Since all my post lately seem to alternate knitting-embroidery-knitting-embroidery, why mess with the pattern?
Here are two birds and a fine example how not to do embroidery. Both patterns are from the Sublime Stitching Craft Pad. The pale blue thread I used for the first bird is barely noticeable on the gray linen. Really, anything other than perfect weather and daylight and you hardly know it's there.
The brown one - way better. Both of these are going to be embroidery pouches (what else?). And they need to become embroidery pouches by Monday. That means I have two days to get off my lazy ass, pull out my extremely heavy Bagat sewing machine and sew something that I can give my friend for her birthday.