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Gay Ann Rogers Needlework

 

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Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated November, 2018

 

My Four Queens

Sometime in the summer of 2019, I hope to 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:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

 

 

2019 Heart Sale: Suspended

I usually have a hearts sale in February each year.

In 2019 I have suspended the sale.

 

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:

GayAnnRogers@me.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 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?

Elizabeth 1,

Catherine the Great,

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Queen Victoria.

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:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

 

 

 

Queendom Website’s Own Jargon

 

MacSoph

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

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; 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.

 

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 now and again.

 

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 now has become a staff writer,

and Queendom Website's Faithful Subjects, MacSophs II and III (my trusty little MacBook computers).

 

November 14,  Wednesday

Yesterday I delivered the last invoice to Jay. I took the kit makings off our dining room table and replaced them with the needlework tools associated with my December 6 deadline.

 

This means I have formally transitioned to full-time into photography. I spend about 20% of my time with camera in hand and 80% in Photoshop. I know, I know, Arlene would tell me it should be the reverse, but Photoshop is my photography crutch. I don't know how I coped with photos before I had Photoshop.

 

Noteworthy in my life: our diningroom table spent about 20 minutes as a diningroom table, ie empty and looking nice, then it returned to its function as repository for work projects and not as center of eating.

 

Please please continue to check your packages, and please email me now with any mistakes you find. I will fix everything, I think I always have, but for the present I am working away at my huge deadline now. It may be December 7 before I can return to my E-Week Sale.

 

November 12,  Monday

I heard from a couple of you over the weekend about missing parts.

I will fix them tomorrow or Tuesday.

 

You have until January 1 to check your orders and report mistakes to me. In recent years I have had to establish a deadline for reporting mistakes because people have written to me reporting errors 5, 10, even 20 years after the class or sale. So please note your deadline is January 1.

 

Please notice that I have left the entire sale up on Queendom Website so that you can check the details of your packages. Check the supplies, check the size(s) of the canvas(es), check the number of pages in your instructions booklet(s). In short, check it all to make sure you have everything.

 

Of course, I am hoping you won't wait till the last minute. If you wish to be kind to me, you will report mistakes very soon.

 

I do have one different part this year. I have one horrendous deadline on December 6. I may likely have to wait to repair mistakes until December 7 or after because of my deadline. If you write to me now, I will put your requests in a file and tend to them soon as I can.

 

REMEMBER: please include your snail address with any requests.

 

November 10,  Saturday

I hope I did a fair job of getting through all my sales this year. In the end I ran so short of time that I wondered if I could finish everything on my list of to-do's. I have also been heartily deprived of time with my needle, a fact that makes me grumpy and short-tempered.

 

But finally I am close to finished. Yesterday DH and I sent off another 20+ packages. I know some of you were very concerned about them and I apologize, but am happy to report that they are finally on their way.

 

Besides E-Week, I have had another task that I needed to start long ago and simply put off and off until now the 11th hour is here: I have to take this year's photographs for our catalogue of my needlework before December 6.

 

I finally started yesterday, and on Queendom Website's home page is one of my first photos. I like this task (although I would be happier if I weren't so rushed this year) but I confess, it is mixed with sadness too. I miss my things.  I know they are just things, but they have also been my friends for a very long time.

 

Eh, so life goes.

 

As I snap photos and work on them, I will post a few on Queendom Website in hopes that you will enjoy them.

 

More updates about Mail Jail tomorrow.

 

November 8, Thursday

As the days of November click away, it is essential that you email me now if you have not heard from me about your order from E-Week, or if you have mistakes in your kits/patterns. You would be doing me a big favor if you write now, not later.

 

I said earlier I have a horrific photography deadline of December 6. I must have finished prints of over 100 items, catalogued and printed for delivery on December 6. Sadly, I have not yet started.

 

So why haven't I started yet? Emails, more emails, more answers, more problems, trips to Jay, trips to the post office. I just didn't count on its all taking me so much time. Of course, I should have recognized it always does, but I didn't.

 

So I am writing this now so that you will realize the urgency of my hope that you will email soon or even sooner.

 

I will come to a point not far off where I will simply have to go on hiatus and table requests about EWeek until I finish my photography deadline. It is a very important deadline to me, in short it is 100% the reason I continue working.

 

November 7, Wednesday

I was up and back at work this morning bright and early. I am on my way to see Jay in a short while, soon as I finish my morning's bookkeeping.

 

We have now reached the point where I need you to write to me if you ordered  design/s from E-Week and have not heard from me.

Please email me straightaway at GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

 

I have one horrific deadline in December. I would like to finish EWeek as soon as I can. Please write to me now!

 

In the last few years I have had so many deadlines, particularly this summer and autumn. Come December 6, I am finished for a while.

Time to stitch as a holiday treat to myself -- I am greatly looking forward to finishing. I hope you will help me get to the finish line.

Thanks.

 

 

November 2, Friday

I should have waited a day to write yesterday's email. Jay texted me that he is close to finished.

 

NOW is the time you should write to me if you haven't had any news of your order. Be sure to include a list of what you ordered AND your snail address.

 

ALWAYS include your snail address when corresponding with me about problems.

 

Happier A LOT Happier

I have a happy announcement: I am stitching again. Not a lot but a bit, ever so little bit. Boy has my mood improved! I was really really stitch-deprived and I was a whiny cranky creature and now I am happy again. Isn't there a corny song about this sort of thing?

