Author Archives: NiinaMaria

About NiinaMaria

Eager to craft and thrift. Not always succesfully.

It’s That Time of the Year Again…

eurovision 2015, austria, conchita

Last night I watched the final of Melodifestivalen, Swedish Eurovision Song Contest. As per usual their show was muy fantastic. They even had Conchita performing in the opening spectacle.

(I’m writing this muy jealous, because even though Finland is getting better at putting together a show, it’s still way too behind when it comes to style and showmanship. Dammit, I’m a loyal Eurovision-fan, I must be rewarded accordingly with a proper show!)

Anyhoo…I decided to take a peek at the Eurovision-website to see what kind of songs have gotten through so far. In my personal opinion, way too many slow songs but it bodes well for our punk song. (But I do like the fact that there a tons of female performers this year.) I don’t have favourites yet but I’m giving these guys another chance to impress me: Serbia, Slovenia, Malta, Belgium, Georgia (who is totally channeling Ruslana), Belarus, Germany and Sweden.

Have you checked out any of the songs yet? Last night I was tipped on Twitter about this guy, who unfortunately didn’t make it to the final of Melodifestivalen. I think we lost something here:

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Crafty Exhaustion

Valentine’s Day was a month ago. I had this super-fantastic idea to make cards for everyone I know. Well, not everyone I know. For the people I know and care about at least on some level.

I’m a joy to be with.

Anyway, guess what happened? I managed to make cards for even less than half of my list, sent only half of those and I’ve been crafty burnt out ever since. Good times.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. It was not all wasted effort. At least I came up with the way to use my Instagram-photos in crafting.

Vintage Style Valentine Heart (With Video!)

valentine heart in vintage style

vintage valentine heart DIY, paper heart

 

Couple of weeks ago, I got inspired by these vintage Valentine-cards and came up with my own. Very simple to do, no need for fancy cutters or anything. Just some cardstock, glue, glitter, and a gel pen and you are good to go.

Just a note about the video….Editing a video is DIFFICULT. And it’s made even more difficult when you haven’t noticed that your camera has stopped filming at some point. There’s some music in the beginning and the rest of it is silent, so if you’re not from Finland, there’s no language problem. But I digress…Here’s the video, enjoy! And please, give me some feedback! I need it!

-Thrifty Finn-

 

DIY Love Lights

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Do you still want to make a Valentine’s gift for someone special? This one is cheap and quick to make but has a big impact. I know. I just sent the one I made to my god-daughter and she has been ooh’ing and aah’ing over it for better part of the day. Here’s how…

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn, materials, cupcake

You need bunch of these paperstock cupcake cups. And…

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

One set of LED-fairy lights. Mine was a leftover from Christmas decorating. Then all you had to do is take your craft knife and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Cut a very small criss-cross pattern in the middle and push a LED-light through. Do this for all the lights and voila, you are done. No glue necessary! But if you want to fancy up the cups even more, you can take out your heart punch and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Punch away until you have a heart for every cup in your light string and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Very pretty! Now all you have to do is test if the set looks good:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

It does! Then you can wrap it in pretty pink paper and give it to your loved one.

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

There are lots of ways you can decorate the cups with. I used a heart punch but you can go crazy with glitter, markers, buttons, cut words and letters from newspapers…Whatever you fancy. Total cost for this project was 5 euros, so it really is a thrifty craft <3

-Thrifty Finn-

 

I Made a YouTube Video and It’s Horrible

This is my first crafty video. It’s not a tutorial, I’m just showing what I bought on my latest crafty shopping trip in Helsinki. Listening to oneself on tape/video is a cringeworthy experience, but I have to get over it. And what’s the best way of getting over something? Doing it. Anyhoo, here’s the video and it’s in Finnish. Next one will be in English, I promise. Ish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMClrvKuNPc

Please, give me feedback and tips. I desperately need ‘em.

-Thrifty Finn-