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, May 31, 2012

Big Mistake in Price

Good Morning Everyone!
Remember last night when I said I was 
PROCRASTINATING and tired, well I
should have gone to bed.
I made a huge mistake -- instead of
$20.00 each (includes shipping)
for the Project packs I typed
$29.00, hitting the 9 instead of the 0.
I am soooo sorry.  For those of you who
have ordered, I will make the adjustment.
If interested, go back to previous Blog entry
to get the names of each Project Pack.
Each includes the design, embellishment,
and grained frame.
This was suppose to be a "SPECIAL"price.
Many Happy Stitches,

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Project Pack SPECIAL

Good Evening Everyone!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Memorial
Day.  We certainly did.  We had a small family
gathering, which is how I like it. 
I have managed to get a little work done this week, 
but as you know it is never enough.  My plan was to have
my new publications totally finished by now, but
need I say more.  My other major deadline looming is my
2012 Annual Ornaments.  This one I cannot ignore
much longer.  I think I need to drink more coffee.
So what am I doing?  
Not a good trait, I'm sure you will agree.
Oh, well, this seems like a lot more fun tonight.
I have three little Project Packs available to
you.  They all measure a wee 4" X 3 1/2"
(frame size).  I have grained these tiny frames
and have a limited amount of each.  
Each Project Pack includes the design, the
embellishment, and the frame.
$20.00 shipping included
The shipping is for one.  I'll need to
let you know for more than one.
If you are interested please refer to them as
"Sassy Feline"
"Pineapple Welcome"
"Welcome Home"
I will try to get these in my ETSY Shoppe soon,
but in the meantime I thought I would let you
have a chance at them first.
I also wanted to share with you all the nice things
Karen had to say after she received my 500 Followers
Celebration gift.  It was so sweet.  I'm so happy she
liked everything.  She has a wonderful Blog that I
hope you will all visit.  You won't be disappointed.
Here is one of the pictures she shared.
Well, I must say good night!  It has been a long day.
Many Happy Stitches,

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Specials

Good Morning Everyone!
Is everyone getting ready for their Memorial Day
tributes?  What a special day this is.  A time to
remember all the wonderful people who have
and continue to make such sacrifices for all of us.
A couple years ago I designed and made blank Pin Pokes
for your stitching pleasure.  We still have these cute 
little things in stock, but I decided to stitch one 
in case someone just wanted one already done.  
We can do more of these if anyone is interested.
It measures 4 1/2" wide X 3 1/2" high and 
1/2" deep.  It is filled with combination of sawdust
and walnut shells, giving it a great weight and
the perfect place to "poke" your needles
$28.00 including shipping

I wanted to offer you a couple little things at great
Looking back through my mountains of frames that
I have been threatening to offer you, I came across
the last of my 
"FLAG SAMPLER" frames.
It measures a generous 12 1/2" Wide X 10 1/2" High.
The front opening is 9 1/2" X 7 1/2".
If you have a Patriotic display wall, this would even
look great with a mirror or as a chalk board.
Have you used that great chalk board paint?
It it really neat!
This is the discounted price
$32.00 including shipping
And last but not least, one of my patriotic themed
$7.00 including shipping
Just in time for your July 4th stitching.
Sale on this book good through 
Memorial Day.
I'm sure I'll be back before the weekend
is over.  Have a great Friday.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Good Evening Everyone!
I'm back from Richmond.   Poor little Avery is
teething and recovering from a nasty Spring cold,
that he so kindly gave to me, Lehmer, and now
Hollis and Paul.  I think I need to start taking
Vitamin C or something.  This is the second cold
he has given me.  He is also back in day care
two days a week, hence the cold, and it has 
ruined his schedule.  A trying time for all,
especially for the little guy.  Today was a better
day, so I think he is recovering.  Of course,
he goes back to daycare Thursday and Friday.
Please don't let him catch something else.
"Home Is The Nicest Word
There Is"
Laura Ingalls Wilder from
Little House On The Prairie
(One of  my favorite shows.  You can tell how
old and sentimental I am.  I am planning a
series of designs based on her wise and
funny quotes.)
I'm finally ready to show you my completed
sampler.  Note the surname under the quote and
the single initials to the left of the house - mine, Lehmer's, 
Hollis' and Cameron's.  If you need it there is plenty of
 space for more initials.  I have to paint the frame,
but it won't be long now.
This is almost ready as well.  There is another
project in this publication - a "Needle Roll".
I plan to have  all of these ready in about
two weeks.  I hope it has been worth the wait.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Little Glimpse

