For now, this is as finished as it gets. There is supposed to be a single stitch border inside the other border - but the very light green doesn't really show in the pattern, so stitching the border seemed silly, and that it should be a different color, or black again. I didn't want to run short of floss, so it had to be done last, but I can't decide which color. Text is going to take some homework for dates and planning to fit into the space. As for the project overall - I think the color choices are odd, but it stitched it with the suggested Gentle Arts Sampler threads. It feels balanced - it just feels like it could have been prettier. Like making a dress, and knowing with a different fabric it could have been more striking.
No clue if there will be a new start or picking up something already started. I am trying to switch from winter mood, to moving my butt mood.