Like embroidery, cross stitch has been enjoying a "comeback" for a while now. Especially great for those in-between ages on in-between days when the t.v. needs to stay off, cross stitch is fun, straightforward, and can be as openly creative or pattern directed as you want:

1. Cross Stitching Comeback (via Shelter Pop)
2. You Heart Us (via Etsy; photos 1-2 above)
3. Free Stitched Fonts (via How About Orange)
4. Modern Cross-Stitch Projects (via Martha Stewart)
5. Expression Essentials (patterns via Etsy; photos 3-5)