Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

NEWS & VIEWS

Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated August, 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.


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.


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).

August 21, Wednesday

DH asked me yesterday how my website was coming along and how I was doing on E-Week preparations. My answer: not very well, as I've played hooky from present work to work ahead on graphs and instructions. I need to order some beads while they are still available.

Most of the time I can't order beads, I have to buy them when I see them, but I found a large stash of some vintage nailheads in colors I would love to have, so I needed to do a thorough inventory.

In the end I could have saved myself a lot of time if I had just ordered all the nailheads and reconciled amounts of what I have later. In the end that's what I did, bought them all.

And I need to confess that I've been stitching more than I have any right to. The same sort of logic about inventory in the future applies to the stitching I've been doing: I'm in an exciting place on a large project and I need to work it out before I forget my inspiration.

Problem central to my life: I need another 12 hours a day. Does anybody know where to find those hours?

Meanwhile, 10 days left in August. Sigh....


August 19, Monday

This morning I have posted my Mystery House of long ago. At the time it didn't seem like a big deal but it marked the beginning of a huge shift in my work life. I tell its story this morning.

I also added Red Kitty because she has her own (unintended) Mystery. Can you find what it is?

Redwork comes to Queendom Website this morning.


August 17, Saturday

In the face of too much kitting to do, what did I do? Some, but then I got distracted by some ideas for my project and spend the afternoon stitching. Actually mostly planning, but some stitching too. Ideas just don't like to wait. So stitch I did.

With new resolve this morning, I am counting threads again and stapling labels on them. I should spend my best quality time designing (mornings) and the time I go into auto-drive kitting (afternoons). But the best light is in the afternoons....

Maybe the way to do it: think in the early morning, kit kit kit in the late morning and early afternoon and think again when the light is its best.

Or maybe simply stitch all day long and worry about all the masses of kitting later. I am so enjoying this project of mine thatall I want to do is work on it. That said, I'm a terrible last-minute person and the idea of counting threads and stapling labels for 10-15 hours a day has no appeal.

Eh, I'll find the balance somewhere.


August 16, Friday

Half way through today half of August is over. MacSoph and I have exactly 2 months to go till E-Week. I finally set the days of my sale: E-Week will start on Thursday, October 17; Surprise Windows will be Saturday morning, October 19.

Yikes! MacSoph and I have a lot of work ahead!


August 15, Thursday

Marching ahead with everything, and a little stitching time too.. I wish I could sit and stitch all day long, I am having such a good time with my project, but alas kitting supplies just sit here too and stare at me.

Well, a little more time for stitching right now, then work for the day, and more stitching later on this afternoon. Sounds like a plan for this Thursday.


August 14, Wednesday

Back to normal today after a couple of days R&R. I'm still waiting for supplies but can work around them for another bit of time.

I have reconstructed my Lessons Pages and soon will publish them in their new format.

And I will carve out a bit of stitching time late this afternoon.

Life is better again.


August 13, Tuesday

I posted Echoes II and its story yesterday morning. The interesting part of its story is that I thought about Echoes II when I first finished the original Echoes but didn't stitch it till 8 years later.

I had an eye checkup yesterday I'm curious to know if anybody else experiences the same thing I do: the dilation always does me in for the day, it makes me sick and I usually sleep it off -- so I accomplish nothing. By 9:00 last night, 95% of the effect was gone and this morning life has returned to normal.

I mention this because all stitchers I know always say: preserve my eyes and my hands! I am happy to report my eyes are in great shape and I am back to eyeballing my current project. I haven't had a project I've enjoyed this much for a long time. It's terribly difficult but I've been lucky and made good decisions so far and I love the way it is working out. Now if I can just keep on making good decisions....

Back to kitting today. I have to order yet more Kreinik braid this morning.


August 11, Sunday

Productive day yesterday and off to a good start today! Good feeling! So productive that I am taking off time at 3:00 this afternoon to stitch for 2 hours! Will anyone join me?

I am at such a fun stage on my large complex project that it is difficult to set it aside. Wasn't it Oscar Wilde who said, the only way to overcome temptation is to give into it?

OK, Oscar, this afternoon I am giving in to it.

