Pinteresting vol. XXV

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Spring, spring, springety, spring! The weather has been amazing over here. Well, not today, today is miserable and cold but in general the summer is definitely on its way. Not a moment too soon. We need sunshine and picnics and other summery things!

As per usual, I’ve been pinning away and here are some of latest pins:

Tom of Finland, cross stitch, kit, embroidery, gay

via perlershop.com

I thought the Tom of Finland-stamps were cool but now Finnish post office was outdone by the crafty community. Australian based company Pearler designed this kit in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation.

flamingo sunglasses, bonne maison, style

Image via Bonne Maison Instagram

Different kind of fierce but fierce nonetheless. The blues, the bling and the flamingo. And talking about birds…

Károly Reich, hungarian, fantasy, illustration, peacock

Image via theanimalarium.blogspot.com.br 

A peacock by Hungarian artist Károly Reich.

DIY, Kate Spade, stool

Image via preciouslyme.com

The fabulousness continues…DIY boudoir chair. (I refuse to use the s-word as in my mind it begs the continuation word ‘sample’).

motto, quote, let's make better mistakes tomorrow

Via 20×200.com

I love the sentiment but more importantly, it came from a board ‘Your Sassy Gay Friend‘ by Pinterest-user Brad Jacobsen. I guess the first pin influenced all my pin choices today ;) Here’s one more rainbow for the road:

care bears, vintage, original

Via silvitablanco.com.ar

Love for all,

-Thrifty Finn

 

Recently Thrifted…

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Some frames I may or may not use for framing my favourite vintage fabrics, some more :D vintage fabric, and yet another silkscreen. The dark fabric is yardage, there’s about 6-7 meters of it. The mustard coloured fabric is a pair of curtains. I paid about 25€ for all of these.

-Thrifty Finn-

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

I feel that we should be already posting about summer themed photos. I can’t remember the last time Finland was this green THIS early in the May. Anyhoo, I went thrifting today and on my way home I spotted this pink tree. I don’t know its name so I’m just going to call it Thrifty Finnimus Amorus:

pink blossoms, tree, spring

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Today’s weather was very freaky. There was sunshine, there were clouds and then there were hails and soon after sunshine again. Unfortunately the sun was gone by the time I got home, so I decided to run these images through some Instagram-filters to put some sun in the pics:

pink blossoms, trees, spring

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Lovely. Me thinks. If you are interested, you can find more interpretations HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

Eurovision Song Contest 2nd Semi-Final Review

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Welcome to the part 2 of my Grand Eurovision Review! I hope you enjoyed the part 1 and found your favourite from the list. Let me tell you…This took hours! I thought this would be a fun project but listening to music when you HAVE to do so makes it less enjoyable. Not to mention the linking and other technical things you have to do to get a somewhat decent blog post. Never the less, let’s get cracking with some judging!

Malta, Firelight, Eurovision 2014

Malta | Firelight-Coming Home
The video starts with some World War 2 inspired drama which promises a slow song about peace but the song turns out to be eurodance. Not bad per se, I just got very confused about the video. (On my second listen grew to like it. Goes to show).

Mei Finegold, Israel, Eurovision 2014

Israel | Mei Finegold- Same Heart
These people have seen Beyoncé’s Single Ladies one too many times. The sassy dance and tight, tiny black clothing is then combined with some…Metal inspired dance music? Confusion started by Malta continues here. Also…Samurai swords? Really?

Carl Espen, Norway, Eurovision 2014

Norway | Carl Espen- Silent Storm
Viking hipster feeling things. I miss Alexander and his violin. Not a bad song even though I kept praying it to end.

Georgia, The Shin and Mariko, Eurovision 2014

Georgia | The Shin & Mariko- Three Minutes to Earth
Words can’t describe the disappointment I felt about this song. Hippy Irish music. I’ve loved Georgia’s entries on many years but this…I. Can’t. Even.

Donatan & Cleo, Poland, Eurovision 2014

Poland | Donatan & Cleo- My Słowianie/We Are Slavic
If Israel was inspired by Beyoncé, Poland was inspired by…everything really. The video is filled with gorgeous Polish women, in their national garbs, grinding like their lives depended on it. What about the song? It’s, uhm, urban folk song? See for yourself and then tell me how many times YOU had to watch it before it started to make ANY sense. Re: boobs.

