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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DIY Love Lights on: February 13, 2015 12:40:29 PM
Don't you just love cheap and fast crafts? I bought bunch of these cute cupcake cups(?!?)
and came up with the idea to turn them into cute fairy lights. I had some leftover LEDs from
Christmas decorating so the total cost for the whole project was 5 euros and that includes the

I sent the set to my god-daughter and lined inside the box with some pretty pink paper:

Hope you like it!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lalaloopsy Outfits on: January 31, 2015 10:32:59 AM
My friend's kids are really into a kids' show called Lalaloopsy. I think it's already old news in US but it just started showing here in Finland. I helped my friend to find some Lala- toys on Ebay, since there isn't that much available over here and that hunting inspired me to make couple of outfits for the girls to play Lalaloopsies themselves!

I used an H&M T-shirts as bases for the tops. Changed the sleeves to puffy ones and added some vintage fabric-covered buttons and a ruffle. The skirt (and the sleeves) are made of vintage fabric from the 60s.

Sorry about the blurry Instagram-photos. Here's one of the girls wearing her outfit:

If you are interested, there's more about the backstory at my blog: https://thriftyfinn.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/diy-inspired-by-lalaloopsy/
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Valentine's Day Wall Art on: January 30, 2015 06:11:08 AM
I had a brief debate myself about which category this project belongs in but since I altered two cheap wall art pieces, I figured this would be the correct one.
Couple of weeks ago I found some wall art pieces I first were going to use for another project but since Valentine's Day is coming up and I had tons of this Crate Paper-collection in stash, I thought it would be good time to do something pink & cute!

There are couple of detail shots in my blog https://thriftyfinn.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/valentines-day-wall-art/. Hope you like this!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sunny Vintage Quilt on: November 22, 2014 06:16:10 AM

This quilt was long time coming. I collected the fabrics, both vintage and vintage vibe-y, for over four years.
Finally, in last August, I pulled myself together and went for it! I decided on basic square pattern and simple
stitching and got to work. I made the quilt for my bed and its 200cm wide and 220cm long. Go big or go home.
Since back then I didn't know there was quilting services available in Finland, I improvised the batting from basic sheets,
so I could quilt it with my basic sewing machine. The total cost for everything was about 100 euros. I think
it's rather good price for a quilt that size.
Here are the pics:

When I had my first blocks ready.

The binding, made from a vintage sheet.

The quilting in progress

Finished. An outside shot to show the correct colours.

Finished and on my bed!

Frequently Asked Questions:
Would you make another quilt?
- No, not anytime soon.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DIY Instagram Art on: November 18, 2014 05:57:22 AM
You know how boring it is to make stuff to oneself? Well, thanks to my genius self and a little nudge from my friend I managed to combine 3 things in one project! I actually finished pimping something I bought from a thrift store with a plan to "pimp it someday", I got use out of my Instagram-account AND got some lovely memories of Paris up on my wall. Here's the before:

Here are the finished pieces:

They are really easy and cheap to make. Just some simple MDF-art pieces, spray paint and prints out done at the library. The total cost was under 10 euros, including the spray paint. Here's the link http://thriftyfinn.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/diy-instagram-art/ to the semi-tutorial and here's the link http://thriftyfinn.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/freebie-paris-printables/ to the free printables you can use to make your own.

Hope you like them!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sheer Blouse on: March 15, 2011 10:24:31 AM
LAst weekend saw something miraculous happen...I made something for myself! Woohoo! The pattern was by Burda and I added sleeves as I'm not too keen to display my bingo wings. I think the sleeves work really well with the material I chose; dark blue sheer polka dot shifong.



Hemming, ruffles and sleeves

Comments and criticism would be great. I spent 5,50 euros on materials and the pattern can be found in Burda 4/2010.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / European Easter Egg Swap on: February 26, 2011 04:58:54 AM
I just spotted the US Easter Egg- swap and thought, CANDY! So here's my idea; everyone crafts an papier mache egg, pimps it really cool and then fills it with candy. Haven't thought about the size but I think lengthwise 20cm could be nice. Anyone interested?

Here are some pics from the interwebs for inspiration...

Then some filler inspiration...

I've thought about the requirements:
Either craft an egg and fill it with candy OR
Buy one of those ready eggs, fill it with 2 point craft and candy. How does that sound?
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blue Kitty on: February 20, 2011 06:22:15 AM
I made this in the Hoopla round 2. I got the inspiration from the Scandinavian Needlecraft-book. This wasn't an actual pattern from the book but an image I took from one milk jug that was used as a prop in one of the pictures. (Just googled the milk jug and it WAS by Arabia).

The colour selection before I decided to with blue hues.

In progress...

The back


Comments and criticism are welcome!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Ugly Yellow Director's Chair into Pretty Primary Patchwork- chair on: February 08, 2011 09:49:33 AM
This is my second try at Craftster Challenges. I scoured every single thrift store in my area to find something that is ugly but would be something I'd use after pimping it. I found a pair of yellow director's chairs that didn't have the back fabric and the seat fabric was all sticky and manky.
The chairs were 4,50 each. Score! Then I yesterday I decided that using thrifted chair wasn't enough, I wanted thrifted fabric as well. I went to one thrift store I never been before and found turquoise woven fabric and a red floral curtain. From there I developed my pretty primaries- concept.

Most materials are thrifted. Only the polka dot and the batting were brand new, bought specifically for this project. I'm sorry about the picture quality. I took tons of pictures as I want to a tutorial for this but I just don't have the time to do it real soon.

Hope you peeps like it and if you do, please vote for me!!!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Valentine's Day Subway Art on: January 21, 2011 09:29:21 AM
I've been wanting to do a freebie for my blog for a quite some time. My original plan was to do something for Halloween but I missed it. Then I decided Christmas would be good, again I missed it. Last weekend I finally got my act together and I designed a poster for Valentine's Day. I did it in subway art style and I'm quite pleased with it. It took almost a day to do. I kept changing the wording and the fonts over and over again to get a logical (?) looking order. Comments and criticisms are welcome. (BTW, I know I'm totally jumping in the bandwagon)...

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