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, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Good Evening Everyone!
We had a wonderful day.  It was absolutely
beautiful in Fredericksburg - 90 degrees!
Actually it was a bit warm for me but I can
remember many cold Easters, so this was perfect.
I wanted to show you the cookies I made.
They are not very pretty, but very tasty.
When I make sugar cookies now, I add
about 3/4 of a cup of toffee/chocolate
mix to them.  It is so good.  The cutters are 
olde ones, so they are a little misshaped but I
love them that way.  I sometimes wonder about
all the people who made Easter cookies 
before me with these very same cutters. 
I wish I could say I made this cake.  We have 
a grocery chain in Fredericksburg called Aldi.
It is not your typical grocery store at all, but
they sometimes have some very unique items
during the holidays.  Many of these things are
imported from Germany.  You sheep lovers are
going to flip over this cake.
I sat him in a bed of paper grass on a cake pedestal.
He just looked so grand sitting there and then we
ate him.  How I would love to have that cake
mold.  Gives me something else to look for
on the internet.  Maybe by next Easter I can make
my own sheep cake for that little grandson of mine.
Oh, by the way, we might have a name soon.  I
cannot wait to share.
For those of you who have been asking, I hope to
 have good news about 
"The Lord's Prayer" sampler this week.  Also,
we will start shipping the orders from the Online
Show tomorrow.  
I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter.  I think
I am on a sugar high and feeling a little groggy,
so I will close for now.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Wishes

Good Evening Everyone!
Just stopping by to wish all of you a joyous
Easter with your family and friends.
I am off to make Easter cookies with my 
adorable olde chick and lamb cookie cutters.
Don't eat too much chocolate tomorrow!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fancy Friday

Good Morning Everyone!
I want to share with you something from my garden.
I hesitate to call it a garden because of the sad shape
it is in right now.  I hope to remedy that soon.
Lenten Roses and Virginia Bluebells -
aren't they beautiful?  Note the leaves that are
still in the bed.  I must do some serious 
gardening soon.  One flower bed has been done
and there are many more.
On to Fancy Friday.  I have three things to offer
you since the last two Fancy Fridays
didn't happen.
Woolly Hanging Pinkeep with beeswax sheep.
"Woolly" is approximately 6" X 3 1/4".  He is all
handmade.  The body is distressed Warm and Natural and the 
blanket is made from an olde coverlet.  Mine is hanging from 
my pie safe and he is so cute.
He is $16.00 + $2.00 shipping.  I have a few of these made.
When I have the time I enjoy painting, especially miniatures.
This is a painting, not a print.  It has a special finish, so
it does not have glass.  The frame is a beautiful miniature
by Olde Colonial Designs, which I have distressed a little. 
It measures 2 1/2" X 2 1/2". 
 $29.00 + $2.00 shipping.

Painted paper mache tissue box cover.
This was painted by me and distressed.  You
are probably sick of my sheep, but I just 
love painting and stitching them.
$16.00 + $3.00 shipping.
Hope you have enjoyed Fancy Friday and
find something that you like.  If you would like
any of these things, please email me.  It is first
come-first serve.  I take Paypal, Visa, MC,
and personal checks.
I wish you and your family a wonderful
Many Happy Stitches,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More New Stuff

Good Morning Everyone!
Thank you so much for your wonderful
comments from the Online Show.  Please forgive
 me for not responding to all of them, but I so appreciate 
 the kind things you had to say.  If you had a question
or a request, I will certainly get back to you. The response 
to the Online Show has been great.  I hope you had a
 chance to visit.   Winners of the four drawings will be 
announced in a few days.
 We are so busy around
here!  Trying to get the new things ready for the
Online Show, gathering models and products to
send a trunk show to Celebration of Needlework, and
 shipping our Auto and new stuff to our distributors.
I am exhausted and we are not finished by any
means.  But before I get started on all of that, I
want to share with you my newest products.
"May You Be Blessed With Only The Best"
This is the second in my 
"Tokens Of Affection" collection.
"Oh To Be A Witch"
This is "May"of my
"A Halloween Year" collection.
"Sitting Pretty"
This is "April" of my 
"A Halloween Year" collection.
There are only two more left in this collection.
I would like your input on whether I should
continue for another year.  Halloween is so
popular, but I don't want to over do it.  Please
let me know what you think.  How about a 
sampler a month?  I think that might be fun.
There will be a "Fancy Friday" this week, so
stay tuned.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Stuff

Good Morning Everyone,
I'm sorry there was no "Fancy Friday" again this
week.  We have been frantically trying to get
our new stuff ready for the Online Needlework Show
and our other new publications that will be going out
to our Automatic shoppes and distributors early this
coming week.  This poor old brain cannot handle
but so many deadlines at a time.  I hope you get a
chance to drop by the Online Show.  I will be doing
a drawing every day for some neat stuff.  You
have to leave me a comment and become a 
Follower if you haven't become one already.
 You can enter each day.  Good luck!!
~New things in the Online Show~
 "Blue Bird" Pin Cushion 
"Bird On Box" - Limited Quantities
 "Star Sampler" Stash Keep - Limited Quantities
"Willow Tree" Sampler - Reprint
"Strawberry Border" Reproduction Sampler 
"Blackie" Pin cushion.  This is also available in a
Punch Needle pattern.
I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I will try to
be back on Sunday to show you my new publications
that will be released next week.
Many Happy Stitches,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm Back From The Move!

