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My Friend, The Pervert Blogger. Just Kidding! Not Really.

No, really. I AM kidding! A friend of mine, Heini, has this awesome crafty lifestyle blog:

diy life and everythingShe writes about…

“Biking, baking, movies, candy, making out, funny socks, glasses of wine, cafés, being lazy, pottering about, laughing, candle light, friends, colourful nail polishes, small glass jars, cinnamon buns, owls, smoothies, sun, ice cream, flea markets, library, the neighbourhood bar, dresses and big cups of tea.”

Heini, like me, has also a semi-frequent Pinterest-posts AND she even tries her hand in horticulture! Personally I think Heini’s forte are the cooking posts, especially the ones with booze. How about an apple pie drink?

apple pie drink, omenapiirakkadrinkki

By diylifeeverything.blogspot.fi

It’s really easy. You need apple juice and Fireball whiskey. That’s it!

You might now be wondering how exactly is she a pervert. Welllllllllll, she made this:

boobs and roses, feminist embroidery

By diylifeeverything.blogspot.fi/

You see??? This is the twisted mind I have to call a friend. If you are into this sort of thing (like I am), you can see some in progress shots of this sweater HERE. If you like to read/look at her other posts, THIS link takes you to the homepage. Please don’t let the language barrier stop you from visiting her blog, it’s worth a peek.

-Thrifty Finn-



Design Idol: TOP 10 Maria Prymachenko Prints

Sometimes you get such a fabulous blog post idea that you just have to do it right away. No matter how hungry you are or how much you have to pee…Writing comes first!

Since Marco Mäkinen voiced that Marimekko should do a Prymachenko-collection, I thought, why not give my suggestions on what prints to use? The prints are in no particular order and I didn’t separate fashion prints and home decor prints but I think you’ll enjoy this regardless. (Click the images to go to the original sources):

Maria Prymachenk, suggestions for Marimekko, folk art, naive, blossom bird on blueberry field

I call this Blossom Bird on a Blueberry Field. This would work as a large repeated pattern where there’d be four repeats or so per curtain panel. A B&W version where everything would be an outline would be fabulous as well. Also, the blueberry bushes could be made into an allover pattern.

Maria Prymachenko, blue and pink fish, ideas for Marimekko

Fishies! I love the pink, yellow and blue in this. How about a pattern were schools of fish would be separated by small gatherings of berries? Not fashion but home furnishings. Tea towels, aprons, oven mitts…Maybe a set of serving dishes?

Maria Prymachenko, folk art, naive, ideas for MarimekkoRiding a Wolf Amongst Acorns. Again, my own name. What I like about this art work are the hot pink acorns and those dotted leaves. If it were printed on a heavy weight canvas to be used on home decor, I’d use all the elements to create an allover pattern. For fashion fabric the best usable elements are the acorns, oak leaves and those dotted thingies in a scattered pattern. It’d be amazing.

dear-taras-hryhorovych-whatever-you-see-here-is-yours, Maria Prymachenko, ideas for Marimekko, folk art, naive
Dear Taras Hryhorovych, Whatever You See Here Is Yours. Yes, that’s the actual name of this piece. There are so many workable elements in here. By removing the grave, I can see this as a print for children too. Both in clothing and in decor. For women’s fashion the florals could be used to create a scattered pattern. Summer evening gown in chiffon? I’d wear it. But then again, you know my penchant for floral prints even if they make me look like a sofa. Not that everyone else would look like one, I just want to it to be known that I acknowledge the fact that I would.

Maria Prymachenko, ideas for Marimekko, folk art, naiveForest Harvest (my invention). I’m not too keen on the background colour but this would be lovely home decor fabric. Remove the characters, enlarge the trees, add those smaller plants and saturate the colours. And voila, you have a very Marimekko-esque print.

Young Lion, Maria Prymachenko, pink, ideas for Marimekko, folk art, naive

Speaking of Marimekko-esque…Young Lion (real name). This is ready to be printed. There are few other animal pieces by Maria so it would be possible to make a serie out of them but I found the other ones bit too scary. Large lions for home decor and small ones for an allover pattern for clothing. This. Is. Wow.

let us go to the betrothal party, Maria Prymachenko, 1968, ideas for Marimekko, folk art, naive Let Us Go to the Betrothal Party, 1968. I love three elements about this piece. The arch, the rug and the oranges. I’d work it in to a stripe pattern for ceramics. Maybe it was my years in Holland that did it for me but blue, white and orange is one of my favourite colour combinations. Ooh, I’d use the couple in a set of dishtowels! Can you imagine receiving a coffee set and couple of those towels as a wedding gift? The collectability factor just went through the roof.

My dear has fallen in love with brigadier, Maria Prymachenko, ideas for Marimekko, folk art, naive My Dear Has Fallen in Love with Brigadier, 1972. Sensing from the tone, both the title and the colours, Maria wasn’t too happy about that. The image would need a lot of work, but there are lot of elements that can be used in a print. The girl. The shutters. The details in the dress. Definitely more home decor material. Maybe even some small ornaments?

Side note…Arabia and Marimekko should make a series of ornaments based on Maria Prymachenko’s characters! Limited Edition, 12 ornaments, available for a short period of time! There could be also a special packaging made of wood for collectors!

