Issue 16 of Elefantz HOME was emailed out to all it's subscribers yesterday.
I had some news to share and as it is about the magazine I wanted to give the magazine readers 24 hours to read about it first before sharing here on my blog.
So what's it all about?
Well, I'm worn out.
Pretty much that is the gist of it, but here are a few excerpts from my opening letter in Issue 16 to explain my heart...
… at the beginning of the year I wrote in my opening letter to you about a desire to not allow ‘Elefantz’ to dominate my day to day life and relationships…good intentions, wonderful actually, but as hard as I tried I could not find a healthy balance between my work and my ‘real’ life. In contrast to my desire, I increasingly became enslaved to my magazine and its monthly deadline. Wearing the hats of wife, mother, friend, designer, and independent publisher became more often than I liked a weighty burden instead of a joyful experience.
You see, I love this magazine – it was an experiment to see if I could combine my two creative loves; writing and sewing…To bring you an issue that I am proud of and excited to have you read is a delight each and every month.
But, as each issue moved in to the next, and the months became a year, less and less of me was available to anyone other than my husband…The designs, the actual stitching and machining, the pattern writing, the photography, the promotions to build the readership…it is ceaseless. And the worst thing is that every day melds into another until I cannot recognise Thursday from Monday, and my email inbox groans with the weight of too many neglected friends as my time is spent on answering Elefantz business emails instead.
The life of an independent publisher is not entirely what I imagined, and to love what you do, but also to despise it’s infringement on your family life and other relationships, is bittersweet indeed. I was caught unawares because I was so enthusiastic and looked only ahead and not to either side.
After much prayer and discussion with my husband I have decided that the season has changed for Elefantz HOME in its current format, and it is time to gather the harvest, and rest for a while to enjoy the fruit.
The magazine as it is now will continue for two more issues, and that will be 18 issues in total as a monthly magazine....
So, what comes next, you ask?
A long held dream to write books – but now they’ll also include stitcheries. My first book is already in my head, and ideas scattered on notepaper throughout the house.....
And the magazine?
A new format – seasonal, actually.
In 2013 Elefantz HOME will be published just four times a year – March, June, September, and December. One issue every three months seems do-able, allowing me the luxury of ‘taking my time’....but I will share more about that in January.
So there you are! Changes for the better - my better.
If you'd like to read the full letter and more about what is ahead, or you'd like to purchase this month's issue which is packed with seven gorgeous designs...
...you can do so from the Back Issue purchase page HERE.
Issue 16 will only be available as a single purchase for four weeks, so hurry if you want a copy.
A new venture for Elefantz is paper patterns!
I'm working on a brand new one right now. It's very sweet...
The main block is stitched, and now to trace out and embroider the borders...
Lastly there will be simple patchwork piecing.
I think you'll love it!
It is officially just 20 days until our eldest daughter Kezzie's wedding!
Her dress theme is rock-a-billy, and she emailed me a photo of 4yo grandson Deegan testing out his page boy outfit....
Is that not the cutest little guy you've ever seen?!
We're all wearing red, black and white, and I get to walk both my grandson's down the aisle.
I'm quite chuffed.
Have a peaceful Sunday...it is wonderfully overcast here.
Perfect weather to sit and stitch.