Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated September 2020
Updates: E-Week, my big fall sale, begins on Thursday, October 15 at 8:00 a.m. California time.
E-Week's Surprise Windows start opening Saturday October 17 at 8:00 a.m. California time.
Yes, E-Week is on, inspite of the pandemic. It will just take me longer to sort and pack and ship orders.
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:
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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.
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 GayAnnRogers@icloud.com
September 29, 2020 Tuesday
Yesterday late in the afternoon I joined Gary Parr's heart stitchalong live podcast to talk about my Patriotica Hearts and I announced officially that I will bring all four back in my E-Week Sale on October 15. Why? My wait list had grown too long and E-Week will be my last chance to offer them.
Next week I return to Gary Parr's program on Wednesday, October 7, to reveal my American Patriot. On the right is my last hint about her. In this hint is her sewing case (actually in the portrait itself) and I also made the sewing case 'for real.'
In Gary's podcast on October 7, I will talk about the origins of my choice and soem of the difficulties in stitching her. She's not difficult to stitch, you just have to count mostly accurately and that's it. But she was difficult for me to design.
I had a case of the jitters yesterday about a live program, so I didn't accomplish much. I'm hoping to make up for it today and am off to an early start. I will try and make up for the time spent uselessly on jitters.
Enjoy your day! Come along with me and steal some time with your needle. That's exactly what I plan to do: work till 4:00 in the afternoon, then knock off and stitch.
September 28, 2020 Monday
I planned to shift my Home Page a bit this morning but I got busy counting threads and before I knew it, it was 8:30 a.m.
So no more this morning than a quick note to say all is going well and I am slightly ahead of the curve.
E-Week, my fall sale, will happen, God willing and the creek don't rise. Figurative Rising Creeks these days seem to happen daily.
Antidote to Figurative Rising Creeks: keep calm and keep your needle in your hand.
I plan to do just that later this afternoon. Maybe some of you will join me.
September 27, 2020 Sunday
Away from needlepoint for one column, this has to do with a visiting friend.
Right outside our bedroom window we have a native plant, a volunteer, that has grown up over the years and is now large enough almost to reach the roof height.
We don't cut it back because our best visitors come around every day and visit it. We have a large lady hummingbird who comes several times every day; Mockingbirds built a substantial nest in it. When Painted Lady butterflies are here, I've seen a dozen or so at a time cluster through its branches.
And right now we have a huge orange and black butterfly visiting and he spends much time fluttering through it.
Yesterday I was taking photos for E-Week, so I had my camera in my hand, when our huge butterfly darted in and around the plant. I knew the setting that I liked on my camera for the creatures who visit our plant, I set it quickly and snapped away.
I then posted a photo on my facebook page and asked if anybody knew who this was. He's very bright orange and black. Thank you to several people who identified him. Thanks, Brenda, for the guide.
He's a giant swallowtail butterfly and above right is my lucky photo of him.
September 26, 2020 Saturday
I spent the entire day yesterday on webwork for E-Week. I am making progress, there's no doubt, but I have a long way to go. Rome wasn't build in a day.
I have been working away since early a.m. before first light this morning and will continue for most of the day. How much longer? I would like to finish by October 6 or 7.
The countdown is definitely on: 19 days to go till E-Week opens and my attention is on E-Week. Not much more to add.
Enjoy your Saturday.
September 25, 2020 Friday
iPhone woes yesterday gobbled up my entire day. All I did yesterday was sort out problems with my iPhone and then with DH's. That was it, there went my day.
I don't know if this strikes you, but under normal circumstances, if I were free to come and go, I would have taken both iPhones to a fixit shop. As it is, in the midst of the pandemic, I am the tech fixit shop in our household.
By the end of it, DH did tell me his phone is working much better. I guess that's some consolation.
As a result of yesterday: no tech today. I mean NO tech today. My missing threads are here, so I'm planning to finish kits. And stitch for a while.
