Sunday, 13 April 2014

Antique lace is back

Coptic binding - pale pink linen, antique lace, waxed linen thread, paper, board, inner covers lined with dusty purple Canson Mi-Teintes paper

64 pages of cream colored heavy weight 140gsm paper suitable for writing and mixed media
15,2x20,2x2,5cm / 6"x8"x1"

Coptic binding - white linen, antique lace, waxed linen thread, paper, board, inner covers lined with cream Canson Mi-Teintes paper
120 pages of recycled brown kraft 100gsm paper suitable for writing and sketching
16,2x23,8x2,5cm / 6.4"x9.4"x1"

Coptic binding - natural linen, antique lace, waxed linen thread, paper, board, inner covers lined with taupe Canson Mi-Teintes paper

160 pages of off-white super smooth 100gsm paper suitable for writing and dry media
12,3x17,2x2,5cm / 4.8"x6.8"x1"

Thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes! I have a very problematic relationship with my birthday but luckily this time my useless and seemingly unavoidable birthday meltdown happened so early in the day I had the chance to recover and spend a lovely evening out with friends and enjoy Jacques Brel's songs performed in Finnish. Regardless of meltdowns, 30 is a good age to be - just old enough to baffle young international students trying to make small talk (which is a big mistake. do not try to make small talk with me. just don't.), just young enough to baffle my amazing (and youthful) hairdresser who thought we were the same age when we're pretty far from it.

My birthday sale went well, considering that even my mother went and bought a matchbox. Thank you! I've now retired some old books from the shop to be sold elsewhere and replaced them with six new journals: the above three embellished with antique lace my mother generously donated from her amazing collection of inherited textiles, and another three with plain linen covers. You can view them all here.

Another place you should visit is my dear friend Shannah's shop; she has some amazing and lovely bunnies available I'm sure you'll fall in love with! I have a large white Fibonacci rabbit by my bed guarding my sleep and it's doing a good job.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Swimmers + a special sale on Etsy

It looks as though not much has changed the last time I wrote. The swimmers got a few loops of thread and I'm officially content with how this little treasure box looks like. The sun has begun to flood our home now that it's climbing high enough to conquer the rooftops that blocked it for what seemed like an eternity (every winter feels like an eternity, even the one we just had that was shorter than any I can remember).

While I was away from my blog I was very active at starting but not finishing. Feel free to imagine all sorts of things started but not finished, because I was pretty prolific even if I say so myself. As April arrived I felt a tiny twinge, and alas, it was my backbone re-growing itself. Now there's a nice stack of new books to be added to my shop, but you'll have to wait a couple of days more because I deserve a little break and you deserve a little something too: tomorrow a special someone is turning 30 (hint: may or may not be me) and that someone wants to make room in her already modestly stocked shop before listing new items, so...

you'll get a very special -30% discount of your entire order no matter how big or small (shipping excluded, sorry!) by entering the coupon code HAPPY30 at the checkout.

The code expires on Thursday the 10th, so you should be feeling a sense of urgency at the moment. I know I am - for my own reasons - I am not ready to be this old and have so many people be younger than I am. The latter part is the real problem: so many young people that feel like a foreign species. I'm forever condemned to not understand cool stuff - not that I ever understood, but there was a tiny chance of it happening anyway. So now that I'm set free from coolness, I'm off to play my favourite solitaire. (It's Spider and I'm pretty excellent at it. Embracing my small successes here.)

Friday, 31 January 2014

Swimmers - work in progress

One reason I skipped making a matchbox advent calendar this past Christmas was the need to change scale. I want to make bigger pieces. Eventually. This vintage compact case is just barely larger than a matchbox but at least it's round. It's very rare I show my creations mid-process but it's just because I forget to take photos and my usual creative hours are not the same hours the sun keeps. I'm not sure what happens next with this little thing so I'm taking a little breather so as not to do something stupid in a haste and ruin it.

