about me


 
Hi, I’m Jenny Reynolds: an Aussie designer and lover of all things vintage, happy, sweet and fun! I’m a Jesus loving Christian who finds grace to be something I need more and more of every day. I’m the blessed wife of Mr E who is the absolute sweetest guy in the world, and more than anything we love adventuring near and far in the Jeep with our trusty cameras on hand, usually in muddy unknown terrain where a girl can’t wear a dress and even the GPS gets confused! 

I’m a happy mum to some precious souls who live near and far, and Nana to a handful of gorgeous grandies. Healthy living is something which interests me greatly so I've been studying it for almost 20 years and enjoy cooking nourishing meals in abundance for my loved ones.

Our cat is Princess Sophie and she is persistent in her feline plans to take over the Queen position in Mr E’s heart which keeps me honest and on my toes! 

I also love coffee, the good stuff, freshly ground and brewed in large quantities, and I laugh so loud your house might break.  Welcome to my blog. It’s so nice to meet you. Please say hi in the comments if you haven’t visited before ‘cause I’d love to say hi right back.

...the baby of my bunch who is now a mother with a little girl of her very own.
My, how time flies.



66 comments:

Susan Griffin said...

Hi Jenny,
I came across your blog this morning. You know that feeling you get when you first meet a person and you think to yourself - YES this is a lady I would really love to get to know. I'm sure she is the kind of kind person I could be friends with if she will have me? Well, that's the feeling I got when I came across your page. So I signed up for the newsletters and I'm going to enjoy following you - I have never done this before! but something about your honest writing and the way your love for many of the things I love came through I decided to act. So just so you know you have a new fan! I live in Saskatchewan Canada. And I plan to do your block of the month. I'll tell you more why in a later post but I should not hog all the space today. Happy New Year... Look forward to connecting with you in 2015.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Susan,
I wish I could draw up a chair and have you sit back on the deck with a big pot of tea between us and time to 'grow'. Friendships are treasures.
Thanks for joining the journey this year. Bless you!

Claudie Day said...

Hi Jenny, and I'll also say hi to Susan who wrote from Saskatchewan on the 3rd. My friend Carol just sent me the link to your blog and free pattern on kitchen red work as she knows I love it and embroidery. It's my first introduction to your work and I love it. I didn't know I'd also meet such lovely people here, so I'm signing up. Loved your personal sharing of your life and loves. We share a lot in common, although I don't claim to have any talent in designing at all. So, kudos. I'll enjoy yours for sure, along with many other too I see. I'm writing from Cottage country in Muskoka Ontario, Canada. Can't relate to the iced tea and hot weather today as its -25 today with piles of snow on the big beautiful pines albeit sunny today. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy the heat. We will enjoy our cocooning.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hello Claudie!
Lovely to "meet" you here. Oh, snow...I'm envious. If only we could do a little swap - your snow for my tropical nights and a bucket of mangoes to boot!
Bless you heaps.

Rita VanHorne said...

Hi Jenny~
I just recently found your website & signed up for your weekly newsletter. I love your designs & also enjoy your posts! Thank you for sharing your talent!

I too am in a new season of life. We recently moved from Alaska, where I was born & raised, to the Big Island of Hawaii. We are recently retired with no children at home, so it's fun having more time to do some sewing and crafts!

I was thinking about putting some of your designs on tea towels. Is there a particular thread or floss that you would recommend? (something that would not easily fade or run when washing) I love your choices of colors on your designs!

Looking forward to getting to know you better & spending time being inspired by your posts.

~Aloha~
Rita

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hello Rita!
Lovely to meet you. :-)
If you're stitching on tea towels I'd be sure to use a reputable thread like DMC, Anchor or Cosmo as with washing you wouldn't want to the colours to run.
There are many specialised variegated hand dyed threads that I use if a design is t be framed, but I steer clear of them if the item will be finding itself in water at some stage.
Bless you!

Rita VanHorne said...

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for your quick response and for the info on what kind of flosses & threads to use.

Do you have a favorite specialty brand of thread that you use when you're making a design that you're going to frame? I love your choice of colors, especially the variegated ones that you use.

Looking forward to stitching up some of your beautiful designs soon!
~Rita

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny
My youngest sister introduced your blog to us - twin sisters. Yes we are a set of double twins: my sister and I and then the two younger ones - a girl and a boy. Age gab - 9 years. I am really very excited in joining your blog. Hope 2015 will be the very best year for you. Kind regards Anne

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Anne!
Wow - double twins! Double blessing for your precious mama indeed. :-)
Lovely to have you as part of this sweet community...welcome. x

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Rita, for quality, I love DMC, Cosmo and Anchor.
There are many cheap varieties, but if you run your fingers along them, then run your fingers along a skein of DMC (for example) the difference is quite obvious.

