This is actually cardinal number two. The first one I sketched and stitched - and re-stitched - did not make the cut (thanks Vince for telling me the truth about that one!) When we were in high school (yes, we went to high school together) our school mascot was a cardinal so perhaps some of my not-so-great memories of those years crept into my stitches the first time around. Hopefully those demons have been properly exorcised!
And finally there is the sweet little dove taking flight. I would love to stitch this one up on some navy blue linen. In hindsight I wish I would have done that for my example, I think it would have been a bit more striking. I have to get over my addiction to that natural linen - it's just my favorite right now is all.
And yes, there are ornaments in the works as well. I have NOT, however, started playing Christmas music at my house yet, I swear!