Good Evening Everyone!
I'm gathering all of my stuff to head back to Richmond
in the morning.  I haven't seen Avery since Tuesday
so I am anxious to see that sweet little face.  
Sunday nights are always crazy though because I
have to decide what I am going to try to work on
when there, and since I cannot make a decision, I carry
two or three bags of projects.  Ask me how much I get
done when there.  Not much!  It is all about Avery, 
which is as it should be.
Anyway, since I don't get much blogging done when
away, I wanted to share a little glimpse of a new
design.  Hope you like it.  July 4th will be here
before we know it, so I have a few small designs
in the works for you.  
There will be two designs in this leaflet.  The one
on the right is a miniature "Patriotic Landscape",
a larger design that I did a few years ago.
I love doing miniature anything, painting as well as
stitching.  Trying to get as much as possible into a little  
space is so much fun.
Hope you are intrigued by the little glimpse.

Many Happy Stitches,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Good Evening Everyone!
Just wanted to let you know that I have listed a 
quantity of DMC six strand cotton floss cones
(approximately 450 yards on a cone) in
my ETSY Shoppe.  I do not kit the way I use
to, so I need to let these go.  They are only
$7.00 each + shipping.  If you don't shop ETSY,
that is fine, but you will need to go to my
ETSY Shoppe to see the listing of colors 
available.  I have varying amounts of each of
the colors.
If you do punch needle, like to dye your own
floss, or just like certain colors a lot, this is
the time to collect some cones.  Remember,
not all colors are available by any means, just
colors that I used in kitting.
With these cones of floss, you can certainly
make lots of 
"Many Happy Stitches",

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Good Afternoon!
Everybody has left now and the house is so quiet.
Hollis and I had a wonderful Mother's Day.  We 
are stuffed from all of the wonderful food.
Cameron and Lehmer cooked on the grill.  Very 
relaxing -- just what we wanted .  It was
so special to be able to celebrate with Hollis
as a new Mom and such a great little Mom she is.
I want to share with you what I made her for
Mother's Day.  She took this picture with her
cell phone so I didn't have much picture to work
with on the sides, but it is a favorite of hers, so I
had to make it work.  Found this frame a while ago
and it had Hollis' name written all over it.  Been
saving it for just the right picture.
Found the perfect letter from an old sampler and
added a heart for the "O" and stitched it over one
so it would fit.  She loved it.
Here are some pictures from our fun day.
Cameron took so many wonderful pictures.
So nice to have a photographer in the family.

I hope all Mothers had as great a day as I did.  Now,
I must go pack to go to Richmond for two days.
I promised pictures of new things, but that will
have to wait until Wednesday.  
Until then,
"Many Happy Stitches",

