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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

I feel that we should be already posting about summer themed photos. I can’t remember the last time Finland was this green THIS early in the May. Anyhoo, I went thrifting today and on my way home I spotted this pink tree. I don’t know its name so I’m just going to call it Thrifty Finnimus Amorus:

pink blossoms, tree, spring

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Today’s weather was very freaky. There was sunshine, there were clouds and then there were hails and soon after sunshine again. Unfortunately the sun was gone by the time I got home, so I decided to run these images through some Instagram-filters to put some sun in the pics:

pink blossoms, trees, spring

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Lovely. Me thinks. If you are interested, you can find more interpretations HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

Cinq Natures Mortes

Few days ago, my cousin did that annoying Facebook thing and challenged me to do five pictures in five days. I obliged (after some whining) and here they are:

espoo, yellow flower, dandelion, nature, Finland

Dandelion. Well, I presume it’s dandelion. Help me out here. Is it? It’s a coltsfoot.

indiska, cushions, pillows, home decor, coral

Two new, lovely cushions. I bought them last weekend to reward myself for sticking with Treatless April. I have a plan for my bedroom and these go with it perfectly. And you know what the best part is? These were on sale and then there was another 50% off! Ooh, how I love a good bargain.

paint job, DIY

Remember when I said I was planning to paint my red mirror frame white? Well, as you can see from my stellar handiwork, I should have spraypainted the frame. I have to sand it and re-paint it. Although, my friend said that he was going to say that it looks really good because he thought I had tried out some new plastering style. Apparently no one would have known it was an accidental paint job.

selfie, Thrifty Finn

Well, not a nature morte but I do have a quite horrified facial expression. I was actually dead tired when I tried to take a selfie and the result was ten images with my eyes closed in them. Then I decided it’s better to try to force them open, hence the frozen facial expression. Well, I guess it is a nature morte after all.

window

Finally the last image. I got home and remembered that I still had one more picture to take and I was too tired (again) to think of anything clever so I snapped a photo of my window. This picture doesn’t do justice to my bedroom/study. Even as I type, it’s flooded with sunlight and I love it. And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a nap on that sunny spot on my bed.

-Thrifty Finn-

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

How many cute doggy pictures have you seen on this week’s photo challenge? My doggy fever has gone through the roof and I’ve been looking at rescue dogs (as I do quite frequently) in hopes of finding the “one”.

*sigh*

Anyhoo, just because I don’t have a pet, it doesn’t mean I don’t have connections with any animals. On Friday, I went to Nuuksio again and I met this little fellow there:

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While my date was getting our picnic food from the car, I stayed behind to guard our fire pit spot. (Because that’s my spot :D) It didn’t take long before this seagull took interest in me and kept getting closer and closer. Companionable? At first yes but it escalated quickly into something from the casting of The Birds.

Birds are creepy.

I’d rather have had pictures of a doggies.

Pooh.

Thrifty Finn- On a full-on sulking mood.

P.S. If you are interested, other interpretations of Companionable can be found HERE.

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