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".

Friday, April 18, 2014

Delivering Easter Wishes

Good Spring Morning To You!
Dropping by on this Friday before Easter to
wish each and every one of you a most glorious
Easter.  I hope it is going to be filled with love,
friends and family.  Lehmer and I will be
leaving early tomorrow to celebrate the
Easter weekend with our children
in Richmond.  Cannot wait to share Easter
fun with Avery.  This will be the first year
that he will actually participate in
some fun activities.  
Today is going to be very busy indeed.  I
have lots of cooking to do.  Hollis is
hosting our Easter Brunch this year, but
I will be taking some food down.  We are
all pitching in, which always makes it
easier.  I'm making sugar cookies here
and then we will decorate them Saturday
night.  I'll definitely try to share some
pictures.  I'm really excited about
my Easter cake.  Hope it turns out as 
planned.  Before I get started on all of
of "happy work", I want to share some
other pictures of Easter at the
Sullivan's.  Even though everyone 
isn't coming here this year, I just can't
help myself.
Love to wrap my candles with something and
this lacey straw ribbon is perfect for Spring.
The candle is "Citrus and Sage" from
Yankee Candle.  Next to the Original scent
from Claire Burke (which I can hardly
ever find anymore), this is my favorite for
spring and summer.
Don't you love that sweet little basket~
 A "vintage" chick nestled with some wonderful
eggs I found in Wilmington, NC a few weeks ago.
Said I wasn't going to buy more Easter
stuff.  Never say ~ never!
 A cross stitch bunny that I did years ago~
 Chalk ware, celluloid, and metal.
"Olde" and much loved~
 More olde stuff!
The egg is one that I used to make and sell
in my shoppe.  It is painted papermache
and tied with ripped and aged scrim. 
 Waxed eggs, lavender covered (done for me years ago by 
my sweet friend Bobbie, and some eggs covered with 
tansy annie ~ they smell so good!
 Don't you love this olde wooden painted egg.
Much of the design is gone, so I handle it 
very carefully.
Tucked for safe keeping in a really big jar.  The
jar is filled with all the dried white roses that I
have been given (and bought for myself-haha).
They turn the most wonderful color.
I hope you enjoy this season as much as I do.  Not
looking forward to all the much needed clean up
in the yard, but I guess that just goes with
the season.  Let's hope we all get to enjoy 
a lovely Spring since the Winter was so hard.
I wish you a very special weekend.  Maybe we
can all squeeze in a few stitches, but if not,
that is OK.
Blessings to all of you,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Goodies" for you~

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I'm dong my lamp shades again and
I hope you will like them.  
These are the ones that I have right now.
on aged black shade
Approximately 4" tall
and 5" across the bottom
(I only have one)
$23.00 includes shipping
on aged paper shade
Approximately 4" tall
and 5" across the bottom
(I only have one)
$23.00 includes shipping
on paper shades
(I have a few of these available)
$23.00 includes shipping
Approximately 4" tall 
and 5" across the bottom
I recommend that you use a 15 - 20 watt bulb only.  A lesser
wattage will not show up the design.
I hope you like these.  I used them in my house and love
them.  These are all shown in my kitchen.
I take Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, and checks.
"Happy Decorating"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Decorating With My Needlework

Hi Everyone!
I've posted two pictures in a new group,
over the last few days.  I wanted to
share them with you too.
Do you like to find unique ways to
use your stitching in decorating
your home?
I know I do because I have certainly
run out of walls after 30+years of
Here are a couple of my ideas.
This is in my Guest Bathroom -
no room gets neglected in this
house.  I know my guests wonder
what in the world is this stuff, but
who cares, they are my little
treasures.  I enjoy looking at them.
And here are my Easter eggs.  Obviously I do like
to put "all of my eggs in one basket".
If you love "primitive style" stitching, then
this is the Group for you.  You are going
to absolutely flip over all the stitching,
finishing ideas, and just general of love
of this style.  I highly recommend it!!!
Have a great week.  I'll be in Richmond Monday
and Tuesday with little Avery.  Not much
stitching getting done when I'm there, but
I hope to work on next Needle Case when
he's napping.  Maybe I'll have something to
share when I get home.
"Many Happy Spring Stitches",

