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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.


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. 

Erte JPEG 2017 Xmas gown 

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

DARQ: Okay. Ta-dah!


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.)


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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Interview by an English Witch


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


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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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.

IMG_4150 Darq 2015 Halloween


IMG_4152 Halloween 2015

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.

IMG_4160 10-2015 shoes

*****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,


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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 ?

IMG_3540 6-1-2015 Heading Home Darq (1)

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:

IMG_2761 12-2014 ERTE NwYr Window


*** 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.

IMG_2774 12-2014 ERTE NwYr POSED

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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