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Arabia Moomin Mug Exhibition – Mugs With A Story To Tell

This afternoon we visited the Arabia Moomin mug exhibition. It’s just a 20 minute bus journey from central Helsinki and it’s free entry. It displayed the full mug collection as well as test products, sketches, plans and showed the process of how they are made.

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Small Update

It feels like forever since I’ve posted anything here, and I’m going to be honest – my love for Moomin has kind of dwindled recently. It’s really upsetting, but I don’t have time to scroll through my Twitter feed everyday like I used to, and I feel as though there aren’t many amazing products or news to tell you about. Since Moomin launched their website and own blog, I don’t feel like mine really compares to that because they obviously have insider knowledge that’s much more interesting than anything I could write about!

On the plus side, I’m saving up to go to Japan, and they are opening a Moomin theme park in 2015! I’ve also booked my holiday to Finland this summer (July 18th-25th) which means I can finally visit the Ateneum Tove Jansson exhibition and a whole load of other places (see Tove100.com for more events)

I promise I’ll be more active in the future when I can be, and I’ll try to use Twitter more too. I’m not sure what type of posts you all like to read, so if you can please comment below with what you’d like to see on my blog and I’ll try my best :)

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15% off at Artbox!

It’s really rare that Artbox* offer discount any other time than November 1st each year, but they promised they would give us a voucher code for 15% off for 24 hours if they surpassed 4500 Facebook likes. Today is the day! I’ve already treated myself to a Moomin mug haul because I couldn’t resist the big discount and it’s also my 21st Birthday on Saturday so it’s a nice little treat to myself~

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I’m really excited for them to arrive! They should be here within 24-48 hours as they weigh over 2kg so Artbox send them out with a courier. I was planning on getting them in Finland this summer but they work out the same price with the voucher and now I don’t have to worry about them breaking in my suitcase :)

 

 

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Tove Jansson – Life, Art, Words

This authorised biography follows Tove’s life, mostly in chronological order. You begin to understand what was going on in her life when she created each piece of art, how her friends and family affected her and how important family really is. It’s the sort of book you don’t rush through. Usually I try to read as fast as possible because I have a huge reading list of over 800 books, but with this I had to savour every word. It took me a few days to get through, it’s quite big at 576 pages, but every second was worth it.

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I can’t thank Boel Westin enough for taking the time to read through all of Tove’s letters and documents, compile them and put them into this novel.  Natasha Janz of Sort of Books says Westin had “incredibly privileged and never-to-be-repeated access because she became close friends of Jansson and her partner Tuulikki Pietilä, both of whom have now died, and did a considerable amount of work with them in Tove’s lifetime, going through diaries and letters and being able to discuss it with Tove.”

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There are a lot of pictures, each fitting with the text – most of them have never been published before so it’s always nice, as a Tove Jansson enthusiast, to read new information and see new images. It’s the little things like knowing her favourite walking route in Paris that makes this book so special. It filled me with such inspiration, knowing she lived her life as she wanted to and I like to think it was a happy one. I don’t know what else I could say other than if you like Tove Jansson, you must read this book! The only negative aspect of this book is that it comes to such an abrupt end. I first read it on my kindle and it tells you how long you’ve got left in the book, which counted the bibliography. The way it was written didn’t really imply it was coming to an end. I thought it might’ve discussed Tove’s last few years of her life as little is known about it other than she was diagnosed with lung and breast cancer and spent her last year in hospital.

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Tove Jansson is an inspiration to work hard, love passionately and appreciate art in all its forms.

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Latest Moomin Purchases

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. 

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Funky Little People Online Shop

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.

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Everything You Need to Know About Moominworld

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how to get to Moominworld/Muumimaailma in Finland. It seems as though once people find out Moominvalley exists, they make it their life goal to visit (that includes me too). I found out about it six years ago when I was 14 and finally managed to go when I was 18.

I must fret that it isn’t a theme park as you know them to be. There are no rides. I personally think that would be awful if there were, because it is definitely a unique experience and the Finns are very proud of it. The best way to describe it is to say that they have built Moominvalley from the books/90s TV series.

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Tove Jansson’s Books

It really saddens me that in 2013, almost twelve years after the death of Tove Jansson, we still don’t have all of her adult novels in English. In fact, a lot of people don’t even know everything she worked on. I always get people asking me what novels by her they should read, or shocked comments that they didn’t know she worked on such-and-such a piece, so I’ve decided to dedicate this post to informing readers about what she wrote personally and other works she contributed towards. I’ve chosen not to go into detail about the Moomin books because these are her most well-known novels, so instead I am focusing more on her adult novels.

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Merry Moomin Christmas!

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:

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