Repurposed Altoid Tins

These little patterns are in the 2020 Special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched them on Ecru perforated paper and mounted them on my used Altoid tins, after I painted them black.

Specific finishing instructions are available on the Just Cross Stitch or Frony Ritter Designs Facebook pages. Due to this being my first Facebook live, be prepared for a few bloopers.

If you are wondering what to put in them, some ideas are—candy, more Altoids, a thumb drive, a love note, jewelry or money.

Repurposed Easter Eggs

Plastic eggs got a serious makeover when I used old paper and Modge Podge to cover them. Then I used scraps of cross stitch fabric, since I don’t throw any fabric away, and stitched simple patterns on them. After that I added embellishments. My goal was to make something that my adult sons might actually display in their homes. The patterns are available under free patterns at FronyRitterDesigns.com.

Cross Stitched Easter Egg

Here is the sixth Easter Egg in the Spring Series from Frony Ritter Designs. Spring is my favorite season as the world awakens and comes to life. I love seeing the new life, from budding leaves to baby animals. Eggs, the symbol of new life, are one of my favorite things to design. I stitched this one three different ways. One is on 28 count pink Jobelan. The next is on perforated paper and the third is on Mixed Berry 28 count Jobelan. I used Mill Hill beads but French knots can be substituted for beads.

Gently Drifting Snow Cross Stitch

I was thinking of how snow fell so silently and nonchalantly when as a child I lived in snow country. Snow lazily made it’s way to the ground, unlike the rain that announces its arrival so loudly. I wanted to design something that gave this feeling, and add a slight Celtic flavor at the same time. I stitched it two ways. One is on perforated paper and uses mill hill beads, and the other is on Aida and is all cross stitch. You can find this pattern in the February 2020 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

A game with Repurposed Fabric

Here’s what I do with my leftover fabric and floss. This is for a game I made up because I am in charge of shenanigans and games for our local annual Rotary wine tasting trip. I call this game, “the best pairing.”

After stitching the words, I backed them with fabric. I then laminated them because I know my friends are spillers and I didn’t want them to get stained. Then I punched a tiny hole and put beads, tiny rotary wheels and other stuff I had in my room o’ stuff. Each pair of words matches exactly its pairing partner other than the word so they are a set, but each word can also describe its owner by itself.

As each person gets off the bus, they grab a charm out of the bag. They find their partner and take photos with their pairing partner and send them to the judges. Prizes will be given for most original, silliest and most beautiful photos.

Here are some of the word pairs: love it/lick it, suck it up/buttercup, king/queen, lucky/dog, wild/free, spooky/batty, hot/spicy, huggy/kissy, pro/con, grumpy/dopey, lol/wtf?/ human/kind, peppery/salty, fun/frolicky, witchy/scary, silly/serious, bad/ass, super/cute, devil/angel, crazy/sane, drunk/sober, biter/licker, Bonnie/Clyde, feisty/tame.

(Ok. I am in charge of the games every year, but I provide the shenanigans as a bonus.)

Halloween Cards

These designs were originally patterns from the Halloween Wine Charms kit. I used a die cut from Paper Smooches and used acid free card stock to make perforated paper. I used six stands for both the stitching and the outline.

I went out to the Wild West, otherwise known as my art room and found things laying around and made them into cards.

Stitched Halloween Tags

This is the latest in my ongoing love affair with stitching on paper. The patterns for these are in the 2019 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. The handmade buttons are from Just Another Button Company. I cut out my own perforated paper using a die cut from MFT Stamps. And they would also look cute stitched on 14 count perforated paper and mounted on a tiny chalkboard.

Cross Stitched Card

Paper Smooches has die cuts that allow you to cut your own perforated paper. I have a friend who makes me laugh and has put me in stitches—twice and I have the Frankenstein scars and two new hips to prove it. I put this pattern on my website Fronyritterdesigns.com under free patterns.

Using Die Cuts

My sister gave me this die cut from MFT stamps so I could cut my own perforated paper in the shape of a tag. I suspect she wants me to stitch her some tags. Here is my first design. I used four strands of DMC floss and two strands for back stitching.

To get the pattern free go to Fronyritterdesigns.com.