My sister just called asking about my Christmas plans. She wanted to know if I was going up north. When I said I won’t be going because I thought I’d have my knee operation so I didn’t book any tickets, she then proceeded to suggest that we could have a Singleton Christmas in Helsinki.
Before I had time to consider and give any kind of response, she continued: “Obviously this has to happen at my place since I have a bigger TV.”
Thrifty Finn. Over and out with a picture of thrifty finds she can’t find anymore but at least have a picture to prove she’s not crazy and did indeed find some vintage ornaments.
You know Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day? What a question, of course you do. Well, as I mentioned in my Christmas Shopping post, I was pretty tired from commenting on dozens of fab blogs but all that work wasn’t for nothing!!! Why? Because I won! Yes, I won me some pretty fabrics!
I’m so happy now.
Which is quite appropriate as the blog, where I won, is called Call Her Happy. Well, I don’t mind if you do! This is the loot I’ll be receiving someday. Hopefully soon.
I’m especially excited for the pink birdie fabric and the one with hexagons! The rest will be perfect for making gifts. The tiny ballerina bear is so going to my Parisian friend’s daughter. She has begun dancing and the rumour is that after every lesson she has to show EVERY move she learned. Maybe I could make a tiny bag where she can carry her dance gear.
Satin stitch, how I love thee! The queen of all stitches! After the barred chain, I was more than happy to jump into making satin stitch sampler. It took me nearly two hours to find inspiration for it though. I wanted to use cheerful imagery on this and in the end decided on pinwheels!
Is it too much to declare I love these colours?
Do I have any regrets? Just couple. One, I used a pencil to mark things and it didn’t come off in wash. Two, I didn’t plan the lay out and sketched directly on my stitching material. Had I properly designed this, the result would have been even better. But hey, this is part of the learning, right?
Masking tape is a multi-use tool. From a wood shop to an embroidery hoop, it helps any crafter in need.
Or more like “Stupid Is As Stupid Does pt.2″. On Tuesday morning, I woke up on time, packed up my bag and took the bus to Helsinki to catch up my bus to Tampere. See for yourselves:
The weather is lovely, I’m in pretty dress and generally in a very good mood. Well, I arrive at Kamppi, go grab a bite to eat and then make my way to the bus terminal, which is located below the Kamppi Shopping Centre. I’m there, the bus is about to leave and I’m frantically searching for the correct bus bay. I find it but there’s no bus to be seen! And it was supposed to leave that very minute! I’m getting all @#% and I call my cousin if she could get the bus company’s number so I can call them and ask what’s going on. I dial the number and soon as they answer, I’m all huffy and indignant and some other words as I demand an explanation for the missing bus. I’m a customer! I paid for things! I printed the ticket and everything! The man listens for a while, asks more details such as where I am, where I am going etc.etc. This was quickly followed by an awkward silence. Because, whilst I was here:
I was actually supposed to be here:
How embarrassing. Once again.
The man from Onnibus was very nice and allowed me to travel using the same ticket by the later bus. Which was to leave 6 hours later. Instead of day in Tampere, Tuesday turned into a Day When I Was Forced To Spend 6 Hours in Helsinki While Waiting My Bus To Leave.
Summer means travel, right?Just the other day, I called my cousin who lives in Tampere and asked what if I came over for few days and she happily welcomed me! She didn’t change her mind even after I asked if she’d like to go fabric shopping with me. Miracle! (My aunt, her mother, told me some time ago that my cousin had said her worst nightmare is to go shopping for fabrics with me, thus the miracle part).
Few months ago a new, discount bus company began operating between few Finland’s biggest cities. The company, Onnibus, offers tickets for as low as 3 euros but the ticket I bought today came to 10,90€. Still cheap compared to Matkahuolto, where oneway ticket costs 26,30€ or if you’d like to train the train, the price jumps to 30,99€. I’m saving 20 euros, which now can be used on refreshing glasses of wine!
I’m smart like that.
Change of scenery will do wonders for me. As well as access to new thrift stores! My thrifty fingers are totally twitching right now.