Just look what you can do with a skein of black floss, a free download, a hunk of cheap cross stitch fabric, and six evenings of stitching time...
Pattern: Quoth the Raven, Kincavel Krosses (free on their website)
DMC 310 on 18 count aida
One of the online groups I'm in is doing an Edgar Allen Poe stitch along. I kind of wanted to play, but wasn't excited enough about any of the suitable patterns I already have in my magazine collection to commit myself to that much stitching.
Then someone posted the pattern for Quoth the Raven and my mind was made up. Look at that border! Look at all of the details and little crosses! (Don't look at the mistakes I left in because picking out black floss at midnight is really, really hard.)