I'm happy to start small and get the hang of things.
That's really a good idea. You get some successes and it gives you confidence to take on the next thing and the next. I thought I'd never be able to do cross stitch because of all the counting but I tried it and I'm glad I did. There are some great designs out there.
This is a really cute one and you did a great job on it. If you're just starting you might look for some of the British cross stitch mags, "Cross Stitch Crazy", "Cross Stitcher", etc. They often have designs with no fractional or special stitiches. Very easy to do.