Tuesday, 29 December 2009


Often I decide it's time to make myself a proper notebook, sometimes I make the book, seldom I actually use the book. For some reason I'm fine with books bound by others, but self made ones are trouble from the start. Maybe it is that I somehow find combining my two favorite things, bookbinding and writing, is a bad idea. My bookbinding and writing moods are quite the opposite, I need peace and quiet when I write (inside my head, for bookbinding I need those things outside it).

This one is the second real book I've ever made, and it took years before I even used it as a notebook, and never finished it. I did get closer to finishing it than usual, but still... all books made by me used by me end up only half-full.

My current notebook system may be a bit odd, but it works for me. I need a notebook wherever I go, even though I don't even use one everyday, but if I don't have one, I'm bound to come up with a master plan for the thing I've always wanted. But here's how my life is organized right now: three skinny lined notebooks*, a rubber band and two or three 0.01 pens, tossed in my handbag. One of the notebooks is for crafty things, planning and writing down shopping lists for 50cm invisible zippers and teal blue sewing thread. The other is a diary/poetry/serious writing notebook. And the last (the middle one, actually) is full of diary/poetry/serious stuff but needs to be carried around everywhere because important things were written in it (just realized it would be in a much safer place at home behind several locks).
There may be hope in the world as long as there are notebooks. At least my handwriting has possibly stopped deteriorating.

Would you please tell me about your notebook? I'd love to hear what you use it for (notes, drawings, newspaper clippings?), what it looks like,  if you keep it in a special place and whatever comes to mind. You can leave a comment or you can email me (the address is in my profile). What would make me really happy is if you sent me a photo or two. I'd love to make a little blog post of other people's notebooks too. Just write a line or two (or twenty) for me, if you're in the mood for sharing.

This isn't a call for artist's notebooks! I'm interested in your notebook (simply curious, I admit!), and if you happen to be an artist, well, maybe we can both live with it :) I'm equally fascinated by the notebooks of engineers and gardeners and all you people out there.

And geez, enough with the snow already!!

*from Muji, I hoard these whenever in London.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Stars & surprise giveaway

There are many uses for an old dictionary. Some of these stars ended up in our tree, some were given away to friends. A tutorial can be found here.

Back in November when I decided to make a matchbox advent calendar, I also decided something else. And so today my mother took the role of lady Fortuna and picked the winner of my surprise giveaway. Every comment left by someone not related to me, or close enough to be counted as a relative, had a chance of winning. 61 comments from 28 people (and then there were comments from m., J. and my mother; if they're in need of a matchbox, all they have to do is ask).

Katie, congratulations! It's been lovely to have you as a reader for such a long time. As a little thank you, you get to choose a matchbox from the calendar (there are a couple made for someone special, but the rest are yours to pick from! I'll e-mail you soon with the details!). Some of these matchboxes I'll be listing on Etsy early January, when I've returned home, so if you weren't lucky today, there's still a chance to grab your favorite later.

Thank you all for being here, for commenting, for emailing me. It's been wonderful to have such a crafty finish for this year when nothing seemed to go as planned. I'm forever grateful for your support. I wish next year will be a more creative one, full of peace, laughter and love.

Thursday, 24 December 2009


(paper, thread, metal)

tokens of affection pt. 5

The last day of my calendar that has nothing to do with Christmas. It was fun having you here. I'm going to take a break from making things for the rest of the year, but there should be something posted here tomorrow-ish.

I wish you all the holiday you wished for. I like my Christmas quiet and peaceful, with as little to do as possible. Today is the day we open our presents, eat traditional dishes (well, I'm picky, I barely eat anything) and then we're already done with the holidays when the most of the Christmas celebrating world is just starting their celebrations. Suits me fine, I like the days after Christmas Eve the best.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009


(paper, fabric, encyclopaedia illustration, thread)

This is one of my favorites. I like it when you can just stitch and not care about how it all turns out.

Very wintry. Lahti was beautiful and snowy. Today Jokela is very beautiful and snowy too. Not much to say, lots to do.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009


(tissue paper, japanese paper, metallic vellum paper, just paper, cardboard, thread, copper wire, piece of duck mussel shell, pencil)

tokens of affection pt.4

Words you can read if you know how. This is a small letter of a smile that reminds you of all things icy, I have yet to decide whether to like that smile or not.

