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".

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Very Important Message

Hi Everyone, 
this is an

I'm writing all of you today to let you know of a big 
decision that I have made.  Simply put, I have decided 
to downsize my business.  Since 1979
I have been in this wonderful business enjoying
every aspect of it.  However, the time has come 
to put more of my energy into other things.  
Please do not read more into this.  I'm just ready 
to spend more time on myself and with
my family.

The saddest part of this decision is that my wonderful 
Faye will no longer be here to answer your questions 
and take care of all of you and me.  She has agreed to 
come back on an "as needed" basis ~ such
as proofing new designs.  Faye has been with me for 
almost 28 years.  How can I live without her at 
Homespun Elegance?  Only time will tell, but I cannot 
do it ALL without her, that is for sure.  
Consequently, the following things will take effect as 
of November 15th.

1) I will not be selling any embellishments or my 
hand-painted and grained frames any longer.  If you 
wish to stock up on these, you are welcome to do so by 
November 15th.  I am going to put together a few 
large assortments of charms (at a discounted price), 
and they will be available until they are gone.  I will 
not be placing orders for more charms.  
you can still get most of these
charms from By Jupiter (telephone 623-931-2658).

2) I am in the process of trying to find a distributor
for my Olde Brass buttons.  Please decide what you 
might need and place your orders 
by November 15th because I do not know how long it
will take to find a distributor.

3) I will not be selling wholesale.  My designs will 
only be available from my distributors -
Hoffman, Norden, Wichelt Imports, and Yarn Tree.
Any new designs will be shipped to them.

4) My ETSY Shoppe will be put in vacation mode. 
I will not be selling retail at this time.  For 
those of you who bought from my ETSY shoppe, 
please contact your shoppe and hopefully they can
get what you want from the above distributors.

5) I will not be on Facebook on a daily basis.  I 
will pop back in whenever I have new designs 
or something special to share.

6) I still plan to design (I cannot give up designing)
 and release my designs through my distributors.  
I will make sure you know when they are available, 
either through Facebook or my Blog.

I am going to keep my Blog.  I hope you will visit 
and sign up as a follower.  That way you will be 
informed of new designs, etc.  I'm
hoping to have a spot on my Blog that will picture
all designs that are still available.  This way all
 of you, shop owners and stitchers alike, can see 
what is available.
 In time, I will be offering hundreds of models that 
I have in storage, discontinued and one-of-a-kind 
frames, merchandise left over from my shoppe owner
days, wonderful items to incorporate in some way 
with your needlework, and items that I plan to
make and even some more painting (which I have 
missed).  I'm hoping you will find something that
you cannot live without.

Faye and I will be available until November 15th 
to answer any questions you may have.  It will be
business as usual until then, but after that 
am truly going to take time for me and my family.

Please remember that I am still going to be designing. 
I will just have a different way of doing 
business, one that allows me some down time 
after all of these years.  

Thank you so much for your continued patronage,
 wonderful friendships, and for allowing me to 
share with you something that I love.  You have 
all made my career very rewarding.  I could
never begin to tell you how much you mean to me.

Many, Many Happy Stitches!


  1. Glad you'll still be designing and selling your charts. I think I still have my Just Cross Stitch magazine that contains your interview!

    1. Thank you so much for writing me and for following my Blog.

  2. good luck in your new venture!

  3. Enjoy your family and you time! I'm glad you'll continue to design charts and sell them.

    1. Hi Shelly, Thank you so much for writing to me about my news. I'll still be around, so please keep following my Blog. Sandra

  4. Enjoy, and thanks for all your hard work and wonderful enthusiasm all these years and of course Faye's hard work also. Will be happy to see your designs as they come.

    1. Hi Carmen,
      So good to hear from you and thank you so much for your kind words. They mean the world to me. Hope to be sending out new designs soon. Sandra

  5. Congrats! Hope this partial retirement fits you well. You've been a busy woman and now it is time to relax a bit.

    1. Hi Denise, Thank you so much for writing me. I hope my semi-retirement fits me well too. I think it will. With more free time, I think I can enjoy everything a lot more. Please keep following the Blog. Sandra

  6. Huge sigh of relief! I don't know if I could have handled retirement from designing! Enjoy your time!

    1. Hi Monica, I did have a huge sign of relief when I finally made the post. I knew I needed to do it but it was hard. Please keep following the Blog. I'll still be around. Sandra

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  8. Good for you I know that was a hard decision but I'm wishing you luck. 27 yrs was a long time. Enjoy your family!

    1. Hi Eileen, It was indeed a hard decision. I agonized over it for a long time. Actually it has been 36 years~since 1979. Can you believe that? I'm surprised all of you aren't sick of hearing from me, but I'm glad you aren't. Please keep following the Blog. Sandra

  9. Elaine from FloridaOctober 11, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Sorry to read that you are down sizing your business ,glad you will continue to do some designing and still have your blog. Always enjoy your blog..at Christmas when how you show ideas of how you show your designs May God bless your with your decision....enjoy your family.

    1. Hi Elaine! Thank you so much for your kind words about my Blog. I do love to share and hopefully now I will have time to do more of that. Sandra

  10. Sandra, you are one of a kind! You are so talented and I am so glad that even though you are semi-retiring, you will still be designing! I have really enjoyed doing business with you, and I wish you joy in the future! Give my very best to Faye. You two were a team for a long time! Love and hugs from Spring Robin.

    1. Hi Robin, Thank you so much for all of your sweet words. It means so much to me to have made such wonderful friends through my business. Please stay in touch. Love and hugs to you, Sandra

  11. Best of luck to you....retiring to spend more time with family will be good for you. You will be missed. Truth be told I was a bit ,well really a lot worried when you did not post as often as you had in the past. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you so much Mary. Now I will have more time so I hope I will be Blogging more. I'm not going anywhere. Please keep following.

  12. Can you add a box on your blog which allows me to follow you via email? I cannot follow with Google Connect. I love your patterns and have lots of them. Thanks.