Welcome to my blog. I'm probably very much like all of you who love the needlearts. My life revolves around family, friends, home and all things that help to make for a more contented life. When time allows; cooking, gardening, decorating, and collecting are my joys. I look forward to sharing all of these things with you. I also hope to keep you up to date on what is going on at Homespun Elegance, in regard to the needlework designs and the "Plain & Fancy Wares" that we offer.

Wishing you "Many Happy Stitches".

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Little Glimpse

Hi Everyone!
This is just a quick little post to show you a
little "glimpse" of an upcoming
Christmas design.
Cannot believe I am talking about Christmas
when it is 100% humidity outside, but
that is what we have to do in the 
needlework world.  Hope you like
what you see.  
Wishing you a wonderful upcoming week
with lots of love and stitching!
"Many Happy Stitches",

Saturday, July 26, 2014

DMC Cones

Hi Everybody!

This is just a quick post to let you know that I
have quite a quantity of DMC cones left over
from my kitting days.  There are 450 yards on
each cone and they currently retail for
$19.99 each.  I am selling them for $7.00
in my ETSY Shoppe
Go to Sections in the left upper column
and click on
If you don't do ETSY, just email or
call me.
I have varying amounts of each color,
first come/first serve.
This is great for dyeing your own floss,
punching, or just to have a lot of your
favorite color on hand.
Just an example of what the cones look like.
Hope you find a color you need and
hope you are having a fun 
stitching day.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Friday, July 25, 2014

Halloween Is Coming!

Good Evening!
Halloween is coming and I am doing my best to
get ready for it.  I have finished my next to the last
design for "A Halloween Year II".  I have enjoyed
designing this last year's collection, but I am
ready to move on to something new.  Here is
"Sampler Witch" continues my series of 
"Sampler . . . " designs that I've been doing for
Both of these are just quick little projects for
your Halloween decorating.
I know how I am going to finish them and hope
to do that tomorrow.
I've been working on my 
and hope to get them ready for all of you by the 
latter part of August-maybe sooner if all goes well.
Hope you have a good weekend.  I hope you keep
stitching and I'll keep designing!
"Many Happy Stitches",

Friday, July 18, 2014

Clearing My Brain!

Good Morning Everyone!
Sometimes I just need to clear my "feeble"
brain after hours of designing and graphing,
and do something that is creative in
another way.
Hence, I want to share with you three new
things I am working on - not ready yet, but soon.
Cannot give you much info yet, as to prices, etc.,
but they are coming along.  The Ort jars have
a fabric lid that I have conditioned, so that it holds
its shape.  Looks like an olde "pantry jar", don't you think?
The Needle Minders are tiny little wooden
circles that I have decoupaged with one of my prints
(made from my tiny paintings).  They have the
necessary magnets.
Hope you like them.  Just some fun things that
you might want to add to your stash.
Now I am heading back to the computer to
work on my 2014 Christmas Ornaments.
Many Happy Stitches,

Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm Back . . . . .

I'm Back . . . . .
and what a fine time I had.  
Everyone was so welcoming.  When I closed
my shoppe about five years ago, the thing I
missed the most was getting to talk with
like-minded people.  In other words, people
who love stitching as much as I do.
Well, all of you fine folks helped fill that void
for me this weekend.
Also, it was wonderful to see some of my
old friends that I haven't seen in such
a long time.
First of all I want to share some pictures
I took of a beautiful shoppe~
If you haven't been there, then it is
a must. If you love samplers and prim
stitching, you will be in heaven.  Just a
wealth of stitched models.  I just 
couldn't take it all in.
Here are some pictures for your
My samplers, some original, some reproductions~
Wall of fibers~heaven! 
Rack after rack of designs~
That is Ann behind the counter~
Lovely customers~
and there is Pat in front of the window
Thank you Ann and Pat for such a special
day.  A special thank you to Pat for her help trying 
to teach me about Ebay and a bunch of
other internet stuff.  She really knows her
way around a smart phone. She was dealing
with a real novice or should I say "idiot".  HaHa
I have been asked to teach a class at 
DYEING TO STITCH sometime after
the Nashville market.  What fun that will be.
Thank you Ann and Pat.   Also, I want to
thank the wonderful ladies who helped me
pack and take my stuff to my car.  I am so 
grateful for you.  It was really hot, so not
any fun at all.
I am so excited to announce that there
will be a new fabric named for me~
I love it and I think
you will to.  Cannot wait to get my hands on it.
Trunk Show and Class
I was a nervous wreck, but I managed to get
through it.  I hope everyone enjoyed the
project.  Almost everyone finished their
That made me so happy.  I tried really hard to 
time it so it could be 
finished in the 2 1/2 hour class.
Class Project~my SEWING STAND

