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".

Monday, August 30, 2010

Good Times

What a contrast to last week when I was having a major meltdown.  
We had a great weekend.  Hollis and Paul came home on Friday and
 took Lehmer and I out to dinner.  It was a very unnecessary thing
 for them to do, but they insisted on thanking us for helping them get
 their home ready to sell and for babysitting their dog, Zeus while 
the house is on the market.  We didn't do anything special - 
just what most parents do to help their kids. 
We had a delicious dinner at a new restaurant called The Bavarian
Chef.  This restaurant has been in business for years in another town.
Thankfully, for Fredericksburg, they decided to open here.  Oh, my, what
a meal.  I have never seen so much food.  About half of everyones' 
meal came home in doggy bags.  On Saturday Hollis hosted a jewelry party at my house.  We had a
great turnout and had a really nice time.  Lots of goodies to eat and
drink.  The jewelry was stunning from a company called Stella & Dot.

Business wise, Hollis helped me set up an Etsy shop and I got that
infamous Paypal account straightened out.  I had a great response to
my "Boo Tyme" Project Pack.  All gone - thank you very much!!

Today I reached 100 "followers", in fact, I think I am at 102.  I am
so excited and grateful that so many stitchers have found me and
want to be a "follower".  I am delighted to do my first "give away".  Just
leave a comment on this entry and I will randomly pick a winner
 on Thursday evening.

Here is a sneak peak of my 2010 Sampler Ornament -
"Waiting For Santa"  --  hope you like what you see!!

"Many Happy Stitches"


  1. Hey Sandra,
    I am so glad things have smoothed out for you. Sometimes you just have to walk away from something that isn't going right and come back to it the next day.

    I hope the rest of your week is great

  2. Congrats on the 100 followers! I would love to be included in your giveaway.

    Have a good evening.


  3. Congrats on all your followers. Please enter me in your give-a-way. Thanks

  4. I'm glad that I found you, too. Love your designs. Please include me in your drawing.


  5. So glad to hear you had a good weekend. Those tough days are no fun at all and when they come in twos and threes... I am so glad you started a blog. I have admired and stitched some of your designs for some time. The sneak peek looks wonderful and I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

  6. Congratulations on 100 followers! And please include me in your giveaway!

    Here's hoping the rest of your week continues to go smoothly!

  7. Congrats on your 100 foliowers! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Love the new Christmas design.

  8. I love reading your blogs! Congratulations on your work and followers! Please include me in your give-a-way drawing!

  9. Sounds like good news all around; glad to hear it! Please include me in your giveaway, too--and I'm loving that sneak peek!

    I don't "follow" blogs through blogger, instead I just add them to my rss reader (I use Google Reader), so your blog shows up there when you update. :) What I'm saying is that who knows how many more than 102 people you have following who are not followers through Blogger. :D

  10. Glad to hear that you had a good weekend Sandra. The good times certainly DO outweigh the bad! I would love to be included in your giveaway (thank you) Your "sneak peek" looks great, can't wait to add it to my collection!

  11. I've enjoyed your blog and freebie pattern so much! It's no wonder you've accumulated followers so quickly! I'm sure being a talented and prolific designer helps too :)
    I'm off to visit your etsy shop! Please enter me in your giveaway!
    Blessings, Patti

  12. I'm glad this week is going better for you. I've just finished stitching your little Boo freebie offered last week and I love it! The sneak peek of your new ornament looks very tempting too :)

    I'm like Berit, I don't use Blogger follower (because I blog using WordPress), so I "follow" blogs using Google Reader, as I'm sure many others do. You will definitely have many more than 102 followers if you take both into account :) I'd love to be entered into your giveaway please!

  13. I can already tell I'm going to love your latest ornament just from the sneak peak! Congrats on reaching over 100 followers! I love the little freebie you offered and I'm looking forward to stitching it. I'd love to be entered into your giveaway - thank you!

  14. aren't our grown children wonderful?? It is hard as parents to let them 'do for us' but it is so gratifying to see they have turned out so well! Glad you had a great time with the jewelry party.
    Oh, I love the new ornament. I will admit, I have just 'discovered' your work & I am in love!!!! I want to go back & get all the old ornaments!!!

  15. Thanks for the sneak peek! I'm looking forward to more of your wonderful designs.

  16. I would love to be entered in your giveaway ... and I look forward to your annual Christmas ornaments ... always among my favorites.

  17. I've always admired your annual Christmas ornaments and the sneak peak you've given us of the 2010 one looks very tempting!!

    Congratulations on having 100+ followers--your blog is so much fun to visit :)

  18. Please enter me in your give-a-way. Thanks

  19. Congrats on 100 followers! I would lovea chance at your giveaway!

  20. Glad that life is smoothing out for you.. and thanks for a chance at your give a way..


  21. I just received my Boo Tyme project pack & can't wait to start it later today! Please enter me in your give away.


  22. Glad to hear all is well after your adventurous (;-) week! Sounds like a wonderful weekend too. Congrats on 100 followers! The new ornament looks great.
    Please enter me, along with all the others, in your give away.

  23. Glad everything has work out- technology is fun until it messes up-lol- Love the freebie and thank you very much for it. and the sneak peek can't wait- I am a new stitcher and really enjoy your patterns. thanks

  24. Please enter me in your give away! I just found you and love it! Thanks, Amy

  25. I love to stitch small ornaments yearly for my Christmas tree and gifts to friends and family members. Your designs are so delightful and provide plenty of choices for my stitching projects! I have stitched a couple of your freebies and always look forward to seeing your new offerings.

  26. Please enter me into your drawing. So happy to have this site to come to...enjoy your designs
    and have stitched many of them.

  27. Please include me in your drawing; thanks for the chance! Happy Blogging :)

  28. I'm so happy to follow your blog! I'm also really looking forward to this year's sampler ornament-I look forward to them every year. Congratulations on 100 Followers! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Nancy D. hedghogmom@aol.com

  29. Love your designs! The new freebie is my next stitching project. I would love to enter for a chance in your giveaway. Thank you.
    Pam A

  30. Congratulations on all your followers! I certainly enjoy my time visiting here. I love the looks of your new design. Your ornaments are always such fun stitches.
    Please include me in your draw. I would love a chance to win your giveaway.
    I'm so glad that you had such a lovely weekend. The jewellry party sounds like it was a lot of fun!

  31. Enjoy your blog..Love your designs...

  32. Sandra Congratulations on your blog. I am so glad I found it . I love your designs. I would love to be included in your giveaway. Thanks Pat

  33. Congratulations on your followers! I love your designs. I would love to be included in your giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

  34. Hey Sandra
    Congratulations on your blog I also just love your designs I have been stitching your designs for a long time please included my name in your drawing
    Darlene N

  35. Congrats on 100 followers! I love your designs, and reading your blog. Please add my name to your giveaway. Thanks so much!

  36. Love your designs! So glad you started a blog. Can't wait to see the rest of the sampler ornament and Holiest of Nights. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.


  37. I'm waiting impatietly for your new ornament! You will see as a "blogger" how many people love you and your wonderful designs! Please enter me in your givaway!

  38. Congratulations on your 100 followers! I am so glad I found your blog! I've been a fan for years!
    Please enter me in your giveaway if it is not too late :)
    Thanks so much!

  39. Congrats to you! You have way more than 100 now! LOL

    I love your designs and have been stitching them for yrs.

    Please enter me in your giveaway, thanks so much!


  40. The Following feature is blocked by my work, but I keep up with your blog in Google Reader. I would love to enter your drawing, if it's not restricted to registered followers only, as so many are. :( I love your ornament designs.