Well, I was hoping to have this done while it was still July, but being done just after midnight on the first means that I officially have my first finish of the month. I really love how this turned out, and I got it into the special frame and on the shelf so it's ready even before the girls wake up.
Here it is before the beads:
The beads are attached:
And we're framed!
My next project isn't actually "small," but I'm going to stitch it on Aida rather than an evenweave, so it should go a bit faster. I'm finally going to stitch my youngest daughter's birth sampler (yes, she is 8 1/2 at this point). It's important to me since her father tore it up as we left him just before I was finished making it. It took me a while to not only find the exact pattern again for her, but to get the emotional fortitude to make it. Yay! She will have her sampler on the wall next to her sisters soon.