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A Note From the Editor

Summer is in full swing here in Indiana, and we are enjoying the beautiful sun-filled days. If I've said it once, I've said it a dozen times -- this truly is my favorite season of the year. I crave time outdoors, enjoying the fresh air, working in my gardens, and relaxing lakeside with my family.

Even in my earliest childhood memories, I recall long afternoons spent playing outside with my siblings and exploring the neighborhood on all kinds of make-believe adventures. Summer also meant it was swim season, and whether we were at the local pool or at the lake, being in or near the water was a big part of summer. My continued fondness for everything water-related is even evident in the nautical designs selected for this issue, and I hope they stir up happy childhood memories for you, too, as you stitch them.

Speaking of my love of water, I also want to share that I will be retiring my Just CrossStitch editor hat to pursue a new and exciting career teaching infants and children essential swim skills. My 23 years working in the world of publishing have been so rewarding, and I will certainly miss you all, but I know that the road ahead will be fulfilling in a completely different capacity.

Along with this personal change, I am extremely pleased to share that Barbie Laux, a name I'm sure you recognize from the pages of Just CrossStitch, will be spearheading the magazine going forward. I know she is going to do an amazing job! Her passion and enthusiasm for cross stitch is contagious, and her genuinely warm and friendly personality shines through all she does. You can look forward to hearing from her in the October issue!

Thank you for being such wonderful readers through the years!

Wishing you happy stitching!

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Tanya Fox, editor

Tanya Fox has served as editor of various Annie's publications since 2006.

She said, "I have enjoyed stitching and creating art of all kinds since very early in life. My earliest creative memory is of sewing doll clothes with my mom and grandmother. I learned embroidery and cross-stitch from my great grandmother in my early teens starting with simple stamped designs and progressing to projects on stitched on Aida and linen. I truly love that whether I'm working with fabric and floss, yarn or paper, there's always something new to learn. Part of what makes stitching so enjoyable is sharing what I know and learning from others."

Tanya is a native of Indiana, and she and her husband, Jim, have six children.

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