After a weekend of snow, freezing rain, and cold I was ready to think warm thoughts. I looked at samples of Cretan stitch in several books and on the web and found a lot of crewel embroidery leaves and flowers. So here is my tropical interpretation of leaves and flowers -- an island palm tree complete with coconuts. I also added some Cretan stitch samples to my stitch sampler. Some of them are kind of pretty but they were not very interesting to stitch.