Category Archives: Generally Crafty

Cinq Natures Mortes

Few days ago, my cousin did that annoying Facebook thing and challenged me to do five pictures in five days. I obliged (after some whining) and here they are:

espoo, yellow flower, dandelion, nature, Finland

Dandelion. Well, I presume it’s dandelion. Help me out here. Is it? It’s a coltsfoot.

indiska, cushions, pillows, home decor, coral

Two new, lovely cushions. I bought them last weekend to reward myself for sticking with Treatless April. I have a plan for my bedroom and these go with it perfectly. And you know what the best part is? These were on sale and then there was another 50% off! Ooh, how I love a good bargain.

paint job, DIY

Remember when I said I was planning to paint my red mirror frame white? Well, as you can see from my stellar handiwork, I should have spraypainted the frame. I have to sand it and re-paint it. Although, my friend said that he was going to say that it looks really good because he thought I had tried out some new plastering style. Apparently no one would have known it was an accidental paint job.

selfie, Thrifty Finn

Well, not a nature morte but I do have a quite horrified facial expression. I was actually dead tired when I tried to take a selfie and the result was ten images with my eyes closed in them. Then I decided it’s better to try to force them open, hence the frozen facial expression. Well, I guess it is a nature morte after all.

window

Finally the last image. I got home and remembered that I still had one more picture to take and I was too tired (again) to think of anything clever so I snapped a photo of my window. This picture doesn’t do justice to my bedroom/study. Even as I type, it’s flooded with sunlight and I love it. And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a nap on that sunny spot on my bed.

-Thrifty Finn-

Happy Easter!

To celebrate Ishtar, I decided to pimp some Easter decorations I had in my stash. I used some of my favourite scrapbook papers:

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I’m participating in these challenges and link parties:

My Romantic Home- Happy Easter Show & Tell

Craftin Desert Divas- Craft It Up Link Party Challenge #29

ASWC Together Linky Party

613 Avenue Create- Challenge #68 Anything Goes

A Creative Romance Challenge- Eggcellent Spring

Challenges For Everybody- Challenge #40 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn- Spectacularly productive-

Pinteresting vol. XXIV

Thrifty Finn, Pinteresting

Is it as sunny where you are as it is over here? I’m not complaining though. Only couple of more extra degrees and I can finally switch to using spring jacket. And how about your Easter plans? I have nothing, NOTHING to do. That’s what you get for being single and live hundreds of kilometres awat from your nearest and dearest. Well, my sister lives here and she said she will be dropping by on Sunday but it probably means she just wants something computer related from me.

Aargh.

To make matters worse, I had a fit or seizure or something few weeks ago and decided to do Herkuton Huhtikuu, which means Treatless April and back then I didn’t realize Easter would be in April. So I can’t even get Kinder-eggs to cheer me up. Why? Why don’t I ever think these things through? Anyhoo, here are some of my latest pins…

Margaret Berg: Poppies

Illustration by Margaret Berg

Isn’t this wonderful? I don’t usually go for this type of floral illustrations, I’m all about granny florals but there’s something very charming in this. The illustrator Margaret Berg is originally from South Africa and lives now in the US. Her style is very commercial and by the looks of her portfolio, she has done some TV and movie work ie. retouching images, poster work too.

strawberry mascarpone yogurt pie

Image via Dessert for Two

My treatless April hasn’t been easy. Even with 17 days of no candy, cookies, ice cream, chips or anything like that, my cravings haven’t lessened. Just the other day I tweeted that as soon as May 1st is here, I’ll be stuffing my face with chocolate and any other sweet thing I can get my hands on. Basically, not a day goes by when I don’t pin yet another pie or cake recipe. And someday, I will make them ALL! Oh, and the delicious thing in this picture is Strawberry Mascarpone Yogurt Pie. I’m weeping as I’m typing it.

Carrie Strine Lattice Quilt

Quilt by Carrie Strine

Originally I pinned another picture of this quilt but as I went to get the original from the site, I spotted this horizontal one over there. If you remember, I have a quilt in progress too. It just that I haven’t gotten any further than cutting the pieces. Well, not even that, since I moved to a new apartment and got a new, bigger bed, I have to cut more pieces to get a big enough quilt to work as bedcover. At this rate I’ll be done 2020 and probably not even then. Anyhoo, this quilt is called ‘Latice‘ and it has the sunny, retro vibe I’m looking for. I may have to add some pink to my quilt too.

Pineapple Crush Drinks Recipe

Recipe by Fetepress.com.au

Didn’t I post drinks last week too? I just realized that not being able to eat chocolate is not as bad as not being able to get some wine. You see, in my eternal wisdom, I decided that alcohol is also banned this month. How stupid am I? The. Worst. Easter. Ever. This delicious recipe is called Pineapple Crush and I think it’s going to be my ‘go to’ drink this summer.