Now You Know ~

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Well, that was really fun.  I got a real variety of
great answers. You won't believe this but the first person
 to comment was correct.
She is
so she will get the free publication.
Remember I mentioned that there would
be a second model with a different
saying.  The first person to guess it
That saying is
"Still friends after all these years"
All I need from both of you is your shipping
address and it will be on its way as soon
as it is published.
Now for the good news ~ I think I must have
made this too easy because so many of you
guessed correctly. 
I had eight correct answers for the
lst saying and four for the second.
As a consolation prize, if any of you
would like to have this design when it is
published, I will give you a 25% discount.
I will have to add shipping though, sorry.
Debbie Kos 
Chocolates for Breakfast
Kathy L
Barb Gallagher
Debbie Boivin Kos
I will have your names here on the Blog.  So
when it is published, just let me know.
Haven't decided how I want to finish this and
the other model.  Suggestions appreciated!
Thanks everyone for participating!
"Many Merry Spring Stitches",

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Little Glimpse and A Contest

Good Morning Everyone!
It is a beautiful Spring morning here in Virginia.
I really need to get out in the yard but it
will have to wait until the weekend.
I wanted to share a "little glimpse" of
something coming your way very soon
and to make it fun too.
You have until SUNDAY at noon to
become a follower on my Blog and to make 
a comment. This design will
include two sayings.  The first
one to guess one of the sayings will receive
a copy of the design.  If the other
saying is guessed too, I will send the
design to that person as well.

Hope you like the "little glimpse".

~The Marking Sampler is almost finished.  I know
you are saying "sure".  But it really is.
~Working on the last of the Halloween Year II
~My Christmas design was mailed to JCS.  Yeah!
Another deadline almost met.
~I have a Trunk Show this weekend at 
Stitcher's Stash's Retreat
~The 2nd in my Needle Case Series is stitched, now
I have to make the fob and put it all together.
I'll be showing another glimpse of that in a
few days.  Once again, there is still time to
get in on the fun.
"Many Happy Spring Stitches",

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sweet Little Spring Design

Good Afternoon!
I am rushing like crazy because Hollis and I
are leaving for a little weekend trip.
Avery is going too.  It is a six hour trip
so we are a little anxious how he is
going to handle being confined that
long.  It could be interesting.
Wish us luck.
We are both going to visit dear friends.  Mine 
lives in Wilmington, NC.  Can't wait.  The
weather is going to be beautiful and 
antiquing is planned.  Yeah!!!
Hollis is going on to Columbia, SC
where is weather is going to be perfect
too.  Avery will have his little friend,
Laney, to play with.
A good time should be had by all.
I am reprinting this design.  It has 
always been one of my favorites.
Just in time for Spring and Summer
and a quick stitch.  

It is $8.75 (shipping included).  Hope you like
it and can fit it into your Spring stitching.

"Many Happy Stitches",

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Need Your Input on Marking Sampler

