It's finished! This is one of the most satisfying designs I have stitched in a long time! My camera doesn't seem to want to accurately capture the color of the linen; it's rich and warm. You may recall that I followed Vonna's "basted and baked" instructions. This is a 28 ct Cashel fabric stitched with DMC fibers over two. It's really a beautiful design and finish (if I may say so myself!)
Edited to add: This design "Lo, How a Rose Sampler" from Brightneedle, can be found in the Better Homes and Gardens A Cross-Stitch Christmas - Celebrations in Stitches. It looks like it was published in 2001. My pattern has already been promised to another stitcher (Jill!) I found my copy on Amazon.com a few weeks ago.
Busy week -- not much other time for stitching. DD's basketball team is in sectional playoffs trying to earn a berth to the state tournament; I was in Seattle on Thu and Fri for work; and amidst all of this I've been fighting a bugger of a cold!
Working on exchanges this weekend -- will have more to show you soon! Take care!