Sunday, 5 May 2013

Home is where the heart is: Gemma's Tin

My daughter Gemma liked the altered mini tins or tinchies I made and received in a swap on UK scrappers last year, and asked me to make one to take to Canada with her to remind her of home.  She has a working visa to stay in Canada for 12 months, and all being well she plans to then move down to the USA for a few months too, so it may be a while before we see her this side of the Atlantic again.

The inside of the tin contains a photo of our house, and an old map of the part of Huntingdonshire where we live.  The little black cat is made from Fimo and represents her 14 year old cat Willow (it even has a tiny bit of his fur baked inside it!  The black bird is of course a crow, and the layered jar contains a pinch of earth from Glastonbury Tor (a 'holy' place) some sand from Great Yarmouth where we spent many happy holidays, and is topped off by a pinch of soil from our garden (for 'home')

I wasn't really happy with how the outside of the tin turned out, but it doesn't really matter.


The whole tin is a kind of protective and comforting spell, lets hope it works!


  1. What a lovely project and I like the outside of the tin!

  2. Your tin is fabulous! I have just seen you canvas on another post and its gorgeous x

  3. I think it's fabulous! I love the outside too.
    C xx

  4. I love the outside of the tin and what a gorgeous idea for your daughter! I love the idea of it being a protective and comforting spell :)

  5. Jane - that is fab, hope it brings some comfort to Gemma if she needs it :D

  6. Thats beautiful love the idea x