This is my first hoopla! I've been doing cross stitch and embroidery for a long time and using a lot of kits. This was the first thing I've done without a kit. My husband likes it and I know my mom will too (it's a gift) but I'm wondering if any craftsters have some advice for me for future projects. I wasn't happy with the black thread in general (I bought the wrong kind but was too lazy to go back to the store). I also tried crayon tinting. It was easy but I'm not sure if that is part of my discontent. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts!