Ok, I'm going to rave for a minute- but have you seen this site?!?! It's called Pic 2 Pat and thanks to a friendly ravelry member, I found it today and am instantly in LOVE! You all might think I'm crazy but I'm so excited about this.
So here's the deal, you go to the site, upload the picture you want to do and then you pick the size you want, the embroidery floss brand you like, how big the stitches will be.....and then it prepares everything for you! After you choose which picture you like best that they come up with (they have about 10 different versions), you download it to your computer and you get the picture, the full chart (including all the symbols), the embroidery floss colors needed and how many skeins you need of each color! (this is especially good for me cause I'm really not good with picking colors.) And the best part... it's FREE!
This is the one I did as a demo (I'm not really going to stitch it up) but think of the possibilities!
ok, I'm done now, but I'm really excited about it :)