I'm so excited! Last night I finished my wall hanging for the MIL and it turned out so cute. I definitely need to do something like this for my kitchen!
I took the general advice and did a stitch just inside the edge of each dish in the color depicted. Then I stippled the walls in white. Let me just say, this is only my 3rd FMQ attempt and the first time ever I would actually call what I did stippling. The other time I tried to stipple and pretty quickly crossed a line. Then I would give up and just say I was doing loops. Did I cross over a line this time? You betcha! But not NEARLY as much as before and it looks more like stippling. I still need LOADS of practice but I am pleased with the effect.
As far as the elves go this morning, well, they had a little unwelcome guest. It seems they came across the doghouse for one of Thing 1's American Girl pets and decided to play in it (I would say "play house" but I don't want to start any unseemly elfin thoughts in your heads!). Unfortunately another of Thing 1's little friends decided he had a way to quickly vacate the premises.