In the 18th century, people used to call sewing kits, housewives (see Wikipedia). So today I made a pink housewife.
I needed something nice to store my needles, which by the way, I purchased at Sprouse Reitz in 1990! My nephews were so small back then. I'll have to tell you a funny story about them way back then. My nephews were between six and eight at that time and they had a cat whom they named Thelma, but soon after, my younger sister announced that it was a MALE cat. So the kids, innocently changed her name to Mr. Wilbert. From then on, he was Mr. Wilbert, the cat, we all called him. I didn't realize this made the kids confused. In fact they didn't appear to be confused at all. UNTIL ......... a few days later when we decided to have a party. The party was a family gathering at my mother's house on a hot summer night. For some reason, we decided to have it in the middle of the week. I forget what we were celebrating but it was pretty loud with music and dancing and singing. Soon, after midnight, we hear a loud knock at the door and both my sister in law and I got up to answer the door. To my surprise, two policemen were at the door! I was extremely embarrassed that my neighbors called us in. I apologized to the police officers and all of a sudden, my nephews run to me and stand between me and the police officers. Now my face is tomato red because it's the middle of the week and it's past midnight and the kids are not in bed (shame on me, right?).
The boys hold up the cat, Mr. Wilbert, and proudly announce to the police officers that, "the cat is........... gay!"
My face turned all the colors of the rainbow by this innocent and misguided proclamation!
Now, back to my housewife. Here's what it will look like:
Here's what you'll need; scissors, empty altoid tin box, acrylic paint, paper glue, brush, scrapbook paper, ribbon, scrapbook picture for embelishment and a low grit sand paper:
Next, paint the tin, I painted mine pink:
Then, after it dries, pour some glue on top and spread with your finger and place your paper on top, like this:
next, use your crop-a-dile to punch two holes
Then, pull ribbon through, isn't this ribbon pretty? pink hearts
you will need to sew the ribbon inside the tin so it holds. Next, glue a piece of paper on the inside of the lid. Spread the glue with your finger then place the paper on top and let dry. Once dry, use a picture or scrapbook image to decorate.
For measurement, accordion fold the felt inside the tin:
I added a few hearts from the heart ribbon and a flower, to see the flower tutorial, go here
And this is what the back looks like:
Isn't the ribbon pretty:
I also took a picture with the flash so you can see the paper. It has glitter that doesn't rub off, pretty cool paper, click on picture to see it larger:
For my Pink Lady challenge, I'd like to introduce Veronica, from Thru Veronica's Eyes. Go check out her blog, she shares her breath-taking beautiful pictures on her blog.
So beautiful Maria!ReplyDelete
I'll have to think on something like this...to me! ;)
And what a funny story! I'm trying to imagine your face and the policemen!LOL
Hi Maria! This is really CUTE!! I may try to make one myself, soon as I can... So many projects, so little time, but this will be useful FOR my many projects! Funny thing is, I ALREADY use an Altoids tin for my needles, so I may as well fancy it up a bit! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! ~tinaReplyDelete
How cute! I need one of these. I lost a needle once, and it ended up in my daughter's foot!ReplyDelete
Your story is so funny! I'm sure it was re=told many times around the police department!
Thats so cute and clever! LOVE it!ReplyDelete
Another fabulous idea! Thanks for you sweet comments on my blog!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh another talented and fantastic crafter! What a cute needle, pink needle holder!ReplyDelete
this is cute!ReplyDelete
Love the pink!!! Cute story about the cat. Happy Late Pink Saturday!ReplyDelete
Oh, how cute and clever, Maria!!! Adorable!!! And such a practical idea!!ReplyDelete
How totally adorable is that?!?! I think I'm going to make these for my daughter's next party for party favors for all the little girls. (Minus the sewing gear.) Thanks!!!ReplyDelete
Very cute and very handy! I think I need to start saving all my empty tins from now on. You can make all kinds of things with them. Happy Pink Saturday. ~ LynnReplyDelete
How neat! Hey, I live with hubby and two sons too, but I have pink in every room except the boys' bedrooms. They say pink is like a disease, it takes over everything. :)ReplyDelete
Sherry @ A Happy Valentine
I just popped over to say "hi!" and hope you're doing great!
Blessings and hugs,
Too durn cute, Maria. Clever ...ReplyDelete
Have a lovely PINK weekend ~
TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon
What a great idea. I'm always losing my sewing needles. This is perfect. I can lock them away so they can't go on walk about.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
So very cute!ReplyDelete
The "housewife" is lovely! Good re-use of Altoid tin too. The story about the cat is hilarious! I'll bet they still tell it at the cops "watering hole"!ReplyDelete
I love it!! I wish we lived close enough to do a whole night together with our saved tins. I have a pile to do something with. lolReplyDelete