Category Archives: Generally Crafty

Spooky Halloween Village Template

spooky halloween village silhouette

Few years ago, I made this simple, paper cut Halloween village to decorate my bookshelf. I made it using a craft knife and simple hobby cardstock. The beauty of this is, that you don’t have to be precise with the cutting, the more mistakes there are, the spookier it gets.

hallowee, silhouette, paper craft, DIY, Thrifty Finn

spooky halloween village silhouette

This is a very inexpensive craft but at the same time, it is incredibly effective in creating an amazing Halloween atmosphere. To help you to make one just like this, I made a template to guide you. You need an Adobe Acrobat or any PDF reading software, that allows you to print with a poster setting as the village is sized 20*70 centimeters and it spans on three A4s.


This one is for personal use only. My other Halloween printables are HERE and HERE. Hope you like them!

-Thrifty Finn-



The White Rabbit

graphic 45 halloween in wonderland, white rabbit

I’m so excited to share this. To go with my Alice-collage and the Mad Hatter-lamp, I made a White Rabbit collage.

There’s a Seven Gypsies’ black thick “book” page as a basis. The harlequin paper is by Carta Bella, the rabbit paper is from Graphic 45’s Halloween in Wonderland-collection and the white rabbit is a print out from the interwebs. My words can’t express, how much I love this piece, so let’s let the pictures speak for themselves.

white rabbit, alice in wonderland collage

I began working on this piece at a local craft meet. I had to get creative with the harlequin paper as I only had one, quite narrow piece left. Originally I had a glittered keyhole in the middle but when I got home, I changed my mind about it and decided to add the White Rabbit.

white rabbit glitter alice in wonderland

I printed the white rabbit on some cheap watercolour paper and I coloured the bow to match the backing paper. Since I recently acquired a 13-pack of glitter, I had to use the red one to colour the hearts on the Rabbit’s gown. If there’s an excuse to use glitter, one must always take it.

white rabbit of alice in wonderland

Don’t know about you but I think it’s gorgeous.

WhiteRabbit5 white rabbit of alice in wonderland

Collage technique is definitely something I’m going to look into more. It’s so much fun to mix-and-match things and build a story out of them. Maybe I could make some for a Christmas market I’m attending in few weeks! (Meaning I will be gluing things the night before the market and everything will smell like glue the next day. I’m a professional like that).

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Don’t forget, there are free printables available here on Thrifty Finn. A skull and a harlequin patterned craft papers for you to do as you please.


Freebie Skull Printable

free scrapbooking printable skull

A little bit over a week ago, I posted my Harlekiini-paper for you peeps to download for free. I also posted it on my local craft FB-group and said I’d be happy to take on requests. One of the first ones was a request for a skull paper and here it is! I actually made two versions. Black on white with really small skulls and the white on black with slightly larger skulls. I used a free clip art skull from Graphic’s Fairy to create this pattern. If you don’t know, who Graphic’s Fairy, she’s someone, who has been offering copyright free clip art images on her site for years already. In fact, Ikea has used some of them in their paper collections. I know, because I have the same ones in my clip art stash :D

PiratesAhoy1 free skull printable craft paper PiratesAhoy2

The files are A4 sized but I recommend printing with scale to fit paper. Also, use grayscale printing and you can intensify the black by running it through your printer twice. ToU…Free to use in crafts made to sell but not to add to digital kits. The download links:



I have other designs lined up for Christmas, so don’t forget to come back to check out, what I have to offer.

-Thrifty Finn-

Alice in Wonderland Art

alice in wonderland collage

I’ve gotten a good mileage out of the out-of-print Halloween in Wonderland papers. I still have plenty of left for an art piece or two. And then naturally the scraps. Always save the scraps :D Anyhoo…I’m not an experienced collage maker but I think I made something special over here. I used a cover of a damaged kids’ book as the basis. The edges are covered with black washi (like in the lamp I did) and I mainly used basic crafting techniques such as distressing and fussy cutting for the main part.

alice in wonderland, halloween in wonderland

alice in wonderland, halloween in wonderland

alice in wonderland, halloween in wonderland

All the pics came out really blurry, I don’t know why. Some of my fave details:

