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Pinteresting vol. XXVI

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Well, well, well. Long time no see, dear Pinteresting. Naturally I’ve been pinning like the pins were running out but just haven’t been in the mood of sharing them here. Anyhoo. Summer is gone, autumn is coming. I can smell it. I CAN SMELL IT!

Image via ohjoyblogs.com

Today really was Hello Sunshine-day. The weather over here jumped from incredibly hot to cold and rainy so the sunshine was a very welcome change. I also realized that I’m not very good at coping with sudden changes of temperature. Also, had to pin this because it reminds me of my quilt.

Image by kirstensims.blogspot.com

This image is a collage by Kirsten Sims, an illustrator. There’s a lot of potential in this print. I could see it as a novelty print for tops and dresses. Since the scissors are stylized, the pattern wouldn’t look too much like a crafty/quilting print. What do you think?

Image by fallfordiy.com

Who doesn’t love pompoms and tassels? My stylist friend said I need a nice collection of cushions to go with my brand new quilt. I bought two nice pink ones last spring (when the quilt itself was still a distant dream) but I’d like to combine them with a couple of homemade ones. I think this one would be quite nice. An perfect excuse to buy more embroidery floss and/or yarn.

Image by diycandy.com

Another DIY…I really like this idea. I could do three of them and pick the colours from the quilt. A yellow, pink and chartreuse. There is just one problem…I haven’t seen this type of paintings at the thrift stores over here for ages. Hmm. I have to look into this one.

To finish off my latest Pinteresting- roundup, here are some wise words AND beautiful wall art for you…

do no harm but take no shit, cross stitch, embroidery, thrifty finn

Image by decoratedskin.tumblr.com

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can find my Pinterest HERE.

 

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

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Love for all,

-Thrifty Finn

 

Pinteresting vol. XV

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My love for Pinterest doesn’t seem to wane. Although I have to admit, I’ve been cheating Pinterest with Twitter lately a lot. If you are interested, you can find me here but warning, I share a lot, especially about world politics and my opinions are OPINIONS.

(FYI, although it might look like I enjoy getting angry about things, it’s not so. There are just many things people HAVE to get angry about. Otherwise there’s no hope of change).

Anyhoo, back to Pinterest. Here are some of my latest pins:

vintage Harrison Ford

One of my earliest celebrity crushes was Harrison Ford. Because of Indiana Jones, obviously. The adventure! The danger! The rugged handsomeness and the air of testosterone. My second celeb crush was Joey McIntyre. An embodiment of prettiness. Go figure. Am I male-polar? via Listal. Then there’s…

I feel pretty cushion

I feel pretty, oh so pretty! I feel pretty and witty and gay!!! This is a compulsory home decor item for anyone with good gay friends.  via Joss&Main

Sensing a pretty theme coming along because…

pink bow shoesThese shoes!!! Remember the pink ones I sold because I thought I’d never walk in heels again? Wouldn’t these be perfect replacements? I don’t care what people say, girl is never too old to wear PINK SHOES WITH BOWS! Cover these with glitter and I’d die. DIE I SAY! via Burnettsboard.

embroidered chucks, free people blog See, even chucks can be prettified. Even though I haven’t done any embroidery lately, I slowly but steadily collect embroidery techniques and ideas. I think this one is very do-able for any skill-level. via Free People Blog.

(I totally should have run with the do-able joke and insert the Harrison Ford picture here.)

great dane, Heather GreenWhat? You think great danes aren’t pretty?!? I beg to disagree. Look at that face. I’d pinch it, I’d squeeze it, I’d hug it so tight that his eyes would almost pop out. THAT’S how much I love great danes. There’s one living across a street from me. I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve gotten a heart attack when I thought there’s a man staring at me from the upstairs window before realizing it was the damn dog. Although, they apparently moved the dog bed from the landing and replaced it with an office . Now there actually IS a man staring at me. Really. There’s been a naked incident or two. Can’t tell if the office move happened before or after of the first accidental flashing. via Erin Vey Flickr.

Wow. I may have a stalker.

Thrifty Finn- Suffering from thunderstorm headache and should be packing for flash market happening tonight.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

Big effort in embroidery:

  Looking at this pile makes me very happy.

 Happiness is the reward of conscious effort of committing myself to something. In this case, becoming better at embroidery.

I don’t know if I’m better but I sure am happy about the results. My embroidery samplers can be found HERE and the other participants of Weekly Photo Challenge HERE.

 

TAST 33: Scribbled Pekinese Stitch

Pekinese stitch was very interesting to work with. I had to check out couple of tutorials but it wasn’t too hard to figure out. I had more trouble to come up with the sketch to stitch as I was overwhelmed by all the fantastic antique Chinese samplers I saw. In the end I settled on a loopy scribble, a similar one to my couching sampler.

 Can you see the mistake I made?

 The mistakes show up particularly well in this picture. As I was doing the second round of stitching, the looping, and I was turning around, I kept picking up the floss strands up, leaving them standing up quite ugly.

 Another thing I’m not too happy about, is the way I added the one lonely half-loop. I thought it would be a fun detail but it actually looks very sad and gives the sampler very half-finished look.

Pekinese Stitch But all in all, I’m excited about Pekinese stitch. It will take some finessing but I think it will lend itself to fashion embroidery quite well. Imagine military detailing…Anyhoo, next in-line is Linked Double Chain.

My other samplers are listed here. Go and have look. Clicking the pictures will take you to the individual posting where you can read more about my process with the particular stitch.

Till next time!