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About NiinaMaria

Eager to craft and thrift. Not always succesfully.

From Nespresso to Ooh La Laa

Spotted on Iltalehti

outilespyy, trashion ,nespresso

Image via outilespyy.com

Every year on December 6th,  there’s a ball at the presidential palace to celebrate Finland’s Independence Day. It’s televised and we get to judge all the outfits as the guests arrive to greet the president and his spouse. Yes, this pretty much is the only real red carpet event in Finland.

This year Finnish artist/blogger/designer Outi Les Pyy, who is Finland’s foremost authority on ethical fashion and recycling, got invited by Nespresso to design a dress for the event using their coffee capsules. It’s amazing, that’s all I have to say:

trashion, recycled fashion, evening gown, couture, nespresso

Photography Kanerva Mantila @ outilespyy.com

You can read more about the dress by clicking the links (in Finnish) but I’m sure you can get inspired even if you can’t speak Finnish:

Inspiration/Designing, Making of, Finished Gown

I, however, got depressed. Other people make amazing evening gowns and I can’t even be arsed to finish a pattern for a basic top that I started two months ago. *le sigh*

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Tsu Much Socializing…

There are so many social media platforms out there. So many have died and so many more are coming our way. Today I joined yet another one called:

tsu social media

Apparently in this social media, you have a possibility to get a share of the profits. I haven’t yet looked into but I wanted dibs on my username. You know how it is ;)

tsu social media

There is also a possibility to transfer money to other users and Tsu makes money on the transfer fees, which is 3%. But again, that’s all I know so far. There’s a pretty good FAQ, if you want to have a look.

tsu profile, social media

Here’s my profile. Personally I really, really like the UI. Compared to Ello, it’s much better. And yes, I do have an Ello-profile too. If you are interested, you can get in Tsu by using this link:

Tsu

Edited to add some related articles:

 

-Thrifty Finn-

On The First Day of Christmas…

 

partiolaisten joulukalenteri, scouts Christmas calendar

Few weeks back, after the Twitter training, I got cornered by bunch of scouts selling their traditional Christmas calendar. Today I got to open the first door. As ever as exciting:

kalenteri2

So sweet! This year’s calendar is illustrated by Noora Katto. You can check out her work HERE. And if you are interested, you can see ALL the calendar designs from over the years in HERE. My personal favourite is this one from 1970, so cute and retro:

partiolaisten adventtikalenteri vuodelta 1970

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I know it’s traditional to put up your Christmas decor up on the 1st advent but since I’m no longer member of the church, I can do whatever I want. Hence my decor went up three weeks ago. My defence is that November is very dark and we need all the cheering up we can get.

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-