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~
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 :)
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.
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!
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!
Moomin, Mymble and Little My
Has been released as an app by the wonderful Spinfy.
It’s interactive as ever can be
There’s so much to do, not just to see.
Follow Moomin as he tries to get back
With milk for his mother, he finds a pack
It’s Little My and Mymble, too
What happens next? I’ll give you a clue.