Monday, January 5, 2009

The Altoid TIn



As some of you might recall I was given a million (ok, not a million, but a bunch) of Altoid tins from my boss. I had never done an Altoid tin so this was a wonderful opportunity for me to do one.
I did this one for my boss, who was a Navy Pilot during the Vietnam war. I did another one for one of my other directors who is ex-Military also. They make nice business card holders for their desks.
In my Yahoo group, Cross Stitch Addiction, this is the January FAL challenge. I actually stitched and finished them the very end of December for a late Christmas gift for both. They turned out nice, but I definitely need to work on this finishing technique.
I used a heavy weight card stock to wrap the stitching around. I think I needed to use something with a little more weight to it. And getting the trim just right around it was a little challenge.
But all in all I am pleased and both men were thrilled with their gifts!

20 comments:

Terri said...

Absolutely wonderful. I can see why they would love it.

EvalinaMaria said...

Sure they are lovely! And the finishing looks good to me on pictures.

I love your family photo. Thank you for sharing.

sales said...

Very well done.
Heidi-ILCS

Meari said...

Looks good!

kaghos said...

super job

Rene la Frog said...

Aren't they fun to do. You did a excellent job.

Wanda said...

Very nice, Donna. You did a great job on the finishing. If I were your boss, I would be honored to have such a personal gift. You are very thoughtful.

Dineen said...

They are lovely! I have always wanted to make one and have a pattern but never have. Maybe 2009will be the year.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

That looks wonderful. I have yet to try to make one.

Nancy said...

You did a great job for your first. I made my first one this year too. I used this site. http://www.justathought.net/prod/finishing_techniques.shtml I like the way she covered the whole lid with material. And it was pretty easy to do too! This is my finished tin: http://ndmurdock.multiply.com/photos/album/20/RAK_given#19. Keep on trying new things!

Ashrei said...

Excellent work! I think these would be great gifts at where I work, to put little notions in. You are such an inspiration!

Carolyn NC said...

These look great - I'm sure they were thrilled with them. WTG.

Cindy F. said...

Congrats!! You did a beautiful job:)

Shari said...

very nice Donna!!! This is a technique that I haven't tried yet!!! Great job!

Kathy said...

They look great! Fabulous finishing Donna.
This is one finish I want to try this year.

omashee aka Barb said...

Donna, love your blog & the layout is so you! Wonderful photo! Your grands are adorable! So glad you got some quality time with them. The tins look great, I'm ready to try one.

Sharon said...

What a lovely tin!

staci said...

Terrific tin finish! And what a great idea to use to hold business cards :)

Donna said...

What an interesting concept. Haven't come across it before. Very neat!

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