This is my first venture in the bright blue yonder known as free-hand embroidery, and I am extremely pleased with the results! This took all of a few hours to complete (which is WAY faster then counted cross-stitch for me), and I didn't use a template or a pattern. Just plain old instincts.
LOOK AT THE PRETTINESS!!
I definitely need to A) improve my lettering and B) expand my arsenal of embroidered flowers. My mum and I just went into craft overload last weekend and scoured local stores/Ebay for new materials..... which means my next project will include experimenting with SILK RIBBONS!!!!!! *assive nerd comma*