Friday, 27 June 2008

See you soon

Not too many minutes were spent this week on creative work. That means that the time I would normally spend making books, sewing or designing new things was spent on irrelevant, stressing and day-job related things. Last night I decided to make a zip purse and that wasn't necessarily a wise thing to do after a grumpy day. It really isn't that difficult to make a zip purse, but for some reason I just couldn't think straight (or sew straight)! I finished it only because I'm too stubborn to quit. I easily quit if I get bored with something (oh how many bags I have started in my life, and how few I've actually finished!), but not because of difficulties or mistakes.

Now it's officially weekend and I'm not going to be grumpy on a weekend. Tomorrow I'm going to go to Vammala where I studied bookbinding and come back with my bookbinding competition award, lots of photos of the exhibition and the book fair, and my parents. And on Sunday I'm going to take them (my parents, I'm not taking the award check with me) to the medieval fair here in Turku and take some more photos. And after recovering from the weekend, I'll post photos here, and hopefully by then I'll be less stressed out too and have something very wise to say to you :)

(And yes, the books in the previous post are going to be available in my Etsy shop as soon as I get the chance to take better photos of them!)

Monday, 23 June 2008

My photos got stage fright

Oh I didn't mean to be gone this long, once again! I'm lost with my evening shifts. I had the most wonderful Midsummer and it felt like a real vacation even though it was just one night away from home. Adorable little boys - and variable weather too; we had sunshine, thunder and hailstorm.

I'm getting frustrated with Blogger not liking my photos, but I guess I'll just have to live with it. This post looks weird, I'll see if I can fix it later. After several attempts to upload photos, here they are; three little notebooks that I made after feeling oh so satisfied with the one I made for myself. And just for your information, I haven't done anything with mine yet. It's a bit scary to start a new notebook after such a long time without a real hand bound book. Lately I've been playing with the thought of starting to write again. I used to write poems, a lot. Now it has been at least six months since the last time I wrote something. I finished my collection of poems and felt like it was time for a little break. I didn't think it would be this long a break. And the time is still flying. Who knows when I'll really start writing poems again. I have a feeling that it won't be today. This day went by without me waking up properly, yet I don't feel bad about it.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

This is love.

I'm sure all of you know that special feeling you get sometimes when you make something that's so much better than what you imagined it would be. Well, this is it. My tiny notebook is so much more beautiful and 'me' than I thought it could ever be. It wasn't until it was all finished and I held it in my hands that I knew I was in love. It may not look too special, but it's just the right size and it feels so good!

3.2"x4.4"x0.9"(8,2x11,3x2,2cm) with 192 pages of gray 100% recycled paper. Covered in smooth natural linen, stenciled by hand as always, and the headbands I made from dark olive green linen. This is me. (I loved this so much that I'm making more of these, with minor adjustments and different colorways - I want to keep mine unique!)

Monday, 16 June 2008

Keeping it simple

I'm taking care of family things at the moment. According to the Finnish proverb shoe-maker's children have no shoes. I've been using spiral-bound sketchbooks for quite some time now, and I thought it's about time for me to take a little time to make myself a notebook. While the notebook ideas churned in my head, I made a new journal for my DH whose journal got full last week. It's a simple case bound book, approx. 15,5x16,8cm, with 192 off-white pages. I decided to add a little color and made the headbands from red linen.

I'll try to finish my tiny book tomorrow before going to work. I'm not sure if I like working in the evening shifts or not, but I'm happy that I don't have to work until 8pm every day. All the creepy customers come in right before closing time, it's like they're outside waiting for our closing announcement and then rush in with huge piles of liquor soaked books. (Alright, that happened only once, the other time it was something oily.) I'm starting to be in need of a little vacation, but that's not going to happen. But I'm going on a little trip to Tampere later this week! This is probably the first time after childhood I'm anxiously waiting for juhannus. (That wikipedia article may not give the right picture of my way of celebrating, the only thing in my life that's liquor soaked is those library books!)

Sunday, 15 June 2008

And the winners are...

Thank you all for reading my ramblings over at Poppytalk and leaving a comment in my giveaway post! After a 14-hour-sleep (what a week I had!) I wrote 42 names on strips of paper. So many new names! I'll pay your blogs a visit as soon as possible, I can't wait to see who you are.

