One week it seems like you've done nothing, the next some real progress on one project and another project finished entirely. Let's start with the cross stitch.
Page 3 is done! Not only that but you can finally see the start of a character - Beast! Only one page to go before I have to master French knots. Of course, the last page will not be started till the beginning of July, giving me a whopping six weeks to work on the Middle Earth stitch.
Now onto the next one. As I said last time, I had been working on something but it wasn't finished. Well, I finished it this morning. I started off with a white mini chest of drawers I got from Store Twenty One. They cost me £4.80. I started off by using transparent crackle texture paste and a stencil, as well as some white texture paste on the edges at the front. On one side I glued four metallic dragonflies, and on the back I glued on a cardboard piece from my stash, some beaded runners, and dotted some perfect pearls here and there. When all was dry I used black gesso to cover it all. When that was done I used some blue, green and gold mica powders, and dry brushed some gold paint. I was going for the look that it had been found submerged after a long time. The drawer fronts and doors I left black, aside from some white embossing powder patterns. I deliberately left these fuzzy to go with the underwater theme.
On the side with no dragonflies I added a clock and some cogs, and I added an ornate plate to the front. This was treated in the same way as the edges (white texture paste, black gesso, gold dry brushing) as well as using a literary journal bit and some glossy accents on the inside.
Finally, on the inside I used Madam Payraud paper as the bottom liner of the drawers, the inside door of the cupboard, and the back of the cupboard. On the back I used some white remnant rubs (a skeleton and an eye chart) and a quote charm and on the door I put a pharmacy sticker, a old style wedding picture (using a found relatives pic and a memory frame) and a pair of scissors.
I'm really pleased with this as I think it's almost got a story behind it. I went to a Titanic exhibit in Las Vegas years ago and it was the artefacts that drew me in, made me connect the tragedy with real people. I know this isn't the same thing, but knowing, or at least imagining, the story behind an item is important, especially as a writer.