Friday, 17 January 2014

4 x antique lace

Coptic binding - antique handwoven cotton, antique lace, waxed linen thread, paper, board,
inner covers lined with handmade deckle edge paper

56 pages of white heavyweight 140gsm drawing paper suitable for mixed media
15x12,3x2,1cm / 5.9"x4.8"x0.8"

case bound book - antique lace, handwoven artisan cotton, paper, board, linen thread,
cream colored Canson Mi-Teintes endpaper, off-white linen endbands

 56 pages of white heavyweight 140gsm paper suitable for mixed media
15,3x12,6x1,5cm / 6"x5"x0.6"

case bound book - antique lace, striped silk wool fabric, board, linen thread,
cream colored Canson Mi-Teintes endpaper, off-white linen endbands

112 pages of off-white 80gsm sketching paper suitable for dry media
10,3x15,4x1,6cm / 4.1"x6.1"x0.6"

 Coptic binding - antique linen, antique lace doily, off-white linen thread, paper, board,
inner covers lined with handmade deckle edge paper

72 pages of bright white fine grain 100gsm drawing paper suitable for mixed media
18,2x14,1x1,8cm / 7.2"x5.6"x0.7"

Just when I thought I'd be in trouble my mother replenished my antique lace collection. These won't be the last lace notebooks for now after all; I already have plans for some of those new-to-me gems.

My wrists are all achy again, so I need to limit the time of detailed and repetitive work for a couple of days at least. Less time typing, less time creating, more time reading, perhaps. Currently working my way through a stack of Oliver Sacks books. As a person with weird brain I find it endlessly fascinating to read about people with even weirder brain. Sacks' true stories often read like fiction but I have enough faith in him to trust that they're real, which allows me to take a tiny break from thinking and analyzing whether or not something works or is possible. So, yeah, I'm going to now go and zone out reading neurology stuff.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014



case bound book with rounded spine - linen fabric / antique embroidered tablecloth, paper, board, thread, handmade endpapers

104 pages of white heavyweight 120gsm paper suitable for mixed media
15,5x14,1x2 / 6.1"x5.6"x0.8"


This is a book that really took its time. Finishing this last week led to a serious bout of reminiscing that's still lingering. In 2005, or thereabouts, when I was doing my bookbinder's apprenticeship, my darling mother gave me this gorgeous (but horribly torn) little tablecloth embroidered with lilac Art Nouveau flowers so I could make a book out of it. At the time I felt I still needed to work on my skills before taking my scissors to this beautiful piece of cloth, and then it only took me about nine years to get a grip and get it done. I have a love/hate relationship with one of a kind materials - it pretty much breaks my heart that I'll never be able to make another book out of this tablecloth. There is of course the other end still left but it's full of holes and other damage (sometimes I think my family goes by the rule that if an item fits into the washer it's machine washable), so I'd have to get pretty creative if I want to find a use for that section. I'll just have to keep my eyes open in the hopes of finding other damaged treasures in need of saving.

Another thing that took its time this year is Winter. -14°C today, and at last that special cold weather winter light is here, too. We had some snow before Christmas but it was soon gone, and it looked like November until a couple of days ago (November look is a bad thing, wouldn't recommend it to anyone). I'm hoping having more light will lift my spirits and result in more new books. There are some already listed on Etsy but there are more on the way any day now. I'll also be blogging more frequently again now that my winter semi-holiday is over, so I hope to see you here, too, soon!

PS. Take a look at Poppytalk Handmade Online Marketplace where I too have set up my stall until Feb 28th. The company there is pretty damn great, so I'd definitely pay the site a visit if I were you. Ok, bye.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Suddenly quite quiet, quite content

Short days that feel very long. December has been so different with all this free time. I've made dozens and dozens of stars and mailed them to places far away. There was a big spike in views and orders after they were featured in Remodelista; yay for that! Also, all presents wrapped already! No real need for Christmas stress this year - maybe I'll now start worrying about getting books done for the Valentine's so I don't get all confused because of this stressless state of mind.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Advent calendar for V

This year I decided it was time to take a break from my traditional matchbox art advent calendar and enjoy a more relaxed December for a change. So, this time my calendar is a Christmas present just for V. 24 little presents wrapped in five sorts of kraft and vellum paper, some with embroidered or gilt numbers, some with simple hand lettered or paper cut numbers.

Days of dense snowfalls, days filled with the sound of snowploughs. Vertiginous days.