November 19, 2019 Tuesday
I hope you will follow along on my Victoriana Story. Yesterday I posted a group of Victoria commemorative needlework tools, but there are more to come, then the story changes emphasis to Crowns and a fun twist.
I am mopping up after E-Week. I still have about half a dozen packages to go and I am still waiting for some check and drip payments. Payment by check has taken too long this sale and I will have to figure out how to work it in the future so that it is a bit speedier. We'll see.
Meanwhile I have another deadline to start work on: this deadline is December 12 and I have to rachet up my work load again. I had forgotten that deadline when I had the idea of lesiure amounts of time to stitch.
This is a long and arduous project but it is a happy one. Then come December 12, I should be free to stitch. Wouldn't that be nice.
November 18, 2019 Monday
My story of Victoriana contines this morning with a collection of needlework tools commemorating Queen Victoria. From portraits of her and Prince Albert to tools with crowns and thistles, roses and shamrocks, these little tools mark her coronation, wedding day and her Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
To find photos and descriptions of the tools slick on Victoriana Story on the yellow navigation bar.
November 17, 2019 Sunday
I've brought everything home from Jay and I will finish Mail Jail myself. I will send a few packages out on Monday morning and then wait for the stragglers. Hopefully I will finish by the end of the new week.
I spent some time stitching yesterday. It was great to keep a bit of company with my needle. More time soon, I hope.
Tomorrow morning: more of my Victoriana Story.
November 16, 2019 Saturday
It is amazing what a couple of good nights' sleep can do. The world looks much brighter today.
I am still waiting for some Drip payments and I still have a small list of packages to to send. I also am behind on a few invoices. I will send them out today and hopefully we can finish by the end of next week.
Then it will be time to stitch!
No more sales until next June, but we should all stay busy, there are many designs to stitch -- ALL those designs that Jay shipped, some that I have shipped -- and for me personally, all the drawings in my huge chest drawer.
The end is indeed in sight, and the world looks a much happier place.
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.
November 14, 2019 Thursday
One day to go till we reach the half-way point in November. Only a month and a half left in 2019. I didn't think of this till yesterday: 2019 is the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. A long time ago.
I have carved out some time to stitch today, once I finish mailing more packages. I am working on three geometrics, all on 18 mesh canvas. I started one for the Dowager Countess; I am finishing a Patriotic one, and I fished one I started about 2 years ago and think I should finish.
I am trying to build up a number of geometrics on 18 mesh canvas, including perhaps a new Mystery, so I have a question to ask you: if you have a favorite geometric of mine, would you tell me which? Thanks! Good place to start is knowing a geometric that people like.
November 13, 2019 Wednesday
Mail Jail Updates
I wish to say again: Now is the time, if you have not heard from me, for you to email me. GayAnnRogers@icloud.com Please let me hear from you if you have not heard from me, I would like to begin wrapping up E-Week. My goal was to finish by mid-November and the date is fast approaching.
November 12, 2019 Tuesday
Mail Jail Updates
Carload of packages today, carload of packages tomorrow. We are nearing the end. I still have some late invoices and some late payments, but for the most part we are finished.
Now is the time, if you have not heard from me, for you to email me. GayAnnRogers@icloud.com
As your packages arrive, please remember to check them.
Life in General
Life is improving in one big way: I am carving out some time to stitch and I have been working on two designs. I am happy to report that the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) almost has a geometric square to continue my series.
And I am closing in on finishing a Patriotic Geometric as well. I have had the Patriotic Geometric going on for a long time now, I just ran out of thread and had to wait for a replensishment. It arrived!
November 11, 2019 Monday
Time to add to my Victoriana Story
I just posted a story about a pair of scissors, a special pair of scissors. Click on Victoriana Story and then on Chapter 3 Scissors for my story of an unusual pair.
November 10, 2019 Sunday
Mail Jail Updates
In the early stages of Mail Jail I asked everyone to keep emails to me to a minimum so that I could concentrate on Mail Jail. I said there would come a time when I would ask you to write to me if you have not heard from me.
That time has come now: if you have not heard from me about your order, PLEASE EMAIL ME NOW
Jay is almost finished; we have a large number of packages to go out on Tuesday. A reminder that you should receive tracking information from the post office shortly after Jay prints your shipping label.
As your packages arrive, please check the contents and report all mistakes and shortages to me. People often ask if there is anything they can do to help me and I reply yes, absolutely: don't wait until December 15 at 10:00 pm to check your packages; check them as they arrive.
Website Software Correction
I just discovered I made a mistake way back when in choice of Directory Pages for E-Week and I just swapped them. Now the Directory Page for E-Week shows all the designs in the sale, so those of you checking patterns should have easy access now to Hearts and the designs in the Surprise Windows.
I began constructing this year's E-Week when my present software was still very new to me and it was baptism by fire. There are several idiosyncrasies which I still haven't mastered and some bugs. In time I will likely discover workarounds but workarounds take time to master. I like this software but it is more primitive than my older now- discontuned software. I still mourn its demise..
November 8, 2019 Friday
Mail Jail Updates
Early morning appointments today meant scurrying around for Mail Jail obligations very early this morning, so I have just opened up my website for the day.
In about another half hour or so DH and I will be on our way to the post office with a carful of packages from Jay. They will be on their way shortly.
Next mailing: probably Monday.
