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Interview by an English Witch

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Catherine here– If your day can use a smile or two, go to

http://www.catherineemclean.com/english-witch-interviews-darq.html

 

because Darq is in England as a guest of none other than Mrs. Baker, the English witch, who invited Darq to tea  today (and to interview her).

The two are even baking Darq’s Fruity Cake for the orphans. The recipe is also revealed.

There are lots of pictures of Darq and Mrs. B that Darq, Mrs. B, Penny Blake, and I think you’ll enjoy, so please feel free to comment. Or, if you’re curious what elements were used in the photos that makes the food (or anything else) look real, leave a comment!

Have fun (I and Penny sure did!)

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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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BOOoooooo!!

CATHERINE:  Darq was whisked away by the MIB (Men in Black) a couple days ago for a jaunt overseas.  However, Darq sent me a few pictures of her in her Halloween costume, one she’s wearing to some ritzy villa in Italy.  Good thing I replicated the “Lady of Siena” costume from 16th century Italy so she fit right in with the medieval-themed masked ball.

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The dress has sleeves attached to the bodice but those gorgeous, flowingly-long, outer, over-sleeves, are detachable, as was befitting the custom of the era.  Oh, and, as always, Darq was in alt at the shoes that matched the outfit.

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*****This blog will be updated at Thanksgiving time.  Will Darq be back home with Catherine for Thanksgiving? Check back and see or subscribe to this blog.

—-NOTE TO THOSE WHO SEW:  Darq’s over-sleeves were easy to make because in the History of Costume book that showed a sketch of the Highborn Lady of Siena, they also included a sketch of the decorative, over-sleeve’s pattern.  That outer sleeve attaches at the shoulders with rolls. In the era, those sleeve “bolsters” were attached with ribbons/ties.  The hardest part in making the outfit was getting the lace gathered and sewn onto the collar, which necessitated hand sewing.  Below is the sketch of what I worked from.  Now if only recreating an Erte design were as easy! — Catherine

DarqLadySienaDWG*****This blog will be updated at Thanksgiving time.  Will Darq be back home with Catherine for Thanksgiving?

Check back and see — or subscribe to this blog!

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A Letter to Darq

August 10, 2015

Hi, Darq,

Got your note and noted it was delivered four weeks after you wrote it–likely the MIB bureaucracy and all that security scrutiny of theirs.  Anyway, so happy to get your pictures. Loved the one of you and hubby Atlatl at sunset along the pier. And, wow, that picture of the turquoise sea with that huge wave cresting over was astonishing. You’re as good a photographer as I am–maybe better! LOL

As to news from here? August is like Christmas for me because of the annual fair. This year’s was a milestone one, my 30th consecutive year of exhibiting. So, yeah, I went all out. I entered 38 projects and came away with 36 ribbons, 60% of those ribbons were first place blue ribbons. Which brings me to the photo below of your Valentine’s Day, Erte-inspired outfit, which took a first-place ribbon!

Fair week also included my volunteering in the home show building, which I’ve been doing for the past dozen years or so. And the Tuesday all-day stint left me bedraggled going into August 5’s Release Day Celebration for my third novel, HEARTS AKILTER.  And get this–I made a HEARTS AKILTER keepsake for myself–an apron (see picture below), which won a blue ribbon.

Speaking of HEARTS AKILTER, I’m on a blog tour to promote the book. The tour includes a Facebook Party with a group of other authors. There’s a $50 Amazon gift card as one of the prizes, and I’m giving away a gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press (publishers of HEARTS AKILTER). This Facebook Party is something new to swallow up my time to promote. LOL

Anyway, I’ve posted the blog tour stops, and I’ve also posted more information at my hub website about the Facebook Party.

Continue enjoying your R&R, Darq, and I look forward to your returning to Earth and visiting me this fall,

Catherine

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****Details of the Facebook Party are here

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Gone for the Summer ?

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CATHERINE:  I managed to get a snapshot of Darq packing her things for the trip back to her homeworld of Wysa. If you are wondering like I was about all the two towers of shoes fitting in the trunk along with her clothes, well—

According to Darq, the MIB (Men in Black), have this molecular and atom compression gizmo that will get everything down into some sort of weightless, flat thread of light-energy. Not being a techno-geek, the process sounded to me a lot like the transporters used on Star Trek. Okay, so fiction is fiction and as long as you can suspend your disbelief, it’s kosher.  Right?

Darq will be back this fall . . . new shoes, new clothes. 

To be notified of her arrival, follow this blog or Connect With Catherine

Conversation and comments are always welcome!

