"DESIGNS THAT REFLECT OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE"

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".
Sandra

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!

Good Evening Everyone!
I had finally recovered from stuffing myself,
and now we are thinking about doing it 
again.  Left overs are always my undoing.
I have about three weeks to lose a bunch
of weight and I am definitely not on
the right track.  I love Thanksgiving,
but the scales do not.
Thought I would share a few scenes of
Thanksgiving at the Sullivan house.
It was a wonderful time.






Blessing to all of you on this 
Thanksgiving night.  
Sandra

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Must Be Tired!

Good Afternoon Again!
I must be tired from all of this cooking.
I forgot to add that you my purchase
all of the stuff to go with the Freebie.
You get the frame, the "Putty"
linen, and the Olde Brass button
for $29.00.  That includes the
shipping.  If you would like one
just email me with your address
and payment information.
Now back to Thanksgiving.
Merry Stitches,
Sandra

I'm Thankful For. . .

Good Afternoon Everyone!
As Thanksgiving draws near I think about what
I am thankful for and there are so many things that I could
never list them all.  At this time though I would like to
 mention a few.  I am thankful that my husband, Lehmer,  
recovered from a serious illness, Hollis and I 
avoided serious injuries in an automobile accident,
 new members were added to our family and the
families of our friends, and Faye, Lehmer, Cameron,
 Hollis, Ethel, Doris and all those that help with
 Homespun Elegance.  Also, that all of my friends and
 other family members are doing well.  Last but not least 
I am thankful for all of the friends I have made through
 this Blog.
Since I closed my shoppe I have missed being
with people who love needlework, so in a way, 
you have helped fill that void and I am so
grateful to you.
This little "freebie" graph is a little thank you
 for becoming my friends.  Bless you and
"Blessings To All"
(Just click on the graph and text
and then print.)
I want to take this time to thank all
of you who have sent me comments and
emails about my Blog. It means a great deal 
to me. I wish you and yours a blessed 
Thanksgiving. Hope you will find time 
for some
"Merry Stitches during the holiday.
Sandra 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Last Designs for 2010

Good Morning Everyone!
I know everyone is getting excited about
the holidays coming up, but I have to
let you know that the next two designs
in "A Halloween Year" have been sent
to my Autos and Distributors.
That leaves eight more to go in the
coming months.
"H" Is For Halloween
Owls' Night Out
I posted my 
Santas 'A Plenty II
last night and the picture was very 
blurry.  I worked on it but could not
make it any better.  So here is a 
new and improved picture.
I wish all of you a happy and productive weekend.
I am finally going to get to do a little more
decorating and planning for Thanksgiving. 
 I will share a few pictures in the coming days.
Also, I plan to have a little "treat" for all of
you soon.  Be on watch.
Merry Stitches,
Sandra


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Last Christmas Design

Good Evening Everyone!
I think I am finally finished with the designing
for this year.  What a year it has been.  I 
have many more Christmas ideas on the
drawing board but they will have to wait
until next year.  As much as I hate to
admit it, I am just running out of time
and I guess you are too.
This last Christmas design is a must
for those last minute gifts though - six tiny 
Santas finished into adorable ornaments
or little bags.  Each is adorned with one
of our brass charms for a little extra glitz. 
I made the little hanger on the bag with some
"Vintage-Inspired" tinsel.
"Santas 'A Plenty II"
will be shipped to my Automatics and
distributors tomorrow.
Merry Stitches,
Sandra

Monday, November 15, 2010

Back From Williamsburg

Good Evening Everyone!
I hope everyone had as nice a weekend as I 
had.  Hollis and I took off to Williamsburg,
Virginia, for what has become our annual
Christmas shopping/delivering to Haus
Tirol - The Stitching Well.  For many years
Just Cross Stitch has held a seminar in
Williamsburg the first weekend in December.
Haus Tirol, the local shoppe, hosts a 
reception each year.  Many designers
send their trunk shows for this 
wonderful event.  Since I live so close,
I usually deliver my designs and combine
it with a great visit to Williamsburg.  I
am very familiar with this wonderful
town.  Cameron, my son, graduated
from William and Mary, so our family
visited very often.  Such great memories
we have of that time.  
Anyway, Hollis and I had a nice visit
with Lydia and Paula, the lovely owners 
of Haus Tirol, and then we took off for
our adventure.  We shopped and
shopped and shopped.  I was exhausted,
but very satisfied with the results.  I was
getting a little stressed that I had not
given Christmas gifts much of a thought,
but now I am feeling much better.
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I am offering you another little
Christmas goodie tonight.  I did a publication
a few years ago called "Merry Heart
Ornaments I", which contains four
great heart-shaped ornaments.  

