Monday, 28 April 2008


I'm sorry I have neglected you so long. I'm still recovering from my dreadful flu and I feel like I have no control over my life at the moment. Work, sleep, coughing, blowing my nose; that's about all I can handle right now. I tried to do some gocco printing, but nothing turned out the way I expected. I think I could use some encouragement with my work, but the work being mostly inner work (planning/designing/getting to know myself) I can hardly ask for any advice. Oh I feel so alone with my malfunctioning brain.

(I know I could have at least tried to make a bit of an effort and take a cheerful photo to go along with this rather lifeless post, but I forgot. I think the flu has done some damage to my short time memory.)

Monday, 21 April 2008

Nothing at all.

It seems like it was my turn to catch a cold. I can't remember when was the last time I was so ill that I stayed in bed all day. No work today and no matchboxes in the last two days. I'll try to get some rest now, so I guess I won't have anything to blog about in a while. Thanks so much for your support during my matchbox challenge, I'll probably make more of them later on!

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Boxes, once again

Yesterday wasn't a blogging day. My right shoulder felt like it was on fire, so I thought it might be a good idea to avoid working on the computer. In the morning the pain was almost gone, but a day at work made it a little worse. I think it's because the desks are too high for me.

I didn't quit my 'matchbox a day' challenge yet, but I don't know if I'm going to continue it for much longer. It looks like I've got some "real" work to do. Making matchboxes has changed from doing something creative into procrastination. That can't be all good.

Day 15

paper, magazine, ink

Day 16

paper, copper wire, mother of pearl

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Day 14

I feel like I'm a bit stupid today, but I couldn't care less even if it were true.

Day 14

paper, copper wire, rose petals

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Day 13

Day 13

paper, mother of pearl

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Almost two weeks

So many people have made a better matchbox template than the one I made, that it's time for me to give up. Francesca and Diane posted these links on Flickr: matchbox 1 & matchbox 2.

Day 12

paper, board, book page, yarn, acrylic paint, ink

(Do you like dragonflies?)

Monday, 14 April 2008

Oh happy day.

What do I do at work?

1. I tell people where the restrooms are and that the doors open with a library card.
2. I open the restroom doors with a buzzer button because no one seems to have a library card.
3. I tell people that I'm not allowed to make library cards yet
4. I tell people that we don't do book searches at the info, go to the second floor.
5. I tell people that you get to the second floor by walking up the huge stairs they didn't see when they walked in even though the stairs are right there and they're huge.
6. I tell people that they have over-due fees. A lot.
7. I tell people that they should use the automates to do everything. (We don't do customer service here!)
8. I tell people that I don't know, ask someone else.

And yet I like my work. It's fun and I like the old gentlemen I get to meet.

Here's a book for a change (it's nothing groundbreaking though). It's a little 5"x5" wedding quote book that I made as a custom order. 30 thick watercolor paper pages, and vintage lace on the linen cover.

Day 11

paper, book page, watercolor, gold and black ink
(It looked too nice to accommodate anything extra. So it's just the box today.)

Sunday, 13 April 2008

You make my day à la yours truly

Just when I was about to upload the award picture yesterday Blogger refused to co-operate. I'm glad it didn't work then, because here's what I've been up to today:

It's my version of the award, cheerful and floral just like the original. (Esti and Aino, if you want to pass on the original award, it can be found here.)

Day 10

paper, board, thread, ink, stamp

Saturday, 12 April 2008

I'm a bookbinder today

Day 9

a long-stitch binding with a vellum cover
today's matchbox: paper, vellum, button, linen thread, pencil

Tagged and awarded

So my mom (kotkarankki) tagged me to reveal 7 random or weird facts about myself. This is my first time, but I think almost everyone has been tagged before, so I won't be tagging anyone specific. But if you're reading this and haven't been tagged before, you can consider yourself being tagged by me :) I won't post the rules, because I'm not going to play by the rules.

My seven random and weird facts:

1. When I was 7-9 years old, I won two first places in cross-country running competitions. In my third competition I finished second and quit running.

2. The only reason I won the two competitions was that I was the only girl running, and when I finished second, there was another girl running.

3. I write poems. (Or so I say, even though I haven't written anything in months.)

4. I use the words never, always, nothing, everything, no one, everyone etc. a lot. I mean A LOT. (In Finnish of course.) I rarely compromise.

5. I can't swim. And even walking near the river bank is terrifying.

6. It's almost impossible for me to keep in touch with people, no matter how much I like them. (I like being alone a bit too much.)

7. I've never even tried smoking. Yet I kind of like it if it smells like tobacco in our hallway, it strangely resembles the smell of old movie theaters.

The lovely Amy of Moyou gave me the You make my day -award! Thanks so much Amy! (Blogger won't let me upload pictures at the moment, so I'll leave that for later.)

The idea is to pass the award on to 5 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can then pass it on.

I've been so busy lately that I haven't been able to read as many blogs as I would like, but there are two blogs (that I haven't awarded before) I'd like to pass the award on to:

Savilintu - A gorgeous Finnish blog, but I'm sure everyone will enjoy the pretty photos.

Píntame el día - Beautiful photos, black and white drawings and a super interesting hand project. (I've been intending to ask all the people I'm interviewing for a photo of their hands, but the interview project seems to be on hold...)

Thank you for your time! Today's matchbox will get its own post.

Friday, 11 April 2008


Blogger was down when I finished today's matchbox, so I'm posting a bit late today. I should be going to bed already. Just a quick matchbox post and I'll save the seven random tags and awards for tomorrow.

