Thursday, 29 November 2007

Singing prohibited

Two new birdies will be on Etsy later today as well as five botanical magnets. I'm preparing a new series of books that won't be coptic bound or linen covered or bird related. That's about all I know about them at the moment. Something different anyway.

I'm so happy I've decided to buy handmade this Christmas instead of making handmade.

Now I understand why I haven't used much black in my books for a long time. Making black covers was maybe something equally strange as me wearing red. Not as strange as me wearing yellow, but strange. I'm a brown-green-blue girl.

I had so much fun folding those little envelopes. I've made mostly tiny things the last couple of days. It makes me feel like I haven't actually done anything, but whoa, nothing can be very time consuming. I've had very energetic time, listening to Joy Division and Feist, twitching (no, no dancing) to the music whenever taking a break from cutting something. On Tuesday I went to see Control with M. (she made her debut at karhupuku just a while ago) and really loved it. It was so nice to see a well made movie with great actors and great music. It probably was the last movie I'll ever see in Kino Thalia, which will be shut down at the end of the year. It's sad but really no wonder as there was only three people watching Control. Usually there has been at least four of us in the audience, I think eight is the record.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Let me spill my heart

Last night, all of a sudden, I remembered something. Six years ago we were both walking with someone else, on a muddy road, on a foggy and cold day. And we both were afraid of losing each others to the one whom with the other was walking. I walked with a young man, who could have been my best friend if we would have met again. He was the first, and so far the last, young man in my life to wear a trench coat. I watched fog monsters above the unknown lake with him. And then walked back the road, and met with the other walkers. Maybe that meeting on the muddy road was what made it clear that I wouldn't marry anyone with a trench coat but someone with wild laughter and an overall looks of a deer in the headlights.

I don't know what happened to the boy with the trench coat, but I married the crazy one and I love him to pieces. On Sunday his first book of poems was published. You can buy it here, if you understand Finnish or if you just want to be a part of this all. This is my first time as a cover girl.

Monday, 26 November 2007


Three coptic bound bird journals are here, and very soon on Etsy, too. Two more are to come, as soon as I finish sewing them. I really wish I had the energy to write the zillion things I planned to write today. But I'm not going to write, see the end of this blog entry for explanation.

Even though I had a partly very crappy day, I'd like to hug the blogosphere for being so nice to me. There's this blog of which title I fell in love the minute I first read it. Then I fell in love with the blog. And now I'm in it! So go see Paperiaarre at My love for you is a stampede of horses.

Sturdy boards are covered with linen and decorated with a hand stenciled bird in front cover. 128 pages of brownish gray, 100% recycled acid free paper, sewn with waxed natural linen thread.

5.9"x5.7"x0.7" (15x14,4x1,8cm)

And yes, what on earth is this??

This is me being a complete idiot. This is a post office queue number. I waited for half an hour just to realize that my turn went before I learned how to move my feet again. I was so numb from all that waiting and the tourists around me that I just left. It was too late to wait another half an hour in order to get my things shipped today. I felt like crying because I was so tired and stupid. Tomorrow is a new day. I hope I have a new brain when I wake up.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

My books will be back soon!

Here's what I got from Shirley! She sent me a little notebook that she made by herself. I really love the color combo, and the papers! The burgundy paper has a lovely flocked texture, too. Finland isn't really the promised land of crafters. I'm happy to live near a rather good craft shop, but I must say that there could be a whole lot more variety especially with paper.

I've finished the rest of my custom orders, but I decided not to share them with you. I'm afraid that once you've seen how good I'm at repairing ABC-books etc, I'll never see a day without some book repair to be
done. Well, maybe not. It just isn't interesting enough to blog about. Something interesting is on its way here though: I've been thinking about a new series of coptic bound notebooks with bird illustrations. Today I cut some new stencils and chose my cover linens. I'm hoping to finish at least one of the five books tomorrow. I'm also hoping to keep my Etsy shop as a mostly-books-shop, but so far I've failed terribly. I really need to make more books, now that I've got spare time again.

