It is stitched on white 28 count linen with mostly DMC threads except for the writing which is an overdyed cotton floss from Catherine Jordan of VA. I bought several "pallets" as she calls them at an EGA Seminar a couple of years ago.
The writing is from a web site (sorry, don't remember which) where you type in what you want to say, and it charts it for you in whatever font you choose. The figures are from the Better Homes and Garderns 2001 Cross Stitch Designs. This volume is a "cannot be without" when I need small patterns to create unique designs, especially for kids' birth samplers. I also used it for Celia's brother, Nate. I stitched the girls pretty much as they were designed, but I did change the hair on the cheerleader to the browns (like the other girls) and made her sweater letter into a "C" for her parents' alma mater.
Now I think I will get back to working on "Xena", and will also look to start a simple (one color) design - don't know which one yet - as I expect to be called away from home very shortly when my dil gives birth to her fifth child -- I get to play "soccer mom" for the older kids.
That's it for today -- behave yourselves and be careful.