Besides the traditional upper and lower case alphabets, the numbers from 1-0, and a tree of life; I have added some other symbolic elements. Some of these are traditional, some I made up.
An owl for wisdom, Blue birds for happiness, wheat for fertility, a fountain of water for constant refreshment, The sun for light and laughter, the moon for peace and tranquility, vines to bind you together, flowers for beauty and variety.
There is a very light "tea" tint to the background to give the finished sampler a vintage look. Enough room has been left to allow personalization with names and a date.
Make them for all your married friends; 4 samplers to a yard of quilting weight cotton; with allowance for approximately 1/2 inch hem (there is a guide line).
Just one additional note; every "stitch" was individually drawn for a more authentic look.
This could also be used as a tea towel.