And the Winners Are …. !!!!

Wow .. this time of year sure has a habit of moving time in light speed proportions!   We have so many fun things to cover today – and they are all about US giving back to YOU!  Stay with us here … there is a lot of great stuff that you don’t want to miss! 

We actually just completed TWO  Grand Prize Drawings.  

The first, The Harvest Festival Drawing, is a $100 Shopping Spree and a $50 Mystery Gift (one of my favorites!).  All customers who placed an order during Thanksgiving week were eligible for this drawing… and the winners for the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival are: 

$100 December 2009 Shopping Spree – Jody M. of Parma Heights, OH
$50 Mystery Gift –  Alice T. of Bridgeton, MS
Congratulations to both of you!  We want to thank every one of you out there for your long-standing support.  Do you realize at the end of 2010 we will be celebrating our 10 years in business?  Talk about light speed! 

OK – Now, before we move on to the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners, we want to let you in on a couple of more things we are doing to give back to you. 

First,  we have ANOTHER $250 Shopping Spree up for grabs!  All orders placed during the month of December qualify for our 7th Annual Year End $250 Shopping Spree Drawing!   Each and every order placed in December, no matter how large or small the order, is entered into the drawing.   Can you even imagine how easy it would be to spend $250 of FREE MONEY at Homespun Hearth??  The drawing will be held on 1/1/2010, so place your orders this month! 

Second, like I said, December is the month of US giving back to YOU.  And so, this is the month that your Earned Homespun Rewards from 2009 pays off!  For all orders placed between today and December 31, you will recieve your 2009 earned discount … automatically!  And, while some items (like Furniture, Clubs & BOMs) don’t receive the discount … the purchase of those itmes still earn you higher rewards… and moves you closer to the next discount level!   

And, here is the cool part about Homespun Rewards … you still can reach higher levels even in December.!  And, here’s the even Cooler Cooler part … December is also our Annual 12 Days of Savings … and your Homespun Rewards are applied toward those discounts as well!!  We already have several “Queens” for 2009, and we are looking forward to crowning more!  To view your Earned Homespun Rewards, Login to your Account Here.  

OK – and now the next bit of Giving from Homespun Hearth 

We still need to finish the month to award final two winners who were so giving … 

Our Day 29 & 30 Winners are…
Terry Hein – 11/4 &
Dee – 11/9
Congratulations and Thank you to both of you!
 

Each of these winners will receive the new Floral Essence Wall Hanging Kit. 
I LOVE these Tea Time Floral II Fabrics… can you even tell? 
That is why we’ve offered the Sweet Tea Kit 

Full Size Sweet Tea Kit

in the Full Size Kit … Guess who is making that for her guest room..??  Yours Truly!  I can’t wait until it is finished!  

And now, what you all have been waiting for … Drumroll Please….. 

The 30 Days 30 Gifts 30 Winners Grand Prize Drawing Winners Are:

The Arrow Suzi Sidekick Sewing Storage Cabinet –  Karie S!  Looking back, Karie has entered several times during the month – and by the sounds of it, she is pretty busy on the homefront, too!  Congratulations Karie .. now, the difficult part … what color to choose? 

And, the 2nd Grand Prize Winner Recieves a Queen Size quilt Kit from our Mytery Series.  This quilt was designed by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilts and features Anne Sutton Flowers for Emma Fabric… it is beautiful, and it will be a total mystery until it is put together … by… Barb Nankivell.  Congratulations Barb!

Once again, all of us at Homespun Hearth want to thank Every One of you for your giving nature, kind deeds, and overall generous spirit that makes you who you are.  We know that it is not always easy to make that extra effort, so when you do, please know that it really does make a difference!

OK – so, let me see … did we get everything?

Harvest Festival – Check
$250 Shopping Spree Drawing – Check
Homespun Rewards – Check
12 Days of Savings – Check
30 Days, 30 Gifts 30 Winners – Check

I think that is all for today.  Be sure to stay with us as we continue on our 12 Days of Savings at Homespun Hearth!

