Finished my cross stitch! And I hardly strayed from my sketched out pattern. The only real change is that I didn't do the border I had originally intended to do. I finished up the lettering and then just got a little gun shy when it came to the border. I figure I can always add it later if I think it's needed. For now, my plan is to find a small frame with some nice matting to act as the border.
In case anyone is interested in replicating my work, I made it into a clearer pattern. Feel free to replicate at will! I'd appreciate a nod to my original if you make your own.
I don't usually mark specific colors or patterns in any of my designs, preferring instead to just "wing it" as I go. Sometimes I play around with colors beforehand, but mostly I just wing it as I go. For funsies, I colored this one in the way that I stitched it.