Category Archives: Generally Crafty

Pinteresting vol XLIII

Thrifty Finn, pinterest, banner design

Technology hasn’t been my friend lately. True, part of it has been my own fault. How hard it is to save your work every once in a while? Apparently too hard. For me at least. Anyhoo…Autumn is here although not a very cold one yet. Trees are changing colour and at least up north, the first snow has fallen too. Here are some of my latest pins, inspired by winter and autumn.

Finland in autumn, coast, reeds, ruohikkoa rannikolla

Image by Niklas Günsberg

The photographer is a Finnish guy I know via Twitter. He posted a link on Ello this morning and I immediately proceeded to pin several of his images. He is quite talented and if you are a Finnophile, you should get a kick out of his nature photos. The link to his Flickr is HERE. From my board Finland Things.

snowy mountains and a cabin

Via atlandsend.tumblr.com

I’ve only once seen mountains up close. I was on the first grade and our school (together with two other schools in the area) took a class trip to Norway. It was lovely. My aunt, who was one of the guardians, got exasperated with me because I wanted to take a picture of every single mountain and collect every single sea shell from the beach. I didn’t get everything but I got enough. When I got home, I filled an old plastic chocolate box with sand and lovingly paired the correct shell halves with each other and presented them in the box. This lasted for about a month till the next Grand Cleaning by Grandmother. To trash they went. I was furious. From my board Moods & Atmospheres.

let's be adventurers, quote, DIY, banner

Via pinterest.com

I’m my most energized during autumn. For me, spring and autumn are the seasons for doing things. Summer and winter are static seasons. Nothing ever happens then. This banner would be a fantastic daily reminder to be an adventurer, to be a person that makes things happen. As a craft, an inexpensive too. Leather scraps are easy to come by and there’s always at least one horrible 80s leather jacket for sale at any flea market at any given time. The banner would be quite nice as a gift too. From my board Crafty Things.

Peter Fehrentz, interior design

Design by Peter Fehrentz

Some time ago, I binge watched Parks & Recreation on Netflix. I <3 Leslie Knopes and Ron Swanson. Yeah, yeah, I’m about million years behind in the accolades but that show is the best! You might wonder what a cabinet by a German interior designer has to do with Parks & Rec. Well I’m glad to tell you…You know the wallpaper they have in the department? With the ducks? At first I thought it was hideous but I grew to like it as the show progressed and now I kind of want to bring something like that to my house too. A complete wallpaper would be a no-no (I’m still dreaming of the gold polkadot one) but how about covering a chest of drawers or a cabinet with it? Ah-mazing. Any kind of pastoral scene would work, don’t you think? From my board formerly known as My Dream Home, now a boring Home & Style.

caramel dipped pears

Via just-between-friends.com

Is it just me or does anyone else want to hoard layers of fat around themselves when it gets colder? Just me? Great. I pinned this some time ago and am amazed it didn’t get any more re-pins. Just look at it? Imagine eating this with some vanilla ice cream and wash it down it mulled wine. Mmmm. Wine. Wine is delicious. From my board Sweet & Sweeter.

And last but not least…Since the winter IS coming after all:

Arya Stark, Game of Thrones, winter is coming

Via stormbornvalkyrie.tumblr.com

Arya. Everyone’s favourite Stark. From the board Game of Thrones. Question…Is The Hound dead or not?

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Now I know where my tendency to hoard craft supplies comes from. I can directly trace it to that traumatic event when my grandma threw my precious sea shells away. Dammit, grandma!

P.P.S. The link to my full Pinterest-profile is HERE and all of my related blog posts are HERE.

 

Pinteresting vol. XLII

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I’m on a good mood this week. A boy sent me chocolates. Bonbons. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

From the board Childhood is Good.

vintage frames

Via designismine.blogspot.com.au

From the board Collections & Collages.

hexie garland

Via crafthunter.com.au/

From the board DIYs & Projects.

Via liberty.co.uk

From the board Patterns.

kitty on a polkadot background

Via hikarinote.tumblr.com

From the board Cute & Kitschy.

-Thrifty Finn-

Inspiration: Finnish Sewing Blogs

Did you know Ottobre, the sewing magazine, is based in Rovaniemi, Lapland? My precious hometown? Well, you do now :D The bigger Ottobre has gotten,  the more and more people in Finland have taken to sewing and blogging. Which is great as crafting and hand-making make peeps happier and helps to live longer. Yay!

I thought you would like to have a look some cool Finnish blogs that focus on sewing for kids. They are written in Finnish but you don’t need to understand the text to get inspired by the amazing creations.

villa ja villa, crafty blog, Finnish

Villa & Villa is written by two women and has all kinds of sewing posts. Kid’s wear, women’s fashion, purses etc. My favourite is the T-shirt made of Roberto Cavalli- end of bolt jersey.

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Made by Ulma, Finnish sewing blog

Made by Ulma does all kinds of crafts but her best work are the clothes she makes for her little toddler boy. What I have gathered from sewing blogs all over the world, inspiration (and fabrics) for little boys are hard to find. Well, here you will find it:

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Tilkunpaikka, Finnish sewing blog

Tilkunpaikka has a style that I would call graphic feminine.  She sews mainly little girl clothes but there are some stuff for adults too. The best part of the clothes she does are the pattern combos.

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Mutturalla, Finnish sewing blogMutturalla- blogger is a mother of five. FIVE! She also works fulltime and finds time to sew. Let’s all feel like a total under-achiever for a moment. Oh and she’s gorgeous too. How annoying. When it comes to her sewing, I’m a huge fan of her detailing and general taste level. Very good indeed.

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nuutikki, finnish sewing blog, craft, DIY Nuutikki sews for her kids and makes cool things for her home too. Her style is similar to Tilkunpaikka, very graphic and romantic although she makes little boy’s clothes too. My favourite part is the variety she shows on her blog.

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There are tons of more blogs to explore and these 5 represent just a small part of the sewing community in Finland. The explosion of sewing has been helped by the rise of indie-fabric manufacturers/shops. There is sometimes quite fierce competition on FB-fabric groups for some of the rarer prints :D I might have to make a post about them soon too.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Halloween Nighttime: Weekly Photo Challenge

Few years back I hand cut this creepy Halloween village. I got blisters, peeps. The village is now gone, it was one of the decorations that got stolen from my storage and the bookshelf I gave away two years ago too. All I have left is these photos.

hallowee, silhouette, paper craft, DIY, Thrifty Finn 145013_26Oct10_HalloweenSpookyHouse5

My other entry for this week’s challenge is HERE and other WP-peeps interpretations are HERE. All of my earlier challenge entries are HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Are you already doing Halloween-crafting?

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.