Bit of a story with this one...it's almost "the cross-stitch that never was".
My sister actually bought this to stitch for my nan from my mum way back in March last year. So, most of last year, my mum was asking her if she'd done it yet every couple of weeks and her reply was always the same - I've nearly finished it. The last actual update we had was in the middle of May, when she admitted she'd finished the text.
Come mid-October, my mum was getting worried it might not be finished in time so begged her to give it to me so I could finish it off and frame it up, and all she'd done was the text and the houses in one corner.
So...me being me, stitched almost solidly for about four weeks, and this was the result.
It's sitting in a 20x14 frame, with a deep brown mount. It's a pity it's such a bad piccy, because when the light hits it, the sea and shell both gleam where I've added metallic threads and blending filament (a small "tweak" of mine).
I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and my mum and nan both really loved it too (mum liked it so much she wanted to keep it lol).
I really need to put some piccies up of work I've completed...Only problem is, I always give them away...