This is the design I've chosen for my Birthday month project. I started stitching in 1984, but except for a few Just Cross Stitch issues, I don't have any designs from back then. Still, this design goes back a long way - to 1988 - and I know that I was buying practically everything Eileen Bennett was publishing back then, so I'm going to say it's a safe bet that I bought this hot off the press.
I love the grape border. (Reminds me of my Grape Arbor Girls)
It has seven different specialty stitches, but I like them all. There aren't any that give me fits (I'm lookin' at you Queen Stitch).
The colors aren't too 1980's. Just a little DMC 223 and 224.
And Ms. Bennett was sure ahead of her time with her suggestion for tea-dying (and the directions) on the back. Back in 1988, I would have blanched at the thought of that, but now, 23 years later, I'm running for the tea bag. Maybe an old coffee filter, too.
I'm looking forward to starting this during the month of March! Oh - by the way - If you've mentioned that you'd like to try a Birthday month project this year, I've added you to my sidebar along with a link to your blog or your profile. Some of you hadn't made your project decisions yet, so I just wrote "Project". But if you want to tell me when you decide, I'll update the list.