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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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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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A Message to my Readers and GIVEAWAY!

“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 :)

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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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Moomins in Finland Part Two

This blog post will be dedicated to Moomin world (Muumimaailma). I went on Tuesday July 31st. It took two hours to get to Turku from Helsinki, so we opted for the early 8am train. The trains are lovely, they have free wifi and even a children’s play area. The prices are amazing too, being only 60€ for a return trip. When we arrived in Turku, we walked to the Holiday Inn where the Moomin bus departed from. This was only a ten minute walk and the bus was 12€ for a return. When we first got there, it was nearing 11am so I decided to go straight to the art gallery at Mannerheiminkatu 5 next to the Moomin Shop to see the new museum about Moominworld (but that is for another blog post).

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Moomins in Finland Part One

From July 27th to August 3rd I spent the week in Finland (if you didn’t know this already where have you been!?!). We got there at 11pm Finnish time so we just went straight to the hotel and watched the opening ceremony of the olympics. On Saturday, we woke up early and had a list of places I wanted to go to. The main priority for the day was finding out where sold the cheapest Moomin products, so off we went around Helsinki to the usual shops: Finlayson, The Moomin Shop, Stockmann, Sokos, K Citymarket etc.

 

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Career change, eBay, Moomins Movie and Holidays

Hello all my fellow Moomin lovers! I have a LOT going on in my life right now, but I’m in the process of making Moomins the biggest part of my life soon. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do this yet, but the time has come where my health is not good enough to continue with my nursing studies.

I’m being very optimistic though and part of me thinks that all this has happened for a reason. In August/September 2011, just before I started university, I discovered that there were jobs available in the Moomin Shop in Covent Garden. The thought occurred to me that I should work there, but being from Manchester, I wasn’t prepared to move. I do regret not going for this, but I honestly couldn’t see myself working in a shop for the rest of my life. I want to create new things that people will be ecstatic about – just the way I am when I see new products released.

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Tove Jansson’s Studio

Sadly, this is off limits to the public. I will try my best to be allowed in one day though! It’s around a 10 minute walk from Helsinki city centre, located on the corner of Ullanlinnankatu and Kasarminkatu. This was where Tove lived and worked until she died.

Images and text are from Drawn and Quarterly.

 

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Discounts & new products

I forgot to mention yesterday that Artbox have reduced the prices of their mugs from £15.90 to £14.50! They also have a lot of new stationary like notebooks (which I plan to buy before I start my placement at a hospital soon). I bought a pen recently but it snapped before I even used it, but luckily superglue managed to fix it.

I’ve just realised they’ve also updated their stock too – these two products have just shown up:

They’re really cheap too, only £4.40 each.

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