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".

Friday, December 18, 2015

My Needed Break Is Here . . .

Hi Everyone!
On October 8th I announced I would be ceasing to 
ship my designs, both wholesale and retail.  Over the 
past weeks Faye and I have been swamped with
your wonderful orders.  Some of you were ordering
for fear of not being able to get things at a later
date and some were orders for my 
Inventory Reduction sales that I offered you.
Thank you all so much for your interest
in my designs and products.
Because of the volume we have remained open
longer than I had planned to, but the time has
come to make good on my intention to
take a "long needed" break.
During this time I have also been able to arrange
for you to be able to get most of my 
embellishments and Olde Brass buttons.

I am proud to announce that 
will be carrying my
and shipping
them to shoppe owners.
As you know, some of the buttons are no
longer available.  I am very sorry about that, but
they have been around for many years and I
can no longer have them made.

has been my source for most of the 
I have been using for all these years.  
By Jupiter has a new owner, Barb            ,
and she is very delighted to work with both
shoppe owners and retail customers.  She has 
agreed to sell in small quantities--a new way of
doing business for BY JUPITER.  I'm hoping
that will make many of you very happy.
Barbara Brown
Telephone - 623-931-2658
Email - charms@byjupiter.com
Website - charmsbyjupiter.com
Address- 17488 N. Del Webb Blvd.
Sun City, Arizona  85373
I will be providing her with a list of the charms
I still sell.  This should make the transition much
easier for everyone.
I'll be retiring many titles soon, so I will be
sending my distributors a list of what will continue
to be available.  I'm hoping you will let your
shoppe owner know if there is something you want
and they will get it for you from one of my

My distributors are
Hoffman, Norden Crafts, Wichelt, and Yarn Tree.
My BLOG, Plain Fancy Merchant will still be
up and I plan to stay in touch with everyone
that way.  When I have new designs, that is
where they will be shown.  I'm hoping to also
tell you about them on Facebook.

During this time away I will be down sizing a lot of
stuff from my Shoppe days.  For example -
frames, stitching needfuls, and some fun things.
All of this will be offered on the BLOG 
for now.  
At this time I would like to say how much all of
you mean to me, both as business friends
and stitching friends.  You have made my career
fun, exciting, and so, so special.  I will be back in
the New Year with new designs, so this is not
the last you will hear from me.  
"Many Happy Stitches" and a
"Very Merry Christmas",


  1. Wishing you every joy of the season, blissful rest, the love of family, and a wonderfully sweet 2016!

    1. Thank you so much. I wish you the same wonderful things. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Sandra

  2. Enjoy your much needed down time God bless you

    1. Thank you so much Susan. I am looking forward to it. God bless you and yours and Merry Christmas! Sandra

  3. Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for all your hard work.

    1. Thank you Lynda. Looking back on all the years it was never seemed like hard work, but work done with much joy. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sandra

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    1. Merry Christmas to your and yours Marilyn! Sandra

  5. Sandra,
    Good luck with your semi-retirement! Glad to hear you will still be designing but enjoying some much deserved "down time". Please pass my best on to Faye and may you both have a wonderful Christmas season and New Year!


    1. Thank you so much Stasi. I am looking forward to a little time off. I think I'll be all refreshed and ready to start designing again. I will certainly share with Faye. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and an equally wonderful 2016. Sandra

  6. Merry Christmas Sandra. Enjoy your well deserved time!

  7. Thanks Marly. I probably will not know how to act when I don't have to work everyday, but it will be fun finding out. I'm sure I will be ready to start designing soon though. I just love it too much. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Sandra

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