But before I get to that, the colour swatch:
Pretty? Yep, I think so, but then the starting point was so gorgeous, it wasn't too big a leap.
My choice of project is based on an idea I had a couple of weeks ago. I was looking for nine floss colours to work it up, and the fact there were exactly nine shades in my Palette this week made it too perfect to resist going ahead.
If you're thinking you've seen that design before, you probably have - it's one of Gabrielle's yummy tea-towels. I've had mine for a while now and love the pretty aqua-on-calico print.
But, when I was browsing the Sublime Stitching website a few weeks ago, these cute tote bag designs made me realise my tea-towel might be dual-purpose. Not as in doing the dishes/using it to grab hot plates out of the oven (I am much too good at setting linens on fire to risk that anymore), but in a pretty-as-it-is-but-would-also-make-an-awesome-embroidery-project kind of way. So, I got stitching.
Nothing too complicated - split stitch for the hearts (I couldn't resist arranging the palette into colour order) and a whipped backstitch for the bunting string. I'm still deliberating whether I might stitch the little strip of text at the bottom, too.
If you like the idea of doing something similar, now would be a pretty good time to throw your hat into the ring. Don't tell my Mother Hubbard-like kitchen, but apparently it's National Baking Week. Gabrielle, who I know from first-hand experience bakes an impossibly good Victoria sponge - no burnt edges, crater in the middle or anything - is celebrating this by offering a 25% discount on all the kitchenware in her shop, the green gables, until Sunday 23rd October (find the code and info here).
Personally, I'm thinking I need another tea-towel, so I can hang a plain one next to my embroidered version in the kitchen. So I can get twice as much drying up done, not because they'll look really pretty hanging up together.