The cross stitch dragon: I can go years without stitching anything, and then again I have phases where I stitch prolifically. Denmark seems to set off the prolific phases. When I'm truly into a project, I can easily spend hours and hours on it every day for weeks at a time. This one is from a Teresa Wentzler pattern, and I actually stitched it twice. Not one after the other, but at the same time, switching after each small section or sub-section. One late evening, after a day of stitching, and perhaps a glass of wine too many, it suddenly hit me that one dragon was named Fred, and the other one Clive. I of course quickly stitched their names on them, so that I wouldn't get them confused. The one in these photos is Clive. Fred was a birthday present for my brother, by which I mean that I showed him what it would look like on one birthday, started stitching soon thereafter, had it done a few months after that, and then framed it and gave the finished product to him for the following birthday.
The wooden dragon: we saw lots of 'do it yourself' wooden model kits when we were in China, but didn't buy any. I suppose we just didn't think we'd put them together, or if we did, then what would we do with them? Then, we saw them again in Prague, and bought loads for all the children in Thor's family, and one for Thor. Putting it together was a mess, until I realized that the instructions were in many cases wrong, and then it became fairly easy. The painting was a bit of a bore, so I let Thor do it, just disassembling dragon sections for him to do, and then reassembling them after they were dry. Now, we're both mad to get more, but haven't found them anywhere near us. So, it's high on our shopping list for whenever we find them.