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On The First Day of Christmas…


partiolaisten joulukalenteri, scouts Christmas calendar

Few weeks back, after the Twitter training, I got cornered by bunch of scouts selling their traditional Christmas calendar. Today I got to open the first door. As ever as exciting:


So sweet! This year’s calendar is illustrated by Noora Katto. You can check out her work HERE. And if you are interested, you can see ALL the calendar designs from over the years in HERE. My personal favourite is this one from 1970, so cute and retro:

partiolaisten adventtikalenteri vuodelta 1970

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I know it’s traditional to put up your Christmas decor up on the 1st advent but since I’m no longer member of the church, I can do whatever I want. Hence my decor went up three weeks ago. My defence is that November is very dark and we need all the cheering up we can get.

Free Christmas Printable From Me To You


Merry Christmas! December is finally here. Candy! Good food! Glög! Presents! Decorations! Almost the best month of the year! To celebrate Christmas I designed three lovely subway art style posters for you to download. For GRATIS! Am I generous or what? As before, these are for personal use only but you can change colours, print them as posters, re-size them into greeting cards etc.etc whatever tickles your fancy!

Christmas Subway Art



Aren’t they fabulous? They are sized 20cm*25cm which is about 8*10 inches. Depending on your printer margins, one should fit on A4. Please note that the background colours may vary depending your personal computer and printer settings. Enjoy!




I’m linking up in these Linky Parties:

A Little Knick Knack’s Linky Party
Hookin’ Up With House of Hepworth
Crafty Soiree @ Katie’s Nesting Spot
Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints On The Fridge


My fourth day in Paris involved acquainting myself with a French cheap a** store called Babou. I went there because my friend works nearby one and we agreed to meet on her lunch break just go to visit there. She enticed me by telling me about their large craft section (which it wasn’t) but the Christmas decoration aisles (plural!) made up for it.

Honestly I’d spent so much more money (on Christmas decorations alone) had I had more time and only heaven knows how much if I’d gone through every section there. The little I saw was promising and I’m especially keen on the dining decor aisles (only the French) as there were items such as feathers (?) Yes, feathers for dining decor. Naturally I’m paying another visit so I can prowl through every singe aisle as I already bought one Christmas present and I feel that there are tons more to be found.

Of course you’d like to know what I got,right? Well, first of all, that wooden HoHoHo which was 2.99! That’s cheap my friends.

Then I got bunch of sticker sets that I’ve already cut into smaller sets to go into the advent calendar I`m making for my god-daughter. I actually got started on it over a week ago but decided to finish it here in Paris so I could get french things to go in there. Awwww. There were tons more back in the store only 99 cents each so I may have to get some for myself.

I just realized how lame that sounds. Hi! My name is Niina and I went to Paris and got myself 99 cent stickers. And BTW, here’s my cat, Kitty Whiskerson.

Till next time.




Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine…

 There are occasions where/when I get organized on time and yesterday was one of them.

My precious…The christmas decorations box. Somewhat neat and tidy from last year and ready to be used to bring some festiveness into Thrifty Finn Apartment.

I have new bookcases where these babies found their new home. I think I should make more glitter houses. In mid-century colourways…German glass glitter, here I come.

Turquoise star! Who in their right mind would use a tinsel topper when you can get a glittered star! With sequins! In turquoise!

Peppermint baubles. From Ikea. I loooove peppermint baubles. It even sounds nice; peppermint baubles. Like a naughty Christmas party drink. Or a name for a print. Or a title for an editorial in Martha Stewart Living.

There is a reason why I’ve put up my Christmas decorations up this early and you’ll find out in a day or two. My friends on Facebook know about as I’ve been yapping about for weeks already but what can a girl do when she’s all happy and excited about something? Write status updates about it until all of your friends’ just want to punch you in the face.

Over and out.

Fabric Of The Week

I’m now assuming that you know Spoonflower, the custom fabric printing company and their Fabric of the Week- contest. I’ve been thinking about making a design or two “one of these days” for those contests but never got around to it. But then last weekend, in a bout of insomnia, I spent some quality time playing with Illustrator just to see if I could come up with something. And who would have thought? I actually managed to finish a design. On time to enter!!! Mind boggling, I know.

Okay, the theme in this week’s contest was hanging ornament pattern and this is my entry: Pointsettias in Bloom. All that work I put in and only realizing AFTER hitting upload the design that I misspelled poinsettia. But hey, English is my second language so I cannot be expected to know all the rules. Right? RIGHT?

If you feel like it, go and have a look at this week’s submitted designs and vote for your favourites. The best part about voting in a Spoonflower- contest is that you get to choose ALL your faves, not just one. Obviously, I’m hoping that my design is one of them. *innocent blinking*

Click the image below to get to this week’s contest and to vote!