OK so I've finally gotten my nerve up to dip my toes into the blogging waters.
Here's a picture of my version of Brightneedle Design's Key West Sampler.
Anyone who's ever spent time in Key West knows the lighthouse is it crowning jewel. I couldn't stitch a sampler for my favorite spot without paying its due respect. Accuracy is everything, so even while keeping the whimsical feel of the piece (and Key West!) I tried to be true to the architectural details. These include gingerbread on the cottages, tropical colors and the arched dome of the lighthouse with a single window near the top.
I also took some liberties with the thread colors, turning what seemed to be a drab brown buzzard at the top left into a more typical Key West parrot. Now if I really wanted to capture the locale, I should have done some roosters somewhere..