So I recently purchased Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson, and boy did that turn out to be money well spent. I haven't made a single pattern directly as shown in the book, but it's been a brilliant source for inspiration. My boss and I moved our office on Friday, and we went from having actual offices to cubicles. So I made him a cubicle warming gift.
He loved it. So did my mother. She asked me to make one for her to give to a friend as a valentine's day gift. Apparently it's her favorite phrase.
I liked the idea of making tiny cross stitch so much that I made two more for some coworkers who didn't move with us, so I won't see them nearly as often.
I particularly like I heart my job. The skull and cross bones really makes it for me.
The Subversive Cross Stitch book was definitely a good purchase. I've owned the book a week, and have gotten more use out of it than I thought I would in a year.