6 months ago) I walked into a bead show and there they were. I bought them to add to my stash and thought, maybe I'll make something new, maybe I'll see if I can find the rest of the beads and bring back both designs one of these days.
So far 'one of these days' hasn't happened, but if I ever get around to it, I have the beads.
Way it is, isn't it.
I'm having great fun working on Patriotic Hearts. I have three finished, two substantially under way, ideas for Carolyn's whole Liberty Tree and a question: do I really want to make a dozen? And even if I stitch a dozen, do I want to write instructions for the whole dozen?
We'll see. Meanwhile, on with stitching.
February 8, 2020 Saturday
I need to send two packages and I haven't yet packed them. Too busy stitching! My best time of day is early morning, so it makes sense that I should design and work out stitching problems while my brain is at its best. The problem is, I get so caught up in it, I have trouble disciplining myself to stop.
Sigh. I am having a great time making Patriotic Hearts. I have always wanted to dabble in miniature landscapes and that's exactly what I'm doing. Nice part is, I'm learning a lot as I go. They're not the easiest pieces I've ever made but I love it when I manage to get one where I want it!
So, will I be strong enough to stop and get packages mailed? Or will I say, oh I'll do it on Monday. Would you guess the latter?
February 7, 2020 Friday
This morning a favorite heart from the past with a sad story. I haven't posted it often because it is a sad story, but I loved the heart and the sewing tools that went in the box along with it, and I decided sad stories are a part of life too.
The upside is that I met another jeweler who could make the thimble again for me and if I ever find the boxes and the beads (I might because I have been sorting and cleaning up things) and I find the time, I would like to make it again.
I love the colors: Amethyst, off white and charcoal. Sometimes I use black but much more often I used charcoal. The charcoal isn't as severe as black and blends better with my choices of colors.
My favorite charcoal: Soie d'Alger's 3226. I use it over and over again, the most noteworthy time in my Elizabeth 1 Portrait. The first time I kitted Elizabeth 1, I went through almost 7000 yards of 3226 charcoal. I can't imagine how much I have used of it over the years.
February 6, 2020 Thursday
Woo Hoo! A wonderful new printer installed and working so well. I tried a couple of color prints and they were so good! Picture me happy: I can now print color again. In has been a couple of years.
I was tied up with IT stuff for most of the day, but I did steal some time to stitch last night. I had ripped apart one of my Patiotica Hearts and I've been working on redoing it.
I've been rotating projects: I've been working on two little hearts and I've now drawn drawings for another four. Rotating projects is new for me. I usually work on only one at a time.
This morning on Queendom Website's Home Page I posted a photo of the interior of my little Heart-Shaped Sewing Case I stitched so long ago.
February 5, 2020 Wednesday
Wish me luck today: Tech guy whose name is Fabio is coming this afternoon to set up a new printer for us. I hope it works! If it does, I will be able to print color again, something I've not had a chance to do for over a year.
I ripped apart one of my little hearts. I decided I didn't like the background so I ripped it all out and am so happy I did: this morning I worked on finding some new solutions and it looks so much better. It involved ripping out so much, but was worth the time.
I have long relied on Bohin seam rippers. Soon after I started using one, I found out how dangerous they can be, but have long learned to tilt up the blade slightly and move with caution. I rip twice as fast with one and it has been a long time since I cut any canvas meshes. (Fingers always crossed).
I think Bohin Seam Rippers are the best bargain in the needlework field: $4.00 or so and they are always consistently high quality and without doubt necessary to my stitching well being.
Today is lovely: until IT guy comes, I'm stitching. And stitching, and maybe a few sketches. Fun day! Wish they were all this way, but then maybe I wouldn't appreciate the ones that are.
February 4, 2020 Tuesday
I was searching through my stash of little Hearts and I found a few Heart-Shaped Sewing Cases I stitched a number of years ago. I added one of them to Queendom Website's Home Page this morning. This one is pale blue, with ribbon roses and pearls and beads. They are small and hold needles and tiny scissors.
I never sold them because I didn't have time to paint the canvases. Maybe one of these days I will design another without the painted canvas, we'll see.
It's always about time.
February 3, 2020 Monday
I decided to do a fifth little Patriotica Heart for sure and did a rough drawing of it. I love to make hearts and have made gazillions of them: there's enough space to do something in miniature but not so much that they take a ton of stitching time. When I finish, I feel like I have accomplished something but it hasn't taken me months.
I have had questions asking when I will sell these Patrioitic Hearts. Answer is, right now I don't know, probably either in the summer or in E-Week next October. I have to work so far in advance because of the time proofers need to proof stitch them, the finisher to finish them, the supplier to send the threads -- and it takes me a long time to put together kits.
I wish I could finish stitching a little design today and send it off tomorrow, but it doesn't work that way.
February 2, 2020 Sunday
I'm a day late posting the beginnings of February and my favorite time of year, but Ground Hog Day is a good day to start welcoming February.
This morning I posted a new heart, the beginning of a series of Patriotic Hearts. There's this one, and I've finished two more and am just starting a fourth one. My question is, do I stop with four or make a fifth and a sixth?
Carolyn Meacham thinks I should make a tree full for Christmas and call it Liberty Tree. She even sent me some photos of wire trees, and I admit, I would love to do it!
Meanwhile, welcome to the beginning of my favorite time of year. Yes, it is still High Winter, but the promise of spring is just around the corner. Soon our birdies will be back, and the days are already starting to grow longer.
February 1, 2020 Saturday
Welcome to February, one of my favorite months of the year. Have you noticed that they days are just beginning to get a tad bit longer? More daylight, more stitching time.
I almost forgot to post this moring, I was so caught up in stitching my little heart. I have a long list of to-do's but I want to finish this heart. Always the best stitching time happens when there are pressing lists of to-do's. Have you discovered that?
I've been stitching the little pattern on the right side of this page and it's working surprisingly well.
I will leave up the facer presently on Queendom Website's home page for another day, then we will finish with January's month of faces.
Enjoy today and this month: yes, it is winter but there's always hope in February that spring is right around the corner.
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'.
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: