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About NiinaMaria

Eager to craft and thrift. Not always succesfully.

Endurance: Weekly Photo Challenge

art, chateau fontainebleau WPCEndurance2
WPCEndurance4

Sometimes I wonder how much really has changed for women. It seems that our lot is just to endure whatever men and powers to be throw at us. It has always been this way and will be so for the unforeseeable future unless we actually start doing something about it.

This week’s photo challenge theme is ‘Endurance‘. Rest of the interpretations can be found HERE. My earlier challenge entries are HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

Little Presents

Remember the card, Fly The World, I made few weeks ago? Of course you do. Being my huge fan and everything. Well, card wasn’t all I gave, I made a present too! With my freakishly tiny, chubby hands.

vintage gift, present, graduation

I love that paper. It’s vintage shelf paper (is that a thing in English?), I found couple of years ago full roll of. FULL ROLL! A fantastic find, people. Fantastic.

vintage pillowcases, retro

I had better picture of the actual gift but seems that I deleted it by accident. My cousin moved back in with her parents to save money for her studies and now she’s looking for an apartment. I made two pillowcases for her from one of my most prized vintage sheeting. Only reason I was able to sacrifice it, is the fact I have three of them. Anyhoo, Maija really digged the colour so I’m happy too.

THEN another gift I made…Last January, a finnish foodie blogger Hellapoliisi asked on Twitter if someone would like to get some free food from her latest book photoshoot. You know me. I like free stuff and scored two cheesecakes and few other things for my sister’s birthday. Now, couple of weeks ago I finally managed to return the dishes to her and also thank her personally, so I decided to make something for her too…

vintage paper, pink, pattern

First the wrapper…Again vintage shelf paper.  I chose the pink one because Hellapoliisi is all about the pink. You should see her kitchen/studio. It’s ah-MAZING!

hear pocket, apron, pink, black, alice in wonderland

First the detail…I made this double, semi-appliqued heart pocket using cotton poplin. The main fabric is japanese and I bought both from Eurokangas.

hellapoliisi, apron

It’s an apron and that’s Hellapoliisi! I know a bonafide famous person! And more importantly an incredible cook and a successful business owner. Who is super nice too! Maybe I should take few lessons from her :D

Funny story…I managed to drag my butt there because she advertised on Twitter that there will be some crafty supplies for sale. Did someone say crafty supplies and sale in the same sentence? Me be there. Anyhoo, when I got there, turns out the person selling those craft supplies was Maiju, THE Finnish authority on cardmaking. She is pushing blogging and crafting on the back burner and is going to focus more on teaching, so she was getting rid of bunch of her supplies, keeping only her favourites. I bought 3 of her stamps and then she kindly gave me one extra as a gift!

So basically I met two celebs at once. I’m amazed I didn’t geek it out that much. EVERYONE who does paper crafts in Finland knows Maiju.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Hellapoliisi was so nice that she made a fresh smoothie! It was delicious.

Pinteresting vol. XL

pintere There’s a saying in Finland that Thurdays are filled with hope. I have no idea where it comes from and what it means but in Finnish it rhymes really nicely of the tongue and that’s why I like using it. Maybe it’s about hope for the coming weekend? Perhaps.

Anyhoo…I have no rhyme or reason in my pinning either but here are again some of my favourites this week:

Grey cat, pattern, spoonflower, ottomanbrim, kitty

Designed by ottomanbrim at spoonflower.com

This kitty pattern is just too adorable and you can find it on Spoonflower. Ottomanbrim, who is a designer based in NY, has plenty of other mid-century inspired prints available too. The “Snowflake sweater” is another one of my favourites. This one is on my board Patterns.

quilt, red, spicy colours, modern baby quilt

Via flickr.com

Remember my Sunshine Quilt? Of course you do. I’m already planning my next quilt and since autumn is here and winter not too far away, I want something with warm colours to add extra coziness to my bedroom. This modern baby quilt has the perfect colours and I’ve found a fabric line from Amy Butler that have similar colours. Don’t hold your breath though. It DID take my first quilt 3-4 years from start to finish. From my board Crafty Things.