Conchita Wurst, Austria, Eurovision 2014

Austria | Conchita Wurst- Rise Like a Phoenix
The bearded lady of Austria. Has a better figure than I do. Shame that the song is terrible. It’s so bad that it would have been rejected from the Sex & The City 2 soundtrack. There was an attempt for an emancipation anthem. Shame that this phoenix can’t fly and is just hanging stuffed on the wall at the hunter’s cabin. Shot outside the hunting season just to shut it up.

Lithuania, Vilija Matačiūnaitė, Eurovision 2014

Lithuania | Vilija Matačiūnaitė- Attention
“Saw me chatting with girls at the bar, we are all pretty” Yup. Actual lyrics. Once I got past them, the song got more interesting. After two listens I started to like the song but it won’t do well. Too eccentric. But what do I know.

Softengine, Finland, Eurovision 2014

Finland | Softengine- Something Better
I’m trying to be positive. I like the chorus. Basic hipster influenced pop rock. It was nicer than I remembered. Your thoughts?Kasey Smith, Ireland, Eurovision 2014

Ireland | Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith- Heartbeat
Very Irish sounding song. I don’t like it. Will get to the Finale and probably do well there. Still, I don’t like it.

Teo, Belarus, Eurovision 2014

Belarus | Teo- Cheesecake
Wishing so hard I hadn’t seen the video because there’s something very catchy in this song. I like it when I just listen to it but as soon as I look at the video, I hate it. A summery tune.

Tijana, FYR Macedonia, Eurovision 2014

F.Y.R. Macedonia | Tijana Dapčević- To The Sky
Gorgeous Balkan woman singing a pop song. The sound can be best described as melancholic Katy Perry. Not a bad per se. I hope the show will be better on the Eurovision stage. On the video (straight from the national final I presume), she just awkwardly sways on the stage alone.

Sebalter, Switzerland, Eurovision 2014

Switzerland | Sebalter- Hunter of Stars
The song gets ruined with the ‘goofball’ vibe in the video. If you just listen to it, it’s pretty good for an Eurovision song. Even when the German pushes through the English :D My favourite part is the violin, quite close to the end.

Freaky Fortune, Risky Kidd, Greece, Eurovision 2014

Greece | Freaky Fortune feat Risky Kidd- Rise Up
Now this is true homage to 90s music! There’s the rapper, dance music beat and vocals (albeit sung by a man) brought to 2014. This could be the compulsory Eurovision Gay Anthem. You know which part I’m talking about when you hear the song ;)

Tinkara Kovač, Slovenia, Eurovision 2014

Slovenia | Tinkara Kovač – Round And Round
Talking about homages…I suspected that Game of Thrones had inspired some songs on the 1st Semi-Final and this song (well at least the beginning) drew from LOTR and The Hobbit. A power ballad but fortunately not the tacky kind.

Paula Seling & OVI, Romania, Eurovision 2014

Romania | Paula Seling & Ovi- Miracle
Eurodance. The girl WILL sing off-key at the televised event. I guarantee it.

The second Semi-Final is on Thursday, the May 8th. The images in this post are from eurovision.tv and if you click the image, you get to that artist’s profile. My favourites from this lot are Poland and Lithuania. Which pretty much guarantees that they won’t get in to the final. Niina and her famously good luck.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eurovision Song Contest 1st Semi-Final Review

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It’s that time of the year again. When Western Europe blames Eastern Europe for voting block, the Eastern Blok says “no we don’t” and the Eurovision fanatics are writing blog posts and planning watching parties. Yes, it is Eurovision Song Contest time! Well, I’m not a fanatic fan but as a regular fan, I decided to share my views on the songs competing this year. This is the list for the 1st Semi-Final. The review of the 2nd Semi-Final can be found HERE.

Aram, Armenian, Eurovision 2014

Armenia | Aram- You’re Not Alone
I was very disappointed with how the song began but I love it. It’s strong and powerful. I don’t know if Eurovision voters will think the same way. Depends on how they will present it on the stage.