At around $1 - $1.50 a skein in Australia I would much rather pay those few extra cents and have the value as well as ease of stitching.

karenrogers0507 said...

Hi Jenny, I came across your blog via my friend Chloe who currently lives in China. She shared your post about Abraham, Aaron and Hur and the value of recording God's faithfulness which encouraged me so much! So I started looking at other things on your blog and felt like I had discovered a friend :-) Thanks for writing. I look forward to reading more of your posts this year.

Ruth Kirchner said...

Hi Jenny. I am also a Jesus loving Christian from
Lima, Ohio in the USA. I don’t know how I happened
upon your website but what a blessing it is. I love
most all crafts but especially quilting. I have enjoyed
your embroidery and hope to try some of your
patterns. To me, you seem like a sweet and dear
friend and I am so happy to get to know you.
Love in the name of our dear Saviour, Jesus Christ
Ruth Kirchner

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Bless you, Ruth! It's so lovely to have you visit the blog and introduce yourself. :-)

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Karen!
Bless you, and also your friend in China! :-)

Kate said...

wow... God is so good! I stumbled on this blog while looking for a quilt pattern... and oh my goodness...I feel like I found a room full of sisters I didn't know I had! I am also a Christian... or as you put it, "a Jesus loving Christian"... who lives on a ranch in Texas. I love to quilt and sew and have just begun a ministry through our church. The ministry is called "Sweet Dreams" We make small child size quilts for abused children who have been rescued out of slavery via an organization called Underground Rescue www.ourrescue.org
Quilting and serving God are my passions.
I chose the name "Sweet Dreams" from the verse in Pro. 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet..."

I look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you and the other ladies here! Kate

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Kate, what a wonderful ministry! May the Lord bless you and those who are rescued. Wow. xx

joan said...

Dear Jenny,
I love love love all that you do. I am living in southern California and have recently retired and i am trusting Jesus to provide for our needs until social security in December. I am a mother of three and our 9th grand child is due in March! So many blessings! The last 5 are boys,five and under! We have three 3 year olds. It is fun!
I am a RN and i have done many crafts when i could. Now i want to do more. I have never done stitching without buying a kit. So i am struggling as to find the "correct" fabric to start the Lords prayer for a friend who is on hospice. What should i get? Does it matter? Keep posting and loving life everyday it is a gift. My kids have a ministry called "Forever Found" check it out. Its wonderful. Bless you, you are a blessing to me. :) <3

Jayne said...

I just stumbled across your blog today and am amazed that I haven't found you before now! Just the same gorgeous things I love - I am so starting the Vintage Kitchen right away!
I am from Hamilton in Victoria, so fairly close neighbours in the blogging world, where most of the people I 'meet' are from the US.
I am so looking forward to getting to know you and take some time to really look through your blog. It is just so beautiful - I am in awe of your beautiful designs. The Lord's Prayer will also be top of my list.
Thanks again - lovely to meet you!

Carol Sferra said...

What a blessing to read all these wonderful comments. Another Christian here!! Jenny...did I read somewhere you have seven children? I have five all grown. Carol Concord Ohio

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Joan, Jayne and Carol!

Joan, use a soft solid for the stitchery backgrounds or a cotton/linen blend is lovely. Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen is perfect!

Jayne, I used to live in Victoria a couple of decades ago - beautiful place with a REAL winter! So different to the tropics where I am now.

Carol, yes, I have seven children - all grown up, the baby is almost 21. But they still stay babies in my mind. x

Karen said...

Good Morning Jenny!
I just came across your wonderful, beautiful pieces through Pinterest this week. From the first one I saw, I fell in love. I then went to your Pinterest page and spent hours upon hours looking at all of your lovely pins :)... I was hooked. When I noticed what your Pinterest page said 'Stitchery designer, shabby chic addict, joy filled Christian, wife to the sweetest guy in the world, coffee-a-holic, and mum to some real sweethearts!' I just felt wow…what an awesome and inspiring lady. I wanted to know more. So I went to your blog and found all these wonderful people .. Thank you for writing and creating. You capture so many hearts 
I too am a Christian, born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I signed up for your newsletter and cannot wait to begin some projects you have inspired me to start. So looking forward to 2015 and the beauty you create and inspire!!!
Karen

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Karen!
Bless you dear lady. It's always a treat to meet a new reader as well as a sister in the Lord. :-)

Carol in Texas said...

