Another gift framed cross stitch. Took me about 10 hours to finish?

It came out really well, but I have some concerns for my cross stitching future.

  • How does one pick out the colors? I did the pipe a little differently from the model (I used just one green instead of fading from yellow to green)…
  • How does one make a Goombah not look like a Hershey’s kiss?
  • I like that I didn’t do a fair amount of detail, and yet it still looks good.