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, January 15, 2014

Winter Decorating

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Just a short post to share a few pictures of
"Winter" decorating at the Sullivan's.
I really don't do very much.  After the
mass decorating at Christmas, I just
can't muster the energy to do much at 
all, but I thought you might like to
see the kitchen window just
one more time.  This is my go to place
to decorate because it is right in
front of my face off and on all day
and anyone who comes to our
house ends up in the kitchen.
(Click on pictures to enlarge)
 "Make Do" snowman from
olde thread spools
 Side door.  Can't bring myself to take
the wreath off of my sheep.  Too cute!
Love this "S" for Sullivan.  I decorated it
for Christmas and now it is adorned with
this great metal snowflake.  I hope this is
the only snowflake I see this winter.
Unlikely, but I like to dream~
 Keeping Room mantle~
If I could find my wonderful snowmen,
 they would be on this mantle.
I used them last winter and have stashed them
in a really "safe" place.  
That's it.  There are a few more things I do like 
changing candle colors and candle scents.  Minor little
things, but they mean winter to me.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Monday, January 13, 2014

Some News!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
A few posts back, I showed several designs that
many of you expressed an interest in.  So
I am finally going to give you the 
information you wanted and I will be adding them
to my ETSY SHOPPE in the next day or two.
"Wishing Thee Warmth"
$9.50 which includes the shipping
"Holiday Samplings II"
$10.50 which includes the shipping
The following designs from my
Purely Sampler Collection are
about to be reprinted.  Two
are just in time for
Valentine's Day!!
"She Seeketh Wool"
$9.50 which includes the shipping
"Hands To Work~
Hearts To God"
$10.50 which includes the shipping
"Button Heart Sampler"
$9.50 which includes the shipping
Now, I have to get busy and get these posted
to my ETSY SHOPPE.  The reprints will be
added by next week.
Hope you like them.  If you don't
shoppe on ETSY,  just let me know.
That is not a problem.
"Many Happy Stitches",

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Marking Sampler Update

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I know you have probably given up on the 
"Marking Sampler"
 I shared with you for the first time in June.
Well, life gets in the way as you all know and it
kept being shoved aside for something more
important.  Well, I'm finally getting back to it
and trying to do at least two letters or motifs
almost every night.  I'm into the more difficult
letters now, so it is taking a little longer.
Well, the long awaited reveal.  Hope it was 
worth the wait.  Of course, if you have a memory
like mind, you probably forgot all about it, but
I hope not.
How much I have stitched~
Close up of some of the wonderful motifs~
This is the beautiful original~
Guess what? I have another wonderful sampler
that we are reproducing.  And you say, why 
doesn't she finish the "Marking Sampler" first.
Good question and the answer is that I can never work
on one thing at a time.  I think that is a problem 
that most creative people have.
Here is
"Amanda Dull"
(sorry for the poor pictures, but there is glass
over the sampler and I hesitate to take the
frame apart)
Some of the things I love everything 
about this sampler~
~I have never seen anything like it
~The letters are wonderful
~It is simple, but elegant
~The colors are wonderful
~The frame is to die for. 
 Unfortunately, I cannot reproduce that.

My question to you~
Would you like to see it reproduced
exactly, with all the missing stitches,
or have me fill in the missing
stitches, as well as I can?
Would love to know how you feel 
about this issue.  Usually I reproduce
a sampler as close to the original as
possible, but this one is missing
right much, but I think that only adds
to its charm.
Please let me know what you think
about these wonderful antique samplers.
I hope to have the "Marking Sampler"
finished by the end of the month.  No
promises, but I am really going to try.
"Many Happy Stitches,"

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

This Might Make You Smile ~

Hi Everyone!
Just had to share this adorable picture.
Avery says ~
"Polar Vortex ~ bring it on.  I'm ready!"
But he won't wear gloves or snow boots.  So
what are we going to do when the snow 
arrives?  If we do get any snow this winter, it
will be his first time to play in it, so maybe 
he will change his mind.
Just thought this might lighten your spirits
in an otherwise dreary situation.
"Many Happy Stitches"
on this cold night",

Sunday, January 5, 2014

I'm A Little Late!

Good Evening Everyone!
Cannot believe I haven't posted anything since Dec. 28th,
but still not feeling great from this respiratory thing and the
side effects of antibiotics.  Took the last one last night.
A little worried because I am still coughing some, but 
so looking forward to not having digestive issues.
Really haven't felt like doing much of anything and
that includes designing and that is not a good thing
at all.  Hoping this will be a better week and I will
become creative again.
Regardless of my woes, I want to send each and
every one of you blessings for the New Year.

I hope you will be blessed with 

~a mind free of worry
~days filled with peace and
~a life filled with love and the
company of family and friends
~a heart filled with contentment
 for this winter season, 
I hope you are blessed with warmth!
I hope to have something new
to share with you later this week.
In the mean time, 
stay warm and well.
"Many Happy Stitches",