The e-zine is finished and in the hands of my proof readers. \o/
I loved making all the extra things for this issue. Elefantz HOME e-zine is not just stitching projects but articles and ideas, things to cook, and things to learn.
In the kitchen this issue I share a drink that Blossom and I first discovered in 2009, Lemon Posset. It's an old English recipe using milk, lemon rind, egg, nutmeg and brandy (or essence for children) and is perfect for sleepless nights to beckon slumber...
As this is my 'Sweet Dreams' issue, we're also making simply lavender bath salts to use yourself or give as gifts...
My stitch tutorial this month is Fly Stitch, and I have a little practice design for you to work on until the August issue where Fly Stitch will feature in one of the designs...
There is still time to subscribe. The magazine is published this Friday, July 5th. Go HERE to read about how.
In the previous issue of Elefantz HOME I shared a Backstitch tutorial with a simple practice block, 'stitch'. I made mine into a pincushion this week...
Every issue has something you can practice, and use, in a project of your own. Sometimes a quilt block, sometimes an embroidery stitch. Elefantz HOME is about making, learning, and sharing.
On Monday I shared the full Monogram Monday 'Shabby Roses Sampler' pattern...
I've had a few emails complaining that I've put the full free pattern in my Craftsy Shop, some asking "why change things?"
With kindness, may I explain?
I'm busy, really busy, every day.
Sharing FREE designs with you is a gift from my heart to yours.
It takes time to design, to stitch, to format into a pattern, to write the pattern, and then to get it up online somewhere you can easily access it without more of my time being spent emailing it to individuals.
Before I began uploading my patterns to Craftsy it seemed that every day I'd have emails from blog readers telling me they were having issues downloading my free projects from my Google drive and could I email it to them instead?
As simple as it sounds, that requires more time in the office each day for me (I spend 4-5 hours a day there as it is doing all my bookwork, blog work, pattern writing and emails) and a bit of brain drain trying to 'fix' the download problems.
Then along came Craftsy. All you need do is sign up.
It's free. Every design (whether paid or free) is saved into your Craftsy Library for you to instantly download or access whenever you like- win-win all round I'd say.
This works for ME, dear ladies, that's the most important thing.
I am happy to give you free Jenny of Elefantz designs, but please don't get annoyed at how I share them.
I'm trying to balance my love for design with a business that keeps the wolves from the door - and within all that, to give freely to you as well. I hope you're not offended.
I've personally been a bit offended this year with the number of emails telling me I'm 'not doing things right' or complaining about one thing or another. Some days I wonder why I bother to share anything? But after a chat with Mr E I've decided to let it go and just be who I am and do what I do - showing friendship, grace and love to each of you.
Most of you are just lovely in your emails, and I know it's not your fault if you have a download issue - I'm not directing this at any of you. This is about those who 'push' their ideas at me telling me there is something wrong with my design and they don't like it, and others with their disgruntled attitude all angry at me and with no kindness whatsoever. They are a small minority but with a loud voice they insist be heard.
To them I say, "If you don't like my free designs, don't download them".
To others, kindly, if you don't like Craftsy, I'm really sorry, but it works best for me, and if the change has just been a bit uncomfortable for you let me know if I can help you to conquer the 'how to download from Craftsy' blues with these simple steps.
1. Go HERE to my Craftsy Shop.
2. Sign in, or join up if you haven't before. It's free.
3. Click on the pattern you want and it will come up as a whole page link.
4. To the right there is a button that says free, and you must 'add to cart'.
5. This takes you to a new page where you click 'add to my library'.
6. Now click on 'your library'.
7. The pattern is there for you to download.
If you got this far without throwing tomatoes at the screen, thank you.
Please smile. This is all a learning curve for me too. We're actually in it together.