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".

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Reprint

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Two posts in one day ~~  I know you think I have lost 
it, but I have to do these things when I have time.
  So here goes.
Do you like coverlets?  Do you like birds?
I surely do. 
I did this design a very long time ago.  The
large piece hangs in my guest bedroom and I have
never tired of it.  The frame is a treasure, but 
unfortunately is no loner available.  It came from
 a catalogue company named
"Neat and Tidy".  I loved their stuff.  It was one
of the first companies that offered wonderful
grained painted items.  I nearly lost my mind
when it showed up in my mail box.  This frame
is not only grained but the hearts are carved.
The small frame is one that I can do ~ a
red wood grain.
Anyone, this design is available again.  It would
be stunning stitched on a heavily distressed
linen with a great over-dyed floss.  
If you are interested, just call or email me.
I will be putting it in my ETSY shoppe too.
$10.00 + $1.50 shipping
Hope you have a great evening.
Many Happy Stitches,

Funky Blue Bird

Good Morning Everyone!!
Do you love crocks as much as I do?
Here are some pictures of those in my 

 "Funky Blue Bird" Pillow
~~~TIS SOLD~~~
Thank you Pam!
Here is a pillow I painted based on an old crock.
  Unfortunately, that crock is not in my collection, 
one that I could never afford.  Hand-painted using
fabric paints on even-weave jute (which is a much
nicer quality than your run-of-the-mill jute), and
mounted on wool felt.  The back is the same wool felt.
Measures a generous 11" High X 10" Wide.  
It is lightly stuffed with polyfil.  
~~~$38.00 which includes the shipping~~~
Hope she will find a nice home soon - I
say "she" because she has fancy tail feathers.
If you like her, just call or email me.  She will
also be added to my ETSY site soon.
Many Happy Stitches,

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thought You'd Like to Know. . .

Hi Everyone!
Do you love emeries as much as I do?  Thank goodness
I started collecting them years ago because now when 
I occasionally see one, they are out of my price range.
Here is my little collection.
There will be an announcement about a new
collection soon.  Stay tuned!

This has nothing to do with the above, but if
you saw my sneak peak about "Crow Patriotic"
earlier this week, that design was based on one
of my paintings.  Months ago I offered some
paper mache boxes with the print decoupaged
on the top.  I sold all of them, but came across
two more boxes so I made them again.  I am
keeping my eyes open for more boxes, but
no luck so far.  I guess I could use a different box. 
 I'll see what I can come up with.  Anyway, if you 
are interested, email or call me.
They are $15.00 which includes the shipping.
I take Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, and checks.
Thank you!!

Please note the difference in the stencil borders.
Specify "Swag" on the first box and "Garland"
on the one above.
Must go fix dinner now.
Many Happy Stitches,

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Avery Says "Good Morning"

Good Morning All!!
Can you imagine how much fun it is to be greeted
by this cute thing in the morning?  It sure helps
get your morning going in the right direction.
His dad, Paul, took this the other day.  I'd say
he was happy to see him.
Look at that strawberry blond hair, bright blue
eyes, and pink cheeks.  
Going to hate those pink cheeks one of
these days, but for now they are the best.
Hope to be back later in the day with some
more stuff to share.
Many Happy Stitches,

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Little Glimpse

Good Evening Everyone!
Hope you are all fine and enjoying this amazing
Spring weather.  My only regret is that all of the
daffodils are gone - this is way too early for our
area.  Everything is blooming at the same time.
Very strange indeed!
Wanted to share a little glimpse of some new designs
on the way ~
A wee baby sampler and a new series featuring birds.
This is the summer bird. You will have plenty of time 
 to get this done for the 4th.
As you can see, there will be a boy and a girl version.
The cartouche will have room for the name and
birth date.  Just the sweetest little sentiment for a
special baby.
This is a reprint of an older design that has been out
of print for a while.   I love this saying and think
it will always be relevant and meaningful, especially
in the world today.  This will be listed in my 
ETSY Shoppe tonight.  If you do not do ETSY, 
just give me a call or email me.  It is
$10.50 which includes the shipping.
Well, that is all for tonight. 
Many Happy Stitches,

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Coming Soon!

