after the initials I moved onto a sampler:
I got the design from this book, which I picked up thrifting:
title: the sampler motif book with traditional cross-stitch designs & alphabets
author: Brenda Keyes
publisher: The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
that went well, so I threw myself into another project which is in progress and will be for some time since there are many, many little x’s involved.
p.s. if you’re interested in the book amazon has used ones available.