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".

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Little Glimpse

Good Evening Everyone!
Just wanted to stop by with a quick post
to share a "little glimpse" of my
 Annual Snowman Ornament
~~"Waiting and Watching"~~

I think he is going to be a really sweet
addition to your Christmas decorating.
I am working really hard to get all of the ornaments
and my Cinnamon Stick Santa finished.  Hope to ship 
them out to my AUTOS and Distributors late
next week.
The Sampler ornament is on its way to me now.  I
cannot wait to see it.  I really love this one.
Like I said, this is a short post.  Need to get
back to my stitching.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Really Special Day!

Good Evening Everyone!
Just had to share a really fun day. Yesterday was
a Meet and Greet at my Trunk Show at Stitcher's Stash in
Fairfax, Virginia.  If any of you live anywhere near this
adorable shoppe or plan to travel to the Northern Virginia
area, you must make this a destination.  You will not be
disappointed.  She has a wonderful selection of fabrics,
fibers, and of course, all the designs in the world, including
mine.  Yeah!
Lots of really lovely stitchers (and some wonderful friends) 
came.  I so enjoyed visiting with everyone.  That is the part that 
I still miss about giving up my shoppe almost four years ago.  
There is nothing like talking "stitching" with those that love
it as much as you do.
Thank you Jackie (the shoppe proprietress) and Carol,
here lovely assistant, for making me feel so welcome.

As you can see, my stuff is everywhere.
Hope you enjoyed the Trunk Show.  There are even
more pictures, but I thought this might be enough.
Thank you Jackie, for sharing your shoppe with
me and my designs.  
Many Happy Stitches,

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cinnamon Stick Santa is Finished

Good Early Afternoon!
So please to tell you that I have finally finished by
I'm so proud of him!  I hope
you like him too.
This closeup shows my wonderful Olde Brass
Santa button and the rusty wire hanger.  So easy to do.
Both of the projects are stitched on Week's Dye Works
"Putty" hand-dyed linen.
The hanging is stitched on 20 Count and the Hanging
Pocket is stitched on 30 Count.  
I used a variety of fibers.  
If you are going
to the TNNA show, a large picture will
be hanging there so you can see him in all
his Christmas Glory.
"Many Merry Stitches",


Hope you find something you can't
live without!  I am continuing to try to go through
all the things left over from my shoppe days.  I need
to stay on this, but it is so hard to take my precious
time away from designing to do it.
Anyway, here is a variety of things that I hope you
will like.
~~Rollup Necessaires~~
These were made by a wonderful seamtress for
for shoppe.  Each one is made from beautiful fabrics
and embellished with a vintage button.  There are
three pockets and a stuffed area at the bottom for your
needles and a linen pocket for your stitching.
Each one measures about 13" X 4".
which includes the shipping
 1-A                      1-B
                                                                     2-A                  2-B
                                                                     3-A               3-B
Thank You!
This just shows how simple stitching
can make them so special.
a wonderful bag for your stitching project or just
to be used as a purse.  The linen flap is
32 count unbleached linen.  It is attached with
velcro to make stitching easier and for washing-
if necessary.  You can tell by the closeup
pictures how well it is made.
$17.00 including the shipping

The linen color is more like the one directly
above.  Photography really messes with
the color.  The purse measures 20 1/2" High X
12" Wide.  It has a gusset bottom.

Friday, August 16, 2013

2013 Santa Ornament

Good Evening Everyone!
Lehmer and I just came in from the backyard
and there is this wonderful crispness in the air -
almost chilly.  I know it is just a tease because the
heat and humidity are coming back tomorrow,
but it felt wonderful.
I've been working on Christmas designs for the
last few weeks and it has been so much fun.
My 2013 Christmas Snowman and Sampler 
are being stitched right now, and I have just
finished the Santa.
Thought I would go ahead and let you see
a little of him.  Love the way he turned out.  Santa 
is always my favorite design to do.  Please
let me know what you think.
2013 Annual Santa Ornament
"Giver of Goodies"
~Includes the Santa Face embellishment~
I hope to have all of the ornaments ready 
soon, so you have plenty of time to get them
stitched for the "most wonderful time of the year".
Now I have to decide how to finish him.  That's
my goal for tomorrow.
Have a great night.  Off to find my sewing needle~
"Many Happy Stitches",

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Goodie For Sale

Hi Everyone!
I have a couple minutes tonight before I start stitching
my Santa Ornament, so decided to offer you one of
my prints.  I use to sell these in my shoppe and this
is the only one left.  I do have other prints, so I can
do more, if anyone is interested.
This is
but another one on ETSY!!
mounted in one of my frames.  The outside dimension
 of the frame is 10 1/2" Wide X 7 1/2".
The frame is a soft black with hand grained corners.