I hope some of you will join me.


August 10, Saturday

I am working full time on kits and yesterday I ran out of silver Kreinik braid. Fortunately, of all the distributors I use, Kreinik is the easiest to deal with. I will order Kreinik braid on Monday and it will likely take less than 2 weeks for the Kreinik braid to arrive.

Kitting isn't a terrible task, boring but not difficult. It is a matter of keeping at the task and too often I get distracted by wanting to stitch. My current idea: kit for an hour and a half, then a half hour of stitching, and so forth. Problem is, it's hard to stop stitching after half an hour.

O Happy Weekend!


August 9, Friday

I have received notes from many of you requesting patterns and I have been thinking of a solution. Here's my idea: clean up my storage boxes and gradually sell my onesies, twosies and threesies. That means I would post a design and sell the one kit I have or the two kits or three kits, wait a while and as I cleaned up, sell the next one or two or three. I'm thinking I will try this early next year.

One thing about my new software, it is more nimble than my old software which was full of bells and whistles but a bit cumbersome as a result. So it just might work.

God knows, I do need to do something about my accumulation around here, boxes and boxes piled everywhere.

Meanwhile TGIF is meaningless to me: more kitting all weekend long.


August 8, Thursday

Thanks to those of you who wrote to me yesterday with requests for designs. I won't be able to do all of them this October, but in time I will bring them all back.

Re Downton Abbey designs, as soon as the movie is released I will offer the patterns again. I think the movie arrives next month (September). I saw a news article about it yesterday, it sounds like the movie will be great.


August 7, Wednesday

Kitting all day today. I am expecting three large boxes of supplies any day now and the assortments of silks I've put together are growing again.

If you have a request for an old design, now would be the time to let me know.


August 6, Tuesday

Yesterday I posted Echoes of Elizabeth, the original one and its story in my Gallery. My Gallery is beginning to grow; so far I have posted only Samplers, soon I will start to post Sewing Cases, Geometrics and Hearts, maybe in the next few days.

I did take time to stitch yesterday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the time. I am doing a ton of Basketweave right now so it is a bit monotonous. On the other hand, it is easy, and at this point the reward is just holding a needle in my hand.

Why so much Basketweave? As thos of you who have stitched the Queens know, it is like a painter's wash: it becomes the background for layers of texture on top.

Next time I have a bit of stitching time I think I will start something new that is a bit more complex so that I can toggle between the easy and the more difficult.


August 4, Sunday

The Dog Days of Summer are here, but by our cool weather, you would never know it. In another sense you sure would know it is summer here: tourists everywhere! DH and I went to the post office on Friday and it took forever to get there because the streets were so clogged with tourists.

Today after a lazy August Saturday yesterday, I am going back to kitting. I plan to start today kitting a new Geometric for E-Week. I confess, I am pleased with the way the Geometric turned out so I will enjoy making the kits. I put together the bead packets previously so I just have to count and label the threads. Hopefully it won't take too long.

Then maybe in the late afternoon when the light is especially bright, I will carve out a bit of stitching time. I have everything I need for my current project except a single spool of Kreinik braid. I don't often use #12 Kreinik braid and I forgot to buy a spool yesterday.

Enjoy your day and try to sneak in a bit of time with your needle, maybe you will join me about 3:00 or so? I'm looking forward to the time!


August 3, Saturday

Here we are, in the third day of August already, but I am working along. By yesterday I had counted and stapled labels on 600 bundles of silk and finished writing my last two projects for E-Week, made the kits and sent them off to the proofers. I decided I needed a little time off.

So I stitched for two hours yesterday afternoon.

Did any of you stitch along with me?


August 1, Thursday

Welcome to August on my new website. The Dog Days of Summer are here and we all should be kicking back and stitching. I hope that is what you are doing.

I've been counting and stapling labels on silks and am proud to tell you that I completed 350 bundles of silks yesterday. Yes, I'm on my way to tackling E-Week. 2.5 months to go, and that time will evaporate very soon.

I am having dinner tonight with a friend who is a whiz at organization and great on the computer. I'm hoping she will help me figure out some structure for my new website and hopefully I will come away with some direction. Over the weekend I will post another sampler.


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