Category Archives: Geeky

Thrifty Finn’s Guide to Pinterest: Creating an Account

pinterest, start screen, visual board

As you know, Pinterest is a visual memo board, where people can pin and re-pin pictures which then link to the source where they found it. I used to have a huge bookmark list of craft tutorials but now they are all in Pinterest. Much handier as you get to have a visual reference what the tutorial is about. Of course, I don’t only pin crafty things, there are plenty of visual goodness in the world but before you get there, you have to start from the beginning:

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You have two ways to sign-up. Either using by Facebook or your e-mail. E-mail signing up will take you to a screen like this:

pinterest, signing up screen, social media

And if you sign-up via Facebook, the process looks something like this:

pinterest, signing up screen, facebook, social mediaAfter which you have to approve Pinterest:

pinterest, facebook, social mediaIn both signing up ways you have to confirm your e-mail address. Just a personal note: My ‘real’ Pinterest account is not connected to Facebook. I just did this to show how the signing up looks like. I originally created my account with e-mail. 

After you are done, Pinterest gives you a quick tour and helps you get started by doing a ‘test search':

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Interesting tidbit. When you start, you can only sign-up with Facebook or e-mail. But when you go to the account settings, you can give other apps and services permissions:


After which you have other log in options:

pinterest, logging in

So there! Now you have an account and next I’ll show you what to do with it!

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The link to my other Pinterest-posts is HERE.

What’s Your Name Again?

visit, finland, name generator

The Official Travel Site of Finland- has created a name generator for you finnophiles out there. Just type in your name and you can get your very own Finnish name! Oddly, a lot of Finns have found this very entertaining as per witnessed by my Twitter-feed and being easily influenced, I played with it too. First I tried it with my name and got:

finnish, name generator, visit finland, travel

Marja Sammalkorpi. Berry Mossy Wilderness. The English version would be fantastic post-apocalyptic world name. With a name like that I’d be a specialist of berries and forest survival! Over-active imagination much?

Then I started wondering what would the generator offer with an English name? I tried with the only name I could remember at the spot; Margaret Thatcher. Don’t laugh.

name generator, visit finland, fun, twitter

I can see the resemblance. Go and have fun yourself and let me know what your Finnish name is. The generator can be found HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

I’m a Victim of a Crime


Hell hath no fury like a woman whose clothes got stolen. Yes. You read that right. On Friday evening I forgot my gym clothes in the laundry room.  I just went to pick them up and they were gone!

What kind of asshole steals gym clothes??? I reported it to police but I don’t have high hopes. Luckily the suspect list is limited as you have to go through two security locks to get to the laundry room, so it’s someone who lives here.

F*ckin f*ck of a f*ck.

On a side note.  In last three weeks I’ve lost 1 and half clothing sizes. I’ve been to the gym everyday since 1st of September and it shows. I’ve bought tons of new gym clothes, so I wouldn’t have to be doing laundry every day and now some spineless piece of shit ruined it.

Yeah, the stolen clothes were mostly brand new.

Thanks a lot.




Marimekko scandal is almost behind us. I’m still waiting for news about Isola but it seems like she’s allowed to continue to work at Marimekko. Grrrr. Very disappointing.

Anyhoo, pinning new things has been a welcome distraction from all this hardcore journalism stuff I’ve been doing and I have few good ones to share:

Erik Bruun, Jaffa, juliste, poster, Hartwall Vintage soda poster Jaffa by Erik Bruun. He did quite a few ads for Hartwall Jaffa back in the day and one of them was even made into fabric and other home decor products recently. They were/are a HUGE hit and even I wouldn’t say no to the shower curtain.

young Jack Nicholson From my board “Beautiful People”. I don’t have any information about this photo. All I know it’s young Jack Nicholson hot and ready to bother and that’s all I need to know. Which is a nice build up to:

someecards, inappropriate, heart skips a beat, funnyBut in my defense, I just think them.

maison de reefur ballerinasAh, these shoes!!! Maybe I could balance the little evil in my heart with some sweetness on my feet. These shoes are a Disney-princess musical scene waiting to happen. And no, no one is too old to have a Disney-princess moment. Just ask Penny, Amy and Bernadette.

floral keyboard, computer for a princess Talking about suitable for princess…Now this is what I call, call, call…Well let’s just call it PRETTY! I wouldn’t mind having patterned computer. I think it would bring certain je ne sais quoi to my life. Or at least make my mornings little bit less boring/mundane/soul sucking. And if I could have one of these:

spotted puppy sitting on a chair I’d never, ever be sad. I mean look at that belly! Gah! I’m bursting with inability to handle this cuteness. I want to squeeze him so hard! Sniff it’s head and then squeeze some more!

Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze and one more squeeze! Seriously this is just too much for one woman to bear.

Last but not least, some words of wisdom to live by:

hide your crazy and act like a lady, silkscreen print, tank top, quote

Hear, hear.

Thrifty Finn- Pinmeister and Blogger Extraordinaire

Tears of Joy

Disk Utility

Disk Utility (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



This morning I woke up feeling extremely depressed. After three and half days of trying to re-install my operating system, I was still without working computer and thought that all my work and blogging would be stopped till indefinitely. I spoke on the phone with my friend Niko and I bawled my eyes out. (I don’t know how he was able to listen to my sobbing and waah-waahing, but once again he pulled through like a good friends do).


When the phone call was over. I curled up in a ball and lied under my duvet, staring mindlessly at some daytime TV.  Then suddenly I got all mad. I got up and dug up my newer installation DVD and decided to try one more time.


Computer started up, installation instructions popped up. First I tried to do the installation like you would when you get a new computer out of package, just couple of clicks, select destination etc…But there was just one problem, HD couldn’t be found. I opened Disk Utility where I could see the new hard drive even if it didn’t show up in the installation screen. I tried formatting as that’s what I’d been instructed to do. Didn’t work. I kept getting input/output error. (Like I had got past 3 days).


Then I remembered something I had seen last night at the library where I had googled my problem. Apparently there can be such thing as TOO big hard drive. Yeaaahhh. That would be the first I thought. All the instructions had said I should do partitioning. What partitioning? I had opened the tab in disk utility before and nothing was clickable!!!


More frustration ensued.


So today, when I’d inserted the newer DVD, I decided to see IF this partitioning thing was possible. It was! I have no idea what I really did when I selected to partition my hard drive into 4 parts BUT after that, I could format the hard drive AND the installation started by itself!


So here I am. With functioning computer once again.


I’m all kinds of awesome.


Thrifty Finn- expecting an award and a speech and a banquet.