Note the heart second from the right.  Well, here
is an ornament that I have made from wooden
plaques with a similar saying decoupaged on the
plaque.  It measures approximately 6" by 1 1/2", not 
counting the hanger and is aged for that "primitive"
 look that we all love.  Just the perfect little gift for a 
friend if you do not have the time to stitch  the heart 
ornament.  Or even better, give them both!!
"Merry Heart Ornaments I" retails for $7.50 
and the wooden plaque is $6.00.
Let me know if you would like either or
 both and I will determine the shipping.
XXX PROCLAMATION XXX
New designs will be appearing on ETSY
soon, along with stitched models, and other
great Christmas and gift items.
"MERRY STITCHES",
Sandra




Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Another Goodie

Good Evening Everyone!
Thank you for all of your orders for my
"Be At Peace" Angel project.  I still have
a few left.   Also, there have been some
inquiries about the "Merry Stitches" design
in last night's blog.
It is definitely available for purchase.
The package includes the gold tinsel
stems for the trim and hanger.  The cost
is $8.00 which includes shipping.
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This is my offering for tonight ~
"Flower Protectors"
This is a great little sack for all of your 
stitching necessities, glasses, etc.  I only
have a few of these left and am not going
to make any more of them.  Originally it
sold for $14.00, but now it is $8.50 which
includes the shipping.  It is a zippered,
lined sack, measuring 6" X 4" with a cream 
linen stitching band.  The butterfly brass 
charm is also included.  What a great little 
gift for a stitching friend, especially one that
 likes sheep. 
Keep watching for more goodies.
Merry Stitches,
Sandra 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Something Special

WISHING YOU
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I'm really thinking about the holidays.  
So to get everyone in the spirit 
(as if you need any help), I want to
start offering my Blog friends a few
"goodies".  I have an angel design
called "Peace To All".  Along with it
I will send you this adorable 
tin angel mold. 
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You cannot use it for cookies,
but it can be used to make great
beeswax ornaments or simply hang
it on your "Primitive" tree.  This
collection includes a "Star" brass charm,
the design, and the tin mold. 
 All for $10.00.  This
includes the shipping.  If you would
like some of the "vintage-inspired"
tinsel trim, the total will be $11.50.
I have a limited number of molds.
If you would like this collection,
just email or call me.  I take Paypal,
VISA, MasterCard, and checks.
Please give me all of your payment
information and your shipping address.
Wishing you many 
"Merry Stitches",
Sandra


Friday, November 5, 2010

Coming Really Soon

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Can you believe it is Friday.  We have been so 
busy getting some of our new things ready.
It is so much fun coming up with new ideas
and then designing them, but getting them
ready to sell is not my favorite part.
I just want to design and stitch.
Hope to ship these to my AUTO shoppes
and my Distributors this week.  Hopefully 
you will be able to find them at your favorite
shoppe, but if not, I will have them
 posted on my ETSY site soon.
"A Hospitable Ewe"
This design was done several years ago for the 
Just Cross Stitch Seminar in Colonial Williamsburg.
 They host  this event every year at Christmas Tyme. 
Hence the traditional apple cone with a
pineapple on top.  On the back of the blanket
it says "Merry Christmas" and the date.  Plenty of 
room is there to personalize for a gift. Wouldn't he be 
cute nestled in a bed of greenery with some holly berries 
and pine cones or hanging on your tree or cupboard.
You can have him design and pattern only, but
we are also doing a Project Pack that will include
everything but the floss and polyfil.
He is the beginning of a new series.  There will
be a Ewe for each of seasons.  
So cute and so easy to do!  
All hand sewing - no machines needed.
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"Delivering A Few Of My 
Favorite Things" 
is ready to be made into a pillow, but I
thought I would let you see him completely
stitched.  Hope you see something you like.
Have a great weekend with
"Many Happy Stitches",
Sandra