Alice6 Alice5 Alice4 alice in wonderland, halloween in wonderland

Finished piece:

alice in wonderland, halloween in wonderland

I’m very pleased with it. It will go nicely with the Mad Hatter Lamp in my entry hallway. If you want to do something similar, remember that the Alice in Wonderland illustrations are in the public domain. Combine them with some public domain Halloween images and you are good to go. If you are looking for a diamond patterned paper, you can download the one I designed HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

Konepajan Bruno

konepaja bruno, helsinki, flea market

Few weeks ago I heard about an indoor flea market in Helsinki, set up in an old machine workshop. It opened this summer, so it’s pretty new in the thrift shopping scene. I have never ever gone shopping there, but last Sunday I decided to have a go at selling.

This is my story. *du-duh*

konepaja bruno, tram stop, pysäkki

This is the tramstop Sturenkatu. The previous one (Kotkankatu) is the closest. You have to walk back a little bit. See that building site in the middle back? The access gate to Bruno is behind it.

konepaja bruno, opas, aleksis kiven katu, helsinki

Walk straight down (up?) the Aleksis Kiven katu until you see this sign. Turn right and you see this gate, and that’s your entrance:

konepaja bruno, helsinki, portti

Ta-dah. There’s a guard, who opens the gate for you. Well, for me he opened the door as I came by public transport. Then you walk a little bit and you should soon see this:

konepaja bruno, entrance, helsinki

See those guys in yellow, bright vests? That’s where you go in and you will see this:

konepaja bruno

Impressive space much? On the right is a café and you can meet the owner (who is not half bad to look at) there:

konepraja bruno omistaja, owner

Anyhoo…I have finally perfected my face-to-face selling and have managed to fit my  merchandise in ONE SUITCASE! No more hauling about a gazillion Ikea-bags in the public transport. Because of that, it didn’t take too long to set up my table and I had time to have a look around and see, what other people were selling.

konepaja brunon pöydät

There are two kinds of tables. Others have a frame and they have a built-in rack above the table, the others are like these (and I had one of them), where the rack hangs freely above the table. Also the latter ones are bigger. This system is slightly problematic because if you have a lot of hanger items, the customers can’t see you behind them. My advice is to take max.10 hanger items and put the rest on the table. But selling just hanger items can be done. You just have to be active yourself in making sure, that the customer knows, where you are. There was a table across me, that hadn’t been booked, so I sat on it and whenever a customer came over to browse, I went and introduced myself.

Now to the business part…Did I sell? My sales were terrible. However, had I been there also to buy, I’d have made some major scores. It really is a buyers market. I’m sure as more people will find it, the sales will improve too. But if you are on a hunt for good bargains, now is the time to go and find them. I did buy few things, one of them being this plastic wall thingy for displaying miniatures and when I came home and did some research, it turned out to be a Finnish design classic. And I was thinking about spray painting and decoupaging it. Talk about butchering classics. Committing crimes against design.

Anyways…My best sellers were in the 5 euro mark. The price for Sunday was 29 euros, so I recommend booking a table together with your friend. And DON’T stop selling until it’s closing time. I made most of my sales after 15 o’clock. It’s also very inconsiderate to leave a market really early. It creates a sad atmosphere, which is unfair to other sellers. Who YOU also depend on to bring in the crowds.

Personally I wish Bruno to succeed. The surroundings are lovely and as a seller, I appreciate that you can book the table and then pay it up after two hours of selling. There are much more impressive pics on Bruno’s website and you can also book the tables there. Here is yet another handy map by yours truly to help you find Bruno:

kartta konepaja Brunoon, map to Konepaja Bruno

I don’t mind, if you share this map. The more people the merrier.

Those little blue dots are tram stops for the tram line 9, which you can hop on at both Rautatieasema as well as Pasilan asema. If you are a seller, you can bring your stuff there by car BUT there is no parking there, so you have to find a parking spot somewhere close by.

So this how I spent my Sunday. Have you been thrifting/selling lately?

-Thrifty Finn-