Fitting for this post, because a couple of weeks ago the son (and his beautiful wife) of one of our neighbours - who we witnessed grow from a highly-spirited and adventurous young boy into a responsible and hardworking man - were blessed with the safe arrival of a daughter. I decided to stitch them a card as a personal gift to welcome the new family member.
The design was from Issue 77 of the Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine and I just used slightly brighter threads from my stash to blend in with the recommended colours so as to appeal to young, modern parents. Stitched on 14 count white thread, consisting of only full cross stitches and clear-taped onto folded bright pink cardstock, it probably took approximately 3 hours to complete. I always love the detailing of backstitching as, I believe, it transforms the stitched work into artwork.
Our best wishes to the new family and their future happiness.
"A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it." - Frank A. Clark