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: http://sublimestitching.com/collections/floss/products/sublime-floss-pack-mingles
The pattern came from here: http://www.urbanthreads.com/products.aspx?productid=UTH4425