"DESIGNS THAT REFLECT OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE"

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".
Sandra

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Few Goodies

Good Afternoon!
Hope all is well with you.  I'm taking a wee
break from typing the copy for my
Cinnamon Stick Santa publication.
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ALL BOXES SOLD!!!
Thank you so much~
I have three really pretty grained Shaker Pantry
boxes to be used for your needlework.  You can 
simply store your needle wares in it or you can do that
plus stitch a wonderful pin cushion top.  If you 
don't want to stitch a pin cushion then make a
 pin cushion out of some great olde coverlet piece 
or vintage fabric of your choice ~ whatever
your little heart desires.
I grained these boxes myself!!!
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I only have two large boxes
and one smaller box.  In the past I have had
some trouble with people emailing me that
they want something and then never pay.
Therefore, if someone wants one of these
boxes, I will mark it as PENDING and
give you until the next day when we close, which is 
5:00 EST, to get your payment
information to me.  You can call me at 540-371-6377 or 
email me with your info. I take Visa, Mastercard,
and Paypal.  
If I don't have your info by then, 
I will release it again.  I hate to do this, but
I've held orders for a long time and have
never heard back.  
Hope you understand.
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LARGE PANTRY BOXES
(I have 2 of these)
6 3/4" across and 3" high
$45.00 (includes the Priority shipping)
SMALLER PANTRY BOX
(Only 1)
6" across and 2 1/2" high
$35.00 (includes shipping)
 FINGERS ON SIDE OF BOX WITH
BRASS NAILS
I think you will love these boxes.  They are
very well made.
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Window on Autumn

Good Evening Everyone!
Autumn is definitely here.  I told you
this morning that we were having
rain and more rain today.  The
result is a soggy mess with 
leaves everywhere.  The temperatures
are suppose to start dropping soon.
Even though it is a mess and I don't
like the thought of tons of leaves
everywhere, I just love Autumn
and all the decorating that goes with
it.  Just so warm and comforting.
Here is my kitchen bay window
which I love to decorate
for the seasons.
Here it is decked out in all
of its Autumn glory.  Love
my collection of yellow ware -
just perfect for this time of year.
"Happy Autumn",
Sandra

Punch Needle

Good Morning!
Hope all is well wherever you are.  I made
it home from Richmond this morning before
the heavens opened up.  We are going
to have a really soggy day in Virginia.
The leaves are really going to fall ~ clogging
up the gutters and the drains.  Oh joy!
At least it isn't snow!!!
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Everyone seems to be getting a little
more interested in 
Punch Needle.
Thought I would take a few minutes
to share some of my little punch
needle designs.  These are small, so
they are great for any beginners
out there.  Just enough detail to make
it interesting.  Hope you like them.
"BLACKIE"
 "FOLK ART SANTA"
 "LANDSCAPE RUG"
 "NATIVITY"
 "OH GLORIOUS NIGHT"
 "WOOLSEY AND FRIENDS"
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Hope you like them.  They all come with the
printed fabric.  The embellishments are not included.
$13.75 (includes the shipping)
"Many Happy Punches",
Sandra



Monday, October 13, 2014

Almost !

Hi Everyone!
Hope you are all well and enjoying the great
Autumn temperatures.  We have had some
really pretty days, but the last few have
been a rainy mess.  Leaves are falling
everywhere, as well as the acorns.
The maples and the dogwoods are always
the first to show their glorious colors and
they are just starting.  Just beautiful!
We had wonderful company this weekend.
Avery, Hollis, and Paul were here.
So much fun.  Lots of good food, good
times, and good fun with our favorite little guy.
Hated to see them go home.  Of course, when 
they go, that means I have to go back to
work.  Trying so hard to get my 
"CINNAMON STICK SANTA"
and
"CHRISTMAS TREES 'A PLENTY"
but still not quite there.
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Before I send them out for finishing,
I wanted to share with you again.
 There is a third design in Cinnamon Stick,
but it is not back from the stitcher yet.
Waiting anxiously!
As you can see I am going to use the sweet
Pompom trim again.  Just love it!
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So hope these will be part of your 
Christmas stitching.  Be back soon with the
finished pieces.

"MANY MERRY STITCHES",
Sandra

Friday, October 3, 2014

Some Great Finishes!