****SPECIAL NOTE:  HEARTS AKILTER – Catherine’s fantasy/sci-fi romance is coming soon – Get on the “early bird” notification list for the release date and you could win a $25 gift card. Details are HERE

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy New Year 2015!

Telephone rings at 5 a.m.

CATHERINE, only barely awake, picks up the phone from her bedside stand, and mumbles: Hello?

DARQ: Happy New Year, Catherine!

CATHERINE, grumbling something unintelligent, takes a deep breath and comes more awake: Happy New Year to you, too.  Where are you calling from?

DARQ:  The party. I’m on my way out the door.

CATHERINE:  I thought you were staying until Sunday. Was the party that bad?

DARQ, her voice lower:  “It was a nice party but, well, boring.”

CATHERINE: I thought my staying at home was a boring way to spend New Year’s Eve, but you went to some ritzy party!

DARQ: Not so much ritzy. The place was an architectural wonder.  All slabs of rock, cement, metal, linear–think Frank Lloyd Wright-ish.  And the interior–all white, black, chrome, glass–so pristine that no one dared get drunk or spill anything on the gold carpets. Standing around making polite talk is not my idea of welcoming in a new year.

CATHERINE: No saving grace for the place?

DARQ: Well, there was the view.  The towering mountains covered with evergreens. All dusted with snow. A full moon.

CATHERINE (hears helicopter blades revving up): So you’ll be home soon?

DARQ:  No. Change of plans.  I’ve been invited to New York City for a couple weeks to take in the lights and a play or two. I’ll let you know my ETA later. I have to go, but I’m sending you a picture one of the MIBs took of me in the Erte-inspired outfit you made me. Everyone raved about it.  Gotta go!

There’s the click of the disconnect, and Catherine brings up the picture Darq sent:

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*** Note to fashionistas and those who sew —  Below is a frontal view of Darq’s two-piece outfit. The skirt front has a “waterfall” effect, which took me two days to figure out how to make. The most expensive about the outfit was the pair of tassels that hang off the belt at the side seams. Making those tassels took three skeins of metallic gold embroidery floss.

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And here is the Erte illustration that I worked from:

Darq-Erte NwYr2014 illustration And, yes, Darq’s wearing a new pair of shoes.  Blingy-gold (and made from duct tape).

 

***This blog will update January 15 with a look at Darq’s NYC visit (and outfit). Follow this blog to stay abreast of Darq’s adventures on Earth.

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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I’m back and just in time for the fairs!

IMG_2153 Fair-2014 Rbns N Darq DARQ:  Well, I returned to find Catherine had sewn outfits and done a few craft and flower projects for entry into not one but two county fairs. One of those fairs was the awesome Crawford County Fair, billed as the largest agricultural fair in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

And, as you can see, Catherine did very well indeed–a total of 25 entries and 24 ribbons (mostly blue, which is first place!). And, she found time to sew me a new “summer” outfit.  I love the daisy print blouse and it’s gauze sleeves!

CATHERINE:  You love your new shoes more.

DARQ (smiles): True. So true! And they’re blinged out with sparkles.

CATHERINE: Hey, don’t get any of that cotton candy on my ribbons!

DARQ: Wouldn’t dream of it.

CATHERINE:  You know, you could cut a few calories by not pigging out on that stuff.

DARQ (with mouth full of cotton candy):  Can’t stop myself. It’s so sweet, and it melts on my tongue.  We don’t anything like this on my homeworld.

CATHERINE:  So, what did you think of the Erte outfit that took a blue ribbon at both fairs?

DARQ:  Awesome! DARQ-erteFAIR 01

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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Remembering . . .

FreedomNotFree“How important it is for us to recognize

and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

~ Maya Angelou

CATHERINE: Well, Darq, what do you think of the above for posting here this Memorial Day?   Flag N Moon

DARQ:  I like the quote best.

CATHERINE: I take it that it resonates with you because you’re a starfighter pilot and heroine to your homeworld?

DARQ (heaving a sad sigh): A little, but more.  It makes me remember the fallen, my comrades . . .  And the survivors– the injured, the paralyzed, the disabled . . .

CATHERINE:  Yeah, I know what you mean. Now, com’mon, brighten up– let’s get the flag run up the pole so it can wave over my little section of farm land.

DARQ:  Is that your way of paying tribute to all who served and continue to keep American the home of the free?

CATHERINE:  That and the fact that my husband served and my dad, my uncles . . .  Trace the McLean branch way back and we had a relative in the Revolutionary War.

DARQ:  Anyone famous?

CATHERINE:  No.  Just a patriot who believed in freedom–and paid the price.  He got shot and died.

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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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