My first sewing project in a long time began as a sort of meditation. Work anxiety was getting the better of me and I don't like yoga... what was I going to do to relax? That is when embroidery came into my life. I saw so beautiful embroidered and appliqued stuffed animals and said "I can do that." Having had no experience with embroidery or applique I was uncharacteristically confident. I found Mary Corbet's wonderful blog with great videos and instructions on how to do a variety of embroidery stitches and I was off. I had previously made a stuffed horse for my friends baby (unfortunately I don't have any pictures of it) and used the same pattern and some scrap fabric to try it out. My embroidery sampler came out better then I had expected and then I continued to embroider with much more zeal.