Wow, I actually managed to get something finished and posted to DA.
This isn't my best or grandest work but he was a labor of love and I really learned a lot in the process. This tiny little guy is going to be the keepsake Christmas ornament for my son this year. I hope that it's something that will make him smile when ever he sees it and bring him happy memories for years to come.
It took me about a week of stitching for an hour or so in the evenings after my son went to bed (in really bad lighting - my eyes hate me now but I have no regrets). Constructing him was a bit of a challenge though. I had just finished stuffing him and was closing him up when I had trouble, the linen in one spot was starting to unravel close to my outline stitches and then when I tried to save that a bit it interfered with the gathering stitches and I couldn't get him closed up. I was ready to cry, I really thought I was going to have to scrap him and start over. But I managed to pull it off in the end and I think he turned out pretty well for my first try at something like this (even if he's not as neat and tidy in some places as I'd like - I guess it just gives him a little extra character). I think if I stitch this again it'll go much more smoothly and will definitely give it another go some time. The only thing he's missing in the photos are his whiskers (I realized I'd forgotten to put them on after taking the pics and just wasn't up to retaking them - but they have since been added & he looks pretty darn cute.)
All in all I am really happy with how he turned out and can't wait to see what my son thinks of him
32 count Irish cream linen, which I hand stained with tea to get the color I wanted
Mill Hill beads
#4 Kreinik braid
Limited Edition Gingerbread Jingle Mouse chart with emblishments by Just Nan