This was quite an interesting turn to my stitching, as previously I had never sought advice, only used standard Aida, & this project while started when I got it, I didn't finish it for about 6 years.
AFTER finishing, I showed my mother, who commented it was probably meant to have been done by stitching over 2 thread (that's why it was so tricky!) & she taught me how to frame it myself.
Other than being a bit tricky (& 1/4 the size it was supposed to be) it took me so long, mostly due to becoming a mother - small children, kittens (not that i had a kitten) & threads don't mix too well.
So, with this one under my belt & being inspired by my mum in regard to gifts I started making these:
Then there have been some other gifts, this first one, was an online challenge & ended up being sent to the UK through livejournal
Then I joined a group of crafty ladies through mutual friends & facebook - anyone can join the "crafty foxes" there may even be a chapter in your location. We get together - people from all crafts & skills, a theme is picked & you choose to join or not & create something for someone else in that theme. The first I did was an 'anti-valentine' theme:
Then there have been the little gifts, where I've been particularly poor, but felt the people deserve a little something:
Most things I have managed/remembered to photograph before giving, but there are a couple of items where I didn't - 1 was a crafty fox swap & the other was a commissioned piece which went to Canada.