Monday, 31 March 2008

Am I famous?

Last Saturday was a mud cake eating day. I probably should bake another cake to celebrate being featured in the lovely, lovely Bloesem today! Thanks so much Irene! And now I realize that I forgot to mention that I was featured also in Poppytalk (in here and here!) some time ago! I was working so hard then that my blog got a bit neglected. Now it's neglected because I'm "on vacation".

Enjoy the cake while I start my new job and try to get something creative done again!

Friday, 28 March 2008

Black book & attempts to relax

Today I woke up thinking that it must rain very hard outside, but when I opened my eyes I was greeted by a warm sunshine. All that snow we had last couple of days was melting with speed and the water fell from the roof drumming like rain. I tried to keep a day off of bookbinding, which I did actually manage to do, but I did spend my day reorganizing my papers and folding little envelopes just for fun. What a workaholic.

This is one of the new books listed in the shop yesterday and I feel pretty good about it. I usually feel a bit weird when I'm not using soft or warm colors. I like black but usually not how my black books turn out. This one has silver gray pages and a pair of dark gray bird footprints stenciled onto the front cover. Simple, I know, but simple makes me happy.

Something else that's been making me happy is Feist (her music in general), and the new album of The Kills. That Feist video is ridiculously funny, and it makes a not-so-good dancer feel good too. No need to be too serious.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

How many new things?? Many, many new things.

I just finished my humongous shop update! I've been working so hard to not leave you empty handed when I start at the library next week. I'm not quitting bookbinding or anything, I just don't know yet how much time and energy I have right in the beginning. New things are always stressing and tiring, but I don't have any plans to abandon you.

And oh by is it tiring to list over forty items on Etsy at once. I don't particularly enjoy it (click click, clickety click hrmmm...) so I've come to the decision that bigger batches work better for me. Now it's done and I'm so excited over all my new treasures. There are fourteen new books, a plethora of jewelry and the apple of my eye, the first ever Paperiaarre pencil case, which I already love so much that it makes me sad to even think of parting with it. I need to sew myself another one. (Ok, I made three of these for sale, but it's against my policy to keep things made for sale :D) Isn't it pretty?

Buds are back in books too! There are five 4.3"x6"x0.9" (11x15,2x2,2cm) bud books in the most charming colors.

A big batch of new botanical brooches and necklaces, and some paper and leather jewelry too! This botanical brooch is one of my favorites.

I'll be back some other day with more photos. If you want to see the rest right now, hop over to the shop and see for yourself! Thank you my dear readers!

PS. Kotkarankki is having a giveaway!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Shop update on Thursday afternoon!

One last week of freedom and big shop update to celebrate it! Thursday afternoon, around 2pm (gmt+2) I'll be listing plenty of new books and brooches to Paperiaarre Etsy shop, and if I'm on a creative flow, maybe a little something extra too.

Here's a sneak peek of the first two finished books in bags. The more colorful ones are still waiting to be sewn.

The darker button reads "Siro Suomi" - delicate Finland. And the another is just a little rusty.

Easter was quite nice, but even nicer was to find Mignon chocolate eggs on sale today. Mirkka wrote a great blog post about them on Oprikka. Now I'm fully content with today's chocolate intake.

Another reason for happiness is yet another award! Yvette of Paperfaerie gave me this wonderful award, that I really should give to five other bloggers. It's so difficult to choose! I can't make any decisions right now, but I'll reserve the right to give the award at a later stage.

Friday, 21 March 2008

This is one of the nicest things I've done in a while

Less talk, more pictures today. This is a great custom order book, with a drawstring bag, that I finished last week. The book is a little under 6"x6" (15x15cm) and it has gray pages. Front cover printed with gocco.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Don't think I'm going to update every day for the rest of my life!

The day is almost gone, but it's not too late yet: Happy birthday mom! Hyvää synttäriä äiti! (I did call her midday!)

Today was the day when I realized I need to start getting up earlier. The sun was shining straight into our bed so early it felt inhumane for me to wake up. Of course I could change the curtains into less see-through ones, but I think the waking up early is the thing I should do. Although it was pretty nice to wake up with the sun shining, but it felt a little criminal to try and sleep after seeing that.

Two new books today! And my hands are still shaking from cutting boards for many books yet to come.

Here's another bird book. I seem to never get enough of crows and such. This one is stenciled with brown black on natural linen. The book is pretty small: 4 5/8"x5 3/16"x11/16" (11,7x13,2x1,8cm). 76 white pages sewn with waxed natural linen thread.

In addition to birds I like pebbles too. This is a design that's been in my head for ages, but for some reason it didn't want to come out until yesterday. This book is covered in grayish light blue linen, and it has 84 smooth and thick gray pages. 4 7/16"x 6 7/16"x3/4" (11,6x16,4x2cm).

