It makes me so happy that Artbox* are now stocking the new 2014 Jubilee mug! This mug is very limited edition and celebrates Tove Jansson’s centenary. It is taken from The Dangerous Journey book where a girl called Susanna loses her glasses. There are glasses to be found in every 6th mug which makes them even more special and collectable! €2 for every sale goes towards the charity Unicef.
I didn’t expect this mug to be stocked anywhere in the UK anytime soon so I ordered mine on eBay from Finland and it cost me about £65 for one with glasses. But at least I’ve got it! I expect the prices to soar for these mugs and they may even be worth a few hundred pounds in the near future ;)
Moomin are also having a giveaway of this mug over on their new website!
Just a quick update showing you the new Arabia collections coming April 2014. These are the designs that are replacing the old mugs from 1999.
A few weeks ago Tomm surprised me by saying we were going to Bath to see the Horse & Bamboo production of Moominland Midwinter! I’d been planning to go since summer but now that I work weekends and I’m in college during the week I pretty much gave up hope, then when he told me he’d planned it I was so excited! On Boxing Day we set off for the 230 mile trip, stopping at various service stations for well-deserved Starbucks and rest breaks. As I don’t drive, I usually read on my Kindle so I was very happy~
We booked tickets for the Friday night performance of Moominland Midwinter as all the other days had sold out. I already knew it would be fantastic, but that instilled more excitement in me and I’m glad so many people are interested in it. I first heard about the performance on Twitter as someone posted a picture of the puppets being made. Obviously I was out of my mind with excitement. They were actually made in Lancashire (very close to me) where horse & bamboo are based.
I was surprised at how accurate the performance was in regards to the book. It was clear that a lot of time and effort was put into creating each character, even the squirrel who doesn’t play a very big part. As for the set, I was completely taken aback by how many varieties they had. I always like to see new backgrounds in plays but there are only usually 1 or 2 in an average play. But this wasn’t average at all! Ski slopes opened up to become Tooticky’s hut and even a trap door was used to go fishing. It was quite melancholic but had lots of uplifting scenes, like Little My wearing Moominmamma’s tea cosy and using a silver tray as a sled. All the characters had personalities perfect to the book and I like the strong emphasis placed on the moral of the story – overcoming your fears and being happy in any situation.
Moominland Midwinter runs until January 12th 2014 so if you would like to buy tickets, please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
The Moomin Shop in London’s Covent Garden have been planning their redecoration for a while, so when I visited in November I was terribly excited to see it in person. It’s so vibrant, full of life and you can definitely tell a lot of time and effort was put into making it so wonderful. There is a huge mural that fills the entire wall and even a postbox so you can leave your messages to Moominvalley. This post is very picture heavy but that’s the best way to show you how brilliant it is!
“Maybe my passion is nothing special, but at least it’s mine.” – Tove Jansson, Travelling Light
This quote sums up my entire life. I’ve never had doubts about being so enthusiastic when it comes to the Moomins. Not even when people comment things like ‘aren’t they for children?’ or ‘why did you pay so much money for that?’, it actually makes me sad that they can’t understand what it’s like to have true passion for something. It seems my love for them is really making an impact on other people too. Already I’ve been featured in a UK magazine and BuzzFeed have also featured me in their page on ‘50 Lessons That Moomins Can Teach You About Life‘ with a picture taken from my blog (#5) and an actual picture of me and some of my collection (#44). Also, the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat released their special Teema issue which is all about Tove Jansson – and I’m mentioned in it!
I started off just posting pictures on Tumblr, making a few gifs from the 90s anime series and then uploading pictures of my (somewhat smaller) collection. Starting my blog is the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve met so many likeminded people through this and I was even invited to the Moomin HQ in Helsinki, which is probably the most significant aspect of my entire life.
I couldn’t do it without the support of my readers, so as a thank you I am hosting a giveaway where you can win a copy of the new 2013 edition of Sculptor’s Daughter. Whether you’re already a fan of Tove’s adult novels or just enjoy the Moomins, this is a great book to introduce you to her adult fiction. Guaranteed if you like the Moomins, you will love this! You definitely get the same feeling whilst reading it as you do from the Moomin novels, and it’s actually the closest thing Tove has released where she has openly told us that it’s her autobiography.
This edition of Sculptor’s Daughter was released on November 7th 2013 and is in English. The giveaway ends at midnight of November 27th. It is open internationally :)
It’s been a really good few weeks for Moomin merchandise lately, and I’m so pleased with the new products that are available. Firstly, Topshop released two new pairs of underwear and a new set of pyjamas in less than a week. They usually only bring out a new pair of underwear every month or two! The pyjamas are very oversized and perfect to snuggle into, with the softest material they’ve ever used. Previously, the grey t-shirts were 92% cotton, 8% polyester,whereas the new white t-shirts are 60% cotton and 40% polyester.
It’s that wonderful time of year again when Artbox offer 20% off all their products in celebration of Hello Kitty’s Birthday with the voucher code ‘birthday‘ at the checkout! Every year for the past three years I’ve taken advantage of this amazing deal, as they are the cheapest retailers of Moomin merchandise, so even more of a discount is always appreciated. This offer is only valid until the end of November 1st 2013, please don’t miss out! So, what have I bought?! Well, most of my order consists of Christmas presents for my friend Nina in Finland, but I got myself a couple of things that I can share here without ruining the surprise:
On Friday last week I was contacted by Anna, the owner of an online shop called Funky Little People. She specialises in sourcing Scandinavian products that are otherwise difficult to find, and would like to reach more Moomin fans as some of the merchandise she stocks is unavailable in the UK. So when Anna asked if I would like to be sent some products to review, I was really overjoyed and had to say yes. My post on Moomin tattoos is really popular and I wrote on my Twitter a few months ago that temporary Moomin tattoos need to be made, so I knew that I had to choose these to review.
This is just a short post whilst I’ve arrived at glastonbury festival about the outfits I’ll be wearing over the week. It’s always such a pain to choose what to wear for a festival. You want to look relatively nice but you also don’t want to take anything you don’t mind not bringing back… I personally hate wearing something other people have, so I learnt to sew a year ago and finally made use of my spare finlayson bedding. I bought my first piece of bedding 4-5 years ago when I had a single bed, but then I had no use for it when I got a double. Tomm’s mum offered to cut it in half and use one piece with extra fabric to make it fit my double so I was thrilled!
For Glastonbury I decided to make two halter neck tops and brought along my two dresses which most of my moomin friends have already seen. Remember that I’ve been traveling for about 6 hours and I’ve had to pack everything so my dresses aren’t in their best condition, they’re usually crease-free!