With just three weeks left in the year I felt it was time to share with you my plans for 2019.
Gosh, just saying 2019 seems a tad unreal...where did 2018 go?
I guess for me, and the man who holds my heart, much of the year was lost in house hunting, trying to stay on top of design work, a new granddaughter, and of course that marvelous move into our very first home.
I had an inkling from just before our move in late September that there would soon be a change of season with regards to Elefantz the blog, The Stitchery Club and Elefantz Designs, but until I had prayed this through long and hard and waited on the Lord for clear direction, I was not at liberty to share anything.
I have run ahead of God many times in the past 27 years but am pleased to say I held myself in check this time and gave Him the space and time to do whatever work needed to be done in my heart - and some of it was not easy. But I trusted Him and at the right time all was revealed, which is why now I can reveal some of it to you.
...will stay and I intend writing more often about choosing to live a gentle domestic life and the day to day living of it. This had been my intent during 2018 but my beloved and I embarked on a long journey to purchase our very first home and now looking back it's clear the Lord was using this experience to deepen my desire to write about home-making next year. He wastes nothing and is in all the details.
THE STITCHERY CLUB...
...which is now over four years old will close after the January 15th issue is emailed to members. It has been a joy to design and stitch a variety of embroidery patterns every month and offer them in an e-zine format, but it's time to do something fresh and in order to do that I must shut this much loved door.
THE BEST OF THE STITCHERY CLUB...
...will be most suited to those who might not have heard of Elefantz or The Stitchery Club until recently, and would like to start over from the beginning with 'the best of' my Stitchery Club designs.
This Club will run for 12 months from February 1st, 2019 to January 1st 2020. Each monthly issue will include six of my original Stitchery Club patterns from 2015-16 in a PDF e-zine format and will be emailed to all members.
FAITH SEWING CLUB...
...will begin in March or April. The designs will all be Scripture based and will include embroidery patterns and a project each month. This has been on my heart for a couple of years but it wasn't until now that I felt free to pursue it.
PROJECT OF THE MONTH...
As domesticity will be the focus of 2019 I've decided to offer a free home-inspired project on the 1st of every month instead of my usual free block of the month. I have some lovely fabrics on my shelf, vintage linens collected for years, and plenty of small scraps of lace and trims so I'll see if they can stretch it through a year of monthly projects, after all we gentle homemakers can be thrifty when we need to be, right?
BLOCK OF THE MONTH...
...I'm currently working on a brand new Block of the Month, "Phyllis May's Kitchen", which won't be available until March, or April if life gets in the way, and this will be a month by month PDF subscription. My cutting table is covered in pieces of Tilda's new "Apple Butter" prints and I'm already stitching block 3.
I especially love that this will be a tribute quilt to my sweet Nana.
From March every so often I shall put together a few kits to make some of my favourite designs and offer them through a new online shop. I shall also be selling a 'Stitcher's Starter Kit' which will include the beautiful linen I use in many of my embroideries, a few threads, a pattern, pretty scissors and pieces from my collection of vintage lace. These would also make lovely gifts!
LIVING THE GENTLE DOMESTIC LIFE...
...will be an ongoing series shared through the blog with weekly topics taken from the book by Jane Brocket, "The Gentle Art of Domesticity". My friend Fee will be joining us from time to time and Blossom will also drop by occasionally. I have broken the book up into 12 sections so we can go through a section per month together, and I have to tell you I'm very excited about this.
You don't need the book to follow along, but if you want a copy I'd try Ebay first or purchase the Kindle issue.
Note - There are two different covers (UK and USA) but they are the same book.
I'll also have a few spare pre-loved copies of the book (with original UK cover) as giveaway prizes later in 2019.
I prefer to remove the dust jacket as the blue lacy cover beneath is simply beautiful. Both my personal copies are always close by, one for making notes and underlining, and the other to read just as it is.
I found these really cute Index Stickers at the Daiso shop recently and spent Sunday afternoon dividing the book into sections for next year, whilst also baking up a storm in the kitchen while it rained and rained and rained outside.
As I write this post it is Monday evening in the northern tropics of Australia and the rain is still falling. The wet season has arrived with gusto and both our front and back yards have been renamed the Reynolds Sea, but fortunately we have in-ground pumps so we can pump the water away from the house and out to the road when the water level gets too high.
The cooler summer temps (28-30 C) are a welcome relief from the weeks of extreme heat lately and the break from constant air conditioning is also a blessing. Makes a girl want to bake.
We really relaxed this weekend and there was a lovely calm about the place which we knew came from being not quite so hot. It's been many years since we had a proper wet season in our tropical region and we'd forgotten just how well our bodies respond to that relief from the heat.
But don't get me started on the frogs.
Hey, I love them...but they are in all the drainpipes, on the fences, every rock and stone, through the gardens, around and in the pool. The chorus of what seems like a hundred green tree frogs all night has left us extremely sleep deprived as the noise is louder than I can say.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on my plans for 2019. What interests you the most?
Must be time for a cuppa and some of those yummy honey cakes, so I'll sign off tonight and be back soon.
hugs and blessings,