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 :)
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!
I get asked ALL the time for pictures of my collection but because it’s scattered across the house (and other people’s houses, eek) it’s just not possible. Last year I was approached by a journalist who wanted to write an article on my love for Moomins for a magazine in the UK. It was published in Pick Me Up on December 13th and the reason I haven’t wrote about it here is because I was awaiting the photographer to send me the pictures, but I’ve finally got them! I tried to gather as much of my collection as possible.
I have wanted to go to Japan for longer than I have been obsessed with Moomins, believe it or not. I’m completely obsessed with their culture, fashion, music and food. Imagine my reaction when I found out there was a Moomin bakery and cafe there in the Tokyo Dome! Sadly, I’ve never been to Japan because the cost was far too much and I wouldn’t be going just for Moomins unlike when I go to Finland. Tomm has promised to take me one day though! It is possible we will be there for one of the Moomin Days on August 9th, or around my birthday in April. So, this post will consist of pictures of the amazing cafe there that I hope to visit for every meal whilst I am in Japan.
You sit at your table alongside huge plush Moomin characters. You eat food in the shape of them. You eat your food with Moomin cutlery. You are basically in Moomin heaven!
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:
On Sunday December 9th there was a free event held at the Southbank Centre in London that focused on Tove Jansson. The event itself was named ‘Tove Jansson and the Winter Book’, and it was inspired by Adam Gopnik’s new novel ‘Winter’. My initial reaction when I found out about it was that someone must be misinformed because A Winter Book is not really a book, but a compilation of Tove’s other novels (mainly Sculptor’s Daughter). Nevertheless, this made me more intrigued to go and find out what was really going on.
The talk was held by Philip Ardagh, a children’s writer, Emily Jeremiah, a lecturer and prize-winning translator of Finnish and German, and Suzi Feay, a literary journalist. They obviously started off talking about the Moomin books and how in children’s books these days, you automatically know the ‘bad guy’ is going to turn good in the end, but it’s very different with the Moomins. You never really know what to expect. Tove’s writing is so truthful and real unlike any other’s, which is why it is so successful to this day. Philip commented that she can point out the obvious and make it sound so amazing. Continue reading
You must really love Moomins to get a tattoo of them. Some people have multiple ones! I personally don’t have any yet, but I’ve been planning what I want for a very long time. Whether you’re planning one yourself or you just appreciate other people’s, I’m sure you will enjoy this post! I will try to credit people but if I have missed you out then please let me know.
November 1st marked a very special event in the UK – the release of The Moomins and the Great Flood published by Sort Of Books.
It seems like forever since I last blogged but I’ve got my notes app in my iPhone filled with new blog post ideas that I want to wait for certain dates to post them.
So, since leaving university in May and then going on a huge haul in Finland in July/August, I’ve honestly had no money to buy anything new. Luckily, I have an amazing boyfriend who is willing to buy me a few items if I can justify why I need them. In all honesty, I could justify getting any item… but he will only buy me rare or incredibly good value merchandise, which is understandable. Here are the things I’ve got in the last month:
Rare Moomin duvet cover and pillow set on eBay – £20.01
Pretty much no one makes Moomin dresses so I took the plunge and made my own recently (you can see me wearing it on the right sidebar). Moomin duvet covers are expensive so you’re lucky if you can find one on eBay or etsy that sells cheap. I had to get this because it means I won’t want to buy any clothes as I can make my own now, which is fair, right? This is a picture of the padded blanket I got with it because the material is all cut up ready to be sewn into a dress.
Rare Moomin fuzzy felt LP soundtracks – £36.48 (I think)
I got these from one of my favourite Moomin fans who is sadly selling most of his collection. Okay, I didn’t have to buy these, but I was really scared someone would buy them when I could afford to get them myself (my intuition is usually correct) so he agreed to give me them at a discounted rate which I couldn’t refuse.
Rare Stockmann 150 years mug No. 125 2012 – £33
Only 25,000 of these mugs were made which on its own meant it would be pretty hard to get one, never mind the fact that only one store sold them in the entire world and that was in Finland! I am so grateful and fortunate that I have a really good friend over there who was more than happy to pick one up for me. The illustration was donated to Stockmann by Tove Jansson 50 years ago. It was expected to be released for Stockmann’s 100th anniversary but somehow only just got released.
Rare Christmas mug 2004-2005 Joulumuki – £58
I’ve had bad luck buying this in the past. Being outbid and not willing to pay more than £120 for it has meant that I’ve missed out on getting this twice now, but I was in luck at the weekend and won it for half the usual selling price. I LOVE Christmas and this is definitely in my top 5 favourite mugs, not just because it’s beautiful but because the story that the illustration came from (The Fir Tree, Tales from Moominvalley) really touched me and gives me that winter feeling no matter what time of year I read it. It was also the first ever Moomin story that I read, as I found the chapter online in 2009 whilst I was in France.
Moominvalley Turns Jungle, Moomin’s Winter Follies and a Moomin keyring – FREE!
Would you believe my surprise when Tomm won a competition with PGUK Children’s for all three items? They actually mean a lot more to me than you’d expect. Firstly, I was searching around Manchester on Free Comic Book Day 2012 (May 5th if I remember correctly) as I knew they were giving away the new colour Moominvalley Turns Jungle, but everywhere had ran out. I also pre-ordered Moomin’s Winter Follies but had to cancel my order as I couldn’t afford it, which really upset me. So I am really overjoyed to have these products now!