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Christmas Planning a la Thrifty Sisters

cropped-joulubanneri.png My sister just called asking about my Christmas plans. She wanted to know if I was going up north. When I said I won’t be going because I thought I’d have my knee operation so I didn’t book any tickets, she then proceeded to suggest that we could have a Singleton Christmas in Helsinki.

Before I had time to consider and give any kind of response, she continued: “Obviously this has to happen at my place since I have a bigger TV.”

Thrifty Finn. Over and out with a picture of thrifty finds she can’t find anymore but at least have a picture to prove she’s not crazy and did indeed find some vintage ornaments.



Oh Deer!

Challenge time! I forgot to post my previous DT-card but I’m double excited about this week’s one. I think I’ve mentioned several times about my digi stamp, vintage image hoarding habit? If I haven’t…Well. My name is Niina and I am an image addict.

This week were asked to use stitching, faux or real and we didn’t get a sponsored image to use so we could run wild! I decided to dive in my extensive vintage catalogue and found this gem. I’m so sorry but when I downloaded it, I forgot to re-name it according to where I got it so I can’t share the source. Totally embarrassed about it.

Anyway, here is my overly cute deer card:

ThriftyFinnDeerCard1 ThriftyFinnDeerCard2 ThriftyFinnDeerCard3 Once again I’m amazed by my obvious talent for everything visual. The pink! The chevron! The pom pom trim! Techniques used: doodle stitching, slight distressing on the edge of the chevron and the deer image is printed on heavy Canson watercolour paper. No ink and no stamping! I feel like I’ve started to move towards more design-y style, rather than entirely crafty. Something for me to ponder about. What do you think? Have you seen a shift in my style?

Don’t forget to join Craft Your Passion this week and I’m also sharing my card on these challenges:

Fab’n Funky Challenges: #150- Not a Traditional Christmas
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations: Challenge #54- Anything Goes As Long As It’s Festive
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #184- Christmas
Crafts And Me Challenges: Challenge #113- Anything Goes
PaperPlay Challenges: Week 49- Christmas Is Coming
Little Scrap Pieces: It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
Stamping With Dragon: Anything Goes
Fussy And Fancy Friday Challenge: #77- I Love Christmas
On Stop Craft Challenge: #208- Christmas Friends
Crafty Mess Challenge: #23- Vintage Christmas
My Time To Craft: Challenge #200- None Traditional Christmas Colours
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Cupcake #222- Merry Christmas
Craft Us Crazy: Challenge #32- Christmas/Winter (favourite embellishment: ribbon)
Card Crafter’s Circle: Challenge #52- December Celebrations

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

Valentine’s Day Subway Art

I was too late for Halloween and I was too late for Christmas. Since my blog readership has been growing constantly for the past 6 months I wanted to do something nice for you AND make it on time for some holiday for it to be useful.

Of course it took me some time to figure out what to do. Since I’m a huge fan of freebie printable, I decided to design one myself. Combining my love of fonts and Valentine’s Day, I present you my Valentine’s Day Subway Art!

The text is slightly on the mature side but it’s nothing too risqué. You can still hang it where everyone can see it whilst subtly reminding your SO that this day should be remembered.

Hope you like it as much as I do!

EDITED on 8.1.2012. Here are the new links for this download. There’s pink text on white and white text on pink on offer. Hope you like them! The size of this poster is A4.



EDITED on 6.1.2012 The SCRIBD- links don’t work anymore so I’m removing them from here. I’m posting the new links as soon as I find the original files from my hard drive. Sorry for the trouble!

Esplanadi Christmas Market

In Central Helsinki sits a park called Esplanadi. Every year there’s a Christmas Market and it’s always busy. Best part is that it’s not only for tourists, there’s plenty of finnish people doing Christmas- shopping. As per usual, I took tons of pictures but I have to admit a defeat as I just don’t have the energy (or the tools!) to process them all. In the meanwhile you can admire these two shots and I’ll be taking a well deserved break from blogging. I’ll be back next Monday with entertaining Christmas stories and I also have plans for January which I’d like to talk about here. Anyhoo, Merry Christmas to y’all.