Me and a wonderful helper, my daughter, Hollis~
Couldn't have done everything without her.
It was so nice to make some new stitching friends and
 so much fun to see Ann Steinbeck, someone
I have known for many years.
Everyone was so nice to me.  Thank you all for
welcoming me and then helping me pack up and
lug everything to my car.  What a great help
that was.
And what a way to end each evening!
Hope you enjoyed my Show and Tell!
Wish you could have all been there~
"Many Happy Stitches",

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Pretty Morning in Virginia

Hi Everyone!
A misty morning in Virginia, after some welcome 
rain showers.  So nice to have showers without 
worrying about lightening and wind.  The morning 
has gotten away from me, but I just had to share
 these pictures of my garden.  Even though the
 humidity is way up there, it made for some 
pretty pictures.
I can only dream about relaxing in the garden.
I'm up to my neck in things to do to get ready
for my big weekend in Virginia Beach.  Hope 
you can join me at my Trunk Show at
Dyeing To Stitch.
On Sunday I will be teaching a class for the
Tidewater Sampler Guild.
Hope you have a wonderful day with
"Many Happy Stitches",

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Marking Sampler Extraordinaire

Good Evening Everyone!
 I know I shouldn't do this,
 because my graphing is still not complete, 
but I just had to share with you my "prim" finish of my 
I've always wanted a really big sampler to hang over 
a bed in a guest bedroom, but I didn't want to frame it. 
 It is mounted on a wonderful tiny check with a torn 
and twisted hanger.  So easy and I might add~
very inexpensive!
 You can use any floss color you love, 
add a wonderful backing fabric, and there you go. 
 Ready to hang in a jiffy.  
Hope you love it.  
I'll let you know as soon as it is ready to ship~
By the way, I just have to say something to
"Marly" of Samplers and Santas Blog.  Since you
like marking samplers so much, I hope this
one is calling your name.
Hope you all have an evening filled with
"Many Happy Stitches",

Saturday, July 5, 2014

And The Winners Are. . .

Hi Everyone!!!

So sorry that I didn't announce the
winners a few days ago, but I got all caught
up in getting my new designs shipped and
then getting ready for our July 4th
Without any further delay, the winners are~
I have sent you both messages.  I just
need your choices and your
mailing addresses.  I hope you will
share your finishes with me so I
can share with everyone else.
Congratulations and
"Many Spooky Stitches",

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

4th of July 
I just finished my squash casserole for later today,
so I have a few minutes to send happy wishes
out to everyone.  
Hope your house is all decked out for the holiday
festivities and that you will be spending it
with family and friends.  Hollis and Avery
are on their way.  We are going to the
festivities in Olde Towne Fredericksburg
later today.  Can't wait.  We haven't been
for quite a few years.
Have a great day!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Hi Again!
It is so hot here in Virginia, my mind starts thinking
about the cool, crisp days of Autumn.  In honor
of those cool, crisp days, I would like to do a 
I will be picking two winners on Wednesday.
All you have to do is leave a comment to be
You will be able to pick six patterns from
To make your selections, just go to the column on the
left, scroll down and pick from the 20+
designs that are available from the two
Here are a few examples~
Good luck!!!
"Many Happy Stitches",

Coming Soon!

Good Morning!
My new designs are almost ready.  Yeah!!!
So happy to have the stitching finished, now
just have to complete the finishing, graph every
thing, photograph everything, print everything.
Needless to say, I have a lot more to do, but I
am determined to ship these designs next week.
Hope you like them and more importantly,
want to add them to your stash.
TEA IS . . ."
This is the first design in my new collection~
This collection is all about
those little or big things that bring us joy,
happiness, etc.  Sometimes funny,
sometimes heartfelt, sometimes just a saying that 
I relate too and hope you do too.
 I stitched these on 30 Count "Creek Bed Brown" from
R and Reproductions.  Fibers used were
Gentle Art's "Brethren Blue" & "Maple Syrup",
Weeks Dye Works' Swamp Water", and
Classic Color Works' "Old Brick".
The frame is a new grained design called
"Thumb Print Wave".  I hand paint and grain
 each of these frames as they are ordered.
Continuing with my 
"Halloween Year II" Collection 
I give you
This little "cutie" is stitched on 30 Count
"Straw" hand-dyed linen from 
Weeks Dye Works.  It is embellished with
my "Tiny Brass Star" charms and trimmed
with Dames Of The Needle's adorable
"Fra Orange" Pom Pom fringe.
Two more designs to go and the collection
will be complete.  Yeah!!!
Hope to be back later today with a fun
Give Away for my stitching friends,
"Many Happy Stitches",

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hope You Can Come!

Good Evening Everyone!
Just wanted to announce some "events"
that I will be participating in
July 12th and l3th.

 R & R Reproductions 
will host a 
"Meet & Greet"
"Trunk Show"
of my designs 

For any of you who live near 
Virginia Beach, Virginia; or are lucky
enough to be spending some
summer fun time there, please
come by.  I would love to see you!

