It was really fun trying out this style of illustration. I tend to get really detail-focused and hyper-realistic when I draw with a pencil and paper, and in Illustrator I can be too much of a perfectionist nudging every little shape around 100 times. I tried to be a little bit looser and focus more on the "vibe" here, and I think I could push it even further next time.
The color palette tips were SO helpful, it can be so hard to choose a color palette!! I found this embroidery picture on Pinterest (below) by an artist named Jane Denton, and I decided to base my colors off of the colors of embroidery threads she used in her work.