TGIF. Enjoy your day!
September 24, 2020 Thursday
I am doing well now, hitting the stride of posting webwork and all in all, I think I am slightly ahead of the curve. A good place to be.
I heard yesterday from Kreinik that they have shipped spools of the new color I am excited about. It is #9295 and named 'Blue Hydrangea' which is a perfect name. It is a beautiful color and one that fits so well with a favorite blue of Soie d'Alger.
Given that I am home and expect to be quarantined for some time to come, my E-Week this year is small. Even though it is small by E-Week standards, I expect it to take me a considerable amount of time for shipping and I am already starting to prepare for it. You should see my dining room table which is 'packing station central.'
If you are following my snippets, notice there is a new one this morning on Queendom Website's Home Page.
Enjoy the day.
September 23, 2020 Wednesday
I am playing a bit of a game with my American Patriot. If you look on Queendom Website's home page you will see four snippets. I tell you what #1, #2 and #3 are. Can you guess what #4 is?
No? Wait another day or two and I'll drop another hint.
I hit a low point yesterday, the lowest point in quite a while. I worked past it -- one of the New Yorker's 'Rolling Nervous Breakdowns' and it rolled on. In the end I had a very good day.
I accomplished a lot, namely a good start on E-Week's webwork, but I'm going to say this about my upcoming sale:
I welcome you to my little needlepoint world. I'm looking forward to presenting my American Patriot and other little patriotic goodies -- I believe we can all do with the lift I hope E-Week will provide, but please come with a civil tone and a dose of patience.
Onward with the day: more webwork this morning and some treasured time with my needle in the late afternoon.
September 22, 2020 Tuesday
Today I am switching gears from what seems like endless stapling labels on silk for kits: I am planning to start the webwork for E-Week 2020. If I get a start on it, I think I will feel I am indeed making progress. I still have three weeks to go.
My big question about E-Week is logistics in the time of the pandemic. If shipping goes smoothly, I can do it, but when problems come up, it will be tough.
We'll see how it goes. No question at all that it will take patience on the part of everybody.
Gary Parr is having a special session on Stitching Hearts and asked if I would be a part of the live show and I said yes. Next Monday night, I think. Hope those of you with Patriotica Hearts will stitch along with us.
September 21, 2020 Monday
A Monday morning 2/3 of the way through the month of September and I am all caught up in Kit Hell. I stapled for about 12 hours yesterday, with time out for a walk and that was about all.
So how is it coming?
A great deal of excitement because Carolyn sent me a photo of the stilettos she has collected for this year's Surprise Windows and they are beautiful! I wanted every one of them!
For those of you who are new to Queendom Website, stielttos are old needlework tools for punching holes in cloth that we modern stitchers have repurposed into beautiful laying tools!
They come in a variety of sizes and many of us collect them and enjoy using them in their re-purposed modern capacity. In the years that Carolyn has been posting them in Surprise Windows, this year's are, IMHO, the prettiest ones yet!
Who is Carolyn for those of you new to Queendom Website and antique needlework tools? The best of the bestest dealers in antique needlework tools, she sells in an auction on eBay on Monday nights, and years ago she started saving trifles for my Surprise Windows at E-Week.
Surprise Windows this year will be on Saturday, October 17, beginning at 8:00 a.m. California time.
September 20, 2020 Sunday
Kit Hell is here big time and I'm finding some thread shortages. Hopefully the jobber will have what I need, and I have a couple of nooks and crannies I can search here and there too.
Today, tomorrow and most of the week: more Kit Hell ahead, but I'm in a better mood because I'm quitting at 4:00 pm and having a couple of hours of stitching time.
Stitching: I'm almost to the end of my geometric, then I can play more bead games to decide what goes where. That's the fun part of beaded projects.
American Patriot Updates
I was missing, of all things, white pearl cotton. I was lucky and the jobber had it and she sent it straight away and it arrived yesterday. I will soon finish American Patriot's Kits, along with those of her Sewing Case.
