Well, there went the budget! It flew right out the window when I discovered http://www.lucieheaton.com. Lucie Heaton is a cross-stitch designer and I absolutely love her work.
I just spent $29 on Furry Tales pattern downloads – they’re just too cute! I can’t wait to get started on them.
I recently posted a finished project – a mouse curled up under his blankie in a red chair – that’s one of the Furry Tales designs.
If you have a chance, visit Lucie’s website; there are a few patterns offered for free download and the others are priced very reasonably.