Category Archives: Geeky

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-


Selfie DIY And An Important Lesson

You know. Buying presents for your parents is hard. They either have everything or you can’t afford to buy anything really cool, like a trip or a massaging chair. But this year, I came up with a genius idea, whilst shopping at Clas Ohlson. It was so genius that I kept giggling all the way to the cash register and beyond.

You see…Parents always complain that they don’t see you enough. Also, they always have your idiotic childhood photos on display and let’s face it, unless you get married and a wedding picture, there never is any newer ones. Can you guess where I’m heading at?

Well…to kill two birds with one stone, I combined my idea with something practical. At first you see a plain, cheap wall clock:

selfie DIY, thrifty finn, clas ohlson

Then you take that clock carefully apart, so you can change the background to….

selfie DIY, thrifty finn, clas ohlson

Your incredibly smug face! The background was about 22 cm’s wide and since I only have an A4 printer, the photo didn’t entirely cover the background. I printed my image, which is from Instagram, on matt photo paper. I used Photoshop to create a circular template/frame so I’d know where to cut. Still managed to make the edges wobbly and uneven. It’s a talent really. A tip: pay attention on the clock hands when taking the clock apart. I accidentally bent them, so it took some wiggling and re-bending to get them run properly again.

I warned my parents that I’d be getting them a gag gift. They did laugh BUT they were more excited that they got a NEW PICTURE OF ME! My mother was so excited that she put the clock up on her bedroom wall so that she would see me first thing in the morning! And dad put his in the pride spot on the living room wall!

So the lesson? See your parents more often than once in a blue moon and for god’s sakes, send them photographs. Real ones.

-Thrifty Finn-

Tsu Much Socializing…

There are so many social media platforms out there. So many have died and so many more are coming our way. Today I joined yet another one called:

tsu social media

Apparently in this social media, you have a possibility to get a share of the profits. I haven’t yet looked into but I wanted dibs on my username. You know how it is ;)

tsu social media

There is also a possibility to transfer money to other users and Tsu makes money on the transfer fees, which is 3%. But again, that’s all I know so far. There’s a pretty good FAQ, if you want to have a look.

tsu profile, social media

Here’s my profile. Personally I really, really like the UI. Compared to Ello, it’s much better. And yes, I do have an Ello-profile too. If you are interested, you can get in Tsu by using this link:


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-Thrifty Finn-

Twitter Twitter Twitter

twitter, thrifty finn, social media

If you are interested, I’m teaching a class on Twitter! On coming Wednesday at the Sello Library in Leppävaara, Espoo. The class will be held in Finnish. Be there or be “a rectangular thyng“.

-Thrifty Finn-

Refraction: Weekly Photo Challenge

Few days ago my Instagram-feed was filled with cool, fragmented photos. I wanted in on that action too but A. the app was only for iPhones and when I found a version for Android…B. my version of it is too old for the app.

Gee. Thanks.

My obsession got even further when I saw this week’s challenge theme and I thought, maybe someone has already made a tutorial for Photoshop for this effect. No, no such luck. What is girl to do? Well, I didn’t get as far as creating a tutorial or even making something  super wow but I think I got something semi-good looking going on here:

fragmented sky in Helsinki, Finland Fragment2 Fragment3

Töölönlahti in Helsinki, Finland. I think I have potential here for some great graphic designs, don’t you think?

The rest of the interpretations of this week’s theme Refraction are HERE. All of my past challenge entries are HERE. If you have any decent ideas how to progress with this technique, please let me know in the comments.

-Thrifty Finn, terribly pleased with herself-