Here is Dimple Designs' Twilight of the Tsars before my stitchy weekend:
This is stitched on 32-count Smokey Pearl Belfast with DMC - cotton and rayon threads, Kreinik, and Mill Hill beads. The fabric color is actually about half-way between that shown in the before and after photos - it's a blue-grey. The white flowers are DMC rayon which was not my favorite thread to stitch with but not as bad as I thought it would be. I have put off doing most of the stitching that requires blending filaments I really dislike blending filament - love the results - but despite trying all the tricks I never enjoy the process but am quickly reaching the point where I have no choice.
Chatelaine's Winter Watergarden is going on the scrolls for this weekend. Doubt I will have as much progress as last weekend, but it is so nice to have my mojo back again and the time to be able to take advantage of its return.