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A Little Witch

I bought some new crafty supplies last month, including a cute Gorjuss-stamp which was on sale. I like sales. They are best. Last night I got bitten by a crafty bug and made this Halloween-card. Who knows, I might even send it to someone ;)

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The techniques I used were pretty basic. Distressing, inking….The little witch hat is pieced and is part of a Stampendous Halloween-stamp. For colouring I used ProMarkers as per usual. The doodle stitching was done with .5 Zig Millenium-pen.

I’m participating in these challenges:

Time Out Challenges: #17 ‘Birds of a weather flock together
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #118 2 or 3 Word Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #282 Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Bonfire Night
Milk Coffee Challenge: Halloween
Cute Card Thursday: #344 Trick or Treat
Creative Moments: #54 Anything Goes- Halloween
Creative Inspirations: #286 Happy Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown: #281 Halloween Colours
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge- Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #94 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Pinteresting vol XLIII

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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.

 

A Little Paper Shop

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Few weeks ago, I was on a Sunday walk in Helsinki and spotted a very cute looking shop with tons of pretty goodies in the window. I immediately decided to come back next week because who doesn’t like lovely paper products?

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papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

They have these wonderful cards from various indie makers.

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And I think these are a sure hit with the Instagram-crowd.

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How about some wall art? They have bunch of others too and the prices seemed reasonable. Personally I’d be ready to hang some of the gift wrapping papers on the wall too:

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The floral patterns are very William Morris-esque, don’t you think? The flamingo is just too perfect. There was also a vintage Paris-map paper that I nearly bought.

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Everything is so nicely presented. They have notebooks, washi tapes, those bitty bags (can’t remember the manufacturer right now), gift wrapping and other paper related paraphernalia. Basically it’s a cute paper related Pinterest-board gone live. I could have bought everything but managed to control myself to buy some necessary crafty supplies but that’s for another post.

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I don’t have a bad thing to say about this place. You can find it on Fredrikinkatu 18. They have an online store too and you can find it HERE. The postage to Finland is always free and they have service in English too.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Do I even have to tell you that I love the smell of paper? All the paper sniffers of the world, unite!

 

 

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.

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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?