Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tiny Tin Challenge and Blog Hop

When Michelle Mach of Beads and Books announced her newest challenge and blog hop, I knew that I wanted in on the fun.  She sent two small metal tins to each participant in the hop.  Here's what they looked like  - minus the writing on the larger one.

So what to do with two of the cutest tins ever?! Well, my youngest son saw them and was so excited to play with one that I just couldn't say no - I mean you should have seen the look on his face.  So I handed over the larger of the two tins to him.  Here is what he made with it:

This is the top of the tin.  He painted with 3 different shades of acrylic craft paint in blue.  He added some white over the top of that.  He did this painting with a makeup sponge.

On the side, he wanted it to look like hay.  I know that may sound odd to some, but just go with it for now.
He did this with some yellow, vanilla, and brown acrylic craft paint.  He painted the whole side first with all three mixed together, but decided that it didn't look enough like hay, so he added some up and down marks with a skinny paint brush

Then he said that it still wasn't done, but he wanted his daddy to help him with the rest.  So, based on what the hubby told me, some brown paper bag was torn up and wrinkled to be placed inside the bottom.  Then my son had some little tiny fuzzy chicks leftover from Easter that he had been saving.  He carefully glued 5 of them inside the tin to the brown paper.  "One for me and one for all my brothers" is what he said.

And that is what he gave me for Mother's Day.  It was hard to save this for the reveal today cause I wanted to just tell the world!   Isn't it just the cutest thing ever?!

So now on to the teeny tiny small tin.  I new immediately what I wanted to do with it.  It is the perfect size for lip balm!  So I only did some minor decorations to the outside.  I used Mod Podge and some tissue paper to cover the lid.  I applied this in layers in order to have some texture to the outside.  Then I placed a brass flower from B'Sue Boutiques to give it a feminine feel.

The recipe that I used for the lip balm is from Yours Truly, G.   Pop on over to her blog to read her full recipe and how to make this for yourself.

I really did have fun with this challenge and so did my son!   Hop on over to the other participants to see what they came up with for this challenge.  I know that I can't wait to see what they do.

  1. Michelle - Beads & Books - Hostess
  2. Amy - Amybeads
  3. Brenda - B'Sue Boutiques
  4. Dawn - Morning Glory Beading
  5. Debbie
  6. Jeannie - Jeannie's Blog
  7. Kay - Palm Coast Art
  8. Kim - CianciBlue
  9. Mary - MLH Jewelry Designs
  10. Mary Shannon - Falling into the Sky
  11. Michelle - Firefly Visions - you are here
  12. Molly - Beautifully Broken Me
  13. Pamela - The Crazy Creative Corner
  14. Patricia G. - My Life Under the Bus
  15. Patricia L.
  16. Robyn - A Ponderance of Things
  17. Shelley - Fabric of My Life
  18. Terry - Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
  19. Therese - Domestic Goddess Enterprises
  20. Therese - Therese's Treasures
Much love.


  1. Hi Michelle,
    Awe the tin your Son did is so darling and made with so much love I know that you are so very proud of his creative gift to you. He did a wonderful job on the tin.
    The tin you did is so very pretty and a great idea to put lip balm in it. I am going to look that one up.

  2. Oh how sweet! love 'mommy' time!! I think I'd be using a whole pile of those for more glorious bead storage :)

  3. How amazing that you could keep that first tin a secret! What a sweet gift for Mother's Day!

    I've always wanted to make my own lip balm. It never occurred to me to use that tiny tin for it, but what a great idea! These would make such nice gifts!

    Thanks for joining the challenge and sharing your creativity!

  4. The tin your son made is SO adorable! I teared up when I got to the part about it being a Mother's Day gift! Hug that boy for me!! Lovely color and texture combination for the tiny lip balm tin. I'll be checking out her recipe. My daughter goes through that stuff like crazy! Nice work, both of you!

  5. Too cute!!! Love all the little chickens! Love all the boys - I have 4 myself!

  6. The tiny one your son did is just adorable. The tiny chicks just put it over the top! I can't believe you were able to wait until the reveal to show it! Yours is very classy and charming. Love them both!

  7. I love all the little tins with surprises inside. This is a darling piece! Wish I'd thought of putting something inside!

  8. Amazing work by both you and your son. Kid art just kicks things into a higher category of special; his tin will be something to treasure all your life. I like the tissue paper idea on your tin and thanks too for posting the link for the lip balm.

  9. That was awesome and the lip balm idea was cool. I didn't enter this hop as I missed it some how? Anyway I am going around to see what everyone did.

  10. Shell, I am so in love with both of them, but the first one made me smile, and truly warmed my heart. How sweet ♥ I'm so happy to see you as part of this blog hop.

  11. Oh my goodness - that little chick tin is absolutely adorable! Tell your son that he did an amazing job! I love the simplicity of the tiny tin. It is so fun and feminine, and is the perfect size for lip balm - beautiful!

    :) Molly

  12. OMG-I love the little chickie nest! How completely adorable... Great idea for the lip balm! Very cute! (& thanks for the link to the recipe)

  13. I love them both, the little chickie nest is so cute and what a great idea w/the lip balm. Love.