First embroidery project on a hoop

I've always been intimidated by the detail work of embroidery. I make mistakes on my projects so frequently I thought making a hoop project might be frustrating. It turned out to be a really cool and calming experience. I could do little bits of it and I could take out whole sections if I wanted to do over (which I did more times then I care to count). I think what I like about it was that I didn't have to over plan, I could just figure it out while I went along. I experimented with different thread and stitches (some of which made it into the final product. 


The images are a collection for various stages


The really cool purple floss came from here:

The pattern came from here: