I am really happy with the results here, especially since it's the first time I've done any crochet without a pattern! And maybe it wasn't instant gratification, but it was done in one day!
I did a little eyelet detail by skipping stitches and doing double crochets, and made a drawstring out of 112 chains. I was kind of nervous about that because I knew I was going to do one row on those 112 stitches and I usually hate the first row of sc, but this time I worked through the "butt" or bottom loop instead of through the "v" on top, and it was way way easier. I think I'll do all my first rows that way from now on.
There's room for more.