Now, you may understand that I might be little bit on the edge with no sweets and alcohol to keep my mood on a pleasurable level. The following T-shirt captures this situation, oh heck, my entire personality quite beautifully:

thug life shirts, delicate flower, fucking lady

T-shirt by Thug Life Shirts

YEAH! What they said!

Thrifty Finn- A delicate flower and a fucking lady

Edited to add…My sister just called me and told that she will be bringing her computer because some mumblemumblemumble. I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!

 

 

 

 

My New Crib

wall collage, home decor, posters, in frames

As you hopefully remember, I moved into a new apartment in December. Well, actually it’s a semi-houseshare but I don’t care as I get to live in a cute red house with tons of space! With a price I can afford! This place also has tons of light (which makes me so happy after living many years in a place that got direct sunlight only 4 weeks a year) and it has plenty of potential for home decor and DIY-projects.

See where I’m going with this?

The first project wasn’t actually my own doing. I asked my friend to come and help with unpacking and he cherry-picked the funnest thing to do, which was the art wall. I admit he did a good job but as he then left and I was stuck with moving boxes with recently operated knee, I wasn’t too happy about it then. (I may have used the word asshat).

posters, framed, art wall, home decor

This is my staircase. The frames are from various places and in true Thrifty Finn-fashion, I didn’t pay full price for any of them. In the frames sit two vintage ads, an old alphabet education poster, a piece of scrapbook paper, vintage shelf paper, my own freebie printable and what is left over of Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Almond Tree’-poster. There is still room to grow the collection but I like the way it looks now. Here you can see it better in context:

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Nice, eh? Cheers me up every morning. As soon as I find nice ones, I’m going to add some hooks on the wall on the left to hold my cutest purses and such. I’m slightly tempted to go with coastal/sea/captains cabin theme because the panelling but I think it’s better to stick with what I know; Spinster in the attic/grandma/crazy cat lady-vibe. Hah. To achieve that, my next project is:

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Painting the frame white. Again in Thrifty Finn-fashion, I made a major saving…The paint was free from my landlord. And yes, in Finland paint is expensive so this IS a big deal.

Thrifty Finn- Your crafty semi-goddess truly

 

 

 

 

Pinteresting vol. XIX

NewPinterestbanner10 Pin. Pin. Pin. And one more pin for the road. I’ve been pinning a lot of Halloween-themed stuff lately. I mean a LOT. Anyhoo, I’ll be sharing some of those closer to the Halloween and for now, stay in the Classic Pinteresting-mode:

helen quinn, purple colour, dyeing, hues, tonesIsn’t this picture is just beautiful. The dark background, jewel tones and all those textures…The artist really knows her colours. Via helenquinnnyc.com.

moody trees, spookyI sense a theme developing here. I pinned this image around the same time I pinned the colour picture above. There’s something about autumn that gets me craving for “gloom, doom, loom and other words ending with oom.” Quiz question: Do you know who wrote/said that? I couldn’t find the original posting of this picture but it’s from a Tumblr. Via deathrituals.tumblr.com

I'll stop wearing black, quote There’s two reasons why pinned this quote. First of all it reminds me of my friend who wears mainly black. Although last summer he ventured to neon colours, and that sent ripples of shock through his network of friends. My mind still boggles when trying understand this new development in this style. Second reason for pinning this that I often used to wonder why design professionals wear a lot of black and/or have very white homes. Then it hit me. The answer to that question. Or at least my personal theory…

Imagine working with colours day in and day out. There are constant visual explosions going on in your head. Now, black and white aren’t colours. I realized that they work the same way as pickled ginger works when eating sushi or any other palate cleansing courses when eating dinner. Black and white are visual palate cleansers. They sort of remove the data of previously digested visual information and clean your eyes and brain for new data.

Sometimes I’m just that clever.

Oh and the image is via I am the new black.

valerie davide, charcoal, art, dachshund

Who’s a good doggy? I added this on my Art&Artists-board. At the first glance, the drawing is very cute and sweet but there are some undertones that just break my heart. The artist has managed to capture the briefness of time that a beloved pet spends with us and how after the pet is gone, you can never ever have it back. The artist is called Valerie Davide and you can find this and more of her work here. Via Davidson Fine Art.

Last but not least…

foggy paris, eiffel, blue paris

Guess who is going here? For three weeks? C’est moi.

Via Pinterest since I didn’t find the original Tumblr.

Thrifty Finn- Feeling good and other words ending with ood.