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I managed to finish the mixed media project today. It started off as a box that held dominoes. I got it from Poundland, obviously for the dominoes not for the box, but thought I'd do something with it anyway. I started off by painting it black, then adding some G45 papers that I'd distress inked. I used a stencil to add a little more dimension to the stains, before covering in multi matte medium.

After doing this I was at a bit of a loss, for some reason. I ended up going for a more masculine approach, rather than covering it in butterflies and flowers. I was tempted to do burlap flowers but the burlap kind of fell apart after I'd cut it.

There are some beads on the top (including a couple of hidden Mickeys). The main finding in the middle actually started off a pastel blue with white bells. I painted it with black gesso, then added some tarnished brass distress paint to emphasise the decorations, as well as some green lustre spray. 

Here you can see the lustre spray and the tarnished brass effect a little better.

And in the bottom left corner, a hidden Mickey!

I decided to add a quote on one side, from my favourite book series. 

You can see the effect of the stencil here. The bird was also a different colour, but changed in the same way as the finding on the top. The plaque and crown are both grungeboard. The plaque was painted black, then a little tarnished brass was added. The crown was painted gold, then black, wiping off the excess. The point of the crown is a later line "the crownless again shall be king"

I kept the inside simple, just putting the reverse of the paper onto the bottom.

Spending wise I went to Wetherspoons the other day with mum, getting a gourmet burger and hot dog for £11.98. Then I got food for the week at a cost of £7.80 It's payday next Friday, so I'm hoping I won't need to spend any money before then.

Finally, onto the tasks

1. Starry night stitch (DONE)
2. Project book (DONE)
3. Book plans (no progress - perhaps I'm not good at planning outlines?)
4. Read and review 100 books (84/100)
5. Make 14 christmas presents (DONE)
6. Make 11 birthday presents (DONE)
7. Make calendar, box and tags (DONE)
8. Hit minimum savings target (48%)
9. Kili stitch (DONE)
10. Write 50,000 words (32668/50,000)

Happy crafting


  1. What a truly lovely make! WTG Ems.

    (Well done on the tasks too. I think I might end up adopting this idea of 'tasks to complete' - it might just spur me on and get my fingers busy!)

    Hope everything is your world is fine and groovy!
    Sending love ~ Cobs. x

    1. I find the tasks keep me focussed, evidenced by the fact I have now finished birthday presents for next year! lol

      I find the best method is to break things down into little bits. The books are easy obviously but things like the writing I broke down to 500 words a day to make it more manageable. I've now got five stitches in my stash (not to mention a t shirt for me) so that's set me up cross stitch wise, and a list of things I want to make.

      Hope you're ok Cobs


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