Hi Everyone!
If you have known me for very long, you
know my wonderful friend Faye, who has worked 
with me for 20+ years.
In the last few days she has brought some of
her beautiful stitching to show me, which
just so happens to be my designs.
These are great gifts for some special friends.
I just knew you would love to see them.
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from
"SANTAS 'A PLENTY I"
from 
"A MERRY OLDE SOUL"
and
from my
Halloween Collection Year 
"DING DONG"
All of these were stitched on
20 Count "Putty" by Weeks Dye Works and
embellished with buttons from her collection.
The "Heart" charms around the sheep necks and
the "Mouse" charm are mine.  She added
the sweet stitched snow flakes to both Santas.
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It is so much fun to share finishes!
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Do You Need A Smile~

Good Evening Everyone!
Just in case you need a smile or a little laugh,
I thought I might be able to make that happen.
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Since we are all getting ready for Halloween,
Avery thinks he should be getting ready too.
He is three years old and seems to be
excited about Halloween.  He wanted
nothing to do with it - no costume, no treats,
nothing until now.  So everyone
is looking forward to a fun time this year.
He says he wants to be a Ghost-Witch.
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Hollis and I took him to a little market
the other day that had a wonderful
selection of pumpkins.  Just the
right amount for him to play around.
Just need to share, hope you don't mind.
Jumping for joy!!! 
 Pumpkins as big as he is~
So excited!!!
 With Mommy
So sweet!
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"Memories Made"
Sandra

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Autumn Special

Hi Everyone!
I'm getting to the end of my 
"BITS & PIECES 
COLLECTION".
Will be discontinuing and perhaps
making a consolidation, but in
the mean time thought I would
offer you a little
"HALLOWEEN SET", 
for
a quick Halloween stitch.
"SASSY PUMPKIN"
"PEEKIN' TOM"
"HALLOWEEN CAT"
All three designs for
$8.00 (includes shipping)
+
If you have my "freebie" 
"Boo Tyme"design 
http://plainfancymerchant.blogspot.com/search/label/Freebie
and
haven't stitched it yet, I have the
"gingham fabric" left
from my shoppe days.
$1.50 each piece.
JUST EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!
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Working on printing today so I can
ship "Turkey Tyme" this week.
Have a great "stitching" day,
Sandra



Friday, September 26, 2014

A Little Glimpse

Good Evening!!!
Hope everyone is happy and healthy on this
Friday night.  I am but I am really tired.
Have been working on Christmas designs
all day and printing my
"TURKEY TYME" 
Needle Case.
So happy to report that it will be shipping
the latter part of next week.  Yeah!  Then I
can truly move on to my most
favorite time of the year~
***CHRISTMAS***
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Just wanted to share a "little glimpse"
of one of my new Christmas designs.
It has been in the works for a while
and will be finished very soon.
Remember my "Button Sampler"
series, well this is the newest one~
"CHRISTMAS TREES 
'A PLENTY"
I so hope you like it.  Haven't decided exactly
how I will finish it yet, but it won't be
framed.  
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In reference to my annual
"CINNAMON STICK
CHRISTMAS",
I have decided to do this after all.
It will not be an over-sized Santa, but
will be a Santa with multiple projects.
Something a little different!!!
I know that many of you have asked
about him, and not long ago I said
I might not do him this year, but I've
changed my mind.  I believe this
sort of indecision problem I have comes
with my advancing age.  Those of
you in my age group can probably relate.
Please forgive me.  I hope you will
like him so much that it will not matter.
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Well, I must go.  Have lots to do 
tonight.  We will be going to my son's
annual Oktoberfest Party tomorrow.  It
promises to be a beautiful day for an
outdoor party, so I won't get much
done tomorrow~except for some
car stitching on the way to Richmond.
"MANY HAPPY STITCHES",
SANDRA









Monday, September 22, 2014

Wonderful Memories!

Hi Everyone!
Just had to send out a little post about
the wonderful time Faye and I had
at Lori's
GATHERING~
I know everyone had as great a time
as we did.  You could tell by all the
packages they were toting around
and the big smiles on their faces.
The greatest joy came from meeting
so many of you that I have gotten to
know in the Prim Stitchers' Group
or just through our love for
needlework.  That is what brought you
there and why we were there.
Of course, the biggest draw was Lori and
her fantastic shop, filled to the brim
with "goodies" of all kinds.
Everyone who works with Lori are
just as delightful as she is.  She
surrounds herself with the best.
If you were there you probably got
to meet Peter, Lori's husband
 and partner in this fabulous
adventure of theirs.  He is great~
so helpful and giving.
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I have a few pictures to share.  
Unfortunately I didn't get any personal
pictures or close ups of the booth.  The
pictures I'm sharing were all taken on 
set up day, that is why you see cars, etc.  
Not quite finished at this point of the day,
but you can get the idea.
Notice the plastic behind the flowers.
That is what you have to do to keep the
dew off of your display.  Everything
has to be covered before you leave it.
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To sum up the day, I have this to say~
~the weather was perfect
~the vendors were perfect
~the customers were perfect
~the friendship was perfect
~Lori and Peter were perfect
~the GATHERING was perfect
CONCLUSION
~you must all make plans to come
next September!!!  Can't
wait to see you then.
"MANY HAPPY STITCHES",
Sandra




Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fun Tymes Coming!