How Many Winners Today?

Whew … Right now I feel a little bit in a daze! I know we all have so much going on … in our personal as well as professional lives. Together with the Harvest Festival we have going on right now, as well as the Thanksgiving Holiday and now Christmas preparations, we are being pulled in so many directions! But, that doesn’t mean we have forgotten you. Still, my favorite thing to do when a take a few moments each day is to read the kind deeds you all are doing.

I realized last night that some of you may be wondering what we are doing to contribute to the kind acts. Inspired by many of you, we have had a week of giving around here … cleaning out closets and donating 8 giant bags of clothes, plus we brought in dozens of like-new toys, games and puzzles. My husband and son worked at the soup kitchen all day on Monday – they served over 600 people that day – and you can believe it made quite an impression on my teenager. I have also been making my boys more aware of what’s going on around them … pointing out a lady to help with her grocery cart (they get stuck in the snow on the way out to the car), and I had my oldest offer to pump the gas for an older man – the gentleman told me it reminded him of the old days when that was part of the service – and was so thankful! We have a homeless man who lives down in town, and so we picked up a pre-cooked chicken for him, a couple of apples, a bag of cookies, and a couple of water bottles – the smile alone was a huge reward. As you can imagine, we have become quite friendly with our local PO. So, we brought in a batch of fudge on Wednesday – they were all so grateful to know that we care! Because we are involved in the Scouts, I always order extra wreaths, trees & centerpieces – and bring them to 3 of the senior citizen homes around here. While we have had such a giving week, what I’m really trying to instill in my boys is the importance of year round thoughtfulness – my boys are very fortunate, so it is their responsibility to help those around them.

Okay, so now on to the past few days of winners. Where were we? Oh Yeah .. Days 21 – 28 … Yikes! But, that’s ok – we have something special for each of these winners … they each receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Homespun Hearth! These Gift Certificates are valid from December 1 – 31, 2009, so they can have a little something extra to spend for the holidays.

Our Day 20-28 Winners are…
Patty – 11/25 Post
Kate – 11/22 Post
Karen Propes – 11/22 Post
Cindy C. – 11/20 Post
Linda Lee NH – 11/11 Post
Joanne – 11/6 Post
Amy – 11 /20 Post
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

So, we are nearing the end of our 30 Days of Giving.  On Monday we are going to have 4 Drawings!  2 for the 30 Days of Giving, and 2 for the Harvest Festival!  We have had so much fun with both of these, and it still is not too late for you to be a part of the fun.  If you would like to be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing for the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners Drawing, then be sure to let us know what kind deeds you are up to!  Simply blog us at any of the posts this month, and your name will be added to the drawing ‘bowl’.  Also, for those of you who make a Homespun Hearth purchase between 11/25 and 11/29, you are eligible to win a $100 Shopping Spree or a $50 Surprise Gift… the drawing for these is also on Monday 11/30!

And, it is just about time that you will be able to spend your Homespun Reward Discounts for 2009.  For the month of December, the accumulated points translate into  discounts for the entire month of December. 

Have a wonderful day!

Teresa

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Days 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 – 6 Winners!

Good morning and Happy Friday to All!   Wow – we have had a crazy week around here.  With the launch of our new Sewing Room Furniture, the start of the Holiday Fab Shop Hop, and the introduction of  Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Clubs, all of those New Quilt Kits, patterns and books,  we spent the better part of the week pinging in several directions… and I did not get any quilting done as planned.. 

So, we are drawing names for several  Days –  15 – 20!.  We have lots of fun gifts, so here we go.  We are going to spread-out the giving in this blog  🙂

Quilt Sampler Club - 2 Publications per Year

Our Day 15 & 16 Winners are…
11/14 #3 – Michelle &  11/13 #13 – Sharon Hettinger !! Congratulations and Thank you!
Both Michelle and Sharon win a 1 year subscription the Quilt Sampler Magazine Club  …  the Gift that just keeps giving!    Quilt Sampler has 2x publications a year – in May and September.  Congratulations! 

