“Time has not reduced the appeal of the Moomins” – Katarina Pettersson, Brand Manager at Arabia.
This is a very special post as it features my favourite collectible merchandise… the mugs! I currently have 37/62 and I started collecting them in August 2011 on my first trip to Finland because they were cheap – only 11€ each. My total spend is now around £845 although they are worth quite a lot more. This post is in celebration of the launching of my new website www.moominmugs.com which details information about the mugs and their estimated cost, which I know fellow collectors/sellers will find incredibly useful. Continue reading
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.
It’s an exciting week this week, because from April 22nd-29th Artbox have a special 10% discount code on orders for stationary, stickers and cards. It’s in aid of ‘Stationary Week’ so it’s definitely a deal to take advantage of seeing as the only other time they have vouchers is for their Birthday on November 1st. It’s also free delivery on orders over £20!
Amongst some of the products on offer in these categories are the amazing tapes, including the washi tape set. They would be a great craft idea for things like Wreck This Journal, sketchbooks, papercraft or just general Sellotape needs.
It’s a shame that items from the Arabia Moomin range must be discontinued, but this means there will be new products coming soon. For collectors, this means having to rush around to source these products before they increase in value – therefore, I have compiled a list of the products and where to find them for the best prices.
Happy first day of spring! I expect Snufkin will be arriving in Moominvalley today and will whistle under Moomintroll’s window to let him know he is there, then he will start his adventures with his friends – annoying the park keeper, playing his mouth organ and let’s not forget sitting around the campfire with a mug of hot coffee. Do you think Snufkin drinks from this Arabia mug?
One of the most collectible pieces of merchandise in the Moomin community has to be the mugs. I always swore I would never collect them because there are so many and they are very expensive – the most costly one being upwards of £3,000. But when I arrived in Finland in the summer of 2011, I couldn’t help but grab a couple that were on sale for 10€. And that’s where my collection began.Every year Arabia release at least three mugs – a character one in spring, a limited edition summer one and a limited edition Christmas/winter one. Last year there were five which included the usual three as well as one to celebrate Helsinki winning the World Design Capital and one to celebrate Stockmann’s 150th anniversary.
For 2013, you can now pre-order the character ones at Artbox – yes, there are two this year! These are Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden to replace the old ones from 1999 and 2001.
At £14.50 each (£16.25 including postage, or free on orders over £20), these are competitively the cheapest place to get any of the Arabia mugs outside of Finland. You’ll find them elsewhere for around £17, sometimes without postage so you should definitely snap up this bargain! Be quick because once all the preorders are gone, they are unsure as to when they will be getting new stock.
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.