Good Evening Everyone!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend.
It has been absolutely beautiful in Virginia.  We
just had a nice visit from our son, Cameron.
He came to work on my computers (poor thing -
he has such an idiot for a Mother), but we
did get to spend some quality time sitting out
on the patio in the back yard.  The weather is
stunning, but my backyard and the garden
borders are awful.  Lots of work ahead to whip
them in shape.  
Before I start getting ready to head back to
Richmond, I wanted to share with you my two
designs that will ship to distributors and
automatic shoppes mid week.
Hope you like them.  They are sweet little
designs for the celebrations that are coming
soon ~ weddings and graduations.
Very quick stitches with just the right
A graduation sampler that even has the initials
of the high school or college.
Retail $7.50
Stitched on 28 Count "Lambswool" using DMC.
I embellished it with my "Tiny Black" button and
mounted in my 5 X 7 Brown Swirled Grain
Very sweetly embellished with "Vintage"
crocheted edging and my "Heartlet" brass
charm.  This will also fit in a 5 X 7 frame.
Includes surname initial and initials of the
bridge and groom.
Retail $7.50
Both of these should be available in your
favorite shoppe very soon.  I will be putting
them in my ETSY shoppe later, so they will
be available to you if you cannot find them
Just let me know if I can help you.
Have a great week. 
Many Happy Stitches,

Friday, March 16, 2012

Too Cute!

Hi Everyone!
I just couldn't resist sending an Avery picture.
He is getting so big that he has outgrown his
baby bath towels, the ones with the hood.
So sad in a way - I hate giving up these baby things.
I was there for his bath the other night and we
needed something to dry his hair and this
is what was readily available - a burp cloth.
I love the way he is peeking out.  Look at
that tummy.  He is going to hate me one
day for all of these great pictures.
Have a great day.  I'll be back home tonight
and hope to be showing you some new
things this weekend.
Many Happy Stitches,

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Special Finish

Good Evening Everyone!
I just had to take a few minutes and show you this
sweet finish of my 
This was stitched by Joy.  If you have the time
you should go to her lovely Blog
Isn't this beautiful?  She softened the colors to match
the taste of her youngest granddaughter.   Thank
you Joy for sharing this with me.
Here is my stitched model~
What a difference, but both pretty in their 
own way.  
I will be adding this sweet design to my ETSY
shoppe tonight.  The frame and the Olde
Brass "Heart" button are available from me
as well.  
Have a great evening.
Many Happy Stitches,

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Little Glimpse

Good Evening Everyone!
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.
Mine has been busy but productive and I am
happy for that.  It was really hard though to stay 
in and work when it was so pretty outside.
It is going to be an unbelievably warm week
in Virginia - reaching 80 degrees.  Can you
believe that!
Wanted to let you see something I am working
on just in case you have an impending graduation
or wedding.  Two sweet little designs to honor
your loved ones. 
I hope you like them.  
"Many Happy Stitches",

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Old Stuff

Good Afternoon Everyone!
First of all, let me thank you for all of my
orders for the Monogrammed Pineapple Fob.
So exciting!!
Well, here is another fob ~~ 
This one is tiny, cute, and hand-painted
by me.
2/3" Wide X 1 1/2" Long

$11.50 shipping included
Do you see a pattern here?  I will be adding
fobs more frequently, so stayed tuned.
Remember the out-of-print publications
that I talked about a few weeks ago, well
I am trying to get these together.  I added
one the other day, and here are two more.
$10.50 shipping included