From the emails and blogs we’ve received, it sounds like everybody is pretty excited about the chance to win the Suzi.   And, hands down, the most popular Sewing cabinet so far is the Marilyn.  But, I’m not surprised – it is Arrow’s most popular cabinet, too – not only is she compact, but she is a lovely piece of furniture as well.    We had one customer purchase 2 of the Sewnatras – she said she was going to use both as nightstands next to her bed –  and one will hold her machine, and the other to hold a Singer Featherweight  that she has on her Christmas list.  What a great idea!   And, together with the free shipping, Mettler Thread Combo and Vusion Light, it really makes these deluxe cabinets a steal.  As far as the promotional suites that Kangaroo is running right now, the favorite is the Aussie Suite.  Looking at it, it seems to provide the most work surface and storage, but it a bit less expensive than the Kangaroo Suite. 

Quilts & More - 2x per year

Our Day 17 & 18 Winners are…
11/19 – Marcia & 11/12 – Elaine!! Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Marcia and Elaine win a 1 year subscription to the Quilts & More Magazine Club … another Gift that just keeps giving!  Quilts & More has 4x publications a year – March, May, August & November.  Congratulations!

We received the sweetest email Tuesday morning  from Darla T.  She asked us “why are you being so generous – what do you get in return? ”  The email had a lot of other sweet comments, but this just made me smile.  Do you realize how much we feel part of such a bigger picture around here?  It sounds to me that what we are doing is having a profound affect on so many of you – not that you aren’t always givers, but that it seems everybody is making an extra effort to do a bit more.  And, because we don’t get out much, we are also living somewhat vicariously through your good deeds as well.  We all want to thank YOU for YOUR generostity!

And Finally, Our Day 19 & 20 Winners are…
11/16 – Melissa & 11/15 – Irene Schofield!  Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Melissa and Irene win a 1 year subscription to the BHG Quilt Magazine Specials Club .. yet another Gift that just keeps giving!  Better Homes & Gardens publishes 2x Specials each year – in March and October.

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 13 Winner

Good Morning Everybody!   Can you believe it is Friday?  We are so excited… this is going to be a big weekend.  The surprise announcement will be on Sunday – and all of you have the opportunity to be a big winner!  Plus, we have a couple of new clubs to announce. 

And how do you like that new quilt, Your Home or Mine??!!!   Liz and Julie worked on this together over the past couple of months – and I think it is stunning.  The Moda Heritage fabrics are such a gorgeous compliment to this quilt … which was not an easy quilt at all!  With all of the applique and stitchery, these two put in a lot of late nights.  And, I can’t believe it, but they have another colorway they are working on right now, too!  It turns out that Liz does gorgeous stitching, and Julie is an applique pro – what a great way to share the fun in a quilt like this!

Today we are also sending out the Serengeti Quilt kits – and will receive another fabric shipment on Monday – these things are so wild, they are literally  running out the door!  All orders placed through 11/7 will ship today, and the remaining will ship on Wednesday.

Petite Frosted Candles

Ok – so, for today’s winner we wanted to give something very sweet.  It is the Petite Frosted Candles.  So sweet and we know this will help bring in the season.  Our Day 13 Winner is…
11/10  #2 – Shirley Clark  – Congratulations and Thank you! 
Because Shirley did something kind for someone, she is going to receive this sweet candle set.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful day,   Tereas

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 12 Winner

Well, today is my birthday, and my youngest son wants to be sure he gives me as many hugs as I am old today ….He’s pretty much kept me warm most of the day!  It’s funny, though – I was thinking about a ‘few’ years ago when I turned 10.  Having 6 sisters growing up, my folks didn’t really have much for extras – especially when it came to entertainment.  Well, I felt like the luckiest girl on earth that day – my mom was taking us to Disneyland!    She didn’t tell us where we were going as we were driving down the road, but when I saw the top of that Matterhorn, I don’t think I was ever so excited!  Well … being that it was Veteran’s Day (basically, we had the day off from school on the 12th), we weren’t the only ones with this idea.  It was VERY crowded.  I remember looking around and just seeing a sea of people. 

