Let's go on a cross-stitch adventure!

Right around the holidays, a few people I know started talking about the 2016 year-long mystery cross-stitch sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They've done a few mystery samplers in the past, but I've never really been interested in the theme until this year, with a theme of "Let's go on an adventure". Each month I'll receive a new clue featuring a destination from somewhere around the world, and I'm excited to see what places are highlighted!

Full image of the Let's Go On An Adventure cross-stitch piece.
I really need to iron my fabric.

I received the first clue on January 15th, and I'll receive the remaining 11 clues on the first of each month. January's clue is a bit more substantial, as it includes the lettering and the borders as well as the first destination.

Close up of lettering on the cross-stitch piece.
Lettering is fun!

As you can see, I'm still on the lettering and borders in the center of the sampler. I'm hoping to finish them up soon so I can start on the first destination! I definitely won't finish the first clue before the second clue comes out on Monday, but I'll have plenty of time on the train next week to work on my cross-stitch. I'm looking forward to it.

Color variations in the cross-stitch lettering.
I love the slight color variation in the floss I'm using for the lettering.

I'm so happy to be cross-stitching again! And don't worry, Harry Potter cross-stitch, I haven't forgotten about you...