yellow chiffon blouse

Via sheinside.com

What’s with the warm colours this week?…. Lately I’ve had discussions with my friend about Lidl. Namely about how Lidl is expanding its business by venturing into clothing. Finnish fashion designers are all aghast because this “abomination” but IMO, at least Lidl SELLS clothes. A vital ingredient of keeping a business afloat. Personally I’ve bought some undies and tights from there, and today I’m getting their outdoor jacket. I’ve reached an age where appropriate clothing doesn’t feel embarrassing anymore. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start hiking, I just need the jacket for when I leave the gym.

I had point to the story but I lost it. I like this blouse, it’s sold out but girl can dream. From my board Trés Stylish.

tall dark and handsome

Via menstyle1.com/

Were we talking about girls and dreaming? I have a board, Men & Fashion, that’s a combination of style for men and men I fancy. It was supposed to be just about the style but I am weak. Very, very, weak. So far I’ve managed to keep the fancying part in minimum, so I have that going for the board but I can sense the total loss of Man Candy Pin Control in my very near future. But hey, which one of us doesn’t want little bit of tall, dark and handsome in their life? Allthough…

great dane with tennis balls

Via remainsimple.us

That’s the only tall, dark and handsome who would stay faithful and love you back unconditionally. Well done me. Managing to turn this week’s Pinteresting into a Single Girl Pity Party. I guess we all are good at something. From my board I Want a Doggy.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I can’t resist. Here’s one more tall, dark and handsome, and a ‘bitching’ magazine cover:

Robert Downey Jr, Vanity Fair, cover

Via coverjunkie.com

You’re welcome.

 

 

Humanity: Weekly Photo Challenge

Humans are rather clever creatures. Eons ago someone figured how to control fire. No more shivering and being afraid in the dark. The darkness could be pushed away! Eons ago someone decided to co-operate with some of the friendlier wolves and now we have dogs! Eons ago they worshipped fat ladies and made dildos! Eons ago they knew how to live!

Oh, how many great things have humans figured out. There must have been first person to use something we would call make-up, after losing a mate to the Urgh in the neighbouring cave. Tools! Did the first hammer user curse as much as we do today after hitting one’s own finger?

All those small discoveries made with the help of large cranium and opposable thumbs became all the fantastic things we call arts and sciences. We truly are a special species among species. There’s just one slight design flaw that ruins it all…

Napoleons field uniform

Napoleon's throne Altar in the Saint Sulpice Lenin painting in Paris

Tendency to bend at knees.

This is my entry to this week’s photo challenge Humanity. If you are interested, rest of the interpretations are HERE and my other challenge photos are HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Open House Helsinki 2014

open house helsinki, event, Finland

Source: openhousehelsinki.fi

Today was the first day of Open House Helsinki, event where you get to visit buildings and locations you normally wouldn’t have access to. How exciting! Open House Helsinki is actually part of Open House Worldwide, a non-profit organization whose primary aim is to be an architectural education event.

So let’s have a look at the program in Helsinki?

UK-embassy. Image by Reetta Purontakanen

Friday looked pretty good. Access to the parliament library, the clock tower of Helsinki Railway Station, UK embassy, The House of The Senate... to name a few. I decided on the tour in Puu-Käpylä. Naturally missed the start and ended up touring the place by myself. I actually ran into the tour group but at that point I had seen enough, so I listened for a while and then went my way. In summa summarum, excellent selection.

I got home from my exhaustingly architectural day in Helsinki and decided to look what was on offer tomorrow.  And let me tell you, this is were things got ugly and that’s why I’m writing this post which is about to become a rant…

Open House Worldwide-participants are required to adhere to following rules:

1. The Open House event should maintain the core values of the Open House concept: to foster appreciation, understanding and learning amongst your own communities along with the value of architectural excellence and showcasing outstanding design, including quality contemporary design.

2. Free entry to all buildings taking part in the Open House event is mandatory, and no mandatory charge to be made to building owners to participate.

