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1  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.
2  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!
3  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.

4  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?
5  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!
6  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!!!
7  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)...

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Papercut Spooky Village Silhouette on: October 26, 2010 08:36:21 AM

This year is the first time I'm "decorating" for Halloween. It's not really celebrated here yet but we're getting there. Slowly. Anyway, my decoration efforts were focused on my bookshelf. I made a small scene for each of the compartments and this village is one of those scenes.

To make this, I freehanded the village on A2 cardstock and cut it with a craft knife. Since the width of the paper wasn't enough to span the shelf's entire length, I cut and drew two separate streets. The picture above is showing one of them.

Here are more shots...

Comments and C&C are welcome!

P.S. I want a Silhouette- machine.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Earring Holder from a Vintage Frame on: September 19, 2010 06:44:37 AM
Nice and easy less-than-an-hour-project. I bought this frame in 1999! 11 years ago!
I got my ears re-pierced couple of weeks ago and yesterday thought of organizing my massive earring collection this way.

Note! This really is holding all of my earrings  Grin

C&C is welcomed!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Stamping with distress inks on: September 09, 2010 04:21:59 AM
First time ever stamp fest in preparation for upcoming holiday season. The alphabet set I used is made by 7 Gypsies and the inks are Distressed Inks.
My fingers are stained but it's small price to pay for so much fun as I had with the stamping. Anyways, here are some pictures...

So what do you think guys? How should I proceed from here?
C&C is welcomed.
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