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Trip Down the Crafty Memory Lane

Yesterday, I logged on Craftster after many, many years. I was sad to see that it wasn’t as active as it used to be. For example, my project post from yesterday is still on the 4th page on the latest projects.

It was nice to see all kinds of crafts again though. I’ve been in a sewing and paper craft bubble so long that I forgot what kinds of things are out there but what I got the biggest kick out of was my own old posts. From a time before I had this blog!

These are just some of my work. Most of them were for swaps. I had really hard time with sending away the owls and the Christmas calendar. They were so cute and pretty! The little owls are actually for tossing! I filled them with lentils and if my memory serves correctly, I sent them either to UK or Australia. Good times.

Do you still swap? I haven’t swapped for years as I couldn’t keep up with the commitments but would it be the time to start again? Well, not now, just before Christmas when there are presents to make but after that? Please, share your thoughts and swap memories, they are always fun to read.

-Thrifty Finn-

DIY Instagram Art

Couple of weeks ago my friend was visiting me and we reorganized my bedroom. Amidst this hassle, I showed my various thrift store finds including a set Disney Princess- wall art pieces. I enthusiastically (spitting and spastically waving hands) explained that I planned to make them into either Christmas or Halloween art pieces, just haven’t decided which one yet. Then he asked “how about for once making something that you could use all year round?”.

*Stunned silence*

And you know what? That’s what I did and here’s the how:

Materials:

Wall art or canvasses to pimp
Spray Paint
Something to protect the ground/floor from paint
Photos/prints you want to display
Paper glue stick
X-acto knife or scissors

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

These are the originals. They are about 1 cm thick MDF and the images are paper. These types of kids’ wall art are easy to find at thrift stores and flea markets. If I remember correctly, I paid 1 euro each for these.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

I didn’t sand or prime the images but I did skimp on the spray paint. I had forgotten that the one sold at Prisma is cheap BUT HAS AN AWFUL COVERAGE! Save yourself some trouble and invest on good quality spray paint.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

You don’t have to spray paint the entire thing. Just the edges. In the end I had to do three coats to hide most of the pink, however the princesses were still visible but it doesn’t matter as they will be hidden under the whatever image you use.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Selecting the images and editing them took the longest. I used a mix of my Instagram-photos and ones I’ve taken with my camera but had edited using free Instagram-filters for Photoshop. I don’t remember where I got mine but THIS looks like a good set. I then made all the images 27x27cm because I wanted to have a small white border on the art pieces. I then had them laser printed at the local library on A3 paper. In my neck of woods, they are 40 cents a piece. I printed 10, just to have some choice.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

The best way to trim is with an x-acto knife and using a mat but in a pinch, scissors are OK too. I had to trim a little extra because the library machine re-scaled my carefully designed pieces to fit the paper. It added an extra cm on each side but it was nothing too tricky to fix.

To attach the images on the painted MDF-pieces, I used regular paper glue stick. You only need to spread it on the edges. After laying the glued images on the MDF, use your sleeve to carefully remove air bubbles or wrinkles. Do this to all the pieces and voilà, you have beautiful art to admire! Here are the finished pieces:

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Some tips…Instagram photos have enough picture quality for this kind of art. Even though close by there’s pixellation, the whole IG-filter thingmake images blurry so it works with the style. If possible, choose a satin finish paper for printing. There was no choice at my local library but if you use a print shop, you should have options.

I hope you liked it!

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can find the Paris-images used above to print for free HERE!

Happy Little Snowman

I managed to whip up my first holiday card this year. I got a free ticket to an ice hockey game and as a thank you, I made this card (and a small gift but I forgot to take a picture of that).

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The picture is of horrible quality. I was in a hurry and it was already dark outside. Anyhoo, making this card was very simple. I used my new Christmas-themed washi tapes for the background and I stamped the snowman on some very thick watercolour paper. I fussy cut it and attached it on the card with some foam dots.

