Category Archives: Paper Crafting

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. 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.

I Heart Ikea

I’m moving in couple of months, so two days ago, I went to Ikea to get some moving boxes so I could already start packing. But you know how it goes, you NEVER leave Ikea without buying tons more than you originally planned to. Guess how much more I spent? 280%. TWOHUNDREDANDEIGHTY PERCENT!!!

Granted, in euros that was 30€ but still. TWOHUNDREDANDEIGHTY!

The reason this happened was that THIS was the first section on the market floor:

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Yup. That’s the Ikea paper store. I should have walked past that as previous experience has taught me that if you put one tiny thing in that yellow back, soon you will have 15 tiny things there. That one tiny purchase sets off the avalanche so to speak.

I love all the sets they have available but this time I only got things I thought would be handy for Halloween crafting. Here’s some of the loot:

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Those tags!!! Only 99 cents a pack! I got 4 sets in total. Underneath them is a pack of kraft paper bags. Naturally I got more things but I want to keep them as a surprise. I have few tutorials planned ;)

At this point I hadn’t busted my budget THAT badly but then I got to the fabric section. (Why is it always the fabric sections ruining my finances?) There was a sign saying that this and this fabric for only 2.99€ per meter. There was only one sad roll of black material left and I was a bit disappointed. Then I decided to browse and when I got close to the cutting table, there was this lady cutting cute material. When I peeked at the tag I saw that it was the OTHER sale fabric.  I asked if she was going to take it all and lucky for me, she wasn’t. I got so excited by this I bought 5 meters!

ikea fabric, sale, triangle pattern, dots

It’s enough to make two curtains or bunch of cushions and whatnot. I think there’s a modern Halloween-vibe in it. Maybe because of the colours. Hmmm. I need to ponder what to make.

Anyhoo, as you can guess. I nearly forgot the moving boxes. Damn you and your clever floor planning and merchandise, Ikea.

Thrifty Finn- In a shopping high

 

Pinteresting vol. X

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Hah! Finally a new banner. I had to re-download some digital scrapbook papers from Pixels & Co to get going (and bunch of new fonts from interwebs) and here’s my new masterpiece! Genius!

My obsession with Pinterest is still going strong and I have quite a few interesting things to share. Starting with:

someecards, of course it burns, exercising, fitness Yeah. I have a gym card but I haven’t gotten any exercise done in two weeks. Fine, OVER two weeks. I’m going today. Seriously, I’m going today. And I will be getting my fitness on. From my board “Funny”.

mid-length red lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana

This dress is gorgeous. It’s by Dolce & Gabbana‘s A/W14-collection. I pinned this on my Sewing-board because I have a horrible, 90’s lace dress that I was going to donate but I realize that I can do something similar to this with it. Hah. I’m so clever!

But we all know I’m never going to get around doing it. Or maybe, just maybe, this time I will.

Hah again.

you have the potential to make beautiful things, quote Hah again. Potential, yes. Ability get started, not so much. From “Quotes”.

makers gonna make, quote, temporary tattoo But then again I could re-adjust my attitude. Haters gonna hate, makers gonna make. I added this onto my board “Font Book” but I think the Quote-board would be a better fit.

vintage sheet dresses

Speaking of making and a better fit…Me loooves! Now I’m hoping that no one will make an offer on my fabric stash so I can make couple of these babies. I have few Burda-magazines from the library and I know couple of nice patterns that would look GOOD on me. And then the leftover scraps of fabric I could use for:

tie pattern, Colette patterns, DIY

Making ties.

Thrifty Finn-In a fabric and sewing and general making fever.

 

Photoshoot

I think I told you that I’ve been working on a photoshoot. If not, here are the news again; I’ve been working on a photoshoot. Yay me! Pictures won’t be published until October and I still have another shoot to do in beginning of July but this is so very exciting!

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Anyhoo, my job was to do some props out of cardboard. I’ve been hot glueing and cutting and drawing like I’ve never done before (actually I NEVER have done glueing, cutting and drawing like that before!) and my hands are covered in glue burns and there’s black poster paint under my nails that I’m not able to get rid of.

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Now that the shoot is done. I can think of about million ways I could have built the things smarter and have them finished nicer. I made some idiotic mistakes during the building process but that’s nothing I can do about now. However, I have managed to pinpoint the origin of those mistakes. Care to know?

The mistake was that I didn’t trust my own process. I think my regular readers can recognize my graphic style from cards that I’ve made. For example the way I do my doodle stitching.

I should have stuck with my OWN style but I started second guessing and that’s where I went wrong. Gah! I should know better by now.

Minä3 Now the photographer has to fix some things on Photoshop which is not good because photoshopping is more expensive than my crafting is. On positive side, now I definitely know better. For the next shoot, I’m sticking to what I know (it will be a DIY-tutorial in connection of a fashion shoot).

The shoot was so much fun. When stylists, makeup artist, models and the photographer were doing their thing in the studio, I was in the back room trying on new specs and taking selfies.

Good times.

Thrifty Finn- Total Pro

P.S. After the photoshoot was over, me and the photographer did “Trash The Props-shoot” and this is the end result:

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And yes, it was me who had to return to the studio next day to clean all that up.