Welcome to Friendship Crossing!

Where strangers cross paths to become friends, sharing their love of PRIMITIVE/SEASONAL decorating, CROSS STITCH/ WOOL/SEWING/QUILTING/CRAFTING, recipes and home life.

**I have an Etsy shop filled w/the newest PATTERNS/SUPPLIES/KITS that are mostly PRIMITIVE, SEASONAL or WHIMSICAL in style. To take a peek, just click the button below on the sidebar .

***I LOVE reading your comments and thanks to all who take the time to write them. If you ever need to contact me, the best way is to just leave a comment on the most recent post and it will go directly to my email inbox first, w/out being published.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your visit!!

Tanya (pronounced like the color TAN) : ))

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If Life Gives You Lemons...........

You know the old saying......if life gives you lemons, make lemonade! My step~daughter's kitchen is all done in a 'lemon' theme, so for her b'day last wk. I decided awhile back that I would try to make her a few things. I recently found this new pattern by Angel Stitchin. The pattern came w/3 lemon buttons, but I changed the colors of the threads just a little. They also had a chunky looking checkerboard design off to the side, but I omitted it because of the time factor. I'd like to pass the chart along, so if anyone wants it, just leave a comment. If there's more than one, I'll draw a name. Please know that you'll have to buy your own buttons. They are from 'Just Another Button Co."
I took this pic w/out the flash on so it'd give you a better idea on the colors.

This is only the second time I've ever made a double flange pillow, but I was pleased w/how it turned out. I found the lemon fabric at JoAnn's. Do you know how hard it is to find things w/lemons on them???

I also made her a reversible apron out of the same material. Kind of a retro look to it.
Since I'm a big fan of anything w/rick rack on it, I just had to add some...
Here's the back side.....I just kept it plain, w/no pockets or the apron gets too bulky.
I found her a green wire basket at JoAnn's too, so made her a gift basket, w/all things lemony...lol. A lemon candle, lemon handsoap for the kitchen sink, new yellow/green dishcloths and some lemon/lime stickers that you put on plastic drink cups when you have people over, so you know whose is whose. ha
My hubby's parents went w/us to visit them and celebrate her b'day on Sat. (Our oldest son drove in later and surprised her, but youngest son had to work that day). This is what my MIL(her paternal grandmother) gave her.... a beautiful set of old dishes. Several boxes in fact, so it took awhile to haul it all inside.
Here's a few more of the pieces......
All in all, I think she was very pleased w/everything she got and we had a wonderful time of family fellowship all day long. There was just a sweet spirit the whole day and lots of good food and laughter~ we had tears in our eyes we laughed so hard reminiscing about the kids when they were little.

Her town is also home to a real nice quilt shop, so all of us gals got to snatch some time in the afternoon to do a little fabric shopping. Brooke, our granddaughter, talked me into getting an apron pattern for us to make together when she comes for a visit. She picked out some cute cupcake material for it, so hopefully we'll be able to get together again soon.

I am still having some problems leaving comments on some of your blog posts. I'm really not sure what the problem is OR how to fix it, but please know I've tried. Some blogs it won't let me leave any at all and some it will, so if you've not heard from me lately, it's not because I haven't tried.

The summer is going by so fast, but I sure hope everyone's enjoying it while it lasts. We are in a heat advisory this wk. VERY HOT and VERY HUMID, so I'm gonna stay in and get back to sewing!
Happy Stitching!


Christine said...

Hi Tanya! Aren't you just the sweetest?! What thoughtful and beautiful gifts for your step- daughter!
Great that you all had a wonderful time together.
We're back home to rain so I'd love to be back for some more heat and even humidity - just for a bit though!!!

LindataxPA said...

I love the great basket of goodies you put together for your step-daughter; so much thought and love in that basket. Sounds like her birthday was a special day for all. How fun to have her grandmother give the china to her while she's alive. I'd love a chance to win the chart - the colors are so warm, you couldn't help but feel good when you see it.


Country Prims said...

Hi Tanya,
how very thoughtful and sooo special! I'm sure your step-daughter was just delighted with everything You are one talented girlie:)

Great to see your post-I can't seem to find the time:(

Have a great week,
Shazy x

Parsley said...

Love the lemonade pillow! Cute idea to create a whole theme.

Sheila said...

I love everything you put together for your step-daughter! I love giving a "theme" type basket filled with goodies as gifts too. The thoughtful gift of the dishes from her Grandparents was so touching, I kinda "leaked" a bit reading the post! So happy for all of you and the wonderful family you have. You are blessed.
Can't wait to see the new aprons when your grandaughter visits. How fun that will be.
Hugz to you~

Myra said...

I am sure she was thrilled with such wonderful, thoughtful gifts. You did a great job on those.

Catherine said...

Love all of your lemony goodness!! And those dishes are beautiful! What wonderful gifts!

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

I love all the goodies you made, so thoughtful of you! And those dishes are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing and try to stay cool!

Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

Elaine said...

Oh my Tanya no wonder your Step-daughter was thrilled with her gifts. The lemon pillow is wonderful and the apron looks fab too.
Promise I will email you soon. Hugs!

Carol said...

Your step-daughter is one lucky girl, Tanya--your lemon-themed goodies are so cute. I love the way you finished both the pillow and the apron--great job :)

Siobhan said...

What a wonderful gift to put together! The pillow turned out so nicely--great job.

Colleen said...

How cute is that pillow?? And I love the apron. Nice gifties!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love that lemon pillow and the apron is wonderful. Such a great goodie basket. Thank also for stopping by, I do understand how hard it is to make the rounds. I havn't had any time, so I am way behind. Hope you are having a super week. Hugs, Marty

Sandi said...

You did a lovely job on the lemon stitching and pillow. I'm also a lover of lemon yellow and have found that quiltshops.com is a great source for looking for things.

I just did a quick search and they came up with 40 items when I entered lemon in the search engine...not everything was lemons but there are some lovely fabrics.

I love another button company and would love to win the chart!

Enjoy your weekend Tany, cool and sunny on the west coast.

Madame Samm said...

OK. love the pillow..what if you get oranges lol....

Linda said...

Your lemon themed gifts are awesome!!! The apron and pillow are perfect for her!! I'm sure she'll love it!

Marydon said...

Your step-daughter is very fortunate to have loving you. These are wonderful gifts.

Would you be so kind to (& tell your friends) comment on my BLOG ONLY (emails don’t count), for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Angie Berry said...

Lemon kitchen... how very fun and bright! What a cute and fun basket you made for your step-daughter, I'm sure she loved it! Oh, those dishes are absolutely gorgeous! How fortunate of her to receive them.

I love hearing about fun times spent with family, that's what life is all about. Glad you all had this time together and enjoyed it!

Cross Stitch Queen said...

The gifts were illed with love. Really nice pillow.

Love your blog, the colors, the projects the patchwork points are so crisp!

I know what you mean about leaving comments. It's hit and miss for me too.

If you are into Halloween, I am having a giveaway on my blog.
Hope to see you there.

Happy stitching,