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Heading Home to Wysotti!

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DARQ:  As you can see, I’m packed and at the Interstellar Terminal to make my flight home to Wysotti and see my husband and family. My tour as ambassador to planet Earth has been enjoyable, but there’s no place quite like home! 

I heartily thank Catherine for sewing my outfit – it’s full of pockets!  Just look at the pants — 

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And, of course, I love the shoes with the beaded tab.  Oh, there’s the announcement that my flight is boarding. Gotta go —  see you when I return October 1st!

*******From Catherine to sewers —  The pants are corduroy and the jacket is an embossed cotton. Both pants and jacket have leather trim. The  pink, silk “blanket stitching” was done with my sewing machine. I thought working with the little pockets would be difficult, but it wasn’t. I had the pants and jacket done in one day.

*** “It’s Women’s Starscape Fiction”  –  During the summer months, get and read (or reread) JEWELS OF THE SKY –

BACK COVER SYNOPSIS:  Being a direct descendant of the captain who massacred the Mayans, Darq is a Wysotti woman and a duty-oriented, pragmatic interstellar fighter pilot. She doesn’t believe in miracles or forgiveness, or that J’Hi-inti (god) would ever rescind the death curse on her people for what happened to the Mayans. Only J’Hi-inti hears one compelling plea for reconciliation and decides to let chaos rule— and test Darq. After all, she’s a wild card like her nefarious ancestor. What will she do when she faces the ruthless alien fleet commander who spearheads the blitzkrieg that is to finally destroy her homeworld, and who she once witnessed murder her cadet comrades?  Blinded by hate and survivor guilt, all that stands between survival and extinction, heaven or hell, for Darq and her people is mercy— or a miracle.
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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Easter 2018 – A Carrot Hunt?

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DARQ: Hi, Catherine. To you and all who celebrate it, I hope you’re enjoying a Happy Easter!

CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq, it’s a cold Easter here, but it looks like you’re enjoying bright sunshine and mild temperatures.

DARQ:  I am, but as usual, I’m not supposed to disclose where I’m at. Security and all that.

CATHERINE: I didn’t realize how Easter-eggish your attire is.

(Darq laughs.) DARQ: Yes, I sort of look like an Easter egg, but, hey, I’ve gotten lots of compliments from everyone here at the villa.

CATHERINE: So, what’s with that carrot you’re holding?

DARQ: Isn’t it obvious? I’m on a Carrot Hunt.

CATHERINE: A what?

DARQ: Instead of having an Easter Egg hunt, my host is having a Carrot Hunt. The person who finds the white rabbit will get the prize of a gem-encrusted carrot and a basket of three golden Easter eggs.

CATHERINE: Wow, that’s a ritzy prize!

DARQ: I know. And as you can see, I’ve discovered a quiet garden spot behind the villa and found the carrots that should lead me to a path and the rabbit!

CATHERINE: Well, good luck and have fun!

DARQ: Oh, I surely will. Enjoy your day! (Darq renews her hunt for the next carrot that will lead her to the white rabbit.)

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Note to Sewers and Crafters – Darq is wearing a two-piece outfit consisting of a top and culottes. Of course, no Darq outfit is complete without shoes –

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FOLLOW THIS BLOG to keep abreast of Darq’s adventures and her outfits.

On May 1, Darq returns to her homeworld for the summer. What will she wear for her trip home? 

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Posted by on April 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Belated St. Pat’s Day, sort-of?

DARQ:  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate it!

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Of course, no outfit of mine is ever complete without some bling on the shoes!

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CATHERINE:  Due to computer problems – and the wiping clean of my hard drive to reinstall Windows 10 anew – I have spent the past week trying to get up and running again.  I lost my photo editing program (long story) and had to revert to what was available that came with the computer to crop the pictures. Finding my way through files and learning alternate programs took more time than I realized it would.

Darq will be back for an Easter greeting, so stop by then, or better yet, follow this blog and be automatically notified of the changes.

**********Connect with Catherine E. McLean***********

Author, Writing Instructor, and Workshop Speaker at

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Posted by on March 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Valentine’s Day 2018

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Nothing very fancy,

just wishing everyone a

Happy Valentine’s Day!

