Oh Deer!

NiinaMaria:

I made this card couple of years ago. It’s still one of my favourites.

Originally posted on Thrifty Finn:

Challenge time! I forgot to post my previous DT-card but I’m double excited about this week’s one. I think I’ve mentioned several times about my digi stamp, vintage image hoarding habit? If I haven’t…Well. My name is Niina and I am an image addict.

This week were asked to use stitching, faux or real and we didn’t get a sponsored image to use so we could run wild! I decided to dive in my extensive vintage catalogue and found this gem. I’m so sorry but when I downloaded it, I forgot to re-name it according to where I got it so I can’t share the source. Totally embarrassed about it.

Anyway, here is my overly cute deer card:

ThriftyFinnDeerCard1ThriftyFinnDeerCard2ThriftyFinnDeerCard3 Once again I’m amazed by my obvious talent for everything visual. The pink! The chevron! The pom pom trim! Techniques used: doodle stitching, slight distressing on the edge of the chevron and…

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Joulupuu Charity

Image via awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

Image via awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

Christmas is coming, isn’t it nice? (Although I prefer the Finnish word joulu because it reminds me of the pagan roots of the celebration). The season of giving and over-eating. The best! Have you already started your Christmas-crafting and present buying? Or are you finished already? Either case, I’m here to get your attention to Joulupuu…

Joulupuu is a charity for getting Christmas gifts to those most vulnerable in our society; the kids in the social care system. It’s organized by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and it’s a national event.

joulupuu-logo-pieni-2012

How it works then? Joulupuu has published a list of most wished/preferred gifts on their website. The gifts are then collected between certain dates in one location. In Helsinki that’s Forum Shopping Centre. I’ve also seen Christmas trees with hanging tags where child has written themself what they’d like to get.

Now to the best part…Handmade gifts are cool too! I did the work for you and here are some ideas (picked from the official list) you could make yourself.

Girls/Boys Ages 0-1: Clothes sized 80cm, soft toys
Boys Ages 2-4: Clothes 86-92cm for 2-year olds, 104-114cm for 3 to 4 year olds
Girls Ages 2-4: Clothes 86-92cm to 104-114cm, play food, dolls and their accessories, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony-themed things
Boys Ages 5-7: Role playing outfits. Good themes: Pokemon, Spiderman, Turtles. All kinds of superheroes would do well here.
Girls Ages 5-7: Dolls and doll accessories, role playing costumes, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony-themed things, jewellery
Boys Ages 8-10: Sports related items, wool socks,
Girls Ages 8-10: Jewellery, wool socks
Boys Ages 11-18: Toiletry bags, sports related items; knitted socks, hats, mittens, scarves
Girls Ages 11-18: Make-up bags, jewellery, bags; knitted socks, hats, mittens, scarves

I’ve seen wishes for bedding sets too. Pillowcases and duvet covers. I would think that for especially older kids anything for building a home would be appreciated. Couple of cool cushions, bedspreads etc. I wouldn’t buy random mugs but for example that starter dinner set at IKEA would be quite bitchin’ and pots and pans would be quite alright too. And this leads to…

I spoke with the organizer Jeni Suhonen and she said that especially teenagers need gifts. Everyone wants to buy presents for babies and young children and teenagers get completely forgotten! Not cool, peeps. The full teenager wishlist include: music, makeup, gift cards to popular clothing stores like Stadium, H&M, Gina Tricot, sports equipment, clothes, books, perfumes and scents. You know, stuff that normal teenager would like.

The full list in Finnish is HERE. The list of all Junior Chamber joining is HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Today’s Good Homo News

tom of finland, finlayson, design

Image via out.com

All is not bad in Finland. Even though gays over here can’t get married, they can sleep in their very own sheets! Wow! Finnish homewear manufacturer Finlayson teamed up with the Tom of Finland  Foundation to produce a line of sheets, towels and whatnot.

out magazine, tom of finland, finlayson

Via out.com

Admittedly these are very cool. You can buy yours from HERE and if bedsheets aren’t your thing, there are items for kitchen coming out too! Hopefully all the products stays in production for long time. That would solve my Christmas giving problems for years to come!

Well done, Finlayson, well done indeed.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can read about the line in English HERE. In Finnish HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

Finland. No Human Rights Necessary.

paris pride 2014, finnish equality vote, lgbt Finland, SETA

Paris Pride 2014

Last spring 166 000 individuals in Finland signed a petition for an equal marriage law. Great huh? Not so much. It was taken to a vote at legal affairs committee and overturned. Why? Two people who were supposed to be there, didn’t show up. (Both supposedly supporters of the cause) and the other one was replaced by someone from the NO-team. Curiously enough, how did this replacement know that he needed to be there? Just sayin’….

At this point I’d like to point out that the reputation that Finnish people are honest, has been built by the Finnish people WHO HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY!!!

Today’s vote was about an objection made about the previous vote. Now the slackers from last time were present but another two missing. (I see a pattern developing, again, just sayin’) The petition was overturned by 9-8.

Anne Holmlund, Kokoomus, Coalition Party

Anne Holmlund. Image via hs.fi

The chairman of the law committee explained last spring that she votes purely based on her on conscience. Interesting, here was I thinking that a committee that basically decides on new laws would base their decisions on law and facts. But nooooo. She is also member of the Coalition-party that has fished on gay votes with their leading “star” Alexander Stubb, our Prime Minister. That same PM has been saying on Twitter that he will do anything to make sure this vote passes. Yet, the members of his party voted no. Another interesting fact: In Finland there’s a strict party code, it’s not compulsory but most political parties follow it. The code means that no one in that party is not allowed to deviate from the party’s stance. Basically Stubb could have ordered Holmlund to vote YES, yet he didn’t.

Alexander Stubb, the fierce supporter of equality BUT ONLY ON NATIONAL ELECTION DAYS!

All is not lost…On next week Friday, there’s a final vote at the parliament so the law can still be passed. But don’t hold your breath, next year there are parliament elections so the swell people at the parliament are already trying to secure their votes. *le sigh* You can read about today’s vote in Finnish HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I was informed that only True Finns followed strict party rule on this vote. For others it was a pure ‘follow your own heart’-thing.

P.P.S. When I asked on Twitter, what’s law affairs committee in English, I got plenty of suggestions including swear words. People ARE pissed.

P.P.P.S. This blog post was written to the tunes of ABBA.

Trip Down the Crafty Memory Lane

Yesterday, I logged on Craftster after many, many years. I was sad to see that it wasn’t as active as it used to be. For example, my project post from yesterday is still on the 4th page on the latest projects.

It was nice to see all kinds of crafts again though. I’ve been in a sewing and paper craft bubble so long that I forgot what kinds of things are out there but what I got the biggest kick out of was my own old posts. From a time before I had this blog!

These are just some of my work. Most of them were for swaps. I had really hard time with sending away the owls and the Christmas calendar. They were so cute and pretty! The little owls are actually for tossing! I filled them with lentils and if my memory serves correctly, I sent them either to UK or Australia. Good times.

Do you still swap? I haven’t swapped for years as I couldn’t keep up with the commitments but would it be the time to start again? Well, not now, just before Christmas when there are presents to make but after that? Please, share your thoughts and swap memories, they are always fun to read.

-Thrifty Finn-