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{Good Read} Gift from Finland…


When you watch world events unfold on the news you can sometimes forget that there are random acts of kindness happening minute to minute around the world. They may seem insignificant when measured against some of the large & terrifying things one sees happening these days. However, never underestimate kindness- it does the heart & soul good for both the receiver & the giver. Social networking has made it even more fun to surprise people with kindness. After all, when you write about things that you love all of the time, you are somewhat an open book & the opportunities to connect with like minded people is even greater. Where is this all coming from you ask? Well, I just received this package last week that sort of stunned me really. It came to me in a Marimekko box no less- filled with greatness from Finland. A fellow children’s book lover that I connected with through some blog posts about the Red Balloon & Fantastic Mr. Fox sent it to me. We both love the same children’s books & she picked up these wonderful books (along with some great Moomin postcards) for me while on holiday in Finland “just because”. Nothing like Moomin, Pippi, & the knowledge that someone thought of you, to brighten your day. Thank you Tea

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Did you do something nice for someone today?

Illustration Snippets from:
“Who will Comfort Toffle? a tale of Moomin Valley” by Tove Jansson
“Do You Know Pippi Longstocking”by Astrid Lindgren & pictures by Ingrid Nyman

{Good Read} Gift from Finland…


When you watch world events unfold on the news you can sometimes forget that there are random acts of kindness happening minute to minute around the world. They may seem insignificant when measured against some of the large & terrifying things one sees happening these days. However, never underestimate kindness- it does the heart & soul good for both the receiver & the giver. Social networking has made it even more fun to surprise people with kindness. After all, when you write about things that you love all of the time, you are somewhat an open book & the opportunities to connect with like minded people is even greater. Where is this all coming from you ask? Well, I just received this package last week that sort of stunned me really. It came to me in a Marimekko box no less- filled with greatness from Finland. A fellow children’s book lover that I connected with through some blog posts about the Red Balloon & Fantastic Mr. Fox sent it to me. We both love the same children’s books & she picked up these wonderful books (along with some great Moomin postcards) for me while on holiday in Finland “just because”. Nothing like Moomin, Pippi, & the knowledge that someone thought of you, to brighten your day. Thank you Tea

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Did you do something nice for someone today?

Illustration Snippets from:
“Who will Comfort Toffle? a tale of Moomin Valley” by Tove Jansson
“Do You Know Pippi Longstocking”by Astrid Lindgren & pictures by Ingrid Nyman

{Fabric Friday} new discovery…moomin

Last week I read a blog post that started me on a research tangent that was quite fun. Thanks to my blog friend Carmel, I now know who Tove Jansson is. I really enjoyed reading about her and hope to a research a little more. Here is a quick description from the Moomin website for those that don’t know who she is.

Tove Marika Jansson 1914-2001
A Swedish-speaking Finn who enjoyed a diverse career as an author, painter, graphic artist, caricaturist and comic strip artist. She was the creator of the much-loved Moomin books.

{first two photos via here}
I admit that I was unaware of what Moomin was, but now I do & am a little smitten with the comic strip, the woman who drew it, & the fabric that came from it…
I know I would’ve eventually learned about Moomin through my never ending quest for  Marimekko fabric & love of Finnish design. I’ve seen some of these images and been intrigued before. So, I’m glad my introduction was from Carmel’s blog. (She was also the woman who tipped me off on the vintage Marimekko Bo Boo comforter I bought for Sayer recently). I was excited when I found a Moomin textile shop (that specializes in vintage Moomin) on Etsy called Tillukka.  All of these fabrics & photos are from this shop as well. What do you think? Are you a Moomin fan?  Happy first Fabric Friday of 2011!   

{Fabric Friday} new discovery…moomin

Last week I read a blog post that started me on a research tangent that was quite fun. Thanks to my blog friend Carmel, I now know who Tove Jansson is. I really enjoyed reading about her and hope to a research a little more. Here is a quick description from the Moomin website for those that don’t know who she is.

Tove Marika Jansson 1914-2001
A Swedish-speaking Finn who enjoyed a diverse career as an author, painter, graphic artist, caricaturist and comic strip artist. She was the creator of the much-loved Moomin books.

{first two photos via here}
I admit that I was unaware of what Moomin was, but now I do & am a little smitten with the comic strip, the woman who drew it, & the fabric that came from it…
I know I would’ve eventually learned about Moomin through my never ending quest for  Marimekko fabric & love of Finnish design. I’ve seen some of these images and been intrigued before. So, I’m glad my introduction was from Carmel’s blog. (She was also the woman who tipped me off on the vintage Marimekko Bo Boo comforter I bought for Sayer recently). I was excited when I found a Moomin textile shop (that specializes in vintage Moomin) on Etsy called Tillukka.  All of these fabrics & photos are from this shop as well. What do you think? Are you a Moomin fan?  Happy first Fabric Friday of 2011!   

{Fabric Friday} new discovery…moomin

Last week I read a blog post that started me on a research tangent that was quite fun. Thanks to my blog friend Carmel, I now know who Tove Jansson is. I really enjoyed reading about her and hope to a research a little more. Here is a quick description from the Moomin website for those that don’t know who she is.

Tove Marika Jansson 1914-2001
A Swedish-speaking Finn who enjoyed a diverse career as an author, painter, graphic artist, caricaturist and comic strip artist. She was the creator of the much-loved Moomin books.

{first two photos via here}
I admit that I was unaware of what Moomin was, but now I do & am a little smitten with the comic strip, the woman who drew it, & the fabric that came from it…
I know I would’ve eventually learned about Moomin through my never ending quest for  Marimekko fabric & love of Finnish design. I’ve seen some of these images and been intrigued before. So, I’m glad my introduction was from Carmel’s blog. (She was also the woman who tipped me off on the vintage Marimekko Bo Boo comforter I bought for Sayer recently). I was excited when I found a Moomin textile shop (that specializes in vintage Moomin) on Etsy called Tillukka.  All of these fabrics & photos are from this shop as well. What do you think? Are you a Moomin fan?  Happy first Fabric Friday of 2011!