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Pinteresting: Finland Edition!

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Today, Finland celebrates its 96th year of being independent. Of course many think (me included) that with EU and the threat of Nato and TTIP looming over us, there’s not much independence left. However, today I’m focusing on the good stuff with some help from Pinterest!

Finlande, french, old travel ad, pays de la romance, ranskankielinen vanha matkamainos

Old travel ad via Flickr

I’m a sucker for vintage travel ads. This one captures very well how Finns like to see their country. However, this is the first time I’ve head the word ‘romantic’ in connection to Finland. Oh, well, there’s a first for everything :D

Suomenlinna, sunset, sunrise, Helsinki, fortress, scenery

Suomenlinna- fortress island in Helsinki. Photo via seesbyanni.blogspot.fi

You cannot talk about Finland without mentioning its capital Helsinki. My favourite place in Helsinki is the Suomenlinna-island which is just perfect place for picnics.

aurora borealis, hello lapland, Lapland, Finland, Northern lights

Aurora Borealis on November 30th 2013. Image by Hello Lapland

From summer to winter…This year the northern lights appeared much earlier than they normally do. Already at the end of August the lights were strong and I’ve seen some pretty amazing photos of them from that time. If you, BTW, are interested in said amazing pictures, you should follow Hello Lapland on Twitter and Facebook.

Saana, fell, Kilpisjärvi, Lapland, Finland

Saana-fell in Lapland. Image by Hello Lapland

My love for Lapland is no secret but did you know I’m a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones? Then I probably don’t have to explain this image any further.

rintamamiestalo, punainen, red wooden house, Finland, suomi

Red house. Image by Cubilla Milan.

I chose this picture because it’s quite similar to my grandparent’s house in Lapland and my NEW place here in Espoo. Yes, I finally moved, and now I rent an upstairs of a house. I have almost 15 square meters more space and TWO separate rooms. Which means that I actually have a living space AND a craft space. I also can finally build a big craft table from that 2×4 Expedit WITH wheels so I don’t know what is getting me more excited, the apartment or the idea of the table.

There’s another reason why I chose this picture. After the war against Russians ended and Finland’s independence was saved, returning vets, their families and refugees from Karelia needed places to live. A new type of single family house was developed which was quick to build and also, for the first time, was designed around a single family unit. My grandparent’s house has exceptionally large rooms (as they had 8 kids) but the layout is of that ‘rintamamiestalo’, a vet house.

rintamiestalo, vet house, Finland, war, veterans, Karelia

Rintamamiestalo. Image via Wikipedia

If you are interested in more Finland pictures, HERE‘s the direct link to Pinterest search. And without any further babbling…

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Sisters Planning Halloween

On Friday my sister called and asked if I wanted come over on Saturday and start planning our Halloween-party. Care to guess how long it took me to say yes?

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We started the evening by cooking dinner. That produced a oneliner, which I will eternally tease my sister about; “Are we eating fancy or in front of the TV like normal people”. A gem, my friends, a gem.

After the dinner, we hit the Pinterest big time. We pinned EVERYTHING we liked for FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT, until we felt we had an adequate amount of pics to choose from. And would you believe it? We managed to set the date, the time, the theme, the foods AND all the decorations, IN THAT FOUR HOURS!!!! Even more miraculous, we didn’t fight about anything! Granted, there are still 51 days to the party, so there are plenty of opportunities to butt heads but for now, we are a lean, mean, co-operating, design machine.

Aren’t you proud of me?

I know you are dying to know what the theme is but you have to wait. Tomorrow we are sending Save The Date-invites on Facebook but the real invitation will be sent on later date because I need time to design them. Also, my costume is semi-planned out (for once on time) but I want to keep it a secret till the actual party.

Oh well, that’s what I’ve been up to. Tell me, have you started your Halloween planning yet?

Thrifty Finn- Totally getting the Halloween-thing.

 

 

Christmas Planning a la Thrifty Sisters

cropped-joulubanneri.png 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.

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Oh, Happy Sunday!

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.

Call Her Happy, quilting cotton 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.

Eep! I’m feeling so giddy right now!

TAST 14: Pinwheel Satin Stitch

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.

Next stitch: Stem stitch and my other samplers are here.