Last September, my cousin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Usually I stitch something immediately when I get news like this, but somehow it stayed on the back burner this time. I'm happy that I finally finished a door hanger in honor of the new little one and especially happy that's it done before she grows up and goes to college!
I had picked out the design some time ago. I wanted something feminine with an alphabet. Once I saw "Bouquet des Fleurs" by Jardin Privé, it seemed like nothing else would do. I was so pleased that I could purchase a PDF for this since those French patterns can be hard to come by in the U.S. I modified the border to include all of the "baby facts". It's stitched one-over-one on antique white Monaco fabric. I used the suggested DMC colors with a few changes, notably the upper left orangey flowers and a slightly darker gray for the letters. The bird was done in a random hand-dyed floss I had. I was also determined to use finishing materials from my stash. This sparkly batik seemed like the best choice from what I had. There are a couple of layers of batting behind the stitched part only. I like that look with the flatter border. Probably doesn't show up that well in the photos.
Now we'll see how long it takes me to get it in the mail!