Mind if a newbie jumps in?
This could probably go in the Nintendo Stitch-a-long topic, but this piece is massive (to me). I've been working on this particular cross stitch since about this time last year. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and classic NES was one thing my boyfriend and I bonded over when we first met three years ago. Then real life got in the way, and I put it down. First came the six day a week job, which didn't give me any free time. That job led to a second six day a week job. And unfortunately, in the second week of that second job, I got hit by a car (I was a pedestrian), and broke my arm bad enough to need surgery and have a metal plate and screws put in.
Needless to say, it cut back on my crafting pretty seriously. I had pretty well stopped cross stitching before that and had taught myself crochet and knitting while I was working. Since my broken arm was my dominant arm, anything with a lot of movement was out of the question. After two months of rehabing it, I still don't think I can handle much more than 20 crochet stitches (disappointing, since my WIP blanket is 260 stitches a row), but I did figure out how to minimize movement on my arm with cross stiching. Yay! Something to break the tedium of lots and lots and lots of television (and not much else).
My plan is to have this finished by the end of the year, framed, and hanging on our wall. It's my first cross stitch project ever, so I don't know if I'm being reasonable about the time (I have yet to finish the first page of the pattern, of which there are six). Finished size should be roughly 13x9. It's not amazing, because I'm using under ten colours of floss for the thing, but it's definitely big to me.