What are you most proud of? I did not give up. The pillow, leaves, lace and crystal placement were easy enough without a pattern; however, I did not know how to fasten the wedding rings, so I spent about two weeks thinking about what to do. My first thought was ribbon, but over time the ends would deteriorate and fray, so I was stumped, but only for awhile. I wanted to use a button and elastic, but then I struggled with hiding the ends of the elastic. I was watching videos on youtube and saw a smocking video by Nancy Zieman and saw her do a heart smocked pillow and I realized that's what I wanted, so I bought the little heart yo-yo thingy and waited for it to arrive. Once it came I cut out a piece of satin and made the yo-yo and placed it as the center. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The pillow itself is machine sewn, but the rest is all done by hand. I used quilting thread waxed. I spent a lot o time placing and pinning, and re-positioning and pinning again and after I was finally happy with the look I began tacking it all in place. Do what inspires you and pleases your artistic eye, and don't settle if you don't like it. Put it aside somewhere, where you can see your project and just keep looking at it until something else comes to you. If I can do this, then I know you can too!