My DH randomly picked three names: maijja, whose name was picked first, will be getting the notebook, and the brooches will be sent to liz elayne lamoreux and Ann. (Ann, please email me your address or leave a comment with your email!) Congratulations to the winners! To the not so lucky ones, this wont be the last Paperiaarre giveaway, so stick around (at least for some months)!

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

It's yours to have

I promised this would be a good day, now you can see for yourself:

I finished all these this morning. The best part is that you can have it! Lately I've seen giveaways almost everywhere in the blogosphere, so now it's my turn to spread the love. Just leave a comment telling me what would your perfect journal be like. I'll make my DH draw three random names on Sunday June 15th, around 10am. Two daisy brooches and a small notebook are waiting for their new owners!

The notebook is approx. 4.3"x5.3"x0.6" (11x13,5x1,5cm) with 48 thick white pages, and the brooches are 1.8"(4,5cm) in diameter.

Today's post over at Poppytalk is about two wonderful Finnish bloggers - Savilintu and Puhti. You can read about my endless admiration for them in here.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Sunshine after the rain

I'm a little late with today's Paperiaarre post, but I'm sure these beautiful photos will make it up. I'm not going to tell you about my day, because June is now the official grumpy customer month. Read happy things from here.

I'm glad to tell you that tomorrow is going to be the official good day of the week (a day off!) and you'll get to play a part in it too!

Monday, 9 June 2008

Gerbera Talk over at Poppytalk

So the big news is... I'm Poppytalk's Special Guest for this week! My daily posts about things that inspire me can be read here. Today's post is about an environmental work of art by Kaisa Salmi. There were over 100 000 gerberas on the stairs and in front of Turku cathedral. Yesterday people got to take them home. Now we have gerberas of three different colors on our balcony (and the tomatoes have gotten a new big planting pot!). DH picked up the loose flowers from the ground, so our kitchen table is much prettier than usual too.

I don't like going to art galleries. I think they're a bit creepy most of the time. But I like it when art comes to me. Who could resist a sea of flowers? Or fabric chandeliers hanging from trees?

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Oh how flowery.

I've been a busy bee this weekend! Exciting new things are on their way, please be patient. But here are the case bound books I talked about earlier, and the craftiness I talked about making with my DH... well, I forgot to take photos before wrapping up our little flock of birds. Sad but true. I still want to give a shout out for this great pattern (found via Whip Up)

These two (and something else too) now listed on Etsy.

Stay tuned, summery things coming tomorrow!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Summer daisies

Summer is here, to stay, I believe. It's been too hot for some time, but at least today is a windy day. And the wind blows from the sea. It's funny that I've lived many years in Turku and I've seen the sea less than ten times. I grew up inland, so just knowing that the sea is right here makes everything different. Well, everything is different in here anyway. I like walking along the river, to work, to the city center, to my friend's home. The river is almost always on my side. It's a good friend as long as it stays far enough from me. I don't want to wear a life jacket.

Since I'm not taking any more custom orders this summer, I thought I should make something for the summer brides. So, here they are: White summer daisies with 24k gold centers on fine white linen. Inside of covers is white mulberry paper with little bits of gold leaf. 72 white pages, approx. 7.7"x8.4"x0.8" (19,5x21,4x2cm).

I had so much fun making this that another, case bound book is drying in the press as I write. Maybe a shop update tomorrow then... You'll be seeing me around a lot more during the next week for various reasons! I feel so excited already!

Monday, 2 June 2008

This and that.

I've finally made some case bound books too. It feels rather silly that I hardly ever make these really basic books anymore. I'm just so in love with coptic binding. I usually stick to my favorites once I've found them. I prefer my chocolate made by Fazer, my eggs organic, my books written by Marguerite Duras, my breakfast yogurt and my yogurt Valio's Hedelmäpommi (peach, apricot and raspberry). Back from the sidetracks, here's the first case bound book covered in fine sage linen, stenciled with ochre. Approx. 14.5x21.5cmx1.7cm. 160 pages.

And here's my first quilt! Or at least the first one I've made since childhood. That's mr. Paperiaarre holding the quilt, and the quilt is for a new baby boy of our friends. The quilt is about 85x85cm. Green on top, waterproof on the back, just in case. Since Blogger doesn't upload some of my photos in the right way, see close-up here.

We've also made something for the fresh big brother, but more about that later. I can tell you that it included me teaching my not-so-crafty DH how to sew!