Here is China in all her glory. I picked this up from the framer's today and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The spot of glare is from the camera flash (couldn't help that, I'm not the greatest photographer around). The mat on the bottom is gold metallic matching the gold in the stitching. The red mat on top is actually silk. It really cool and matches the red perfectly. The frame is black, shiny on the outer edge and a matte finish next to the mat. I thought about a shinier frame but it was just overwhelming. I really like how this turned out. It is almost worth all the agonizing I spent over it. The really neat news about this piece is that Chris and Annette (the lucky owners of it - they just don't know it yet) will be here at Christmas. So I can can wrap it and have it under the tree for them. Both David and I are so excited. This is the first time in about 7 years where all our kids are home for the holidays. And David's mom will be here as well. We'll have a full house and are really looking forward to it.