Aarzemnieki Latvia Eurovision 2014

Latvia | Aarzemnieki- Cake To Bake
Just awful. Will be a performed on various Christian youth camps. By the campfire.

Tanja, Estonia, Eurovision 2014

Estonia | Tanja- Amazing
Not terrible. Basic europop. Favourite part is in the chorus. Serious ab-envy.

Sanna Nielsen Sweden Eurovision 2014

Sweden | Sanna Nielsen- Undo
Probably will be in Top 5 if not the winner. My favourite in Melodifestivalen was Alcazar so obviously I can’t like this one. Except that I do.

Pollapönk, Iceland, Eurovision 2014

Iceland | Pollapönk- No Prejudice
If Disney made a kids’ movie in Iceland, this song would be featured on the scene where the characters learn to appreciate their differences. Not a terrible song but could live without.

Albania, Hersi, Eurovision 2014

Albania | Hersi- One Night’s Anger
The song starts as a folk song but turns into a ‘not too slow’ rock ballad. Sounds odd but works. Hoping it will make into the final.

Russia, Tolmachevy Sisters, Eurovision 2014Russia | Tolmachevy Sisters- Shine
I like the dresses girls wear in the video. They sing in English but the sound of the song is very Russian. Might do okay. (There are some very camp moments in the video. Worth a look).

Dilara Kazimova, Azerbaijan, Eurovision 2014

Azerbaijan | Dilara Kazimova- Start The Fire
The singer has a lovely voice but since there is already another big ballad in the semi-final (Sanna Nielsen), I don’t think she has a chance.

Mariya Yaremchuk, Ukraine, Eurovision 2014

Ukraine | Maria Yaremchuk- Tick-Tock
Ukraine has been my favourite on many years. This year is an exception to the rule. I like the styling in the video but the song itself is trying too hard to be a sexy hit.

Axel Hirsoux, Belgium, Eurovision 2014

Belgium | Axel Hirsoux- Mother
This song would have done well in the early 90s. I suppose. I don’t think Belgians understand Eurovision Song Contest at all. The Dutch have the same issue, their performances are more often than not very cringeworthy. And this comment comes from a Finnish person, who have had to endure more than one failed performance from her own country.

Cristina Scarlat, Moldova, Eurovision 2014

Moldova | Cristina Scarlat- Wild Soul
Very lame. Something about the song and the video makes me think that the singer is fan of Game of Thrones. And that she would be rooting for Cersei. A good reason for a strong dislike, says I.

Valentina Monetta, San Marino, Eurovision 2014

San Marino | Valentina Monetta- Maybe
“I was left at the altar and I’m totally fine with it.”

Suzy, Portugal, Eurovision 2014

Portugal | Suzy- Quero Ser Tua
“I was like in the Africa and I like was totally like influenced by that. And Lambada.” The singer mumbles through the entire song and then suddenly belts out ‘AAAAAAAAAAA’ aaaaand…the song is done.

The Common Linnets, Netherlands, Eurovision 2014

The Netherlands | The Common Linnets- Calm After The Storm
What did I say about the Dutch? Well, they are not that bad this year. The video is stylish, the singers sound very good but the song itself doesn’t do anything for me. I’d describe it as a Tribute to Chris Isaak but without any of the sexiness.

Sergej Ćetković, Montenegro, Eurovision 2014

Montenegro | Sergej Ćetković- Moj Svijet
Typical Balkan Eurovision-song. That’s it. I can’t think of anything else to say about this one.

András Kállay-Saunders, Hungary, Eurovision 2014

Hungary |András Kállay-Saunders- Running
The dude looks like Colin Farrell and I like the song a lot too ;) The lyrics are a little bit naive but the breakbeat makes a difference. I think Hungary should be doing a lot better than they have in the past. They are solid.

Images are from eurovision.tv and if you click the image, you get to the artist’s profile. The videos are linked to the song titles. Enjoy! I’m off to listen Hungary’s and Armenia’s songs for the umpteenth time in a row. The 1st Semi-Final will be televised on Tuesday, 6th of May.

-Thrifty Finn-