Bottom line here: there WILL indeed be an E-Week this year.
What is E-Week?
E-Week is my biggest sale of the year. This year it will start on October 15 at 8:00 a.m. California Time. Yes, Surprise Windows too. Carolyn has some super special things, and I have an announcement too, about a special offering.
More about all of that later.
For now? back to Kit Hell.
September 19, 2020 Saturday
Echoes I and II kits have left and are on their way to their stitchers. Everybody should have tracking numbers and be able to follow the journeys.
Early this a.m. I have been watching tne news and stitching away. About to stop, and begin a long day ofmaking kits.
Not much more to add to life today. Just counting silks and stapling labels and hopefully with some more time for stitching in the late afternoon.
September 18, 2020 Friday
I had an interesting day yesterday. I worked most of the day on Kits and am happy to say I finished my American Patriot, at least as far as I can go. I am out of (of all things) white Pearl Cotton for the last few.
When I finished Kits for the day, I started stitching. I had finished Part I of my Geometric, or so I thought, but during my stitching time yesterday, I cut most of the beads off and started over.
Here's what made it interesting: usually my choices are limited, but now because of all my new beads, I have too many choices. Who would have ever guessed that one!
So I spent my stitching time playing with bead placement yet again. I quit only when I ran out of daylight.
Speaking of twilight, quite by accident DH discovered an interesting tidbit about our resident lady mourning dove. Every night she comes to our little fountain at precisely an appointed time for a last drink of water before night falls.
Here's what's interesting: it is exactly 2 minutes earlier each evening, according to our Apple Watches, the precise amount of time earlier the sun sets each day. She takes 2 or 3 drinks of water, stays for 2 minutes (always 2 minutes) and then flies off. Last evening marked the 7th evening this has happened.
A small happening that, were life different, we probably never would have noticed.
Life is different now, and sad in so many respects, but there are surprising small pleasures also.
September 17, 2020 Thursday
My excitement yesterday, what I promised I would write about this morning, has to do with a new color of Kreinik braid, a pale periwinkle blue that will have the new number, #9295.
Here is what happened: I had sent to Doug Kreinik a swatch of an old #9294 that was a blue rather than the purple tint of today's #9294. I had both #9294's and started using them together and thought, oh they are so pretty together!
So I sent off a swatch, Doug told me that my blue #9294 had been a mistake, but he found a cone and by happenstance showed it to one of his employees who was an avid Cross Stitcher and said, oh my, what a pretty color!
I am excited about the color because I have always wished for a grayed blue that would blend well with a series of blues I love to use. All the other Kreinik blues are simply too bright.
So I am excited to have a color that I think looks beautiful with my blues, and if you think I am excited you should see Snow Maiden.
My plan was to work on Snow Maiden next, but now I shall set her aside until I have more of the new blue in hand.
As I said, it is such a pretty color and a nice treat that raised my spirits.
I ordered a lot of it :-)
September 16, 2020 Wednesday
I am late posting on my website today because I've been busy printing shipping labels since the early a.m. I am almost finished, except for a handful of packages associated with Drips. I will wait until all checks have arrived and then I will send Drip packages on September 24.
Time is almost here to transition full time to E-Week. Under a month to go and a lot to do.
I do have some exciting news about a Kreinik braid. Since it is so late today, I will tell the story tomorrow morning.
Enjoy Hump Day as we head into the last half of September.
September 15, 2020 Tuesday
Echoes Mail Jail
I have a bit of news about shipping Echoes: the date I will send packages has changed till Friday this week. Peter, who ferries my packages to the post office for me had a prior obligation and is busy on Thursday. So Friday will be the big day.
For those of you expecting packages, I will likely start printing shipping labels today and so you should start receiving tracking information. Please note the shipping date is Friday, so don't look for tracking information until Friday afternoon or later.
