A few years ago, I made a cross-stitch of my husband's family. This year, with the addition of our little guy, I decided to make one for our home.
Using Martha Stewart's templates as a jumping off point, I created my own pattern in Excel simply by setting equal width/height for the cells and filling the cells with the appropriate background color. Then I added text using a pattern I created with the cross-stitch writing tool from stitchpoint.com. I chose the Dublin font for this project.
Here is my finished pattern (the grey lines are there to mark the center and won't be in the finished product):
So tomorrow I'll be taking inventory of my random stash of sewing supplies and will probably make a visit to the craft store to get my fabric and whatever floss I need.