A few weeks ago I ventured to London to go to Hyper Japan and the Finnish Christmas Fair. Hyper Japan didn’t have a lot of Moomin merchandise, except for what the Artbox stall sold, but the Finnish Christmas Fair did, and the Scandinavian market outside. It was like being back in Finland – I didn’t realise there were so many Finnish people living in London. Apparently there are around 10,000! Sadly I didn’t manage to take any pictures inside (I was too busy eating lovely food and drinking lonkero/long drink) but here is a picture of my overall haul of the weekend:
I rarely venture to London because it’s very expensive to travel and get a hotel (plus The Moomin Shop!) but Tomm was lovely enough to take me back AGAIN two weeks later because of the Tove Jansson talk at the Southbank Centre. We vowed to spend a lot less this time, so I only got a few things when we went back, but I had been looking for them for a while and could only find them at stupidly expensive prices. When we got home, we baked lots of delicious Moomin gingerbreads in varying characters and sizes.
I love to bake but whenever I’ve tried to use my Moomin cookie cutters for cookies, they never work and the legs always fall off or they become deformed. But when I made this gingerbread, it worked perfectly – so that’s the secret behind the ‘cookie’ cutters. Don’t use them for cookies!
So, it’s now Boxing Day but after I’d travelled up and down the North West of England visiting family yesterday, I didn’t have time to blog. Here are some pictures of my Christmas Day.
2011 and 2012 Arabia mini Christmas mugs, baubles and lollipops!
Only my Moomin merchandise was wrapped in Moomin wrapping paper! The three boxes that are opened are from my great friend Nina in Finland. She sent me two boxes of Moomin tea bags and a Moominpappa loose tea infuser – I’m over the moon!
And finally here are my pictures of all the merchandise I received for Christmas! It includes my Kindle (reading Moominland Midwinter), the Arabia hemulen mug and bowl set, the Arabia adventure bowl, the home sweet home plate, gifts from Nina mentioned above, bath confetti, bath salts/caviar, shower/bath gel, hand moisturiser, soap, lip balm, a Moomin house keyring, stocking, tray, cutting board and chocolate! I hope you all had a great Christmas and if you can access BBC4 tonight, there is a documentary on at 9pm called ‘Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson’.