Well, my mom (who was pregnant, then) wasn’t enjoying it and decided we needed to leave (I was pretty disappointed at first!).  So, she decided to do Plan B – she took us to Knotts Berry Farm (her favorite when she was a kid).  Wow.  I don’t know how she afforded it, and I knew it was an unreasonable stretch financially.  But, looking back to my childhood, it was by far one of my most memorable birthdays.  But, here’s the great part.  About 2 weeks ago I was going through some ‘memorabilia’ and I found this little suede purse with an apple appliqued on it.  I opened it up, and inside it were the Disneyland tickets (yes – I’ll date myself here – the book with remaining A,B,C,E Rides!) & Knotts Berry Farm ticket stubs from that day!  I was so tickled to find those tickets – and the purse was a gift I received that day.   A trip down memory lane can be so fun!

We have been receiving so many blogs from you all — thank you!  I’ve totally lost count, but I think we are well over 300 – and they just keep coming.  On Sunday we are going to announce another ‘Grand Prize’ – and this is so cool!  But, that means you have to keep doing those good deeds and letting us know what you are up to.  If you’ve been reading what others are up to, you will see that there is such a plethora of ideas out there.  I want to thank you ALL for making this world a better place – even in the smallest little deeds!

Vintage Homestead

Our Day 12 Winner is…
10/30  #24– Alice-  Congratulations and Thank you!

Because Alice did a good deed, she receives a Fat Quarter Bundle from one of my favorites – Whimsicals Quilts by Terri Degenkolb – the Vintage Homestead Collection.  Thank you!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 5 Winner

Last night my husband and I took our 3 boys to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas concert here in Colorado Springs.  I’ve always wanted to see it, but it never worked out in the past, so, we jumped on the chance to go this year.  It was absolutely wonderful.   So many talented musicians, and the choreographers kept the show unbelievably alive and entertaining.  Of course, my ears were still ringing hours later…. 

But, as many of you know, there is a Christmas Story/Poem that is part of the show, and I was realizing how apropos some of the stanzas were for this month’s 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners.   I know that we have readers of all faiths, but I think that all will understand what this is all about.   I did my best to text them to myself so I could post it here.  I think they are in order….

rose gift

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last
By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
And to know who needs help
You need only just ask

It’s every gift that someone gives
Expecting nothing back
It’s every kindness that we do
Each simple little act

And so it’s good that we remember
Just as soon as we’ve discovered
That the things we do in life
Will always end up touching others

I sure hope I didn’t slaughter it!   Anyway,  again I am so happy with all of the blog entries we are getting.  Be sure to keep them coming as each deed or act you post to us will be entered into our daily drawing, as well as our Grand Prize drawing.  

2010 'Quite a Stitch' a year with Mrs. Buttons Calendar

Our Day 5 Winner is…
11/2 #2 – Karie!  Congratulations and Thank you
 

Today we have another wonderful 2010 Calendar that Karie will receive … I think I need this in my office – it is so funny!  It is the Mrs. Buttons KCS 2010 Calendar — click the image to view it.

30 Days, 30 Gifts – Day 1 Winner!

Good morning everyone!  Can you even believe this is the 1st of November?  I am always so surprised when this day comes .. it really means we are into the ‘home stretch’ for the year … that always passes by so quickly!  I know that 2009 is a year when many folks struggled, and have really had to make a lot of changes in their lives – some on purpose to help them get through these tougher times, and some that were forced upon them.  In any event, we have all been hearing about the good deeds that others have done – and so we wanted to know what our quilting readers are up to. 