3. A not-for-profit organisation or charity should organise/host the Open House event in each city, whilst also being independent from party political ties. The organisation will further need to be part of or involved within architecture or the built environment sector.

4. The primary aim of Open House is an architectural education event.

Now, Open House Helsinki is sponsored by SKANSKA. A commercial building company. Known for its poor quality and strong liaisons with local municipalitie’s planning departments. Let’s see what kind of locations we have on offer on Saturday

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Good but you can only join if you were one of the peeps who participated in the raffle for the tickets.

Tove Jansson‘s Helsinki. Fantastic! The creator of Moomins lived all her life in the Helsinki city center or its proximity and this tour takes you through her hoods. But since the tour is also in the guide, and you can do it by yourself, it doesn’t really adhere to the “not getting access to normally” promise.

The tower of Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral, Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Hall of Culture. First one required to win in a raffle to get in. Understandable. The latter two only accepts 25 and 30 peeps respectively in but hey, those 55 people get to see some rooms that normally aren’t open for public! And yes, they used exclamation marks to make this point. I’m going to assume that most of the rooms ARE open for public any other day too.

Can you see the sarcasm creeping in? Well, it’s about to get better. Let’s see rest of Saturday’s offerings. Remember, this event is about architectural education and “fostering appreciation, understanding and learning amongst your own communities along with the value of architectural excellence and showcasing outstanding design, including quality contemporary design.”

Kivistö-neighbourhood. A building site that’s going to be finished in 2015 for the annual home & architecture-fair. The interesting pitch for this place include “train station will be ready in 2015″ and of course the compulsory mention of the said fair.

Kivistö-train station. A building site. Yes, the same train station that was mentioned in the previous listing. Finished in 2015.

Kivistö Quartz Route. A building site. A pedestrian and bike road to connect Kivistö to whatever. I’m going to presume it’s going to be ready in 2015. But wait, there IS something ready. Some kind of artwork by Leonhard Lapin. Will be revealed officially tomorrow.

Kivistö Sonata. Almost not a building site. Apparently the first building in Kivistö-block to reach full height! There also “will be 9 buildings in total including on care home!” Lots of words about how there will be this and that kind of building materials used. Rest of the buildings in the block will be ready in 2015.

Kivistö Concrete Art walking tour. A building site. “The art theme realized in Kivistö, will in future be seen from Kivistö train station”. Probably ready in 2015. The tour ends with a visit to this artistic gem:

Image via liikennevirasto.fi

Kivistö City Center Tour. A building site. If you missed it, there will be an architecture fair in Kivistö in 2015. Which means this city center will be finished 2015. Or that’s what the boys of SKANSKA say on their website.

You know what this reminds me of? The Asterix comic “The Mansions of the Gods“, that’s what. Those who have read it knows the one spread with an image of the sales pitch tablet, which is made to advertise the mansions nearby Asterix’s village to attract wealthy Romans and where next to every advertised amenity are the words “in planning”.

This is exactly the same! Well not exactly. Kivistö totally has finished buildings! My mistake!

But no worries. There are still TWO sites for tomorrow that AREN’T KIVISTÖ! Shocking. I know. Let’s see if they are any better…

HEKA-building in Jätkäsaari. Finished building. Didn’t see that one coming, did you? The sad part is that it’s apparently ONLY finished building there because…

Tour of Jätkäsaari. A building site. “Jätkäsaari will have housing for 18 000 and work for 6000 people. There will be affordable housing as well as private ownership and every other ownership model in between”. Awful lot of “will bees” if you know what I’m sayin’? But not to worry, the main contractor for Jätkäsaari is SKANSKA.

So I’m going to leave you to ponder following things…Is Open House Helsinki honouring the spirit of Open House? Are these locations rare architectural gems?  Is Saturday’s program nothing but poorly disguised marketing campaign for SKANSKA? Strategically on a weekday when the potential buyers are off work?

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The Sunday’s program is HERE. Only 4 locations. I guess SKANSKA ran out of steam.

P.P.S. Thinking about re-locating to Finland? How about Kivistö?