Jenny, I am Carol in Texas. I am delighted to run across your blog. I mostly quilt, but I am working on a cross stitch and may rethink embroidery! I too LOVE coffee....and Blue Bell ice cream, a delicious brand made in Brenham, Texas. I will follow your year, though I am getting a late start.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

A fellow coffee friend! Hi Carol, lovely to *meet* you!

Renee said...

Jenny,
I am a huge fan of your embroidery patterns. I really appreciate the Bible verses you embroider, as well. I am interested in the stitchery of the month club. Before I join I have a couple of questions:
1) Is the fee taking out of my account on the same day every month?
2) Is a receipt included in the email with the patterns?
I anxiously await your response.
Blessings,
Renee Pasich
gzuslivz@comcast.net

A Nudge said...

Praying with you, Jenny. If two or three are gathered in My name...

Sue said...

Hello Jenny,
I "accidentally" found you in Craftsy yesterday. I love the Lord, scripture and hand embroidery! So I was so very happy to find you. I immediately signed up for your newsletter. I was thrilled to read it today. It was exactly what I needed. Thank you! I feel like we are going to be wonderful friends.
God Bless,
Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny!
Well, I just happened upon your blog while surfing another...and I'm so glad I did! I truly enjoy your writings & love your designs. I work full time as a Registered Nurse & do as much quilting & needle work as I can in my spare time. Having more of this now that Son #2 is 14. I'm always looking for designs to do in hand in the evening (especially with the cold & snow we've had here in Ontario, Canada) & will start on your BOM. Thank you for a lovely blog!
Maureen

madebymeinred said...

Oh my! You have robbed an hour of my day and I am so glad. Your patterns and stitching is by far the best ever. Your stories and instructions are delightful. I'm so fortunate to have found you. It's late, but I'll be back.

Teri and Kara (Through the Needle's Eye) said...

Hello, Jenny,
What a joy to have stumbled upon your site. Your stitching and designs are just lovely. As we live across that vast ocean, we will have to enjoy a cup of coffee and a stitching session or two virtually. Looking forward to following your blog and receiving your newsletters.
Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny, Just came across your blog this morning and I love that you are a Christian! Your designs are adorable and from the heart, they bring us back to a simple, gentler time. Thyroid disease runs in my family so I am grateful for the recipe section.
Blessing from Central Oregon, USA!

mary said...

Hi Jenny
Love your site, and your workmanship is gorgeous, cannot say enough about your tutes and patterns.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Thank you, Mary! x

Carolyn FLICKENSALAT said...

Hi Jenny
I'm Carolyn from Germany and I follow you at pinterest for a while. Today I found your blog an will stay here :-) You're making wonderful things!
Greetings
Carolyn

Mireille MULLER said...

Hi Jenny! Love your site! Kisses from France!

Aunt TC said...

I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now and had to find out where you are as you mention the tropics. I don't think of the tropics in Australia but now that I remember back to my geography lessons, I do. Anyway, you made sweet lemonade when your electricity was out. I'll try to do the same with the next challenge I face.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Aunt TC, I live near the top of Australia where it is always summer, with a wet season from November to April - which is also cyclone (hurricane) season! It's never boring and never cold.

Dee said...

Hi Jenny! <3 TY

Jules Woolford said...

Hello Jenny,

Jules from Shell's Fellowship of Fibre and Threads FB group here! I found your beautiful blog through your posts. Wow! It's just delightful! What beautiful projects, so skillfully stitched. Everything looks wonderful. I've added you to my Feedly and look forward to seeing much more!

Warm wishes
Jules @http://needleandpen.blogspot.com

Debbie Myers said...

Hello, Jenny
I just discovered your blog through Jacquelynn Steves blog. I signed up for your newsletter and thought I would introduce myself. I'm Debbie living in Illinois. I'm a native Texan, and have been doing embroidery off and on for 42 year. My mom taught me how to embroider and she did beautiful work. She also taught me how to crochet and got me hooked on quilting. Her crochet work was remarkable because she could
crochet anything. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work and waiting for your Sept. newsletter. I'm going back to finish looking at your site. Thanks for sharing.
Debbie

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Dee, Jules and Debbie! Lovely to have you visit Elefantz! :-)

Cyndi said...

