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A stitchy update

Just thought I'd do a quick one today, showcasing my latest cross stitch update. I've been doing a little bit of stitching every day this week, and here is the result


I usually work one colour at a time, as those of you who follow my blog will know. For this page I had to find the right colour to start with, so that I could plot out the points easily. From there it makes it a lot easier to work on subsequent colours. I think I'm the only person that does it like this!

I've also been working on birthday presents again, finishing this one. It started off as an altoid tin.


I started off by finding objects, some chipboard and resin, and a metal anchor. I glued them onto the lid and then painted it blue, left it to dry and sealed with acrylic spray.


I then dry brushed different metallic distress paints onto the tin, and sealed it again.


Here is a look at the back of the tin. I purposely left it a bit bluer.


Here is the inside of the tin. I coated it with glue to seal it but left that as the decoration as I want it to be a usable tin. 


Here is the inside of the lid. I found a nice quote about sisters, stamped it using alphabet stamps and inked each word. 


You can just see a plastic case, put there to protect the three dimensional elements on the lid.


These are the three dimensional elements I was talking about; flowers and a butterfly (or two) that I fussy cut.

As I said, short update today. I have spent £15.06 this morning, getting food for work and cat food. It was a bit more expensive than usual as I had to go to the Co-op not Asda. (£4.19 for six tins of cat food vs less than £3 which I usually spend)

Happy crafting peeps!
Ems

PS - for those of you who don't already know, I am trying to get my debut novel published through Britains Next Bestseller. It's called Lonely as a cloud, and can be found via this link 
https://britainsnextbestseller.co.uk/index.php/book/index/LonelyasaCloud

Please, if you get a chance, take a look. 



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