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Greetings From Lapland

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My oh my. I decided to be a dutiful daughter, grand-daughter, godmother and a friend. I dragged my lazy, wiggly butt all the way to Lapland. I kind of had to. Due to my operations, I hadn’t been there for almost two years I think. Or three winters. Anyhoo, I hadn’t seen a real winter for so long that I kept walking outside and ooh’ing and aah’ing on all the trees. They truly look magical.

It was great seeing my grandparents. But even better was the connecting with some of my best friends from my glory days ;D Dammit, they are hilarious. I wish I could tell you all the on-the-moment jokes but you know how it goes…They are only funny to you and/or on the moment. But one of them was a story of my friend, who decided to go on an early morning run and then surprise her boyfriend by slithering under the blankets naked. The boyfriend then proceeded to scream like a little girl. Because “her legs were fucking freezing”. You know, I expect more of a Lapland boy, don’t you agree?

So the trip was great but being with other people EVERY DAY left me exhausted. Not to mention the gazillion discussions on “how are your knees?”. They are fine, can we please move along? Also, guess how many times I was forced into conversations about my reproductive plans? TOO MANY!!! I bet no man has to go through that when they visit home.

Anyhoo, I had a point with this post…Lapland is lovely, you should visit it too.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Funny story, I managed to get an urinary tract infection there. How? You may wonder. Welllllll, my friend convinced me to go sledding and in the process, I managed to get snow in my panties. Good times.

Pinteresting vol XLIII

Thrifty Finn, pinterest, banner design

Technology hasn’t been my friend lately. True, part of it has been my own fault. How hard it is to save your work every once in a while? Apparently too hard. For me at least. Anyhoo…Autumn is here although not a very cold one yet. Trees are changing colour and at least up north, the first snow has fallen too. Here are some of my latest pins, inspired by winter and autumn.

Finland in autumn, coast, reeds, ruohikkoa rannikolla

Image by Niklas Günsberg

The photographer is a Finnish guy I know via Twitter. He posted a link on Ello this morning and I immediately proceeded to pin several of his images. He is quite talented and if you are a Finnophile, you should get a kick out of his nature photos. The link to his Flickr is HERE. From my board Finland Things.

snowy mountains and a cabin

Via atlandsend.tumblr.com

I’ve only once seen mountains up close. I was on the first grade and our school (together with two other schools in the area) took a class trip to Norway. It was lovely. My aunt, who was one of the guardians, got exasperated with me because I wanted to take a picture of every single mountain and collect every single sea shell from the beach. I didn’t get everything but I got enough. When I got home, I filled an old plastic chocolate box with sand and lovingly paired the correct shell halves with each other and presented them in the box. This lasted for about a month till the next Grand Cleaning by Grandmother. To trash they went. I was furious. From my board Moods & Atmospheres.

let's be adventurers, quote, DIY, banner

Via pinterest.com

I’m my most energized during autumn. For me, spring and autumn are the seasons for doing things. Summer and winter are static seasons. Nothing ever happens then. This banner would be a fantastic daily reminder to be an adventurer, to be a person that makes things happen. As a craft, an inexpensive too. Leather scraps are easy to come by and there’s always at least one horrible 80s leather jacket for sale at any flea market at any given time. The banner would be quite nice as a gift too. From my board Crafty Things.

Peter Fehrentz, interior design

Design by Peter Fehrentz

Some time ago, I binge watched Parks & Recreation on Netflix. I <3 Leslie Knopes and Ron Swanson. Yeah, yeah, I’m about million years behind in the accolades but that show is the best! You might wonder what a cabinet by a German interior designer has to do with Parks & Rec. Well I’m glad to tell you…You know the wallpaper they have in the department? With the ducks? At first I thought it was hideous but I grew to like it as the show progressed and now I kind of want to bring something like that to my house too. A complete wallpaper would be a no-no (I’m still dreaming of the gold polkadot one) but how about covering a chest of drawers or a cabinet with it? Ah-mazing. Any kind of pastoral scene would work, don’t you think? From my board formerly known as My Dream Home, now a boring Home & Style.

caramel dipped pears

Via just-between-friends.com

Is it just me or does anyone else want to hoard layers of fat around themselves when it gets colder? Just me? Great. I pinned this some time ago and am amazed it didn’t get any more re-pins. Just look at it? Imagine eating this with some vanilla ice cream and wash it down it mulled wine. Mmmm. Wine. Wine is delicious. From my board Sweet & Sweeter.

And last but not least…Since the winter IS coming after all:

Arya Stark, Game of Thrones, winter is coming

Via stormbornvalkyrie.tumblr.com

Arya. Everyone’s favourite Stark. From the board Game of Thrones. Question…Is The Hound dead or not?

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Now I know where my tendency to hoard craft supplies comes from. I can directly trace it to that traumatic event when my grandma threw my precious sea shells away. Dammit, grandma!

P.P.S. The link to my full Pinterest-profile is HERE and all of my related blog posts are HERE.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

When I had a look at this week’s photo challenge, at first I thought of going from beyond to behind. As in things I’d hide behind if I was playing hide and seek. I have bunch of pictures from my cousin’s 19th birthday, from few years back, which was held at her paternal grandparent’s place at the country and decided to use them.

WPCBeyond, old barn doors, thrifty finn, weathered

I began processing the first picture and thinking about all those people who have lived there. The grandfather, who died not long after the birthday party, said just some time before his passing that he doesn’t want to go. Life is too good.  Continue reading

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:

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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.

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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.

TAST 17: Wheatear Field of Wheat

 Wheatear or as I like to call it Weetabix- stitch, is a quick stitch to do. I had this sampler done in less than an hour which I liked very much, considering how many I still have to do before I’m caught up.

 

There’s something very national romantic in this stitch. A reminder of simpler times when every summer was warm and sunny.

 I’ll be using this stitch in the future for sure. My grandparents would appreciate anything stitched with wheatear, they used to be farmers after all.

 Next stitch: Crossed Buttonhole! And if you are interested, my other samplers are here.