Today was a cleaning day and a recovering-from-sore-throat day. I'll try to catch up with my emails and blog comments as soon as possible. Here's a start: Amy, who, by the way, has a wonderful new blog, asked how big Turku is. Can you believe it, I had to go to Turku's website to find out! The population of Turku is about 175 000, so in the Finnish scale this is a rather big city. I used to live in a town of 5000 residents until the age of 17, so Turku still seems huge to me, although I've lived here almost three years altogether. I studied in small towns, where eating chocolate was just about the most entertaining thing to do. Moving to Turku was probably one of the best decisions in my life. I really, really like this city. There are beautiful old buildings, and ugly new ones. Guess which one this is?

And I really like that old Saab in the middle.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Wedding guest book/photo album

Last week I had the honor to make a custom wedding guest book/photo album to a very lovely woman in the US. I think this was the first wedding guest book, that I got to make with my style. The ones before... mostly something tacky with lace or ugly ribbons. Hooray for the internet and freedom of choice! One thing about this order, that made me feel extra special, is that it's not like there aren't any other bookbinders in Etsy, and she wanted ME to make her a wedding guest book! They must be having a superb wedding, when the guest book alone is as pretty as this!

Coptic bound. 48 pages of white, acid free 94 lbs paper. Approx. 8,5"x9". I've made this book entirely in US English, so I'm too tired for any conversions into real world measurements.

Gift tags & brooches on Etsy! More things coming as soon as possible!

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Be The Blog

Here's another award! Diane gave me this award in her lovely blog Much of a muchness, where I'll be spending some time as soon as I have time to spend. It's always interesting to see what other bookbinders do! Hmm... Be The Blog -award. Well, let's say this blog is the much less Finnish and much less tantrum throwing version of me. It doesn't mean I'm cheating, I just know when to keep myself from typing. I'm glad you know this version. Be The Blog -award is created by Mark from Me And My Drum.

Be The Blog award

Since I haven't really gotten to know anyone too well in here yet, I'm going to give this award to only one blog. That being Jesse's. She's been amazingly kind to me, and I really enjoy her blog (and she has just blogged about the most wonderful block printed cotton tapes!). This doesn't mean that yours is boring :)

Friday, 16 November 2007


Winter is definitely on its way. I've got a sore throat and my muscles ache from walking on slippery streets. I hope I won't feel any worse, but just in case I'll make this post about my PIF-books before I need some serious bed rest. Even though you haven't seen much books around here lately, I haven't had a lazy time. I'll blog about my custom orders as soon as they're finished and I've gotten permission from buyers.

Things are going rather well at the moment. I just added more books and brooches to Etsy.

I decided to make a more artsy book for Rhonda, as she knows how to make a durable book herself. This is definitely not durable: the covers are laminated tissue paper. There are about 20 layers glued together with wheat paste. The crows are stenciled to layer number three. Spine is reindeer vellum. In all three books, pages are gray, recycled paper. Size approx. 5.5"x5.5" (14x14cm).

To inspire Shirley to try some more basic bookbinding I made her a case bound book with fancy end papers. Book is covered with dark brown linen.

For Kirsty I made a coptic bound book. This book may get to travel far! The covers are light brown linen with a dark brown tree stenciled on the front cover.

Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Crafty Synergy

It looks like the whole world is trying to make me happy! I'm extremely proud to let you know that Patricia interviewed me to Crafty Synergy. As soon as you're finished here you should go check out that wonderful blog. I started squealing of delight after receiving a message from Patricia asking for an interview. Crafty Synergy has interviewed almost all the people whose work I really admire here in the blog world. This is a tremendous honor for a girl who just does what she likes to do.

Rhonda from My Handbound Books decided to pass along the Shibumi award to me. The award is originally created by Hawk.

Shibumi is a Japanese term which used in the following context is a noun. Its meaning refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty which can be applied to almost anything.

I would like to pass on this award to the following bloggers:

Mrs Eliot Books
Satsuma Press

Despite of being in an incoherent state of mind this past weekend I managed to finish a new book. I've been repairing an old ABC-book that has been time consuming and nothing too energizing. There might still be some time for creativity this week. I'll be adding books and jewelry to my Etsy shop along the week. Don't
forget to visit frequently!

