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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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New Moomin Shop Decor!

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! 

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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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New Moomin Mugs for 2013!

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?

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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.

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My 25 Favourite Moomin Cakes

As a passionate Moomin lover and also cake baker, I thought that I would post a countdown of my favourite Moomin cakes that I have seen on the internet – and believe me, there are more than 25, so this was really hard for me!

25 – This was found on Vesselin väkerrykset‘s blog. I really love the Groke and I think this looked like great fun to make. Not many people like her because she is scary, but she just wants to be loved!

24 – The Moomin cake at the Bury art museum on October 24th 2010 for the Magical Moominvalley exhibition. It was simple yet beautiful. I stole one of the boats!

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Presents & new knickers!

As expected, I got tons of Moomin products for Christmas. I chose most of them off Artbox in November because they were offering a 20% off discount code for one day, so Tomm spent £150 there. They have the 2011 limited edition bubbles mug so I had to get that before it shot up in price.
I basically chose all the things I always wanted to get but never had the money for because they weren’t necessities, and Artbox is my favourite place to get anything cute from.

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Welcome to My New Moomin Blog!

After using Tumblr for six months for my blog, I’ve realised that my own website would be much easier to manage because the Moomins have such a huge fanbase and I really don’t like being limited on what I can/can’t upload – plus, not everyone uses Tumblr.

My blog will be used for documenting my purchases, travels, events, stories, thoughts, gifs, videos and basically anything Moomin related that I would like people to know about.

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