Hi Jenny, I love the things you make and I love your introduction, you should be a writer!!! Too funny how Princess kitty is trying to be queen in your hubby's heart! I love it.
I too have a princess kitty but it is just she and I in this house.
I have been a needleworker many years. I love samplers especially reproduction ones and tatting, I teach both.
I have love needlework since I was a child and learned many things from my mom, first of which was crochet.
I'm currently working on a hand pieced fan quilt along with many other projects!
I want to know how to sign up for your class on the huswif?
I will continue to explore your blog.
Thanks, Cyndi

Cyndi said...

Hi Jenny,
My comment was not posted, however I love your introduction of your blog, especially miss Princess Kitty. You should be a writer!
I have loved needlework since I was a child, first learning to crochet from my mom.
I have done many different types, quilting, knitting, macrame, needle laces, but my love is samplers, especially the reproduction ones, and tatting which I also teach.
I fell in love with your huswif and was wondering how I get in on the class.
I also love the Lord as you do so that makes us sisters.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you, Cyndi

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Cyndi, lovely to meet you. The Hussif tutorial ran over 5 days here on my blog. Click on the "Tutorials" button under my blog header and you'll find them.
Bless you!

Anonymous said...

Hello Jenny, what a lovely blog you have! I love how you are both so creative and God-loving. I love Jesus too and I love quilting, applique and stitchery. I will visit your blog regularly! I am Dutch but have been living in Perth WA for over 10 years with my family. I have a facebook page www.facebook.com/Lizzieslovelieshandmade and a small Etsy shop. But it's nothing compared to what you do, haha. You inspire me! Also the fact that you have 7 children, I come from a family of 9, so grew up in a big family :) I admire you, both your faith and your creativity! Love, Liesbeth

Teresa said...

Hello Jenny,
I retired recently after a long career of nursing and raising 3 kids. I just turned 60 and I am learning to slow down and enjoy gentle domestic life. This has opened my life to finding the missing time that had robbed me from the quality unhurriedness of spending time with my Lord, Husband, family and friends. It has also enabled me to learn to quilt, and sew, knit, and craft. I am enjoying this new season of life. Thank you for your blogs, when I sit down to read your words, and view your beautiful pictures, as others have said, I feel that I am having coffee with a dear friend! God bless you!

Briarose said...

Jenny-I must say thank for that scrumptious "Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato" soup...mmmm...mmm.mmm....it was a huge hit at my Thanksgiving get together this past weekend. Thank you, thank you... Claire

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny,

I don't usually comment on blogs anymore, but I just stumbled across your blog for the first time and, as corny and overused as this sounds, can really relate to what I've read so far. I'm a home educating mama of 13 years, this being the last one as my baby is halfway through his senior year. I've already felt a shifting of gears internally - excited to finally have time to do what I like each and every day without the guilt of not doing enough for the children, while simultaneously wondering what my new life's purpose will be. We are moving house within the next couple of months, and everything at our current (old) house is topsy-turvey. My life has become something I never consciously chose; it just sort of formed out of the family's increasingly complicated schedule. I'd already determined that next year was going to be a re-setting of my life as it revolves around our home, and reading that you've done that this year both encourages me and convinces me that it's not a crazy thing to focus on. So, thank you. I look forward to getting to know you a little better through your past posts.

May the good God bless you this day,
Shani
Illinois, USA

Valerie Smith said...

Hello Jenny, thank you so much for your wonder blog, I love it all, I've done sewing most of my life , my children's clothes when they were small, they are adults now with children of they're own.
I am now into hand stitchery and you are my inspiration, I love you're designs you are a very talented lady, thank you so much.
I am off to Vancouver this coming Sunday to visit my granddaughter for Xmas, and have my hand stitching ready to do on the flight.
God bless you Jenny with love Valerie x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny,
Happy New Year, and may our God bless you abundtly

Shirley
Tallahassee, FL

Penny Morrison said...

Hi Jenny,
I'm so excited to read your blog --I came across it via a pin on Pinterest and can tell I'm going to love it!! I'm a crafter too, and a Christian, and a lover of pretty things (vintage and/or handmade!). Thank you for sharing your life- -I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!

Blessings!
Penny

Unknown said...

Hola Jenny!! Un placer conocer una mujer que ama a Jesús nuestro Salvador y ver las cosas tan hermosas que crea con sus manos, talento de Dios en su vida!! La bendigo y doy gracias a Dios por su vida y por compartir su talento!!

patricia chandler said...

