I intend to finish the piece as a little decorative pin pillow. I'll just have to stop at the pet store and buy a small bag of lizard litter, aka ground walnut shells. That's my favorite pin cushion filler and much less expensive than emery. I save my emery for those strawberry shaped needle minders that actually see serious service on my stitching table.
I neglected to mention yesterday that the companion piece, the Compass Rose Dragon, will be finished as a miniature bell pull. It is just the right shape for such a finish. And I do have some small brass bell pull hardware in stash that I believe will suit it perfectly. And, yes, I will be frogging the horns out and moving them to the right a stitch or two. Apparently it's not just me who finds the placement of the horns oddly out of perspective. Several readers commented that they looked "wonky".