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".

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wishing Thee Merriness

Good Evening Everyone!
Are you as overwhelmed as I am?  I have ten days to
get my Christmas act together, and things are
not going too well around here.  I haven't put
a dent in my shopping (with the exception of
Avery of course), the tree is on the back porch
(not in the house), and not a single decoration is
in place.  I do have a beautiful boxwood wreath on
my front door, due to the generosity of my dear
friend Ethel.  We always have a massive wreath covered
with tiny white lights hanging from a huge 
tree in our front yard.  I replaced all the lights last year
because many were not working.  Well, guess what -- 
plugged it in this afternoon and two strands are not 
working. What a pain!!  All of the strands have to come off
and the bad ones replaced.  I have said many, many bad 
words over the years due to Christmas lights.  
They drive me crazy.
I'm trying to be optimistic that tomorrow will be a very
productive day and my "Merriness" will return.
Our last day to ship will be Friday,
December 16th.  I know I should have
announced this sooner, but time just got
away from me.  Faye and I will be taking a 
much needed Christmas break.  I need time to 
get ready to spend time with one of the
reasons for my "Merriness".
Many Merry Stitches,


  1. Don't fret over anything...just enjoy your family and that beautiful boy's first Christmas!!!

  2. Merriness to you, too, Sandra! Seems like they do not make lights like they used to.

    A handful of years back I bought some "gold" and "pearl white" ligths (really white and yellow with a pearlescent frost over the bulb surface rather than being transparent), but now I can't find them at all! I like to mix the gold into my white-lit tree in about a 1 gold to 3-4 parts white. It makes for a nice warm look; with a little more substance than white alone, but without the gaudiness (apologies to their fans!) of colored lights.

    Your large wreath sounds wonderful--sorry it is giving trouble for the second year in a row. :(

    I was feeling a little behind because I haven't finished ALL the decorating of the tree. (still more glass balls, and some mill hill perforated paper instruments, and I really should string together those crochet stars I've been making all year into a garland...) Also, I gathered up all my complete-but-"unfinished" ornaments...and there are 12! This is good, and bad...I really racked up a few since I got into it this summer.

    Your Santa Arrives Tonight, which is the first Christmas ornament I stitched, is already on the tree in pride of place and brings me such joy.

    Best wishes to all of you and yours--Enjoy your holiday break!

  3. Wishing you the very best of luck, Sandra, in pulling it all together - I'm in the same boat as you - no shopping done (ummmm - ZILCH), no baking, no cards - a wee bit of decorating - but tree is do a very natural impression in the corner with no lights or decorations. HELP!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  4. isn't it coming fast .... not there myself yet either .... and i was soooo pleased my lights worked this year ... have a great holiday and lots of cuddles :) love mouse xxxxx

  5. aww sweet little santa..relax dear and enjoy the time with our sweet little santa baby..
    love and hugs cucki xx

  6. It will all work out Sandra.
    Avery is really growing, just look at those cheeks!!
    Have a great Christmas.

  7. Sandra,
    Last year I was so busy I was unable to get my tree up for Christmas, so I put it up the day after so I could enjoy the spirit of Christmas until the end of Dec. Everyone thought I was being silly to put up a tree after Christmas, but I felt the spirit and true meaning of Christmas should be able to be celebrated on any day. Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth to all.