This photo is an action shot featuring our granny-ish living room carpet. No time for fancy photo shoots when I get trade mail from the lovely daskaninchen. She's no easter bunny, although I found all kinds of surprise treasures from the package. Thanks so much Shannah! You're a sweetheart!

Blackbird 9 (buy blackbird 17 here!)
is now hanging from our balcony door key, the Fibonacci rabbit is still waiting for someone with a drill stop by our house. We have bought beautiful picture shelves, but we need outside help (or a drill) to get them on our brick wall. For now the bunny is on our window sill. I hope she (is it a she? I hope it is!) isn't afraid of Sylvester the Cat, who lives in the opposite house, staring at us constantly from someone's window. How rude of him.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Warning: sharp objects!

Remember the scissor post? Here's the rest of my tools. Well not really the rest, but the ones I use almost every day. I've got tons of tools as I love getting new toys to play with. In the picture below are my bone folders (bone, teflon and metal actually), backing hammer, awls, different kind of rulers and some of my smaller knives. Knives are nice, except the kitchen/stabbing kind of knives. Cutting paper makes me happy. Sometimes I'm a simple girl.

Why I ended up taking the tool photo was because my unfinished tool container fell apart and my tools had no place to stay while I finally finished the container. It just needed to be glued and covered with a pretty japanese paper (bought from Karaku!). Now my tools are happier than ever and I'm pretty happy too.

Pouches are in the shop and I've been busy making books too. I hope that tomorrow will be a book blogging day at last. Until then, be well you all.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Today was a good day. I hope yours was too.

First thing today I finished all these, which will end up in the shop as soon as I pull myself together. That hopefully means tomorrow! I've learned to enjoy sewing zippers. I used to loathe it , but sewing zippers to cute little pouches is much more fun than sewing zippers to skirts or trousers/pants. I haven't sewn clothes for ages, I think I should start doing that too. Especially now when the clothing stores are full of ugly clothes that don't fit me at all. (Says someone who just bought new jeans yesterday, blah. This is why I don't write a fashion blog.)

I spent the whole afternoon in the city center with Milla and we went to places where we never dare to go alone. You know the fancy interior design shops where there's always a snobby salesperson looking at you like you were there only to steal something? It's a lot less intimidating when you have a friend with you. I might go back someday, or I might not. But at least I've now seen what's inside. I feel like a winner already.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Alpo Jaakola Statuary Park

We had the most enjoyable class reunion in Tampere last weekend. Hardly anyone had changed a lot, some had had children, some had found great people to share their lives with. It was lovely to meet friends for the first time after graduating and still feel like no time at all had passed. I'm pathetic when it comes to keeping in touch, but I hope I'll meet these people again, in less than five years time.

On our way back we stopped at Alpo Jaakola Statuary Park in Loimaa. Alpo Jaakola(1929-1997) was a bit of a bizarre Finnish artist. I don't know too much about him or his work, and I couldn't find any English websites that I could enlighten you with. These few photos are all I've got for you today.

The park was closed, but we just walked around the fence. What a rebel I was! I managed to get some photos before the battery of my camera went dead, but most of them were unfocused because it was so cold that my hands shook.

This is my favorite, after this the battery went dead. There are more pictures of the buildings than of the statues. The buildings were interesting too, but I wish I would have saved the battery for more interesting things.

A couple more photos on flickr. I've also been sewing and making progress with designing. It won't be long before I've got something new to blog about.

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Nothing new

I've been working and working, custom orders & surprise gifts, folding and cutting, sewing and ironing, buying materials and designing. Yet I have nothing to show you. I tried to take pictures of my new haircut, but apparently I'm in need of an exorcist. Last week Milla tried to take pictures of me goccoing and I ended up looking like I had escaped from a Japanese horror movie. I'm not going to blog about myself with weird eyes or two heads.

Last night my Stay here -treasury got to the front page of Etsy, and with it some of my special favorite Etsy sellers. I think I could be a full time treasury curator. Etsy, will you hire me?

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

It's spring today

I just thought you should know.

I bought tulips from the market place and a new spring tablecloth (and didn't bother to iron it before taking this photo).

Monday, 10 March 2008

Well, I've been working lately...

Last night it rained so hard that I couldn't sleep well. The rain kept pattering the tin roof near our window very loudly. Now the slippery park is still a slippery park, only the slippery ice has just turned into slippery mud. If you don't walk fast enough, you'll sink. I didn't try how deep...

I finished this pretty custom order last weekend. A larger version of I need some privacy books, 7.5"x9.5". When I get a custom order in inches, I really don't bother to covert the measures into centimeters. It'll just confuse me. I've got a good ruler with inches. I don't need to know what I'm doing, I'll just count on the magic ruler.

These pouches have been in progress for ages. I've made some more bird and tree pouches and a whole new design with bird footprints! All pouches are fair trade cotton, and all designs come in two sizes. Of course I haven't finished the small bird & footprint pouches yet, but they're coming, they're coming soon! All pouches below are in my shop now.