♥   ♥   ♥   ♥   ♥

Catherine and Darq

~~~~ What will Darq be wearing for St. Patrick’s Day?

Stop by March 17 and find out!

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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Valentine’s Day 2018

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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An Island New Year 2018

Catherine’s monitor screen lights up.

DARQ:  Hi and Happy New Year’s Day. I’m still on the island and still enjoying the warmth of the sand beneath my feet. And, yes, Catherine, before you have apoplexy, I shucked my velvet slipper-shoes to enjoy a dawn walk on my little stretch of beach.

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CATHERINE: So you celebrated all night?

DARQ: Yes, and it was a marvelous party with fireworks, food, and all sorts of libations available at three different bars around and in the swimming pools . . . Just a warm, peaceful, wonderful way to begin a new year of being on your planet Earth.

CATHERINE: And the dress? What about your dress? 

DARQ: You did a great job. The gown was all I had envisioned from the sketch I gave you out of that Erte fashion book. 

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CATHERINE: I know what the sketch looked like, what I want to see is you wearing the thing!

DARQ: Okay. Ta-dah!

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CATHERINE: Wow!  With your hair down and that flower accenting your tresses, you look lovely!

(A loud yawn ensues from Darq), then she says:  I’m going to head on in and catch a few Z’s. All too soon I have to leave this paradise. You can expect me at the farm by week’s end.

CATHERINE: We’ve got snow here, about 6″ but the temps are going to be single digits for the coming week with below zero wind chills. Bundle up  and dress warm.

DARQ: Hmm. Maybe I can wheedle a few more days out of this island stay.

CATHERINE: Coward. You can’t overstay your welcome no matter how warm the tropics are!

 DARQ chuckles, then says: So true. I’ll see you soon. Enjoy your New Year’s Day!

(The connection ends.)

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To one and all who visit this blog, Darq and I wish you

A Very Happy New Year’s Day and wonderful 2018!

Catherine E. McLean

 

Darq will return for Valentine’s Day wearing a new outfit. Be sure to visit.

****Note to Sewers and Crafters – Darq’s outfit is a sparkling velvet fabric that is lined with a shimmering silver-gray satin. This is the first time I’ve used a backdrop twice, but I liked my sister’s handiwork with the frosting for the palms. It’s very cold  here in Western Pennsylvania and 6″ of snow on the ground. Besides, when I look at this tropical setting, I feel warmer and thinking about Spring.

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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An Island Christmas Greeting!

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DARQ:  Hello, Catherine! I wish you the Merriest of Christmases.

CATHERINE:  Same to you Darq!

DARQ: I hesitate to expound on the weather here, well, it’s heavenly —

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CATHERINE: Oh, how I envy you being in the tropics. Hey, what’s with the bear?

DARQ: Actually, it’s bears, plural. You see, the theme of this island getaway holiday is Christmas Bears. I’m holding a stuffed bear in my right hand, a genuine Teddy Bear, and in my other hand is a bear of a gingerbread cookie. The cookie-bear is holding a green striped candy cane.

CATHERINE: How can you be sure that you have a genuine Teddy Bear? Stuffed bears are just stuffed bears.

DARQ: Because the ribbon around its neck says Teddy Bear. Beside, the MIB — my Men In Black bodyguard detail gave this cute little bear to me as a Christmas gift.  Speaking of Christmas gifts, I received your gift, Catherine  —  the Erte-Inspired Creation is gorgeous! I can hardly wait until New Year’s Eve to wear it.

CATHERINE: I’m glad you liked the gown. So when do you leave for the New Year’s Eve party? And is it in some alpine-ski area?

DARQ: No. I’m celebrating New Years right here in the tropics!

CATHERINE: Lucky, lucky, you. I get snow and single digits. Brrrrr!

Darq chuckles.

CATHERINE:  Okay, before you go imbibe more punch or frolic on the beaches, let’s see the shoes.

Darq’s cheeks flush.

CATHERINE: Darq?

DARQ: Ah . . . Well, you see, it’s like this —

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Catherine gasps before saying:  OHMYGOD — you’re barefoot!

DARQ: Yes, I am.  You can blame it on the MIBs.

CATHERINE:  Huh?

DARQ: They talked my host into resurfacing this section of beach outside my guest bungalow to resemble the sands of my homeworld. At home, I never wear shoes on the beach. No one does. But I did put on a new coat of nail polish. (Darq wiggles her toes.)

CATHERINE: Blinged out toenails. No two toes the same color.

DARQ: Of course not. Readers of JEWELS OF THE SKY wouldn’t expect the heroine to deviate from that little quirk, now would they?

CATHERINE: No they wouldn’t.

DARQ: Oh, I have to go. It’s time for our Christmas luau.  Merry Christmas!

CATHERINE: Merry Christmas!

(The connection ends.)

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Darq and I wish you a wonderful Christmas Day! 

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Stop by New Year’s Day to see Darq’s party gown, another Erte-inspired creation.

 

NOTE TO CRAFTERS AND SEWERS:  Darq’s muumuu is a silk-polyester border print,the design is a composite made after browsing Pinterest for ideas.

As to the palm trees, that’s not paint on them –  it’s cake frosting. My sister, who loves to decorate cakes came for lunch and a visit. She also brought her cache of frosting tips and jars of food colorings.  I whipped up a batch of simple frosting (powdered sugar, shortening, and milk) and divided up the mix into four bowls. My sister then piped the bark and leaves using leaf tips.  She had the easy part, the frosting of the palms.

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The hard part was mine  — scaling and cutting-carving the palm forms out of corrugated cardboard, then reinforcing the trunk sections and fronds with Popsicle sticks to keep the thin areas rigid.

Once dry, I slid the palms onto the cloud board, used brads (through the coconut area) to secure the trees to the cloud board.

By the way, those are real rocks, sand, gravel, and pebbles used for the “beach.”

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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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