Saturday, 30 April 2016

accumulator seriali - part 15

my grandmother's dollhouse porcelain tableware from 1920's - paperiaarre.com

Oh my! My mother gave me more family heirlooms for my birthday earlier this month - this is an amazing dollhouse porcelain dinnerware set that belonged to my grandmother. She was born in 1916, so I'm estimating this set to be from the 1920's. The packaging is original and there are enough plates for twelve guests, but unfortunately the guests have to eat with their hands as I don't currently have any cutlery.
my grandmother's dollhouse porcelain tableware from 1920's - paperiaarre.com

Just a little rugged around the corners, but all the pieces are there.


my grandmother's dollhouse porcelain tableware from 1920's - paperiaarre.com

The blue stripes are hand painted, but the flowers look like decals. I'm not sure if the decals were originally of varying quality, or if my grandmother has played with these so much that some of the flowers are barely there anymore.

my grandmother's dollhouse porcelain tableware from 1920's - paperiaarre.com

my grandmother's dollhouse porcelain tableware from 1920's - paperiaarre.com

my grandmother's dollhouse porcelain tableware from 1920's - paperiaarre.com

I have a non-existent ceramic vocabulary especially in English, but just look at these plates! There's a swirly pattern on the plates, not too visible in all of them, some also have some extra grainy bits under the glaze. The overall quality varies quite a lot, but I don't mind - it only reminds of the people who made these dishes.

my grandmother's dollhouse porcelain tableware from 1920's - paperiaarre.com

I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but I was a huge dollhouse enthusiast when I was in my early teens. I did like my little dollhouse when I was smaller, but the historically accurate 1:12 dollhouses ended up being a real hit later. My mother and I even traveled to London just so we could buy a dollhouse kit for me to build. For some reason the right moment to build the house never came (the biggest reason probably being that it needed to turn out perfect, which makes beginning extremely difficult), so it's still in my parents' basement waiting for me to have enough room to build and keep it. I'll probably be a granny when that time comes, but c'est la vie. One day I'll have my little hat shop and a charming milliner spinster living above it. The milliner will have spectacular dinner parties for all her intellectual friends and everyone will have utensils to eat with.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

tiny white long stitch notebooks

tiny white long stitch notebooks housed in an old box of Fazer's Prince Chocolate

After a long weekend away at my parents' I've been busy stitching some tiny books. These little notebooks have been a bit of a hit in my shop after Karen shared in her blog what she's done with them. Now I've made a big new lot of them, so I suppose I'll be fine for a moment. And if it should happen that these fly out the door in record time, I wouldn't mind making more!

Tens of little white books have found a new home and ended up as jotters for little children, as books in which parents have written their child's first words and sentences, as quote books for brides-to-be, and as artists' books. I love it when my customers share how they've used my books, and I get a glimpse of how my books get to play a role in bringing people closer together. Sappy me...

tiny white long stitch notebooks housed in an old box of Fazer's Prince Chocolate

The covers are made of heavy weight watercolour paper so you can paint and customize them according to your liking, or just leave them as is - the texture of the paper alone is attractive.

The books measure 7,8x10,6x0,8cm / 3.1"x4.2"x0.3" and they can be found for sale here.

tiny white long stitch notebooks housed in an old box of Fazer's Prince Chocolate

An old box of Prince Chocolate by Fazer now makes a temporary home for these books. I had an unruly pile of notebooks trying to make a dive off the desk, so I grabbed the nearby wooden box without much thought only to find out the books fit there perfectly. Now I have a miniature bookshelf full of pretty books. I'd exchange some for chocolate, though.

Monday, 25 April 2016

mixed media monday - this is the world between our eyes


Red is a foreign colour - I seem to barely use it at all. Still, I can't claim this to be a colourful piece (this one really was!), but it's an unusual piece in any case. In addition to the rareness of the reds, this collage came together in a suspiciously easy manner, with every element falling into place without the usual dance of rearranging everything a hundred times before committing to one layout.



I wish more people looked at each other the way this young woman looks at her photographer.