Today will be spent with a friend in Lahti. Yesterday I was travelling for three hours, today it will be just two. Trains are good places to be, as long as you're not stuck there for hours. In the wintertime it's a bit strange though. Usually it's dark outside, so you can't even really watch the scenery, you just end up being in that little space, swaying from side to side (always a little, not even the fancy trains are fancy enough to keep you still), looking other people, seeing other people look at you, you read, you knit, you make origami stars, you listen to music (Cat Power covering all those awesome songs)... I like it how the outside world disappears. You're lost in a way, but you can always count on being on the right track (well, almost always, it wasn't long ago people going to Helsinki ended up in Turku because of someone's mistake). Anyway, lately it's been like this for me. Being slightly lost, but still sure I know where I'm going. I just need to go somewhere, today it's Lahti.

Monday, 21 December 2009


(paper, encyclopaedia page)

the one who travels without paying the fee travels by stealth

Stowaway. Rabbits we may call them in Finnish. Today I'm traveling home to my parents. I did already pay for my train tickets, though. I hope the trains won't be terribly late, the weather hasn't been too nice and everything seems to be running late. It's almost sunny here, so maybe it won't be a problem after all. I still need to pack my bags, which will be a problem. In a good mood here, anyway. My holiday stress is now officially over, too late to do anything (Karen & Shannah, I gave up, you'll get your mail in January :) I would've made it in time without the stupid window stuff!), so now I can go help my mother deal with hers, I hope.

If you travel, travel safe. If you stay where you are, do that in a safe way too.

Where the books now live

The cupboard is my mother's, and it used to belong to her mother. The armchair is still in need of re-upholstering. Sometimes it takes a while to get anything done.

Sunday, 20 December 2009


(leather, tissue paper)

murina. growling.

leftovers from Yann.

I've been sewing a dress that needs to be sewn before I go to London. It's not finished, but I need an extra pair of hands before I can continue. Still it feels like an accomplishment, since it was one of those things that absolutely have to get done before I can go to Jokela for Christmas. Gift wrapping and finishing the rest of my matchboxes are today's mission. My father's present has one last chance to arrive in the mail tomorrow, then I'm gone. I will blog during my time away from Turku, but a lot less frequently. Creativity needs feeding and all those conversations regarding creativity are waiting to be had.

Saturday, 19 December 2009


(paper, dictionary pages, japanese paper, glass, thread)

despotic, tyrannical.
queen dowager.
annoyed. denies:
in the proper sense of the word.
in vain.

density betrays

a magpie jinxed.
on the loose;
a row of (false) teeth, pierces.
blue blood.
on the pretext as if.
the quintessential, the best part,
the too good

augurs ill.

I do not want to force you;

clearly ~ it is just a matter of

it was all in vain.

it never rains but it pours.

curtsey, deep
on demand;

tokens of affection pt. 3

Cheerful as always. Days disappear. I had pretty much decided to ignore Christmas this year, but I guess that's not going to happen. A thousand things to do before I can go to my family. I never seem to find the time to write you the post(s) I've been meaning to write all December, but I'm sure its time will come eventually.

Friday, 18 December 2009


(paper, tissue paper, dictionary page, silk cocoon)

A day and night spent crafting and nesting indoors, where it's freezing cold, in good company luckily. It's great when it's too cold for your friend to want to go home and then you manage to talk her over and as a result will have good company in Edinburgh too.

Thursday, 17 December 2009


(paper, two pages of encyclopaedia, thread)

theoretically, if one could hear words:
balance disorders
most often


the thin wrinkled surface
of a shell
ear sibilance

every tone that is stretched too deep,
in order to tolerate their syllable


and if
lynx, wild cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar and puma
turn to one another

they generate a small leaf-like formation


the most common religious laws 
for people working in the constant clatter
of nervous and low-blooded people are 
and hearing loss


Today I'm not the best of translators. The fact that these things barely make sense in Finnish doesn't make my job any easier. Two pages randomly picked under the letter K, guess what they were about?

I dressed to endure the -18 forecasted, but managed to freeze my thighs in the -13 we actually had. I'm staying indoors for the rest of the week, no matter how grumpy it makes me.

Photos of my new book arrangements will be taken as soon as the surrounding mess has been dealt with. And all suggestions on what to go see in Edinburgh are more than welcome! I've never been there and only know that it's going to be windy and cold.