I finished my first Bride's Tree Ornament as a part of the yahoo group for January. It is from the Best Wishes Ornaments booklet from Rosewood Manor - the House of Protection. I used 18 ct Aida in Oatmeal color with two strands of DMC floss. This is the front of the ornament...
...and the back is here.
I attempted to use a lighter color in 22 ct, but it didn't look so good and it was very hard to see. I'm not sure if I should have tried one strand, or to stitch over two. The 18ct stitched up very well for me.
So yes, I've been doing a little reading, and a little stitching, too! ;-)