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Kädentaitomessut- Arts & Crafts Fair


Last  November I went to Kädentaitomessut (Arts & Crafts Fair) in Helsinki. I took pictures but never got around posting about it. Yeaaaaah. That’s how I apparently roll. Well, lucky for me, the fair is twice a year and it’s coming up again in couple of weeks time. So isn’t it really better to post about the fair now? BEFORE the fair is on? As to give information what’s it about?

At least that’s how I reason it to myself.

Anyhoo. The fair is held in huge (in Finnish huge, not American huge) convention center. There are several wings of which one is for crafts and (this time) the other fairs held at the same time are: Child, Model Expo, Outlet Expo and Local&Organic Food Fair. I’m particularly excited about the last one because, hey, tastings. Mmmm. Food samples…


I like that there are both small independent crafters and manufacturers AND shops that sell supplies. Pictured above are bamboo dish rags by Susannan Työhuone (Susanna’s Workroom). I didn’t buy one but I kind of wish that I did. I tried to keep a budget so I bought only necessary supplies like washi tape, ProMarkers, stamps…You know. The basic stuff. Continue reading

Craft In Progress

Palikat2 I’ve had these blocks in my stash for quite some time. I’ve actually managed to cover them with scrapbook paper but lost interest after sanding one cube. Isn’t that always the story? I think I’m going to give them to my friend’s kids after I’m done. Whenever that is.

Kankaat1 Can you believe I’ve actually done something cool with these fabrics? My sister had a photo shoot (she’s a stylist) and she needed some accessories for it. No, I don’t have the pictures to share yet but imagine something really great and that would be it ;D

Thrifty Finn. Almost busy.


Colour Combo

Yes. It’s my last Craft Your Passion Challenge as a DT. I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself during these past 6 months and really, should be holding some kind of speech. But since I’m lazy, I’m only sharing my card.

 This week’s theme is this fabulous colour combo (yes, I really had to add the “u”). I know, I know. At first it seems like a whole lot of fluorescent but once you get going, the colours come together pretty easy.

challenge146001 Ta-dah! The colours are slightly off. I scanned it so they don’t come across as bright as they are in real life. The rosettes are from my local craft store, the banners are actually plastic push pins and background paper is either MME or OA. Can’t remember. The tire is paper pieced to give some dimension and it looks rather fun in real life. If you are interested to take part, click HERE and you have a chance to win 5 digis from Mayzy Art.

I’m sharing this card also in following challenges:

Make It Monday: #125 with Meljens Designs
Paper Playtime: Challenge #2- Use Some Brown
Ooh La La Creations: Challenge #122- Wheely Good
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Let’s Get Paper Piecing! (the tire swing)
I <3 ProMarkers: Challenge #152- Anything Goes
Simply Create Too: Challenge #29-Anything Goes
Kortisto: #15- Pyöreitä
Pile It On: #4- Decorative Tape

Thrifty Finn. Over and out.

Retail Therapy For So Many Reasons

Hi all! Remember when I said my operation would be on 15th? Does it seem like I’m at the hospital right now? No sir, it doesn’t…

On my pre-operation check-up on 5th, after meeting the anesthesia doctor and nurse, I walked into the surgeon’s office. We exchanged some polite words and then he said: “I’ve been summoned to testify in court. Guess which date?”

My eyes did this:


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 And I was quiet for a very, VERY long time. The quietness lasted so long that it went from normal pause to awkward to “there’s going to be some serious butt-whooping going on if something doesn’t get done right”. I got re-scheduled to 5th of February. Which is cool because that’s when the killer winter temperatures usually kick in and you couldn’t drag me out of this flat with wild horses when it’s -30c. (Except when I need chocolate. Ooh, the things I have done for chocolate).

I was feeling depressed for a week about this because I’d been mentally preparing myself for the 15th and had made plans accordingly. When I got out of my funk, I began getting things ready for the 5th. First order of business was getting some safe shoes to walk in and outdoors. And that of course meant getting:

The HORROR! Doom! There’s no recovering from this! I had to get Crocs. CROCS! My friend said on Facebook that I should be whipped and not in a 50 Shades of Grey kind of way.

But they are comfortable. Perfect for my recovery period. Then it will already be spring and I will be able to walk in other, non-Crocs shoes. But boy, are these comfortable. I’ve been wearing the outdoor shoes indoors for over an hour now. I paid 90 euros for two pairs of shoes which is a total bargain compared to the other safe and comfy shoes I had my eyes on. They were 200 euros a pair. See, I managed to live up to my bloggy name!

Anyhoo, since my shoe shopping was so traumatizing, I decided to smooth my bruised design ego by getting some crafty supplies. Craft Gossip recently linked to a fabulous digital scrapbooking store called Pixels and Company. They have these fantastic 1$ sales AND freebies so I decided to have a look. For 3$/2.25€ I got three fabulous paper sets and then I got three freebies too! Check these babies out:

pixandco1 So pretty. 3 different designers with their own distinctive style. I’m especially keen on the plaid on Scarlett, autumn hues on Autumn Delight and those watercolour florals on In Bloom. All this for 3$! Then from the freebies section I chose:

pixandco2 Those date caps are awesome. I just saw in some crafty blog a picture from CHA where some company had bottle cap embellishments in their line. The Daydream set I got because of the houndstooth and Reindeer Games…See that interesting herringbone-style pattern with the yellow snowflakes next to it? So nice and design-y.

