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.

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.

Sweet Mrs. Santa Cross Stitch

Behind every great man is a woman. Here she is, Sweet Mrs. Santa, fully equipped with yummy Christmas sweets, including my childhood favorite—ribbon candy. It was guaranteed to exceed your mouth size and create stickiness everywhere.

One is stitched on Aida and one on perforated paper using Mill Hill beads and DMC floss.

Repurposed Altoid Tins

When I finish snacking on my Altoids I repurpose the tins by spraying them with white. I then cross stitched on perforated paper and used acid free tacky glue to affix them. I used green hemp to wrap around the base. These designs that I made to celebrate my love of all things Irish (yes that includes a wee nip of Jamison and Middleton from time to time) are in the April 2018 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Keep your snacks close, but keep your cross stitch closer!

Celtic Diamonds Cross Stitch

Here is my latest design in my Celtic Series. I stitched it with beads onto perforated paper and also stitched it on Jobelan using DMC floss and Kreinik metallic threads. It is sparkly, fun and the symmetry of the design is satisfies my need for order.

The pattern will be available at the end of this month.

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.

Valentine Ornaments

Here is my version of conversation hearts, cross stitched on perforated paper with Mill Hill beads added. These patterns are available in the February 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

I realized I dated myself with the sayings on the hearts. So I devised a scheme to find out what decade a person was born in by giving them a drawing of a heart and have them write in sayings to make them conversation hearts. Here is the answer key:

2010–BFF, Tweet Me
2000–Chill Out, Text Me
1990s–Cool Dude, Fax Me
1960s–Far Out, Groovy
1950s–Hep Cat, Heart Throb
1900–Be Mine, Kiss Me

And, of course conversation hearts were much more serious in the past. You are unlikely to have anyone provide these answers but they are still part of the answer key.

Russian Revolution–Luv Lenin
French Revolution–Let them eat candy hearts
Shakespearean Times–Get thee to a nunnery
Viking Times–Pillage?
Ancient Greece–Be my Adonis
Ancient Egypt– ;-,,’
Early Man—Ooooog