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".

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another Little Look

Good Saturday Morning!!
Hollis and Paul wanted to take Avery to the
Pumpkin Patch today, but so much for that idea.
The weather here is just horrible, raining now 
with a chance of snow.  The mountains of
Virginia are definitely getting snow.  I keep
trying to remind myself that it really is fall.
Here are a few of my minimalist ideas of
decorating this year.  Christmas decorating 
will be better - I hope.

Never did find my white pumpkins.  I found
one tiny one at Walmart, can you believe that,
and being a good MOM, I gave it to Hollis.
Looks great in her bathroom.
Still hoping to find some before Thanksgiving.
Before I get to my little peak for you, wanted to
share the most adorable hat on the most adorable
baby.  Don't you think he would have been a hit at the
Pumpkin Patch?  Cannot wait to share his
Halloween costume.  Stay tuned for that.
Now for the reveal.  This is 
So sweet, so cute, so prim, and so
quick.  I hope you will love them.
These will be available soon with
some more "quickies" for your
Christmas decorating and giving.
If you are in my part of the world, try to stay
dry and warm.  The coffee will definitely be
flowing today.  I have to finish my last two
publications to go out next week and move on
to the next.
Many Happy Stitches,

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Stuff

Good Morning Everyone!
Hope all is well in your part of the world.  This
is a really busy day for me and before I get started,
I wanted to share with you my two new publications.
If all goes well, they will ship next week.
Hope you like them.
I know you will all recognize the origin of this special
quote from Little Women, one of my most favorite
stories and movies of all time.  I have always loved
this quote and wanted to do something unique to use 
in my Christmas decorating.  This will occupy a special
spot on my sofa with all of my other Christmas pillows.
  All the fancy magazines talk about the packaging being
part of the gift, well this time the packaging could be
the gift as well.  I made the pillow out of Weeks felted
wool and the ribbon is just something from the
craft store that just happens to match the color
of the cross stitched gifts.  I may have a little of
this to sell if you are interested.  It is stitched on
Old Mill Java with a variety of fibers.  Would be
quite special over one for an ornament.
Next is
This continues my heart ornament collection.  So simple
and elegant at the same time.  It is stitched on 36 Count
"Wheat" from R & R Reproductions, with a Stitch
Count of 39 Wide X 69 High.  The brass charm is
Just so you know, I will have another heart ornament,
some Christmas birdies, and Christmas Silhouettes in
the coming weeks.  Can't wait to share.  
Love Christmas designing so much.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend with
 Many Happy Stitches,

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A New Little Something!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I hope you are all having a grand day.  We are
having a gray and windy day with leaves
blowing everywhere.  Fall has definitely
arrived in Virginia and I love it.  I haven't had
much time for fall decorating and it is driving
me crazy.  I so love this time of year.  Have
yet to find a white pumpkin or bittersweet.
What in the world am I going to do.  I may
have to paint one and age it.  
Just wanted to let you know that the Online
Show is up and running.  If you would like to
take a peak just go to Online Show.
Thought you might want to see a little snippet
of two of my new designs.  If all goes well 
they be released next week.  
"Rejoice" continues the Heart Ornament 
series that I started several years ago.
I'll let you see the complete designs in a
few more days.  Just a few more finishing
touches to go.  
Now for something really cute and special!
I know I'm being obnoxious again, but cannot 
help myself.
Have a great rest of the day with
"Many Happy Stitches",

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I'm Still Here!

Hi Everyone!
I cannot believe that it has been almost a month
since my last post.  I guess you all thought I had
gone to Richmond for good.  Well, I just about
have for various reasons.   Avery went to day
care for his first three days and what happens -
he gets a cold with a slight fever, etc.  Poor
Hollis and Paul, welcome to parenthood.  Anyway,
he is better now, so I came home Wednesday
and have been working on the Online Show
and trying to catch up.  We had to get things
shipped to Attic Needlework for a Trunk Show.  
 If you are in the Meza, Arizona area, many of my 
models will be there for about a month.
If you have never read a newsletter from Attic
Needlework, then you are in for a real treat.
Please go to
You won't be sorry!!!!!
I was so shocked when I opened an email from
Terri Stanley and saw this fabulous display of my
"HALLOWEEN YEAR" collection. 
Everyone of them is finished in her own special
way.  She definitely has a flare for finishing.
Thank you Terri for sharing this with me!!!!!
Well, I have to get back to the Online Show.  I still
have a lot to do and the deadline for everything to
be in place is Monday.  Before I go back to Richmond
(I am taking care of Avery on Mondays and Tuesdays)
I hope to show you a little glimpse of new designs.
Many Happy Stitches,