Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

NEWS & VIEWS

Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated June, 2019


My Four Queens  

are gone now, my last Queen Sale is over.


Selling My Kits and Patterns

I only sell kits and patterns at certain times during the year.

You can find out about my sales by signing up for my Newsletter.


How to Follow my Sales

Sign up for my Newsletter.

To sign up, email me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com


Will your email in box be flooded with Newsletters?

No, I send out a Newsletter a few days before a sale and another sometime during the sale. That's it.


When do I usually have sales?

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


In 2018 I had an extra sale of the Last Queen in August.


In June, 2019 I sold the last of my Queen Kits.


Requesting Old Patterns

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

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

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


To sign up on my interest list, email me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com


Queendom Website’s Own Jargon


MacSoph

MacSoph is my trusty little Apple MacBook computer.

Back in the late 1980’s DH and I had an SE and an English friend named that computer ‘Sophie Enchilada’ a bit of ridiculousness that stuck and our computers have been ‘Soph’ ever since


DH

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


The main thing to know about DH in connection with Queendom Website is the concept of ‘First Thing in the Morning’.


First Thing in the Morning means just that to me: it is the first thing I do in the morning.


DH has a different concept: First Thing in the Morning can often mean before 4:00 in the afternoon. DH isn’t a morning person.


This arises in connection with ‘Mailing Packages First Thing in the Morning’.


How Queendom Website Got its Name

Not long after MacSoph and I started our website, a friend said to me, your website is just like your own little private kingdom.


I replied, “yes, but not a kingdom, it’s a Queendom and I am Queen.”


And that’s why I usually have an abundant number of crowns and Things Royal on Queendom Website.


E-Week

E-Week is my big once-a-year sale usually in mid-October. I have other sales during the year but E-Week is my extravaganza.


E-Week is named after Merchandise Night at seminars. Merchandise Night at seminars is an evening when teachers and other vendors sell their wares for 2 hours or so. Now I have E-Merchandise Week, shortened along the years to 'E-Week'.


Early Morning Sales

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

Early Morning Sales have special items, often limited in number, for a short period of time. If I do say so, they are a special part of E-Week and they are great fun!


Mail Jail

Mail Jail is the shipping division of my little business and it is the main reason I don’t have things for sale on Queendom Website all the time.


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


So I found Jay who has taken over Mail Jail for me. He is so efficient at it and I am delighted that he is willing to do it.


Kit Hell

Every needlework teacher knows about Kit Hell. That’s the time before a class when you do nothing but order supplies and then divide them up into kits.


Even though I am retired from travel-teaching, I still have a bit of Kit Hell in my life.


Bead Mania

If you have ever spilled 10,000 seed beads, you will know about Bead Mania.


This is all the Queendom Website Jargon I can think of right now. If I think of more of it, I will post it here.



Queendom Website's Production Team

Queendom Website's staff includes:

Queen (me),

Queen Consort (DH) who manages Mail Jail and is an occasional staff writer,

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

July 20, Saturday

For years I thought Hundred Flowers was my best piece of work, then along came a competitor. I will post this competitor and its story on Monday, first thing in the morning.


July 19, Friday

It is nice to have my new website under way. I don't have this dark work cloud hanging over me any longer. Very nice feeling indeed. Mind you, a long way to go still, but it's OK.

Yesterday afternoon E-Week in October became a reality: a very large box of Kreinik braid arrived and I have added it to the growing stacks of supplies both for this year and for next. A sure sign that Queendom Website is alive still.

I have some decisions to make this weekend: I need to decide about a structure issue for my website and I need to decide which designs to bring back this year in E-Week. Otherwise all is well in my Queendom.

I will post the next of my favorite pieces on Monday.


July 18, Thursday

Right now I have two posts under Gallery: a page about Hollyhock House and a page about Hundred Flowers. On Monday morning I will post the next of my favorte pieces and eventually I hope to build up my Gallery section.

Behind the scenes I am working on transferring my Lessons. They will have their own subsite and I will add to them in time.

I'm working on my website through the next month and a half and also on E-Week for October. Come September 1 I will work on E-Week full time.

And I have returned to stitching a bit. I realize I have to work at it too because of lead times in ordering threads. I love that I have reintroduced a bit of stitching as a necessity. I am working on Patriotica for next year.

I have a project I wish I could work on but it is packed away. I'm considering carving out 3 hours on each Sunday afternoon to work on it.

I must say, life is easier now that my website is up and running.


July 17, Wednesday

For some time I have had a facebook 'business' page. I have a private page too, but I don't use it. I post on my business page. Now and then I post on one needlepoint group and one sampler group as well. I posted Hollyhock House on both and there was a flurry of interest in the design.

Hollyhock House is not difficult to stitch -- it is nothing more than basic needlepoint stitches -- but it is large and very detailed. I looked up to see the length of the instructions booklet and it is 145 pages long. If a person is new to my designs and not used to counting, I don't think Hollyhock House is a good place to start. After success with one or two smaller projects, Hollyhock House would be a fine choice.

As shipping prices continue to soar for me, I have questioned whether I should continue offering small projects. But after these days of replies on facebook about Hollyhock House, I see the need to continue offering smaller 'introductory' pieces as well as the larger ones.

I have two genres of designs perfect as introductions to my style: hearts and geometrics.. As I was transferring files from my old software to my new, I revisited my Downton Abbey designs. I think they are perfect introductions to my style. I will bring them back in September with the release of the new Downton Abbey movie.

I had a lovely day off yesterday -- no computer work, not tallying supplies, no kitting. Back to the grind today.


July 16, Tuesday

Today is DH's and my Anniversary, so I am taking the whole day off. Early morning time with my needle and then a bit of celebration that another year has gone by together.

I will leave Hundred Flowers on Queendom Website's home page for a while longer. If you wish to follow, I have written its story in Gallery (click on the photo there); I have also posted Hollyhock House and its story there.

I began this series saying I would post five of my favorite pieces, but I will expand it a bit so in the end I will have a Gallery of Favorites and their stories. It will teach me a bit more about organization in this software which is definitely good.

Two so far.

Enjoy your day!


July 12, Friday

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

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

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

So far I love the software.


July 9, Tuesday

Welcome to Queendom Website's New Home.

You will find a different look, but in reality much the same website as before:


Home Page, News&Views, For Sale, Gallery, Lessons, For Groups and My Book Shelf.


A week ago I started over again on new software. I had planned to spend all of July and August and then I would move toward the end of August.


Life had different plans: I woke up on July 7 and started work. My computer went all wonky from new downlads and when the dust finally cleared, I could no longer publish my existing website.


Immediately I called Apple and a sweet young thing told me 'sorry, no longer possible.' I won't go into the details, but it is finished.


I moved my domain name, www.GayAnnRogers.com and it now opens this site. From now on, this is the only website I will be able to update: I can no longer do anything with my other sites.


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

www.QueendomWebsite.com


This move at this time was totally unexpected, so my website is barely started. I hope you will stay with me and watch as it grows. Eventually everything will be here.


If you have any suggestions for me, do write to me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com