I just left a stitching ministry meeting, sponsored by my Church- Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, In Houston. How I found you was a mystery until I realized, Our God guided me to you via Pinterest. I will be ever thankful. I'm emailing my church/stitching members and the Nuns,to join as well. They are going to love this site, as I do.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Patricia Chandler
Houston,Texas-USA

Catherine.C. said...

Hi Jennifer, I also am a commited christian & attend a lovely church near the beachside. I have been working on one of your lovely designs, Happiness lives Here. My friend also follows you. I always tell my husband, which designs are yours in the magazines before I look at the name & I've only been wrong once. Ihave the same tastes as you in design, that's why I can pick them. Lovely to catch up with you here & see more of your beautiful work. God Bless you heaps! Catherine Colquhoun.

WuschelFlöckli said...

Hi Jenny
Oh what a wonderful Blog. This cozy morning i sit here with my coffee and come along to your Site. And i was impressed. The design of the stitches in combination with the colors ... so lovely .. i hope i found the material in the quality that i needed here in switzerland.
And now i want to come back really often to your site and have look for the new lovely things that you create.
The best wishes from switzerland
Greets Tanja

Tribecca said...

Hi Jenny, my name is María José , i'm from Albacete, Spain, I met you through my best friend Agueda, I share with you the love for beautyfull and vintage handmade things, thank you for your pretty blog, it's wonderfull that so long away anyone enjoy with the same things that I do.
Hugs
María jose

Tribecca said...

Hi Jenny, my name is María José , i'm from Albacete, Spain, I met you through my best friend Agueda, I share with you the love for beautyfull and vintage handmade things, thank you for your pretty blog, it's wonderfull that so long away anyone enjoy with the same things that I do.
Hugs
María jose

Linda Shields said...

Hello Jenny from Eureka, Missouri, near St. Louis in the USA. I knew you weren't from nearby since our trees are leafless and we certainly don't have palm leaves falling on the ground. Oh my, you are quite far away, yet the internet brings us so close! I saw a Pinterest post of your vintage linens and had to click on it since I have a chest of drawers stuffed full of them. You make me want to embroider again. And quilt. And more. Visit my blog and say Hi from Australia to this Midwesterner sometime. I will visit often!

Diane Downes said...

Hi Jenny! I just read your wonderful tutorial on the embroidery and can't wait to give it a try! I'm here from the link on the Splendid Sampler with Pat Sloan and will definitely sign up to keep in touch! Thank you! Diane from Ocean City, Maryland.

Janeaird said...

Hi Jenny, I came across your work via the Splendid Sampler, which I am loving! I'm also a Jesus loving Christian on the Isle of Skye, Scotland! I just read your post about snuggling down to watch the Durrells, and can I urge you to read the original book called My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell,so much funnier than the TV series! It was one of my favourite books a s a child and I always read it when recovering from something like the measles because it made me laugh so much!
Looking forward to more embroidery - bless you!
Jane on the Isle of Skye

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hi Janeaird!
I have read the original books, and also seen the original movie (which was much funnier than the series and also more accurate to the book). Bless you heaps!

Kim said...

Hi from Texas! I found the Gentle Domesticity on FB and from there your blog. You do beautiful designs and exquisite handwork! Interestingly, I recently discovered an 8th cousin through Ancestry who lives in Australia. Love your blog and have signed up for your newsletters.
God's blessings always,
Kim

Alenushka22222 said...

Hello, Jenny! I am very glad to visit the guests of your blog! I like your work! Soviet to the acquaintance! I beg pardon for my English...)))

Jules said...

Hi Jenny, Just stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest. Such beautiful work you create! I was reading your Sunday devotion from Sept. 10, 2016 and found it so applicable right now. The storms of life have hit in the last month and just keep coming. But my house is built upon The Solid Rock! Thank you for that devotional. It's amazing how the Lord can use someone on the other side of the world through a blog post to remind me of His truths.

From Indianapolis, Indiana: Jules

laurelei said...

Hi Jenny :) You have the nicest visitors! I'm a crocheter and wannabe embroiderer who loves looking at beautiful stitches...and so of course I wound up here with everyone else. :D And like all of them, I am gobsmacked at how completely lovely you are and how comfortable you make your guests feel. I'm not one who makes instant friends, but golly girl, you're sort of instant friend material. Sending much love (and buckets of coffee) from Florida to the lady shining so brightly in Oz.

Mary Ellen White said...

Absolutely love your designs - introduced to you through the Splendid Sampler. Your block is one of my favorites from that project. Looking forward to learning from you! From Salem County, New Jersey.