Cross stitch picture


Home is where the cat hair sticks to everything but the cat! This picture took weeks to be delivered from the online company, but I finally got it on Friday. I wanted to start cross stitching immediately. Now it is finished, after just a couple of days. 😀

Not sure where to put it, but for sure somewhere in my bedroom.

It looks more wrinkly than it is. Maybe the back is shining through. I don’t know.


These tiny flip flop earrings were a free gift with a recent Cross Stitcher magazine. It only took me a little over an hour to finish the other night. Plastic canvas. There were three designs to choose from. Don’t think I will ever use them, but they are quite cute. May be I’ll try to sell them on the flea market next time I sell there.

Just a small amount of cross stitches on the Christmas picture remains, and the back stitches. Will work on it later tonight.


Word bracelets


Tonight I made a bunch of word bracelets. I am now selling on the flea market, so I will take these there tomorrow. Well, technically it is today, because it is past midnight already… The bracelet which says Nelson, I’m keeping, because Nelson is the cat’s name.

I wanted to make a bracelet with ’Finland’ but I have no more letter I. Suomi is the Finnish name for Finland. Vaasa and Vasa are the name of my hometown. Three A’s in the Finnish name and two A’s in the Swedish name. ’Veli’ means brother and ’Sisko’ is sister, but they are also a person’s name (male/female).


I also made seven of these around noon, but they are already at the flea market.

Of course I hope someone will buy a bracelet or a dragonfly, but you never know who visits the flea market and what they are looking for.

I’d better get some sleep now!

Garfield bookmarks

The local library where I used to work (I don’t work there anymore), had a huge sale of old books and magazines. All the books for 50 cent each and all stacks of magazines from 50 to 2 euro, depending on what kind of magazines they are.

I got two stacks of old Garfield magazines, may be 20-30 in total. I did pay 1 euro for the magazines, although I would not have needed, since I worked there at the time. Anyway, I love Garfield and I knew I really wanted the magazines to make some bookmarks. Or, should I say, a lot of bookmarks! 😀 I counted them today: 303 in total! I didn’t think it was that many!


It has taken me awhile to cut out, cover with book plastic and cutting out again. A lot of the time I wanted to make a bookmark, but then there was another one on the other side. So I had to roughly cut out, take a photo copy of one side, so I could have both. There was room for four bookmarks on one sheet of A4 paper, so I always photo copied four at a time. I did the same thing years ago with some other Garfield cartoon albums or magazines that I had, so some of the bookmarks I already had from before. Those I did not cover in book plastic. I try not to have two of the same bookmarks.

Close ups of some of my favorites:


This time I cut out some of the strips too that I thought were funny. They are in Finnish. Here is a little translation of the top one: “Where are my training pants?” “I don’t even dare to ask where my T-shirt is.” “Then don’t look behind you!” The middle one is just the spider screaming when he lands on the Christmas tree star. Ouch! Third one: “Happy cat.” “Angry cat.” “Happy angry cat.”


On the top: “I’ve heard you are a tough cat.” “But you can’t scare me.”
Second: Kiss “Surprise.”
Third: “Cats and rats are supposed to be enemies.” “Fascinating.” “Lets talk about it.” “Cheese? At my place?”
Bottom: “New hat?” “Happy you noticed.”


Second: “Don’t be so melodramatic. You’ve been on a diet for 15 minutes.”
Third: “Honestly. Garfield, I forgot it was decaf!”

These are not exact word to word translations, but what it could be in English.

Below some of my other favorites:



So that’s what I have been doing lately… I am also cross stitching a Christmas picture! 😀 I thought I would start it early. But it’s not so big. May be I will be finished in July or August. I’ll show you when it’s done.

Going to sell on the flea market soon, so I must go through the items I have and find things that I can sell, and write the price tags and tape them to the items. That takes time too!

Different types of bookmarks


I decided to post some pictures of different types of bookmarks I have made during the years. Most of the home made ones are sticker bookmarks. Stickers on card stock and covered with book plastic.


Here are a few more sticker bookmarks.


A lot of bookmarks I have printed from the Internet (google search ‘free printable bookmarks to color’ or something like that). On some sites you have to register to be able to print the bookmarks, but I have never done that.


A few more of the colored bookmarks. The ‘Be You’ is from Red Ted Art (a woman who has a ton of crafting videos on YouTube!).


Some bookmarks are just origami paper (the three first ones) or scrapbook paper cut to strips and covered with book plastic. I realize that the third one (with the butterflies) is upside down, but I am in a hurry. I have to go to work very soon.


Garfield bookmarks. Cut from comic albums. I don’t remember what the tiger is called (Hobbes?) For the two on the sides, I have cut out small images of Garfield and some food, and written some own cartoons.


A bit of this and that. I cut out strips from a Moomin book and glued them to card stock. Sometimes I find patterns that are nice. So I color them and glue them too on card stock as in this case. The two in the middle are quotes about books. The crocodile I found in a book, took a copy and glued it to the green card stock.


Different fonts I have printed out on Word and colored a little bit. Niki was my previous cat, Kimi is the F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen.


I had stickers of women, so I thought of names and added some text about them, who they are etc. Iceman is Kimi’s nickname (another cool font I found on Word). Moomin stickers with a quote about the character (in this case Moominmamma). The blue/white I just colored. Found the pattern in a book.

So these are just a few of my handmade bookmarks, but I wanted to show you different types that I have made. I have between 1600 and 1700 bookmarks I think. Now I will hurry to work! 🙂

Miss Nelson bookmarks


As it is Valentine today, I thought I would make a couple of bookmarks with my cat. I love her with all my heart! ❤️

I am not good at writing or drawing or cutting. So the bookmarks may look a bit childish. But I didn’t find any templates of hearts. Sure on the internet, but I didn’t want to do that this time. And after all, it’s the thought that counts. And the process of doing something. The end result doesn’t have to be as perfect as in magazines etc.

Well, I just started cross stitching another Vervaco bookmark! You’ll see some day!

Toilet paper roll yarn hats :)

Instructions here

Click on the link above (where it says Instructions here) to see instructions for these cute little hats! 😀 I think the YT channel is called Handimania. It has several cool DIY videos! Check it out!

The hats are made from an empty toilet paper roll and quite a lot of yarn.

The teddy bears are just acting models for the hats tonight. I might do some small snowmen or may be crochet little teddy bears that can wear these hats.

For the one to the right I used the yarn that was left over when I had knitted my socks (the candy colored from a previous post). I just put the strands in a random order. The one to the left is two strands pink, two strands yellow etc.

One toilet paper roll gives five hats, so I can make three more. But I’ll do that another day. May be I’ll make those single colored, as they are in the video.

I have not been working on the blanket today – yet. I might crochet a little before going to bed. Nothing good on TV. May be I’ll watch an episode or two of Numb3rs on DVD.