Hi Again!
2nd post in one afternoon, what in the
world could that mean?
Well, what it means is I don't know what
to do and I need your input~
Here is my progress on the
"Marking Sampler "
So many of you have been asking
about its progress and I'm sorry
I've neglected to post some
Well, believe it or not, I am almost
finished, with the exception of
the simple, dreaded border
situation.  As you can see
in the picture of the original,
the stitcher obviously meant to
fill in a lot more area with more
wonderful somethings.
Well, she didn't, so my question
to you is do you want me to graph
it with the entire area bordered in.
My thinking right now is that I
am not going to stitch the
sampler leaving the space blank.
I will just stitch that border 
that is at the bottom under the last
stitched line.  Once again, though
you may disagree with me
and I want to know what do you think.
Note that the last line of short
letters was not completed, so I
am going to add my initials,
date, and a repeat of some of
the unique motifs that were 
used in the sampler.  Some of
you, I know are more of a 
purist and will probably leave
it blank.  I have pondered this
dilemma too, and I'm leaning
on stitching my name.  Of course,
that could change, who knows.
At my age I seem to have
a problem with making a 
I love this sampler and it has
been a long time coming, I know.
Hope it was worth the wait.
Of course, I still have to graph it
and print it.  Any volunteers on
the graphing?  HaHa  It is the least
favorite part of the designing 
Here goes~
My progress~
Showing the unfinished area and the space left 
for possible personalizing~
 Some of the wonderful motifs~
Another close up~
Please let me know what you think.  I
will be waiting to hear from you.
"Many Happy Sampler Stitches",

Open House Pictures

Hi Everyone!
I just received a newsletter from 
Remember~I went there a few
Saturdays ago to do an
Open House
Sue Hillis.
It was so much fun getting to talk
with Sue and the other
wonderful cross stitchers that
came to visit us.  Not to mention
the more than nice staff and owner
of this delightful shop.  If you
live in the surrounding area,
please go by and see them.  They
are trying really hard to make
cross stitch a big part of their
shoppe.  We so need every shoppe
we can get.  Richmond, the
capital of Virginia, hasn't had a
shoppe in many years, so this
is a real blessing.
Before I show you the pictures, I
must defend myself.  I had to fuss
at Sue.  She lives in the Richmond
area, so was able to come in the
day before and spent more
than a few hours setting up a
wonderful display.  NOT FAIR!
Faye and I had one hour Saturday
(9-10) to set up my display.
Somehow we managed to get
it done, but we were hustling.
Please go here to see all the
This was not my whole display, just a
few shots.  We had three large tables 
filled with the designs.
If you click on here in the paragraph above the
pictures, you can see Sue's beautiful display.
Many Happy Stitches,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Much Loved Bunny

Hi Everyone!
Just had to share, since it is that 
"Bunny Time"
 of the year.
I have had this little treasure for
many years.  He has been loved and
abused.  If you look closely you will see
all the pin marks, saw dust coming
out, and other damage,
but he is still priceless to me.
Would love to make a pattern
so all of us could love him.

Anyway, just though you might enjoy
a much loved treasure from long ago.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Little Glimpse

Merry Spring Morning!
Believe it or not, I am actually doing something
a little ahead of time for a change.  Don't get used to
it, for it will probably never happen again.
"Seasonal Needle Case" 
series will have it's summer/patriotic theme
design available fairly soon.
Here is a little
Remember, this is a series of six needle cases,
the first one being,
You can join this series through your 
favorite shoppe, or you can do it
with me.
Each one is $12.50, but that includes whatever
embellishments I decide to use.  The first
one includes the five buttons on the front, a
tiny brass carrot charm, and a ladybug brass
charm which is inside
Note the scissor fob with the wool shamrock.
Each one will have a scissor fob as well.
If you get it from me, it will be $14.00, 
because of the shipping.  Don't you
hate that.  It is also listed in my ETSY shoppe.
Have a wonderful day and I'll be
back soon.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Merry Spring Everyone!
I need to say that quickly because the weathermen
are saying that we may have another snow storm
early next week.  Will it ever end!!!!!
Just think, last year Easter was in March.
So glad it is the latter part of April this year.
I was looking for something else this AM
and came across two more of my journals.
They are blank now, but I can stamp
"Stitching Journal"
"House Journal"
on them for you, or leave them plain.
Thank You!!
They measure 8 1/4" X 6" with approximately
50 pages that are lined kraft paper brown.
I love these journals.
(which includes the shipping - US only)
I take Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, and checks/
money orders.
Many Happy Spring Stitches,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Merry Spring Morning