Sorry for so many pictures, but I wanted to show you
 the detail.  This is one of my favorite designs.  The tray I 
stitched as a wedding/anniversary tribute.
$11.50 shipping included.
If you are interested in anything, I accept Paypal,
MC, Visa, and personal checks.  Just call
or email me.  I will be putting these on ETSY
as well.
I hope you have a great weekend.  Thanks for
reading my Blog.
Many Happy Stitches,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring Things

Good Afternoon Everyone!
It is a delightful Spring day here in Virginia.
The daffodils are blooming everywhere in my
yard, so I had to pick some the other day
to take to Hollis and to put in the house.
Thought I would share some pictures of a
little Spring decorating - very little I might
add, but it was time for the pine cones to be
put away for another year.
 This is my Necessary Room as you can tell from
the cross stitch.   I thought I would add a little lion
and sheep - in like a lion, out like a lamb.  Luckily
the lion did not do his job this year, although we
have had a little dusting of snow this week.
 I'm getting ready for cookie making days with Avery.
Unfortunately, I have to wait until next year, but we
will be ready with my birds, bunnies, and sheep
cutters.  I do this window almost the same way each
year.  I am really becoming a creature of habit, or
maybe it's because I love the same stuff.  
 I love this heart hanging with the little bottle added
to it.  This hangs in the kitchen with whatever
flower, herb, or greenery that happens to be
in season.
 My sheep molds on top of my pie safe.
I really do love my sheep.  Please don't look too 
closely, it is a real pain to dust this shelf.  Blue
is a good color for ignoring dust as long as possible.
Just thought I would let you know that I am adding
to Etsy sometime today.  If you don't use Etsy,
just give us a call or email us.
Plus, I am adding a scissor fob ~
order because of the hand-painted initial. 
The print is decoupaged on a wooden heart, then 
I paint the initial and reseal.  The black cord is
It measures 2 2/3" X 1 1/2". 
$13.50 -  includes shipping.  
I take Paypal, MC, Visa, and personal checks.
Once again, if you do not do ETSY, just give
us a call or email us.
Back to work for me.  
Many Happy Stitches,

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Using Antiques

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Hope you are having a great Sunday afternoon.
I am working on the beginning stages of my website.
Not fun work but something I have to do and it will be
so exciting when it is done.  I think it is going to take
a couple months to load all of the products.  Wish me
luck and more hours in the day ~ I'm going to
need both.
When I was at Hollis' on Friday, this caught my eye.
When I had my shoppe and had the time, I liked
to incorporate needlework with antiques.  This
was for sale for only a short time because Hollis
saw it and fell in love with it.  Naturally, it
managed to make its way to her house.
A wonderful old match and brush holder that
was missing whatever picture was in the opening.
Aha I thought, a great place to tuck a little cross stitch.
That little sampler is from one of my publications
called "Crowning Glory".  
So, when you are out on your antiquing trips,
always keep your eyes open for ways to
incorporate that special piece of needlework,
and you will have a treasure all your own.
I still have antique and vintage items that I 
planned to do something with but never got 
around to.  Do you think you would be 
interested in items like this?  Let me know
what you think.
Wishing you a happy day with
"Many Happy Stitches"

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What A Deal!

Good Morning everyone!
Thanks for all of your comments on our little
Avery.  He is such a sweet little thing.
You won't believe this, but it is going to be
70+ degrees today.  This weather is just
not right.  My daffodils are blooming and
all the weeds in my yard are coming up.
I need a few more weeks of winter so I
don't have to add yard work to my list of
things to think about.  
Anyway, in honor of impending
Spring, I thought I would offer you 
a deal.
This is a group of sweet seasonal birdhouses,
each embellished with my Olde Brass buttons as
 the opening of the house - a star, bee skep, 
strawberry, and maple leaf.  These buttons
retail for $3.00 each.  I will send you the
publication plus all buttons for $15.50.
This includes the shipping.
Just email or call if you are interested.  
I do have a limited number of these cute
frames.  You could get one frame and change
them out for the seasons. 
Many Happy Stitches,