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Happy Easter!

To celebrate Ishtar, I decided to pimp some Easter decorations I had in my stash. I used some of my favourite scrapbook papers:



I’m participating in these challenges and link parties:

My Romantic Home- Happy Easter Show & Tell

Craftin Desert Divas- Craft It Up Link Party Challenge #29

ASWC Together Linky Party

613 Avenue Create- Challenge #68 Anything Goes

A Creative Romance Challenge- Eggcellent Spring

Challenges For Everybody- Challenge #40 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn- Spectacularly productive-

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?