Category Archives: Generally Crafty

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.

Do It Right

This summer I found this gorgeous top at Mango on sale. It’s just perfect. Strong colour, perfect cut and interesting details. What’s not to love? It didn’t take me long to realize that I should try to make a pattern and sew a few myself. Brilliant. What could go wrong? I’m trained in pattern making!

Paitaprojekti2

I gathered the tools and the pattern paper, and figured that it would be really easy to just trace the outline and then add the details.  I mean, the silhouette IS basically a loose fitting tee. I made the back pattern. Even took measurements from the top to make sure they matched. All good at this point.

But then it was the time to do the front pattern, where all the details are. It started well, I outlined, checked that the shoulder seams match, all that jazz…But then I didn’t have time to finish it off on that session and left it for another day. It took the longer than I thought to get back to it and I even wore the original top again. And that’s when I saw the mistake. The top is asymmetrical in more places than I originally thought! No easy copy/trace here. So what is girl to do? The same thing she should have done the first place…

pattern making supplies, Thrifty Finn

The thing is, the pattern IS really easy to copy IF you have done the proper base pattern. Which doesn’t take long to do but I was in the lazy mood and decided to skip it. Which of course made the project so much more harder. So here I am, with my Grondvormen, basic pattern book, learning a lesson. Once again.

Do it right the first time around.

-Thrifty Finn-

Fly The World

Last Saturday we celebrated my cousin’s graduation. Can you believe…She became a bonafide pilot! That’s all levels of cool (she also skateboards and snowboards) and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Naturally I had to make a card (and a present but that will be another post) for her:

I used some papers by Crate Paper, mint green glitter Thickers, a wooden bird and Distress Ink. The recipient called the card ‘very cool’ so I think we can safely call this card a success. Also, doing paper crafts after such a long period, felt really good. To celebrate my return to paper-y goodness, I’m participating in these challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge #114- Any Sentiment Other Than Birthday
Little Scrap Pieces- Show It Off Saturday
Papertake Weekly Challenges- Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper: September Challenge
613 Avenue Create Challenge: #88 Anything Goes with a Twist (teal, brown, white)
Sister Act Card Challenge: #73 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges: #26 Anything Goes
Art By Miran Challenge: #14 Anything Goes
Creative Moments #50- Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs- September Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenges #108- Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #35- Anything Goes
Craftin’ Desert Divas- Anything Goes
Ladybug Challenges- September Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft- September Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper Challenge #193- Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network September Challenge- Anything Goes

 Hope you like the card and thanks for stopping by!

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Pinteresting vol. XXVIII

Pinteresting by Thrifty Finn

I’ve been using Pantone Spring 2014 colour map to colorize my Pinteresting-banners. I downloaded the autumn one today and the colours are so dull! What is that yellow trying to do?

Gah. I might as well re-design the banner and think of another way of updating it. Feel free to give design suggestions. Anyhoo, here are some of my new pins:

diy glitter banner by creature comforts blog

Image credit creaturecomfortsblog.com

This DIY-banner that sparkles is a nice new twist of something I’ve seen tons of times already. I have some Halloween-ideas and wouldn’t this be just perfect in those ‘ween colour combinations? From my board DIYs & Projects.

black gown, barcelona

Credit naimabarcelona.tumblr.com

From sparkles to glamorous. I got several re-pins right after I pinned this image and I don’t wonder why. The silhouette, the effortless glamour makes you A. want to be that person and B. to have that kind of life where you can wear a gown walking down the street and no one would question why. From my imaginatively named board, Gowns.

juju papers, golden polkadot, navy, wallpaper

Credit jujupapers.com

Going back to sparkle and dots…This wallpaper is cute and fabulous at the same time. Have you noticed that when autumn comes, you start to yearn for darker colours and textures for your home and wardrobe? I’m pretty sure that my landlord would let me wallpaper my bedroom but with the price tag of 180 dollars per roll, I myself am not too keen on the cost. But wouldn’t it be gorgeous? From the board Pompoms & Polkadots.

pottery barn, halloween, paper mache, craft, DIY

Credit potterybarnkids.com

Since Halloween was already mentioned, might as well jump back on the theme. Halloween is coming up and it’s time to start thinking about decorations. These are paper mache candy containers from Pottery Barn. Do you remember the PB-episode from Friends? With ‘yester years’ and ‘olden days’? Poor Ross with his sheets? Anyhoo, if I were in the US I would buy this set of (goes check the name) TREAT VESSELS? Really? TREAT VESSELS? Apart from the ridiculous product description, this set goes with any kind of Halloween decoration style, whether it’s rustic, spooky or modern. Me likes. However, since I live in Finland, all I can do is to try to recreate these myself. Don’t hold your breath though. I still haven’t posted about my last year’s Halloween costume either. Super. From my board Halloween.

doggie in sunglasses

Credit collagevintage.tumblr.com

To finish this round off, here’s the compulsory picture of a cute doggie. I’m pretty sure this dog looks better wearing sunglasses than I ever would. From my board I Want a Doggie & Other Cute Animals. Yes, I know. It’s a mouthful.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. As per usual, you can get to the original source by clicking the image. And if you want to see more of my pins, my Pinterest-profile is HERE.

Recently Thrifted

Last Saturday was event called Siivouspäivä. That’s when you can set up your own little flea market stall anywhere you want (rather like Queens’ Day King’s Day in Holland). It’s purpose is to encourage people to re- and upcycle things. Me and my sister decided to sell our goodies in Kallio, Helsinki as we figured that it would be packed with people and thus we would have bigger chance on good sales.

We were right. I managed to get rid of bunch of fabrics I wasn’t so keen on anymore and managed to make profit. Well done me! I kept getting complimented on my selling skills all day long.

*waves like a Miss Universum-contestant, weeps and whispers I love you to the audience*

BUT it wouldn’t be a good market if I didn’t make some scores myself. Well, actually I went to Hietalahden Kirpputori too on Sunday and continued my shopping there, so not all these finds are from Saturday.

Left out a skirt (of which I will blog about another time), a vintage Christmas tray and some random bits and bobs. I splurged 5 euros on the Sanna Annukka-piece. It’s actually XS sized tube top and the pattern is one she designed for the candy company Fazer to promote their Marianne-candy. I’m a fan of Sanna Annukka and few years ago I wrote about her HERE. Iäm such a fan of this pattern. When they launched it, they had a Metro-magazine covered in the pattern. I hoarded three copies. Should have taken more so I would have plenty for Christmas-related crafts. Now they just sit in my bookshelf to be carefully admired once in a while.

Did you go thrifting? What did you find?

-Thrifty Finn-