Like most moms-to-be, in the weeks before little R was born I got hit with a serious nesting urge. Most people talk about cleaning their house top to bottom, scrubbing bathroom floors, dusting corners that never see the light of day. I am not a cleaner by nature and though I did get a little twinge of it in those final weeks, my nesting manifested itself mostly in crafting. In fact, I think about half of the current to-do projects I have were started in those final weeks (still languishing almost a year later).
One thing I did manage to finish before R was born was this little cross-stitch sampler for her room. It was one of the last things I started and I thought for sure I wouldn't get it done in time. Luckily she was two weeks late and I had it finished & framed before she arrived.
The pattern is modified from the E. Zierener sampler from 1885 that I found in this book I picked up at a used bookstore years ago.