Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mermaid Altoid Tin, Bridal Shower Card & Garden Square

Not sure if I've become slightly addicted to covering Altoid tins with cross stitch.  But I've just done yet another one.  This will be a little summer gift for a friend.  The design is the Snowflower Diaries Little Mermaid, done in DMC on 36 count HDF light blue linen.  I made a few mods to get it to fit in the space, but it seemed bare in spots so I added the sequins.  They are just glued on so I don't know how well they will hold up. But no big deal.

The crocheted goldfish on the inside lid is one I did a few years ago in variegated blues.   It is one of the motifs from Chinami Horiba.  Many of her patterns are now on Ravelry.  This time, the gold variegated thread I found at my local variety store seemed just perfect.  I think I didn't dry the tin well when I first rinsed it out and there were some rust spots on the inside.  That's why I added the inside sequins and covered the sides completely.

Looks cuter in real life as always.  Now I have to come up with interesting summer-themed contents.  Lip balm is always good, but I'm hoping I can think of something else.  Any ideas out there?











 I attended a bridal shower yesterday for one of my cousins who is getting married this summer.  The shower was at the townhouse of a friend of the bride's mother.  It was an elegant four story townhouse with an elevator!  Good thing because the stairs between floors were super-steep and waxed hardwood.    It was a beautiful Spring Day and a lovely afternoon.  I stitched up the JBW Umbrella for the gift card using DMC color variations on Lugana.  It went pretty much un-noticed among all the loot she got.  The highlight was a book, "Danny's Favorites",  created by the groom's mother.  It included all the recipes his mother makes for him that he loves, with photos of Danny accompanying each recipe, often eating the result.  What a treasure.  I think she used a recipe book template on Shutterfly.


Finally, when I saw the freebie Earth Day sampler, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers",  from Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery, I fell in love with it.  Part of my new prim appreciation I guess.  World Of Charity Stitching is doing a quilt with the theme, "In a Garden", and I knew this would a perfect addition.  Stitched on Lugana, it was just the right size.   I don't think I've ever complete a design so quickly!



22 comments:

Cindy's Stitching said...

All of the are so pretty. I love the tin.

KimM said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! How sweet and quaint these all are! Love the mermaid! What a great idea for the finish!!! Hugs
xxx

Margaret said...

What a great bunch of finishes! The Altoid tin is fantastic as always. So so cute! Do they make tiny little tubes of sun block?? If they do, that could go in too. Love the Heartstring finish -- that really was fast! The bridal shower sounds lovely, and I love what you made for it!

Jackie said...

Love your finishes! Especially the mermaid! Maybe a bookmark and some gum? hair clip?

Blu said...

So many great finishes!

Jane Galley said...

I always love your tins, and that cross stitch is lovely. Love those colours

Annette-California said...

Oh Annie! You made a beautiful tin - love the mermaid and how you decorated it. Super darling! I do have suggestions: how about a starfish charm on a piece of blue lace. The starfish is also known as a suck up. It tells the person "Oh your so pretty", this is from the movie with a mermaid and Emma Roberts starred in it! And how about some jewels - placed loosely in the tin. LOVE your precious sampler - Gorgeous.
Well done! love Annette

blue star stitcher said...

That mermaid is adorable, and what a fun surprise the goldfish inside.

Christine said...

Beautiful stitching, and the tin is just gorgeous

Vickie said...

Great jobs! Love your HS finish.

♥ Nia said...

Your mermaid looks so pretty :) great work on your tin!

Anne said...

Yay another altoid tin! It's darling Annie! One of these days I'm going to try making one!! The umbrella card is beautiful. Love that blue thread!! The Earth Day freebie is so sweet too. I've got that one and am going to stitch it too since it's so sweet!

Carol said...

I always get excited when I see a new Altoid tin finish from you, Annie--they are so perfect (and I know since I have my very own :) The little mermaid is very cute and I'm sure the glued on sequins will hold up just fine. I'm sure you'll come up with some other goodies to add to it...

Your shower sounds like fun and I love the idea of making a book of the groom-to-be's favorite recipes. Will have to remember that one IF I ever, ever see one of my guys married :) The little shower card is so pretty--I just love those JBW designs.

And, wow--that freebie turned out great, Annie--I'll definitely be stitching this one, too. Those colors are great!

Sounds like more prim stitching will be in your future :)

Brigitte said...

Oh Annie, this new little tin is so so beautiful. The design you chose is just perfect and all the finishing details are, too. Love the crocheted fish that goes with it. Congratulations on this lovely little finish.

I love the shower card you made. And wow, the little freebie you found and stitched is so pretty. Thanks for giving the link, it's a must stitch for me.

Mii Stitch said...

Oh wow!!! The tin is just so precious!!! I love it & the crochet work on the inside is so sweet. Your friend is going to love it :)

Rachel S-H said...

A gift card to Rita's would go great in the tin!

I love your card.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I love the Little Mermaid tin, you have really made it perfect for the size of tin.

I expect the card will be noticed when the bride-to-be is sorting out all her lovely gifts after the shower. I kept so many cards and decorations etc when I got married.

I love the groom's mother's gift too - she's saying "you'd better feed my son as well as his mother did" LOL

Karen said...

That tin is so cute, Annie, I love the little crab in the corner. The umbrella card is so elegant and the small sampler is beautiful, too!

The Snowflower Diaries said...

Thank you very much for stitching my design! it looks absolutely wonderful!:-) Thank you! Hugs++++
Maja

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! Great job on that tin!

Annette said...

Slightly addicted???? The mermaid and the fisher look so great.
Beautifull work as always
That Sounds so great the bridge shower
Beautifull cards you made.
Have a great weekend!!

Tammy said...

OMG. That mermaid finish is the cutest thing ever. I admit I quickly scrolled by everything else and came back to the mermaid again, lol. WOW-great finish and stitching on everything!