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",

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jolly ~ Holly Goodies

Good Evening Everyone!
I should be decorating, doing my Christmas cards,
etc., but have some "goodies" that I want
to offer you for your Christmas shopping.
Everything is very limited or 
one - of - a - kinds.  
I am only taking Paypal and Credit Card
payments for these items and I MUST
have payment info to hold your item.
Please email me at 
to make any purchases.  No private messages
or Facebook messages please.  I tend to
not see them.
Only orders in the US please.
Hand-painted Papermache 
Santa Faces
Embellished with a little bit of festive glitter.
I painted these faces.  They measure 7" Wide X
9 1/2" High.  He looks wonderful hanging in
a wreath, at the top of a tree, on a cabinet
door, or just sitting anywhere tucked into
some greenery.
$16.00 (includes shipping)
Please order by # and color of Santa.
#1 - Gold
#2- Blue
Candy Cane Hanging
I chain stitched this cute hanging on wonderful
felted wool from Weeks Dye Works. 
Measures 7 3/4" High X 4" Wide
not counting the vintage-like
tinsel hanging cord.
$17.00 (Includes Shipping)
Hand-painted Candy Cane Pillow
I painted this on even-weave jute, mounted it on
a pillow made from wool felt.  It is trimmed with
green chenille.  
Measures 11" X 8"
$22.00 (Includes shipping)

Snowman Hand-Painted Box
I painted this little papermache box and filled it
with a little bag of balsam.  It measures
3 1/2" long X 2 1/2" Wide X 1 1/2" High.
$12.00 (Includes shipping)
Hand-painted Snowman Stocking
I painted this cute stocking on jute.  it measures
12" High X 10" Wide at the toe.  I embellished it
with vintage buttons from my collection.
$17.00 (Includes Shipping)
I have two of these.
Items tucked in stocking are not included.
Closeup of buttons~
Hand-painted Snowman Hanging
I painted this cute hanging on jute.  it measures
81/2" High (not counting the hanging cord)
 X 6 1/2"Wide. 
$13.00 (Includes Shipping)
Abundant Compote Special
You will receive the design to stitch, the 
decoupaged box, and a small bag of
balsam.  The decoupaged box is done with a 
print of an original painting done by me.
The cross stitch design was inspired by my
painting.  It is distressed for that olde
look that we love.  The box measures
4 1/2"  square X 2" High.
$18.00 (Shipping Included)
I have three of these.
"Ya'll Be Merry" Ornament
Decoupaged sentiment on a 4" wooden
disk trimmed with a vintage type holly 
wreath.  A sweet little gift for a friend or
to hang on your tree or use as a 
cupboard hanger.
$7.00 (Includes shipping)
Vintage-Inspired Cones 
Please order using the numbers and name
of each so I will not get them mixed up.
Each one is covered in scrim, trimmed
with vintage trims, buttons, etc.
Each one holds some vintage Christmas
items.  Notice that # 1 and # 2 have beaded
hangers.  I think these are very special.
I loved making them for you.
$16.00 (Includes shipping)
#1 One Button Cone
#2 Red Trim 
#3 Two Button 
Gingerbread Boy Hanging
I chain stitch this cute little guy on wonderful
felted wool.  The backing fabric and hanging
strap is also felted wool.  Both wools are from
Weeks Dye Works.  The sweet little 
appliqued heart is from a vintage coverlet.
The eyes and buttons are Colonial Knots.
It measures 8 1/2" High X 5 1/2" Wide.
$18.00 (Includes shipping)
Hand-painted "Peace" Box
with small bag of balsam
$21.00 (Includes Shipping)
The box measures 
4 3/4" X 3 1/2" X 2" High
So special with those sweet sheep.  Includes a
small bag of balsam for that
  Christmas scent.
Decoupaged Elegant Kris Kringle
Papermache Box 
with small bag of balsam
$16.50 (Includes Shipping)
This painting was inspired by my cross stitch design
"Elegant Kris Kringle".
I have made prints of the original Santa painting
done on a box lid.  Did a little hand tinting to the
print and then decoupaged it to the box.  The
box is painted and distressed for the "olde" look
we all love.  The inside is distressed also.  I can
sign the back of the box if you would like~just let
me know.  There is a sweet little bag of balsam inside
of your box.
When you open it the smell of Christmas is there!
The box measures 4" square and 2" high.
I have four of these.
 HollyVintage Textile Pillow
This is a sweet little pillow made from a beautiful
felted wool that has been embellished with a
vintage crochet-edged textile.  I then chain stitched
the holly leaves and tucked in a few Colonial
Knot berries.
The pillow measures 8" X 6" and is
lightly stuffed.
$22.00 (Includes Shipping)
Child's Vintage Mitten Ornament
Does not include candy cane or greenery.
$7.50 (Includes shipping) 
 Santa Hospitality Ornament
I painted the original and have decoupaged the
print on a heavy wooden disk measuring
4".  The hanger is made from leather.
I have four of these.
$9.00 (includes shipping)

I hope you find something that will make
your Christmas Merry.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Inventory Reduction Sale!

Hi Everyone!
I have another 
for you.
Hope it is something you would like to
have in your stash.
I personally love this design because
I love the sentiment.
"All Hearts Come Home . . ."
You will receive the publication
which includes the
applique pattern as well
the beautiful patchwork pillow
for the cross stitch design.
The regular retail for this project is 
You can have both for only 
which includes the shipping.
If you would like the Olde Brass "Angel," "Heart", 
and "Pineapple" buttons, they are also listed
in my ETSY Shoppe.  You will need to order
This will be listed in my ETSY Shoppe.
Just click on ETSY above.
"Many Merry Stitches",