Good Evening Everyone!
Lehmer and I survived the move without any
more injuries than we already had.  This is a great
accomplishment for the likes of us.  All went very
well.  Hollis and Paul are safely moved and are
so happy with their new abode.  They are very
thankful to the six strong young men who so
graciously helped them.
Late in afternoon of the move, the door bell rang
and a very sweet lady across the street brought
over a plate of homemade cookies.  Hollis had
the biggest smile on her face.  What a wonderful
thing for a complete stranger to do.  I think they
are going to be very happy in this neighborhood.
Now she can really start planning for the baby.
What an exciting and happy time ahead for all
of us.  I am sure all of you are going to get
sick and tired of hearing me talk about the
baby.  If I get too obnoxious, just let me know.
I have a few sneak peaks for you.  Three new
publications will be shipped next week.   
This is from my new collection "Tokens Of Affection".
"May You Be Blessed ......"
The next two are from my "A Halloween Year".
Both of these are turning out so cute.  Hope you like
 "Sitting Pretty"
Oh To Be a Witch"
Just another reminder.  The Online Needlework 
Show" starts on the l4th.  Please take a few
minutes to check it out.  I think you will enjoy your
visit because there are many designers showcasing 
their wares.
Have a good evening everyone.  
Many Happy Stitches,

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Good Evening Everyone!
I'm sorry to say there will be no "Fancy Friday"
this week.  Lehmer and I will be leaving early
tomorrow morning for Richmond.  Hollis and
Paul will be closing on their new home in the
morning, so we will start the moving process
tomorrow.  The big move with all of their
help and big truck will be on Saturday.  We
are so happy for them.  A new house and a
new baby all in one year.  I just hope our old
bones and muscles (meaning Lehmer and I) can 
make it through another move.  I am mostly in
charge of the new kitchen, - cleaning, shelf paper,
putting away, etc.  Not too labor intensive so I
think I will be OK.  
So this won't be such a boring post, I am going
to give you a little "sneak peak" of something
that will be on the Online Needlework Show.
Bird 'N Blossoms Pin Cushion
Bird Pin Cushion Box
Both of these will be available on the Online Show.
I hope you will all go visit.  There are many designers
and other companies with "wares" for the needle arts.
I do not think you will be disappointed.
I hope you have a weekend filled with "Many Happy
Stitches".  Mine won't be, but that is OK.  
Moving is always exciting.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Good Evening Everyone!
First of all let me thank you for the orders I have
received.  It is so exciting when someone likes 
what you have done.  It really makes it all worthwhile.
I have had more than a few emails inquiring as to
whether the fobs can be bought separately.
Of course they can.  Here are the ones I have in
stock right now. 
Woolly Fob is hand-painted by me.
It is $11.00 + $2.00 shipping
Sampler Heart, The Shepherdess, and
the Stitching Lady are all
$10.00 + $2.00 shipping.
I have a little Easter treat that I thought
you might be interested in.  Just a few are
left.  You receive the painted peat pot,
the linen band handle, "Hoppin' Hare" Olde Brass
buttons, wire, and graph with complete finishing
instructions.  You will need to get 11" of 1" wide  
ribbon (I recommend grosgrain) for finishing the 
handle.  Next year I am going to have a
little one at Easter, so I know where one of
these is going.  
It is $13.00 + $2.50 shipping
I have new things in my Etsy Shoppe, so
you might want to take a look.
If you would like any of the above, just email
me with your complete email address for
Paypal.  I also take VISA, MC, and 
personal checks.
I hope you all have a great evening.
Many Happy Stitches,

Friday, April 1, 2011


Happy April Everyone!!
I cannot believe it has been a whole week since my last post.
We have been so busy around here.  Our big project right now
is getting some new things ready for the Online Show which
starts April 14th.  It is fast approaching and we are not 
ready - as usual.  I had to finish my next two designs in the 
"Halloween Year" series and get them off to my wonderful
stitchers.  Such is the life of a cross stitch designer.
I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to do something
special when I reached 300 followers.  It happened a
while ago, but I have not forgotten.
When I was in Nashville, I picked up some special scissors
to attach to my scissor fobs.  So I am offering you your
 choice of a scissor style and a scissor fob for
$17.00 + $2.00 Shipping.
I have a few pairs of scissors in each style.  Just tell me
 the style you like and which fob.  This is a one time
offer for my Followers.
When referencing the scissors, the top pair are black
Seaton, next is black Primitive Storklette,
next is gold-plated Seaton, and the last one is black
Fleurdelis. The fob at the top is The Stitching Lady
and the other one is The Shepherdess.  I make the fobs.
The prints are decoupaged on wood.
Now it's time for FANCY FRIDAY!
This is a piece of "vintage" embroidery that I have
mounted in one of my frames.  I took a flat wooden
frame to which I attached a piece of scalloped trim.
I think it is very "vintage" looking as well.
Closeup of distressing on the frame.  The frame is painted
with a nice umber color, distressed, and then glazed.
Closeup of the embroidery.  It is in perfect condition,
but of course I had to add a little distressing to it.
The frame measures 12 1/2" wide X 7 1/2" high.
$38.00 + $6.00
On our way to Nashville every year, Faye and I always do a 
little antiquing.  It is so much fun after all the hours of preparation
for the show. It is our treat to ourselves.  Most of the things we
find end up decorating the booth.  The rationale here is it is
job related.  Don't you agree?  This year I found a number 
of these wonderful wooden thread spools with their original cotton 
thread.  It is unusual to find them with thread. They are great and
 we sold a bunch at the show.  Just a few left  (after I took what I 
wanted) so I thought I would offer them to you.  The four spools for 
$16.00 + $2.50 shipping.
If you would like any of these things, just email or call me.  I
take Paypal, Visa, MC, and personal checks.
That is all for today.  Stay tuned for sneak peaks of new designs.
Also, I will be adding new things to my Etsy Shoppe soon.
Many Happy Stitches,