Have you seen how cute the penpals patterns are from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery? These are beginner friendly, and a big part of that appeal is they are small enough that you can finish fairly quickly.
I had been working on Penpals 202, which I believe was originally a Valentine's release. I bought this as a kit, with the polka dot linen and delightful cosmo threads, from The Cottage Needle on Etsy (I highly recommend them for your stitch goodies). While I was working on this, I received the good news that a dearly loved couple were expecting a baby girl. As the months went by I saw that they were decorating the nursery with pink and hearts. That triggered an idea - this cross stitch pattern would make a cute birth announcement.
Once I worked the penpals design, I needed to add the personalization. A quick Google search later I came across Stitchpoint - a site that lets you pick a font and type in the letters and characters that you want to stitch. I opted for the Monaco font - I wanted the lettering to be delicate and not overpower the penpals design. For the name I used the darkest of pinks from the design. For the birth details I used the medium pink. My thought here is that the name would stand out a little bit from the rest of the details.
For the finishing I found a frame at TJ Maxx that would work with the furniture in the nursery, and also complement the cross stitch design. I cut some card and batting that would fit the frame (I like how the batting adds some 'poof' to the finished design, centered the design over the top and then laced up the back. (There are a number of online tutorials showing how to do lacing... this was my first time finishing/framing a project myself, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out).
Have you tried something new this week?
Wishing you a great week ahead.