Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tin of Postive Vibes

A FB friend of mine recently posted a link to a "Knapsack of Hope".  It showed a little gift bag filled with items that represented a positive way of looking at life. After some additional Googling, I discovered a number of variations on this theme and thought it was a cute idea.

I had started stitching a design for an Altoid tin top about that time to give as a little gift for a friend who is having health problems and will be going in for surgery in a week.  This "Knapsack of Hope" idea seemed perfect for tin contents.  I renamed it to be a "Tin of Positive Vibes" and modified the items for the box and their meanings somewhat.  I'm not sure I have all the contents exactly as they will be when I send out the gift, but I'm pretty close now.

The design for the top is by Homespun Elegance, an oldie but goodie called "Delivering Posies".  I had those two cute buttons left over from some project and they made the perfect wheels for the cart.  Then I added the teeny heart at the top left.  It's over-one on 28 count light blue Monaco, all DMC.





 
The crocheted heart in the lid comes from this free pattern.  The crocheted star is done with metallic thread... just as hard to crochet with as it is to x-stitch with!   This is another free pattern that you can get here.



Here's a list of the contents so far.  I have a little flashlight, but I hadn't put it in the box when I took the photo.  I'm sure I'll add lip gloss, because it's such a feel good item.

Tin of Positive Vibes

•    A sparkly star to remind you that you are one
•    A flashlight to help you shine
•    A quarter so you will never be broke
•    A paper clip to help you hold it all together
•    An elastic to help you stretch to your limits
•    An eraser to fix all your little mistakes
•    A band-aid for little hurts
•    *An ice cream cone because ice cream has medicinal properties
•    *A harmonica so you will have music wherever you go
•    *A telephone so you know that help is only a call away
•    A heart so you know you are loved

* Starred items are vintage charms from my childhood collection.

25 comments:

Margaret said...

Fantastic! A wonderful gift for your friend. I hope all the positive hopes do their work for her.

Jane Galley said...

I love it, and it's sure to raise a smile. Love the use of buttons too

Mii Stitch said...

What a sweet idea :)
You've made yet again a fantabulous tin!! Love the design you've chosen for the top... Simply perfect :)

Nancy said...

Such a nice idea, and your stitching and finishing is beautiful! This will surely make your friend feel better!

Sheryl S. said...

What a wonderful idea, the design is lovely and the finishing too. This would make anyone feel better.

Kirsten said...

Such a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

KimM said...

What a wonderful idea! I love, love it. Well done - I may need to use this for a friend of mine, too. Thank you for sharing.
xxx

Vickie said...

I am awed at your efforts in this Annie. I know your friend will be also. :)

Jackie said...

You always amaze me with your creativity and this is no exception to that! Love this idea and love what you've put in the tin. Especially your own personal vintage charms.

Anne said...

Love it Annie! Such unique inspiring ideas! I bet all your positive energy will be very helpful! :)

Preeti said...

Cute box !! That's a lovely idea:)

Holly said...

You are a wonderful friend! This special someone will feel very loved to get such a precious item because this is a very thoughtful gift, not just something you purchased, but something you put much thought and love into.

On another note, as soon as I get my finishing supplies back from my sister, I am making an Altoid tin!! You have tempted me long enough! :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a lovely idea! blessings, marlene

Heather said...

I love this idea! I may have to borrow it. I'd love to do a little tin to tuck into my son's school bag so he has a reminder that we are there for him, even if we aren't with him.

Carol said...

Annie, I just love this idea!!! The little stitching is so cute done over one. I did it on a larger scale, but much prefer your tiny version. The little things you included will certainly cheer your friend both before and after her surgery. I hope all goes well for her next week...

Karen said...

So thoughtful and beautiful, Annie! You always do such a beautiful job making these little tins. Your friend is lucky to have you!

Lumiruusu said...

What cute stitching I have never seen that chart before but I am nt that advanced stitcher that there is all time so much new for me in stitching-blogging world !

Brigitte said...

A tin of positive vibes, what a wonderful and heart-warming thing to give to a good friend or family member to lift their spirits or to just send them good thoughts. I have to keep this in mind. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea.

averyclaire.org said...

What can I say.....this is WONDERFUL.

Annette said...

Ow My the total piece is so awesome, the love yor gave it, the idea's, really great.
Your tin's are always beautifull, but this one is special

Melanie said...

Superrrrrrrrr cute!!! I love it. :)

Ranae Ehmen said...

Your runs are always the best, love them and very nice for a friend who isn't feeling well, bless your heart

Sandra said...

Your tins are the most beautiful creations. Love them. I'm sure it'll brighten up your friend's day. This one is lovely and thoughtful ;)

Mini said...

Hi Annie, I just found your blog. You do beautiful work.
Would be able to point to a tutorial for finishing the altoid tin?

Annie said...

For Mini -- you didn't leave an e-mail so I could not reply to you directly. In my sidebar under tutorials there is a link to "Vonna's Altoid Tin Finishing". I finish mine pretty much in the same ways as that tutorial.