Me, the merchandising genius me!

Maria Prymachenko, sunflowers, ideas for Marimekko, folk art, naiveSunflowers! This is simple, either use this as is (only do bit technical cleaning) or separate the blossoms and create an allover pattern. Would work for clothing, home decor, footwear (have you seen the Marc Jacobs Daisy-shoes?), ceramics and other merchandise. 90’s nostalgia is here and the sunflower was the symbol of the era. Hipsters, ravers, 90’s rockers and people who just like sunflowers. Target audiences!!! I just thought. The background should be inky blue. Almost black but not quite. I bet that’s expensive to produce. (But so luxurious and fabulous!)

Four Drunkards Riding a Bird, Maria Prymachenko, 1976, ideas for Marimekko, naive, folk art Four Drunkards Riding a Bird, 1976. Am I the only one or does Maria really tell how it is? This one is a tricky one. I don’t think this is directly repeatable but if those men were made into separate characters, as well as the bird and then combined with the various decorative elements, it’d work as print. The print then could be used in a set of Jonathan Adler-esque ceramics. Remember those cute salt&pepper-sets? Or does he still do them?

So here is my list of Maria Prymachenko prints I think Marimekko could use. What do you think of my ideas? Let me know your own ideas and thoughts in the comments and if you know any other good Maria prints, link up!

Thrifty Finn- Master of Merchandising and Inventor of Ideas

Recipe Challenge! Or How You Can Find Inspiration In Everything.

Yes, it’s time for the weekly challenge card! The theme is a recipe: 3 designer papers, ribbon or twine, something circle shaped and we were asked to use an image from Delicious Doodle.

I requested the Robin Redbreast (who is a distant relative of me, Niina Itchynipple) and had some (a lot) trouble with the colouring. As you have seen in the past, my colouring skills leave a lot to be desired. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on what I could do with my ProMarkers. However, this time I couldn’t even decide what colours to use! I tried realistic colours. Nope. I tried leaving the image black and white. No, that didn’t work out either. I was getting frustrated. I stared and stared at the image until I suddenly got a feeling of familiarity. I’ve seen something like this before!

I did some creative Googleing and found it! A fabric print by Maija Louekari for Marimekko called Pakkanen:


See where I am going with this? After seeing the image, my card came together very quickly and here it is:

Image  My patterned papers are: the one on the background, the black paper is actually brown chevron I stained black and the blue circles were white but I coloured them blue with my ProMarker True Blue. The heart on the ribbon (twill tape) is also drawn with a ProMarker, colour Poppy.


I love the graphic style of this card and it’s already on its way to someone. Don’t forget to take part in this week’s challenge on Craft Your Passion where you can win 4 digi’s by Delicious Doodles. I’m also sharing this card in following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog: Snowflakes!
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #193- Contemporary Christmas Colours!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: What’s Your Favourite? (ProMarkers, stitching, ribbon)
Divas By Design: Challenge #65- Use Some Red
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #185- Winter
Dutch Dare Card Challenges: #195- Snowflakes
Pin And Tack: Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #4-Anything Goes!
Paper Crafting Journey: Christmas Projects
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: #194- Christmas Time!
The Squirrel and The Fox: Challenge #33- Christmas
Challenges 4 Everybody: Challenge #9- Anything Goes

It literally has taken me nearly an hour to link these babies up. I think I need to replenish my strength with some chocolate.

P*skarteluhaaste #98

Latest challenge from P*skartelu. This time the challenge is to follow a sketch, this one to be precise:

The sketch was designed by one of the blog hosts’ daughter, who is 8 years old! Pretty good, huh! Anyhoo, I was inspired by a card made by a DT- member Ninarsku. Here’s my result:

I’m sending this card to my godmother to either for her to keep or to send to someone else. The picture is of her daughter (my cousin) so the card could be a nice gift for grandparents.

Till next time…Which might be tomorrow night or Sunday. Depending till how late will the city lights beckon…I’m going out! To par-tay! Because I’m cool like that.

Getting creative…

I’ve been in a crafty slump lately. I’ve started tons of projects but I haven’t finished them. Spring makes me nervous and agitated and I’m pretty much unable to focus on anything. Except Martha Stewart– show and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.  Today I remembered that before Christmas, I was planning to join HubBub’s Creative Revolution. I found the blog HubBub via another blog I follow, iHanna. Anyhoo, the Creative Revolution is a series of “nudges” to get your juices flowing, so to speak. There’s already 22 nudges in line and I’ve decided to start with the number 1: Fabric and/or paper collage. I think it’s a great starter as every crafter/artist ALWAYS has tons of scraps. It’s the hazard of “I might need it”- mentality. Or being a hoarder. Just a thought.

I really, REALLY should start focusing.

Back to nudges…I’m going to post my nudge creations here and hopefully you, my dear readers, will find them inspirational. If you want to join the Revolution yourself, just click on the link. As a final note…Since blog posts without pictures are boring, check out what I spotted via Craft Gossip:

Wheee! Loves it! These would go rather nicely with my Pretty Primaries- chairs. If I ever get to the point of finishing them…