So this is what I’ve been up to. How’s your week been?

Drooling CHA 2013

I’m dying like Jack from Will&Grace died. I’m in a creative slump and when all the sneak peeks from various scrapbooking companies started appearing all over blogosphere, my brain went into overdrive. I want them ALL! This is madness. (If I ever won lottery, I wouldn’t roll naked in money, I’d be rolling in scrapbook paper sheets, throwing embellishment in the air.)

I’m sorry if I just made your eyes bleed.

Anyhoo, CHA is my dream holiday destination but until that day comes, I’m to be satisfied with reading other people’s blogposts about how fabulous time they are having. Ah, to be amongst those who get to touch all the new papers and stamps and whatnots…But here I am. In Finland. As far as you can get from CHA on this planet.

It’s not all despair over here. Thanks to interwebs I can shop from anywhere in the world that I want to and I’ve decided to list the collections I’m most likely to buy should my funds allow.

I Lowe Scrap

I Lowe Scrap: Why Not? I have two sheets from ILW and I’m holding on to them like they are my dear children. Modern with a hint of Soviet nostalgia. What’s not to love? Their other collection Divine This Line isn’t bad either.

Unchartered Waters By Glitz. I don’t think I have anything by Glitz in my stash but this one will be. My god-daughter is having her Confirmation this summer and with the theme of faith, hope and love, I could make one “bitching” mini-album of the celebrations. I don’t know why I love this set so much. Oh, I do. It’s the teal and yellow with a hint of pink that did it for me.

Collectable by My Mind’s Eye. At first I thought Collectable was just a single set but it actually contains 4 different mini-collections. Notable, Memorable, Remarkable and Unforgettable are all very, very fine but my favourite is the Unforgettable. Mainly because of that adorable hexagon pattern. Since MME’s 6×6 pads are reasonably priced AND are available at my local craft store, I might get them all.

Studio Calico Here +  There Here+There by Studio Calico. This one is on my maybe list. My godson’s Confirmation pictures from last summer are still on my hard drive, waiting to be made into an album but I just haven’t found a paper set that would appeal to a teenage boy. I know, I know. He is a teenage boy, thus doesn’t give a tiny rat’s ass what kind of paper I use or even if there ever will be an album or not but I CARE! And that’s what counts. My other choice is:

All About a Boy by Echo Paper. I like the colour scheme very much and the patterns are exciting too. They don’t exactly scream Confirmation but would match my godson’s personality. Or the personality I’m hoping him to have when he grows past the surly teenage years. When ever that is…Next up is something solely for me:

Travel Girl By October Afternoon. I love OA. Their papers are always so fantastic and have just the right amount of vintage vibe. I haven’t forayed into a world of scrapbooking apart from making mini albums but I’d like to make something to remember MY travels. Having reach the ripe age of krhm, khrm, khrm, a tangible keepsake of my trips would be kind of fun. I bet even my godson would find that album interesting enough :D

Oo! I got an idea! How about making an inspiration album for my god-daughter about places I’d like her to see and then some money to start a travel savings account as a Confirmation gift? I’m a genious genius. I truly am.

Summer Love by Cosmo CricketHonky Tonk by Cosmo CricketTV Dinner by Cosmo Cricket

Summer Love, Sweet Disposition, Honky Tonk and TV Dinner by Cosmo Cricket. Together with MME and OA, Cosmo Cricket is my favourite paper manufacturer. I think I’ve bought most papers that I have from them. These four new sets are so pretty and most importantly I have an end-use for all of them. As you know, I make a mini-album for my god-daughter every year for her birthday and this year won’t be an exception. The first three are all optional for that, especially Honky Tonk as she has a horse and I have a sneaky feeling that she’ll be requesting another horse themed album. The TV Dinner-set I’d use to record my fave recipes and if I’d feel generous enough, I might even make nice recipe cards to share with my friends. (To be honest, I don’t have that many good recipes and the one’s I do have, I don’t want to share. Because they are that good.) Then last but not least:

CratepaperDIYshop DIY Shop by Crate Paper. Crate Paper, how I love thee? Last summer I spent hours on the computer in order to find their Random- collection kit. Which, BTW, totally changed my view on how to craft. Meaning: Get a kit and crafting gets easy. (I’m soon going to share a mini album I made using the kit). What would use this set for? I have plenty of crafts (from pre-blogging era) I’m very, very proud of and I’d like to document them more permanently. Browsing one’s hard drive isn’t that fun and you cannot take it with you to show people. Anyhoo, there are so many elements I love about this set. The mix of patterns: Map? Vintage typewriters? Chevron? Polka dots? They all make me swoon.

If you want a quick access to CHA Winter 2013 sneak peeks, Scrappy Jedi has a complete (and constantly updating) list HERE. Go and drool at your hearts content and try to pick your favourites. I’m here calculating the cost of getting all these sets and thinking if food really is necessary. Have you already done your fantasy OR real shopping for this spring?

Over and out and dizzy with all the crafting possibilities.