As I shared HERE last year, being a one-woman show is incredibly wearing time-wise, and the final acceptance of that truth brought about my decision to publishing the final issue of my e-zine, Elefantz HOME last November.
At the time I thought I may continue it as a quarterly, but you know, when you close a door, God gently presses another key into your palm and a new door appears, beckoning you on to a new adventure.
So, did I walk through, or turn and flee?
Being an adventurer at heart, I turned the key, swung wide the door, and ran with arms wide open along a new and exciting path!
You see, I love designing. I really, really do. I get such a kick out of seeing something that has formed in my coffee saturated thoughts come to life on paper. But time to allow those ideas to properly flourish was not available last year, with the constancy of a monthly magazine to write and publish, as well as projects for other publications.
I felt drained, rushed, and unable to give the time needed to breathe real life into my sketches.
Enter the lovely Jacques & Nel of Creative Abundance.
They flew to the opposite end of the country to spend time with Mr E and I last November, and I saw the hand of God with that very special key I needed to open the next door of my career. Prayers answered, new friends made, a way to design and stitch to my heart's content...blessed.
So guess what came next!?
My sweet Shabby Roses Stitchery was made ready for you!
We know how time consuming tracing a stitchery of this size can be, so the clever folk at Creative Abundance have released my design on pre-printed linen!
I can hear those sighs of relief, ladies. ;-)
For the many, many blog readers, and Facebook followers, who have patiently waited for the release of this pattern, I can now say, "It's ready!".
If your local quilt shop already stock patterns by Rosalie Quinlan, Ric Rac, May Blossom, Melly & Me (or any of the many wonderfully talented designers in the Creative Abundance family) they may already have it ordered or in stock. If they don't, then kindly ask them to order it in for you.
The pattern is JE006.
Creative Abundance distribute worldwide, so wherever you are, you can find a way to purchase it. \o/
Next design on my finished project list is another large stitchery, and during that great tennis match between Li Na and Vika Azarenka last night, I made the final stitches...
Next week I'll write the stitchery instructions, and sometime in February it will be ready for purchase. Hmmm, just in time for Valentines Day. Seems quite appropriate!
Yesterday was Australia Day and our family celebrated with lamb and pavlova. Perfect Aussie foods!
It was too hot in the tropics to do anything much, so I fine-tuned the sketches of my new BOM, while Mr E and Sam repaired Sam's car and Blossom went to work for the day. Well, at least the food was good and well received after their hard labour!
What did you do on Australia Day?