I had my hopes set on creating something really tiny this week, but I ended up making something the size of two matchboxes, which isn't all that tiny to me. But I can't always control how things turn out, and these materials were screaming my name. This piece fits my palm at 7,9x5,7x1cm / 3.1"x2.2"x0.4". It stays upright standing on its own, but there's a plaited linen hanger on the back as well.


(vintage photo, vintage book cover and pages, ceramic beads, thread, paper, board, linen thread, glue)

For sale in here.


I hope you have a great week and achieve everything you want to achieve!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

accumulator seriali - part 14

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

Last week I promised you some blurry snapshots and double exposures, and I'm delivering both! Also a race with a pig, which is something I doubt you were expecting.

You may remember my great grandaunt Saima's husband Emil was a prolific amateur photographer in the early decades of the 20th century. Before I've shared his photo albums, and here are some of his cast off negatives obviously deemed worth not developing into photos for one reason or another. I got a bunch scanned in 2012, and just recently got round to the rest. The pig race alone was worth the trouble!

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

That's my great great grandfather hiding in the bushes of this double exposed photo!

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

Saima emerging from the left, and that might be her youngest brother racing with the pig.

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

My blurry great great grandfather Johan sporting a vest and a pocket watch.

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

I'm more used to spotting Saima in Emil's photos, but I'm guessing this is Saima's sister Ester, my great grandmother. Saima was the pretty one of the two.

Emil's negatives from early 1900s finally scanned - paperiaarre.com

That's it with Emil's photos, at least for now! You can view the rest of this lot here and the earlier scans here.

Do you have a treasure trove of old family photos? Share your favourites with me, won't you? Write an email or tag me on Instagram or Twitter @paperiaarre. I recently got a lovely email from a reader who shared with me an old photo of her mother she had coloured after seeing my Seamstress of the Year piece that has a tinted photo, and that email just made my day.

Lots of love,
K

Thursday, 21 April 2016

new long stitch bullet journals

long stitch notebooks with dotted grid pages and drawstring linen bags - paperiaarre.com

Sometimes your big plans just won't work, but in the end you still end up with something pretty great. I'm extremely picky about my bookbinding materials, and what I had in mind to be used as the cover material of my new bullet journals just didn't pass the durability requirements at all. That turn was unexpected and most unwelcome. Luckily the change of plans gave nice results anyway, and now you can find these five long stitch bindings in my shop!

The watercolour paper covers have something like a semi-attached dust jacket of ingres paper. The cover paper is attached to the stiffer under-layer only at the spine and at the front edge turn ins, so the covers remain nice and flexible.

long stitch notebooks with dotted grid pages and drawstring linen bags - paperiaarre.com

long stitch notebooks with dotted grid pages and drawstring linen bags - paperiaarre.com

I used soft off-white linen for the drawstring bags and attached the drawstring tape with a few stitches, so you won't accidentally pull it out. I hate it when I lose the end of a drawstring, and I feel it's never as easy to replace as it was to put in the first time. It's just a tiny detail added to the whole, but often it's the details that make the whole work!

long stitch notebooks with dotted grid pages and drawstring linen bags - paperiaarre.com

The starting point for these books was that I wanted to use recycled kraft paper for the pages. It's just really pretty and as the paper itself is flecked, the gridded dot doesn't stand out too aggressively (and there are already plenty of dotted grid notebooks with white pages in the world). The dotted grid is visible when you're looking for the dots, but it doesn't dominate the page. But just because some people prefer a more visible grid, I made one book with much darker dots. You can see the comparison between the two below.

long stitch notebooks with dotted grid pages and drawstring linen bags - paperiaarre.com

long stitch notebooks with dotted grid pages and drawstring linen bags - paperiaarre.com


I'm now stocking up on the small white long stitch notebooks and taking a much deserved tiny little break from making new books as I go visit my parents. I will continue to hunt for other cover material options as I'm still chasing my original idea that featured a bit of a collage as well, but it'll have to wait a while. V is currently acting as a test user for one solution I'm a bit dubious about - we'll see if it works out. Sometimes it would be so much easier to be less of a perfectionist!