Wednesday, 29 July 2009

What would you like to do?






A Finnish letter full of nice things we could do together if you came to visit me at my new home (big changes, moving once again!). We could eat out if you didn't like my cooking. Just today I went to some second-hand shops where I'd like to take everyone who comes to see me. The shops didn't fit into the letter (and it was too late anyway), I was busy writing about carrying mattresses from the attic and other relevant things.
I haven't shown you all the matchbox letters I've made, but you can go see and comment on them on my Flickr. There's a set for the matchbox letters and another one for the matchbox a day project (just in case you're interested to see where all this began).

I'm leaving to visit my family tomorrow. Staying there for a little while, hopefully picking blueberries and avoiding further mosquitoe bites (on the verge of madness already!). The last time I was there I made dresses, maybe this time around I'll have a skirt or two finished before it's time to come back to Turku.

Thank you all for your reading suggestions, as soon as I've finished the book I'm reading now and knitting yet another scarf (first one
here), I'll go and search the library for your recommendations.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Gray sky




Rainy day. It feels as if the entire city is sadder than I am. And that's pretty peculiar.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sunday.



(This one is already sold. It's one of my favourites.)

Thank you for all your lovely comments, for your visits, for the kind blog mentions, for you being there reading my words. The blog giveaway matchboxes will be soon in the making, the random number generator did the being random part of the draw as I'm home alone. Sima's two comments I counted as one to be fair to everyone, so number three means David will be getting some mail sometime soon (honestly, I was moved to tears by his comment, that's how girly-girl I am).

I made a weekend trip to the beautiful city of Rauma to see a friend and some pretty amazing burlesque, wandered around in the old town and took some very tourist-y photos of old doors and gates and street corners. The bus ride there and back reminded me of how much countryside we have here in Finland. So many bright yellow fields of rapeseed and the roadsides full of wild flowers and ferns. Love. (City life means a lot less allergies during the summer, so I'm happy to keep the fields at a safe distance most of the time.)



I feel like I could read some poetry I haven't read before. I'm stuck with my Finnish poetry and could do with a change. Who's your favourite writer, poet/novelist/author of whatever?

Sunday, 12 July 2009

I like you too.





A massive shop update all of a sudden. New books, some books you've caught glimpses of, loads of botanical brooches. And now, also, letters to you. My matchbox project has a will of its own and it's also easily persuaded. I'm just having too much fun making my little quirky art things! So, now they really are made as art, not as a creative wastebin thing for my scraps :)

I'm in a terribly good mood this week, so I think it's a good idea to spread the joy a bit. (Free stuff, yay!) I'm just about to reach 300 sales in my shop, so whoever purchases the 300th item will also receive a matchbox letter, specially made just for that person.


And just because I kind of like the people who read my blog, really, really much, I think I could make a little something for you too. Leave a comment (with some contact info, please) and you have a chance of winning two matchbox letters, one mysteriously (or not) in Finnish and another one in English, telling the story of the abandoned house and the magician and the possibly imaginary funambulist. One way to improve your chances of winning is to tell me what kind of things you imagine I've been writing to people or what you would like me to write. I'll draw a fairly random name from a group of nice comments next Sunday (July 19th) and announce the winner right here in my blog. And if the winner happens to be Finnish, I'll just write the story in Finnish too, just because, you know.

Yep, I'm checking how closely you're reading my blog ;) No huge giveaway signs around here and you need to say more than hi. Sorry if you came here just to say hi. I like you anyway.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

And so it goes on and on.



Art makes everything better. I know, you told me so months ago, but sometimes I'm a bit stubborn and feel like staying in bed all day will eventually lead into world peace.

Be still my beating heart. Life is happening.



Maybe there'll be no more thunder this week. The sky looks like it has other plans. I hope I get my way this time.

accept all happiness from me



--/Then shall i turn my face and hear one bird/sing terribly afar in the lost lands

- e e cummings

Thursday, 9 July 2009

More letters to Shannah








This was not the first time I told the story of the abandoned house, the surprise art gallery and the magician. I think it's the only story I know. I keep remembering more of it all, but I can never find out what actually happened and who wrote the story. And was there a funambulist there at all?

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

I traveled far to take this photo for you (and me)


That is London sky, my dear. I wish I could see it more often. Like all the time.

Creativity happening, I'm sure it will find its way here soon-ish.

I keep returning to this year after year, for so many reasons.