I cannot fathom how you made her feet so awesome. It's more obvious in the version without the socks/nylons, but I like the version with them better. Also, you are VERY talented at painting clothes and fabric. Her dress looks fabulous, and I want one just like it.
Guh, that sounds draining! It's the worst when you spend that much time and energy on something that only turns out so-so in the end. (This usually happens to me, hah!) But thankfully in your case, the results are fabulous.
Your picture is lovely. I love the colors. I have one tiny critique though, it sort of looks like she's floating. It doesn't appear that there is any weight on the pillows or sheets (except where her feet are). Forgive me if that is the point. ^.^