And I've got a new widget in my blog! Go see VerveEarth. I don't really know much about it, but it makes me feel like I'm one of the cool kids when they e-mail me and invite me to join!

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Shop update!

So I had a gocco printing Wednesday, then I had a bookbinding Thursday, photography & Harry Potter Friday and a shop update Saturday. I listed a whole bunch of new things on Etsy last night. It's so much more satisfying to list a dozen things at once than to list something every once in a while. I think I like things big.

The last Harry Potter was definitely a big book. It was released in Finnish on Friday and for some reason I went and bought it. Usually I've read my mom's books while visiting her, but now I know I won't be going there any time soon, so I needed to get my own book. I haven't read any Harry Potters in English as our Finnish translator is so great that I rather enjoy her language than read in English and miss out on meanings. I read the book in less than two days, over 800 pages. It was great fun, but I'm happy that it's over now :)

Wednesday's results: small matchbook style notebooks and a whole bunch of gocco printed card sets! I'm more than happy how all things turned out.

Small matchbook style notebooks with a fresh and elegant dark brown gocco printed image. 24 sturdy off-white pages, that are perforated so that used pages can easily be torn away but won't come out on their own. Sewn with waxed natural linen thread. 3.1"x4.3"x0.2" (7,8x10,8x0.6cm)

These are my favorite cards: tiny, lovely and birdy. Birds on tree branches are printed in dark brown on brown kraft cardboard. These kraft cards will be sold in sets of four, together with high quality envelopes. 2.6"x4.1" (6,7x10,5cm), blank inside.

Above the bird print, below the notebook cover design
on postcard size cards.

And the giveaway mini card sets are also available in the shop at last! It took me quite a while to get these packed and photographed!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Fancy books

I'm obviously making up lost crafting time. I finished these two beauties yesterday and today was a gocco-day. Blog and shop updates are to follow. I need to be creative while I still have lots of free time. My job at the library starts in the beginning of April. I'm a bit scared already, excited of course, but scared of loosing my freedom, too. I've been on my own for so long, that I'm a bit worried about not having enough time for all my creative projects. Well, I shouldn't worry about it yet. I have over three weeks of full time crafting left.

I had weddings in my mind while making these books. Just the right combination of romance and elegance. Not too tacky to use as a daily journal either!

Coptic bound guest book covered with super smooth, high sheen natural linen. Vintage lace decoration.

8.4"x6"x0.8" (21,4x15,2x2cm), 72 smooth off-white pages with torn edges.

This is the beautiful paper bought from the craft fair last weekend. Off-white lokta paper with golden flower kind of things.

This book comes in a sage green linen drawstring pouch (9.1"x13.8"/23x35cm). Drawstring is natural linen with vintage mother-of-pearl buttons. The pouch can be used for storing the book, or for storing congratulatory cards, love letters or such.

Coptic bound guest book covered with fine sage green natural linen. Vintage lace decoration. Inside of covers as above.
8.4"x6"x0.7" (21,4x15,2x1,7cm), 56 smooth off-white pages with torn edges.

Of course this sage green book comes in a natural linen pouch. These books would be a wonderful pair too. Maybe for two sisters or daughters...

Jonimatti is going through his old drawings. I'm getting all nostalgic too. So many drawings of me doing something creative, sleeping, or sitting next to a puzzle. Now I'm starting to do more creative things again, as our TV is gone for good. Bye bye, you won't be missed! (much)

Monday, 3 March 2008

Alive and working

Hello everybody!

It's been a while since I last wrote. The move went pretty well and almost all boxes are unpacked. I even managed to make a book last Wednesday! I took last weekend off and made a little trip to my parents'. On Saturday I went to a craft fair with mom and my brother. It could have been more exciting, but I didn't have too high expectations in the first place. We made some good finds and I got a wonderful book as an early birthday present.

I bought a lovely sheet of handmade paper, that I was about to frame, but all of a sudden I knew the perfect project for it. Expect something romantic in the near future.

This book too is a bit more romantic than my usual ones. Dusky raspberry red combined with natural linen. This one is case bound in large binding style. The book itself is not very large (23,2x21x1,5cm) but substantial enough to be used as a guest book or as a sketch book. 84 smooth off-white pages with hay colored end papers.

Spring is on its way. At least in my mind. The weather isn't on my side right now. There's snow again, but I doubt it will be that way for more than a couple of days. I want a proper winter or a proper spring. This is confusing. I'm making things that I would normally consider too girly or just weird. (I consider most things weird.)

Can I have this one in green? Preferably growing outside my window? Our plants look pretty sad, the move confused them too. They don't really know yet where the sun is.

Both my give away card sets have arrived while I was packing and unpacking! Go read how wonderful things Starashan and Sarah wrote. They took better photos of the cards too!