Life in General
I was worn out yesterday afternoon -- I'd been up since the wee hours chugging along and by mid afternoon I just stopped. I was tired and discouraged and needed a break. So guess what I did: picked up a needle for the first time in so long, and within an hour I felt like a new person. It is such therapy!
So what did I work on? Dowager's Geometric. Enjoyed myself so much!
November 7, 2019 Thursday
Mail Jail Updates
Nest mailing: tomorrow. With any luck we will finish the majority of packages by next week.
If you are waiting for an invoice for payment by check or by Drip and you have not yet heard from me, would you please write to me now. Thanks!
This morning the Backstory to my choice of Queen Victoria as my fourth and final queen.
I hope you will follow along as I tell the tale of my Queen Victoria Portrait, antique needlework tools, lace, crowns and the story of a small sampler. A fun story to carry us into the holidays and a special December treat from Carolyn Meacham.
November 6, 2019 Wednesday
Mail Jail Updates
Packages sent yesterday, more this morning. We are getting through it all. Next mailing: on Friday morning.
Please remember to check everything as your packages arrive. Make sure everything is there. How will you know? Return to E-Week Sale and check the details for your design.
I decided to write the story of Victoriana on Queendom Website. I have posted my portrait of Victoria, now I will start to post all sorts of photos connected with the Victorian Age.
I'm still tied up with E-Week. I will be more attentive once I have finished most of the sale. Till then life is a bit sporadic.
November 4, 2019 Monday
Mail Jail Updates
Jay texted me that he has the next batch of packages ready for mailing and I will pick them up in a while.
I still have some invoices for checks and drips I still have to do. Because of a mini-flood of emails and requests for special handling, I am behind. I will try to catch up in the next few days. Mail Jail will likely go on for a week or more than I had originally planned, perhaps even longer.
November 4, 2019 Monday
Mail Jail Updates
I will pick up a carload of packages and send them off today, then Jay wishes a day to catch up on invoices I've given him previously, so I will deliver the next bunch of invoices to him tomorrow morning.
With tomorrow's invoices Jay will start packing all patterns.
So how much longer will it take? I am guessing we will be finished with the bulk of the sale by a week from today.
I will start on orders paid by check and by drip tomorrow, for mailing likely on Thursday or Friday.
As many of those payments have not yet arrived in the mail Mail Jail will stretch on beyond next Monday, but it won't be an all-day-long job any longer.
Life Other Than Mail Jail
Not yet any life other than Mail Jail. Soon, but not yet.
November 3, 2019 Sunday
Jay is working at packing more kits and patterns over the weekend and I will pick up a carload of packages sometime mid-morning on Monday.
As your packages arrive on your doorstep, please check the contents carefully to make sure you have everything: check the pages of the instructions booklets to make certain the copy machine didn't skip anything.
Check all kit contents against the Supplies list in each pattern. Check the threads, check the beads.
You have until December 15 to report any shortages or mistakes and I will fix them. After December 15, you are on your own.
I make this deadline in self-defense: over the years I have been asked to fix kits for up to 20 years after I have taught the class or sold the kit. The strangest of these requests was actually one from the grave.
If you wish to request I send something to you, please go all the way through your kits and patterns and make me a bullet list in a single email:
• name of pattern and exact words from supplies list
• name of pattern and exact words from supplies list, etc.
Be sure to include your name and snail address.
November 1, 2019 Friday
I hope you will watch as November on Queendom Website unfolds, a bit of a journey into inspiration and creativity, as time permits: hopefully encouragement for each of you and a reminder to myself that literal isn't the best path.
October 31, 2019 Halloween
Here's to a Halloween filled with goblins, ghosts, pumpkins and all your very favorite Halloween Candy. I'm looking forward to my very big Snickers Bar this afternoon.
We did indeed send off 57 packages yesterday. They filled the back end of my SUV. Jay is working away again, and tomorrow will be the next mailing date.
The pearl cotton arrived late yesterday afternoon so I can finish extra Echoes II and Echoes Sewing Case kits over the weekend. I will take them to Jay on Monday morning.
October 30, 2019 Wednesday
Late yesterday afternoon Jay texted me that he had 57 more packages ready to go to the post office. Later on this morning I will pick them up and take them to the post office. At the same time I will pick up the invoices and then I can report what he has packed and sent.
More of the same today: at the shop, more copying patterns and packing. For me more kitting.
Here we are at the penultimate day of October and tomorrow is Halloween. I look forward to my annual Snickers bar. I haven't bought it yet, but promise this: it is going to be a large one!
October 29, 2019 Tuesday
I have been putting in very long days: 17 hours a day since E-Week closed last Tuesday night. Yesterday it all came together and I can see I will finish. I collapsed, couldn't work on into the evening.
Do I still have too much to do? Yes, but it is do-able. For a while I wasn't sure but the long hours paid off and I can see that we should have most everything shipped by mid-November (my goal).
I have been a kit-making machine. I wanted you to know that I have made a few substitutions here and there, where I wasn't certain I could get the original color in a timely fashion. Here's an example: in newer Echoes II kits, there's a yellow silk I don't have; I will substitute it for a yellow, same family but one shade (value) lighter.
Some of Eleanor's Hearts have one thread substitution and several bead substitutions. As I put the kits together, I decided I liked the substitutions better than the original. I had my model next to me and thought, these beads are better.
Whatever, I am coming to the end. Not tomorrow, not even next week, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Happy thought!
Jay is packing away as fast as he can. He is amazingly efficient and tomorrow the back of my SUV will be filled.
One day at a time...
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.