Thursday, 27 November 2008


A byproduct of the Christmas cards I blogged about last time was a big pile of gift tags. I love how white and brown look together (although I did make a handful of red tags too, and they're pretty neat too)! These tags are brown on both sides, but I've attached a loose vellum leaf with some linen string. More space for writing and I just thought they look nice. These gift tags won't be for sale anywhere, but I'm including one with all purchases made from my shop before my trip to London (Dec 3rd is the last day when orders placed and paid for will be shipped before I go).

Ah, I've been tagged. I like to share random things about me (but I may eventually run out of things to share), but I know many who feel awkward about tags so I'm going to be the usual boring me and not tag anyone specific. But if you feel like telling me, and the rest of the world, eight random things about you, please do. And leave a comment so I know where to find the ones who agree to play along :)

1. Most of the time I'm organizationally challenged. But when my stuff is organized I'm much happier.

2. When I was a little girl, 10 or 11, I had really long hair, below my waistline at some point. After that it got shorter and shorter. In 2003-2004 I had a 3mm buzz cut. And I liked it, a lot, but it was a bit cold most of the year. Now I'm just a short-haired girl. Still, I think at least 95% of women have hair longer than mine.

3. I have problems finding a good hairdresser and keeping one. The last two I was happy with either got pregnant or moved away. I wonder if it's my hair?

4. I've seen all Harry Potter movies, with my mother. She wants to go and see them with a child, like all other grown ups in the movie theater. I don't mind going with her, not at all. It's a fun tradition.

5. I subscribe to 109 blogs. And I check regularly many more.

6. I like everyday poetry above all. My blog was found through google by searching "if you can hear it then it's speaking to you and if you can see it it's yours to have" and "it's not books you need it's some of the things that once were in books".

7. I own ridiculously many pairs of colorful tights. I wear them quite a lot too.

8. I know something you don't.

Now, good night my dear readers. Tomorrow's again the second to last day at work.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

The winter wonderland

Warning: a completely weary post ahead. Maybe it's a global issue, as I've read more discouraged artist blog posts within two weeks than ever before.

I didn't mean to be gone so long. But you know how sometimes it feels like you fail at everything you try. Well, I didn't even feel like trying. I know it's partially because of the winter. The snow I longed for came surprisingly quickly and it'll stay until Saturday at least. It's so Christmassy outside. And I'M NOT READY! Christmas should be at least two months away! I'm not stressing about the gifts exclusively, but about the whole Christmas thing. It'll be our first Christmas here in Turku, and the first Christmas we're celebrating together and not with my parents or with my in-laws. And you know, I'm not a Christmas person. Not at all. I enjoy exchanging gifts and spending time together, but the religious part just isn't for me (neither is the commercial gift exchange part!).

I'm trying to enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts, but I can't escape the people who feel the need to talk about the nearing Christmas the whole duration of my 5-hour work shift. And that's the money-spending kind of Christmas talk. I don't feel like spending a lot of money just because it's that one special day of the year. Any non-commercial Christmas spirits lifting ideas? I like making decorations and such, but I'm in need of ideas of what to DO on Christmas to make it feel like Christmas.

One of my Christmas traditions is card-making. Not for me, but for my father's business. (I try to stay away from card-sending traditions myself. I'd only forget someone important and people would get upset.) Last year I stenciled some reindeer, this year I gocco printed some snowflakes on dark blue mulberry paper. The lighting this time of the year is rather challenging (not a surprise) so I don't have photos of my pretty brown snowflake gift tags yet. I do my best to snap a picture really soon. Just so you would see what is included in all things ordered from Paperiaarre Etsy shop between today, Nov 25th (which happens to be my name day), and Dec 3rd. The shop will be taking a vacation too (Dec 4th-12th), but all orders placed and paid by the 3rd will be shipped before I leave to London and should arrive in time for Christmas.

I'll skip the introduction of books and pouches that were a part of the last shop update. What's in the shop is in the shop. But I thought I'd mention that the shop is still/again well stocked and prettier than ever :)

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Meet the rest of Hogweed family

After hours and hours of listing things to Etsy it's all here. And my Poppytalk Handmade table is ready for opening too. Their Holiday & Gift-themed Market will go live on Monday 17th. I'm dying (and trying) to find some gorgeous Christmas gifts there before it's too late for international shipping.