Hi Everyone!
Well, it's tyme to go 
"OVER THE RIVER
AND
THROUGH THE WOODS",
to 
NOTFORGOTTEN FARM
WE GO!

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The car is packed to the roof and
I still have to get my personal stuff
together and it is 8:00.
Of my gosh, I still have
a lot to do.
Wish me luck gathering
it all together and getting
myself out out here very early
in the morning.  I want to get
to Lori's so we can have plenty of
time to get it all set up tomorrow.
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I cannot wait to see all of you on
Saturday.  The weather is  promising to
be spectacular, so we are going to
have a wonderful fall day to visit.
SEE ALL OF YOU SOON,
SANDRA

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Turkey Tyme

Good Afternoon Everyone!
~~~PROCLAMATION~~~
First of all, I just want to let you know 
that the office will be closed from
September 5 - September 15.  I
will reopen on Tuesday,
September l6.
My ETSY Shoppe will be closed as
well.  So, if you want to place an order
that can be shipped tomorrow, you
need to get in touch with me soon.
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"Turkey Tyme"
Needle Case 
is almost finished, just have to do the
FOB, photograph, print and ship.
This will all take place when 
I return.  Just wanted you to see it
before I go.
~FRONT~
 ~INSIDE~
 ~FRONT AND BACK~
Remember this is the 3rd in my series,
so there is still time to sign up.
You can also get the first two.
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Hope you like it.
Many Happy Stitches,
Sandra


Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Little Glimpse

Good Morning!
I have another "Little Glimpse" of my
third in the
SEASONAL NEEDLE CASE SERIES~
"TURKEY TYME".
So happy to say that it is well on
its way to completion.
Now to the finishing and the fob.
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The picture shows you all the
embellishments that will be
included with the design.  Just
love the sweet little buttons.  They
are new at
Homespun Elegance.
Anyway, my favorite season
is fast approaching and 
"TURKEY TYME"
will be trotting your way soon.
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Remember this is a six-part series, of which 
this is the third.
It is not to late to sign up for the AUTO 
shipment.
You get the design for the needle case and
whatever embellishments are used
and I usually use about five.
The price is $12.50
If you would like to sign up for the AUTO
or just get this one,
it is $14.25 which includes the shipping.
PLUS,
there will be directions for making a FOB
to compliment your needle case.
Hope you like it~
Wishing you a day with 
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 Annual Ornaments

Good Saturday Afternoon!
After working for hours on end for the last
few days, the happy result is that my
2014 
ANNUAL ORNAMENTS
will be ready for
shipment next week.  YEAH!  
A little behind this year, but better
late than never.
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"SNOWMEN EVERYWHERE"
~~~
"MERRY CHRISTMAS WISHES"
~~~
"OLDE SAINT NICHOLAS"
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As usual, each ornament comes with the 
appropriate embellishment.
~"Olde Saint Nicholas" 
is stitched on 
30 Ct. "Mink" from
R & R Reproductions and trimmed with
 "Scorched Linen" rick rack by
Dames Of The Needle
~"Snowmen Everywhere"
is stitched on 
30 Ct. "Mink" from
R & R Reproductions and trimmed
with my
"Dirty White" chenille
~"Merry Christmas Wishes"
is stitched on
32 Ct. "Parchment"
from Weeks Dye Works and trimmed
with "Scorched Linen" chenille by
Dames Of The Needle
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Hope you like them and want to add
them to your Christmas 
ornament collection.
"Many Merry Stitches",
Sandra

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Seasonal Needlecase Series

Hi Everyone!
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful
Sunday.  It is beautiful here in
Fredericksburg, VA after a gloomy,
rainy Saturday.  Not complaining,
we needed the rain.
Want to share the fruits of my
Saturday labors with an
update and a "little glimpse" of my next
design in the
SEASONAL NEEDLE CASE 
SERIES.
Fall is coming, whether we want it to or not,
and I for one am delighted.
Therefore, the next needle case commemorates
THANKSGIVING ~ 
one of my favorite holidays.
Here is your "little glimpse" of
"TURKEY TYME"
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Remember this is a six-part series, of which 
this is the third.
It is not to late to sign up for the AUTO 
shipment.
You get the design for the needle case and
whatever embellishments are used
and I usually use about five.
The price is $12.50
If you would like to sign up for the AUTO
or just get this one,
it is $14.25 which includes the shipping.
PLUS,
there will be directions for making a FOB
to compliment your needle case.
Hope you like it~
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"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Instant Gratification!

Good Afternoon!
If you know me, you know I like to paint when
I have the time.  Unfortunately, it doesn't happen
very often, but I do love it.
What I want to offer you today is pretty
special I think.
Here it is ~ my
"HOMESPUN LANDSCAPE"
Mirror Sconce.
~~~SOLD~~~
Thank you Louise!
~DETAILS~
~16" Tall X 6 l/2" Wide
~Painted "umber" - a black/brown color
and then glazed
~The painting is the original-not a print
~Candle is included.  It is a battery
operated one with a wax exterior.
You can time this to come on at the same
time everyday.  (Batteries not included)
~There will never be another one
painted just like this.  I may use the
painting for decoupaging.
Just need for you to know that.
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I had the frames and the rusty metal candle
cups made.  I plan to be offering these
in other ways in the future.  I also have the
candle cups in regular tin, which I may or
may not paint.  We'll see~
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$100.00 + shipping
(shipping will be determined
by where you live.  Only
in the US please)
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Let me know if you want it.  I take Paypal,
Visa and Mastercard.  I need to know your
address for the shipping.
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I hope someone loves it~
Sandra

