Friday, January 25, 2013

Me and Mr. Jones plus an Angel Bookmark

The fabulous interwebs have once again presented me with an experience I could never have imagined in earlier times.  A delightful guy, Mr. Jones, contacted me via e-mail recently after seeing some of the Altoid tins with cross-stitched tops that I have shown on my blog.   Mr Jones is a guitar player. It seems that guitar players often use Altoid tins to store their guitar picks and other small items.  Mr. Jones asked if he could pay me to make one for him.  He wanted to install it on his pedal board.  I had no idea what a pedal board was, and for those of you in the dark like me, it is the board on which a guitar player mounts the pedals that control various audio effects.  Hope I said that right.

Of course I saw a fabulous stitcher-tunity!  I told him I would be happy to do this at no charge, just asked him to PIF.  He had an idea in his head for what he wanted that included his name and date on the top.  He knew the color scheme he was looking for and he sent a photo of some kind of logo in the 'vintage' style he had in mind.  I had no idea how to really do what he wanted, but I just started making designs for him to choose from.  We settled on an Art Deco alphabet and an interlocking knot border.  Came out looking kind of like a movie marquee from the old days to me. 

Mr Jones also asked if I could add a pink ribbon as a tribute to a breast cancer survivor who is close to him.  We decided to put that on the inside of the box. 

The stitching is on 28 count dove gray Monaco, 1 over 1 with DMC floss.

The box is completed and Mr. Jones has received it.  He seems pretty happy with the result.  It was a pleasure doing 'business' with him.

The sticker looks multi-colored, but that just a reflection.  It's black and silver in person. 

The ribbon is stitched 1 over 1 on 32 count jobelan.

And now for the real fun photo!   This is Mr. Jones' pedal board, complete with the mounted tin.  He used velcro for mounting, a pretty cool idea!

Just got word that another little gift was received from me by  Annette.  I started experimenting with different ways to make fabric bookmarks and this little country angel just made me think of Annette immediately.  She always makes such cute things for her kids.  The little stitchery is based on a digi stamp by Robyn's Fetish.  It's just kind of a funky, country thing.  I've seen similar things on the web and just wanted to try this out.  It's much faster than doing a cross-stitch bookmark and opens up all kinds of possibilities to me.  I'm always looking for ways to use stitchery designs too.


Anonymous said...

Hello Annie

I love both the Altoid tin and the bookmark, congrats on your lovely finishes!
Happy weekend.

Annette said...

What a wonderfull experience that most have been.
FRom teh beginning I always loved hou you finish off those little tins.
This one is very special, LOve the pic also he send to that it's on teh board.
I know it, my little brother also plays gitar.
YOu done a wonderfull job with it!!

I really love my cut country angel.
YOu finished it off so wonderfull
I'm blessed with recieving such a wonderfull gift from you!!

Vickie said...

Hooray! Good for you! I am clapping over here for you. =)

Anne said...

Fabulous altoid tin finish Annie! I'm sure Mr. Jones loves it! Pretty bookmark too!

Jan said...

That is just too cool. Rock & Roll!

The tin is fabulous. Great job.

Margaret said...

How cool is that! I'm going to send a link to this post to my DS -- he's a bass player. And yes, Altoid tins are perfect for guitar picks!

Carol said...

Oh, your tin turned out beautifully, Annie--very handsome and masculine looking. I'll bet he is the only person in the world with a cross-stitched guitar pick holder :) I might just have to consider making one for my bass guitar playing middle son... I wonder how he stores his picks?

That bookmark is perfect for Annette--she is so bright and cheery--just like the bookmark :)

Hope you are staying warm!!

Liz said...

Very cool! I'd never seen a pedal board before, so that's one thing I learned today.

geeky Heather said...

LOVE the pedal board tin!! It's too cool. I love all the thought you put into it, and I'm sure Mr. Jones really appreciates it. And the angel is very cute!

Anne said...

Love your new word - stitcher-tunity!! Your altoid tin is just so suited to the purpose and so manly and definitely art deco! Great work Annie! Love your little bookmark too, such a nice gift!! :)

Jane Galley said...

That altoid tin is fabulous, and looks perfect in it's new home, love the style of it.
That looks like a good way to make bookmarks too

Mii Stitch said...

Great tin! Glad Mr Jones really like it :) That bookmark is adorable! Well done!

Ranae said...

Very interesting project,
It turned out fantastic
Love the adorable bookmark

CATHI said...

The tin turned out wonderful! Very beautiful!


Siobhรกn said...

Annie, what a fun Altoid tin! That is really neat--the connection, the PIF, the breast cancer ribbon, everything. Love the bookmark, too! It's fun how much the world is connected through needle and thread.

Karen said...

How nice of you to make the beautiful tin for Mr. Jones, I'm sure he was delighted! I love the bookmark, too!

Melanie said...

What a super cool project! Would it be going too far to say you rocked it? lol (You did though.)

Jackie said...

It must have been a delightful experience helping Mr. Jones! Love the guitar pic tin. Curious how he found your blog though!

♥ Nia said...

oh that bookmark is adorable! =) lovely! well done sweetie!

Dani - tkdchick said...

That's a neat opportunity and so cool that someone contacted you out of the blue like that!!!

Michelle said...

That is so awesome! The Altoid tin looks great and the pink ribbon on the inside of the lid is perfect! I'm sure Mr Jones is thrilled!

Nima said...

wow..that must have been a great experience Annie..lovely tin as always and cute bookmark too

Sandra said...

Annie what a wonderful commission!!! If my little brother gets to read this, he will say is so cool to have a friend who does cross stitch for rock stars :o)

The bookmark is so cute! You are the master of pretty bookmarks for sure.

Hetti said...

That is a amazing story Annie and the Altoid tin looks great between the other items!
Love your bookmark it's like Annette's daughter Kira :-))
Hugs Hetti