I'm rounding the corner on Part II of my Geometric. Until now I have had glimpses of what it might be like, now I can see more and that's always exciting. I have chosen a difficult path: I'm making two geometrics, both with beads, where the designs are separate but can be interwoven, giving the stitcher to create her own version, should she wish. Possibilities with different colors, different patterns, different beads, different arrangements.
At the worst, I will have a pair of geometrics highly deocrated with beads.
Life in General
I'm typing and pasting labels onto boxes for a good part of the day, but I've already started transitioning the dining room table and soon it will belong to my American Patriot and her goodies. Autumn is arriving at our household and so is E-Week.
September 14, 2020 Monday
Yesterday two people told me that Gary Parr is devoting Mondays to stitching Patriotica Hearts. Those of you who have Heart Kits might want to tune into Gary on Mondays. I think I will do so to see what he is recommending.
Speaking of Patriotica Hearts, I have a long and still growing Wait List for them and I will think about carving out some time after E-Week to make some more. Meanwhile as the windup to our election intensifies, the little Hearts are perfect for stitching while watching the news, the coming debates and of course election day itself.
I am trying to sort out how I might be able to pack and send straightaway my American Patriot in time for election night also.
I'll see how it goes.
And speaking of packing and shipping, I am devoting this week to packing and sending Echoes Kits.. As noted previously, I will ship Echoes packages on Thursday, September 17 and again on Thursday, September 24.
September 13, 2020 Sunday
Sunday morning. How the weeks roll on. This afternoon I will know if I have any unclaimed Echoes Kits. I will pack Echoes starting tomorrow and after I finish them, I plaln to take off 2 days for stitching.
And then on to work on E-Week.
News from Carolyn yesterday; she has some wonderful things for this year's Surprise Windows and after I read her email I was for the first time super excited about E-Week! Carolyn's email really spurred me on.
This year's E-Week will be much about Patriotica and I'm hoping we can have a stitch in through the election season. I don't know how fast I can pack and ship packages but I will try.
I'm still at work on my geometric, and if I take off a couple of days after Echoes, I should come close to finishing. What I am trying to do is make two designs with interchangeable parts at two levels. Sound complex? It has been! If I can claim two days to work on it, I will see if indeed I can get it to work. It has been a nice challenge.
Enjoy your Sunday and then on with the week as we head into mid-September.
September 12, 2020 Saturday
I have sent notices to each person who signed up for an Echoes or Echoes II Kit and I have still not heard from several people.
The behind-the-scenes sale goes on until Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. September 13. If I have any unclaimed kits by then I will open up the sale for them. At most there will be one or two kits left.
I will spend part of next week packing and shipping Echoes, then I will say good bye to this long-standing design of mine and move on to preparing for my E-Week Sale.
It is difficult to have a sale in the midst of our pandemic and at each stage I think, this is crazy to try. I had such a difficult time with supplies, totally understandable, but sometimes understanding doesn't make much difference.
I have all the supplies now and in the next weeks I will make the kits and begin the webwork for E-Week. As long as everything holds up, I will carry on.
Life in General
A number of you have written to ask if we are affected by the fires raging throughout California.
We are lucky, we don't have any of the fires very close to us. We live up over a canyon but everyone around here has been so conscious of keeping the vegetation in the canyon in good shape. Still, it is a matter of luck for us. I do notice the air quality isn't wonderful but so far if that's all that goes wrong for us, we will have been lucky indeed.
It is a difficult distopic time in so many ways. Better not to dwell on the large issues, better to take joy in the small pleasures we have. By now you know what is at the top of that list for me: needle in my hand.
September 11, 2020 Friday
A solumn day of remembrance today, the anniversary of 9-11. So many years ago now, but it seems like yesterday.
For all of you who have written to me about the possibility of Echoes Kits, I will know on Sunday afternoon if I have any left from my sale. Mid summer (if I remember correctly) I advertised that I would have a few for sale, and my sale right now is for people who signed up then. I have given them until Sunday afternoon to complete the sales; after I close the sale about 6:00 in the evening, I will know where I stand, ie how many I have.
