I stitched this years ago, in the late 90's, I believe. It was before I'd ever stitched on linen, which I first did in 1999 (New Year's Eve, actually), so...yeah. Late 90's. Probably.
I got the pattern from a craft magazine, one that wasn't specific to stitching. It was a craft magazine that just happened to have a cross stitch pattern in it. I remember I fell in love with it instantly. I don't know the name of the magazine, or if it's still in publication. I do know that the pattern was printed on pages that were like newspaper. It was very smudgy, so I handled it as little as possible. It didn't occur to me to put it in a protective sleeve.
I can't say that I would stitch this patten today if I were seeing it for the first time. It's not my "style" anymore; it hasn't been for some time now. I still like it. I think it's quite cute. Charming, even. But probably not something I'd choose to stitch today. And if I did, it would definitely be stitched on linen or Lugana. I can't seem to work with Aida anymore.
I'd heard that would happen once you started using linen, but I didn't believe it at the time. I do now. ;)
Anyway, since I can't share much of my current WIP with you, I thought I'd show you a little something from the past. Even this pic is old, though; some of you may recognize it from my Flickr photostream. Maybe I should dig through my container of old projects and snap some pics to show you guys. That might be fun....