 

Email Address Change

Please note that I am changing my email address to GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

 

Actually, it is only partly a change: GayAnnRogers@icloud.com is essentially the same as GayAnnRogers@me.com, they work interchangeably. But now the geek world has told me that Apple wants to phase out 'me.com' and I thought I'd better change to 'icloud.com' before it is a crucial necessity.

 

Some of you sharp-eyed people may have noticed that I already have another icloud address: when I send out Newsletters, I use

GayAnnNews@icloud.com.

 

October 13, Surprise Windows this morning

It is early a.m. in California and Surprise Windows will start opening in a couple of hours. Not long to go!

 

I'm excited to see how they go. I've prompted MacSoph, told  her it is essential that she publish in a timely and accurate fashion!

 

Several years ago my little MacSoph got overly flustered and instead of opening a Surprise Window as she should have, she sent everyone to an Apple Advertisement.

 

Since that time, I've been schooling all MacSophs. Today is this MacSoph's first time (she was new to me last March).

 

After the Surprise Windows are all open, I will leave them open for the rest of the sale (till Wednesday afternoon) and you may shop for any unsold or unlimited items.

 

AS they said in Ancient Rome, 'Let the Games Begin'. Soon, very soon.

 

October 11, Thursday E-Week is Here!

Let News&Views be your guide to E-Week 2018.

To enter the sale, click on the Gate on the right, or on E-Week 2018 on the yellow navigation bar.

 

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 thumbnails to travel to descriptions of the projects and PayPal buttons.

 

To travel quickly through the sale from beginning to end:

start with Iron Wrought in Silk,  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 the Thumbnails of all designs.

 

If you wish to buy something, you 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 some help with finances, please check out my 'Paying on the Drip.'  Scroll down and you will find out more about help with financing.

 

Taxes: for people ordering from a California address, PayPal will automatically add 7.75%.

If you wish to pay by personal check, please alert me that you are from California before I process your invoice.

 

 

Early Morning Surprise Windows

A tradition since the first E-Week, Surprise Windows continue this year.

This year, I think we have some extraordinary things in Surprise Windows. So I hope you will save time for them.

 

On Saturday Morning, October 13 at 8:00 a.m. sharp, California time, the first of 8 windows will open. A window will open every 15 minutes until they're all open.

 

There is also a 9th window about 2019 on Queendom Website and an offer to sign an interest sheet for a queen you would like to have to complete your series.

 

This year in Surprise Windows, I will feature a collection of Honiton lace.

To read about the Honiton ahead of time, see Surprise Windows on the yellow navigation bar.

 

And for newbies: I have posted Surprise Window Practice so that you have a chance to hone your Surprise Window skills  LOL.

 

 

Notes about Limitations on Designs This Year

This year I struggled with the availability of supplies. Oh my. As a result I have some kits for each design, but the number of kits is uneven and I predict I will run out of some kits very quickly, whereashopefully others will last the duration of the sale.

 

If I run out of a design, it doesn't necessarily mean it is the most popular, sought after project. More likely I didn't have the supplies to make as many as I might have wished.

 

So this year I will emphasize:  If you have your heart set on a certain design in the sale, 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.

 

Need Help with Financing? Payments up to 10 Months

In the last few years I've helped with a payment plan extending up to 10 months.

 

Here's how it works: add up your purchases, divide the total number of months (for example, 10),  then send me post-dated checks, one for each month.

 

Date the first one, November 1, 2016. I will file your checks and cash one each month.

 

If you are interested in my novel financing plan, please email me: GayAnnRogers@me.com and we will work out.a payment plan for you. I've had many people opt for this plan and so far it has worked very well.

 

 

This year's Shipping Charges and Mail Jail

Shipping Charges for the General Sale and Surprise Windows

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.

 

Shipping Outside the U.S.

If you wish to buy a kit or pattern and you live outside the U.S., you must find an 'inside the U.S.' address, either a friend or you can try 'Shipitto.com'. They will fix you up with a forwarding company. This means I send the package inside the U.S. and they forward it the rest of the way.

 

I also have a friend Arliss Link who has undertaken helping people with shipping outside the U.S. I send your package to her and she repacks it and ships it to you. She charges $16.00 for the time and effort, in addition to shipping priority insured.

 

If you are interested, write to me and I will 'officially' introduce you to Arliss.

 

 

Mail Jail

What is Mail Jail? The shipping department of Queendom Website.

 

Mail Jail has changed for me.

I no longer do my shipping, Jay who owns my print shop does it for me now.

 

With Jay at the helm, I'm guessing he will finish mailing everything in about 2 weeks.

 

The upsides of Jay's shipping are these: I stay sane and you get your packages much more quickly.

 

The downside is cost: my cheapest package, a little 1 oz. padded bag, now costs a minimum of $11.00  (actual postage, the cost of the padded bag, PayPal charges and what Jay charges me).

 

Questions

Please email me any questions:

GayAnnRogers@me.com

 

 

Changing my email address to:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

Important Deadline, Please Note. Deadline for reporting errors in E-Week 2018: January 1, 2019. Up until January 1, 2019 I will try my best to fix mistakes (missing beads, missing threads, missing instructions, etc. After January 1, 2019, you are on your own.