For now, the answer is this: I won't know whether I have extra kits until Sunday afternoon.
Life in General
I am packing Echoes and I am making kits for E-Week. Those are the activities that fill my day today and likely through the weekend.
When I feel the need for a break, I stitch for a while. I wish I were more disciplined and alotted myself 15 minutes for stitching and then stopped, but I'm not. My 15-minute break stretches into 45 minutes stitching time. The good thing is, I do return to work then.
Another Friday, another weekend ahead. More of the same.
As someone said earlier on of herself and it is indeed true of me: if it weren't for stitching, I would be in a padded cell by now.
If you feel the same, then sit in a comfy place and pick up your needle. Needles are great company indeed.
September 10, 2020 Thursday
A Spot of Echoes Businss
I have written to everyone now on my list for Echoes I and Echoes II kits.
Echoes and Echoes II will be available for you who signed up for them until Sunday afternoon. Drip (my finance program) is available; Drip Post-dated checks must be post marked no later than September 17.
Yes, I am being strict because I see E-Week looming in a little over a month and I know how much I have to do in that month. There you have it.
A Bit of Excitement
Thank you to all of those of you who replied about Rainbow Gallery's Treasure Braid. You are so enthusiastic about it I will have to try it for certain.
Meanwhile, after assurances all around that there was no Kreinik braid #4, #002 in captivity, guess what arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon.
300 spools of Kreinik braid #4, #002.
And guess what else arrived along with it: more of the ever elusive #4, #032 pearl.
I never would have guessed.
Such is life at work during the pandemic: full of excitement and surprises. If you detect a little irony in my enthusiasm, well, that is your detection, not miy intention <eg>
September 9, 2020 Wednesday
My American Patriot has a problem. I thought I had it solved but I can't solve it. Problem: no Kreinik braid #4, #002 gold. Far as I can tell, there's none in captivity.
Maria, at Fleur recommended Treasure Braid from Rainbow Gallery which is the same weight and much the same color. Actually it was originally made as a substitute for Kreinik braid.
I thought I'd ask: has anybody used it? Would anybody mind a substitute?
If you've used Treasure Braid from Rainbow Gallery, will you let me know what you think of it?
Will you email me and let me know your opinion?
Thx for the help.
September 8, 2020 Tuesday
I missed writing Happy Labor Day, Goodbye Summer because our WiFi went out on Sunday morning and didn't come back until late yesterday. Evidently our server had a fire and it took workmen most of two days to get it fixed.
Echoes Kits on Sale Tomorrow Morning
I am finished making Echoes Kits; I've finished earlier than I thought, so I will put them on sale tomorrow for people who are on my wait list. I will write to each of you tomorrow morning.
The Rest of Life
Looming large right now: I am hoping my very small Echoes Sale goes smoothly, for preparation for E-Week is just over a month away.
Guess what E-Week will be about this year: yes, more Patriotica. I have announced that my American Patriot will arrive and along with her, her sewing case, a geometric on 18-mesh canvas, a couple of requests and a couple of surprises.
Yes, we will have Surprise Windows this year, and indeed, there will be a couple of Surprises there too.
E-Week is samll but I am looking forward to the bit of excitement it brings.
Meanwhile, I am happy to report I have built a little stitching time into my life and as a result my disposition is sunnier:
I'm stitching a bit this morning, and I have carved out a bit of time in the late afternoon too. I'm working on Part II of my complex and ambitious beaded geometric. The stitching isn't difficult, but the planning certainly has been. I'll see how today goes.
September 6, 2020 Sunday
News about Echoes
I plan on opening Echoes for sale to those of you who requested the kits on Wednesday, September 9. I will leave the sale posted for four days and hope I can ship kits sometime the following week.
The sale is earlier than I planned but I am beginning to worry about timing for E-Week. I should know better than to plan anything for October.