I’d like to participate with this  Happy Little Snowman to these challenges:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenges: #285 Christmas
Alphabet Challenge Blog: T is for Traditional Christmas
I <3 ProMarkers: Challenge #245- Male Christmas
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: November Lovely Lili Challenge
Party Time Tuesday Challenge #189: Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew: Challenge #74 Christmas Joy
Sisters of Craft Challenge: November Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge: #97 Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations: Challenge #117 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

My Sunshine Quilt

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After years of hoarding the fabric, then year ago starting to cut the pieces and a little bit over a a week ago finally proceeded to sewing, my quilt is done. And look at it! It’s glorious!

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Excuse the blurry Instagram image but I wanted to show you the quilt in situ. And it’s still glorious!

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I might want to consider cleaning the phone camera lens, don’t you think? Anyhoo, piecing the thing together wasn’t too terrible. MOST CORNERS MATCH! But when it was time to combine the backing, batting and the top, I ran out of floor space. This naturally caused some wrinkles on the backing but I think I can live with them. Hello! It’s my FIRST EVER QUILT! How could it possibly be perfect? It’s perfect in its imperfectness. There.

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I probably didn’t use enough pins either. I actually went to buy more but they were those short ones and wouldn’t have worked anyway. So what I did was that I pinned the entire thing in sections before quilting. There wasn’t too much shifting, even as I don’t own a running foot.

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The binding! Which I made myself! I used already quite thinned out vintage sheet but since I’m looking for that eventual weathered look, it works just fine for me. So yes, it will be fraying sooner rather than later but I have plans for that.

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This is where I thought the worst part was over. The top was pieced and I thought the quilting and binding would be a piece of cake. I guarantee that the quilting was the worst. Tedious and felt like it took forever. Of course in real time, the piecing took longer but as you see your progress so quickly with that, the time felt shorter.

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As you can see, I didn’t go with the 9 block-route (which I should have but meh, what can you do) but made these 4 square blocks which I then combined in rows of one. I was so excited at this point as I could start visualizing how the quilt would look ready.

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Can’t tell you how many times I first counted and then re-counted my pieces, my duo-blocks and then these four-blocks. I didn’t want to find myself in the end and realizing I’m missing blocks. Let’s just say the original cutting brought me to tears more than once. 572 pieces. 286 patterned ones and 286 white ones. And yes, I really kept counting them over and over again.

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I sewed these pairs in chains. There was no way I was going to cut the thread, lift the presser and the needle after every pair. I tried pressing them in layers too but that just didn’t work so I had to press all 286 of them separately. Took forever but seeing those crisp seams was, ah so satisfying.

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All 572 pieces I think. So much potential and I’m very happy with what became with these. This was a fantastic exercise on patience, long-term planning and artistic effort and it shows.

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As for the question will I ever make another quilt again…Hell no. Maybe.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I will be making another post about the things I learned while making this but that it will have to wait till later this week. Hope you like my quilt and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated ;)

P.P.S. I’m linking up at following link parties:

A Sew Can Do

Gingersnap Crafts- Wow Me Wednesday

Someday Crafts- Whatever Goes Wednesday

Funky Polkadot Giraffe- Too Cute Tuesday

DIY Show Off

Sand and Sisal- Inspire Me Monday

Crafting In The Rain- Do Tell Tuesday

Creations by Kara- Look What I Made

The Turquoise Home- Work It Wednesday

 

Flowers!

Monday is the challenge day! This week’s theme at Craft Your Passion is Flowers and as an extra challenge, you must have flowers in your image, not just in paper or embellishment. This worked out for me pretty well, as my embellishment collection is quite limited.

See, I took some in progress pics! These are the papers I was considering for this card. The digi stamp is by Delicious Doodles.

 In the end I went with the lettering paper by Crate Paper. It gave me this NY loft garden vibe so I kept the entire card simple and the colour palette limited. I so love this paper and I’m totally regretting that I bought only two sheets of it.

 The compulsory close-up! This week’s challenge prizes are from Delicious Doodles and Di’s Digi Downloads. You have till Sunday to participate so go and get crafty!