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Designs Ready to Ship and Some Fobs

Hi Everyone!
Just spent a little time this afternoon working
on some scissor fobs.
Thought you might like to have a Halloween
scissor fob to add to your collection ~
here is
"PUMPKIN LOVER".  
This is one of my
little paintings.  A print of the painting is
decoupaged onto a wooden heart.  Hoped to
make this into a cross stitch design, but I
think it is too late this season, but I will
get it stitched as soon as I can.
 "WOOLLY EWE"
scissor fob is hand painted
by me.  I think he is kind of cute.  

"Pumpkin Lover" is $11.50 + $1.75 s/h
and
"Woolly Ewe" is $12.00 + 1.75 s/h
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Two new designs are back from St. Charles
and ready to ship.
"WITCH INN"
$6.00 + $1.75 s/h
and
"HOSPITALITY OF CHRISTMAS"
I included my Olde Brass "Pineapple" button in 
this design.  
$10.00 + $1.75 s/h
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I will be adding everything to my ETSY Shoppe
or you can just contact me.
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Hope you see something you like.
"Many Happy Stitches", 
Sandra

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Little Glimpse!

Hi Everyone!
Just wanted to stop by and tell you that I am
working on my 
2014 
Annual Christmas Ornaments.
Running a little behind, as usual, but giving
it my best shot to get these to you in
the next few weeks or so.
I actually stitched the Sampler ornament
and am working on the
Santa ornament.  The Snowman
is winging its way back to me.
Hope to see their chubby little
bodies in my mail box tomorrow.
Couldn't wait to share a little though~
so here are the Sampler
"MERRY CHRISTMAS WISHES"
and the Santa
"OLDE SAINT NICHOLAS".
Hope you like what you see and will
want to stitch these ornaments!
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"Many Merry Stitches",
Sandra



Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Deal For You!

Good Morning!
Once again I have been digging through my
over flow of products and came across
a stash of these wonderful "Patches" pillows.
This pillow was featured in this 
publication
"HEARTS COME HOME"
which is a combination of cross stitch
and applique designs.  The
cross stitch design fits on the
pillow.
If you would like the 
book and the pillow
$22.00 (includes the shipping)
~Design only~
$10.00 (includes the shipping)
~Pillow only~
$18.00 (includes the shipping)
There will be extra postage outside
of the US.
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PILLOW STATS
~28 Count pre-finished 
"Tri-Color Patches"
~Measures 9 1/2" X 7 1/2"
~All you need to do is stuff it
and slip stitch the opening flap
on the back.
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DESIGN STATS
You do not have to have the pillow in
order to do this  Christmas design.
It is graphed to be stitched
without patches.
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APPLIQUE STATS
Patterns and all directions are given.
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I take paypal, Visa, Mastercard, and
checks.  Just email or call me if you are
interested.
The deal will end when all of the
pillows are gone.  Hope you like it.
"Many Merry Stitches",
Sandra