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A Year Ago in Oulu…

Oulu, Finland

Pretty much a year ago, I decided to travel up north for Christmas by bus. Easy peasy. Just 8 hours of sitting. Hey. No judging. It was cheap and there was a free wi-fi in the bus.

Anyhoo. Since the bus didn’t go all the way to Lapland back then (now it does, check it out at onnibus.com), I called my cousin, who lives in Oulu, that would she be willing to host me for a night and then possibly share a ride to our Christmas destination. Of course she said yes, and I ended up having lots of fun with her.

Beware, all my images are blurry.

Oulu, Finland

The old wooden harbour magazines look lovely in the winter. I kept ooh’ing and aah’ing and acting likeĀ a total tourist. It looked so Christmassy! I mean look:

Oulu9 Oulu8 Oulu, Finland

In this building was this incredibly cute home decor shop (which name I forgot) and they had the cutest and chicest stuff:

Oulu, Finland

Oulu, Finland

I’m pretty sure I touched every single item in there. Me and my cousin both wanted the stylish, gold-dipped tailor scissors, and I now bitterly regret not buying them as they weren’t that expensive.

a tea shop, Oulu, Finland

We also visited this tea shop. The combination of these metal canisters against the dark stained wood shelves were very satisfying to look at.

fox pelts, fur trade, Oulu, Finland

I’m not going to comment on this. I’ll just leave the image here. Fur trade is big in Finland.

kauppahalli, Oulu, Finland, Oulun kauppahalli

There’s actually an indoor market hall in Oulu. We didn’t buy anything but did some culinary window shopping.

Oulun kauppahalli, Oulu, Finland

Oulu has tons of old buildings. Although for a quite a few years there were a series of mysterious fires after an old building got a protected status. Corruption a la mob Finland. But like I said, I kept ooh’ing and aah’ing and taking tons of pictures. Sometimes I wonder if Rovaniemi, would have looked as pretty, if the Germans hadn’t burned it in 1945.

Oulu16 Oulu15 Oulu14 Oulu, Finland, architecture

Yup. Oulu is a nice city to visit. Here’s another picture from this year by my cousin. It gets very blue after the sun sets up there…

Oulu, Finland, sininen hetki, blue moment, Arctic

-Thrifty Finn-

Mistletoe & Holly

Here’s the second set of Christmas cards I made. With these I went with the more traditional style. Naturally, I got a lot of admiring comments on these and once again I got suggestions to sell them. That’s when I usually point out that the what I can sell these for and how long I spend making these, aren’t exactly a match made in commercial heavenšŸ˜‰

Sometimes it shuts people up, sometimes it doesn’t.

*le sigh*

Anyhoo, the techniques I used on these were pretty basic. Some washiĀ tape, faux stitching, Distress-inking…The usual. The papers are from the Basic Grey’s 25th & Pine-collection.

I just realized I made one more card but I don’t have a picture of that. Bummer. Would it be embarrassing to go to my neighbour’s and ask if I could take a picture of the card I gave them? Or just plain creepy?

The challenges I’m participating in with these cards:

The Sisterhood of Crafters- Anything Goes (new thing was the paper kit)
Crafty Creations Challenge- #281 Something Old, Something New (new papers, old style)
Top Tip Tuesday- Something New (the paper kit)
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination- #17 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door- Anything Goes

Comments and criticisms ARE welcomešŸ™‚

-Thrifty Finn-

Mint & Gold

Yesterday I began posting my Christmas cards and named my post lazily a Pt.1. Today, as I was going through my card photos, I realized it would make sense to post them as two sets as I designed the cards to go together. I know, I know, it doesn’t matter for the recipients but for me, putting in more design effort when crafting Ā is important.

To the cards then…

Like I said yesterday, I love the minty paper in the 25th and Pine-set and it inspired me to make this stylish, minty winter collection. I focused on two colours, mint & gold, as they go together so well.

These cards were very well received. Be merry went to my god-daughter, Merry Xmas to my godson, the lone bauble to Paris and the three bauble one to Lapland. My godson (naturally) didn’t make any comments but I heard the words “most beautiful card ever” used.

Sometimes there’s just no point in being modest, you know what I mean? Anyhoo, here are the full images of the cards:

My local craft store still has that paper in stock. I better hoard a few for Christmases to come. I’m participating (excluding the one posted yesterday) in these challenges:

Party Time Tuesday!: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge: It’s All New (I busted out a paper kit from my stash)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Sister Act Challenge: #89 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Christmas Cards pt.1

Well, well, well…My Christmas themed posts continue. It sucks that I couldn’t post anything before but I just didn’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone.

Last year, I couldn’t send cards because I was in the middle of move and then I had the operation so there wasn’t any time to make cards. However, I did buy 25th & Pine, the Christmas-paper set by Basic Grey and I was so happy that I got to use the papers this year. Here’s the first of the cards I made:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic grey, 25th & Pine

This paper is probably my favourite in the entire collection. So fresh, wintery and modern but definitely holiday’ish with the gold. The bauble strings areĀ just random floss I had in stash and the glitter letters are Thickers by American Craft. The glitter dots on the background are just dabs of glue glittered over. Here’s the full image:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic gre, 25th & pine

I’m participating with this card in these challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Challenge #107 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge: #36 Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: Show Us Your Metals (gold and silver glitter)
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #296 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X is for X-periment (finger painted glitter dots)

There will be 7 another card posts still coming. Just a heads upšŸ˜‰

-Thrifty Finn-

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.