I’ve just returned home from Vermont and I have lots to show you now that I am back to my high speed connection. It was a wonderful summer filled with peace and quiet, many visits from family and friends and delicious bounty from our garden. I picked the last of the blueberries before I left so I can still squeeze out a batch of morning muffins. Of course we also brought home a countless number of cucumbers and zucchini so there will be lots of cucumber and yogurt salad, curried zucchini soup and zucchini bread to be made. Our land is blessed with a number of very old apple trees that we have been restoring and pruning back slowly and, as promised, they have produced a huge crop of apples this year. Although they are gnarly and spotted and we share most of them with the wildlife, I made a nice apple pie to serve to our guests over the weekend. Next year I hope to be able to identify just what type they are. I suspect there may be some antique varieties in the bunch since the original farm was started nearly 200 years ago. This beautiful earth has so much to offer!
So, now back to the city. It’s a quiet day here in Brooklyn and perfect for catching up telling you all about what I’ve been working on these past two months.
I’m delighted to be a contributor to a new Christmas book from David & Charles titled A Cross Stitcher’s Countdown to Christmas. I’ve joined seven other designers to create 25 chapters filled with Christmas cross stitch ideas. My designs include a Nativity picture, an heirloom Advent Calendar, and a cheerful Santa post bag to store all your holiday greetings. In fact, you will find the Advent calendar featured in the latest issue (#204) of the UK CrossStitcher magazine.
Countdown to Christmas ©David & Charles, Ltd
Countdown To Christmas is ©David & Charles, Ltd 2008
Keeping with the Christmas theme, look for the new ad from Charles Craft featuring my Nutcracker Suite designs. You can purchase a copy of the chart from Charles Craft. Please see the link to Charles Craft on my Supplies and Resources page.
©Joan A. Elliott ©Charles Craft, Inc
On the cover of Cross Stitch Collection (Issue 161) this month you will find a new geisha figure I’ve designed. Summer flowers in pretty pastel colors are the theme in this issue and I was happy to contribute along with all the other talented designers you’ll see inside.
Geisha design ©Joan A. Elliott
cover ©Cross Stitch Collection
And now for another new adventure… I had great fun working on some rubber stamp designs over the summer for a Norwegian company named ladybugandfriends. The folks there are a such delight to work with and I am excited to be a part of this growing enterprise as they expand into the international market. So far I have designed stamps for both Christmas and Autumn with more themes in the works. Please go to my Supplies and Resources page to link to their website and see their beautiful collections of stamps and papers.
©Joan A. Elliott © ladybugandfriends
©Joan A. Elliott ©ladybugandfriends
So, it was a busy summer. In the next update I’ll be showing you many of the upcoming Christmas designs from the magazines.
Until then, all the best to everyone!