Day 8

book page, glass pebble, linen

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Day 7 is the day when I'm itching to make something real.

And it's also the day when I failed to make anything special. I did learn new things at work and I feel a lot more comfortable there already.

It's been a little hectic and no doubt next week will be even busier. This week I've been mostly making custom ordered things, but next week is going to be all library stuff. New creative ideas are sprouting, but they need a little sunshine too. It's been really rainy and gray, in the most uninspiring way, not in the stay-inside-and-craft-all-day way. Sorry if I'm boring.

Day 7

paper, ink, birch leaf

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

From now on I'll just keep on turning 24.

Thanks for the congratulations! You made my day (along with my DH who surprised me by baking a raspberry pie and buying me flowers and a cd)! Special thanks go to the button maker and the sender of virtual flowers :)

Day 5

paper, dried orange peel, eco felt

Monday, 7 April 2008

See as in see, and as in German sea.

I think I'll do just fine in my new job. I'm a bit frustrated sometimes when I can't really do anything. Most things I'm not yet allowed to do and some other things I don't know how to do, or even that they could be done. I pretty much like the people I'm working with, so that's a good start.

Tomorrow is my 24th birthday and I've come to realize that I don't want to get older. Or maybe it's just that I don't want to have a birthday without people celebrating it with me. Now I'm telling you, so at least someone will congratulate me. Yeah, I know, a bit pathetic :)

I made a matchbox template, but I haven't uploaded it yet. So far I've been using ready made boxes, but I will eventually run out of them. (Not any time soon though.)

Day 4

See as in see, and as in German sea.

paper, sea shells, ribbon, ink, stamp

Sunday, 6 April 2008

You're invited

Thank you all for your interest! I started a Flickr group, although there are only my photos at the moment. Do join and post photos! I'm trying to make a match box a day, but that doesn't mean that everyone participating should do it daily. I won't stalk you :)

It's a bit funny that I have more custom orders than I've had for ages, and just when I started working. It's not a problem because nothing is urgent, but I'm sure I don't need to worry about having too much time for myself. In addition to making art I would like to spend some time on refreshing my Swedish skills. I hope there won't be any Swedish only customer service next week, my Swedish is so rusty and I hardly knew any library vocabulary in the first place.

Day 3

stone, kraft paper, used teabag, board, ink, copper wire

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Good things come in all sizes

I'm happy when I make creative things with my hands. Work will eventually be less tiring and I'll be able to focus on art again. Until then I'm making a match box a day. It can be a fully decorated matchbox or just something that will fit into a matchbox once it's finished. I'll add the date to each box and blog when I have the chance. You can expect daily updates, but I'll probably disappoint you regularly.

Feel free to join me in this challenge, I'll start a Flickr group if you're interested!

Day 1

Paper, mother of pearl button, gold leaf, linen thread.

Day 2

Linen, green thread, hemp, paper.

Friday, 4 April 2008

All the pretty things

Thank you all for the congratulations and comments and everything! I'm still a little confused about the whole thing, but I'm sure it hits me eventually. (Someway I had already forgotten the competition and moved on.)

And no. I haven't got any more hidden talent, this is made by Karen! It's a gorgeous sample I bought from her Etsy shop. I know I've blogged about Karen's work before, but her talent is so stunning that I'm going to keep blogging about her :) And I happen to like her too! (Okay, I like other creative people too, even though I haven't blogged about them yet.)

See the whole sample here and check her other shop in here. And I think this is cool and awesome (I know I don't use those words.)

Here's something else I've bought: fancy papers from Hullut päivät ("Crazy days", a four day sale madness of a big department store chain). It's almost too crazy for me, but I did go there last night and found these beauties. I don't know what I'm going to make out of them yet, but I bet it's going to be pretty.

Of course you're all itching to see new things made my yours truly, but that'll have to wait at least until tomorrow. I do have a special project on my mind.

Work has been pretty great, I'm slowly starting to get to know people and my way around. I've been filing papers and learning how to use the customer service computer database. Some time next week I'll start my work at the reception/info. One thing is for sure already, I know my abc pretty well.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Good news!

The secret book isn't a secret anymore! I won the second prize in Otava bookbinding competition! The award ceremony and exhibition won't be until summer, but I'll share my photos with you right away. These really aren't the greatest quality, as they were taken on a sunny day. More photos of the finished book, and more importantly the working process, can be found on Flickr, where my friends only set has become public.

Full leather fine binding of Pyhät kuvat kalliossa, binding by Kaija Rantakari /

The book is generously illustrated Pyhät kuvat kalliossa, and it's about Finnish rock paintings, which more or less defined my color choices and the cover design.

Full leather fine binding of Pyhät kuvat kalliossa, binding by Kaija Rantakari /
The book is quite large, about 26x28x3cm, and it has 176 pages. I bound it in full leather, using wonderful Harmatan goatskin in terracotta and black. There's a relief panel on both covers, which is slightly sanded too, to give a little more structure and variety. Full leather fine binding of Pyhät kuvat kalliossa, binding by Kaija Rantakari /
Hand sewn silk endbands. The book edges are hand cut, then bashed with a wire brush to give them texture and a little softness too.

Full leather fine binding of Pyhät kuvat kalliossa, binding by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.comThe title is blind tooled by hand too. Most things were done by hand just because I can. And also because I don't have machines that would do the work for me :)

Wasn't this a bit different from what you've seen so far? Well, this is just something else I can do!

(And yes, my first day at work went just great. All the new things and places and people made me really tired though. Tomorrow will be easier I'm sure.)