Finally! I forgot to take a picture of the bare block before I began stitching the tree. Too excited to have something to stitch at last, I suppose!
Here's the tree, taken with the flash. The fabric colors are pretty accurate, but the tree has too much flash on it.
And without the flash, you can see the tree better, but the fabrics are all wrong!
There's still much to be done on the tree - leaves and flowers or buds, something. But it was nice to spend hours and hours stitching the tree. That's 3 Valdani Perle 8: The shadowed side of the tree is color 126, a solid dark gray. The more golden color is JP 7, a variegated brown/gray to gold/orange. The lighest one is O 538, a variegated light gray to light gold. There is a cross-over color, but I'm not even sure which one, just that they blended in a few spots.