Friday, May 11, 2012

Good Morning Everyone!
I am home on Friday and this is because
Avery has started back to daycare on
Thursday and Friday.  I will still be taking care of
him on Monday and Tuesday.  Yesterday was his
first day and we were all a apprehensive
about how he would handle it after being
home for nine months.  Can you believe he
is nine months old!!  Well, he did really well
considering these were people he had never seen
before.  I think Hollis and Grammie
suffered more just worrying about him.  He
was off of his schedule by the evening, but
that will work itself out soon.  His care givers
all talked about what a happy baby he is.
I just have to share.  Being with him so much,
I get to take a lot of pictures.  I think these are
just priceless.  Hope you enjoy my little
Avery show.
I'm calling this one 
and you'll see why.
Who is that?
 I think that is me!!
 Can I get to me?
How about a kiss!  He loves kisses!
 I handed Avery a mirror and this is what happened.
I took many, many pictures with all of his reactions.
He went from seeing himself with amazement, to
smiling at himself and laughing, to trying to get
to himself.  It was the cutest thing.
I want to thank you again for following my Blog
and I'm happy some you took advantage of
my "Celebration Sale and Giveaway".  You
all deserve it for listening to me "be a Grammie" and
just participating in my life and the happenings at
Homespun Elegance.  I have been getting some
inquiries about future sales.  This was a one time sale
to celebrate a big event.  I wanted to make it
special.  There may be some little specials, close outs
and things like that, but  not a repeat of this.  
Hope to show you some new things in the works
later today or tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Many Happy Stitches,

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celebration Giveaway Winner and Thank You

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I just have to say that I am overwhelmed by the
response to my Celebration Sale.  We have been
steadily shipping.  The number of comments listed
on the Blog is deceiving because so many people
comment on my Facebook page.  Anyway, I am 
just really happy with the outcome.
Thank you so much!!

The winner is of my "Giveaway" is
Congratulations ~ I hope you like
I am sending you four publications (I hope you don't
already have them), a package of my "Watercolor" note 
cards and gift enclosure tags, a sheep waxer, my "Woolly" 
Cupboard hanger with a "vintage" blanket with a little 
dried flowers in the pocket, my hand-painted sheep scissor
 fob, my printed"Watercolor" bookmark, and my 
"Stitching Lady" tote bag.  
Karen, I will be emailing you in a few minutes.  I will
just need you to email me your shipping address and
it will be on its way to you next week.
Many Happy Stitches,

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Little Glimpse

Good Evening!
It has been a really busy day around here.  Just got
home from two fun get togethers with our friends.
One was a Kentucky Derby party which we go to
every year.  So much fun, so much good good, 
and much needed relaxation.
But, I'm home now and wanted to do two things.
One is to remind you about the drawing on Wednesday
to celebrate having 500 followers.  I will be giving
away a very nice prize, so if you are interested, you
need to email or comment by then.  Also, the 35%
discount on all publications will end on Wednesday
as well.  Go to the previous post to read all the
To those of you who have commented or sent
orders, thank you very much.  The response to
the discount has been great.
Now, I want to share with you a little glimpse
of the next design in
"The Avery Collection"
This is turning out to be a really sweet design.
Every child's room needs this.  What a 
special little stitch for a baby shower or new
baby gift.  Hope you like it.  Let me know
what you think.  I am working on several
other prayers and meaningful sayings
for children.
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.
Hope you have 
"Many Happy Stitches,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I am overjoyed to announce that I now have 500 followers,
and I must tell you how much you all mean to me.
Your heart-felt comments, your genuine concern when
I have had problems, your patience about Grammie bragging, 
and most of all your wonderful friendship.  It
took me a long time and a lot of nerve to begin this
Blog.  I just couldn't believe that anyone would be the
least bit concerned about my life or the inner workings
of Homespun Elegance.  I was so wrong and am so honored
to have made so many new acquaintances.  
In recent months I haven't been putting much on the Blog
except Homespun related things, new products, etc.
Hopefully, I can find the time for some more free
graphs, recipes -- just some fun things.
To thank all of you  
To celebrate this special time, I will be awarding a very
nice gift to someone.  Just email me and a winner will
be picked next Wednesday evening.  Good luck to
Also, until next Wednesday I want to offer you 
35% off 
of my publications.  You can pick anything
on my website, ETSY, or the Blog.  Just remember -
publications only.  Up to 6 publications the
shipping will be free, more than that there will be a 
nominal shipping fee.
I hope you know how much you are appreciated!
Many Happy Stitches,