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Tanya (pronounced like the color TAN) : ))

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Belated Christmas Wishes

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas w/family and/or friends.  I finally got in the Christmas spirit kind of last min. this yr. but still had a great time w/my family.  Baked a lot and played some high-spirited table games that were tons of fun.   Didn't go overboard w/the presents this yr. and kept it more special by focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.

My good friend Wendy, (from across the ocean) and I have been doing a private Chr. Exchange for about 3 yr. now and this is what all she sent to me.  I LOVE my cute gingerbread box, Santa, ginger & heart ornies, tag and CHOCOLATES, but especially the 3 little cross-stitched prim Santa pin pillows she made for me.  Aren't they the cutest little pillows??  Tiny stitches, but I love each one of them!  Thanks again Wendy Lou!! hee hee, that is my nickname I came up w/for her!(hope she doesn't mind).
 We always hand-make something for one another and this yr. I was able to make her 3 totally different items, along w/several other little goodies that I forgot to take a pic of, but you can view them on her blog, the Quiet Room

The first one I made for her is a Bent Creek design that I had finished stitching earlier this yr. but wasn't sure what I wanted to do w/it.  I finally decided on a WOOLY border and added jingle bells for a more festive pillow! LOL  I think this is one of my favorite finishes I've done in quite awhile.
 This snowman bauble is from an old pattern I had, but I changed it up a bit and added a 'raggy' edge to it and a little sparkle w/the tinsel hanger.
 Then there was 'Chilly' - he is just a teeny little guy, but I thought he was just too cute ~ made his scarf out of wool and added a JABCO birdie button, plus a rusty pin to keep his scarf together.  ha
 Love his sweet little face.........I need to make some more of these.....I'm in love w/cute penguins too!!
 Got in lots of baking over the last couple of wks.  I love trying new recipes and my family loves being the guinea pigs~YAY!!. (except that now we all need to go on a major diet)!!(except for our youngest son who is super-skinny)!!!
 These home-made yeast rolls were made w/a Jiffy cake mix.  They were pretty good, but our oldest son went nuts over them. :))
 Then I got a hankering to make home-made cinnamon rolls(but not on the same day~Ha) and they turned out really good too.

 I only made half a batch, but there were quite a few.....
 Guess I got a little carried away w/the icing...........
 And one more new recipe........these are Pumpkin Cookies w/Brown Butter frosting.  Our oldest son and his fiance made the icing.  Of course they had fun getting it all over everything, including themselves. :))

Well, just a few more days until the New Yr. and I certainly hope that 2013 brings a lot of great things for everyone!

P.S. ETSY NEWS-  I just got in a big order of wool today and some last wk. and have some new patterns coming next wk., so be sure to stop by soon, as I'm busy trying to make up more kits and wool bundles this wk. and get them listed.  And as always, if there's any pattern that you need a 'kit' made for, just let me know.  I've done several special orders recently thru emails and convo's but I don't mind a bit.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching in the NEW YR!!

P.S.S. if anyone wants any of the recipes shown, just leave me a comment on here and it'll go straight to my email inbox first. 


Catherine said...

Wonderful goodies ~ both stitched and to be eaten!! Chilly is adorable!!

Hillcresthome Prims said...

That is a full Christmas box she sent you She sure did spoil you!
I love it all. What a wonderful friendship you both have with each other.
The buns look so YUMMY!
Have a blessed New Year,

Phyllis said...

I'd love to have the pumpkin cookie recipe and brown butter frosting! I love anything pumpkin!
Happy New Year!

Karen said...

What wonderful goodies you received!
Oh mr NO...you do not have too much frosting on those rolls - that's the way I like them.

jennifer768 said...

Oh my but the two of you swapped some beautiful goodies!The baked goodies look so yummy.I would have loved to dive into those cinnamon rolls.Happy New Year!Hugs,Jen

Trace4J said...

Hello friend
Sounds like a perfect Christmas to me.
Love the woollies penguins.
Sweet Christmas love gifts too.
Woollies hugs

Myra said...

What wonderful gifts! Those snowmen are so cute. The cinnamon rolls don't look too shabby either. :o)

Astrid's dragon said...

Wow, goodies all the way around! Handmade things are always the best especially the stitchy and baking kind!

Carol said...

I'm glad the Christmas spirit finally arrived, Tanya--I do believe a simpler Christmas is nicer in the long run anyway! Our sounds much like yours with the board games and homemade cinnamon rolls. My husband and I have made them together each Christmas morning for almost 10 years and that is the only time of year we make them so they're very special... I LOVE all that icing on yours--need to put more on mine next time!

The goodies you sent to and received from Wendy are wonderful. I especially like the little pillow you made :)

Wishing you and your family a joyous New Year!!

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Kathy Shea Mormino

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Linda H. said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You made such a nice comment, but I was unable to reply because you're a "no reply commenter." I've lived in Florida for only the past six months, so I still feel like a newcomer. Our home for the previous 23 years was Iowa. Linda, FlourishingPalms

Rouge Cerise said...

Hi Tanya,

I wish you and your family too a wonderful New Year for 2013 !
All the best !
X o xo

ps hope to contact you again shortly to confirm that the parcel has arrived!