My new Gocco printed Hogweed designs are inspired by many things: my vintage botany books, the various umbellifers I see every day on my way to work, and most of all the mental image of said flowers standing alone in the snow, frosty and white. I'm hoping the fall would soon end. It's too dark and too rainy. I wish it would snow soon, but I guess a rainy winter is the price I have to pay for living by the sea in the southern Finland. Imagination saves many bad days. The Hogweed line is designed to be used with imagination, to arouse imagination and to look beautiful.

Books in bags are back. Coptic bound journals in lavender, charcoal, dark teal and natural linen. The books are accompanied with charcoal or natural linen drawstring bags. The books are approximately 4.3"x6"x0.9" (10,8x15,2x2,2cm) and they have 72 smooth pearl gray colored pages with torn edges. Sewn with waxed natural linen thread.

A facelift for the good old Book of good things. Now available in seven different colorways, more may be on their way.

Paperiaarre pencil cases have proven to be a great success among their users. Grown up pencil cases are really hard to find (at least here in Finland) but the Hogweed pencil cases are just about as classy as a pencil case can get! Good things come in fours apparently: black, lavender, teal and charcoal. Ooh, the charcoal linen, it's to die for!

New brooches too! These are my new favorite. I may need to make myself a couple more of these. Various colors, more to come, as soon as time travel is possible if not sooner!

Of course there's a lot more in the shop, I'll blog about those things later. I've been a workhorse this week, so maybe a night off would be a good idea today! I had the most terrible day at work today and literally had tears in my eyes when the day was done, but I'm glad to have something nice to blog about and cheer me up a bit.


They're here. (Well almost all of them.) More about the Hogweed design tomorrow (hopefully). Time has become even stranger since my last post.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008


Time is an amazing thing. So many days have passed without me noticing. And still, I've made so many new things during those days that it's almost unbelievable. In the small gaps between library work and art work I've searched the web for some travel tips. I'm not nervous about traveling anymore (at the moment) and the map of London is starting to bring back memories. It may not be as strange a city as I thought it would be. It's ten years since my first trip to London, and eight since my second. A lot must have changed there, but I've changed too.

I'll be updating my Etsy shop during the weekend, maybe starting tomorrow already. Depends on the weather and me. So many new things I've just made. Just for you, and for everyone.

Friday, 7 November 2008

London calling?

What if I went to London in December? For some days, maybe five. I'm not yet sure if I'm going to go, but the thought of going is so very tempting. People have been in big cities alone before, maybe I could do it too. The questions are: should Paperiaarre go and be inspired by London, what to see, who to see, where to sleep/eat/be inspired?
There are plenty of suggestions around the web, but they're there, around. And they're not your suggestions for me. I've been to London briefly, twice, but it was a long time ago. And I think I can go to London for the third time and skip Madame Tussauds for the third time.

(The photo of a zip pouch reminds me of a sleeping bag, that's the only relation to traveling.)

Update:London, I'm coming!
Thank you all for your encouraging comments and e-mails! I'll be in London for a week, Dec 5th-12th. Drop me a line if you want to have an apple juice with me (you can have coffee or tea if you want!), it would be so nice to see the people behind blogs and comments etc. And if you have a list of must see places, drop me a line in that case too! Ooh, I'm so excited & happy! (Äiti, I'll be all right on my own. I won't go out alone too late and I have my phone with me all the time.)

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Designing and sewing day and night (mostly night)

You know when life happens when you expect it the least? Well, all of a sudden I'm working at the library again and running a guesthouse for everyone interested in poetry. Oh, the guesthouse part was a bit exaggerated, but we do have a houseful of friends staying with us this week due to the poetry week of Southwest Finland. Of course the holidays are nearing too and I should get my Etsy shop prepared for international gift shoppers as soon as possible. I can tell you that I have a plan. And the plan once again includes a big shop update, around November 15th, give or take, and a table at the ever so great Poppytalk Handmade starting November 17th.

I've got some new designs and new things coming, but I don't want to spoil the surprise, at least not yet. Some in progress shots of the new things may be coming and photos of not so surprising but new things. Less writing, more photos. When I get the chance.