This is what my friends, Ann and Pat,
had to say on their BLOG
about my visit.  So sweet of them~

We are excited to announce a special day with Sandra Sullivan 
of Homespun Elegance on July 12th. Come meet Sandra and see 
her incredible models,antique needlework tools and samplers. 
We have been hoping to host Sandra for a long time so we are 
especially excited that she's finally coming. Hope you will join us for a 
Fun day!

The "Ann Simms" sampler above and the 
reproduction will be there along with
many others.

I am so looking forward to this fun time with
cross stitch friends from near and far.
Hope to see you there!!!

That should be enough fun for one weekend, but
then I will be teaching, yes, can you believe that, at the
meeting on July 13th.
Actually, I should clarify that the stitching will
be done ahead of time and I will be
teaching the finishing part of the project.
Well, it is back to finishing some models.  I
had hoped to share some more little
"glimpses" tonight, but as usual I think
I can get more done than I do.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day

Good Morning Everyone!
I'm so sorry I didn't get to post anything
yesterday.  We had such a wonderful
Father's Day weekend.  Hollis and Avery
were here for the weekend and Cameron
got here Sunday.  It was a beautiful
day~the weather could not be more
perfect.  We got to eat outdoors, Avery
got to play outdoors, and we got to just
enjoy each other.
Just had to share this picture of
Avery and his Papa.  These two
were just inseparable all weekend.  I
wish I had taken more pictures.  Need
to get back in the picture taking mode.
Here are the pictures that Hollis and
Cameron posted of their Dad.  Love
both of them.
What a wonderful picture.  Proud Dad~
A great picture~having fun together.
It's fun to see what the kids choose to post.
Great memories with their Dad.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Goodies For Sale!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I have a few things that I thought some of you
might like.  I thought I would offer them here
before putting them in my ETSY Shoppe.
A couple of weeks ago I sold what I thought 
was my last "Crow Patriotic" paper mache
box.  Well, I found another box I could use,
so I have made another one. It has a different
stencil around the box, but is just as cute.
 The box is decoupaged with a print of one of my
paintings.  The boxes are then glazed for that
"prim" look.  They measure 4" square and 2"
deep.  Just in time for your July 4th decorating.
($15.00 ~ this includes shipping)
Next is a framed print of my "Blackie" painting.
There is also a cross stitch version of this painting.
This is a print of my hand-painted "Blackie" sheep 
mounted in a hand grained frame. Print is copied on
 lazer paper with a hand applied finish. No need for glass. 
Frame measures 5 1/2" X 6".
$37.00 (this includes the shipping)
is available for $5.00 (includes shipping) 
The print should be
mounted under glass.
It measures approximately
5 1/4 X 4 1/4.
Could also be mounted on a neat piece of
wood, box top, etc.
Next is a framed print of my 
"Hare Among The Berries" painting.
It is a print of my hand-painted "Blackie" sheep 
mounted in a hand grained frame. Print is copied on
 lazer paper with a hand applied finish. No need for glass. 
Frame measures 5 5/8" X 6 5/8".
$35.00 (this includes the shipping)
is available for $5.00 (includes shipping) 
The print should be
mounted under glass.
It measures approximately
4 1/4 X 3 1/4.
Could also be mounted on a neat piece of
wood, box top, etc.
It is a print of a painting that I did.  It is
mounted in a hand painted frame. Print is copied on
 lazer paper with a hand applied finish. No need for glass. 
Frame measures 5 5/8" X 6 5/8".
$40.00 (this includes the shipping)
It measures 8 1/4" X 6" with approximately
50 pages that are lined kraft paper brown.

(which includes the shipping - US only)
Now I have a painting that I did of
a very primitive vase of flowers in a hand
painted frame.
One day I am going to do this in cross
stitch.  What do you think?
It measures 3 5/8" X 11 3/4. The painting is
finished with a special
technique, so there is no need for glass.
$55.00 which includes the shipping.
And, lastly I offer you my
print.  It is mounted in my block frame.
It is a print of a painting that I did.  
Print is copied on lazer paper with a hand applied finish so
there is no need for glass. 
Frame measures 7 1/2" X 10 1/2".
$45.00 which includes the shipping.
I hope you find something you would like.
If you do, just let me know.
I take Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, and checks.
(Only US orders please)
Happy Shopping,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another Avery Post!

Good Early Afternoon!
I hope you aren't getting really sick of Grammie
pictures!!!  For those of you that
 do enjoy them, I strike again.
This is just hysterical.  We have all been
trying to do the "potty training" thing with
Avery.  Few steps forward-more than a
few backward.
to say the least!
Hollis caught Avery sitting in the bed
with her potty training reference book.
Look at his eyes.  He looks like he has 
seen something scary.
I love this picture-definitely a keeper !
Just had to share.  Now you can get back
to your stitching~
"Many Happy Stitches",