Merry Morning!
This is a very "Merry Spring Morning" indeed.  We awoke to a 
sweet little voice yelling "Grammie" - "Papa".  Hollis and Avery 
are up for a weekend visit, so I tried to get some Spring-Easter 
decorating done.  Hope you have as wonderful a weekend 
as we plan to have.  I do hope to add my new publications
 to ETSY today-bunnies and Easter eggs if I can drag myself away-
A lazy Spring Morning with little Avery
"Merry Spring"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Quilting Adventures Open House

Hi Everyone!
Faye and I had a great time yesterday at the Open House
at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, Virginia.
Sue Hillis was there too.  I had a great time
reconnecting with Sue.  Since I haven't been to
a trade show in a few years, I have missed 
seeing her.
Quilt Adventures is mainly a quilt shoppe
but Joyce, the owner, has decided to include
cross stitch.  As cross stitch designers, we should all
be thrilled to hear this news.  There hasn't been a
cross stitch shop in Richmond for years.
There was a nice turnout, but we have to get the
word out to everyone in Richmond and those
who travel through Richmond.  It is very easy to
get to.  The link above will carry you to their
facebook page.
I was so annoyed with myself yesterday.  When
we were almost finished tearing down the
show, I remembered that I was supposed to
take pictures to show you, hence, there is only
one to post and that was taken by
someone at the shoppe.  
Sometimes I am amazed at how forgetful
I am.
Thank you to everyone who came and to Joyce
and her staff for a lovely day.  Always so much
fun to visit with stitchers.
"Many Happy Stitches"'

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Hi Everyone!
I hate to admit this, but I have made a mistake
in proof reading.
This just drives me crazy.  How can you make
a mistake when you read and read and read,
but it happens, rarely, thank goodness!
I am so sorry, but here is the correction -
it is in the COLOR CODE.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New "Goodies" Almost Ready

Hi Everyone!
Spring is coming believe it or not, even though
we had new snow and ice all day yesterday.
So much so that my appointment with the ENT
for my ear pain, had to be postponed.  
Wouldn't be such a big deal except for the
fact that I have waited 3 1/2 weeks to get it.
Now I have to wait another two weeks for
a new appointment.  Hope this ear thing
doesn't get even worse.  So over this
winter.  I know my area hasn't had it
as badly as other areas, but when it comes, it 
always manages to mess up something important.
Faye wasn't able to come to work today because
of the road conditions, so we are even more behind.
Will it ever end~
Hoping to get these new designs shipped next
week, so I wanted to let you know about them.
If you are interested please let your shoppe
owner know.  If you can't get them, just let
me know.
"Delivering Yummy Goodness"
The finishing is not done yet, of
course, but at least you can see
the finished design.  The rick rack
is from R & R Reproductions and
the embellishments are from me.
"Spring Eggs IV"
Three adorable little eggs with sweet sampler
borders and adorable Easter/Spring motifs.
The "Nubby" trim and embellishments are
available from me.
*~*~*Needle Case Series*~*~*
Some of you have asked if you can get the series
through your Shoppes.  Of course you can as long
as they are willing to take orders for the series.
The designs will be available to shoppes as the
design only, which they order from distributors and 
me, but if you want it with my embellishments included,
you must sign up for the series.
Hope this make sense to everyone~
Please let me know if you have any questions.  I 
am really tickled with the response so far.
"Many Happy Stitches"

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Winner Is . . . . .

Hi Everyone!
The winner of my 
Needlecase and Fob 
Barb, I have just sent you an email and all I need
is your mailing address.
A question for everyone!
How would you feel about a series
of six needlecases and fobs.  The
six would include the
needlecase & fob.
I would start the series with this
one.  The next one would be for
the 4th of July.  If you sign up for
the series, each design sent to
you would include whatever
embellishments are featured.
Because of that, the price 
might change a little bit each
time.  Just thinking about it ~
please let me know if you are 
"Many Happy Stitches",