Did I mention that Embroidered Flowers for Elizabeth by Susan O’Connor is out? And that I want it?
I’m not a book-comings-out watcher, normally. There are very few embroidery books on the market whose arrival I anticipated before the fact – a couple Jane Nicholas books, perhaps, (Medieval Flora being one), but that’s about it. Oh, yes. I’m glad to hear certain books are coming out, but I don’t write them down on my calendar and wait and watch. And wait. And watch.
Susan O’Connor’s Embroidered Flowers for Elizabeth is one of the exceptions, and I’m happy to say that……
The book is published by Country Bumpkin – the folks behind Inspirations Magazine (the newest issue #65 is wonderful!) – and right now, the only way to get your paws on it is to order it from Australia. I’m sure it will eventually be released worldwide, but for now, it’s hovering Down Under.
Lo! A strange feeling creeps over me! It is one of determination. I must order the book, and I must order it from the Antipodes. (Actually, it’s not “determination.” Wrong word. It is sheer covetousness, and you’d think I’d drum up some virtue and get over it, but….)
It’s true – I haven’t ordered mine yet, and the book has been out for a couple weeks. You see, there are two drawbacks to the CB website: 1. They don’t take Paypal for international customers, and some debit cards don’t work for overseas orders, so unless you’re a credit-card person, you have to devise another way to order; 2. The shipping is – whoa – high, but they can’t help that. And I suppose every time I order from CB, I don’t have to go browsing through their website finding all kinds of other things I want to order, which only increases the cost of shipping, not to mention the cost of the order.
Ok, enough about the mundane details behind this maniacal need for hobby-related goods.
The fact is, without having even seen it, I know this book is completely up my alley. It is … it is Me. I realize it wasn’t written with Me in mind, but it is really my kind of book, my kind of stitching, my kind of inspiration, the type of embroidery I really love to do and love to look at and love to plan to do and …. just…. love.
And hence, I have waited. I have anticipated its arrival. I have planned. I have saved. And I will purchase!
If you haven’t seen the preview for this book yet, do visit the Country Bumpkin website and flip through the Flash preview of Embroidered Flowers for Elizabeth. Try not to become twitterpated, or you’ll be in the same boat I am.
I’ll review the book more thoroughly once it’s in hand! In the meantime, if you’ve had the opportunity to see it or buy it, what’s your take? Will we like it??