I will send notes on Wednesday to those of you on my Echoes lists.
Happy Labor Day Holiday. I finished sewing beads on my geometric yesterday and I snapped some photos of it. The geometric sparkles so much from all the Kreinik braid and beads but the sparkle doesn't show in the photographs.
Never mind. I've set up Part 2 now and I'll work on it as a reward IF I get my work underway.
Yes, time to return to work. I have a lot of kitting to do in the next month.
You have until October 1 to check Patriotica Heart Kits and report any mistakes. Please be sure to include your snail at the end of each email.
September 5, 2020 Saturday
Well, for once I showed some discipline and worked for half the day yesterday: I corrected my masters. With only one left to do, my instructions are ready for E-Week.
So I celebrated by taking off the afternoon and playing with all my beads and by the time the good quality light started fading, I had laid out the beads on my new geometric.
So all in all, a very good productive day.
As a Labor Day Weekend Treat, I will spend parts of today and tomorrow sewing all the tiny beads into place. I'm guessing it will take the better part of a couple of days because there are so many.
I keep considering the positive results from my quarantined time and my new collection of beads has to be one of the best outcomes. Remember this? When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping? Well, I shopped and shopped and shopped.
Everything I have collected since last spring is vintage and in the most beautiful colors! I had two remarkable sources for these beads and had a delightful time corresponding with both dealers.
What was unusual about the beads I bought was the quantity. Usually I find beads I love but the numbers are so small, particularly for vintage beads. Both of these dealers had quantities that I could use in an almost unrestricted way and still have enough for a good run of kits, should I make something I want to sell.
Both dealers were so helpful. Once each saw what I liked, she began showing me hidden treasures I couldn't resist. I found so many variations I had never seen before, like opague marquise-shaped glass in the blue green I always love so much.
So, as I sit here looking at my geometric, I see that is is all pearls and vingate beads. What a treat! I'm off now, to start the long task of seing them all into place.
September 4, 2020 Friday
If you signed up wishing Echoes 1 and II, expect to hear from me after the Labor Day Holiday. Happily I am finished with the kits and am busy setting up the sale page for you. Yes, for those of you who asked, Drip (my finance program) will be available, details along with the sale announcement.
I skipped News&Views yesterday. Because I was working on kits and sales pages? Nooo, I have played hooky from work. I've been stitching and shopping. The stitching is a good thing. I guess so is the shopping. Beads and more beads!
Both are out of my system for a while and I am focusing today on work. The decision is a simply one: I'd better start on E-Week, or there won't be any E-Week.
Am I ready to take on another sale? Ask me in a month.
Meanwhile, on with the day. I have lounged about long enough.
TGIF? Not for me. Working weekend ahead. I'm going to get DH to hide my stitching so temptation is out of the way.
September 2, 2020 Wednesday
I ditched work for most of the day yesterday and stitched, and as I finished phase one of my new geometric I am reminded yet again of the accidental way that design elements fall into place and yet again that I have little idea how the final design will look until I take the last stitch.
So I looked at the finished stitching of this geometric and thought to myself, is this what I thought it would look like? Partially, but not entirely. And I began thinking, what if I had done this or that, how would it look?
In any given design there are dozens of ways to work, no right, no wrong, just different. Better or worse? sometimes, but more often just different.
This time I hope I have a chance to see what 'different' will look like, for my plan is to work a second geometric, based on the first, but different.
The task I've set myself follows the pattern of my old Mysteries where the parts are interchangeable. Two different geometrics but with interchangeable parts that will make yet more different geometrics.
And then I want to add beads. Bead schemes that follow each of my own color choices, but also bead schemes that will work with any color choices?
Can I do it? Don't know yet. I'm working on it.
No matter whether it works or not, it serves one good function: it is a creative distraction: I'm so busy playing with shapes and beads and trying to get them to mesh, that I escape some of the misery of life right now.