Etsy has been spoiling me too: my book was on the front page, and on the next day, my treasury was there! It makes me really happy.

So here's the newcomer:

This is a long stitch binding with limp, surprisingly sturdy, leather covers. The leather used here is high quality, vegetable tanned goatskin. The crow is a back pared leather on-lay, embedded to the beige leather. Sewn with heavily waxed dark brown linen thread. 92 pages of gray, acid free, 100% recycled paper. 5.8"x5.7"x0.5" (14,8x14,4x1,3cm)

Thursday, 8 November 2007

New books in Paperiaarre shop

I decided to cheer up myself, the shop, and this blog by listing some more books to Etsy. I'm a bookbinder after all, and the book percentage of my shop wasn't too high before. So here's some improvement.


Yesterday I didn't know whether I should or shouldn't write about it. I decided to write since the lack of open discussion was also a reason for it to happen. Yesterday a young man shot eight people and himself to death. This happened where I lived until the age of 17, in my former school. Another sad side of the story is that it wasn't a surprise that something like that happened in there. It could've happened anywhere for that matter. I think that the atmosphere in Finnish schools is rarely open to discussion about mental issues. There's a lot talk in general, but when it comes down to individuals, no one is encouraged to talk about the trouble they're going through, and it may be the worst possible thing to do if express your concern about somebody else's mental state. I'm not sure if even this tragedy is enough to change that in any way. I'm not saying this could've been prevented. I'm saying silence isn't golden.

Today is a new day, but it seems more quiet.

Thank you all for your kind words and interest in my Etsy shop.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Grand opening!

Ta-dah! Paperiaarre shop is officially opened!

More items are soon to come, but now I'm going to treat myself with some cake. After all that was hard work making those listings. I'm giddy and happy and everything else too.

It's snowing again, too.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

The big and friendly at heart book rant

On Saturday it snowed for the first time this year. There are still some white spots on the ground. The last green-leafed tree in Turku (or actually Belgium, it's on embassy's area) has dropped all its leaves and looks like it's shivering with cold. I know I was freezing while walking home from the railway station.

Today I'm finally writing about something that's been on my mind for a long time. Really often I hear someone say, that my books are too beautiful/expensive/special to write in. I say it's nonsense. They're books! You're supposed to write/draw/whatever in them. It can't be bad for anyone to respect their thoughts enough to write in a fine book. People want to show their personality in almost every possible way. Why shouldn't you show you (and others, too) your own personality by choosing to use a book that's made with love, and with interest in its unique appearance, functionality and durability? Buying a good book that pleases your eye, that'll last and feel good when you write in it, isn't that bad investment. A book is something you buy and it makes you feel better every time you use it. Or you buy it as a gift that'll show your true caring.

It's all right not to use a book and just enjoy it as it is, blank and awaiting. That's a perfectly acceptable thing to do, but you shouldn't leave it blank just because you're intimidated by the book. Books are your friends. If you're afraid of the pages running out, let me tell you: I'm not going anywhere. There are plenty of books on their way to the world.

I'm not going to lecture you about the prices that much. Making things by hand simply takes time. Learning to make good books takes more time. I'm a good bookbinder and I refuse to feel bad about saying it aloud.

This is not an attack on anyone, nothing like that. These are just my thoughts of why one should have a handmade book, and use it. I think there's so much useless intimidation towards handmade functional objects. And after all this, I hope no one is now intimidated by me because of this rant of mine.

Thursday, 1 November 2007


I'm happy to announce that the grand opening of Paperiaarre Etsy shop will be on Monday. There's nothing there yet, because then the opening wouldn't be grand, would it?

I'm exhausted by all the photographing I've done today. I also finished my pay it forward -things, which will be sent to their destinations tomorrow. I don't want to ruin the surprise, so I'll be posting those photos later. Todays photo is a 'Pebbles' pendant in terracotta. It's fine calf skin with a blind impression. Pendant comes with waxed cotton cord, length adjustable. 1"x1" (2,6x2,6cm).

There's been a big storm in Australia. I hope you're all right down there.

I'm going out of town for the weekend, so I'll see you on Sunday evening, or at the grand opening. Have a nice weekend!