I do a special finish on most of my prints, so glass is not
Asking $47.00 which includes the shipping.
I hope it will find a nice home.  I take Paypal, Visa,
Mastercard, and checks.  Just email or call me 540.371.6377 
if you are interested.
Have a great evening.  Can't wait to get upstairs to my
ornament.  He is turning out really great.
Many Happy Stitches,

Monday, August 12, 2013

Almost Ready!

Good Evening Everyone!
Hope you are all having a good evening.  Mine is
about to come to an end because my eyes are
crossing from setting in front of this computer
for the better part of the day.
But before I call it a day, I wanted to share two
finishes and one that is almost finished.
"Casting A Spell"
"Peace To One And All"
A Summer Landscape
This is the beginning a seasonal
collection.  Let me know if you would
like to sign up for all four seasons.
 Both of these designs will be shown at the 
St. Charles Trade Show.
Let your shoppe owner know
if you would like for them to get them 
for you.
for 2013
"Santa ~ Joy~Toy~Giver"
Sorry for the crooked picture.  This will
be finished as a wall hanging.  I think
you will like it.  The wonderful homespun
check in the corner is what I am going to
use on the back.  Can't wait to show
you the finish.  Maybe by the end of the week.
Well, good night everyone.  I'm now going to go
sit in my comfy chair and finish stitching my
2013 Annual Santa Ornament.  So much to do ~
so little time.  I'll be showing you some little
glimpses of the three ornaments soon.
Christmas is coming.  Get those merry needles ready.
Many Happy Stitches,

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Goodies for Sale

Good Morning Everyone!
Just wanted to let you know I have a few stitched
samplers from my shoppe days.  These are
beautifully stitched pieces, but I never got them
framed.  We sold reproduction samplers
from both The Essamplaire, The Scarlet Letter
and many other designers who did reproductions
so I cannot tell you from which company
or any history.  That being said, I still think
they would make a lovely addition to your
collection and best of all, you do not have to
stitch them.
For your Autumn Decorating ~
this wonderful Marking Sampler
"When This You See"
Love the touches of black. 
Not framed 
7 3/4" Wide X 6 1/2" High
Stitched on 26 Count Unbleached/Brown
linen, using DMC floss.
$35.00 + $5.00 shipping
(will be insured

This is a stunning sampler, with many specialty
stitches in shades of mauve, pink, cream, olive,
and gray blue.  Stitched on 26 Count
Unbleached/Brown linen, using DMC floss.
Not framed
3 1/4" Wide X 13 3/4" long.
$65.00 + $5.00 shipping
(will be insured)
Whole sampler.
Picture was taken in different light. 
 Top section
 Bottom section
Lastly, I have this wonderful sampler by
"Words Of Praise".  I believe this company is
out of business.  If so, this design would not
be available anymore.  We sold their kits
and everyone loved them.
"This is the day which the Lord hat made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it."
It is stitched on 26 count Unbleached/Brown
linen, using DMC floss.
Measures 16" long X 5 3/4" wide.
A stunning sampler ~ you will love it.
$65.00 + $5.00 shipping
(will be insured)

I hope you will find something in this lovely
collection of stitched pieces that you cannot
love without.  If so, just email or call me.
I take Paypal, checks, Visa, and Mastercard.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Glimpse of Cinnamon Stick Santa

Happy Saturday Everyone!
I have good news ~
believe it or not, my 
2013 Cinnamon Stick Santa
"Joy, Toy Giver"
is almost ready.  I'm really, really happy with him
and hope you will be too.  Here are a few glimpses.

He is stitched on 20 Count "Putty" by Weeks
Dye Works using three plies of a variety of fibers.
 It is a great fabric to stitch on.  You will
love it.
I'll be showing you how I finish it really soon.
Please let me know what you think of him!
Many Happy Stitches,