Like most everything in life, time right now has a two-edged sword: yes, I am here, not able to go out except for my daily walk, yes, I miss going out and about. The flip side: here I am, with long stretches of time to work on this design. Of course I should be kitting but this is ever so much more entertaining.
September 1, 2020 Tuesday
A new month today, and E-Week is scheduled to start a month and a half from today. I'm busy, it is on my mind, that's for sure.
It came home to me this morning how difficult the tasks because so much is upheaval and supply chains and deliveries are so uncertain.
How to cope. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the best way is put it all away until I have the answers, if ever, and design and stitch. So that's how I am going to start September.
I am in such an interesting place with my geometric. I am almost finished with the prototype and I've started the second. I have such an ambitious plan and I have threads and beads scattered everywhere. The design plans aren't complex, but the interweavings of them are.
How do I make a series of designs all with interchangeable parts and options and plan the threads and beads that will allow all the options? How do I plan colorful bead options that allow color choices? How to I make options that will go with all color schemes? How do I make sparse options and over the top options?
It is certainly a challenge and just the sort of challenge that is wonderfully distracting right now. It takes all my concentration.
So I've folded up my work tent for the day and I'm going to stitch. I have a series of short tasks to do, but otherwise the day belongs to me.
Welcome to September 2020 on Queendom Website.
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You have until October 1, 2020 to report mistakes, omissions etc. for the Patriotic Hearts July Sale.
After October 1 , 2020
you are on your own.
My July 22, 2020, post Wednesday
For reference throughtout Mail Jail, here is my July 22 post explaining my sale.
Thank you for coming. My Hearts Sale is now open and will stay open until Sunday, July 26 or until I can't promise any more hearts.
Where is the Hearts Sale?
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 and Mail Jail
I am trying something new: I am back to doing my own shipping which is wretchedly time consuming. And given the pandemic, even more so.
I will send out the first wave of kits before or by August 12.
I will stop then and work on sending more kits by September 7. If I still need more time, I will negotiate it then.
So I will try and keep the sale open as long as the number of kits is feasible. It comes down to this: I will try and have hearts for everyone who wishes them, but it may take a long time.
If it is too long or I am mired too much in Heart Production Shipping, I will close the sale and say 'enough'.
I know that many of you have written to me saying you want these hearts very badly, the stand in a way for hope and redemption and I agree. I will try my best.
As long as you are willing to wait, I will try my best.
Shipping: WHERE ARE YOU in the Shipping Queue
If you look at your invoice from PayPal, you will see a time and a date of your order. I will post by time and date approximately when I will ship your order, whether it will be before or on August 12, or before or on Setpember 7.
I will likely ship orders for four hearts paid by PayPal first, single orders paid by PayPal next.
Orders paid by personal check and by Drip come later because of the exchanges of invoices and travel time for checks.
It is going to take cooperation on everybody's part to make this work. Please refrain from writing me and asking about your order. I don't blame you at all for this impulse, but every email I have to answer slows down my time for packing and shipping.
There will come a time when I will ask you to write to me if you haven't heard from me. I will post that notice here in News&Views. At that point, please write to me.
Shipping Outside the U.S.
I can't imagine this will be a concern for this sale, since these are American Patriotica.
But in case...
I no longer ship packages outside the U.S. but I can help with a couple of solutions.
There is Shipitto.com.
Please email me any questions:
GayAnnRogers@me. Hearts Sale on the on the yellow navigation bar.
Or click on Amber Waves of Grain Heart photo on the right. Or click on the four hearts on Queendom Website's Home Page.
If you wish to buy a heart, 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 buy all four hearts and wish to finance your hearts, go to the sale and click on the button called 'My Finance Program'
A detail from my American Patriot: A Candle in a Window.
ECHOES and ECHOES II
To contact me click here.
You have until November 1, 2020 to report mistakes, omissions etc. for Echoes 2020 kits
After November 1, 2020
you are on your own.