We are so pleased at how generous our quilting community is!  Have you read all of the kind acts and fun things your fellow quilters are doing for others?  Many have inspired me to do even more.  

We  have received some questions about the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winner Event – so let me quickly answer them here.  
1.     Any act counts – no matter how small.  This is not a contest to see who gives more, but rather a way to get all of us to do a bit more for those around us. 
2.     You can (and we hope are) doing an act every day – and then just blog it to us. 
3.     We keep your name all month – and you can win 1 daily prize.  At the end of the month all names are eligible for the Grand Prize.  So even if you win a daily prize, keep on doing your acts of kindness as you will have more chances to win the Grand Prize.
4.     And finally, if you are a winner, we will post it here on the blog … which we are about ready to do now!Zbc-bhg2010_small

The Day 1 Winner is …. 
10/31 #36 .. Sheila!
  Congratulations & Thank you! 
Sheila will receive the Hot-off-the-Press 2010 Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork Calendar because she did something kind for somebody.   

Be sure to let us know what you do today … and you could be a winner!

Hope Quilt Found!

Many of you know that our Hope Quilt went missing back in June. We were so excited to get a signature from Marie Osmond, and then when we sent it to the next designer to be signed, it never showed up! We were so very sad – all of the effort and energy that went into that quilt was lost. We still supported the Avon walk, which was wonderful, but we didn’t get to give the quilt away like we wanted.

So, you can imagine our surprise, relief, and excitement when UPS delivered it to our door last week! So, we are gathering all of our information up from all of you who donated, and we will be having our drawing at the end of November. Woo hoo!

We’re Back .. and Stronger than Ever!

Hello All! We are back! It’s been a long and crazy 2 months. Wow, really 2 months? Yikes! Well, in that amount of time we have done so much around here! We were busting out of our warehouse, so we had to make several moves, unload some inventory (which many of you took advantage of), and get more help around here. Also, many of you have noticed that our website is becoming more and more Quilter Friendly. We hope that these changes help make your shopping experience with us even more enjoyable, and we really appreciate all of the kind notes we receive on a daily basis – so keep them coming. You can see some of the comments at the bottom of our home page. Again – thank you!

The Sound of Music A Night to Remember

Have you ever been driving down the road, meandering through a shopping mall, or just relaxing in your home when a song from the past hits the airwaves, and before you know it your mind drifts back in time to where you were, what you were doing, what your hair or clothing looked like, and who you loved? Perhaps you smiled, re-lived an incredible moment in your life, or realized that you just needed a tissue?  This is what music often does to me – it moves me from the center of my being, and brings me back to a time in my life that I had long since forgotten.  Because I love music so much, I decided to start a section in our blog where we can all share stories and our favorite tunes.  I hope you will join me  in this fun look at our lives through the sound of music!

singersHere’s my story.  It was 2004 and a very hot summer evening in Westwood, CA and I was walking through an exciting outdoor street fair where vendor’s sold their wares so they could put food on their own table – there were clowns, people selling handmade jewelry and hand pieced quilts, others selling the fruits and veges they had grown, plants,  henna tattoos, balloons, and every type of food you could imagine –  when I came upon a couple who were singing for tips.   Now, I am a musician, and I’m not proud to say that I sometimes find myself silently nitpicking other musicians,  (I am really comparing them to myself (lol)) –  but on this sticky summer evening there was no criticism at all.  This breath of fresh air literally stopped me dead in my tracks.   I cannot remember another time when I was in such ‘awe’ when listening to a couple of street singers – it was by far the most beautiful song I EVER heard!   It is a moment in my life that I will always remember the details –  the smells of blended foods, the colorful flowers, the friends I was with, and that one particular night and how life seemed to stand still because of this one song:  ‘The Prayer’ by Celine Dion and Andrew Borcelli.  I recently found this online, and I want to share it with you.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3EoHz29guo
I also hope you will share your favorites with me!
Laura