Thanks everyone for the supportive comments yesterday!!
I'm still plugging away. Popped out for some supplies (alone!! without kid tagalongs! Uninterrupted!! amazing) and had another go at things.
I'm still making the same fusible mistakes. So another batch of dyed fabric is in the dryer as I attempt ...again... to create a substitute. Third time's a charm??
And here's my little gecko I'm very fond of...I captured the shiny fabric this time!!