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) : ))

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Countdown to Christmas

Hi everybody!  I hope everyone in the states had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day last week.  I know I ate way too much!! We had unusually warm weather that day and were tempted to eat outside on the patio, but too many people to seat and too much food to haul out, so we stayed indoors and still had a great time. 
 I can't believe that Christmas is soon approaching and I have to admit I'm having a difficult time getting in the holiday spirit this yr. and haven't even begun to decorate.  Some yrs. I just feel like not even getting a tree decorated, much less anything else, and sorry to say, but this yr. is one of those yrs! I feel like that movie, 'Christmas w/the Kranks', let's just skip it this yr.   I know, wahhhhhhhhh!!!
I just wanted to share a few pics of some things I've been working on the past few wks.  I have several other things that I can't show yet, as they are for a private exchange and also some Christmas gifts for a few special people, so no peeking yet!  LOL
Here's a Pine Mt. pillow I stitched up recently for a very dear friend of mine who had a b'day a couple of wks. ago.  She collects snowmen and blue is her favorite color.  The chart is one I won in a giveaway last yr. and I already had the premade tuck pillow.   I stitched it on 16ct. Stardust Blue Heatherfield fabric, which they don't make anymore.  I have several colors leftover from when I had my shop and I still love the fabric.  I can't believe all they sell now is this same color in 10ct.  If some of you recall, they had so many pretty colors in this fabric line and I always loved the little 'flecks' of color in them.  Anybody out there who remembers Heatherfield fabric besides me??  Another wahhhhhhhh!!!
Remember awhile back when I showed my BMB trio of stars pillows?  Well, that was before I added on the silver tinsel, and let me tell you, it made all the difference!!  I love the way it added just the right touch of sparkle!!  (I have one KIT left in my Etsy shop w/the tinsel added in and everything else needed to make these darling pillows).
This has been my favorite holiday pattern so far this yr.
Recently I won Homespun Hannah's giveaway and this is what all I received from her.  I esp. love the pillow and frame!  Thanks again Danice!!  Speaking of giveaways - I am planning on having one soon~so keep that in mind and hopefully I'll have all the details for you in the near future!

  I also wanted to remind everyone to check out my ETSY shop as I have listed lots of new KITS and a lot of deeply discounted items as well.  Lots of things to make for Christmas and Winter that stitch up really fast!  I even went in and lowered some of my items as a special gift to those who read my blog and those who are on my newsletter list.  If you'd like to be added to it, just let me know.   I am known for my super fast shipping, so you still have plenty of time to order.

  Well, hope everyone enjoys the season and maybe, just maybe, I'll get in the mood for it too.
Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments in advance!!
One last pic of our doggie, BJ. When it was warmer out last wk. I noticed he had hopped up on our back porch furniture to lay in the sun!! He is such a hoot! I guess the floor was still a bit too chilly for him. LOL

Friday, November 2, 2012

Exciting News!

 I have exciting news to share w/you!  I recently got invited to be a vendor at a local shop that's expanding, so have been really busy trying to make 'shop models' to sell patterns, kits & supplies for mostly wool applique, cross stitch and even a few handmade items, etc.
 All this, in addition to keeping my Etsy shop going, I will be able to expand into teaching some classes on wool applique, as well as maybe forming a Wooly/Stitching Club down the road.
  So I'm very excited, but my mind is whirling in constant crafty motion!
 Since my space will be limited at first(w/hopes to expand later on), I am trying to make things that will fit in a small space, but will give customers a view of what the patterns/kits look like made up.
 I love the way the sequins catch the light on the star pillows.  I am thinking about adding the silver tinsel around the edges since I included it in the kit.
 Here's a couple of ways the kits are packaged.  I wanted to make it feel like they are buying a 'gift', and I put an extra goodie or two in there as well.  (if anyone in blogland is interested in anything, just post a comment on here and it will go straight to my email box first).
 This package is for the bigger kits and I have all different sizes of these cute bags.
 I wanted to leave you w/a few pics of our sweet doggie ~ BJ.  He's a full-blooded Beagle who is 7 and totally spoiled.  I think he may even be counting sheep! LOL (look at the sheet that's covering him)! ha

 I couldn't get him to look up at me, but he loves hanging out w/me in the C.R. (craft room)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great wkend!