Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring Altoid Tin

Hoping for a spring warm-up this week.  We got a taste of it yesterday, but pretty brisk again today.  I've been doing a bit of stitching in spring colors to give Mother Nature the hint.  This Altoid tin and stitchy items inside will be a little thank you gift for a friend.  She doesn't stitch, but appreciates all the smalls she sees me make.

The tin top design is from the current issue of JCS.  The magazine is featuring a series of hornbooks and this one is from Dames of the Needle.  I stitched it over-one on 32 count lugana.  The photos look like the fabric is white, but it's actually a more ivory color.






It's always harder to figure out what to put inside than it is to decorate the tin.  But here's my current plan for contents.  This could change if I get other ideas, but I'm tired of thinking about it so this will probably be it.


The egg pin cushion is by Aliolka. She showed it in multiple color schemes and she has a second version with a daisy I think.  Click here for the free pattern.  I just sewed up a backing following the outline of the stitching, stuffed it and added beads on the edge.   It is stitched over-two on 32 count lugana.


The keychain fob is a tiny granny square done in variegated crochet cotton.  I got the idea from this pattern for granny square earrings.  There are many variations on granny square earring patterns but this was the tiniest version and simple to attach to the keyring.  Tiny is important when working on Altoid tin contents.


The little bunny on the lid is a popular free crochet bunny pattern.  Works up in no time.   One could make dozens of these in a wink if there was any reason to.   Here's a link to the tute if you want to whip up a few of these for the coming season.


And once again, a toothy take-off on a famous painting in the guise of a dentist reminder card.  If you think I go to the dentist a lot, you are right.  Miserable mouth syndrome.

This one may be harder to recognize.  Think men in bowler hats floating in air,  Golconde by Magritte. Ignore my sneaker.  It was windy out on the balcony and I was trying to keep the card from blowing away.



33 comments:

Jackie said...

I always love seeing your tins and this one is no exception! You always find the perfect items to put inside. All the thought you put into it really shows!

Jan said...

I love the tin. Thanks for the link for the little egg. She has some adorable patterns.

Mary Ann said...

I love the tin(and the adorable pieces inside it).

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow that tin and what you've made inside is just gorgeous and so spring like!!!!

Angela P said...

Lovely Spring finishes!

Blu said...

Your tin finishes are amazing and this one is no exception!
That card is hilarious.

Jane Galley said...

Another beautiful tin, and very springlike. Love the pins around the egg, really finishes it off nicely

Nima said...

that's a lovely tin Anne...and the cutest key chain i have seen recently

Brigitte said...

And you finished another tin filled with tiny little treasures. The hornbook design is just perfect for the tin lid and it looks gorgeous. Just like the little pinpillow and scissor fob inside the tin. Very creative and great for spring.

Theresa said...

Wow!! What a beautiful tin!! Love all the little treasures in it, too~~

Mii Stitch said...

Wow! Your friend will love this!!! The tin is perfect & its content too :) Love the egg, I will have to have a look at this!

Vickie said...

Oh wow! No need to change anything I would say. Great job. I just adore that little bunny inside the lid! Too cute. Great job on the finishing of the egg too.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a lovely little tin and what a lucky friend too. Super cute!

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, this is so wonderful! Beautifully done, and I am in love with that little egg cushion! You are so creative!

Annette-California said...

Absolutely love your tin. Now I am going to stop what I was working on and I have to make that egg. I want to make a tin too. Thank you for your inspiration and for the link's. love Annette

Annette-California said...

Oops one question, what count fabric did you stitch your egg on please? And I assume it was also stitched over 1? Thank you.

Silverlotus said...

What a lovely tin! You did a great job.

And I love the card! It is very clever.

Carol said...

I always get excited when I see one of your new Altoid tin creations, Annie! This spring one is lovely and I know the lucky recipient will be so pleased. And your contents are great--I'm sure it's not easy coming up with teeny-tiny things. You did a great job on the egg--thanks for the link.

You have to have the most artistic dentist in the world--that card is a real treat. Glad your visit is over for a while :)

Sheryl S. said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog, just had to pop over and meet you. I love your embroidered tin and the lovely French girl and her cat - am going to look at the pattern.

Kissy said...

This seems to scream SPRING!! Very cute ribbons for the tin. I love the bunny egg!!

Melanie said...

It's a perfect collection of wee things! Great colors too. It really does scream SPRING.

Ranae said...

Gorgeous stitches
You are the Alton's tin queen

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Another great Altoid tin re-do! I absolutely love it and what a great way to use the hornbook pattern! The goodies you've filled it with (especially that cute egg pincushion) are really sweet. What a lucky friend!

Annette said...

what a beautifull tin.. the spring colors and ribbons are awesome!!!
the gg I have never seen it.. lovely spring easter colors.
I can imagine see was very happy with it

Anne said...

Oooh I love tiny things Annie!! That altoid tin is full of surprises!! Very sweet little crocheted bunny and granny square. The bunny egg is adorable too!!

Jeanne said...

Very cute Annie, I love tins and little fun things. Your friend will be a lucky recipient. That little crocheted bunny is just too cute!

Rachel S-H said...

So cute!

♥ Nia said...

Love the colors on your tin box :)

KimM said...

Love your stitching! I just became a follower and look forward to your future posts.
KimM
WisdomwithNeedleandThread.blogspot.com

averyclaire.org said...

Love what you do with Altoid Tins. Lovely gift for your friend. Thanks for the link for the little pin cushion! Thanks too for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. Happy spring!

Gina E. said...

I also love what you do with those tins! Wish we had them in Australia:-) And the contents are just adorable as usual..

Margaret said...

Love your Easter tin. You did an amazing job. All the contents are so sweet.

Sandra said...

You make the prettiest altoids. Everything in it is perfect, the embroidery, the finishing and the tiny contents. Simply adorable!!!

Your friend will love. I have a cousin who also appreciates stitching but she doesn't do it. I like to give her stitched presents because she cares about them so much, she even keeps the first I gave her, and framed it!!! lol

Thanks for sharing the links to the freebies.