I've done pieces for my dad and sister (and still working on one for my bro-in-law that he was supposed to get on Christmas--oops), but I'd never made one for my mom, so I decided it was the year. This was a concept that had appealed to me in the past, and it was perfect for her, so I was excited to get started.
There are images out there that are 'flowers in teapots,' but I wanted big flowers with a not overly complicated teapot design. So I searched for bouquets and teapots separately until I found two I liked, and then stitched (ha!) the two images together to create the final design.
I bought several shades of blue floss, because you know me, why use one blue when you can use 5 or 6? I thought about coloring in the white part of the teapot, but it seemed like a waste of floss, and I imagined the pattern in blue might stick out more left alone. As for the flowers and stems, I did not pre-pick what colors to use, but rather just tried to keep it as balanced as possible when going from section to section, sticking as much as I could to pastels (save for the daisy, of course).
I was so excited about the teapot, I did it first. I do not believe this will be my last blue and white piece!
I had some eager helpers, who always generously provide the cat hair that inevitably ends up caught in the floss of every piece I make:
I gave it to my mom Christmas morning, and she loved it. I'm hoping she'll put it in her cubicle, or her home office.