Cross Designs' Story

My name is Abbie Greer, born & raised in the DFW area, an Aledo resident for the last 9 years, and owner of Cross Designs. I’m a wife to my husband Derek, mom to Katie (14) and Julia (8), and owner of multiple businesses that keep my days full. I’m a right brained person that has used the left side of my brain almost completely for 15 years as owner of Railhead Properties, a commercial real estate & property management company.  In the fall of 2018 I came to the realization that I no longer enjoyed my day to day work life and needed to find a “job” that I was more passionate about. With my husband’s support and some personal convincing, we decided to build a barn studio in our backyard that I could use to start teaching art classes to kiddos. Cross Designs was born! A company whose name pays tribute to my mom, Susan Cross Cornell, and my late grandparents, Dr. Albion Barnard “Abbie” Cross and Mrs. Lora Maye “Granny” Cross.
My love of art definitely came from my grandmother who was a beautiful painter, and my mom who is one of the most creative people I know. I focused on art through high school and continued at TCU where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a minor in Art Studies. I believe that art can encourage children to express their feelings, improve motor skills, inspire creativity, and helps them process the world around them. My goals for every class are to provide a source for personal expression while gaining a feeling of confidence and accomplishment, to create without fear of being “right or wrong”, and to allow time for just being a kid and having some fun.
Toddlers hold a special place in my heart and that is where I decided my new venture would start. They take in so much more than we give them credit for, and I love the idea of getting to be a part of their exploration. Our time together will be used to make fabulously fun messes, learn along the way and help them appreciate the value of expressing themselves through art. I look forward to meeting more of the kiddos (and their parents) in our incredible community.
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein